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Quotes I like: "Prediction is very difficult, especially concerning the future." "There are some things so serious that you have to laugh at them.Ē __ Niels Bohr Given his contribution to the establishment of quantum mechanics, I guess it's not surprising he had such a quirky of sense of humor. ......................."Deliberate misinterpretation and misrepresentation of another's position is a basic technique of (dis)information processing" __ I said that

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in interview of Pres. Obama, Steve Kroft goes for punk journalism. His GOP handlers will be pleased.

On '60 Minutes' on Sunday, Steve Kroft interviewed President Obama and he couldn't pass up the opportunity to win BJ points with the GOP by going 'punk' on the President.

Steve asked about the coming mid-term elections by starting with "do you think you're going to get shellacked?"

Before the President could say anything Kroft had another question - or two - for him:

Steve Kroft: Or do you think that, I mean, are you optimistic? What are the issues and what are you going to tell the American people?
[font color="blue"]{Oh how chummie, and impolite. steve can't wait for an answer to one question before jumping onto the next one. Gosh, do you think he's really interested in the PResident's answers?_B_USA}[/font]

President Obama: Here's what I'm going to tell the American people. When I came into office, our economy was in crisis. We had unemployment up at 10 percent. It's now down to 6.1. We've had the longest run of uninterrupted private sector job growth in our history. We have seen deficits cut by more than half. Corporate balance sheets are probably the best they've been in the last several decades. We are producing more energy than we had before. We are producing more clean energy than we ever had before. I can put my record against any leader around the world in terms of digging ourselves out of a terrible, almost unprecedented financial crisis. Ronald Reagan used to ask the question, "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" In this case, are you better off than you were in six? And the answer is, the country is definitely better off than we were when I came into office, but now we have to make...

Kroft needled the President about whether of not the Democrats can hold the Senate. Then he actually went back to ISSUES concerning the American people. But he still couldn't give up the punk journalism.

Steve Kroft: You think you can convince people that they're doing fine, economically?

This is actually a proposition within a question. He's saying the President is trying to tell people they are "doing fine"... in other words - have no reason to expect better economic conditions. THat's NOT what President Obama said and that's not what the President is saying to people. But, President Obama seemed to be prepared for hostile questioning from one of the Corporate media GOP toadies. The President had a succinct, grown-up response for Stevie..

President Obama: Hopefully, they get a chance to hear the argument, because all I'm doing is presenting the facts.

That is, if the Corporate media break from the tradition of only providing 'news' that's been approved by their GOP handlers and start relating the facts to people. Then the Democrats will do okay.

but that's not likely now. They've 'protected' the people from the fact that the GOP have set records for filibustering everything the President and the Democrats have proposed to repair and rebuild the economy from the Trickle Down - Deregulation disaster (what % of the people know about this ...7%, 3%?). Since Obama was elected to office the word "filibuster" is verboten on M$M. How many times have you even heard the word since Obama was elected on M$M - even though the GOP has set RECORDS for filibustering? That's M$M, always happy to keep servicing the GOP.

Meanwhile I have heard a couple dozen discussions about President Obama's "leadership" all over M$M. However the Corporate Lobbyist Party does in November, they owe a debt of gratitude to the television networks for helping sell the GOP anti-Obama propaganda on every issue the GOP has been opposed to solving - oh, which is EVERY ISSUE we are faced with.

Corporate tv has been providing hundreds of millions of $s in free propaganda to the GOP. Too bad THAT is NOT taken into account by those tracking the spending on political ads.

IF you think Kroft's performance was offensive, unprofessional, not really intended to provide the viewers with greater understanding of the issues or President Obama's view of them, go to Steve Kroft's interview of President Obama page and let them know what you think (I did)..

.... BTW, if we don't register our criticism of - and disgust at M$M's practice of doing the GOP's bidding, it will only get worse and further confuse those who get most of their 'news' from the M$M.


is Talking Points Memo basically a dead website? Everytime i go there the page just freezes.

Eventually I get a message from browser asking if I want to kill a script that keeps on running. I can check "yes" but it doesn't seem to do any good. My computer slows & virtually locks up. Once I kill the link to TPM it get's going again.

What's going on? Can anybody make that site work anymore?

Corn priced at $3.46 a bushel. Ethanol production 3.5% aheadof 2013, estimate 14.1 biln gal for 2014


Since Aug 1999 the World Bank's Food Commodities Index has increased 117%. The price of corn over that period has increased 111%. The price of Crude Oil over that period has increased 421%.

[font size="4"]You would need 26 million Priuses to achieve Ethanolís current GHG emissions reduction[/font]

Ethanol currently represents approximately 10% of our light vehicle fuel supply. With GHG reductions of 34% (Argonne National Laboratory - 2012) Ethanol, at ~10% of the fuel supply, in total produces a 3.38% reduction in the GHG emissions of the entire Light Vehicle fleet.

..... So how many Toyota Priuses would it take to achieve that much of a GHG emissions reduction? We must convert the 3.38% GHG emissions to an equivalent number of cars and light trucks. To do this we apply Ethanolís aggregate GHG emissions reduction (i.e. as a percentage of the GHG emissions for the entire fleet) to the total number of vehicles comprising the entire fleet of automobiles and light trucks, or 250 million vehicles. Thus, 3.38% of 250 million vehicles would be approximately 8.4 million vehicles.

.... Since the Prius reduces gasoline consumption about 32.6% compared to a Toyota Corolla (a vehicle of comparable weight and payload), dividing 8.4 million vehicles by .326 gives you slightly more than 25.7 million Priuses which would be required to produce the same amount of GHG emissions reduction as Ethanol currently does, for the entire light vehicle fleet.

[font size="4"]... "You can replace the fuel cars burn faster than you can replace the cars that burn the fuel."[/font]

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