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Earth is actually two planets, scientists conclude (That explains EVERYTHING!)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/space/12129549/Earth-is-actually-two-planets-scientists-conclude.html


Earth is actually made up from two planets which came together in a head-on collision that was so violent it formed the Moon, scientists have concluded.

Initially it was believed that the Moon was created when a smaller planet called Theia grazed the Earth and broke up, sending a smaller chunk into space where it was caught in Earth’s gravity.

But if that was the case the Moon would have a different chemical composition to the Earth, because it would be made up, predominantly, of Theia.

However, after studying Moon rocks brought back by astronauts on the Apollo missions, scientists at the University of California have found that their oxygen isotopes are the same as on Earth. It means that the collision between Their and the early Earth was so violent that the two planets effectively melded together to form a new planet, a chunk of which was knocked off to form the Moon...

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Posted by ErisDiscordia | Mon Feb 1, 2016, 12:39 PM (20 replies)

Police Now Steal More than Burglars

http://www.ianwelsh.net/police-now-steal-more-than-burglars/

According to Harpers, in 2014 police seized more assets than burglars stole. This is trickle-down kleptocracy in action. America is ruled by thieves, con artists, and corrupt officials (even if much of what they do is legal).

Police can generally seize any asset they say they think might have been used in a crime. They do not need a warrant, approval from a judge, or anything else. To get that property back, you must take them to court. In most cases, it isn’t worth it. This is one reason a lot of people in corrupt areas (or who have darker skin) don’t carry large amounts of cash. It’s not the criminals one needs to worry about, it’s the cops.

But they can take anything, including your car, boat, and even home.

This is punishment without trial, and it is dead routine.

Welcome to your dystopia.

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From the Comments:


The states have learned from their corrupt business partners that it is much easier to steal using the laws although they still use the old fashioned graft and power for personal gain. The states have even supplanted the Mob by taking over their Numbers racket with the Lottery, while the Banksters have rubbed out the loan sharks and replaced them with payday and title loans, charging twice the interest rate legally.
Posted by ErisDiscordia | Mon Feb 1, 2016, 12:36 PM (3 replies)

Paul Krugman, Bernie Sanders, and the Experts by Dean Baker

http://cepr.net/blogs/beat-the-press/paul-krugman-bernie-sanders-and-the-experts

I have tremendous respect for Paul Krugman. I also consider him a friend. For these reasons I am not eager to pick a fight with him, but there is something about his criticisms of Bernie Sanders that really bothered me.

In a blog post last week, Krugman told readers:

“As far as I can tell, every serious progressive policy expert on either health care or financial reform who has weighed in on the primary seems to lean Hillary.”


While I already had some fun with the idea of Krugman revoking the credentials of everyone who works in these areas who does not back Clinton, the appeal to the authority of the “experts” is more than a bit annoying. The reason is that the “experts” do not have a very good track record of late and still have a long way to go to win back the public’s trust...


The list goes on. The experts insisted that we would have a Second Great Depression if we didn’t bail out the Wall Street banks. Really? Was there some magical curse that would overcome the country if Goldman Sachs and Citigroup went out of business? Would Keynesian stimulus no longer work? We got out of the first Great Depression in 1941 by spending a ton of money fighting World War II. It is hard to see any reason why we couldn’t have ended the depression a decade sooner by spending a ton of money in 1931 on infrastructure, health care, and education. The same story would have applied in 2009.

Today most of the experts are telling us the economy is near full employment. To accept this view we have to believe that millions of prime age workers (between the ages of 25-54), just decided they don’t feel like working any more. The drop in labor force participation rates occurred at all education levels, including people with college and advance degrees. This massive loss of interest in working was completely unpredicted by the experts just a few years ago.

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Posted by ErisDiscordia | Mon Feb 1, 2016, 11:35 AM (4 replies)

The Next Flint

http://www.slate.com/articles/business/metropolis/2016/01/the_next_flint_michigan_could_be_a_suburb.html

...It’s also what could happen to older communities with aging infrastructure and declining tax revenues. No community can avoid the fact that America’s water infrastructure could require an investment of $1 trillion or more over the next 25 years. Some places, however, are more susceptible to crisis than others. An unholy brew of circumstances created the tragedy in Michigan—in which a money-saving decision to switch water supplies corroded the coating in Flint’s aging pipes, contaminating the supply with lead—yet similar circumstances afflict marginalized municipalities populated by marginalized people across the nation. Some of the most vulnerable communities are small post-industrial cities, like Flint. But the next infrastructure crisis is just as likely to occur in an aging, inner-ring, mostly black or Latino suburb.

“The post–World War II suburbs are starting to sag, because they were not meant to last this long,” says Myron Orfield, director of the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity at the University of Minnesota Law School. “The housing is rotten, the infrastructure is rotten. But it is the nonwhite suburbs that are the poorest places in metro America, with the smallest tax bases. There are thousands of them, and they are all going to have Flint problems all over the country.”

...The infrastructure of older areas like Yeadon is burdened heavily by exurban development, which is often located upstream from the cities and the inner-ring suburbs. These newer and less densely populated communities create far more runoff than undeveloped land would, especially if they rely on septic systems instead of sewers, multiplying costs for the downstream communities that must treat their water more heavily. Further complicating matters are many older communities’ use of lead piping. In 1938, Pennsylvania’s plumbing code regulations were changed to require lead piping, as were those of many other states. The material is also more malleable than iron, useful for building a complex network of pipes. Congress finally banned the practice in 1986...

The costs of the repair needs are staggering. A 2008 study ordered by then-Gov. Ed Rendell found that Pennsylvania requires $36.5 billion in repairs to its drinking and waste-water infrastructure by 2028. A recent study from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments found $58 billion in infrastructure upgrades are needed in the region surrounding the District of Columbia. Marc Edwards, the civil engineering professor at Virginia Tech and MacArthur genius-award recipient who helped uncover the lead-contamination scandals in Flint and Washington, D.C., estimates national infrastructure repair needs at $1 trillion; the U.S. Conference of Mayors puts the number between $2.8 and $4.8 trillion.

Where will this funding to come from? Not from the federal government, which has ratcheted down its investments in water infrastructure by more than 80 percent since 1980...
Posted by ErisDiscordia | Mon Feb 1, 2016, 10:52 AM (0 replies)

By every meaningful measure, today's elites are gods. This should make us angry Jeff Sparrow

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jan/21/by-every-meaningful-measure-todays-elites-are-gods-this-should-make-us-angry?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Version+A&utm_term=152229&subid=9068680&CMP=ema_565a

...62 individuals now control more wealth than the bottom half of the planet’s population. Such statistics should come as a shock: not necessarily a surprise but something more like an electrical jolt, awakening us to the global order we’ve constructed, now, in its everyday operations, demonstrably more unfair than any previous society in human history.

In the ancient world, the rulers lived in a luxury denied to their subjects, so much so that they often imagined themselves deities. But there were material limits to their delusions. Rich or poor, noble or commoner, everyone on the Nile Delta or the fertile crescent of Mesopotamia crescent suffered alike from disease and natural disaster and the other privations of a low-tech society without medicine or science.

In 1844, Marx discussed the super-wealthy of his own time, explaining how they took on the properties of the money they possessed:

I am ugly, but I can buy for myself the most beautiful of women. Therefore I am not ugly, for the effect of ugliness – its deterrent power – is nullified by money. I, according to my individual characteristics, am lame, but money furnishes me with 24 feet. Therefore I am not lame. I am bad, dishonest, unscrupulous, stupid; but money is honoured, and hence its possessor. Money is the supreme good, therefore its possessor is good.


To update that list, add everything made possible for the wealthy by the almost magical technology of the 21st century. Once you do, it’s clear that today’s elite don’t need to imagine themselves gods. By every meaningful measure, that’s what they are. They have absorbed, via their wealth, all the attributes that religion traditionally attributed to divinities, even as the world’s poorest still endure conditions familiar to the labourers who constructed the pyramids...
Posted by ErisDiscordia | Sun Jan 31, 2016, 10:08 PM (2 replies)

Sarah Palin dumped Cruz for Trump – and broke the evangelical vote in two

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jan/21/sarah-palin-dumped-cruz-for-trump-broke-evangelical-vote?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Version+A&utm_term=152229&subid=9068680&CMP=ema_565a

Expect a fully-fledged war in 2016 for the soul of the Republican party and Evangelicalism

Posted by ErisDiscordia | Sun Jan 31, 2016, 10:04 PM (7 replies)

Michael Moore: 10 Things They Won’t Tell You About the Flint Water Tragedy, But I Will

http://ecowatch.com/2016/01/30/michael-moore-flint/

News of the poisoned water crisis in Flint has reached a wide audience around the world. The basics are now known: the Republican governor, Rick Snyder, nullified the free elections in Flint, deposed the mayor and city council, then appointed his own man to run the city. To save money, they decided to unhook the people of Flint from their fresh water drinking source, Lake Huron, and instead, make the public drink from the toxic Flint River.

When the governor’s office discovered just how toxic the water was, they decided to keep quiet about it and covered up the extent of the damage being done to Flint’s residents, most notably the lead affecting the children, causing irreversible and permanent brain damage. Citizen activists uncovered these actions, and the governor now faces growing cries to resign or be arrested.

Here are 10 things that you probably don’t know about this crisis because the media, having come to the story so late, can only process so much. But if you live in Flint or the State of Michigan as I do, you know all to well that what the greater public has been told only scratches the surface.

1. While the Children in Flint Were Given Poisoned Water to Drink, General Motors Was Given a Special Hookup to the Clean Water.( with STATE money!)

2. For Just $100 a Day, This Crisis Could’ve Been Prevented.

3. There’s More Than the Lead in Flint’s Water.

4. People’s Homes in Flint Are Now Worth Nothing Because They Can't Be Sold.

5. While They Were Being Poisoned, They Were Also Being Bombed. (the Pentagon used Flint for target practice!)

6. The Wife of the Governor’s Chief of Staff Is a Spokeswoman for Nestle, Michigan’s Largest Owner of Private Water Reserves.

7. In Michigan, from Flint water, to Crime and Murder, to GM Ignition Switches, It’s a Culture of Death.

8. Don’t Call It “Detroit Water”—It’s the Largest Source of Fresh Drinking Water in the World.

9. ALL the Children Have Been Exposed, As Have All the Adults, Including Me.

10. This Was Done, Like So Many Things These Days, So the Rich Could Get a Big Tax Break.


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Posted by ErisDiscordia | Sun Jan 31, 2016, 08:42 PM (5 replies)

Michael Moore: 10 Things They Won’t Tell You About the Flint Water Tragedy, But I Will

http://ecowatch.com/2016/01/30/michael-moore-flint/

News of the poisoned water crisis in Flint has reached a wide audience around the world. The basics are now known: the Republican governor, Rick Snyder, nullified the free elections in Flint, deposed the mayor and city council, then appointed his own man to run the city. To save money, they decided to unhook the people of Flint from their fresh water drinking source, Lake Huron, and instead, make the public drink from the toxic Flint River.

When the governor’s office discovered just how toxic the water was, they decided to keep quiet about it and covered up the extent of the damage being done to Flint’s residents, most notably the lead affecting the children, causing irreversible and permanent brain damage. Citizen activists uncovered these actions, and the governor now faces growing cries to resign or be arrested.

Here are 10 things that you probably don’t know about this crisis because the media, having come to the story so late, can only process so much. But if you live in Flint or the State of Michigan as I do, you know all to well that what the greater public has been told only scratches the surface.

1. While the Children in Flint Were Given Poisoned Water to Drink, General Motors Was Given a Special Hookup to the Clean Water.( with STATE money!)

2. For Just $100 a Day, This Crisis Could’ve Been Prevented.

3. There’s More Than the Lead in Flint’s Water.

4. People’s Homes in Flint Are Now Worth Nothing Because They Can't Be Sold.

5. While They Were Being Poisoned, They Were Also Being Bombed. (the Pentagon used Flint for target practice!)

6. The Wife of the Governor’s Chief of Staff Is a Spokeswoman for Nestle, Michigan’s Largest Owner of Private Water Reserves.

7. In Michigan, from Flint water, to Crime and Murder, to GM Ignition Switches, It’s a Culture of Death.

8. Don’t Call It “Detroit Water”—It’s the Largest Source of Fresh Drinking Water in the World.

9. ALL the Children Have Been Exposed, As Have All the Adults, Including Me.

10. This Was Done, Like So Many Things These Days, So the Rich Could Get a Big Tax Break.


DETAILS AT LINK

Posted by ErisDiscordia | Sun Jan 31, 2016, 08:41 PM (5 replies)

Docs Reveal US Used Denmark for Rendition Flight Waiting to Kidnap Snowden

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/01/29/docs-reveal-us-used-denmark-rendition-flight-waiting-kidnap-snowden

A U.S. rendition plane was ready and waiting in Copenhagen in June 2013 to nab National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, a Danish news website reported this week...At the time, Snowden had fled Hong Kong and was stuck at the airport in Moscow.

Documents obtained by Denfri.dk from Denmark's Ministry of Justice, and which back previous claims, show that Danish authorities approved a request from the United States for a specific aircraft to fly over and in Danish territory "for state purposes of a non-commercial nature," and indicate that the aircraft did, in fact, land in Copenhagen.

That aircraft, with registration number N977GA, has been used in CIA and Department of Justice kidnappings, The Register reported in 2014.

Denfri.dk received the documents, many heavily redacted, following Freedom of Information requests it had sent in August 2015 "regarding requests from the U.S. government to Denmark and other countries that they arrest and extradite Snowden if he set foot in their country," Sputnik reports.

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I am disgusted with this, and those that perpetrated it
Posted by ErisDiscordia | Sun Jan 31, 2016, 04:21 PM (1 replies)

What is the Clintons’ longtime consigliere doing hawking passports to tiny island nations?

Lanny Davis's Caribbean Adventure

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/12/lanny-daviss-caribbean-adventure/418983/

Lanny Davis, the longtime D.C. fixer, lawyer, lobbyist, crisis-manager, influence-peddler, and professional friend-of-the-Clintons,... to talk about the purchase of citizenship. For a variable fee, beginning at just $250,000, you, too, can become a citizen of St. Kitts & Nevis. For even less you can buy your way into Grenada ($200,000) or Dominica ($100,000). We, the influencers of Washington—that is, a few dozen of Davis’s very important friends, plus a large contingent of befuddled media—have gathered over cocktails to learn about this prospect; to launch a “digital magazine” about Caribbean second-citizenship programs, called Belong; and to dispel any pesky misconceptions people might have...Perhaps the idea of buying yourself a new passport sounds, on its face, a little exotic—sleazy, even. That’s OK! We are here to educate.

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Last year, the U.S. Treasury Department issued an advisory to financial institutions warning about the risk that investor-purchased St. Kitts passports might be “used to facilitate financial crime.” But that was before (St. Kitts Prime Minister) Harris was elected, and he assures us he has cleaned house.

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...in the absence, to the right’s chagrin, of any major Benghazi-related revelations, perhaps the most disturbing thing to be gleaned from the emails has been the overwhelming level of sycophancy Clinton either encouraged or tolerated from virtually everyone around her. Yet Davis—he has appeared 43 times in the emails released to date—outdoes all the other Clinton hangers-on.

... he affects nonchalance: “We’ve been close friends since her last name was Rodham,” he says. “So I didn’t mind.” Did you know Lanny Davis attended Yale Law School with Bill and Hillary Clinton?


More than you ever wanted to know about Lanny Davis, St. Kitts, and the Clintons....He also authored this POS: http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/presidential-campaign/266947-5-questions-sanders-owes-it-to-democratic-party


Posted by ErisDiscordia | Sun Jan 31, 2016, 02:10 PM (6 replies)
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