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Work in tv/film production - Unionista UPM for the DGA - Mother - Music Lover - Graduate of The New School economics/film - Born & raised in Williamsburg Brooklyn 1981 - living in Manhattan.

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How Did We Come To “Unknow” What We Already Knew In 1981?

PROOF: The Right’s Denial of Climate Change is a LIE.


The Energy Task Force report to Ronald Reagan in May 1981:

“Given the magnitude of the potential threat represented by global climate change, it is equally in the strategic interest of the United States to identify and implement cost-effective measures at home and abroad to stabilize the atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gasses at levels that will not lead to catastrophic climatic change.”

It goes on to say:

“Many different constituencies within the U.S. government will need to work together to develop a unified and integrated energy policy framework with well-defined and orchestrated goals—a policy that addresses not only today’s energy bottlenecks, but also will seek to provide affordable, clean, and reliable energy supplies five to fifteen years into the future, in order to underpin long-term economic growth in an environmentally acceptable manner and to promote the security of the United States, and its allies”

So just to review, this republican task force sponsored by the James Baker Institute and the Foreign Affairs Councilfrom 1981 said they knew and understood that we had a serious problem.

At the time, they said it would take 5 to 15 years to provide alternatives, which would, in their words, promote the security of the United States. That should have meant we would have made the transition by 1986 at latest.

The rest: http://buckyworld.me/2013/01/26/proofthe-rights-denial-of-climate-change-is-a-lie/

Republican trying to prove how it easy it is to commit voter fraud gets arrested for voter fraud.

A Nevada Republican arrested for voter fraud in the 2012 election, after claiming she was trying to test the system's integrity, pled guilty and accepted a plea deal Thursday, forcing her to pay almost $2,500 and promise to stay out of trouble.

Roxanne Rubin, 56, a casino worker on the Las Vegas Strip, was arrested on Nov. 3, 2012 after trying to vote twice, once at her poling site in Henderson and then at a second site in Las Vegas. The poll workers at the second site said that she had already voted, but Rubin said that she hadn't and insisted on casting a ballot, which the poll workers refused to allow her to do.

Rubin said that she was trying to show how easy it would be to commit voter fraud with just a signature. "This has always been an issue with me. I just feel the system is flawed," she told the AP Thursday. "If we’re showing ID for everything else, why wouldn’t we show our ID in order to vote?”

Rubin, like many Republicans, claim that the threat from voter fraud -- which is close to non-existent -- is why voter ID laws need to be in place. But Nevada has no voter ID law -- other than for first-time voters who didn't show ID when they registered to vote -- and she was caught anyway.

The rest: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/28/roxanne-rubin_n_2566297.html

NRA publishes enemies list.

Ambulatory Pediatric Association
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Civil Liberties Union
American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing
American Medical Women`s Association
American Medical Student Association
American Medical Association
American Association for the Surgery of Trauma
American Trauma Society
American Federation of Teachers
American Association of School Administrators
American Alliance for Rights and Responsibilities
American Medical Association
American Bar Association
American Counseling Association
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Association for World Health
American Ethical Union
American Nurses Association
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
American Firearms Association
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
American Jewish Committee
American Trauma Society
American Psychological Association
American Jewish Congress
American Public Health Association
Americans for Democratic Action
Anti-Defamation League
Black Mental Health Alliance
B`nai B`rith
Central Conference of American Rabbis
Children`s Defense Fund
Church of the Brethren
Coalition for Peace Action
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
College Democrats of America
Committee for the Study of Handgun Misuse & World Peace
Common Cause
Congress of National Black Churches, Inc.
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Consumer Federation of America
Council of the Great City Schools
Council of Chief State School Officers
Dehere Foundation
Disarm Educational Fund
Environmental Action Foundation
Episcopal Church-Washington Office
Florence and John Shumann Foundation
Friends Committee on National Legislation
General Federation of Women`s Clubs
George Gund Fun
Gray Panthers
H.M. Strong Foundation
Harris Foundation
Hechinger Foundation
Interfaith Neighbors
Int`l Ladies` Garment Workers` Union
Int`l Association of Educators for World Peace
Jewish Labor Committee
Joyce Foundation
Lauder Foundation
Lawrence Foundation
League of Women Voters of the United States*
Lutheran Office for Governmental Affairs, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Manhattan Project II
Mennonite Central Committee-Washington Office
National Safe Kids Campaign
National Association of Police Organizations
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
National Black Nurses` Association
National Association of Chain Drug Stores
National Network for Youth
National Assembly of National Voluntary Health & Social Welfare Organizations
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
National Association of School Psychologists
National Association of Counties*
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates & Practitioners
National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officers
National Education Association
National Association of Elementary School Principals*
National Association of Public Hospitals
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
National Association of Secondary School Principals
National Association of Social Workers
National Association of Children`s Hospitals and Related Institutions
National Association of School Psychologists
National Council of La Raza
National Center to Rehabilitate Violent Youth
National Commission for Economic Conversion & Disarmament
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA
National Council of Negro Women
National Association of Community Health Centers
National People`s Action
National Education Association*
National League of Cities
National Council on Family Relations
National Council of Jewish Women
National Organization for Women
National Political Congress of Black Women
National Parks and Conservation Association
National Peace Foundation
National Urban League, Inc.
National Parent, Teachers Association*
National Urban Coalition
National SAFE KIDS Campaign
National Organization on Disability
National Spinal Cord Injury Association
NETWORK: A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
Ortenberg Foundation
Peace Action
People for the American Way
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Police Foundation
Project on Demilitarization and Democracy
Public Citizen
Society of Critical Care Medicine
Southern Christian Leadership Conference
The Council of the Great City Schools
The Synergetic Society
20/20 Vision
U.S. Catholic Conference, Dept. of Social Development
Union of American Hebrew Congregations
Unitarian Universalist Association
United States Catholic Conference
United Methodist Church, General Board & Church Society
United Church of Christ, Office for Church in Society*
United States Conference of Mayors
War and Peace Foundation
Women Strike for Peace
Women`s National Democratic Club
Women`s Action for New Directions (WAND)
Women`s Int`l League for Peace and Freedom
World Spiritual Assembly, Inc.
YWCA of the U.S.A.

Link: http://littlegreenfootballs.com/page/293227_NRA_publishes_enemies_list.

Once GOP stronghold, West veers into Dems' column.

DENVER (AP) — A political generation ago, the West signaled the nation's rightward swing, from the emergence of Ronald Reagan to the success of tax-limitation ballot measures in California and Colorado.

Now, however, the fabled expanse of deserts, jagged peaks, and emerald coastlines is trending in a different direction.
The West has become largely Democratic terrain.

Voters in Washington state in November legalized marijuana and upheld the legality of gay marriage. New Mexico was once a tightly contested state, but Republicans ceded it to Democrats in the presidential campaign.


Still, the overall trend is clear, according to analysts on all sides of the political spectrum.

"It's just a different world," said Bill Carrick, a Democratic strategist in Los Angeles who has worked widely in the region. "Nevada became the next California and now Arizona looks like it will become the next Nevada. ... It's just pushing the West further and further from Republicans."

The rest: http://news.yahoo.com/once-gop-stronghold-west-veers-dems-column-155520480--election.html

And in less than a generation from now I'm predicting Texas & some southern states will be ours as well.

I had no idea George W Bush was still doing cocaine while in office.

At least that's what I gather from watching this video.

What insane gun culture?

Daughter's grades too low, dad pulls AK-47, charges say.

A St. Paul man threatened his daughter with an AK-47 rifle because she was getting two B's in school rather than straight A's, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday.

Kirill Bartashevitch, 51, was charged in Ramsey County District Court with two felony counts of terroristic threats after alleging pointing the gun at his daughter, 15, and his wife during an argument at their house on Jan. 17.

The incident came to light at Central High School when a social worker received a report from a parent who said she had been monitoring her son's electronic communications when she saw a message from the girl.

Bartashevitch had recently purchased the rifle out of fear that such guns soon will be banned, the complaint said.

The rest: http://www.startribune.com/local/east/188377421.html?

I Can't Take The Anti-Choice Crowd Serious EVER, Not With Their Sheer Hypocrisy.

You can't call yourself 'pro-life' if all you ever do is try to cut food-aid to families, cut healthcare access to families, execute inmates, send kids to war, advocate for more guns in society, cut Social Security, cut Medicare, etc., the list goes on & on. Those are 'pro-death' policies.

Also, if you truly do consider yourself 'pro-life', how can one make exceptions in cases of rape or incest, I mean, if you truly believe that all life is precious then you must have no problem with forcing women & girls (sometimes very young) into carrying their rapists or incestual fetus to full-term, which is absurd & horrifying, both physically & mentally. Imagine an 11 year old girl being forced to give birth to her rapists baby, or any woman of any age having to do so. If she chooses to do so, then that's her CHOICE.

And another point, this on the rightwing's notion of "small govt". If abortion were outlawed, banned, made illegal, what exactly would the penalty be for woman who still go through with the procedure, albeit illegally? Is the rightwing advocating we start throwing masses of women in jail for making a personal health choice & bodily decision? Wouldn't that destroy the woman's career or possibly existing family, marriage, & life in general? Some "small govt".

Wouldn't making abortion illegal also give the press the right to publish the "criminals" names, photos & possibly home addresses? Is the rightwing's goal to shame women into making a choice they may not be ready for, both financially & emotionally, or even personally? We all know motherhood is extremely difficult, some even say "it's the most difficult job in the world", so why would we thrust the "most difficult job in the world" upon women who have no desire for it? Or young teens for that matter?

Here's what the rightwing doesn't get: One can be 'pro-life' & also be pro-choice. They can choose to teach THEIR children or family members THEIR own personal beliefs while acknowledging the importance of keeping choice legal & safe for others.

No one is infringing on their right to be personally anti-choice, yet they consistently try to infringe on others rights to be personally pro-choice. Here's an idea for the anti-choice crowd and the only principle they should adhere to when it comes to this issue: Mind Your Own Fucking Business.




Matt Taibbi - Conservatives Have Their Worst Week Ever

Have Republicans, and the right wing in general, ever been more disjointed? More confused? More incapable of getting out of their own way?

Watching America's political conservatives try to counter-maneuver opposite Barack Obama's re-inauguration over the course of the last week has been an incredible comedy – like watching the Three Stooges try to perform a liver transplant on roller skates.

Let's review the basic timeline. First, Political Media, a conservative action group, decided to try to make an appeal to win the hearts and minds of Americans everywhere by declaring January 19th – previously known as Martin Luther King Day, to the rest of us – to be "Gun Appreciation Day."

They solicited hundreds of sponsors and sought to get 50 million people to sign a goofball petition (written in the style of the Declaration of Independence, with a plethora of "Whereas…"-es... Why do gun people insist on trying to use 18th-century syntax?) against the "tyrannical governments" that were out to take their guns. "Gun Appreciation Day" would also involve gun shows and other local events all over the country, meant as a counter-balance to the candle-toting gun control protests that were springing up over last weekend in anticipation of Obama's inauguration and the rumored plans for new gun legislation.

Read more conservative shenanigans of the past week: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/conservatives-have-their-worst-week-ever-20130123

Air Force calls number of sex assaults 'appalling'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force recorded an "appalling" number of reports of sexual assault last year even as it worked to curb misconduct in the wake of a sex scandal at its training headquarters in Texas, the service's top officer told lawmakers on Wednesday.

Gen. Mark Welsh, the Air Force chief of staff, said there were 796 reports of cases ranging from inappropriate touching to rape. The 2012 figure is a nearly 30 percent increase from 2011 when 614 cases were reported. The number could be much greater, Welsh said, because many cases are never reported at all.

"Calling these numbers unacceptable does not do the victims justice," Welsh said. "The truth is, these numbers are appalling!"

Welsh's testimony before the House Armed Services Committee underscores the challenges it and the other military branches face in stopping sexual assault within the ranks. Even more disturbing than the number of reports of sexual assault is the fact that most of these crimes are committed by fellow airmen, Welsh said.

The rest: http://news.yahoo.com/air-force-calls-number-sex-assaults-appalling-150039203--politics.html

The Smartphone Presidency - What A Difference 4 Years Makes

Even Joe Biden can't stay away.
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