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Creationism Versus Evolution Debate, Bill Nye The Science Guy Versus Ken Ham, The Godly Man:

Posted by Fred Sanders | Tue Feb 4, 2014, 11:47 PM (0 replies)

GOP Lies: CBO Obamacare Projections Are 2 Million Fewer Full-Time WORKERS, not JOBS.

And Fox News CONTINUES to lie on their website with this blaring lie of a headline in the biggest font they could find:

"Cost Of Obamacare: 2.3 Million Jobs!"

AND the New York Times had to change their title and issue a correction:

"Correction: February 4, 2014

An earlier version of a headline accompanying this article on the home page was incorrect. The health law is projected to result in two million fewer workers, according to the Congressional Budget Office, not two million fewer jobs."

The hair trigger response of not just the right wing media to attack Obama and the ACA is starting to give away their game:

"The estimated reduction stems almost entirely from a net decline in the amount of labor that workers choose to supply, rather than from a net drop in businesses’ demand for labor....."

Health Care Law May Result in 2 Million Fewer Full-Time Workers

New York Times

WASHINGTON — A new analysis from the Congressional Budget Office says that the Affordable Care Act will result in more than 2 million fewer full-time workers in the next several years, providing Republican opponents of the law a powerful political weapon leading up to this year’s midterm elections.

The law is also expected to have a significant effect on hours worked, the nonpartisan budget office said in a regular update to its budget projections released Tuesday. * With the expansion of insurance coverage, more workers will choose not to work and others will choose to work fewer hours than they might have otherwise, it said.* The decline in hours worked will translate into a loss of the equivalent of 2.5 million full-time positions by 2024, the budget office said.

The budget office analysis found that much of the law’s effect comes from reducing the need for people to take a full-time job just to get insurance coverage, and from the premium subsidies effectively bolstering household income.

From CBO report, page 123:

How Much Will the ACA Reduce
Employment in the Longer Term?

"The ACA’s largest impact on labor markets will probably occur after 2016, once its major provisions have taken
The decline in full- time-equivalent employment stemming from the ACA will consist of some people not being employed at all and other people working fewer hours; however, CBO has not tried to quantify those two components of the overall effect. The estimated reduction stems almost entirely from a net decline in the amount of labor that workers choose to supply, rather than from a net drop in businesses’ demand for labor, so it will appear almost entirely as a reduction in labor force participation and in hours worked relative to what would have occurred otherwise...."



"One good corrective source on this is "No, CBO Did Not Say Obamacare Will Kill 2 Million Jobs" (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/wp/2014/02/04/no-cbo-di... ) by Washington Post Factchecker Glenn Kessler.

Per his fact-check, the CBO report is saying that a certain number of workers will leave the workforce or reduce their hours if they are no longer "locked" into a job just to get health insurance. (In other words, instead of their job, they might choose early retirement, staying home with kids, becoming a family caregiver, starting a business, being a freelancer, going part-time, and so on.) The CBO is estimating how many workers will make those choices. That's it."

Winter Heat Swamps Alaska: Rivers Dump Spring-Like Sediment Into Gulf of Alaska

(Deep red areas indicate temperatures above normal by 18 degrees Celsius)

(Satellite imagery of rivers flowing and releasing sediment into the ocean; enlarge for better view of river flows)


"While much of the continental United States endured several cold snaps in January 2014, record-breaking warmth gripped Alaska. Spring-like conditions set rivers rising and avalanches tumbling.

This map depicts land surface temperature anomalies in Alaska for January 23–30, 2014. Based on data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite, the map shows how 2014 temperatures compared to the 2001–2010 average for the same week. Areas with warmer than average temperatures are shown in red; near-normal temperatures are white; and areas that were cooler than the base period are blue. Gray indicates oceans or areas where clouds blocked the satellite from collecting usable data.

A persistent ridge of high pressure off the Pacific Coast fueled the warm spell, shunting warm air and rainstorms to Alaska instead of California, where they normally end up. The last half of January was one of the warmest winter periods in Alaska’s history, with temperatures as much as 40°F (22°C) above normal on some days in the central and western portions of the state, according to Weather Underground’s Christopher Bart. The all-time warmest January temperature ever observed in Alaska was tied on January 27 when the temperature peaked at 62°F (16.7°C) at Port Alsworth. Numerous other locations—including Nome, Denali Park Headquarters, Palmer, Homer, Alyseka, Seward, Talkeetna, and Kotzebue—all set January records."

The Resurrection of Romney Begins in The Mass Media and GOP because, this:

Friday, January 31, 2014

Florida: Christie vs. Clinton Quinnipiac Clinton 51, Christie 35 Clinton +16
Florida: Bush vs. Clinton Quinnipiac Clinton 49, Bush 43 Clinton +6
Florida: Ryan vs. Clinton Quinnipiac Clinton 52, Ryan 39 Clinton +13
Florida: Paul vs. Clinton Quinnipiac Clinton 53, Paul 38 Clinton +15
Florida: Rubio vs. Clinton Quinnipiac Clinton 51, Rubio 41 Clinton +10
Florida: Cruz vs. Clinton Quinnipiac Clinton 54, Cruz 34 Clinton +20

If Clinton is a runaway choice throughout the electoral cycle that now begins whenever Sugar Billionaires decide to pour infinite and secret money into TV ads and purchase of the mass medias gratitude (thank you very much, they will say), that flow will get get off far earlier and far less profitably if it is already 22-0 at half time.

Posted by Fred Sanders | Mon Feb 3, 2014, 02:43 PM (4 replies)

Half Baked: Thousands Of Detox Centers For Alcohol, Heroin, Meth., Crack, etc....ZERO for Cannabis.

Every other criminalized drug is a POISON. But not cannabis. More damage was caused last night by alcohol than in the entire history of marijuana consumption, so the broader point is that people are burying their heads in the sand about the realities, nationally entrenched puritanism, especially in the mass media, and anti-intellectualism can be the only explanations.

The intellectual dissonance in America as between the actual, verifiable damage caused by all other drugs combined, alcohol alone, and any actual or potential danger of casual marijuana consumption in America is yet another example of the antiquated puritanism of the country that infects and distorts every debate. Only America seems to consider marijuana to legally be exactly as dangerous as crack cocaine and meth. Only a country in deep denial of facts and science could be so nationally stupid. Only a country with a near majority of people believing in creationism over evolution could be so dense.

Look around. Who do you know who has been destroyed by alcohol, and how many by marijuana? Take you time, take a count, look in today's crime section of your local newspaper, talk to the police, anyone, just wake the f. up.


And for the contrary view, the right wing Puritanical batshit crazy and deluded viewpoint:

5 Reasons Marijuana Should Remain Illegal

1) It's extremely addictive for some people
2) This experiment hasn't worked out so well for Amsterdam
3) Marijuana is terrible for your mental health
4) Marijuana is terrible for your physical health
5) The drug decimates many people's lives

Not a mention of alcohol, but in passing.


In Canada marijuana is NOT in the same Schedule, on par with bennies.

Canada Controlled Substances Act Schedule II

Cannabis, its preparations, derivatives and similar synthetic preparations.[citation needed]
Cannabidiol (2–[3–methyl–6–(1–methylethenyl)–2–cyclohexen–1–yl]–5–pentyl–1,3–benzenediol)
Cannabinol (3–n–amyl–6,6,9–trimethyl–6–dibenzopyran–1–ol)
Nabilone ((±)–trans–3–(1,1–dimethylheptyl)–6,6a, 7,8,10,10a–hexahydro–1–hydroxy–6,6–dimethyl–9H–dibenzo[b,d]pyran–9–one)
Pyrahexyl (3–n–hexyl–6,6,9–trimethyl–7,8,9, 10–tetrahydro–6–dibenzopyran–1–ol)
Tetrahydrocannabinol (tetrahydro–6,6,9–trimethyl–3–pentyl–6H–dibenzo[b,d]pyran–1–ol)
3-(1,2-dimethylheptyl)-7,8,9,10-tetrahydro-6,6,9-trimethyl-6H-dibenzo[b,d]pyran-1-ol (DMHP)

For simple possession of cannabis and derivatives it is treated as a summary conviction offence, the penalty is:

Maximum $1000 fine for first offence and/or maximum 6 months imprisonment.
Maximum $2000 fine for subsequent offence and/or maximum 1 year imprisonment.

EVERY Extradition Treaty Means The Same Thing: We Trust Your System, and You Trust Ours.

Otherwise why bother with them?




Washington, April 10, 1984.


The White House.

THE PRESIDENT: I have the honor to submit to you the Treaty on Extradition between the
United States of America and Italy, signed at Rome on October 13, 1983. I recommend that
the Treaty be transmitted to the Senate for advice and consent to ratification.

The Treaty follows generally the form and content of extradition treaties recently concluded
by this Government.

Article 1 obligates each State to extradite to the other, in accordance with the terms of the
Treaty, any persons charged with or convicted of an extraditable offense by the requesting
State. (Extradition [*3] shall also be granted, Article 2 explains, for attempts to commit,
participation in the commission of, and conspiracy to commit extraditable offenses.)

Article 2 permits extradition for any offense punishable under the laws of both States by
imprisonment for more than one year. Instead of listing each offense for which extradition
may be granted, as was United States practice until recently, this Treaty adopts the modern
practice of permitting extradition for any crime punishable under the laws of both contracting
Parties for a minimum period. This obviates the need to renegotiate or supplement the Treaty
should both States pass laws covering new types of criminal activity, such as computer-
related crimes.

Article 2 also follows the practice of recent United States extradition treaties in indicating
that the dual criminality standard should be interpreted liberally in order to effectuate the
intent of the Parties that fugitives be brought to justice.

Right Wing Media Propagandist Frank Luntz Hired To Tackle Washington Redskins Racist Moniker Problem

Can guest appearances on Fox News be far behind for Luntz and the rest of the Redskins and NFL brass defending the indefensible?

Redskins Paying Team Of Republican Advisers For Advice On Name Controversy

Posted by Fred Sanders | Sat Feb 1, 2014, 01:20 PM (4 replies)

Hannity Selectively Edits Daily Show Segment to Make Himself Look Good: Fellow Foxies Applaud!


"How much disdain do you have to have for your own audience to do something like this? It looks like Jon Stewart's segment making a mockery of Hannity for his threats to leave New York left a mark. As our friend Ellen over at NewsHounds noted, it seems Hannity's ego got the better of him, since he played excerpts from The Daily Show segment, but with the criticisms of him edited out. Imagine that."

More at the very fine Newshounds site:


There is no Double Jeopardy when you are Convicted at your first trial. Amanda Knox is going to be

extradited according to law and the Italian/American extradition treaty of 1937, and only State Department intervention can stop it.

Because that is the law.

I doubt that double jeopardy has technically attached because this still the same case. In the US, a person can be retried if the conviction is overturned and the double jeopardy rule will not apply. Professor Dershowitz also thinks that double jeopardy does not apply http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/30/22507219-amanda-knox-convicted-of-murder-in-italian-retrial

Some observers have questioned whether the American protection against double jeopardy — being retried and convicted of a crime after being acquitted — would give the U.S. an excuse to balk at extradition.

But Dershowitz doubts that would apply in the Knox case because she was intially found guilty and her acquittal took place at an intermediate appeals level.

"If that happened in the U.S., it wouldn't be double jeopardy," he said

More on the original verdict of conviction for the murder of Meredith Kercher, and the 400 page legal analysis of Judge Massei:

Summary of the Massei report
Version 1.5: June 4, 2011

This summary may be freely copied or otherwise reproduced and transmitted in the unedited pdf format provided that the document or excerpt therefrom is accompanied by the following attribution: “From the summary prepared by unpaid volunteers from http://www.perugiamurderfile.org to promote a better understanding of the circumstances surrounding the death of Meredith Kercher and the case against Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito in the English-speaking world”.


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