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Does Vegas have an over/under on how many people Mayor Cory Booker will personally rescue from Nemo-related consequences?

  • Campaigns and Elections magazine does the annual Reed Awards for excellence in political strategy and communication, and you can check out the winners here. I'd like to give a special shout out to my local Democratic Party, the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, for winning "Best Automated Phone Call of 2012" for this robocall on behalf of California's Proposition 30, which went a long way toward helping California balance a budget.
  • It's raining...spiders:
    What's that? You're worried about a little snow falling on your head? How adorable.

    Meanwhile, in Brazil, it's raining spiders.

    Footage posted online yesterday shows thousands of spiders "falling from the sky" in the southern Brazilian town of Santo Antônio da Platina.

    "Still do not know what causes such behavior," writes the video's uploader. "We are researching and will post the answer to the question here."

    I know exactly what causes such behavior. A little something called the end of the world.

  • If you ask the opinion of Fox News, Germany is a sunny paradise, while the whole of the United States is an overcast wasteland not fit for solar development:
    Joshi's jaw-dropping response: "They're a smaller country, and they've got lots of sun. Right? They've got a lot more sun than we do." In case that wasn't clear enough for some viewers, Joshi went on: "The problem is it's a cloudy day and it's raining, you're not gonna have it." Sure, California might get sun now and then, Joshi conceded, "but here on the East Coast, it's just not going to work."
    The actual truth of the matter? Something else entirely: Germany's photovoltaic solar resource level is about that of Alaska, while just about the entire continental United States does a lot better than all of Germany.
  • Fascinating National Journal article on the partnership between longtime Los Angeles Democratic Congressmembers Howard Berman and Henry Waxman, which was recently broken up when Berman lost to fellow Congressman Brad Sherman in 2012, in a battle created by independent redistricting. The whole thing is a worthwhile read, but this is particularly relevant for the need for redistricting reform:
    After the 2000 census, Michael Berman was enlisted, once again, to slice and dice California’s congressional districts on behalf of Democrats. Most of the state’s Democratic House delegation paid him $20,000 apiece to protect their seats—and their jobs. “If my colleagues are smart, they’ll pay their $20,000, and Michael will draw the district they can win in,” Rep. Loretta Sanchez told The Orange County Register in 2001. “Those who have refused to pay? God help them.”

    Michael Berman devised a bipartisan gerrymander that protected incumbents in both parties. It was wildly successful. In the next decade, out of more than 250 congressional contests in the state, only a single seat switched party hands. Perhaps more important for the Bermans, the map staved off the Latino surge from swallowing Howard’s San Fernando Valley district. “It’s just assumed that was the first seat he drew,” says Gray Davis, who as governor signed the law.

    But the 2000 gerrymander engendered much ill will. For starters, all the Latinos who were expected to populate Berman’s district were initially stuffed into the neighboring district of Rep. Brad Sherman, who was none too pleased. Neither was the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, which sued. And, as the years passed and no seats changed hands, the public outcry over the backroom deal to protect incumbents grew. In 2008, voters stripped the Legislature of the power to draw maps and gave it to an independent commission. The days of Michael Berman carving up the state were over.

    The passage of that redistricting reform is what set the stage for Democrats in California to gain a number of Congressional seats because ensuring safe Democratic seats also ensured a number of safe Republican seats. Especially as the Republican Party continues to try to rig the Electoral College process, fair redistricting ought to become a top priority for Democrats everywhere.
  • Paul Krugman is tired of talking common sense to austerity hawks:
    But that’s a secondary issue. The key point is this: While it’s true that we will eventually need some combination of revenue increases and spending cuts to rein in the growth of U.S. government debt, now is very much not the time to act. Given the state we’re in, it would be irresponsible and destructive not to kick that can down the road.

    Start with a basic point: Slashing government spending destroys jobs and causes the economy to shrink.

    This really isn’t a debatable proposition at this point. The contractionary effects of fiscal austerity have been demonstrated by study after study and overwhelmingly confirmed by recent experience — for example, by the severe and continuing slump in Ireland, which was for a while touted as a shining example of responsible policy, or by the way the Cameron government’s turn to austerity derailed recovery in Britain.

  • Greg Sargent at The Plum Line (who's right more often than not) on Democratic strategy around the sequester fight that has suddenly taught Republicans the virtue of Keynesian economics:
    Democrats are closing in on a strategy to offer Republicans a plan to avert the sequester with a roughly 50-50 mix of new revenues and spending cuts, to put renewed pressure on Republicans to drop their reflexive opposition to new revenues. Senator Sherrod Brown described some of the details of the plan in an interview with me this afternoon.

    Notably, Brown said that Senator Harry Reid had assured Democrats that there would be no cuts to entitlement benefits in the offer, which could mollify liberals worried that Dems will give away too much in some sort of “grand bargain” to avert the sequester.

    “Reid made a decision to do something the country will support,” Brown told me. “We just have to get Republicans off of their intransigence on this.”

  • How many mayoral debates do we need in Los Angeles anyway? Seems like there's one every other day leading up to our March 5 election. And that's because there pretty much is.

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  •  No wonder Germans like to walk around naked (2+ / 0-)
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    historys mysteries, fayea

    All that sunshine makes wearing clothes unbearable. Plus...Hitler.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 12:06:58 PM PST

  •  If they do, I'll take the over. (2+ / 0-)
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    "Does Vegas have an over/under on how many people Mayor Cory Booker will personally rescue from Nemo-related consequences?"

  •  Yes, the photoelectric potential of Germany (3+ / 0-)
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    is about equal to Oregon . . . and I'm talking the rainy, western side, not the sunny, eastern side.

    It's LIGHT, not sun, that makes the difference. (Hence the word PHOTOelectric).

    I will admit that statistic misleads a bit--Oregon has a summer dry season with long daylight hours, which bumps our average up to respectable. No one would confuse us with Palm Springs any time of the year, particularly not on heavy overcast winter days when the street lights stay on. (Call it "vampire weather.")

    And God said, "Let there be light"; and with a Big Bang, there was light. And God said "Ow! Ow My eyes!" and in a flash God separated light from darkness. "Whew! Now that's better. Now where was I. Oh yea . . ."

    by Pale Jenova on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 12:10:45 PM PST

  •  Meh (2+ / 0-)
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    historys mysteries, Mr Robert

    Krugman's just an economist. He's never run a country so what does he know about spending, deficits and what's best for the economy.

    Now this guy, he's where it's at:

        Hi, everybody. Over the last few years, Democrats and Republicans have come together and cut our deficit by more than $2.5 trillion through a balanced mix of spending cuts and higher tax rates for the wealthiest Americans. That’s more than halfway towards the $4 trillion in deficit reduction that economists and elected officials from both parties say we need to stabilize our debt.

        I believe we can finish the job the same way we’ve started it – with a balanced mix of more spending cuts and more tax reform. And the overwhelming majority of the American people agree – both Democrats and Republicans.

        Now, my preference – and the preference of many Members of Congress – is to do that in a balanced, comprehensive way, by making sensible changes to entitlement programs and reforming our tax code. As we speak, both the House and Senate are working towards budget proposals that I hope will lay out this kind of balanced path going forward.

    I mean, has austerity ever NOT worked? Of course that's a state secret protected by executive privilege so we have no right to know.

    Damn, there I go with the hate again. What, I would have preferred Romney?

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 12:11:53 PM PST

  •  There's a lot of documented cases of unusual (0+ / 0-)

    objects falling from the sky:

    Personally I think it's either alien scientists performing behavioral experiments, or aline frat boys pulling pranks.

    "I'm not a Kindergarten Cop, I'm a Terminator." - kos

    by cjenk415 on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 12:12:08 PM PST

  •  Please don't call the blizzard Nemo! (12+ / 0-)

    The Weather Channel's asinine and ill-conceived attempt to corner the market on winter weather by naming storms should be resisted.  The National Weather Service and weather professionals nationwide have voiced strong objections to The Weather Channel's new practice, as it was done without consultation or agreement with the international weather community and could interfere with the NWS's missions to inform us of and keep us safe from severe winter weather.

  •  the spiders are "ballooning" (1+ / 0-)
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    Footage posted online yesterday shows thousands of spiders "falling from the sky" in the southern Brazilian town of Santo Antônio da Platina.

    "Still do not know what causes such behavior," writes the video's uploader. "We are researching and will post the answer to the question here."

    Newly hatched spiders sometimes want to move into areas of their own when it's crowded. They do that by climbing up as high as they can, wafting out a biiiiiig long puff of silk, and wait for the wind to catch them and carry them away to float off somewhere else.

    Ballooning is how spiders reach islands out at sea.  There have been times when ships hundreds of miles out at sea have become the target of floating spiders falling from the sky.

    •  No (1+ / 0-)
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      From the comments from the 'source' of this post:

      Balderdashed  18 hours ago
      People seem confused, saying "I don't see any of them falling" and "it's not really raining spiders." The dude holding the camera keeps saying it's "chovendo aranha" - literally, raining spiders - but this is an idiomatic and not a literal phrase. It means an over-abundance of something, vast quantities etc. You could walk into a crowded bar or club and say to your friends, "caramba, tá chuvendo mulher!" - it's raining women here. Or, alternately.. it's raining men. So I don't know if Gawker put this headline up to deliberately lure people here, to be ironic, or to show their proclivity for misleading and inept headlines. Either way, it is in fact not actually raining spiders in this video..
      Misleading headlines are par for the course on the Interwebs these days. Mix in a little language barrier and you get this. Plus the well know fact of someone tells someone a story who then tells someone else a story ... then it gets back to the originator and he can't even recognize it!

      These aren't newly hatched spiders, just a whole lot of them doing what they do.

      And really, reading the comments of the second-hand 'source' it seems the majority of people did not even view the video or if they did even put a little thought into what they were seeing.

  •  there's plenty to talk about (1+ / 0-)
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    How many mayoral debates do we need in Los Angeles anyway? Seems like there's one every other day leading up to our March 5 election. And that's because there pretty much is.
    The actor Charlie Sheen recorded a video intended for the former LAPD officer accused of killing three people and writing a long manifesto that indicates he has intentions to kill more.
    Sheen, who was praised in Christopher Dorner's manifesto, thanked the suspect for his 'kind words' but asked the man to call him.
    (From Christopher Dorner's manifesto) If you had a well regulated AWB, this would not happen. The time is now to reinstitute a ban that will save lives. Why does any sportsman need a 30 round magazine for hunting? Why does anyone need a suppressor? Why does anyone need a AR15 rifle? This is the same small arms weapons system utilized in eradicating Al Qaeda, Taliban, and every enemy combatant since the Vietnam war. Don't give me that crap that its not a select fire or full auto rifle like the DoD uses. That's bullshit because troops who carry the M-4/M-16 weapon system for combat ops outside the wire rarely utilize the select fire function when in contact with enemy combatants. The use of select fire probably isn't even 1% in combat. So in essence, the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle is the same as the M-4/M-16. These do not need to be purchased as easily as walking to your local Walmart or striking the enter key on your keyboard to "add to cart". All the firearms utilized in my activities are registered to me and were legally purchased at gun stores and private party transfers. All concealable weapons (pistols) were also legally register in my name at police stations or FFL's. Unfortunately, are you aware that I obtained class III weapons (suppressors) without a background check thru NICS or DROS completely LEGALLY several times? I was able to use a trust account that I created on quicken will maker and a $10 notary charge at a mailbox etc. to obtain them legally. Granted, I am not a felon, nor have a DV misdemeanor conviction or active TRO against me on a NCIC file. I can buy any firearm I want, but should I be able to purchase these class III weapons (SBR's, and suppressors) without a background check and just a $10 notary signature on a quicken will maker program? The answer is NO. I'm not even a resident of the state i purchased them in. Lock n Load just wanted money so they allow you to purchase class III weapons with just a notarized trust, military ID. Shame on you, Lock n Load. NFA and ATF need new laws and policies that do not allow loopholes such as this. In the end, I hope that you will realize that the small arms I utilize should not be accessed with the ease that I obtained them. Who in there right mind needs a fucking silencer!!! who needs a freaking SBR AR15? No one. No more Virginia Tech, Columbine HS, Wisconsin temple, Aurora theatre, Portland malls, Tucson rally, Newtown Sandy Hook. Whether by executive order or thru a bi-partisan congress an assault weapons ban needs to be re-instituted. Period!!!

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ "We're like a strip club with a million bouncers and no strippers." (HBO's Real Time, January 18, 2013)

    by annieli on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 12:17:49 PM PST

  •  I invite Fox to vacation here in Florida, the (2+ / 0-)
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    "Perpetually Cloudy and Overcast State."


  •  Ha ha. I lived in Germany for 3 years. (6+ / 0-)

    Not what you would think of as a "sunny" country. I lived in south west Germany at the same latitude as Nova Scotia. We were north of Maine! Most days were gray and cloudy as I recall. The few sunny days were beautiful, however. If Germany can do it, we can do it. The reason why Germany has succeeded is that they tend to be reality based when it comes to environmental issues. They do not have a Fox News propaganda equivalent, partly because the Germans are still very aware of how Nazi propaganda damaged their country in the 1930s and 1940s.

    "For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it." - President Barack Obama, Second Inaugural Address, January 21, 2013.

    by surfermom on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 12:31:40 PM PST

  •  MA & CT Gov's lifting travel bans shortly----wish (1+ / 0-)
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    they'd go thru the night.....still much clearing to be done, especially in CT.

  •  Awesome video or awesomest video ever? (5+ / 0-)
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    Republicans represent both sides: the insanely rich and vice versa.

    by Crashing Vor on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 12:40:49 PM PST

  •  30 debates (1+ / 0-)
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    is a little excessive

    •  Not for Republican presidential (0+ / 0-)


      The more the better.

      100 would be lovely.

      "Have you left no sense of decency, sir, at long last?" Army Attorney to Sen. McCarthy, 1954. "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012.

      by bontemps2012 on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 01:13:58 PM PST

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  •  Poor Paul Krugman. (4+ / 0-)
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    He has been singing this same song (and lately it has become a primal scream) since the president was inaugurated for his FIRST term.  He has written about the misjudgment by Ireland's government to put all the bailout of their banks on the backs of its citizens, and even gone on BBC to argue against Cameron's disastrous austerity policies, all to no avail.  The arguments used by those governments have been exactly the same as the deficit/debt hawks in this country.  He must feel like a prophet crying out in the wilderness while all his prophecies turn into reality.

    Progressives can't be blamed for feeling dread in the face of Obama's insistence on putting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security in the line of Republican fire to solve a non-existent problem, considering he's capitulated on other negotiations in the past; and after Reid's backpedaling on filibuster reform, his promises don't ring true either.  If those two don't believe increasing the age to collect Medicare or changing the definition of the CPI used to figure Social Security COLA's will amount to a cut in benefits, they are in desperate need of "re-education."

    Once again, it will be up to us to demand the Republicans accept "No!" for an answer, because we can't trust our Democratic leaders to stand up for us.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 12:42:36 PM PST

  •  Spike TV hits another low or is that not news? (2+ / 0-)
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    Yep they are running more of that Savage digging show where an ex wrestler/entertainer and his family travel to various places and dig for "artifacts" such as American Indian, Civil War or Colonial relics among others.

    They announce that they dig only on private property and split whatever they sell their booty for with the owner.  However, such "digs" solely for the purpose of sale is damaging as it not only removes artifacts which could be unique from the academic world but since there are no records of the location of the item or any archeological methods used, this means an item is out of place, out of time and usually very difficult to determine its exact provenance.

    The main problem with this show is that it encourages other would be Indiana Jones to hit public lands with metal detectors in search of hidden riches.  The show itself is a fake as one of the diggers suddenly yells and excitedly shows a colonial coin that has supposedly been buried a couple of hundred years.  The coin is pristinely clean and is in VG-VF condition.  This looks nothing like the "dug finds" I have seen, even after cleaning.  

    •  I can't stand (1+ / 0-)
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      any of those "treasure hunt" shows.  But my husband seems to like them.  You put your finger on why I don't like them.

      You can't keep a mighty tree alive (much less expect it to thrive) by only spritzing the fine leaves at its tippy-top. The fate of the whole tree depends on nurturing the grassroots. - Jim Hightower

      by PSzymeczek on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 02:06:42 PM PST

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      •  It ruins my whole day; I admit I am a collector (1+ / 0-)
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        but most of my items are purchased through reputable dealers with a provenance and are usually retired museum pieces or from collections before 1970.  What these shows show is the worse aspect of the antiquities trade, the underbelly of it, sort of like having Dog the Bounty Hunter as the spokesman for law enforcement  (I most watch old Westerns personally)  

  •  OMG (2+ / 0-)
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    My friends who lived in Germany called their town Drizzledorf.

    The GOP jobs plan is to manufacture outrage.

    by Doug in SF on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 12:54:20 PM PST

  •   photovoltaic solar resource level (1+ / 0-)
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    The following tutorial will cover topics related to the theory and hardware used to measure the available solar resource at a site, and methods for translating this radiation onto the inclined plane of a PV panel.
    The modern measurement of solar radiation in North America was originally aimed at better understanding the relationship between the sun and the earth's climate, and was pioneered by both the Smithsonian institution and the national geographic society, with the goal of determining the “solar constant” or the amount of energy available at the edge of our atmosphere. The first studies were performed with a device known as a Bolometer, invented by Samuel Pierpont Langley, the future secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in 1878. This was an extremely sensitive device for measuring temperatures, accurate to 0.00001C, and has the honour of supposedly able to measure the thermal radiation of a cow at a quarter mile  .
    The bolometer was used with a prism which split the light into its spectrum. The rise in temperature was measured as a current shown with a galvanometer, an extremely precise device for measuring current, which consisted of a needle made from a strand of quartz 2/25,000 inch in diameter and 15 centimeters long onto which a mirror only 1/25 inch square and 2/1000 inch thick is placed. As an electrical current is passed through this galvometer, this tiny thread will rotate on a pivot, also rotating the mirror. The mirror directs a beam of light onto a photosensitive sheet of paper, and the amount of deflection from home is proportional to the current. It is in this way that extremely sensitive measurements of the solar spectrum were originally made.
    The pyroheliometer is a device designed to measure the total energy available from the entire solar spectrum. The original pyroheliometer was designed in 1837 by Claude Pouillet which was a simple but crude instrument based on water calorimetry which eventually was proven to be inconsistent and inaccurate. Following this, an instrument was made in 1887 by Klaus Angstrom called the compensation pyroheliometer. This instrument consisted of two thin magnesium strips in thermally identical chambers. One chamber was open to the sunlight, and the other was closed by a shutter, and heated electrically by a known power. When the temperature in both chambers agreed, a measurement of the electrical power was taken. The shutter was then reversed, and another measurement was made. By comparing these two measurements, a determination of the total irradiation was made.

    This instrument was considered to be an early standard instrument, and formed the basis for the Angstrom Scale (denoted AS05), founded in 1905.

    Slightly after the development of the Angstrom compensation device, another device was developed independently at the Smithsonian institution by Charles Abbott, as they were unable to obtain an angstrom device. This device was known as the silver disk pyroheliometer, and consisted of a long tube with a shutter at one end, and a thin stip of silver painted black at the other. The silver strip is in thermal contact with a bulb thermometer. To measure the intensity of solar radiation, the shutter is closed for 100 seconds and the temperature drop is noted, the shutter is then opened again and the temperature rise after 100 seconds is noted, finally the shutter is closed a final time and the temperature drop after 100 seconds is noted.
    In order to correlate these temperature changes with the actual power being input into the system, a very complex analysis of this device would be required. Instead, this device was callibrated using another instrument, the water flow pyroheliometer. Essentially, light was admitted in the same way as the silver disc pyranometer, and the beam of light is directed onto a conical receiver, which is assumed to absorb 97% of incoming radiation. Because of the conical shape of the receiver, the reflected light is directed to the walls of the tube, which are also blackened and absorb 97% of the incident light for each time it is reflected. In this way, it is assumed that nearly all of the incoming radiation is absorbed. Water at a constant flow rate and temperature is then allowed to flow in passages in good thermal contact with the walls of the chamber. The rise in temperature at steady state can be measured and from this an exact determination of the incoming power can be determined.
    The combination of these two instruments formed the Smithsonian scale, denoted SS13 in 1913.
  •  Stupid ass.... (3+ / 0-)
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    24-year-old outfielder Bryce Brentz, a first-round draft pick in 2010, was slated to participate in Red Sox spring training beginning next week after three years in the minor leagues. Instead, Brentz will be sidelined after accidentally shooting himself in the leg while cleaning his gun.

    A "loaded" gun...

  •  Truth or Dare? (3+ / 0-)

    "Notably, Brown said that Senator Harry Reid had assured Democrats that there would be no cuts to entitlement benefits in the offer...."

    Well, we all know what this is worth, don't we?  Remember filibuster reform?

    Still, I am willing to give Reid the benefit of the doubt on this one.  But if it turns out to be as big a whopper as filibuster reform was, look out!  All of us progressives with functioning brains will be after Reid's scalp then -- or ought to be.

  •  Mayor Booker's rescues are impressive... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...because they help him keep his foot out of his mouth.

  •  hi, all - a quick update of the fundraiser for (0+ / 0-)

    alicia's voice.  as of noon today, the tally is at slightly over $1800 with several pending donations.

    the diaries regarding this fundraiser for the organization named after our own zwoof's murdered daughter are here and here....

    please take a minute to look at the site - we are approaching half our goal of $5000 to keep the doors open another year.  in the six years of it's sad existence, over 1400 women in the toledo, ohio area have been helped with grants for training to be able to live without abuse, with financial assistance and the community has been helped with the reach of alicia's voice to inform and education people that there is an alternative to being abused.

    we can do this - we CAN make a difference - one dollar at a time.  in one day, we are almost half way there...  

    EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

    by edrie on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 03:57:25 PM PST

  •  Re: The spiders...they're SOCIAL spiders (0+ / 0-)

    This Metafilter post has all you need to know:

    A biologist who specializes in spiders of the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (PUC-PR), Marta Fischer, examined the picture and said that the phenomenon is normal and occurs mainly in the cities of São Paulo. "It is the kind of spider known as Anelosimus Eximius, which are social spiders. They are usually in trees during the day and in the late afternoon and early evening construct a sort of sheet webs, each makes his and then they come together. The goal is to capture insects," she explains, "During the day they destroy the webs to prevent birds doing it," concludes Marta, who also said that the venom of this species causes no risks to humans."
  •  Sounds to me like the Dims 50/50 mix is (0+ / 0-)

    exactly what the Republicans want.  With costs of everything rising a 50/50 cuts to spending a revenue neutral budget means shrinking the government, not improving the employment situation but making it a tad worse, not helping the poor and ill but decreasing any help they might otherwise get.
    Not addressing the huge part of the country's revenue that goes to the military.  Not spending on crumbling infrastructure, education, not funding Mediccaid or easing the political pressure the REpubs are putting on SS and Medicare, etc.

    If I were Boehner I would be be getting 90% of what I wanted.

    The Spineless Dims have caved.

    As for Reid's assurances.....

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