Friday, July 01, 2011

Points of Interest 07/01/2011

Plenty to carry us through the weekend...

First, sign the petition. Over 90,000 other people have to this point. #SharedSacrifice


US trade agreements may lead to filling North Korean coffers...
"But let’s do the math here. The US government estimates that the North Koreans are 5 years and $200 million away from having nuclear capacity. I understand why KORUS would benefit the mega corporations that use the Chamber of Commerce as their front, the ones that hope to profiteer off of “slave labor” in Kaesong. But how exactly is it good for the American people to allow North Korea access to US markets? I just don’t see the upside to offshoring jobs, increasing the trade deficit and writing a check to North Korea to spend on nukes."
...Not to mention the billions in trade deficits thousands of jobs lost.

"The court cannot maintain its legitimacy as guardian of the rule of law when justices behave like politicians."
"The justices must address doubts about the court’s legitimacy by making themselves accountable to the code of conduct. That would make their rulings more likely to be seen as separate from politics and, as a result, convincing as law."
"But despite the fact that this is all recent history, it's treated like some kind of dreamscape."
"No one talks about it. Republicans pretend it never happened. Fox News insists that what we need is an even bigger dose of the medicine we got in the aughts, and this is, inexplicably, treated seriously by the rest of the press corps instead of being laughed at."
"Even for Romney, who’s flip-flopped more often and on more issues than any American politician in a generation..."
"...this is ridiculous. He’s argued repeatedly that Obama made the economy worse, and when asked to defend the bogus claim, says he never made the argument in the first place."
And speaking of those who refuse to admit when they were wrong...
"What’s remarkable, however, is that with the error pointed out, Heritage is digging in its heels and acting snide at those of us who are trying to point out the truth."
"So what would be the penalty for disobeying that order? Nothing, it turns out."

"They are too close to industry, concealing problems, rather than revealing and dealing with them."

"The lease deals are arranged between seemingly corrupt African leaders..."
"...reportedly without disclosing the details to the members of the communities that will be displaced because of the land development, and investors such as hedge fund managers."
A sensible 2012 budget that eliminates the deficit in 10 years.

"However, a growing number of climate scientists are now prepared to adopt a far more aggressive posture..."
"...arguing that the climate has already changed enough for it to be affecting the probability of an extreme weather event, whether it is an intense hurricane, a major flood or a devasating drought."
2010: The warmest year on record.

The 2050 Census.


"Requiem for a Rodeo Clown."

For fun, because this was what I grew up with in a pre-CGI world.

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