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Frances Beinecke at the Natural Resources Defense Council writes Hurricane Sandy hits home:

Some leaders ignore climate change, some belittle it, and others counsel patience.  Yet people living in the path of Hurricane Sandy understand that America can’t wait any longer to protect our communities from more extreme weather events. [...]

Climate change has become pervasive. “The answer to the oft-asked question of whether an event is caused by climate change is that it is the wrong question,” writes Kevin E. Trenberth of the National Center for Atmospheric Research. “All weather events are affected by climate change because the environment in which they occur is warmer and moister than it used to be.”

I know New York and New Jersey are resilient places. I have seen them recover from terrorist attacks and economic downturns, and I am confident communities up and down the East Coast will recover from Hurricane Sandy.

But when will we stop asking them to rebuild in the wake of disasters? When will we start confronting the challenge of climate change before more people are endangered? When will we begin arming our towns and cities with the tools they need to respond to extreme weather?

The longer we wait to have an open national conversation about climate change, the more communities will be in harm’s way. We live in the richest country in the 21st century. Surely we can have a civil conversation about how to prepare and deal with climate change. We can discuss the science, we can debate the politics, we can dispute the policy measures. But we cannot wait any longer.


Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2010Rightist 'outsiders' plan 2012 cash flood:

Beyond Tuesday is where the right has focused its attention. Not that it wasn't obvious the minute the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case was decided 10 months ago, but the right-wingers who had a few of their fingers pried off the nation's throat in 2006 and 2008 are preparing to get a better grip come 2012. Jim Rutenberg at The New York Times reports:
Officials with the two conservative groups, American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS — which are on track to spend well over $50 million combined this year, a sizable part of it from undisclosed donors — said they would continue advertising against Democrats as Congress returns, when decisions loom on the extension of the Bush-era tax cuts and immigration.

Robert M. Duncan, the chairman of American Crossroads, which, like Crossroads GPS, was started with help from the Republican strategists Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, said he also informed major donors late last week that “research and development” was under way to make the groups even more effective in the next election, part of a pitch for continued investment toward a larger goal.

“It’s a bigger prize in 2012, and that’s changing the White House,” Mr. Duncan said. “We’ve planted the flag for permanence, and we believe that we will play a major role for 2012.”

However many seats the Republicans gain in Congress, Tuesday's outcome won't slow down the right's effort to cash in on the bonanza the 5-4 Supreme Court's decision provides them. One thing to expect: As more money flows into the coffers of American Crossroads, Crossroads GPS and other outsider groups, chances are that ad campaigns which in the past have clustered around elections will spread out, becoming a year-round affair regardless of when the elections are. Thus can Karl Rove, et al., put the cudgel to left-of-center approaches to governance and seek to transform every Democrat - regardless of voting record—into a radical in the minds of voters.

Tweet of the Day:

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The Kagro in the Morning polling & punditry roundups with Greg Dworkin are back online! We discussed Chris Christie's cooperation with President Obama, the strange-sounding-but-explainable call of "toss-up" for Ohio, the punditry's ongoing love affair with "The Narrative," and Republicans' clinging to "The Math." But is "The Math" really just code for "we're cheating"? Plus, more on the astonishing idiocy of attacks on Nate Silver, and Dick Morris has finally written The Dumbest Thing Ever. Vote for us for Best New Show in the Stitcher Awards, once a day thru Nov. 5!


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  •  Just out of curiosity... (16+ / 0-)

    Who makes the decision as to whether or not to postpone the NY Marathon? Bloomberg?

    •  I don't know for sure (11+ / 0-)

      but it seems like everyone is blaming him.

      There must be some serious pressure from hotels and many other industries that make money on the event.

      It's not making much sense right now. But after ward it might be just the thing to get back into the swing of things.  

      •  I don't know, Eddie... (14+ / 0-)

        I think that making sure everyone has power (electricity) might be a better way to get back into the swing of things.

        It seems obvious (to me, at least) that whatever resources are devoted to preparing for the marathon (and it's more than you'd think) could be put to better use.

        Less than 50,000 people run in the marathon, which is a fraction of the number of NYC residents currently without power.

        •  And I agree with you (8+ / 0-)

          I wrote "It's not making much sense right now." I 'm just looking for some bright side of that logic. Other than money going to tourism it is hard to find but I'm looking.

          Perhaps it is based in when that asshole mayor forced Broadway to have shows on September 13, 2001. Our first show we had 131 in a 1,200 seat house audience but it did make a difference. At least it go me, a whole bunch of actors, musicians, hair and wardrobe workers back on our feet.

          And you know, there won't be any Con Ed workers setting up marathon barriers. Takes a whole lot of police away from much higher priorities for quite some time but not a lot of power and water specialist will be working the Marathon.  

          One thing is for sure, there will be some bragging rights to a city that stops for nothing.  

          •  A triathalon would be more appropriate (0+ / 0-)

            gonna put 'dem Kenyans at a severe disadvantage tho....

            On the bright side the homeless who have survived Sandy may be able to field a very competitive team.

            USA, USA, USA!

            "I'll press your flesh, you dimwitted sumbitch! " -Pappy O'Daniel

            by jakewaters on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 09:29:36 PM PDT

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          •  As luck would have it... (2+ / 0-)
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            Eddie C, JeffW

            I attended a Broadway show on 9/13/01. The house was big and it was completely full. It wasn't even the hottest ticket on Broadway at the time (down the block there were enormous crowds for...I really don't recall what). I think the overall feeling was that anything that could be done to get people back to work and to instill a sense of normalcy was the right way to go.

          •  Maybe not Con Ed workers, (1+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            JeffW

            But maybe Snohomish PUD or Seattle City Light linemen who are with their trucks catching a ride to NYC with the USAF JBLM  62nd Airlift Wing that has been shuttling workers east since the storm.

            http://www.king5.com/...

            Your tax dollars at work, ladies and gentlemen.

            With love, from the other Washington.

            © grover


            So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

            by grover on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 01:41:39 AM PDT

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        •  I'm a lil tired of Michael B... (5+ / 0-)

          You reject the purely ceremonial request for the President's visit then publish(in your own news publication) a whine-filled, reluctant, endorsement?

          You hate him, you endorse him.

          And the basis of his 'plaint? That President Obama didn't build a coalition of centrists?
          Seriously?! How much centrism does Bloomberg want?????

          President Obama has been as post-partisan(apartisan?) as anyone
          in the last 30 years and that's not enough?

          Fuck you, Mayor Bloomberg!

      •  Whether it is his call or not ... (8+ / 0-)

        I'm sure there is plenty of pressure NOT to cancel. People come from all over the world to run this race; it would be a PR nightmare if they cancelled. To your point, continuing with the race is in the "show must go on" spirit.

        Check out the official NYC marathon website. Race organizers are using it as an opportunity to raise funds for hurricane relief:

        NYRR has created the 2012 ING New York City Marathon Race to Recover Fund and will donate at least $1 million, or $26.20 for each of the more than 40,000 runners expected to participate in the race. The Marathon Race to Recover Fund will support a number of charities involved in relief efforts, including the Mayor’s Fund and the American Red Cross.

        Stop it. This is hard.

        by angelama on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 08:55:25 PM PDT

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    •  Probably. (5+ / 0-)

      If I ever get out of here /Thought of giving it all away /To a registered charity/ All I need is a pint a day /If I ever get out of here- Paul McCartney, "Band on the Run"

      by Wildthumb on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 08:38:13 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  I heard Rachel Maddow mention today.. (3+ / 0-)
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      ..that Bloomberg said it was on.
      Whether that means he has the say so, or he is just saying so because as Chris Hayes commented 'Bloomberg's conception of his role in world affairs is very expansive', but that's all I've heard.

    •  NY Road Runners and the City. (2+ / 0-)
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      Trix, dinotrac

      I assume Bloomberg has some way of canceling the permit in an emergency. The group that organizes the marathon decides whether they want to use the permit.

      "The Democratic Party is not our friend: it is the only party we can negotiate with."

      by 2020adam on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 10:26:25 PM PDT

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    •  There isn't a simple answer (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Trix, angelama, dinotrac

      The organization that sponsor's the event has control. But since they need permits from the city to actually STAGE the event, the city has control as well. And while it would normally be a bureaucratic procedure whether to grant or withdraw the permits, there IS, I believe a state of emergency in NYC, which gives not only the mayor but the governor as well a certain amount of power that they would not normally have. Anywhere up the line, the permits can be pulled (I've seen this happen with other sporting events where there were adverse weather conditions; it can certainly be done in New York). Ultimately it becomes a balancing act. Do you allow the event to go on provided it can safely be staged, simply as a means of boosting morale and providing a diversion, or do you dismiss it as a potentially dangerous distraction. There are goodwill considerations too. I presume that the mayor, even if he officially could ultimately be overruled by the governor, would be the one who decided on whether or not to hold the event.

      It's easy to impute nefarious motives to whoever made the decision, and presumably Bloomberg is the one who made it. One thing that ought not be overlooked is that even in the most corrupt and/or partisan of administrations, many, many decisions are made, under bad conditions or good, affecting all sorts of occurrences, that have no "hidden agenda" behind them; they are made simply because they have to be made and they are in some sense routine.

  •  Ninety minutes waiting for gas today. (27+ / 0-)

    The entire experience was surprisingly pleasant. First I stopped at my regular gas station and got directions to a gas station in Yonkers that did have gas. It ended with a smiling Jamaican “Ya Man, cash or credit, no limit on gas. We’re even cleaning windows today.”

    Somewhere between when I entered the line four city blocks from the gas station and drove away with a full tank of gas, I began wondering if it might be that Mother Media has some control issues. I’d seen all of these scary reports about people having gas line meltdowns but that was actually all hearsay. They had no footage of these horror stories, just reporters talking up altercations with calm waiting gas station customers in the background. Did they build up a few hotheads into an escalating trend so people watching TV would behave themselves when they needed gas.

    There was a police presence. There was one cop at the gas station to steer people away who were loaded with excuses about how they don’t have time to wait. Another two police officers and a squad car were managing traffic at a huge intersection the gas line crossed. One of those two cops came walking the downhill section of the line to warn people like myself who had turned off their engines about the lack of power brakes. He was all smiles. We chatted a bit. He told me “All the people in line have been great all day.”  

    It was an hour and a half in the car with the radio. On my local NPR station the story was transforming from “the resilience of New Yorkers” to “good will is running out.” There was a man on the radio making a ‘public announcement’ to his fellow Staten Islanders “Don’t give to the Red Cross anymore because they are giving us nothing.” There is a real tragedy going on there and by now I’ve seen the same people pleading over and over on the local news.

    It isn’t all about Staten Islanders who are offended by the New York City Marathon and their claim that rich Manhattenites are getting better treatment than they are. There are stories of people volunteering in their own communities, children filling Trick or Treat pumpkins to carry up ten flights of stairs to fill a toilet tank in a dark apartment. There are people walking from Jersey City with food for the people in Hoboken.

    But while I’m waiting for gas my Mom calls me from Toms River to tell me about the Toms River pirates on the radio. These pirates have her worried now. I got to thinking about what’s the matter with the media and I realized the answer. There is nothing wrong with the media. They are trying just as hard as everyone else. They get plenty wrong but so does everyone else. The information is what you make of it and if you stay away from right wing radio and cable news, you can find the story.

    Then after another phone call from a Fox News friend I tuned my radio in a place where it had never been before. Like many I’d been giving some high marks to Chris Christie, some Kossack high marks because he buddied up to President Obama but mostly like the Governor of New Jersey and Brian Williams who has been reminding me every night, since I’ve spent every August roaming the boardwalk at Seaside Heights, New Jersey from when I was eight until my late twenties. I can’t get that tragedy out of my mind. I don’t mean to sound like I’m placing inanimate objects before eighty-eight year old ladies on the twenty-fourth floor of a dark high rise in Greenwich Village but that Wild Mouse being in the ocean and the whole FunTown Pier gone, it feels so much like my childhood got washed away. Self centered, true but I can’t help but grieve for my days at Lucky Leo’s Skee Ball.

    Chris Christie has offered a little comfort in that area and when my friend called to tell me that Rush Limbaugh was knocking his brains out I decided to expand my listening of the radical right from David Brooks to Rush Limbaugh, just this once. How conspiracy theory batshit crazy can one person be?  But he does have a way with words. I laughed so hard when he said “If it wasn’t for this Nate Silver, the liberals would all be throwing themselves off the Golden Gate Bridge.”

    After Rush Limbaugh I needed a walk in the park. I broke the law but I was not alone. All city parks are closed and many had gotten in to see what is left. I went into the Northwest woods of Van Cortlandt Park. It’s really bad in there. Next year it might be called the Northwest meadow. I took pictures but I don’t want to even see them.  

  •  Only Five Days Left to Election Day (23+ / 0-)

    GOTV, GOTV, and then... GOTV!!!  Feel free to share the below information with family members, friends and acquaintances. Right click on the date down below (next to my ID) on this comment, 'Open Link in New Tab,' and copy comment link from up top to embed in your emails.  Thanks.

    Online/Remote/Virtual Phone Banking Links for Election 2012



    Phone Banking Guidelines - Please read this.

    Our list is targeted at available resources that allow, for example, Californians to phone bank for close races in Ohio, Florida, Virginia, and other battleground states even when online phone banking is not provided by the campaigns. The new tool is remote/virtual phone banking.

    Many campaigns don't have online phone banking like you might have experienced in the past for the Obama-Biden Campaign, which is one click away to a script and list of voters. Please contact the following Democratic campaigns that use a variety of alternative resources including Facebook applications and dedicated software.  Volunteers can log on from inside or outside the state or Congressional District.  Some campaigns will email PDFs of names and numbers to interested political activists from all over the country. Read the directions carefully for each campaign.

    Let's work hard for the next few days and on to victory on November 6th!

    Call out the vote!  Sign up to call voters from home for bold progressives like Alan Grayson and Elizabeth Warren between now and election day.

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    DFA's Dialer is set up for supporting progressive candidates from your home.






    Click onto tab "MAKE CALLS" on the top of page.  If registered at site, it will take you to phone banking page that has the script and list of names to call.  

    If not registered, it asks you to register.

    Sign up at the DCCC volunteer page to make calls from home.  Complete a short form with your email, first name, and other optional information (last name, city, zip, state, and phone) and then choose the checkbox by "Call voters from home."

    A DCCC staffer will make contact via email to explain the process and to register you.  Click this link for more details.

    • United States Senate

     - Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) - Register at her website with name, email address, and password.  After you register, you can make phone calls for her from out-of-state, similar to President Obama's phone banking set up.
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    The Speaker's gavel belongs in Nancy Pelosi's hand.  Work hard to make it happen!

     - Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09) - Only option for virtual phone banking is via the DCCC (if Sinema is targeted for their support).
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  •  Fair & Balanced (10+ / 0-)
    Roger Ailes Offered Bush Administration “Off the Record Help” in Private Note

    Ailes sent the note, which I obtained from the State Department via the Freedom of Information Act, to Condoleezza Rice in March 2005, shortly after she was confirmed as Secretary of State in the Bush Administration.

    It goes without saying, but: Please just imagine for a moment how Fox News would cover the publication of a private note from the editor of the New York Times to an Obama Administration official offering “help off the record.”

    http://updates.gawker.com/...

    Chicago--Proud Home of the 1907-08 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs

    by Jeff Y on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 08:35:36 PM PDT

  •  Hey, I have a question (9+ / 0-)

    Whenever I fly and do a brief stopover at an airport, I usually do not count that state as one that I have visited if I don't leave the airport.

    Paul Ryan is coming to Minnesota Sunday for the second time in one week.  Both rallies are being held at the MSP Airport.

    Can we really count it that Ryan was in Minnesota?

    I guess Minnesota went from being a flyover to stopover state.

    http://www.startribune.com/...

  •  Already on The Nightly News NBC is playing up (7+ / 0-)

    the Katrina-like images of tearful people in "poorer areas"
    saying, "we need help." And so the meme starts.

     On Fox soon: "This is Obama's Katrina!"

    One thing for sure. The National Guard should be in there with trucks full of gasoline. Too many frustrated people now, and it'll quickly grow worse. Of course, Christie, Cuomo, and Bloomberg will get it in the neck, too.

    Let's see what develops over the next few days.

    If I ever get out of here /Thought of giving it all away /To a registered charity/ All I need is a pint a day /If I ever get out of here- Paul McCartney, "Band on the Run"

    by Wildthumb on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 08:37:35 PM PDT

  •  Climate change deniers (13+ / 0-)

    They won't stop denying it is happening until it begins to affect their personal sphere, so insulated from the world are they. My dad would probably hate gay people to this day if he didn't have a gay son and was forced to get it.

  •  Hoarse race poll. Obama or Clinton? nt (4+ / 0-)

    Fuck Big Brother...from now on, WE'RE watching.

    by franklyn on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 08:43:04 PM PDT

  •  Lets snowball the Climate Change movement! (7+ / 0-)

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    by divineorder on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 08:44:05 PM PDT

  •  Staten Island in my prayers (19+ / 0-)
    The soggy marshes and still-damp ruins of homes on Staten Island yielded a grim postscript to the toll from Hurricane Sandy on Thursday, as search teams discovered more bodies where the storm’s giant wall of water had smashed its way through.

    Among the dead were two little boys. One, a 2-year-old, was swept out of his mother’s arms in a surge of water on Monday night.

    (snip)

    About six miles away, rescuers searching a wooded lot found the bodies of an 89-year-old man and his 66-year-old wife on Thursday; the couple had lived less than 500 yards away. The police said the lot was still “overrun with water” and that sudden flooding could have kept them from escaping in their car during the storm.

    Staten Island Was Tragic Epicenter of Storm’s Casualties

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    Proud Member of the Big Bird Wing of the Democratic Party.

    by noweasels on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 08:45:44 PM PDT

  •  Sandy shows barrier islands are made of Sand. (5+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, BlueJessamine, Jeff Y, JeffW, KayCeSF

    I'm rather surprised the ironic, tragic, obviousness of this has escaped everybody.

  •  Another heartening statistic from poblano... (13+ / 0-)

    ... or "Nate Silver", as he is also known:

    Elizabeth Warren has a 97% chance of winning her Senatorial contest with Scott Brown.  It appears Massachusetts is not, after all, a teabagger-racist state.  2010 was sort of a drunken stupor, but now, in 2012, after sleeping on it, Massachusetts has this to say to Scott Brown (courtesy of Neko Case's former band Maow):

    When I was drunk you really turned me on
    But now I'm sober and I wish you were gone
    Either go get me a six-pack of beer
    Or just grab your shit and get outta here
    'Cause you're a one-night stand, baby, one-night stand
    One-night stand, baby, one-night stand

  •  3rd rail, 3rd term, 3rd degree. 3 strikes/out (2+ / 0-)
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    BlueJessamine, JeffW

    consider these terms: ocean rise, weather re-patterning, storm pathology, drout famine, acceptance of nature

    by renzo capetti on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 08:54:18 PM PDT

  •  So.... (14+ / 0-)

    If you don't live in a Sandy-affected area, have you given more thought to your disaster/emergency planning?

    Have you committed to keeping at least a half tank of gas in your car (even if it takes several weeks to build up to that point?) Do you have water or iodine tablets stored, or do you know how to create safe drinking water using household bleach (and do you have some set aside at home)?

    Have you created a written plan for stocking a small pantry of emergency food that you will rotate regularly? (Written so that you will commit to building it up over the next few months). Did you include pet food? Can you set aside a few days' worth of medicine that you rotate very regularly?  And warm shelter with blankets? And a small amount of cash (with electricity down, ATM and credit cards are often useless).

    Do you and your family have agreed-upon plans for meeting if you're separated when an emergency occurs,  in the event that phones don't work?

    FEMA has a great website for creating a plan and an emergency kit.

    There are things we can't control. But we can control how we plan for major emergencies and how we react. And the latter usually depends on the former.

    © grover


    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 08:55:14 PM PDT

  •  "I vetoed any bill that was in favor of choice" (8+ / 0-)

    Plus, the bully emerges again.

    Proud Member of the Big Bird Wing of the Democratic Party.

    by noweasels on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 08:56:06 PM PDT

  •  Hiding out at Daily Kos (14+ / 0-)

    Most of my FB friends are fellow Obama supporters, but the most difficult poster is my sister, lived in Ohio now in Texas, who keeps posting links to Fox News stories and today was urging everyone to watch "2016: Obama's America" before they vote. My sister is a smart woman; I just don't get it. I cannot unfriend my sister, but I can't take it any more!

    I was going to go visit for Thanksgiving, but I just can't imagine the horror show that will be. I'm just gonna mail my ballot like a good Seattleite and hide under the covers until the election is over!

    Stop it. This is hard.

    by angelama on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 09:03:04 PM PDT

  •  Rachel Maddow spoke with N.Y. Gov. Cuomo (6+ / 0-)

    ..interviews with Cuomo Rachel says is rare, so she felt fortunate to get the chance
    transcript @ link - (hover over the video and choose transcript pop-up option)

    When New York "was desgined. we did not anticipate this problem" - Cuomo..
    (15 second commercial - sorry)
    ..but when Cuomo spoke with the President they agreed: a once in a hundred year storm happening every 2 years means these weather extremes are here to stay unless we stop mankinds part in climate change/global warming.

    Plus some cool pictures of New York great blizzard of 1888 and how New York dealt with changes in overhead wiring vulnerable to storms, as today we face new challenges due to extremes in climate caused by our fossil fuel pollution

    •  That was the best segment to listen to. (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
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      I really think Cuomo understands NYC needs a strategy for the future.  Best conversation I've heard in a long time.  And it's going to be a huge undertaking, if they can put heads together to figure out exactly what to do.  The flooding of the underworld in NYC has to be solved and is not going to be easy or quickly done.

      Thanks for posting this!  My husband didn't get to see it.  I was going to hunt for it and you saved me from doing that.  

      Larry O' said there's another storm coming in next week, but he didn't say anything else.  I guess I need to go search about that as well.  

      Thanks!

      I would rather spend my life searching for truth than live a single day within the comfort of a lie. ~ John Victor Ramses

      by KayCeSF on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 10:44:44 PM PDT

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  •  Bloomberg BusinessWeek may have said it best: (10+ / 0-)

    A solar spill is just called a nice day

    by furpletron on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 09:13:51 PM PDT

  •  The Menendez story is full of holes (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Biden read the Top 10 on Letterman (5+ / 0-)

    What a cutie-pie!

    !! Four more years !!

    by raincrow on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 09:16:09 PM PDT

  •  Richard Nicotra -- YAY!! (11+ / 0-)
    Many displaced New Yorkers have sought refuge in local hotels and there's a battle brewing over rooms on Staten Island, where a hotel owner refuses to throw out evacuees to honor reservations for marathon runners.
    Here.

    Proud Member of the Big Bird Wing of the Democratic Party.

    by noweasels on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 09:24:16 PM PDT

  •  +"Climate Change" +Sandy +Duh (1+ / 0-)
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    KayCeSF
    why it’s difficult to say that climate change could be causing big storms like Sandy. Well, no doubt here: it is.
    The climate kicker? Recent research by Charles Greene at Cornell University and other climate scientists has shown that as more Arctic sea ice melts in the summer—because of global warming—the NAO is more likely  to be negative during the autumn and winter. A negative NAO makes the Jet Stream more likely to move in a big, wavy pattern across the U.S., Canada and the Atlantic, causing the kind of big southward dip that occurred during Sandy.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 09:35:51 PM PDT

    •  Romney (paraphrased): (4+ / 0-)
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      Russia is our biggest geopolitical foe.

      But it's OK if my kid goes there to try to drum up business for the "family".

      Matt Romney, a son of the Republican presidential nominee, traveled to Moscow this week seeking Russian investors for his California-based real estate firm just days before his father is to wrap up a campaign in which he has vowed to take a tougher stance with the Kremlin.

      Mr. Romney, the second-oldest son of Mitt Romney, met with Russians whom he hoped to convince to invest in his company, Excel Trust, which owns shopping centers across the United States, the firm said. Although the company’s focus has been solely domestic, it said it has begun exploring international opportunities to raise funds.

      http://www.nytimes.com/...
  •  will.i.am Yes We Can. I'm glad I watched this (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    dustb, noweasels

    “liberals are the people who think that cruelty is the worst thing that we do” --Richard Rorty

    by jeff in nyc on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 09:40:30 PM PDT

  •  Willard to Concede Tomorrow (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Yes - climate change - Way to go Bloomberg ! (1+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson

    Bloomberg couldn't possible get more attention on climate change than by making it the single key reason for endorsing Obama !!! Yes we can.

    http://www.nytimes.com/...

  •  About the outages, they say most will be fixed by (1+ / 0-)
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    by election day...Even in NY and NJ.

    From one of New Jersey's websites, I read most of the voters from NY and NJ will be able to vote. Something like 90%.

    But whether they will want to vote because of devastation is uncertain.

    One very promising note, the most Democratic County of Philadelphia with 1.5 million people (overwhelmingly democrats) hardly got any damage from Sandy.

    Philly is in great shape considering that weather forecasters predict it would be hit HUGE. But from what I heard, almost ALL the outages are back running already. And the rest of Philly should be good to go by the weekend.

    Philly will give the win to Obama because of its HUGE African American population,

    •  That's not how I see Montgomery county (0+ / 0-)

      though mine might be a jaded eye.

      The Borough of North Wales has light an heat tonight in all but one neighborhood but Ambler and many other surrounding communities have not fared as well in Sandy's aftermath.

      We had an asshat judge that tried to overturn our Democratic county commissioners  request to extends the period of absentee voting until [gasp] tomorrow.

      There is a darkness out here some are too dim to perceive and other issues that will smack you upside your fool head if you actually get out on the streets and walk around.

      BTW, what county were you referring to?

      "I'll press your flesh, you dimwitted sumbitch! " -Pappy O'Daniel

      by jakewaters on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 10:15:21 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Mont county is not nearly the HUGE (0+ / 0-)

        Obama will get well over +600,000 thousand votes  in Philly. That FAR out weights what the other harder hit GOP rural areas, by far.

        Perhaps a 100,000 votes advantage for Romney in the two next large counties in PA. Obama is 6 to 1. And Philly is about as good as it can get when it comes to Sandy.

        Obama's over 600,000 advantage in Philly will seal the deal for him in PA.

        Obama gets Philly, he wins PA.

        Latest poll today shows Obama ahead by 6 in PA. That is impossible to close a 6 point vote in 4 days.

        Huffington has Obama chance as 100%. And Nate Silver and Dr. Wang close to 100%.

  •  Climate change is kicking peoples doors in. (2+ / 0-)
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    Literally. Poor Romney both mother jones and mother nature hate him.  http://lunchpailleft.com/

  •  So what happened with Staten Island pre storm prep (0+ / 0-)

    Since there was a week's advance notice, are there ways the government within budget constraints do a better job with areas like Staten Island? Not accusing the city, state and federal govrenment of incompetence. Just curious how it could be made better.

    There are cases where you can't blame people who can't go anywhere else because there is nowhere else to go to. But what about the people who could go somewhere else? Were they derelict in storing their valuables in some waterproof containers ?

    Should price gouging be allowed for fuel so people will only fill up what they really need?

    Should the government make arrangements in neighboring states and transport people to those areas before the storm? Or is it just financially not viable?

    •  Hunter is that you? Is this tonight's Diary of (0+ / 0-)

      Mitt?

      Were they derelict in storing their valuables in some waterproof containers ?
      This surely is satirical genius, Mitt blaming the victims?

      Or perhaps is this the Diary of Newt,

      Should the government make arrangements in neighboring states and transport people to those areas before the storm?
      Why stop at States, why not send' em to the moon?

      if you aren't speaking w tongue in cheek, are you actually from around here?

      "I'll press your flesh, you dimwitted sumbitch! " -Pappy O'Daniel

      by jakewaters on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 10:31:46 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Not really (0+ / 0-)

        These are common questions. Did you actually read my entire post and just focusing on the devils advocate questions. I would rather ask them here than fuel the fire on some right wing site where such questions are posed. So if you want to deal with me sincerely.

        I was asking questions. Not saying this is how things should be done.

        I was bringing up some questions brought up in the wake of Katrina , saw some recent news reports where people were saying "well we didn't know it would be that bad and we stayed" . So I wondered if I put myself in the position , what would I do. Well, i am lucky that i have friends andfamily in other states that I could easily drive. But what about people who doin't have that option. With power off, a web based solution where the government can map your locality and tell you to go a designated center may not work. it is just brainstorming and part of that will include questions that may appear insensitive or "stupid".

        •  Ah, the brainstorming thing, good. My apologies (0+ / 0-)

          belated though they be.

          I sat down this morning to give you an earnest response but it is turning into a diary, so thanks.

          Keep on blue skying and if, hopefully, you live far away from Sandy's devastation in a place where you may previously have thought 'it can't happen here' and you are now realizing that it damned well could, get involved locally so your energy, brains and good will don't evaporate in cynicism.  

          And, Dear Lord, stay away from right wing sites like they were downed live wires.

          "I'll press your flesh, you dimwitted sumbitch! " -Pappy O'Daniel

          by jakewaters on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 08:49:44 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

  •  Just saw 'Lincoln' (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    KayCeSF, grover, hulibow

    Perfection.

    Do I laugh now, or wait 'til it gets funny?

    by WalterNeff on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 10:34:52 PM PDT

  •  Speaking without a translator (0+ / 0-)

    The problem with discussing Climate Change is that if you are talking with most educated people you will get a reasonable "how to fix it" type response. But if you talk with a Republican or a Corporate type they only hear "liability for the damages". These people are fixated on one aspect of the climate change issue which is how it came about and they are desperately fearing responsibility for the damages in which they are complicit.

    For decades the corporate world has poured its waste into our skies, our soil and our waterways without regard for the long term damage they would cause. They pretended that once it was out of their smokestacks or sewage pipes then it wasn't their concern. But it's haunting them with the specter of future costs when the EPA discovers another toxic chemical in the ground water or in an air sample downwind of a chemical plant. They don't want to face the fact that their business plan doesn't include the damage from their waste byproducts.

    In the past they just had to worry about specific immediate chemical spills that had to be cleaned up. Those oil spills, tanker collisions, waste water overflows, etc. Those were immediate costs that could be directly attributed to an event. But now we have a dark specter of long term climate change caused by CO2 emissions and they are running in panic that the government agencies will levee some broad tax or highly restrictive regulations that will affect their bottom line.

    We need to speak to these types of business people in terms that will make them understand the path ahead isn't so bleak. They need to retool their businesses and possibly change over to more green energy usage in the new era of business. They have to realize that we are creating a new type of industrialized society in which the old ways of tossing CO2 into the skies without a care isn't accepted. Forget trying to convince them climate change is a fact or not. Just focus on what the future will look like in the coming years and that they need to get on board or be left behind.

    "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin, Satirical Comic,(1937-2008)

    by Wynter on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 11:54:25 PM PDT

  •  This might have been brought up before (0+ / 0-)

    I hail from CA, and I've been noticing a bunch of obnoxious "Yes on 32" (a.k.a. union busting) and "No on 37" (a.k.a. GMO labeling) ads. It looks like these hail from AdSense. I guess I can solve this personally by just using AdBlock or changing my AdSense preferences, but it seems unfortunate that this anti-progressive bilge gets any screen space on the DKos front page. Is there nothing that can be done?

    Romney flip-flopped far more than Kerry ever did.

    by tojojo on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 11:59:56 PM PDT

  •  Colorado (0+ / 0-)

    http://www.bbvforums.org/...

    Colorado election integrity and transparency:  series of corruption protection rules and new laws.

    1. Let's begin with the unflappable Donetta Davidson, who collaborated with convicted embezzler Jeffrey Dean(1) to remove voter privacy, through a contract specification that required him to redo his absentee mail software in order to embed a method to tie voted ballots to the voters. This shifty business, which now includes all absentee ballots cast on Hart eSlate machines, has led to a blockade on ALL Colorado election accounting records (see #4, below).

    2. Next, in a move that has most of us scratching our heads, Colorado Sec. State Gessler proposed new rules in December 2011 to remove requirements for continuous video surveillance.(2) Though billed as "cost saving," note that most video surveillance nowadays is simply piped into digital files stored on a Web site. Since cameras are already installed, there is no significant cost savings in allowing non-continuous surveillance.

    3. Sec. State Gessler also decided to reduce the number of seals on voting machines,(2) to the chagrin of election integrity groups like Voter Action, whose investigations and litigation demonstrated vulnerabilities requiring the seals in the first place. The "cost savings" in this measure can be counted in pennies.

    4. A number of protective accounting measures crucial for evaluating election tampering have been taken off the table though a new law to block election-related public records examination.

    Donetta Davidson led the lobbying for this law. Davidson had become a commissioner of the U.S. Election Assistence Commission, then took a step down to take over the Colorado Clerks Association. In this capacity she led a fight to block the media and citizens from examining the ballots. And no wonder: She knew that due to changes made under her administration, private companies had marks embedded on the ballots enabling them to harvest data tying votes to voters.

    Thanks to a lawsuit by Colorado citizen Marilyn Marks, of The Citizen Center, sponsored and assisted by Black Box Voting, the Colorado Supreme Court affirmed right to examine ballots. Marks was shocked when she discovered that identifying marks on the ballots allowed her to immediately associate every voted ballot with the voter who cast it. Marks, The Citizen Center, (and Black Box Voting) are now involved in litigation to permanently prohibit this harvesting of personal political information. In the interim, Sec. State Gessler has required that the identifiers be removed for November 2012 only.

    With ballot examination affirmed to be in the public domain, Davidson's next move was to block ballot examination until after all remedies had expired. Using her clout, she lobbied successfully for the removal of ballots -- AND OTHER CRUCIAL ELECTION RECORDS, SUCH AS POLL LISTS -- from any access by election watchdogs until 45 days after the election.(3)

    One telltale sign of election tampering is when thousands more votes than voters show up. But in Colorado, neither the media nor the public will be allowed to examine the poll lists or the list of names for voters said to have voted absentee, until too late to do anything about discrepancies.

    5. And then there is the matter of alleged Romney ties to the second-biggest voting machine manufacturer in America. These connections are being minimized by Internet outlets like Snopes, but the straight truth is that Hart Intercivic, the firm that supplies two-thirds of Colorado counties with their voting machines, is now owned by a spin-off of Bain & Company (H.I.G. Capital).(4)

    A majority of Hart's directors are now H.I.G. guys, and the directors of H.I.G. are Romney bundlers and donors who don't hedge their bets by donating to any other presidential candidate.

    This isn't the first time Romney has had his buddies in charge of crucial election processes this year. Some weeks after the misreported figures in the Iowa caucus, which incorrectly cited Romney as the winner, Black Box Voting uncovered that Romney staffers had been brought in to run the Iowa Caucus, and the Nevada Caucus too. Besides heading Romney campaign functions, these guys were associated with an odious Colorado political firm which narrowly escaped prosecution for maliciously misleading political ads.(5)

    And the Romney affiliation with Hart Intercivic doesn't rule out his buddies -- or Obama's buddies -- or George Soros -- or the Chinese, for that matter -- owning the other companies. Election Systems & Software (ES&S) does not reveal who its owners are, and we don't know who owns Dominion either. ES&S directly handles voting machines in three Colorado counties; it co-produces elections on the old Diebold equipment with Dominion, with ES&S supplying technicians in some U.S. locations and Dominion in others. Dominion owns Sequoia Voting Systems (or does it? No one seems to be quite sure...), used in large metro Denver County and in Pueblo.(6) Confused? American elections are now so far removed from the hands of the people that self-governance is just a memory.

    6. Romney's business buddies owning Colorado's main voting machine company demonstrates, at the very least, an appearance of impropriety, but it carries with it something more: Actual opportunity to alter results.

    Unlike most Diebold voting machine locations, whose county technicians set up each election using voting company software, Hart has its customers send files directly to Texas, where its programmers and technicians have their way with the files, sending them back to the counties to put in their voting machines. This centralized control point does in fact enable tampering with results from a remote location. Paper ballots? Well, not all Colorado counties even have them, but thanks to Donetta Davidson and her cronies, they are off limits for human examination and will be interpreted only by the Hart machines.

    The Hart system has built-in secret functions in its system, discovered by researchers in the Everest Study commissioned by then-Ohio Sec. State Jennifer Bruner. "Undocumented functions" are accessed through the registry, geek territory for most of us but accessible by any administrator. Voting systems are supposed to be certified and they are not supposed to contain "undocumented functions" accessible through sophisticated built-in back doors into the registry. These are certainly not accidental and not even the researchers for the EVEREST study were able to determine what these functions do.(7)

    7. Loosey-goosey absentee system combines with obstruction of observation: Half of all ballots in Colorado are likely to be cast absentee, due to the implementation of not only no-fault absentee, but active promotion of "permanent" absentee status by Donetta Davidson's Colorado Clerks Assocation. With "permanent absentee" they send ballots even if they were not requested, and following a tussle, they also send ballots to people who didn't request them who haven't voted for years. Seems like a prescription for insider-driven absentee fraud (where an elections worker exploits names of inactive voters to insert ballots into the pool).

    “Mitt Romney will be a wonderful commander-in-chief who does not lie.” ~ Barbara Clark, Romney voter

    by anyname on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 01:03:57 AM PDT

  •  It's 6am in Columbus (2+ / 0-)
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    I'm off to see the Wizard--err, President.

    He's appearing in Hilliard, OH, doors open at 8am.

    Hilliard is a suburb of Columbus, located just past Interstate 270.

    Which I regard as a good omen.

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