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Probably a bit weak to blog a blogger bloging a study, but this deserves attention! Scott Santens in Science reports on preliminary results from the "Social Cash Transfer Programme (SCT)", a study undertaken in Liberia by the Liberian Ministry of Gender and Development with support from UNICEF and funded by the EU and Japan. Final Results are yet to be published but they seem to corroborate other similar studies.

So, what exactly happens when you JUST GIVE poor people money with no strings attached? St Ronny the Racist won elections by having us believe in "Welfare Queens". To this day we are inundated with variations on this meme: "It'll just go to drugs and alcohol", "Can't feed their kids but they can get them cell phones", "But they can afford a weave"...just three off the top of my head.. not meant to be an exhaustive list. We've all heard thousands of them. So, what actually happens when you give money away... pretty amazing things...

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Last week, before declaring his delusions of presidency, Tom Ted Cruz famously tried to publicly bully a NASA official into 'stop looking at the Earth and get back to space exploration'....

A week later, the vacuous, political couch jumping twit has the audacity wrap himself in the robes of Galileo and try to pull off a childish/churlish Pee Wee Herman "I know you are, but what am I?!" A lot has been well written in the aftermath, that would embarrass a normal person if they had posited such pocket fluff... but I think there is an important piece of hypocrisy that everyone has missed....

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To preface, I haven't had a lot to say about Ferguson...

Unfortunately, I am wired to be very quick to extreme anger, but just as quickly to internalize and diffuse... not healthy, I admit, and certainly not conducive to solutions. ANY loss of life is tragic and needless, IMHO, but I weigh this against my instincts for self preservation versus laying down my life for others. What is left? Laughter, I submit...

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Wed Aug 06, 2014 at 07:00 PM PDT

Greed Acres

by Dood Abides

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Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 07:31 PM PDT

You might be a Terrorist if...

by Dood Abides

This seemed like a fun, participatory, open thread.... inspired by Bob Swern's Diary: Intercept: "Blacklisted: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist"

I thought it would be fun to also rip off Jeff Foxworthy's "You Might be a Redneck if..."

So... ;)

Hows about I get started?


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Sat May 24, 2014 at 05:55 AM PDT

Thor's Wheel

by Dood Abides

Probably everybody here grew up reading the comic strip "BC" as a kid, and remembers Thor, the inventor of the Wheel and the Comb.Thor's Wheel is now a featured logo for the late Johnny Hart's home, Broome County, NY's, mass transit system.  His wheel always looked like it would be so much fun as a kid, and as an adult I still love all things cycling.

Well, there's the old saying, "If you live long enough, you'll see everything." Look below the Orange Cheeto for some fascinating modern day manifestation's of Thor's Wheel...;)

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I've been very busy lately with not a lot of time for DKos.. that being said, it's been so rewarding when I can stop in and revel in the never ending, unfolding Christie Crime updates! Schadenfreude as thick and tasty as the tomato sauce and cheese that the Donald and Palin so deftly scraped off of their New York Pizza with knife and fork! I suspect I am just as excited as everyone else, not unlike a kid at Christmas...

The whole organized crime, mobster, NY/NJ meme, to me, seems to really resonate to the chagrin of the GOP! (perhaps it's because it REALLY IS sort of a NY/NJ criminal thing...)

Anyhow, I have but one simple request from diarists at Daily Kos as we move forward...

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Fri Dec 20, 2013 at 06:51 PM PST

Drinkin' in a Badger Wunderland

by Dood Abides

...ah... what the hell... I had fun... ;)

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.... or "Spama-lama-ding-dong" or "Rock crusher, paper, scissors, SPAM!"

I just had an idea... why don't we come up with a daily diary series that aggregates some of these new hidden-spam stories... absent the spam!  Sort of lemons into lemonade or spam into pate....

I thought some of the stuff was interesting today! (in reverse order).....


Is recycling SPAM worth pursuing?

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I met a reveller from an antique land
Who said: A vast and trunkless elephant of stone
Stand on the Mall. Near it, on the sand,
Half witted, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of old demand,
Tell that his sponsor well those passions flamed
Which can't survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that bilked them and the heart that fled:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Cruzymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, my Party, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of their colossal dreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
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This is not meant to be CT, I'm just old, cynical, and thrice burned...

Weekends are pretty calm around here, but I'm hoping there are still a lot of smart Kossacs around that could talk me down... feel up to the challenge? Folly me...

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YARR!! Ahoy, ye scallywag intelligent designers and scientists alike! Today be the holiest of holidays! Break out yer mugs and hoist yer grog or yer bottle o' rum and sing along! If ye got no pipes fer singin' just speak up today! Ye can say, 'ARRR!', 'avast!', 'ahoy!', 'belay that!', 'stow it!'; and have 'mateys', 'lads', 'lasses', 'wenches', and 'lubbers'; and have 'booty' and 'swag' all day. 'Walk the plank', 'batten yer hatches', 'man yer mizzenmast', 'all hands on deck'; 'send em to the brig and clap em in irons'! And 'twill all be for a good cause... Yer'll be a'doin yer Pastafarian duty fer Global Warmin'! 'Tis proved fer certain we can please His Noodliness and he'll refreeze the poles!
ARRRR, me Buccos... prepare to repel boarders, sing and carouse, and show no quarter after ye leap over His Noodly Appendages and the non-noodly doodle... ARRRRRRR!!!
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