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  • Today's comic by Matt Bors is The origin of Duck Dynasty's free speech:
    Cartoon by Matt Bors - The origin Of Duck Dynasty’s free speech
  • Eliot Spitzer and wife, Silda Wall Spitzer, announce end of their marriage:
    "We regret that our marital relationship has come to an end and we have agreed not to make any other public statement on this subject," read the announcement.

    The split comes on the heels of a report on Sunday in The New York Post's Page Six that the former candidate for New York City Comptroller was seen at the apartment of Lis Smith, his former spokesperson who is now the communications director for mayor-elect Bill de Blasio.

  • Judge resentences rapist. Still no prison time:
    Last month, an Alabama county judge sentenced a man convicted of raping a young teen several times to probation and treatment, but no jail time. When the victim of the rapes came forward, Limestone County Circuit Court Judge James Woodroof’s surprising sentence generated outrage from the public, and an appeals court ordered Woodroof to re-sentence Austin Smith Clem.

    But on Monday, Woodroof once again handed down a sentence that included no prison time.

  • Ex-BP analyst says "peak oil" here now or almost:
    "We are probably in peak oil today, or at least in the foot-hills," Dr. Richard Miller said recently at a talk in London. According to the Guardian, Miller "prepared BP's in-house projections of future oil supply for BP from 2000 to 2007," and is bringing peak oil back into focus at the end of a petroleum-soaked year. He says that oil production has already peaked in 37 oil-producing countries, and that global production is declining at about 3.5 million barrels every year. Continued reliance on oil, and the coming shortage, will do nothing less than "break economies." [...]

    Bottom line being, oil companies and governments are jazzed on new technologies and extraction techniques like fracking and tar sands—Exxon and co are running shiny ads touting domestic energy production—but none of that changes the fact that oil is running out. We're getting better at scraping the bottom of the barrel, but you can only get so much.

  • 153 years after suffering massacre, Wiyot tribe returns home:
    When a few canoes carrying a group of Wiyot tribal members to Indian Island cross the choppy waters of Humboldt Bay [California] in March, it will not look as if anything particularly special is happening.

    The nondescript, flat, marshy 275-acre island sits beneath a bridge upon which traffic whizzes by on busy Route 255. But what will take place will be remarkable: 153 years after Indian Island was the site of a brutal massacre of the Wiyot, it will bear witness to a ceremony of rebirth and testament of survival for a people brought to the brink of extinction. [...]

    A posse of white settlers sneaked through the darkness one night in 1860 and murdered more than 50 [as many as 250] Native American women and children, mostly with axes and hatchets.

    The massacre was one of several carried out simultaneously over a week in which at least another 150 Wiyot at other locations were killed. Nobody was ever prosecuted at this time when California had a $5 bounty on Indians.
  • Mother, daughter reunited after 71 years: For decades, Brooke Mayo believed her daughter, born of a 1941 rape and given up for adoption, was dead. Then a letter arrived.
  • On today's "classic" Kagro in the Morning show, it's the December 27, 2012 episode, and Greg Dworkin joined us to kick off discussion of one of the more bizarre stories of the past few days: Dick Armey's armed coup at FreedomWorks. We also discussed Bushmaster's ad campaign for its AR-15 product. You know, the one that reads, "Consider your man card reissued." That's what's made it the weapon of choice in the country's most infamous massacres! Finally, a reminder that the Fiscal Thingy hasn't been resolved yet, and isn't very likely to be, either, while the debt ceiling appears to have crept up on us once again.

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  •  Even the optimistic IEA (6+ / 0-)

    thinks fracked oil production peaks within 7 years.

    •  Also, it often has a different composition (1+ / 0-)
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      JeffW

      from conventional crude.  For example, much of the liquids production from the Eagle Ford formation in south Texas is lease condensate.  It's valuable stuff, mostly ethane, but it cannot be used to produce the same wide variety of fuels as oil.  

      Plus, there is a limit as to how much of it refineries can process.  Some people are predicting a glut at the gulf coast refineries, and no one quite knows what to do with it.

  •  MB....Do you ever get any sleep? (4+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, JeffW, Tamar, on the cusp

    You daily periodic presences on DK don't seem to indicate sleep period intervals of any significance.

  •  Interesting observation on same-sex marriage (3+ / 0-)
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    LakeSuperior, Aunt Pat, JeffW

    by Jeffrey Toobin

    I take a look at his New Yorker column and offer a few thoughts of my own in this post to which I invite your attention

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 12:07:16 PM PST

  •  I actually did something of an Xmas post (2+ / 0-)
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    which I titled One important Christmas ritual about something, following Russian folk traditions, is a part of what occurs in our household each year

    perhaps you might give it a glance?

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 12:08:31 PM PST

  •  And the Montana judge who said 14 yo rape victim (7+ / 0-)

    was 'in control' so didn't sentence the teacher who raped her, has given an abusive boyfriend a 'sentence' of writing 5000 times 'boys do not hit girls'

    Pacer Ferguson, the man forced to write “boys do not hit girls,” had punched his girlfriend during a 2012 argument, fracturing her face in three places that still cause her occasional pain. According to the Billings Gazette, Baugh sentenced the man to the maximum time allowed for his misdemeanor assault and he must also pay the victim’s medical bills. While a jury acquitted Ferguson of more serious charges that would have led to a longer sentence, he will spend eight years in state prison serving a concurrent sentence for a robbery.
  •  Ronald McDonald shoots self in clown shoes again.. (12+ / 0-)

    http://thinkprogress.org/...

    McDonald’s Tells Workers Not To Eat Fast Food

    On its employee resources website, McDonald’s offers workers reasonable if not unexpected advice for a healthier diet. McDonald’s employees should steer clear of fast food, the website warns, because meal consisting of burger, fries, and a soda cause weight gain.

    “Fast foods are quick, reasonably priced, and readily available alternatives to home cooking,” one post on the McResource Line site says. “While convenient and economical for a busy lifestyle, fast foods are typically high in calories, fat, saturated fat, sugar, and salt and may put people at risk for becoming overweight.”

    Illustrating this point is a picture of what looks suspiciously like McDonald’s food. At 550 calories, McDonald’s Big Mac delivers nearly 50 percent of one’s daily recommended fat. That’s not including the fries and soda.

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

    by JML9999 on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 12:13:50 PM PST

  •  Right having coniptions about de Blasio's staffer (9+ / 0-)

    sleeping with Spitzer

    Enough!
    If Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has a lick of sense in his 6-foot-5 frame, he’ll cast out of his incoming administration Lis Smith — the randy Democratic operative who’s got a freaky fetish for the black knee socks and balding pate of married ex-Love Gov Eliot Spitzer.
    If de Blasio continues to stand by Eliot’s unsavory love interest, his credibility as this city’s righteous voice for those without money, power and sexual corruption is shot to hell.
    As one veteran public-relations expert said, “If I were de Blasio, I wouldn’t want someone close to me sleeping with Eliot Spitzer.”
    This unappetizing duo makes me ashamed to call myself a New Yorker.
    Spitzer is the whoremonger who lost his bed in New York’s governor’s mansion after he bargained for reduced-price female flesh like a millionaire john on a budget, shaming not just himself, his suffering wife, Silda, and his three daughters, but all good citizens who entrusted him with upholding the law.
    That is maybe the one thing I DON'T care about re de Blasio- I'm maybe more concerned that he hired a Goldman Sachs executive to make the city 'more affordable'.
  •  Tim Murphy at Mother Jones (2+ / 0-)
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    has a tactical analysis of

    What Would Happen If We Really Went to War Against Christmas?

    with spoiler sub-head: "We'd probably lose."

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 12:16:11 PM PST

  •  Merry Christmas, dammit! (4+ / 0-)

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    "Ain't no blade can protect you from the True-True." - Old Georgie, Cloud Atlas.

    by klingman on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 12:16:35 PM PST

  •  UPS Swamped By Packages, Can't Make Deadline (8+ / 0-)

    You can see right there why we need to privatize the postal service.

    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 Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 12:17:09 PM PST

  •  I read the Al Jazeera article on the Wiyots (7+ / 0-)

    (interesting that I couldn't find a report of this from any other media source).
    With what they went through, it's amazing that they were able to revive their tribe.
    The article mentions a fragile ceremonial beaded dress, one of the last of its kind. If members of the tribe no longer know how to create such a dress, I hope they have invited bead & fiber experts to study it to figure out what techniques and materials were used so that members can once again make them.
    (As a weaver & spinner, I'm very aware of the wonderful things made in indigenous communities and how we often can't match them with all our modern equipment).

    While Democrats work to get more people to vote, Republicans work to ensure those votes won't count.

    by Tamar on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 12:21:21 PM PST

  •  But I thought we only had to poke holes in (7+ / 0-)

    the Earth, and oil comes out? I don't remember which Republican Congressman said that, but he was obviously a smart man!

    "Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses??" - future President Paul Ryan

    by Fordmandalay on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 12:24:17 PM PST

  •  bad for the economy, not using the escort services (3+ / 0-)
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    and shows the power of Rupert's Page Six

    "We regret that our marital relationship has come to an end and we have agreed not to make any other public statement on this subject," read the announcement.
    The split comes on the heels of a report on Sunday in The New York Post's Page Six that the former candidate for New York City Comptroller was seen at the apartment of Lis Smith, his former spokesperson who is now the communications director for mayor-elect Bill de Blasio.

    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 Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 12:27:41 PM PST

  •  the end of oil.... yawn (3+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, JeffW, sweatyb

    So oil "experts" have been predicting death knells for oil for about 130 years now. "Uh oh. Oil price has dipped below $100 per barrel. Whose turn is it to sound the alarm?"

    Then I read in The New York Times today that scientists have developed a (GMO) crop that can produce petroleum at $99 per barrel.

    Anybody remember the early 70's when all the oil companies said they were "scraping the bottom of the barrel" with regard to oil production in the USA so we had no choice but to pay whatever price the Saudi's demanded?

    Gee, that was 40 years ago. My how time does fly!

    Oh boy, I am getting so sleepy....

    There are only two types of Republicans: 1) racists; and 2) people who are willing to be associated with racists.

    by hillbrook green on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 12:29:14 PM PST

    •  The only things keeping petroleum production ... (4+ / 0-)
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      ...crashing right now is tight oil (tar sands, Bakken formation, for two) and expanded natural gas liquids. And these are being extracted at immense environmental costs. They, too, will peak, the tight shale formations typically show early exhaustion.

      As for jatropha, the GMOed plant, the production you're talking about has only happened in a laboratory and has not yet been tested at a commercial level. Will be interesting to see if  the cost estimates go out the window when that scale-up is tried.

      Oil shale (as opposed to shale oil) advocates claimed in the early 1980s that they could produce a barrel of petroleum from kerogen for the equivalent today of $100 a barrel. But they never did despite Exxon's 1980 prediction that they would be pumping 8 million barrels a day of the stuff by 2000.

      As for U.S. oil production, we passed the peak in 1970, when 9.37 million barrels a day were produced. In 2008, it had fallen to 5.0 m/bbl/d and last year was 6.4 m/bbl/d. Not even the most optimistic person believes we will return to 1970s or 1980s production levels.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 01:18:43 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  We're not running out of oil (2+ / 0-)
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      but we're very much running out of cheap oil.

      If you have to go 5 miles under the ocean to get at it or blast it out of rock or cook it out of tar sands - it's going to be an expensive barrel of oil.

      If it costs $150 to get it out of the ground, nobody's going to sell it at $100.

      If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

      by Major Kong on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 02:54:17 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  This must be 3.5 million fewer barrels PER DAY (1+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat

    DAY per year.

    The diary, and the source article says, "global production is declining at about 3.5 million barrels every year".

    However, the source article also says that production is falling at 4.1% per year.

    We drill 89 million barrels of oil per day (see http://www.eia.gov/...), so a drop of 4.1% per year is about 3.6 million barrels per day per year.

  •  Indian Killers (3+ / 0-)
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    Tamar, Aunt Pat, wintergreen8694

    Always assured themselves they were acting in God's name. The God whose First Commandment is "DON'T KILL!"

    "Political ends as sad remains will die." - YES 'And You and I' ; -8.88, -9.54

    by US Blues on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 12:37:57 PM PST

  •  They'll start drilling in the Arctic Circle soon. (0+ / 0-)

    So much for Peak Oil, regrettably.

    •  Uh... (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      JeffW, BruceMcF

      ...the USGS assessment published in 2008 concluded there is about a 5% chance of there being 157 billion barrels of undiscovered oil offshore in the Arctic. There is a 95% chance of there being 44 billion barrels.

      Current oil consumption worldwide: 88.9 m/bbl/d. That means Arctic petroleum would provide about five years worth of oil at current levels of production if the most optimistic prediction is fulfilled.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 01:42:29 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Peak Oil doesn't mean that the oil ... (0+ / 0-)

      ... production comes to a halt, it means that the new production coming on stream is lower than the declining production in existing fields. Indeed, given the same production technologies, it would happen with about half of the petroleum still in the ground.

      As far as "not hitting peak oil", there is a bit of a shell game going on there, with the observation that conventional petroleum production was peaking papered over by pointing to non-conventional oil production. Conventional oil seems like it has already peaked ... what the story above is pointing too is that even adding non-conventional oil into the totals only pushed the peak back by less than a decade.

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      by BruceMcF on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 08:03:49 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Happy Decemberween everybody! (0+ / 0-)

    Gondwana has always been at war with Laurasia.

    by AaronInSanDiego on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 12:59:22 PM PST

  •  AL rapist to pull defeat from the jaws of victory (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, susanala

    According to his defense lawyer, the Alabama rapist who twice got a judge to let him off without a prison sentence may request a new trial, stating that he believes that the trial was "one-sided".

    Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

    by Phoenix Rising on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 01:02:36 PM PST

  •  right, and we're at peak wind and sun as well.... (1+ / 0-)
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    "We are probably in peak oil today, or at least in the foot-hills,"

    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 Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 01:15:28 PM PST

    •  Wind and sun cain't peak. (0+ / 0-)

      Peaking's for non-renewable resources. Oil, Coal and Gas are "Use Them To Lose Them" resources.

      Wind and Sun are "Use Them Or Lose Them" resources ... when we get to bigger wind and sun energy harvest, we get to keep on harvesting, year after year.

      Support Lesbian Creative Works with Yuri anime and manga from ALC Publishing

      by BruceMcF on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 08:05:39 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Valuing carbon in the ground (3+ / 0-)

    Here in southern Finland we are enjoying temperatures of 5C (41F) at the moment, so Black Christmas. Maybe it's a good thing that we start thinking about keeping carbon in the ground rather than try to scrape the bottom of the kerogenic barrel.

  •  Ah, the Splitzers. (3+ / 0-)
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    chicago minx, JeffW, Peace Missile

    Of coarse.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 02:18:33 PM PST

  •  Silva should have booted his ugly ass out (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JeffW

    long ago.  

    Don't be that white guy telling African Americans what is and isn't racist.--kos

    by chicago minx on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 03:45:18 PM PST

  •  I Respectfully Disagree (0+ / 0-)

    ...with the expression, "we're running out of oil."  That's one of the first straw men drawn up by anyone arguing against peak oil--"But there's a lot still in the ground! How can you say we're running out!" And they have a point.  There are still trillions of barrels of reserves in the ground.  

    However, the time and energy--the operative term here is EROEI (or EROI), "Energy Return On Energy Invested"--needed to extract oil has increased over the years.  More simply put, we've gotten the easy stuff.  There's only one reason why we even bother going deep offshore, or into the Arctic, or mining sand: because we can't just stick a pipe into the ground in Texas or Saudi Arabia any more.  Texas' production peaked in 1970, and its onshore production comes largely from stripper (i.e. small-producing) wells.  Saudi Arabia is, according to one of its own nationals in the Wikileaks cables, now producing flat-out: we're getting all they've got.

    One study (I haven't researched or tried to verify it) estimated that EROEI one hundred years ago was roughly 100:1--that is, one barrel of oil in resulted in 100 barrels out. Now, EROEI is down to 10:1.  In the case of oil sands, it's more like 5:1, to say nothing of the environmental impact.

  •  What comes to mind? (0+ / 0-)

    This judge needs to do time. I'd say about 30 years to life would make most victims a little more pleased with the outcome.

    "Last month, an Alabama county judge sentenced a man convicted of raping a young teen several times to probation and treatment, but no jail time. When the victim of the rapes came forward, Limestone County Circuit Court Judge James Woodroof’s surprising sentence generated outrage from the public, and an appeals court ordered Woodroof to re-sentence Austin Smith Clem.
    But on Monday, Woodroof once again handed down a sentence that included no prison time."

    "We can have Democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." ~ Louis D. Brandeis

    by 2BOrNot2B on Thu Dec 26, 2013 at 10:36:45 AM PST

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