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Tue Dec 09, 2014 at 11:59 AM PST

On torture.

by Marcus Tullius

Some years ago, I called in to Sam Seder's show on Air America Radio. The discussion was torture, the revelations of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo. Sam had made the point that the intelligence produced by such means was largely useless, but I felt I had to add more.

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My last diary was on the uptick in openly carried firearms at the bar/restaurant where I work. Less than a week later, things escalated. We're going to have to post a sign forbidding all weapons. Oddly, I've always figured this was such a no-brainer, it didn't even need addressed. After the last incident, I'm no longer taking anything for granted.

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Is this sort of thing getting out of hand?

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I work at a pub. An alehouse and eatery, with a full service (hard liquor) bar, sixteen taps, wine, etc.

I've been there four years now, and only in the last six months have I seen folks carrying a sidearm into the place. And it's getting to be more and more often.

You'd think this was a no-brainer. Hard liquor + firearms= bad idea.  And yet...

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Is open carry in a bar and dining establishment a bad idea?

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Fri Nov 01, 2013 at 09:32 PM PDT

This wondrous coalition...

by Marcus Tullius

...  of assholes.

 Gods, I really do love you all.  Even those of you I can't fucking stand. Lemme explain.

My very first interaction with any of the blog big leaguers occurred when Armando and Markos had their epic meltdown.  I've thought Armando was a world class prick since I first read him.   Smug,  dismissive,  and just damned brilliant.   When he left, I certainly felt the loss to the site. Btw,  it's good to have ya back, BTD.

And Markos.  Wow.  Another brilliant, sarcastic bastard.  Always felt like I almost oughta genuflect  before even addressing him.  His disdain toward those who would make the perfect the enemy of the good was palpable.

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Is this all Bob Johnson's fault?

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Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 09:53 PM PDT

Get your exams, people.

by Marcus Tullius

This is why preventative health care is so important,  why funding for women's health clinics matters.   My aunt has breast cancer.   Didn't find it in a mammogram.   Didn't get her mammograms.   Found it in the shower a week ago.   Biopsy came back today.   She's forty three.

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Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 02:06 AM PST

An unbound Prometheus.

by Marcus Tullius

Or, How the "useful idiots" took over the asylum.

Not gonna be a terribly cerebral post, no linkythings, just a muse.

Karl Rove, wretched soul that he is, was absolutely BRILLIANT at bringing together disparate groups, and unifying then under the GOP banner.  He didn't respect most of these people, but he empowered them as a voting bloc.  His mistake, in my opinion, was thinking that he could keep that genie bottled, only to be used when needed.  The problem Rove and Co. have is (imho), as follows:

For years, folks like Rove told their "useful idiots" that they, the people, the party faithful, they were the ones who were really in charge.  They pandered to the neo-confederates, the talibangelicals, the Bircher-libertarian, young earth, anti-science MORONS.  They told these damned fools that THEY were the real America, and they couldn't bring this country back to its glory without their help.  Those like Rove didn't really mean it, but nobody bothered to tell the Teabaggers.

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Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 12:30 AM PST

That little scar on my chin.

by Marcus Tullius

You'd never even notice it, unless you were really looking.  I don't really talk about it, but, hey, everything in its season, right?  This is the story of maybe the dumbest thing I've ever done.  It's certainly the only time my lunatic step-father whaled on me that I knew, I KNEW, that I deserved it.

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DO NOT REC THIS DIARY.  Please rec the Mothership.

This is another clearinghouse diary for discussion and commentary about the ongoing nuclear disaster(s) in Japan.  Previous diaries can be found listed in the Mothership.

Please avoid video and pictures, but any info and updates are most welcome.

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DO NOT REC THIS DIARY.  Please rec the Mothership.

This is another clearinghouse diary for discussion and commentary about the ongoing nuclear disaster(s) in Japan.  Previous diaries can be found listed in the Mothership.

Please avoid video and pictures, but any info and updates are most welcome.

Visit the Mothership for information on donations, best places to get reliable updates, 'hotspots @ Kos,

Updated as of 4:23:
Over 10,000 dead or missing ... helicopters being prepared to drop water on reactor fire ... radius of circa 19 miles closed off to incoming and outcoming ... People within region being told to remain in homes ...

A few links to media coverage:

CNN

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DO NOT REC THIS DIARY.  Please rec the Mothership.

This is another clearinghouse diary for discussion and commentary about the ongoing nuclear disaster(s) in Japan.  Previous diaries tonight are here and here.  h/t and thanks to Phil and eky.  For now, rec the newest diaries as they post, and unrec the previous.  If anyone has the keys to UID Liveblog, and would like to start a Mothership (HINT!), hey, that'd be awesome.

Anyhow...

Avoid video and pictures, but any info and updates are most welcome.

If you want to help you can donate through this link.

Links to media coverage:

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From the BBC:

Radiation levels at a Japanese quake-stricken nuclear plant have reached levels high enough to affect human health, a top official warns.
The BBC's Chris Hogg in Tokyo says that Japan's nuclear safety agency says it suspects the explosion may have damaged the vessel that holds the number two reactor. That would make it a more serious incident than the two previous explosions at Fukushima that were thought just to have damaged the buildings that housed the reactors.
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This is a clearinghouse diary for the ongoing disaster unfolding at the Fukushima nuclear power plants.  Use it for commentary, or to provide and receive information as it develops.

The previous two diaries can be found here and here.  h/t and much love to joanneleon and boatsie

Additional resource diaries are:

What the Fukushima?  Q&A  Richard Cranium's helpful primer.

Why Japan is giving iodine to its residents  More info, from kossack Samer.

kbman's What, exactly, IS a nuclear meltdown?

Debate and commentary on nuclear power, it's safety (or lack thereof) can be found in mahakali overdrive's diary, Fukushima's Safe?  Say it to my face.

"Cooling inoperative in six reactors" by lotlizard is "a partial translation of the front page article from the weekend edition of the left-alternative German daily die Tageszeitung — or "Taz" for short."  Quite helpful.

Updates and resource links below the fold.

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Sun Aug 01, 2010 at 10:57 PM PDT

Six years.

by Marcus Tullius

It's late on a Sunday, so I hope you'll forgive something that's not really political.  I guess it has a tangential connection with my involvement in politics, but it's mainly personal.

I met, well, I'll call him Devon, when I was nine years old.  He sort of swooped into my life and rescued me a lot.  I was nerdy, short, skinny, poor, etc.  Got picked on a lot.  Devon was sort of a nerd, and fairly poor, too, but short and skinny?  Not so much.  He was my best friend, and my protector for years.  I got to be big enough to take care of myself, eventually, but he was still my best friend.  So much of who and what I am, I can trace back to him.  Tonight, I'd like to tell you about him.

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