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  • This guy just got elected as the chair of the Oregon Republican Party.
    After months of in-fighting, the beleaguered Oregon Republican Party elected a new chairman last weekend. His name is Art Robinson, and he wants to sprinkle radioactive waste from airplanes to build up our resistance to degenerative illnesses. Robinson, who unsuccessfully ran for Congress against progressive Rep. Peter DeFazio in 2010 and 2012, took over after the previous chair resigned in advance of a recall campaign over her alleged financial mismanagement.
    No, seriously, this guy. The guy who wrote this:
    "Public education (tax-financed socialism) has become the most widespread and devastating form of child abuse and racism in the United States. Moreover, people who have been cut off at the knees by public education are so mentally handicapped that they cannot be responsible custodians of the energy technology base or other advanced accomplishments of our civilization." (Robinson, a home-schooling activist, sells a DIY curriculum for $195.)
    There comes a point where you run out of things to say. This dude is now a state chair for the Republican Party. The state party's delegates actually took a look at all that candidates, and voted for this guy.
  • So...there's apparently a trend in China to wear watermelon. Especially for children. I will admit: it lends itself to creativity.
  • I rarely find myself linking to things from Buzzfeed, but this photo gallery of things in the Capitol you might not be aware of is compelling. I was particularly amused by the images of George Washington as a deity.
  • According to a federal judge, pornographic actors do not have a constitutional right to ply their trade free from condoms:
    A federal judge on Friday denied the porn industry’s assertion that requiring adult film performers to wear condoms is unconstitutional.

    The ruling is the latest setback for producers of adult films who filed a lawsuit to block the implementation of the Los Angeles County Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act, or Measure B.

    The measure was approved by an overwhelming majority of county voters last November. It was sponsored by five individuals affiliated with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a nonprofit group.

    Free...speech. Yeah, that's it.
  • Breastfeeding is healthy:
    The longer a mother breast-feeds, the greater the benefit to the child’s brain development, a new study says.

    For the study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, researchers at Harvard Medical School enrolled 1, 312 pregnant women. The researchers assessed breast-feeding at 6 and 12 months and followed the mothers and children for seven years.

    For each additional month a baby was breast-fed, verbal ability was higher at age 3, and verbal and nonverbal I.Q. scores were higher at age 7, the study concluded. The researchers accounted for factors like the mothers’ intelligence and employment, home environment and child care.

    Isn't it about time we had laws and a cultural ethic that actually allows mothers to do right by their children?
  • A fascinating, and sometimes terrifying, look inside the world of ALEC, as seen by a progressive state legislator.

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  •  So a needle pulling Thread Thread..... (8+ / 0-)

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 12:03:34 PM PDT

  •  I found this fascinating... (4+ / 0-)

    I can't imagine why.

    From Market Watch. Top-ten beer consuming states.

    The "winner" consumes 48.5 gallons a year per capita. That's about 500 bottles.

    Time for an intervention?

  •  Orygon GOP: Paulista Deliverance with moss (5+ / 0-)
    "Public education (tax-financed socialism) has become the most widespread and devastating form of child abuse and racism in the United States. Moreover, people who have been cut off at the knees by public education are so mentally handicapped that they cannot be responsible custodians of the energy technology base or other advanced accomplishments of our civilization." (Robinson, a home-schooling activist, sells a DIY curriculum for $195.)
    Robinson opposes abortion and supports gun rights, cutting taxes, increasing border security and building new power plants. He argues for balancing the federal budget, defunding earmarks and ending special-interest influence in Washington. He also supports restoring sound money and ending the Federal Reserve System. Robinson is against bailouts to Wall Street banks. He also supports a strong national defense, but with a more restrained foreign policy. Robinson is a signatory to A Scientific Dissent from Darwinism, a petition circulated by the Discovery Institute to promote intelligent design

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 12:07:52 PM PDT

  •  Say 'bye-bye' to your entire tax base, Van Nuys (3+ / 0-)
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    I'm sure Los Angeles is soooo well off they wont miss losing a billion dollar industry. And think how righteous they can feel. Its not like anybody there watches porn or anything anyway.

  •  Nat GOP have a computer guy. Start the fleeing (4+ / 0-)

    countdown

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

    New GOP Tech Chief Signals Republican Exit From 'Mad Men' Model

    BOSTON -– When the new face of Republican technology met the press for the first time Friday, it was obvious that digital expertise is not his only asset. He's a strong personality willing to engage in critique of his own party.

    "My job is to build things," said Andy Barkett, the Republican National Committee's 32-year old chief technology officer, who moved to Washington last month after leaving his management job at Facebook.

    That may be the case, but Barkett also said things that many Republicans have said for a while, only privately.

    "To be honest about the Republican ecosystem," Barkett said, "most of the technology vendors were political people who played the most video games in college. Right? They weren't necessarily real technologists.

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 12:13:18 PM PDT

    •  Obviously qualified (4+ / 0-)
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      Because so many people are running to sign up for Facebook these days. So how many likes on Ted Cruz's Facebook page is it to get a single vote again?

      Do Pavlov's dogs chase Schroedinger's cat?

      by corwin on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 12:23:06 PM PDT

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    •  His oversized ego seems par for the course (4+ / 0-)
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      For a Silicone Valley denizen.

      First they came for the farm workers, and I said nothing.

      by Hannibal on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 12:29:26 PM PDT

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    •  Republicans and technology (4+ / 0-)
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      No more needs to be said than that McCain's technology adviser was Carly Fiorina.

      Anyone considering a dog for personal safety should treat that decision as seriously as they would buying a gun.

      by Dogs are fuzzy on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 12:31:11 PM PDT

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    •  It will be interesting to see how many (3+ / 0-)
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      tech guys he can hire. I think people forget that one reason a lot of the data "geeks" worked for Obama is because... they generally agreed with his policies.

      So it wasnt just an issue of the RNC or Romney not paying attention to this aspect of the campaign.

      Also, I think it will be harder to recruit someone to work for a party, as Barkett is trying to do, than work for a candidate. I can see non-conservative tech people going to work for a Republican they like, say, Christie or Rand Paul.

      But working for the RNC? I dont know.

      •  I had gotten the impression that... (0+ / 0-)

        ...there was a considerable "libertarian" contingent.in the tech-verse...
        ...not to mention that Google, FaceBook, MicroSoft, Oracle, and others, are starting to give Teh Big Bux to various and sundry Publicans, if not necessarily to the Party per se.
        Am I wrong on this?
        (No snark; my perceptions often lack full reality contact.)
        Finally, if the GOP contracts with firms, rather than hiring individuals directly, I don't see all that many employees refusing such assignments on political-principle grounds.  Wouldn't most just take whatever projects they're handed?
        Or do they have so much market power as to be able to afford such a luxury?

  •  Actually according to many female performers (1+ / 0-)
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    The condoms cause things to become extremely painful, due to the fact that they're just not lubed up like they would be during non-porn sex. Can also cause tearing, which can't be pleasant. And as far as the spread of STDs goes, the industry is already self-regulated, every performer having to be tested once a month.

    So yeah, stupid law that's not going to help anybody, just nanny state nonsense telling people how to live their lives, and making things worse for everyone in the process. The performers don't want it, the viewers don't want it, the production companies don't want it. Nobody involved in any aspect of porn wants it, or even feels a need for it.

    Congratulations Los Angeles, you're stupid.

    First they came for the farm workers, and I said nothing.

    by Hannibal on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 12:23:14 PM PDT

    •  Why does using a condom preclude using lube? (2+ / 0-)

      That sounds dubious to me, frankly. They can use as much lube as they want.

      People have a right to be safe on the job. Adult film performance is a job -- performers should wear condoms, like construction workers should wear hard hats, even if it is an inconvenience.

      "As the madmen play on words, and make us all dance to their song / to the tune of starving millions, to make a better kind of gun..." -- Iron Maiden

      by Lost Left Coaster on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 01:04:48 PM PDT

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      •  That's according to every performer (0+ / 0-)

        Who has done condom scenes. And artificial lubricants just don't last the way the natural lubrication does. Also consider that they're doing that for considerably longer than most people have sex. Things just don't stay lubricated, and condoms end up hurting them.

        What's dubious is people who don't have any experience in the industry, who don't know anybody in the industry, didn't seek out anybody in the industry, deciding that they know better.

        First they came for the farm workers, and I said nothing.

        by Hannibal on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 01:26:13 PM PDT

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        •  ns (1+ / 0-)

          The porn I've seen is rarely shot without interruption. Lube can be reapplied during breaks.

          Testing for HIV once a month does not preclude someone getting an infection during that month. Self-regulation can also be unreliable and ineffective, as we've seen with banks, realty, and other industries.

          This isn't nanny-state intrusion. This is regulation of an industry. They can have sex without condoms as much as they want off-camera - there's no law stating otherwise.

        •  "Every" performer (0+ / 0-)

          who's done condom scenes finds condom use so unbearable that it's worth risking their safety and the safety of others?

          I'd like a link to this interview with "every" performer, please.

          I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death; I am not on his payroll. - Edna St. Vincent Millay

          by Tara the Antisocial Social Worker on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 02:50:29 PM PDT

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  •  if every month breastfeeding gives high iq (3+ / 0-)
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    no limit on that?

    should we breastfeed to 10 or 15 years old?

    just being a wiseass because I hate how they "headline" science issues, leading to non-sensible statements

    fact does not require fiction for balance (proudly a DFH)

    by mollyd on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 12:28:34 PM PDT

  •  So --As we get ready to home School our daughter (0+ / 0-)

    for the next year, is your problem that you think that home-schooling is evil or simply that this guy's version of home-schooling is evil?

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 12:31:29 PM PDT

    •  Sounds like you may be projecting a binary (2+ / 0-)
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      view of homeschooling on a piece that didn't seen to have one, from my read.

      Il est dangereux d’avoir raison dans des choses où des hommes accrédités ont tort. - Voltaire
      Don't trust anyone over 84414 - BentLiberal

      by BentLiberal on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 12:34:39 PM PDT

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      •  Very possible, given the context, (2+ / 0-)
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        Robinson, a home-schooling activist, sells a DIY curriculum for $195.
        could be seen as a disclaimer to make readers aware of a conflict of interest.

        And, that might well be why the diarist included it.

        But Dkers tend to be hostile to home schoolers, so please excuse me if my knee jerks just a bit.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 12:40:54 PM PDT

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    •  Is that they way you are going to teach? (0+ / 0-)

      Only binary choices?

      •  No, we will be home schooling her, not sending her (3+ / 0-)
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        to public school.

        That bit of snark, btw, is highly unfair to the public schools she's attended the last few years, the last two years in particular.

        Our decision to home school her is based primarily on two considerations:

        1. We will be moving around during the year, so she would have to change schools twice or more.

        2. She has been in a gifted program at her current school that will leave her ahead of most classmates even if she simply took the year off.  The upcoming year is one in which most students study American history and it seemed to us that traveling about the country provides some incredible opportunities to see the places where history happened, and bring more meaning to the study.  It will, however, require some shifting and sifting of the curriculum to match the our travels instead of the usual outline.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 12:46:37 PM PDT

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        •  I wish you the best of luck dinotrac (1+ / 0-)
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          that is quite an undertaking. Looks like you have a busy year ahead, I hope it all is positive.

          •  Thanks, so do I. Lots of making lemonade out (1+ / 0-)
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            of lemons, but, after years of being battered by the economy, we think we've found a way to squeeze some positives out of the whole mess.

            Making it a smidge easier:

            This is not our first venture into home-schooling. We home-schooled our oldest daughter for several years and our middle daughter for a couple of years.  It's an interesting experience.

            LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

            by dinotrac on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 01:21:30 PM PDT

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    •  You didn't read my last essay here, did you? (2+ / 0-)
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      If you did, you'd know that I myself was homeschooled.

      I thought it was funny because he's selling a curriculum that's presumably based on this wackadoodle stuff.

      oops. I hope the gate wasn't too expensive.

      Twitter: @DanteAtkins

      by Dante Atkins on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 02:12:29 PM PDT

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      •  No I didn't. (1+ / 0-)
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        And that was the question.

        There are some wackadoodle curricula out there.

        Don't know if you've ever been to a home-schooling convention, but I went to one that had a Model set up of Noah's Ark with all the animals boarding 2 by 2 in a neat procession. The dinosaurs were especially cute.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 05:05:29 PM PDT

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  •  Umm Mr. Robinson, please explain 'hormesis' (2+ / 0-)
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    sounds rather unscientific to most of us...

    They that have power to hurt, and will do none

    by richardvjohnson on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 12:35:10 PM PDT

  •  we await a new line of Trojan HazMat suits (2+ / 0-)
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    A federal judge on Friday denied the porn industry’s assertion that requiring adult film performers to wear condoms is unconstitutional.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 12:36:00 PM PDT

  •  Hmmmm (0+ / 0-)

    Litle League World Series or Yankees vs. Red Sox?

  •  The mention of porn (3+ / 0-)
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    automatically makes it a punchline, but the relevant issue is the physical safety of the people in front of the camera.

    In Friday’s ruling, U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson wrote that the AIDS Healthcare Foundation presented evidence of the health risks the measure is targeting. He said the new law seeks to alleviate those harmed in a direct and material way.  

    “Plaintiffs [adult film industry,] by contrast, have presented evidence from individuals in the adult film industry, but not in the public health or medical profession, who claim testing is so effective and universal that condoms are unnecessary,” Pregerson wrote.  

    Frequent testing is necessary but not sufficient; it's possible to spread HIV and other STD's before they show up on a test.  As with any other worker-safety issue, someone invariably makes the argumen that workers should be able to chose between safe or unsafe working conditions, but when that's the situation, the ones who demand safe conditions don't get hired.

    I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death; I am not on his payroll. - Edna St. Vincent Millay

    by Tara the Antisocial Social Worker on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 12:43:37 PM PDT

  •  Is Art Robinson the product of public schools? (1+ / 0-)
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    If so, he may have a point...
    [/snark]

    We can't all be Paul Kersey.

    by furrfu on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 12:50:17 PM PDT

  •  I just drove through the "Free STate of Jefferson" (1+ / 0-)
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    There were a lot of signs for Art in the white supremacist areas of S. Oregon.

    Streichholzschächtelchen

    by otto on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 12:53:29 PM PDT

  •  if y'all weren't crippled by your public schooling (3+ / 0-)
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    you'd understand that radioactive drizzle is cutting-edge science in preventive medicine these days.  You'd also understand that condoms promote gayness, so condom-wearing porn actors are nearly as much a threat to the American Way as public schooling, flouridated water or the Federal Reserve...

  •  Kentucky State Fair (3+ / 0-)
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    ...Someone really should've thought that through a bit more.

    "Trust not the words of a poet, as he is born to seduce. Yet for poetry to seize the heart, it must ring with the chimes of truth."

    by kamrom on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 01:32:12 PM PDT

  •  The Capitol had a monorail, in 1909? (1+ / 0-)
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    Amazing! Hyperloop, coming right up.

    Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

    by Simplify on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 01:43:54 PM PDT

  •  Dear GOP Village idiot, (3+ / 0-)

    That Radioactive waste idea sounds really swell.

    Since this is YOUR Idea, You should get ALL the
    Radioactive waste for Yourself and your Family.

    Feel free to share YOUR radioactive waste with all your
    public education hating friends.

    Seriously. We Insist that YOU get ALL of it.

    Those of Us that still believe in Public Education don't
    deserve to benefit from your totally awesome Ideas.

    On Giving Advice: Smart People Don't Need It and Stupid People Don't Listen

    by Brian76239 on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 01:59:25 PM PDT

    •  You support irradiating children... (0+ / 0-)

      ...because they had the bad judgement to choose nutcase conservatards as parents?
      Yes, I know it's just a joke.
      Still rubs me the wrong way; I'd approve completely, mind you, if the word "family" weren't in there, and the terms implied limiting the exposure to consenting.adults.
      Evolution in action -- beyond the usual levels of irony, even for Publicans.

  •  Do the Socialist Mind Rotting Public Schools.... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... include the military academies?

        Does West Point cripple your thinking?

        Does Annapolis make you incompetent?

        Does the Air Force Academy corrupt you so that you "cannot be responsible custodians of the ..... advanced accomplishments of our civilization".... like nuclear weapons?

  •  Of course Washington is Jehovah (1+ / 0-)
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    but I bet you didn't know he is also Zeus, and half naked and ripped besides.  (You can see this in the Smithsonian if you really want to.)

  •  Sorry Roberston but the rest of the state (1+ / 0-)
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    doesn't want your Libertarian ideology.

    Man lives in Josephine County, a place which shows how well their ideas work in real life

    Wonkette blurb on Josephine County

    A place which has been held up in the past thanks to Federal Support Payments but is hurting now from reductions in that.
    OPB Let's just give them more money from Lotto

    Clearly the area isn't self-supporting and if they cut off what money they did get from state and federal government they would have next to nothing. I don't get these people at all. Hate on having taxes and all yet what services they still have is mostly due to taxes. While this guy sits in his compound spouting off anything that is contrary to fact.

    Goes to show you what is left of the GOP in Oregon is the scrapings from the bottom of the barrel.

    I wonder how that radiation thing in water is working in Japan? And no, putting that in water is not going to make fans of Democrats here in Oregon. The vote was to not add to the water. That attempt of humor on the part of MJ falls way flat.

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