The press still thinks [global warming] is controversial. So they find the 1% of the scientists and put them up as if they’re 50% of the research results. You in the public would have no idea that this is basically a done deal and that we’re on to other problems, because the journalists are trying to give it a 50/50 story. It’s not a 50/50 story. It’s not. Period. —
Neil deGrasse Tyson, podcast interview (via fourteendrawings)
This is basically what the media does always.
Seriously, any influential or rich enough person can make an absurd claim and have “experts” bicker about it as though it has any validity.
It’s good for a little bickering at the start, rev up the hypothesis juices and figure out what your controls may be. All so you can have that nice theory when you are done.
Nevada Republican defends Cliven Bundy but calls immigrants ‘terrorists’ | The Raw Story -
Nevada Republican defends Cliven Bundy but calls immigrants ‘terrorists’ (via Raw Story )
A Nevada Republican legislator complained about MSNBC host Chris Hayes’ remarks regarding rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle, yet repeatedly referred to undocumented immigrants as “terrorists” during a combative interview Friday night. “I’m not…
How the real world is currently working. Officer, a villager has a goat, go and confiscate it. I’ll decide when and what they will have.
Hehe, funny police listening to a mere mortal villager? I think not. Maybe the Mayor or just a fellow officer wanted his own goat.
(image via yellowdog granny)
it was the first time in American History that young American Soldiers were not respected or honored in the ways they should have been.
You talking Nam?
(Source: adeyami, via iammyfather)
This Hobby Lobby Bible Course Could Be Coming To A Public School Near You -
slephoto:The president of a company that is currently challenging Obamacare laws before the Supreme Court is also trying to bring a class about the Bible to thousands of schools. Earlier this week, Mustang Public Schools in Oklahoma voted to adopt a Bible …
OH! So THIS is why Hobby Lobby doesn’t want to chip in for BC in their employee healthcare plans, they need that money to develop lesson plans & pay off legislators & judges to force their religious beliefs on students!
Green said the purpose of the course is to “reintroduce this book to this nation. This nation is in danger because of its ignorance of what God has taught.”
This nation is in danger from ignorance, all right, Mr. Green, but it’s your ignorance that you want to enforce that’s the danger.
Will Companies be the new Rulers?
"In the sixteenth century, the rise of Lutheranism and Calvinism led to numerous wars and conflicts among the advocates of the new reformed churches and those who defended Catholicism. In 1555, the Peace of Augsburg recognized Lutheranism and established the principle of cuius regio, eius religio, literally, "whose rule, his the religion." In other words, the religion of a prince or political leader determined the religion that was to be practiced within a given realm. "
Will you be required to practice your employer’s religion in order to retain your Job?
"Hi, kids? I can’t pick you up after school, just hired a new HR guy and he convinced the owner to try out this new model religion. Something about having to pray at the same time everyday, brings community they say. Love ya, see ya soon!"
You Break the Law Every Day … Without Even Knowing It | The Free Thought Project -
You Break the Law Every Day … Without Even Knowing It
October 22, 2013
James Duane, a professor at Regent Law School and former defense attorney, notes in his excellent lecture on why it is never a good idea to talk to the police:
Image: Do you break the law?
Estimates of the current size of the body of federal criminal law vary. It has been reported that the Congressional Research Service cannot even count the current number of federal crimes. These laws are scattered in over 50 titles of the United States Code, encompassing roughly 27,000 pages. Worse yet, the statutory code sections often incorporate, by reference, the provisions and sanctions of administrative regulations promulgated by various regulatory agencies under congressional authorization. Estimates of how many such regulations exist are even less well settled, but the ABA thinks there are ”nearly 10,000.”
If the federal government can’t even count how many laws there are, what chance does an individual have of being certain that they are not acting in violation of one of them?
As Supreme Court Justice Breyer elaborates:
The complexity of modern federal criminal law, codified in several thousand sections of the United States Code and the virtually infinite variety of factual circumstances that might trigger an investigation into a possible violation of the law, make it difficult for anyone to know, in advance, just when a particular set of statements might later appear (to a prosecutor) to be relevant to some such investigation.
For instance, did you know that it is a federal crime to be in possession of a lobster under a certain size? It doesn’t matter if you bought it at a grocery store, if someone else gave it to you, if it’s dead or alive, if you found it after it died of natural causes, or even if you killed it while acting in self defense. You can go to jail because of a lobster.
If the federal government had access to every email you’ve ever written and every phone call you’ve ever made, it’s almost certain that they could find something you’ve done which violates a provision in the 27,000 pages of federal statues or 10,000 administrative regulations. You probably do have something to hide, you just don’t know it yet.
And that’s just federal laws.
Crazy State Laws - click the link to read these - they are nuts!
Took a law course, the professor introduced us to the first class with a lecture that started off, with ” Everyone of you are criminals. You can not get up in the morning and go through a normal day without breaking the law.”
Instead of using its position to line the pockets of water companies, the World Bank should support what is most needed: affordable and clean – and public – water for all. — Opinion: World Bank wants water privatized, despite risks: Efforts endanger access to and pricing of life’s most precious resource (via aljazeeraamerica)
(Source: liberalsarecool, via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)
Am I being disciplined? Am I free to go?
#KYSen: Tea Party Leader Resigns to Pull Mitch McConnell’s Daggers Out of Matt Bevin’s Back -
In a sign of the times, a leader in one of the largest and most politically active national Tea Party groups is resigning in the lead up to the 2014 elections.
Tea Party Express chairwoman Amy Kremer has played a major role in elections for the past five years, but she’s stepping down, CNN reported Friday. “This has been a really difficult decision for me, but the time has come for me to leave Tea Party Express.”
Kremer is leaving in order to fight the daggers with which Republican Senator Mitch McConnell is allegedly stabbing the conservative movement. Upset that the Tea Party Express is heading to Florida to give aid in a mere House race, she’s going to work as a consultant for Matt Bevin, the Tea Party challenger for McConnell’s Kentucky Senate seat.
Comparing Matt Bevin to conservatives like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Mike Lee, who have made trouble for their own party, Kremer told CNN, “They’re having daggers put in their back, not by the Democrats but by members of their own caucus. That effort is being led by Mitch McConnell and the only way to stop that is to defeat Mitch McConnell.”
The Tea Party Express is the group that worked with CNN in 2012 in order to “host the first tea party Republican presidential debate,” because leave it to the mainstream media to be the last to know that the Tea Party’s influence is DOA on everything except the Republican Party (hey, you built that guys). Yeah, the Tea Party seems hell bent on destroying the few bits of the Republican Party still standing after the GOP itself spent years destroying its brand chasing after fools gold.
The Tea Party’s approvals hit a record low in December of 2013after the epic failure of their government shutdown.
The same fringe of the conservative movement never goes away, they just rebrand. The same folks were the Birchers until that became obvious for what it was, and now they’re the Tea Party. The difference is that the Republican Party has given them more and more power, until they were/are running the party (see the GOP led-House). Republicans have had to do this in order to make up for the fact that their tent is shrinking, and the Tea Party have proven to be easily manipulated by the Koch Brothers and thus great shills for the elite. But just because that is what they are actually doing doesn’t mean that they know they are doing that. Most of the activists are true believers.
Reinforcements are coming for Matt Bevin at a time when Mitch McConnell’s campaign often seems to be run by people who are secretly plotting his downfall, and he’s burning through cash in a manner unfitting an allegedly fiscal conservative.
It’s a dirty Republican on Republican primary in Kentucky, and waiting cleanly in the wings is a well polling Alison Lundergan Grimes. And by the way, “The Secretary of State of Kentucky has outraised the Minority Leader of the U.S. Senate, not once but twice,” said Grimes’ campaign manager Jonathan Hurst.
H/T: Sarah Jones at PoliticusUSA
Comcast has argued that there’s nothing to worry about here because it doesn’t compete with Time Warner Cable in any ZIP code… When Comcast wanted to acquire NBCUniversal, Comcast’s CEO told this committee not to worry about it because there were still other robust distributors, and he specifically named Time Warner Cable, which would prevent Comcast from setting anti-competitive prices for Comcast content.
The point was that Comcast couldn’t get away with that sort of behavior because distributors including Time Warner Cable wouldn’t stand for it, and they could go to the FCC and complain about it, too. Later in the hearing, Comcast’s CEO also told us, ‘We are not getting any larger in cable distribution here.’ Well, if this deal goes through, Comcast will become larger in cable distribution, and if this deal goes through, Comcast never again will have to negotiate with Time Warner Cable when it comes to setting prices for NBC content. And NBC content, everyone should remember, is 20-some networks.
Comcast can’t have it both ways. It can’t say that the existence of competition among distributors including Time Warner Cable was a reason to approve the NBC deal in 2010 and then turn around a few years later and say that the absence of competition with Time Warner Cable is a reason to approve this deal. — Franken: Comcast called Time Warner Cable a competitor until they wanted to merge | Ars Technica (via jenn2d2)
my social inequalities prof said “white moms can look frumpy as hell going into a PTA meeting and ur applauded for it but god forbid a latina mom show up in sweatpants bc then she’s just another lazy wetback right” and this white girl started crying and she left