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So it turns out that McClatchy, not Eddie Snowden, is this year’s biggest enemy of the state

So it turns out that McClatchy, not Eddie Snowden, is this year’s biggest enemy of the state:

As the nation’s spy agencies assess the fallout from disclosures about their surveillance programs, some government analysts and senior officials have made a startling finding: the impact of a leaked terrorist plot by Al Qaeda in August has caused more immediate damage to American counterterrorism efforts than the thousands of classified documents disclosed by Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor. [...]

McClatchy Newspapers first reported on the conversations between Mr. Zawahri and Mr. Wuhayshi on Aug. 4. Two days before that, The New York Times agreed to withhold the identities of the Qaeda leaders after senior American intelligence officials said the information could jeopardize their operations. After the government became aware of the McClatchy article, it dropped its objections to The Times’s publishing the same information, and the newspaper did so on Aug. 5.

I lack the national security expertise of some of the commenters here, so I’ll leave it to them to determine the exact levels of vilification and punishment these McClatchy traitors deserve.


"Breaking Bad" Canadian Style

"But they broke the law," the lawyer said. The judge responds, "So did Rosa Parks." Case dismissed.

Friends of mine were arrested in ALAMABA for "disturbing the peace" during the legislative session by singing hymns and freedoms songs and blocking the entrance to the chamber in order to prevent the passage of more racist, anti-immigrant legislation.

She just sent me this:

My court case to resolve my civil disobedience charge was dropped. Upon absolving me and my friends, the judge was questioned by the prosecution. "But they broke the law," the lawyer said. The judge responds, "So did Rosa Parks." Case dismissed.

I am so proud of this fine young woman.

FORBES If Republicans Want To Shut Down Washington, They’ll Have To Ask China’s Permission First

Interesting. Saw this headline on Yahoo News.

If Republicans Want To Shut Down Washington, They’ll Have To Ask China’s Permission First

It’s from Forbes.

This paragraph is interesting:

Unbeknownst to Cruz, and seemingly to most of the rest of the Republican party, the creditor nations hold the high cards. If they were to sell just a small proportion of their American assets, they could send Wall Street into a tailspin. They are unlikely to do this but even if they were merely to slow the pace of their buying, bond yields would rocket and stocks could fall 15 percent in the space of a couple of weeks. A key thing here is that American asset valuations are at historic highs — the Standard & Poor’s 500 is on a P/E of 19 and long-term bonds yields are still near their lowest levels in many decades.

I’d bet the Tea Partiers have zero idea that other countries have leverage over the US.


We Pay $40,542,000/Yr in Wages for GOP House Members to Screw us over

We Pay $40,542,000/Yr in Wages for GOP House Members to Screw us over
by War on Error

We pay each Congress member $174,000 a year plus lots of perks.

233 GOP House members at $174,000 each equals $40,542,000

Some Grand Bargain.

And to add salt to the wound, many of them are very rich people that don't really need the salary.

Click here to see what your Congress members are worth.

$40,542,000 a year plus perks for GOP House members.

What a bargain.


The GOP's Brilliant Plan: You can't make this stuff up.

The GOP's brilliant plan is to shut the government to halt Obama-Romna-Care, which will halt all kinds of government operations except... wait for it....


They want to eliminate elements that make Obama-Romna-Care revenue neutral in order to... wait for it...

Reduce the deficit!

You can't make this stuff up.




Republicans May Need To "Borrow Putin's Balls" To Get The Job Done

This is weak sauce:

House Republicans have added a measure aimed at limiting contraceptive coverage to the spending bill coming up for a vote Saturday night [...]

The so-called “conscience clause” would allow employers and insurers to opt out of preventative care for women which they find objectionable on moral or religious grounds. That prominently includes birth control, which most insurers are required to provide for free under current Obamacare rules.

Contraception coverage is the best they can do? What about abortions? Do they need to borrow Putin’s balls to get the job done? What will it take for them to take the hard votes? Primary all these RINOs, I say.


Repubs Oppose Health Care Not Because They Think It Will Fail-But Because They Fear It Will Succeed

ABC's 'This Week'. Clinton criticized Republican demands, as well as their obsession with Obamacare.

"I've never seen a time-- can you remember a time in your lifetime when a major political party was just sitting around, begging for America to fail?"

Republicans have opposed health care reform not because they thought it would fail the American people, but because they feared it would succeed.

Study after study has long shown that health care is worst in precisely those states where Republicans poll best. But in their zeal to discredit a president they loathe, GOP leaders across the nation passed up an historic opportunity to bring health insurance and with it, greater financial security and higher standards of living to millions of their own constituents. When they didn't outright deny coverage to red state residents, Republicans did their damnedest to prevent their voters from even learning about their options under the ACA. And what "information" about Obamacare the GOP's best and brightest did regurgitate simply wasn't true.

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Chimpanzees clobber humans in complex memory tests: study

The results stunned observers. In the tests, Ai and Ayumu, and two other pairs of a mother and offspring, were shown the numerals 1 to 9 spread randomly across a computer screen.

Their task was to touch the numbers in ascending order. To complicate matters, the game was altered so that as soon as the chimps touched the digit 1, the remaining eight were immediately masked by white squares. To complete the exercise, they had to remember the location of each concealed number and, again, touch them in the correct order.

In an even harder version, five numbers appeared on the screen before turning into white squares. The animals and their human counterparts displayed the same degree of accuracy – about 80% – when the numbers remained visible for seven tenths of a second. But when the time was reduced to four tenths of a second, and then just two tenths, Ayumu maintained the same level of accuracy, while his mother and the human volunteers floundered.


The answer lies in evolution, says Matsuzawa. As humans evolved and acquired new skills – notably the ability to use language to communicate and collaborate – they lost others they once shared with their common simian ancestors. “Our ancestors may have also had photographic memories, but we lost that during evolution so that we could acquire new skills,” he says. “To get something, we had to lose something.”

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