Folks along the east coast of New England are hearing more and more from their local weather stations about a possible blizzard due to blow in on Sunday -- in the Boston area, a "blizzard warning" has been issued effective from noon Sunday until early Monday evening.
The large-scale snow-storm -- which still has a chance of missing the area, or scaling back in size, duration and scope -- would certainly count as a harbinger of the arrival of a real New England winter.
Be safe out there, folks, if you've got to be out and about. If you're in New England, in an area affected by the storm, and if you are staying in, stay warm.
And to all, the countdown until New Year's eve has begun -- are you ready for 2011?
A friend recently asked why stupidity wasn't fatal -- he was bemoaning the idiocy of anti-environmental groups at the time. While my friend is well aware of just how dangerous and deadly stupidity could be, I took the opportunity to respond anyway in case the occasional lurker was in the vicinity.
The result was a simply little blurb that I thought I'd post here, too. Enjoy! -- GH
>> Why isn't stupidity fatal? <<
For the most part, the list is kept relatively free of Urban Legends -- winners must be verifiable, capable of making intelligent decisions and no innocent bystanders can be endangered. More available at the Wikipedia page.
From the Wikipedia page,
The Darwin Awards: A Chronicle of Enterprising Demises is a tongue-in-cheek honor named after evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin. Awards have been given for people who "do a service to Humanity by removing themselves from the gene pool" (i.e., lose the ability to reproduce either by death or sterilization in an idiotic fashion). According to Wendy Northcutt, author of the Darwin Award books: "The Awards honor people who ensure the long-term survival of the human race by removing themselves from the gene pool in a sublimely idiotic fashion." The Darwin Award books state that an attempt is made to disallow known urban legends from the awards, but some older "winners" have been 'grandfathered' to keep their awards. The Darwin Awards site does try to verify all submitted stories, but many similar sites, and the vast number of circulating "Darwin awards" emails, are largely fictional.
So, in summation, stupidity can be fatal, and plays a role in the ongoing evolution of the species through contributions to the "survival of the fittest" aspect of evolutionary development. Winners of the Award successfully remove themselves -- one way or another -- from the gene pool, effectively cleansing of it the blatantly stupid.
Unfortunately for us, there's an unforeseen parallel evolutionary track that nobody ever seems to mention: among the stupid, ~the stronger stupid~ survives, and lives to continue to taint the gene pool. That, of course, explains that stubborn, stupid 30% of unevolved cretins who continue to undermine the nation and make a mockery of reality-based thinking. It also appears to explain modern-day Republican leadership's endemic hypocrisy.
Ah, Darwin -- you inglorious bastard. See what you've gotten us into now...?
I've seen more battalions of climate deniers lately than I care to even acknowledge. They engage in a game of dangerous anti-intellectualism and prefer to dwell in a place of self-enforced ignorance, where they receive as well as cultivate ongoing support for their fallacies.
This piece isn't to waste time on them, or their highly funded interest in climate denial that special interests funnel a steady flow of money into.
A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance. ~Saul Bellow
Let them be ignorant, and reduced to the blather of background noise. This piece is simply a short inquiry for those who dwell in reality, surrounded by facts and thoughtful pursuits.
Here's the observation (in the form of an excerpt) and the question -- from here:
According to NASA (circa May 2004), there's a potential sometime over the next few decades for melting sea ice to trigger colder weather in Europe and North America. This isn't the first time we've heard about the effect -- our own Darksyde (Science Friday: Mystery of the Icebox Killer, Fri Sep 09, 2005 at 07:45:05 AM EST) wrote about the possibility a year later, and we've seen a few references to many unexpected changes -- increases -- in the rate of Arctic ice melt not only in 2005 but also in 2007, 2008, 2009 (and here) and 2010 (and here.
So, what's the likelihood now of any effect on the ocean conveyor?
Granted, the past impacts happened when a massive flood of cold fresh water rushed into it -- this time, it's not such an all-at-once scenario. But -- will the increase impact the conveyor? Destabilize or shift it? Alter it's speed, course or charming sense of humor?
On Thanksgiving Day in 2007, HawkWife posted one of her only two DailyKos (and "one and only" ePluribus Media) diaries. She's always active online, but the overall political scene encompassing DailyKos isn't her cup of tea. Still, she had a story that she wanted to share and I encouraged her to post it here.
And I'm now reposting it in the spirit of the holiday. Here it is (below the fold) -- you can find the original here.1
Namaste, and Happy Thanksgiving.
Miners' deaths a national tragedy, New Zealand prime minister says
By the CNN Wire Staff
November 24, 2010 7:07 a.m. EST
(CNN) -- All 29 miners trapped underground following an explosion last week in a New Zealand mine are dead, the official in charge of the rescue attempt said Wednesday.
"There was another massive explosion underground, and based on that explosion, no one survived," Gary Knowles, superintendent of Tasman Police Command, told reporters. "We're now going to recovery mode."
Oh, bugger -- another conflict brewing on the international stage. From the LA Times:
North Korea fires on South Korean island
Numerous casualties are reported as artillery rounds strike the island. South Korean troops return fire.
By John M. Glionna and Ethan Kim, Los Angeles Times
November 23, 2010|12:11 a.m.
Reporting from Seoul
North Korea on Tuesday fired dozens of artillery rounds onto a populated South Korean island, apparently causing numerous casualties after Pyongyang claimed Seoul was readying for "an invasion," according to media reports here.
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak called an emergency session of his national security council in an underground bunker at the presidential residence late Tuesday to devise a response to the attack, which occurred near the disputed western border between north and south.
South Korean soldiers returned fire but it was not clear whether any North Koreans were killed or injured.
The South Korean military was conducting drills near Yeonpyeong island when the North opened fire about 2:30 p.m. Seoul time, officials said. Pyongyang had earlier sent letters to Seoul that it considered the exercises "preparation for an invasion," which South Korea denied, officials said.
A spokeswoman for Lee said the Seoul government was looking into the motive behind the sudden attacks.
"Our Navy was conducting a maritime exercise near the western sea border today. North Korea has sent a letter of protest over the drill. We're examining a possible link between the protest and the artillery attack," said Kim Hee-jung, the spokeswoman.
Just what the world needs -- more armed conflict.
And just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, too.
Hat-tip ThomasTallis of DelphiForums for the heads-up.
Hat-tip Lordrag of DelphiForums.
So, not all of the rich elite are against letting the Bush tax cuts expire for the wealthiest of Americans:
"For the fiscal health of our nation and the well-being of our fellow citizens, we ask that you allow tax cuts on incomes over $1,000,000 to expire at the end of this year as scheduled," their website states. "We make this request as loyal citizens who now or in the past earned an income of $1,000,000 per year or more."
That right there is million dollar patriotism, brought to you by your fellow concerned citizens out of concern for the economy and who have a good sense of what will help the economy the most.
Taxes. Specifically, taxing those who can most afford it.
Sometimes, someone says what needs to be said -- there's more to the truth than the objective idealism of "fair and balanced" which Fox News has turned into a catch-phrase for "partisanship" and propaganda.
In the Special Comment delivered on 15 November 2010, Keith Olbermann talks about the News Media and it's abhorrent record.
Give it a listen.
Comments are open, and welcome.
People who claim that the Tea Party is a party "of the people, by the people and for the people" are ignoring just what kind of "people" these folks are "for" -- it's not United States citizens, it's citizens who are "like them." They ignore the diverse mix of cultures, races and ethnicities that combine to form our nation's people.
"Tea Baggers" more aptly describe the hateful, fearful, angry insanity that grips them.
So does the term "lunatic fringe."
With any luck, the FBI -- along with DHS and the Secret Service -- are keeping track of these dangerous, unstable individuals. And with a bit of due diligence, perhaps they've assembled enough evidence to start pressing charges against them in a way that helps ensure a trial that will expose their insanity and bring out the facts that they appear to be so ignorant, and yet so angered & fearful, of.
The YouTube video posted above contains some violent, inciteful rhetoric. Here's a couple of choice tidbits (any errors in transcription are mine):
06:00 - 06:25 minutes in:
"I don't care how this gets painted by the mainstream media. I don't care if this shows up on YouTube, because I am convinced that the most important thing that the founding fathers did to ensure me my first amendment rights was they gave me a second amendment. And if ballots don't work, bullets will."
07:47 minutes in:
"When I say I'll put my microphone down on November 2nd if we haven't achieved substantial victory, I mean it. Because at that point, I'm gonna go up into the hills of Kentucky, I'm gonna go out into the midwest, I'm gonna go up in the, ah, Vermont and New Hampshire, ah, outreaches, and I'm gonna gather together men and women who understand that some things are worth fighting for, and some things are worth dying for."
Where the hell was the outrage during the Bush/Cheney administration? Why are these folks so ignorant of the party mostly responsible for not only dropping this nation off an economic cliff while gutting our social and national security safety nets? Why don't these idiots look at the record of the party that was in power, and see how that party has been steadfastly working to prevent the current Administration from addressing and resolving the issues caused by the previous two?
That's the key: they're only angered about losing an election. Since they only favor democracy when it works in their favor, they show their true colors when reality catches up to them...and those colors most certainly aren't red, white and blue.
Their calls to insurrection and for assassination certainly aren't very Christian, either.
It's time that the FBI, Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security begin taking action and bring some charges against some of these imbeciles, before more poor unbalanced fools takes up arms and start shooting indiscriminately.
Otherwise, calls for sedition and treason, as well as shout-outs for the assassination of duly elected government officials, may well spark a violent conflagration between the steadily-increasing numbers of unbalanced, desperate people and the rest of our citizenry.
C'mon, folks -- do your jobs, if you've got enough direct evidence to enable you to move to counteract the rising tides of fear, loathing, anger and resentment before it turns into something even more ugly.
Crossposted to DailyKos. Bumped and promoted. Originally posted 2010-11-07 10:50:39 -0500. -- GH
Missy the Malamute -- aka "Missy Woo" aka "Missydog" aka "Woo" aka "Woo-woo Girl" -- has been gone several years now, but we miss her presence every day. When I came across this tearjerker story about a dedicated dog who, 5 months after his owner died, still waits by the side of the road for his return, my memories of Missy and her phenomenal level of both dedication and intelligence came flooding back even more strongly.Hat-tip JRichards33 of DelphiForums Below the fold is one story of Missy's loyalty, and how -- in spite of that -- she was still an outspoken dog. Feel free to share your own story of dedication, loyalty and love in comments.
This remembrance is dedicated to all who have known, loved and lost special pooties and woozles, as well as those who still have their amazing pets to learn from, grow with and share their lives with.
"...conservatives have spent the past 40 years systematically delegitimizing the very idea of constitutional democracy in America. When they're in power, they mismanage it and defund it. When they're out of power, they refuse to participate in running the country at all -- indeed, they throw all their energy into thwarting the democratic process any way they can." -- Sarah Robinson, April 2010
This is a perfect summation of how the GOP has behaved, particularly since Obama took office.
As I said on Facebook,
xaxnar's DailyKos diary contains that tidbit from Sara about conservatives -- they really have evolved into a "Disaster Capitalism" form of political and economic poison for the majority of the nation & world.
And a bunch of disillusioned, deluded and/or disaffected fools just gave 'em back control of the House.
We need the people who put these putzes back into power to seriously wake up and start doing everything they can to recall their poisonous, infectious lunatics and replace 'em with something far less dangerous.
The following first appeared on DailyKos on Friday, 29 October. They've posted it at least once daily since then, and will continue to do so at least once daily every day until the election. It's up there even now. It's simple, straightforward and blunt.
I'm reposting it here, with a hat-tip and a thank-you, for our readers to also share. My only changes are that I've bolded the titles "Questions" and "Answers" for readability. -- GH
- What was the average monthly private sector job growth in 2008, the final year of the Bush presidency, and what has it been so far in 2010?
- What was the Federal deficit for the last fiscal year of the Bush presidency, and what was it for the first full fiscal year of the Obama presidency?
- What was the stock market at on the last day of the Bush presidency? What is it at today?
- Which party's candidate for speaker will campaign this weekend with a Nazi reenactor who dressed up in a SS uniform?
- In 2008, we lost an average of 317,250 private sector jobs per month. In 2010, we have gained an average of 95,888 private sector jobs per month. (Source) That's a difference of nearly five million jobs between Bush's last year in office and President Obama's second year.
- In FY2009, which began on September 1, 2008 and represents the Bush Administration's final budget, the budget deficit was $1.416 trillion. In FY2010, the first budget of the Obama Administration, the budget deficit was $1.291 trillion, a decline of $125 billion. (Source) Yes, that means President Obama has cut the deficit -- there's a long way to go, but we're in better shape now than we were under Bush and the GOP.
- On Bush's final day in office, the Dow, NASDAQ, and S&P 500 closed at 7,949, 1,440, and 805, respectively. Today, as of 10:15AM Pacific, they are at 11,108, 2,512, and 1,183. That means since President Obama took office, the Dow, NASDAQ, and S&P 500 have increased 40%, 74%, and 47%, respectively.
- The Republican Party, whose candidate for speaker, John Boehner, will campaign with Nazi re-enactor Rich Iott this weekend. If you need an explanation why this is offensive, you are a lost cause.
The moral of the story is this: if you vote Republican, I hope you enjoy Election Day -- because you're not going to like what comes next.
This post originally appeared here on Friday, October 29.
That's it, folks. Keep it in mind, and share it.
The following video expresses why I'm not voting Republican this year. And I'm not voting for the Tea Party, which is a Republican-supported creation of Libertarian billionaires designed solely to help whittle away potential opposition to GOP candidates.
The YouTube video, called I Remember, cites many of the reasons that a vote for putting -- or keeping -- any member of the Republican party in any position of power is a vote against the best interests of the nation.
Watch, and remember:
Hat-tip Leslie of DelphiForums.