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Ian Steadman at the New Statesman writes Study: further melting of Antarctic glacier half the size of Germany is 'irreversible':

In this week’s New Statesman I wrote about the misadventures of the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, the research vessel trapped in ice off the shore of Antarctica, and why “one localised incident does not disprove the vast body of evidence demonstrating that the world is heating up, decade by decade”.

There’s been an increase in the amount of ice in the sea around Antarctica, which—compared to the continually-shrinking ice in the Arctic—reassures sceptics that they were right about this climate change brouhaha all along. But, of course, that’s not the case at all. The ice on the land (the ice that, when it melts, raises sea levels) is decreasing, and while sea ice is increasing, that’s probably because the run-off from the land is diluting the sea, raising its freezing point.

Categorising that melt is difficult, as, compared to the Arctic, Antarctica is much more massive and much less well-documented landmass with a wider range of climates. As an example,a new study in Nature Climate Sciencehas found that the Pine Island Glacier, in West Antarctica, has found that it may have entered an “irreversible” melting period where the amount of water it unloads into the ocean increases five-fold.

The 175,000km2 glacier—that’s about half as big as Germany—is responsible for draining a quarter of the West Antarctica ice sheet by itself, and regularly calves off huge icebergs into the Southern Ocean. The Natural Environment Research Council’s (NERC) British Antarctic Survey has found that it’s “retreating inland”, a sign that its melt is increasing. It’s bad news. Very bad.

Pakalolo has a discussion going on the subject here.


Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2010Palin's defense: I'm a moron:

One of the many claims in Halperin and Heileman's new book Game Change is that during a briefing session, Sarah Palin said several times that Iraq and Saddam Hussein were behind the 9/11 attacks. Although this particularly story is new, we've already known for quite some time that Palin believed Iraq was behind 9/11.

As you'll see in this video, even though Palin now denies ever having made the connection, she made at on at least two occasions during the 2008 campaign, first on September 11 when she said Iraq was home to "the enemies who planned and carried out" 9/11 and again on September 25 when, standing at Ground Zero, she said we were fighting in Iraq "to not let them attempt again what they accomplished here, and that was some destruction, terrible destruction on that day".


Tweet of the Day:

One Down 49 to Go: New Mexico Progressives Kick The Koch Brothers Out of Their State @Mozi_N http://t.co/...
@linksteroh



On today's Kagro in the Morning show, another theory of the GW bridge scandal, this time from MSNBC's Steve Kornacki: a billion-dollar development deal may have hinged on ease of traffic access. Greg Dworkin joined us to discuss headlines like, "Is there a way out for Christie?" and "Feds investigate Christie's use of Sandy relief funds." Next, West Virginia chemical spill. What do we know about the chemical spilled? One source says: not much! And are Koch-owned companies supplying this stuff? (But be warned, there's already significant push-back on those fronts.) Finally, local reporters supply our first look at Freedom Industries and all the people behind it.


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  •  993,143 registered users on dKos now. (12+ / 0-)

    Here are the 10 newest registered users on dKos.  Hope to see their comments and diaries here soon!  (If they're not spammers.)

    laurenepersons
    redscomics
    The Pool Man
    janduvli
    drgalvin
    LatrinaMcgrory (user #993,139: spammer)
    sfenster
    leejacob56 (user #993,141: spammer)
    llbatko
    princesslor512


    And since our society is obsessed with numbers that end in a lot of zeros as milestones, here's a special shoutout to users:
    #992,400: jax15488 (spammer)
    #992,500: Dick malmin
    #992,600: dinamic72
    #992,700: NormasaM5656 (spammer)
    #992,800: mommab
    #992,900: ggll77llggA (spammer)
    #993,000: best22dissertation (spammer)
    #993,100: Speakerdecksmf (spammer)

    We've added 776 more users in the last 6 days.  We're no longer being flooded with all those fake users, though it seems there's been a recent rash of increase in spammers.


    And for your Diary Rescue music pleasure, here's Anne Murray's "I Just Fall in Love Again".

  •  First they abridge the bridge. (5+ / 0-)

    Then they abridge themselves. And then they abridge the reports.
    The question is: whom are they going to try to abridge, if anyone, and how?
    Also, if anybody knows, I'd actually prefer the abridged version.

    You can get anywhere in life if you'll simply take the time to learn how to kiss ass correctly. Unfortunately, you have to live with yourself thereafter. If Republicans and some others here and there have taught us anything: it's that. Best of luck!

    by franklyn on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 08:33:02 PM PST

  •  So the Ron Paul fans... (5+ / 0-)
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    are sharing this link from Andrew Napolitano about how the minimum wage will lead to robots taking over, thus firing all minimum wage workers.  My Ron Paul friend wrote:

    The market will always find peaceful ways around coercive groups of people trying to control others who call themselves "government"... For you economic illiterates out there, here is the result of your minimum wage raises!
    Yep, we're all "economic illiterates".  :-|

    And remember, they WON on killing unemployment insurance for the long-term unemployed.  Their fucked-up Randian dystopian ideology WON.  We lost.

    •  They're fling crap, seeing what sticks... n/y (6+ / 0-)

      Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

      by JeffW on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 08:39:32 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Not yet (2+ / 0-)
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      They are just winning.


      Libertarianism is something that most people grow out of, not unlike, say, hay fever or asthma. Bob Johnson

      by randallt on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 09:03:57 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Yes, and in Libertarian Paradise (5+ / 0-)

      those people are called 'war lords.'

      If you do what they say, they won't have to shoot you.....maybe.

      The market will always find peaceful ways around coercive groups of people trying to control others who call themselves "government"..

      “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

      by Jeff Y on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 09:05:47 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  If black market cartels can be called "peaceful" (1+ / 0-)
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        For good or ill, avoiding regulation results in people trying to cover up what they do. Maybe libertarians, real libertarians, would agree with some progressives on decriminalization of drugs, etc. But those Libertarians who want to find a way around government will also promote environment damaging tech, slave labor, GMO run-amok, etc.

        -We need Healthcare Reform... but i'm selfish, I Need Healthcare reform-

        by JPax on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:00:16 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  The UNREGULATED Market Will Always Find...! (6+ / 0-)

      Under the most coercive regimes in the history of democracy, here and across the developed world, in 25-30 years we created the only large comfortable middle class with secure old age ever known in the history of civilization, the other 8,000 years of which were ruled by small government, and the last 2,000 years of which were ruled by Christians commanded by God Almighty to lighten the burdens of the weak and poor.

      Liberalism took 30 years to do what markets and The Lord couldn't even attempt in thousands.

      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 Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 09:09:33 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  It's almost like these Ron Paul fan-boys (3+ / 0-)
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        think we slept through the last decade or something and missed the part where deregulation/vulture capitalism/corporate greed melted down the entire US economy.

        Wall Street melted down as a direct result of Libertarian 'principles' in action.

        “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

        by Jeff Y on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 09:36:47 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  They think... (3+ / 0-)
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          we should've let all those big banks fail, because they're opposed to any government intervention.  Of course, if that sets off a worldwide economic meltdown, then so be it.  All the sooner their Libertarian Rapture (hmm, can I coin that term?) gets ushered in.

          •  Yes, but the banks failed as a direct result of (0+ / 0-)

            the kind of policies that Libertarians espouse.

            “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

            by Jeff Y on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 10:23:54 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

          •  Yes and no, and yes (0+ / 0-)

            They want banks to fail, but they try to dodge blame for banks getting "too big to fail", all the while whinging against anti-monopoly regulation that should have prevented it.

            Allowing banks to fail would be acceptable, and might even be a good, teachable moment, if banks stayed small, allowing the collateral damage to be minimized. But when they are huge and have their tentacles in insurance and risky investments, it becomes a house of cards.

            -We need Healthcare Reform... but i'm selfish, I Need Healthcare reform-

            by JPax on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:05:27 AM PST

            [ Parent ]

  •  Moron who™? n/t (7+ / 0-)

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 08:33:30 PM PST

  •  That Tweet of the Day is dear to my heart! (8+ / 0-)

    I have a diary up on that very topic :)

    Adios, Koch Bros ....

    I don't love writing, but I love having written ~ Dorothy Parker // Visit my Handmade Gallery on Zibbet

    by jan4insight on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 08:33:51 PM PST

  •  Chris Hayes special on the war on poverty (5+ / 0-)

    Chris had a special tonight with Maria Shriver on the war on poverty.  They had on Betsy Stevenson, Nancy Penn, Ai-Jen Poo, Shenita Simon-Toussaint, Melissa Del Valle Ortiz, Mariana Chilton, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Neera Tanden, and Cathy Minehan.

    •  GOP Says War On Poverty Failed AND Theres No Poor (3+ / 0-)
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      The GOP gets away with this psycho arguing from both sides of their mouth all the damn time!  Last year they were insisting there are no poor people, but this year they are saying that there are so many poor that our best chance for survival is to toss them off the lifeboat.  

      Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

      by bernardpliers on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 10:03:06 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Chris Christie's Bridgegate (7+ / 0-)

    Right now, Chris Hayes is doing a special live episode about the bridge scandal, so obviously those clips aren't online yet.

    Rachel covered this in great detail with Steve Kornacki and John Reitmeyer.

    Lawrence devoted his whole show to look at the various aspects of this with New Jersey assemblyman John Wisniewski (D), Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Heather Haddon, Amy Punt, and Steve Schmidt.  He also talked about who else, based on Christie's own standards, should be fired.

    Ed talked about this with Louis Greenwald, Brad Woodhouse, and Michael Eric Dyson.

    •  Christie is finished as a credible presidential (5+ / 0-)

      candidate.

      And I'll be the first to admit, he was the only one on the Republican side that scared me for 2016.

      Christie has always been just another run-of-the-mill Republican asshole, but the Corporate Media really bought into his 'bi-partisan/straight shooter' shtick, and that's why he would have been tough to beat.

      “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

      by Jeff Y on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 09:14:00 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Other assorted MSNBC clips (4+ / 0-)

    Rachel also had a quick update about the West Virginia chemical spill.

    Ed also talked about unemployment insurance with Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL).  And he's not letting go of the potentially horrible TPP deal, talking with Larry Cohen about it.

    Ed also looked at Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-FL) disingenuous statements about Obama's foreign policy.

  •  Romney makes me embarrassed to be a white guy (6+ / 0-)

    Laughing Dog photo: laughing dog AnimatedlaughingDog.gif

    This Is Mitt Romney Trying to Do the "Gangnam Dance":

    On Saturday, Mitt Romney spoke at a conference for young, single Mormons. Who cares, right? But he also tried to dance.

    http://gawker.com/...

    “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 08:46:14 PM PST

  •  PlEASE (1+ / 0-)
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    randallt

    REC up my diary about our Sexy Liberal.  We need t know that she is on for 3 hours every morning now.  It took a lot of work but it was worth it.  We need Mama.

  •  People are wrong when they say Republicans (1+ / 0-)
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    have never created a "successful" gov't program.

    Starting with Saint Ronnie Raygun, Republicans have waged a "successful" War on the Poor by using the gov't to take working/middle class tax dollars and funneling them directly into the pockets of Big Oil, Mega Corporations, the top 1% richest people in the country, and the bloated Military Industrial Complex.

    The Illusion of a Republican Anti-Poverty Platform:

    It is a bizarre mark of progress that America's level of economic inequality has become so chronic and severe that even the Republican party realizes it must present some sort of proposal to address the economic underclass. It's like watching a gaggle of nuns plot out a sex-education curriculum.

    The Republican party—an organization that exists for the express purpose of not remedying America's economic inequality—has come to understand that not even our quasi-corporatocratic electoral system is enough to shield them from the need to address this issue any longer.

    Lower taxes on the rich. Lower taxes on corporations. The lowest possible minimum wage. Opposition to national health care. Systematic undermining of public schools. And a heap of lectures about how to pull thine own self up by thine own bootstraps. That is the Republican Anti-Poverty Platform thus far. It suits them well.

    http://gawker.com/...

    “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 09:01:39 PM PST

    •  EPA, OSHA? (0+ / 0-)

      Both created by the Nixon administration.

      Interstate Highway System, created under Eisenhower.

      Partisanship is no justification for historical falsehood.  Now there are reasons, and hegemony theiry can explain them, that Republican administrations used to create successful government programs.  The same theory also provides explanation for why Democrats don't create government programs any more.  Put simplisticly, from the 30s through the 70s, the New Deal provided our hegemonic ideology.  From the 80s to present, Reaganite neoliberalism has captured the ideological high ground.

      "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." ~Frederick Douglass

      by ActivistGuy on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 10:52:47 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  I've a question about Fusion Energy Research (1+ / 0-)
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    JML9999

    I was watching a show called "Bang goes the theory" on BBC and some of it was about Lasers and Laser Fusion and at the end they mentioned that there are two camps of Fusion Energy Research one being Lasers and the other being Plasma and here is where I thought of this Question has any research been done on combining Plasma and Lasers?.Here's what I mean in a crude way say have a Fusion Plasma Device that on it's own can't achieve Fusion and then fire powerful Lasers that are not designed to achieve Fusion themselves into the Plasma and so in combination the Plasma may achieve Fusion that can be used for generating energy.

    •  Slamming atoms together stopped being a challenge (2+ / 0-)
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      a long time ago. Within the last few years two years High School Prodigies operating independently achieved fusion on tabletop setups..

      The Problem for all apparently is capturing the energy released from fusion, storing it and feeding it back into the system.

      Most of the product seems to be in the form of neutrons which can't be steered despite what Doctor Who does when he "reverses the neutron flow", and X-Rays/Gamma. There doesn't appear to be a solar panel like device to capture X-Rays/Gamma and convert them to electricity. Technically X-Rays/Gamma are the same thing from a wave length perspective but Gamma is associated with particle physics and X-Rays with Electromagnetic Theory.

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

      by JML9999 on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 09:29:19 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  anyone can do fusion on a tabletop... (1+ / 0-)
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      defluxion10

      but those use more energy than they create.

      The problem with lasers is that it's a pulse system and plasma is more continuous. Also, plasma systems may not be amenable to use with high quality optics penetrations through their enclosures, but I'm guessing.

      I naively proposed an idea using a venturi tube with plutonium integration, and some people are looking into such a system, but it would work better as a spacecraft propulsion system. However, that design, like many, suffer from the problem of neutron activation. The Big Goal is for aneutronic fusion, so that the system doesn't generate so much radioactive waste.

      To clarify what was stated above, the difference between gamma and x-rays is origin, as the wavelengths/frequencies overlap. Simply put, Gamma photons originate in the nucleus while x-ray photons originate in the electron shell.

      -We need Healthcare Reform... but i'm selfish, I Need Healthcare reform-

      by JPax on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:20:39 AM PST

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  •  Wall Street Journal reports that FBI (3+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, Jeff Y, Simplify

    unlikely to seek criminal charges in IRS targeting case.

    link.

  •  Not that you don't already know this, or not that (3+ / 0-)
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    Simplify, franklyn, NonnyO

    I haven't seen it before, but my wife and I went online and shopped couches at different stores in our area. Right afterwards there are couch ads on every site I'm clicking on.
    This is the fastest glombing-on I've seen yet. Sorry if this news is way passe to most of you savvy hipsters.

    "The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass."--Wendell Berry

    by Wildthumb on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 10:07:49 PM PST

    •  Try Ghostery or NoScript (1+ / 0-)
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      Wildthumb

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

      by Simplify on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 10:46:52 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Use CCleaner once a week. Free. (1+ / 0-)
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      Wildthumb

      These things will keep building up and slow your computer down. That and Disk Cleanup.
      It's like dust.

      You can get anywhere in life if you'll simply take the time to learn how to kiss ass correctly. Unfortunately, you have to live with yourself thereafter. If Republicans and some others here and there have taught us anything: it's that. Best of luck!

      by franklyn on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 11:12:44 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Scientist: "Hey, the cliff keeps falling away and (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JeffW

    the house is getting closer the edge."
    Denier: "No problem. We'll land on all that dirt at the bottom."

    You can get anywhere in life if you'll simply take the time to learn how to kiss ass correctly. Unfortunately, you have to live with yourself thereafter. If Republicans and some others here and there have taught us anything: it's that. Best of luck!

    by franklyn on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 10:23:55 PM PST

  •  Much Of West Antarctica Is Below Sea Level (0+ / 0-)

    There's a canyon under the ice   that's thousands of square miles, it's below sea level, and it's connected to the sea.  What happens if the sea starts flowing into the canyons under the ice cap?

    Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

    by bernardpliers on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 10:39:11 PM PST

  •  Let me get this straight (1+ / 0-)
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    Simplify

    Now that a critical "bipartisan" mass of the US Senate are planning to vote new anti-Iran sanctions, Obama has announced his intention to "take action" against Iran if the talks fail?  Austria-Hungary in 1914 was the very picture of reasonableness by comparison.

    "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." ~Frederick Douglass

    by ActivistGuy on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 10:40:22 PM PST

    •  Am I remembering correctly (0+ / 0-)

      that Iran said they'd fold up shop on nuclear weapons development completely if we promised not to attack them?

      There's something in there about the USA insisting that we must have a free hand to attack whenever we feel it's merited...

      If we insist on that, then other countries can surely demand the same of us. Right?

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

      by Simplify on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 10:49:33 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Hey, New Jersey Dems who endorsed Christie, (1+ / 0-)
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    any of youse backpedaled yet? Glad you played ball?

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

    by Simplify on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 11:22:08 PM PST

  •  Anyone still up? I have a question about (1+ / 0-)
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    freelancing and doing a pricing quote right for subcontracting out to one client to handle his other clients. I'd love to get feedback from others as this is the first time I've been tapped to handle multiple accounts.

  •  Wendy Davis (3+ / 0-)
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    I'm a member of Battle Ground Texas...a grassroots organization supporting Wendy Davis for governor.  While calling some people, they bring up Wendy's filibuster in support of abortion.  In fact, some teapubs are calling her "Abortion Barbie" for some idiotic reason.  Remember, teapubs do not have to have logic as part of their attacks.

    Texas is going to turn blue one of these days and I'm using Rick Perry's sister's avarice as a weapon against Greg Abbot against him.  Why?  Because Gregie boy is the Attorney General, the guy who has to enforce the abortion clinics from breaking the law that Rickie passed.

    So what does that have to do with the price of pinto beans in South Texas?  Plenty.

    Perry's sister is poised to rake in MILLIONS AND MILLIONS of dollars operating "legal" abortion clinics.  It just "happens" that all of the clinics in which she is involved fulfill the parameters of what the existing clinics could not do, such as having corridors that were inches too narrow, but sissie's corridors were built BEFORE the law went into effect.

    How did she know what those parameters would be prior to the law being made public?

    It's beyond time that Texas had honest people in the state house.

    Ms. Davis, far from being the bimbo that the teapubs would like to paint her graduated from Harvard Law school and has ALWAYS been a Democrat unlike Perry who became a republican (lower case a deliberate show of my disrespect for the party).

    Yea verily, it is my earnest hope that heads will roll in Austin.  I've already booked a hotel in Austin so I can attend Wendy's swearing in ceremony.

    Greg Abbot is going to have to do a lot of Texas side stepping to dig himself from under the attacks that are being planned.  This is going to be one hell of a great election season.

    YeeeHAH!

    •  And sissy's name? I'm in Texas. nt (0+ / 0-)

      You can get anywhere in life if you'll simply take the time to learn how to kiss ass correctly. Unfortunately, you have to live with yourself thereafter. If Republicans and some others here and there have taught us anything: it's that. Best of luck!

      by franklyn on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 11:57:59 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Aha!!! The first cogent reason... (0+ / 0-)

    ... I've heard expressed for why Nancy Pelosi took "impeachment off the table."

    Panel presented at 29C3 (29th Chaos Communication Congress), 27 December 2012. Speakers are Jesselyn Radack, Thomas Drake, and William Binney. Q&A afterward is not included in this video.
    Video is 1:22:40 long.  Go to @ 53/54 minutes in when William Binney starts talking..., he does a short background explanation, and then leads up to Pelosi's role as a member of the Gang of Eight and being one of the people who signed off on the illegal wiretapping of US citizens.  He proceeds to explain that they'd tried to talk to Obama about the illegalities and constitutional violations, too.  Listen to Binney through to the end.

    Nancy Pelosi signed off on the warrantless wiretapping.  If she had moved to impeach Bush, she would have had to be impeached, too!

    That also explains why she later brought that wretched FISA fiasco '08 back to life and rammed it through the House.

    What a chickenshite she was/is, right along with the others who signed off on spying on us!

    Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr..........

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:51:20 AM PST

  •  Anyone use these products? (1+ / 0-)
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    Pakalolo
    Yikes! The Baby Wipe Ingredient That's Triggering Nasty Rashes | Parenting - Yahoo Shine 13 January 2014
    [My bolding.  More at link.]
    Any parent knows how convenient baby wipes are, and not just for diaper changes. Moist wipes are great for cleaning up older kids' dirty hands and faces, and they are increasingly being marketed to adults as toilet paper and facial cleansers. While they're usually labeled safe for sensitive skin, a study published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday has linked a preservative found in many brands of wipes to itchy, scaly, and painful rashes – even some wipes touted as hypoallergenic. It's the first time that the chemical methylisothiazolinone (MI) has been reported to cause allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) in children in the United States.

    The authors, Dr. Mary Wu Chang, a dermatologist and professor at the University of Connecticut, and one of her medical students, Radhika Nakrani, looked at the cases of six children, ages 3 to 8, who suffered from persistent rashes that did not respond to topical and oral antibiotics and steroids. Since the rashes were located on the children's hands, faces, and bottoms, Chang asked their parents about exposure to wipes. The parents all confirmed that they regularly used two brands of moist wipes on their children: Huggies and Cottonelle, both produced by Kimberly-Clark. Patch tests revealed that the kids were allergic to MI. Their skin cleared up within days of discontinuing use of the wipes, and the rashes did not come back.

    "This preservative is not new," Chang told HealthDay. "But it was used as a combination preservative [with methylchloroisothiazolinone/MCI] for many years. To try to minimize allergic reactions, it is now being used as a single preservative but in higher concentrations, and now people are developing allergic rashes to the new formulation." According to Chang's study, the amount of MI in some products has been increased from 3.7 parts per million to as much as 100 parts per million, the maximum allowed by the FDA, since 2006 when the MI-MCI combination was phased out. In addition to wipes, according to Skin and Allergy News, MI is found in at least 2,600 personal care products sold in the United States, including shampoo, lotion, sunblock, and shower gel.

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

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