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Popocatepetl: Mexican volcano erupts, prompting evacuation fears

Popocatepetl: Mexican volcano erupts, prompting evacuation fears

Popocatepetl Volcano in Mexico began erupting yesterday morning, spewing lava and ash from its peak. Streams of smoke and debris have been flowing from the peak for over 24 hours.

The volcano, which is more than 17,000ft tall, is the second highest peak in Mexico and lies on the Trans-Mexican volcanic belt. It is the most active volcano in Mexico, having erupted 15 times since records began.

Authorities are warning local residents to cover their mouths and noses with wet cloths if they leave their homes, in a bid to protect against smoke inhalation.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Tue Mar 29, 2016, 02:27 PM (13 replies)

Actual Donald Trump Tweets, As Read By Mean Teenage Girls

Actual Donald Trump Tweets, As Read By Mean Teenage Girls
Well, here we are. As is Trump, still Trumping along the way he does. Even though he contributes nothing to the discussion beyond suggesting a wall to keep out Mexicans, a law to keep out Muslims and speeches to keep out smart folks.

The only all-inclusive thing about Trump is that he gives speeches at a fourth-grade level, so everyone can understand the bulls**t.

Sorry, kindergarteners, first-, second- and third-graders: FIND YOUR OWN CANDIDATE!

Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Mon Mar 28, 2016, 05:52 PM (2 replies)

Easter Is Not Named After Ishtar, And Other Truths I Have To Tell You

Easter Is Not Named After Ishtar, And Other Truths I Have To Tell You
If there is one thing that drives me absolutely bananas, itís people spreading misinformation via social media under the guise of ďeducatingĒ. Iíve seen this happen in several ways Ė through infographics that twist data in ways that support a conclusion that is ultimately false, or else through ďmeaningfulĒ quotes falsely attributed to various celebrities, or by cobbling together a few actual facts with statements that are patently untrue to create something that seems plausible on the surface but is, in fact, full of crap.



Richard Dawkins peddling false information.
It's scandalous, I tell you.
I suspect he looked up all in information on the Internet.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Sun Mar 27, 2016, 09:42 AM (27 replies)

San Diego Now Looking To Build TWO New Stadiums

San Diego Now Looking To Build TWO New Stadiums
The Chargers finally have their new Downtown Stadium plan to a point where they can unveil to the public. According to sources close to the process the Bolts will make their grand presentation early next week, either Tuesday, 3/29 or Wednesday, 3/30, so they can start the clock on their quest to get a new initiative on the November ballot.
The Bolts will likely be trying to push through a so-called ďConvadium,Ē a new stadium combined with a convention center expansion in the East Village. If they are successful they would leave vacant the current Mission Valley site that houses Qualcomm Stadium. Here, as the saying goes, is where the plot thickens.
Chargers Special Counsel Mark Fabiani has said the Bolts will be working with other business entities, among them JMI Realty. You may recall JMI is part of the business empire of former Padres owner John Moores, who is also a benefactor of San Diego State University (the Moores family made a large contribution to the school to build Tony Gwynn Stadium).
SDSU has voiced an interest in potentially developing the Mission Valley site if it ever became available. Apparently somebody knows something that the rest of us donít know because in an interesting bit of timing, JMI Realty has already set up an event to reveal its plans for a new SDSU West Campus that will include a brand new, ďboutiqueĒ stadium.

Color me disgusted, which in my mind a color between puce and Puke green. I wonder how much public funds will be given away to keep this football team and their very wealth owners here.
This megga corporate welfare giveaway you can place at the feet our our Mayor Faulkner.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Sun Mar 27, 2016, 09:09 AM (2 replies)

An Investigation: Which Presidential Campaigns Have the Largest Gender Wage Disparities?


An Investigation: Which Presidential Campaigns Have the Largest Gender Wage Disparities?
A Jezebel analysis of campaign finance data has found that of the six active presidential campaigns, four have significant gender wage disparities. Most notably, Ted Cruzís campaign on average pays male staffers $20,000 more than female staffers, and of the ten highest paid staffers on Bernie Sandersí campaign, not a single one is a woman.

At the end of January, Elizabeth May Davidson, a 26-year-old Iowa field organizer for Donald Trump, filed a discrimination complaint against the campaign for a workplace that was hostile to women: she alleged the campaign regularly paid men more than women for the same jobs, allowed men to take on a more significant role in producing rallies, and that the first time she met Trump, he made a comment about her appearance.

Unless an employee files an official workplace complaint like Davidson did, these campaigns are largely opaque, closed shops. The one thing we do have access to, however, is information about pay.

We looked at year-end finance reports for each campaign to attempt to gauge how close each staff was to gender parity: Do presidential campaigns employ a comparable number of women to men? Do they pay female employees equitably? Are an equal number of women given leadership roles and salaries to match?

This article highlights how election campaigns, especially among Republicans, is still a good old boys club.

Cruz appears to be a charter member.

Article also posted at: http://www.democraticunderground.com/110775343
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Wed Mar 16, 2016, 11:28 AM (0 replies)

They will loose between 15% and 38% of Republican voters.

who will be angry that, having won a solid majority of delegates and the popular vote, he was shut out by the Republican Establishment.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Tue Mar 15, 2016, 10:24 AM (2 replies)

Yes, I'm 'Voting Blue No Matter Who'óand here's why

Yes, I'm 'Voting Blue No Matter Who'óand here's why
Itís simple.
On a humanitarian level, most Democratic lawmakers on their worst days, far exceed most Republican lawmakers on their best days. Even if I donít care for the Democratic candidate who becomes the partyís nominee, even if I canít stand the sound of that personís voice ó I refuse to give my vote, by default, to the Republican Party.

When I hear a progressive/liberal/Democrat say theyíre not voting unless their favorite candidate wins the nomination, Iím stunned. When the Left doesnít vote, we are essentially giving our votes to the Right, which means we are helping to elect politicians from a party where racism, misogyny, homophobia and xenophobia dominate their congressional voting, lawmaking, and profit-making agendas. Itís a party that has obstructed/blocked every good bill President Obama has introduced. Itís a party that produces hate mongers like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Not voting is not only bad for Democrats, itís a bad deal for all Americans. If you think your vote doesnít count, think again. Letís take a look behind GOP doors to see what kind of prizes we can win, Monty.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Mon Mar 14, 2016, 03:33 PM (39 replies)

Yes, I'm 'Voting Blue No Matter Who'óand here's why

Yes, I'm 'Voting Blue No Matter Who'óand here's why
Itís simple.
On a humanitarian level, most Democratic lawmakers on their worst days, far exceed most Republican lawmakers on their best days. Even if I donít care for the Democratic candidate who becomes the partyís nominee, even if I canít stand the sound of that personís voice ó I refuse to give my vote, by default, to the Republican Party.

When I hear a progressive/liberal/Democrat say theyíre not voting unless their favorite candidate wins the nomination, Iím stunned. When the Left doesnít vote, we are essentially giving our votes to the Right, which means we are helping to elect politicians from a party where racism, misogyny, homophobia and xenophobia dominate their congressional voting, lawmaking, and profit-making agendas. Itís a party that has obstructed/blocked every good bill President Obama has introduced. Itís a party that produces hate mongers like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Not voting is not only bad for Democrats, itís a bad deal for all Americans. If you think your vote doesnít count, think again. Letís take a look behind GOP doors to see what kind of prizes we can win, Monty.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Mon Mar 14, 2016, 03:30 PM (16 replies)

The Congressional Record on the Auto Bailout. Sanders Co-Sponsored Inhofe's bill to Block Funds

The Congressional Record on the Auto Bailout. Sanders Co-Sponsored Inhofe's bill to Block Funds
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Congressional Record, December 11, 2008 - Inhofe (R-OK) gave a special shout-out to Bernie Sanders for co-sponsoring his bill to block the Auto Bailout along with the right wing Senators pictured above.

Now this is an interesting bit of information. It explains why Inhofe is his friend. They both opposed the bailout of the Auto Industry.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Sun Mar 13, 2016, 11:37 PM (54 replies)

The Conservative Era Is Over

The Conservative Era Is Over
Antonin Scaliaís death has already changed the way the Supreme Courtóand conservative litigantsódo business.

Nobody quite knows what to make of it yet, but nobody disputes it, either: The Supreme Court of March looks nothing like the court we knew in February. The loss of a single justice, Antonin Scalia, has blown up the court and reshuffled everything. Itís the early days yet, and much of the evidence of newish, liberalish outcomes at the court lies in routine housekeeping matters: unsigned orders and withdrawn appeals. Still, itís safe to say the high court is no longer going to be a candy store for pro-business and socially conservative litigants. What will rise in its place is still a work in progress.

As the Washington Postís Robert Barnes put it this past weekend, with Scalia gone, ďthe Supreme Court, now with only eight members, seemed transformed in substance and style.Ē It wasnít just the fact that Justice Clarence Thomas, after 10 years of declining to ask a single question at oral argument, suddenly did so. It wasnít merely the fact that arguments in a blockbuster abortion case were dominated by the courtís liberal wing, while the conservative bloc struggled to land a punch.

The crazy new vibe at the court isnít even limited to the raft of orders that have come down in the past week. Those include a critical and unanimous order affirming the right of same-sex partners to adopt children and the tossing of a death penalty conviction in Louisiana because the state withheld significant exculpatory evidence.

Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Tue Mar 8, 2016, 07:26 PM (17 replies)
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