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Riot erupts near St. Louis over police shooting of teen | more -- The FBI has launched a parallel investigation.

Amid pressure, New York releases half of Common Core test questions

Study: More coffee may prevent your ears from ringing

Babylon 5 reboot likely to become big-budget film: Original series creator will pen the script, possibly finance the film

Dear Johns: Actually, You Should Be Ashamed to Buy Sex -- There is a lot that is wrong in this article, or at least wrong-headed. The author (strangely enough, a woman) decries the industry by contrasting the relative freedom the customers enjoy (rarely prosecuted) with the restrictions sex workers endure (especially those trafficked into such work). The piece takes pot shots at everything, mainly casting aspersions. She does admit that "some woman [sic] do choose this line of work, and sex-workers unions argue that prostitution can be a freely made choice" but dismisses it in the same sentence. What the author fails to realize or acknowledge is that 1) it's not called the oldest profession for nothing--it's not going away, & 2) the illegality of the trade is the root cause of most of its problems. The best way to tamp down on most of the concerns is to pursue legalization or decriminalization, so the industry can be regulated.
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Racist, sexist New York Post front page goes full 'Hey, where the white women at?' on Obama (DailyKos)

'Sister Wives' Family Wins Ruling in Bigamy Suit -- "A federal judge ruled Friday that key parts of Utah's polygamy laws are unconstitutional, handing a legal victory to a polygamist family that stars in the TV reality show 'Sister Wives.' U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups said in the ruling that the phrase in Utah law that forbids cohabitation with another person was a violation of the First Amendment."

Dehydration, delirium cited in Lynne Spalding's death -- This does not absolve the hospital in any way. Officials failed to do a timely, thorough search. The same amount of liability would attach if the patient had been afflicted with Alzheimer's--just because she was confused does not mean that the hospital did its due diligence. Because of their negligence, the woman died of thirst, one of the most excruciatingly painful ways to go.

Govern in Poetry (NYT)

The FDA's toothless action on animal-feed antibiotics isn't enough

Could comb jellies, close cousins of jellyfish, be the earliest ancestors of animals? -- Not suggesting anything of substance but, in the last photo, the left side of the red lobate ctenophore does resemble a human brain.
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Majority of Handprints Found in Ancient Cave Paintings from Women | more

Earliest known nervous system found

Eating popcorn 'disrupts advertising' -- "Researchers found that viewers remember brands by simulating the pronunciation of a new name with their mouths. [...] 'The mundane activity of eating popcorn made participants immune to the pervasive effects of advertising,' said Sascha Topolinski, one of the researchers."

Now We Have Proof Reading Literary Fiction Makes You a Better Person -- And people look at me askance when I say the only fiction I read are the classics.

Why we miss Kay Bailey Hutchison -- The Texan paper of record disowns its own endorsement of Ted Cruz

More Tea Party/Cruz news on this day of impending government reopening:

Anderson Cooper decides GOP strategist Alex Castellanos is 'high' after he says Cruz is 'having bunny sex'

Tea party wants to take America back -- to the 18th century
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There's a commercial that states, "We [humans] are beautifully imperfect creatures in an imperfect world."

Well, yes. If we were "beautifully imperfect creatures" in a perfect world, the human condition would mere be tragic. Tragedy, all the time.

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Sep. 27th, 2013 10:01 pm
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As Ecclesiastes intimates, life is ultimately meaningless. There is no point to doing anything. There is no point to life.

But at least some things are funny along the way.
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Anwar al-Aulaqi's assassination by the President was wrong. Simple as that. American citizens should not be targeted for death by the President. He should have been sought & brought back for trial, particularly since he was a propagandist, not a soldier in the field of battle. That's what the rule of law means. President Obama says we are a nation of laws, but he took the law in his own hands & made himself judge, jury & executioner.

This is the beginning of the end. Seriously. If this appropriation of power goes to the Executive Branch without challenge, then we've essentially sanctioned disappearings, secret police, political imprisonings, the whole works. If the President can label an American citizen an enemy of the state & have that person killed without trial, there's no limit to that person's power. We might as well stop pretending & admit that we've reverted to a de facto monarchy.

Edit: Apparently Juan Cole agrees with this sentiment & articulates why. (found via DailyKos comment) See also Digby at Hullaballoo.
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Oh, it's been a while. I've been working the project & altered a few of my online habits, so I haven't been on LJ much lately. That soon will change: the project should end tomorrow.

I drop by, however, not for that update, but rather to mark the occasion of bin Laden's death.

It seems a lot of people are thrilled by this man's demise. I'm rather appalled at Americans cheering this event. We should be relieved that a dark chapter of our history has turned a page, if not been closed altogether. We as a nation needed psychological closure. Each of the families who lost someone needed that closure.

But to drink & celebrate? That is ugly. That is vulgar. That is low.
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I think part of President Obama's problem was that he was not in Congress during the time when Republicans controlled both houses of Congress & the Presidency. He did not see what a strongheaded executive branch could accomplish with such wind at his back.

He also did not personally witness the Republicans threaten "the nuclear option" with regards to the filibuster. Basically, for those who need a refresher, they were willing to get rid of the filibuster without going through what Democrats are trying to do now, which is rewrite the rules during the first day of the Congressional term. This is permitted by clauses in the Constitution itself. The "nuclear option" would have destroyed any goodwill on either side of the aisle.

Obama didn't see hardball politics at work. Now he mistakes the softballs that Republicans throw him as such. Unfortunately, he may not see the hardball when it really comes flying.
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President Obama has accomplished something I did not know was possible. His tax cut "compromise" has had the effect of dampening my enthusiasm for consuming news. In fact, I don't think I've webcrawled for news in over a week.

This amazes me because I have been rather rabid about news, political news especially, ever since the dispute over the 2000 election.

*shrug* I just think the rest of Obama's presidency is a wash. Whether he sees that or not, well, that doesn't really matter. He's whittled away his power till now he's the Republicans' doormat. There's really no coming back from that.
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Dear MSNBC:

I understand that you need to enforce journalistic standards & have in turn suspended Keith Olbermann without pay due to his donations to three Democratic candidates. As a network, you need to avoid the perception that you are anything but impartial. As a consumer of your news, I respect your process.

However, Keith Olbermann is the main reason I watch MSNBC on a daily basis. While he is out of your lineup, I will refrain from viewing any shows on your network. I would not be surprised if I am not the only Countdown fan who will adopt such a stance.

If you care about fairness, at least come to a decision about how long Mr. Olbermann's suspension will be, and communicate that length to MSNBC viewers. It is not as if he were an NFL player who issued a helmet-to-helmet hit.

Sincerely,

MSNBC: Fail

Nov. 3rd, 2010 09:55 am
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I was so disappointed in MSNBC's coverage of the returns last night. Not that it wasn't insightful or accurate, but it wasn't inclusive.

When I saw that they had brought Eugene Robinson (from the Washington Post) on as a commentator, I was actually impressed, thinking that was a nice change from Pat Robertson. Eugene is a thoughtful, erudite opinionist with a good lock on the pulse of the American left. As an African-American, he brings a perspective that is not inherently present on the network (although anchors like Keith Olbermann & Rachael Maddow fight the good fight when it comes down to calling out bigotry & interpreting trends others may have missed).

However, all of the team, especially Lawrence O'Donnell, talked over Robinson, not really letting him get a word in edgewise. His speaking style may have something to do with it--he is sometimes soft-spoken & often takes a few moments to get up to steam for his point to shine through. When he is interviewed, he contributes quite a bit to the discourse of why politics are perceived through various lenses, because he's given his time to speak. Chris Matthews interrupts a lot--that's his schtick--but the combination of him & O'Donnell served to drown out anything that Robinson may have elucidated, & that is a shame.

That said, that pales in comparison to what happened after that crew retired for the night, around 2 a.m. That's when the adults went to bed & the college folk were still up. MSNBC brought out a team that was anchored chiefly by a (White) woman who moderated two other (White) women, a White man & a Black man. I'm scouring the MSNBC site for the name of the woman who anchored the late-night coverage; believe me, if/when I uncover it, I will post it. Her moderation was so one-sided & rude one would need to be asleep to not notice.

One of her female colleagues was able to pontificate as to how the House results meant that the American people rejected the progressive platform & would herald a complete change in governance, e&. When the black gentleman would attempt to rebut that woman's comments, the host would cut him off or interrupt. She did not use this behavior with anyone else. My jaw dropped when he told the one woman "I think you're dead wrong" & began to list what factors he thought was important to why the House races didn't portend all doom & gloom; the host literally would not let him finish his second sentence but called for commercial while he was speaking.

I've never seen such disrespectful behavior amongst colleagues at MSNBC. She could have just let him wrap up his point quickly instead of shutting him down. It was something O'Reilly would have done when he heard a talking point with which he didn't agree. I was shocked.

As soon as I get confirmation of the identities of the parties involved, I will pen an email to MSNBC expressing my astonishment & dismay at the dismissiveness I witnessed.
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It bemuses me to see in the days after the House vote promos on the cable news stations proclaiming, "Health care passed. Now what?"

Basically, the commentators are trying to drum up increased viewership by touting that they will be discussing what exactly is in the bill-now-law. To me, this just further illustrates how badly the anchors did their job of informing the American people what exactly was in the bill to begin with. Instead, they (especially CNN) filled their broadcasts with the characterizations of the bill's contents, usually purported by political operatives. They allowed the agents of misinformation disseminate their false talking points, essentially colluding to confuse the layperson trying to get clear ideas so as to make informed analyses. Just sad.
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Apparently, folks thought Avatar would have won more awards by now, considering how many canned jokes have been made (particularly Ben Stiller's makeup).

It's been Hurt Locker's night. Which is interesting, because I just wasn't thrilled when I saw it. (However, my father couldn't stop singing its praises.)

Christoph Waltz totally deserved his award. If you haven't seen Inglorious Basterds, put it on your list.

Also, I must see Precious. Damn.

Edit: What is up with these personalized best actor & actress recitations? Why are the speeches about the persons, not their roles? *shakes head* These people do not need their egos inflated. That I strongly feel.
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We Can't Wish Away Climate Change -- by Al Gore. Well worth the read, even if it's at NYT.
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Just because cell phones exist, that doesn't mean libraries stop being places where people should be as quiet as possible.
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Biden vs. Cheney: The veeps, current and past, square off over the war on terror and terrorist trials. Who won? Hard to say.

One television commentator referred to it as a smackdown worthy of World Wrestling Entertainment, but, to be honest, Sunday's talk-show back-and-forth between Dick Cheney and Joe Biden was a surprisingly substantive exchange on how best to bring terrorists to justice. For the most part, the current vice president had the better of the argument, but on one issue -- whether Khalid Shaikh Mohammed should be tried in a civilian court -- Biden ominously signaled that the administration might be moving toward Cheney's view.

Vice President Joseph Biden on NBC's 'Meet the Press' (transcript)

Former Vice President Dick Cheney on ABC's 'This Week' (transcript)

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