Sep 01

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On the Origins of Fuck Part 2: But what about the D? -


A new blogpost on So Long as it’s Words! On ‘O d fuckin Abbot’ from 1528.

Unlike the so-called Anglo-Saxon four-letter swearwords, the gritty, grubby nasty ones which we like to imagine hark back to a harsh medieval life, damn is originally from Latin, and came into English via French. In Latin, damnāre meant ‘to inflict damage upon something’ or ‘to condemn to punishment’.

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45 sick from Campylobacter linked to raw milk in Utah -

Raw milk, have a swig of, well, take a guess. No really, take a guess it might be in there.

Danish scientists uncover clue to Listeria's toughness -

Tough critter listeria.

Raw and risky: do rewards outweigh risks? -

Nice piece on food risks.

Bacterial occurrence in kitchen hand towels -

So what about those kitchen towels anyway?

5 False Founding Father Quotes That The GOP Can’t Stop Falsely Quoting -

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The Meaning Of The Koch Brothers Tapes: "I Don't Know Where We'd Be Without You" -


The Meaning Of The Koch Brothers Tapes: "I Don't Know Where We'd Be Without You"

One of the classic strategies for politicians caught saying embarrassing things is to use the old “there’s nothing to see here, keep moving” ploy. Republicans tried that at first when Romney was caught on the 47% tape, but it didn’t work for them because it wasn’t only what Romney said that was so offensive, it was the context: speaking to a bunch of wealthy donors about all those greedy seniors and poor people.

Sounds familiar.

The spectacle of Mitch McConnell, Joni Ernst, Cory Gardner, Tom Cotton, the head of the Republican Governors Association (and other politicians who were on the agenda or in attendance) kowtowing to Charles and David Koch and other billionaires gathered at the luxury resort. All the money spent on security ($870,000 to rent the hotel exclusively not to mention their own private security detail) to keep the meeting as secretive as possible. And Mitch McConnell, the most powerful man in the Republican party as the Senate Minority Leader, giving a speech outlining how his entire career, and the party’s future policy strategy, were all in service to the Koch agenda. The combination will be as definitional to this campaign as the 47% video was to 2012.

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Why Fight For Unions? So We Can Fight An Economy Rigged Against Us -


Why Fight For Unions? So We Can Fight An Economy Rigged Against Us

The other day I wrote about how FedEx has been pretending that their employees are not employees, which gets around labor standards for things like overtime, family leave and the rest.

This misclassification game is just one way that big companies have been rigging the rules to give themselves an edge, getting around what We the People set down for our democracy.

The result, of course, is even more people paid even less with even worse working conditions. And the bad players get an advantage that drives out the good ones.

Like misclassification, this game-rigging, cheating, edge-seeking, rule-bypassing stuff is everywhere you look. (Rigged trade deals, corporate tax “deferral” and inversions, corporate campaign donations, too-big-to-fail banks, Congressional obstruction, etc. and etc…) This rigging of the game in favor of the ultra-wealthy gets worse and worse.

Why is this so? Because the rules set down by our democracy can’t be enforced unless We the People can organize to be powerful enough to overcome the great wealth and power of a few ultra-billionaires and their corporations. Without the ability to organize, we are on our own as individuals against great wealth and power.

This is where labor unions come in. Working people organizing into a group so they are not fighting this power alone as individuals gives them a chance to demand a slice of the pie.

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The Biggest Tax Scam Ever -



This is the reality of our political system in 2014: In what should be a titanic battle between multinational corporate power and federal power, our elected representatives are hardly putting up a fight. Obama has been a sharp critic of corporate tax avoidance. Yet the offshore corporate earnings…

A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to “keep the bums in,” with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a glide path to another term when ballots are counted Nov. 4.

"Despite the incredibly low polling, favorable ratings for Congress, it’s still an incumbent’s world,"



this is why I have trust issues


this is why I have trust issues

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dsaucedo said: Can you please explain to me why Republicans are upset that President Obama wore a light tan suit to a press conference? I have absolutely no clue what is going on here.


They freak out when he has a cheeseburger. I think they’re just perpetually outraged at pretty much everything. And I don’t think it’s the tan suit so much as the brown skin.