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Tue Apr 07, 2015 at 07:54 PM PDT

PSA

by Timbuk3

The "Patriot" Act (enabling NSA reading on your emails) up for RENEWAL on June 1. Call your representatives in DC, and tell them what you think.

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Ted Cruz Announces Presidential Campaign at School Founded by Guy Who Blamed Gay People for 9/11

Notes: Audience was required to attend.
Some wore Rand Paul T-Shirts.
Cruz went to Princeton and Harvard Law.
He pandered for cell-phone numbers during his announcement.
He repeated the lie that "our laws come from God, not from man." Hint, most of the founding fathers were diests. They were men. Most believed in deisim, which is not Christianity.

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This is the same guy, by the way, who once said:
    “I think anyone in politics you’ve got a special obligation to avoid being a Pharisee, to avoid ostentatiously wrapping yourself in your faith,” Cruz said. “Because I think in politics, it’s too easy for that to become a crutch, for that to be politically useful.” The Pharisees were a Jewish sect known for strict observance of law.
Not only has Cruz wrapped himself in faith, he’s practically a mummy.
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I will vote for the Democratic POTUS candidate in the general election. Period.

Hillary may, or may not, be a "sure thing" if SHE runs, but Bernie would better represent me.

Make no mistake, I can't understand why ANYONE would vote for a GOP POTUS.

But, I'm as tired as any of you of "third way" Clinton/Bush politics.

It's time for a REAL change, and I think Bernie could win it all. I mean, just for example, who's happy with making 30% less than we made a few decades ago, or NOT taxing the rich to pay for social security? THESE ARE WINNING ISSUES. Let's advance them.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, the self-identified socialist from Vermont, has met plenty of angry people in recent years.

"Some of them are in the Occupy Wall Street movement and consider themselves progressives," Sanders said Monday at the Brookings Institution, a Washington-based think tank. "Some are in the Tea Party movement and consider themselves conservatives."

Whatever their political bent, he said, "They have every right in the world to be angry."

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Tue Jan 20, 2015 at 08:00 AM PST

The Police State is Out of Control!

by Timbuk3

At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies have secretly equipped their officers with radar devices that allow them to effectively peer through the walls of houses to see whether anyone is inside, a practice raising new concerns about the extent of government surveillance.

Those agencies, including the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service, began deploying the radar systems more than two years ago with little notice to the courts and no public disclosure of when or how they would be used. The technology raises legal and privacy issues because the U.S. Supreme Court has said officers generally cannot use high-tech sensors to tell them about the inside of a person's house without first obtaining a search warrant.

The radars work like finely tuned motion detectors, using radio waves to zero in on movements as slight as human breathing from a distance of more than 50 feet. They can detect whether anyone is inside of a house, where they are and whether they are moving.

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Mon Jan 19, 2015 at 08:17 PM PST

Super Bowl L

by Timbuk3

Next year, the Roman Numeral thingie gets extremely boring.

Anyhoo, this years stupid bowl holds promise to be a good game.

Although Aaron Rogers holds the highest QB rating ever, Russell Wilson would be second, if he had 1500 attempts, instead of 1252. Tom Brady is currently fifth.

Two of the top cornerbacks in the league, in Richard Sherman and Darryl (sp?) Revis.

"Beast Mode" Marshawn Lynch, vs LeGerrette (sp?) Blount ("Beast Mode" in his own right).

Look, I'm not saying I know this will be a good game. It could be a lopsided blowout. But the number one ranked defense (Seattle) against the number 1 (AFC East, at least) ranked offense is going to be fun. Will Sherman play, or be healthy if he does? Will Brady throw his way (see previous sentence)? Will Russell Wilson try to throw on Revis?

Lots of questions for the head coaches to answer.

Who will run, the most? How will Blount run against the #1 rush defense? How will Lynch do against a pretty damned stout run defense? (This one is a no brainer, and beast mode WILL run on them. Period. One way or another. May be the game changer.)

I have more comments, but don't want to bore you, especially if you're not a football fan (or only cheer for one team).

Instead, check out the videos at this page:

Top 10 running backs ever

Amazing what some of those guys could do. Seriously, when you have time, watch the videos.

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Sun Jan 11, 2015 at 08:35 PM PST

The Dumbification of America continues

by Timbuk3

...at an alarming rate.

Senator Ted Cruz appointed to oversee NASA in Congress

Cruz, a republican, has said it is "critical that the United States ensure its continued leadership in space," but his stances on established science will no doubt be concerning: he's gone on record, for example, denying that climate change exists. Cruz has also promoted himself as a Tea Party spending hawk, attempting to slash budgets across the government.
Put stupid people (like Ted Cruz) in charge of funding science, and you'll get bad science.

The larger issue? Put stupid people in charge of government, and you'll get bad government.

Teabaggers are absolutely, totally, out of touch with reality. And Ted Cruz is their king.

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Sat Jan 10, 2015 at 08:19 AM PST

Comet Lovejoy!

by Timbuk3

The green chunk of ice will make its closest approach to Earth this evening, and won’t be back for another 8,000 years, according to the Mirror.

::snip::

It should be viewable in Orion’s belt, appearing as a small, fuzzy spot. Although viewable with the naked eye, it is recommended that viewers use binoculars to look at the comet, and to do so in an area with as little light pollution as possible.

while you're outside, you may as well look for the winter hexagon and winter triangle, too.

Featured in the winter hexagon/triangle is Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky!

Don't be fooled by Jupiter, which rises later and is north of Sirius. It's not a star...

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So I'm assuming that SCUBA divers, and whales, have a limit to how deep they can be and still poop.

(Rewilding is) a term, coined by activist Dave Foreman and broadened by Michael Soulé and Reed Noss in the 1990s, that Monbiot explains has two meanings. The first involves the mass restoration of ecosystems through attention to “trophic cascades” — the ecological processes that start at the top of a food chain and tumble down to the bottom, affecting the entire ecosystem in the process. The second involves the rewilding of places humans live—restoring some of the fauna that we’ve wiped out through hunting and habitat destruction.

“Paleoecology—the study of past ecosystems crucial to an understanding of our own—feels like a portal through which you may pass into an enchanted kingdom,” Monbiot says. “The story rewilding tells us is that ecological change need not always proceed in one direction. It offers us the hope that our silent spring could be replaced by a raucous summer.”

Hope you guys find this to be an interesting (if not useful when arguing with RW relatives) read. Please watch the TED talk, and tell my what you think.

Edit, I realize, now, that I should have left this link, here.

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Bernie Sanders, my favorite Senator, says what I've been thinking, but didn't know how to put into words.

Bush’s ‘disastrous blunder’ created Islamic State

Warning, link is to the RW Moonie Times. Most of the story is below if you don't want to give them click-throughs.

"We are here today because of the disastrous blunder of the Bush-Cheney era, which got us into this war in Iraq in the first place, which then developed the can of worms that we’re trying to deal with right now.”

Mr. Sanders expressed his concern about the possibility of getting dragged into “perpetual warfare.”

“We have been at war for 12 years; we have spent trillions of dollars. I’m chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. We have 500,000 men and women who have come home with PTSD and TBI [traumatic brain injuries]. What I do not want, and what I fear very much, is the United States getting sucked into a quagmire and being involved in perpetual warfare year after year after year. That is my fear,” he said."

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...and the people who look to her as a potential leader (read "teabaggers") are extremely STUPID assholes.

Sarah Palin supports exterminating wolves in Alaska, a state she used to govern. For half of her legal term.

Wolves change their environment for the better.

So, here's one more reason to believe that Republicans and baggers live and vote for a worse place for all of us to live. Because they're either stupid or brainwashed.

Video posted below the fold for the download rate challenged.

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A Brief History of the Apocalypse

Floaters been promotin' "YOUR moral decay is going to get ME into heaven" for a helluva long time. According to Isaac Asimov's Book of Facts the first predicted Apocalypse was in ca. 2800 BC. Even if you discount that for some reason, the next was in 634 BC.

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Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 08:28 PM PDT

Violent Christian Militants

by Timbuk3

Believing that "my God can beat up your God" is no way to run a planet.

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) - Heavily armed peacekeepers escorted some of the last remaining Muslims out of Central African Republic's volatile capital on Sunday, trucking more than 1,300 people who for months had been trapped by violent Christian militants.
If monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) won't end themselves by attrition, we need to end them by ridicule and pointing out their own internal hypocrisy.

Did you know that James Dobson's group American Family Association is a far-right "christian" hate group?

Look, I don't care if you want to make sandwiches by placing two slices of bologna, a slice of cheese, and some lettuce between two slices of Jesus. I mean, seriously, I don't claim to understand how a wafer and some wine changes into Jesus in your stomach, but if that's what you choose to believe, it doesn't affect me.

But going to war over religion is no longer cool. WWTD; what would Timbuk do? Well, for one, I wouldn't fucking go to war over your (fucked up) belief that two men (or women) in love shouldn't be allowed to marry. Or your (fucked up) belief that Jeebus can beat up the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Or your (fucked up) belief that it's somehow our DUTY to allow an already wealthy 1% to gain even more wealth by fucking up the only planet we have to live on (read that as Koch brothers trying to increase taxes on solar panels). Or ...

If you want to argue that the US is less than perfect, I can't disagree, but I'd ask you to look at Saudi Arabia, where petroleum oozes out of the ground like pus oozes out of a pestilent wound, yet women can't drive because of Sharia law. Where would you rather live?

Ah, well, I'm either preaching to the choir or arguing with the faithful (who, by definition, cannot be persuaded), so never mind.

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