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  •  Want another reason to be concerned about climate (6+ / 0-)

    hange? Well, here's one. :)

    After lying dormant in Siberian permafrost for 30,000 years, the largest virus ever discovered is just as deadly as it was when mammoths roamed the Earth.

    The virus targets amoebas rather than humans. But thawing, drilling and mining of ancient permafrost could potentially unleash viruses that infect people, say the scientists who discovered the giant virus.

    At 1.5 micrometers long, Pithovirus sibericum is 50 percent longer than the previous record holder and about 15 times as long as a particle of HIV. Though shaped like another type of giant virus, P. sibericum has a relatively tiny genome, its discoverers report March 3 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

  •  Now is the time! (8+ / 0-)


    If you haven't already done so, please send one (or more) comment(s) to the State Department before 11:59 PM EST TONIGHT  to express your opposition to the KXL pipeline.

    You can also send comments via the activist organizations listed below--but many of them have earlier deadlines, so please keep that in mind.

    What a series of diaries we have already had! Some have been funny, some serious; some first-person and others more removed. (If you want to check them out, please go to the Climate Change SOS diary list and look for those posts made on 3/4/14, 3/5/14, or 3/6/14 with the word Keystone in the title.) They have ALL been powerful and moving, however, and they all have great arguments that you could use in your own comments.  

    Today’s diary roster (all times Pacific):

     Earlier today:

    6:30 am: Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.
    11:00 am: Jane Fleming Kleeb, Executive Director of Bold Nebraska.

    But it's not over yet:

    1:00 pm: Jamie Henn, Strategy/Communications Director and Co-Founder of
    3:00 pm: Horace Boothroyd III
    5:00 pm: Bill McKibben, President and Co-Founder of

    XL Pipeline "Public Comments" Blogathon: March 3-7, 2014

    Let your voice be heard by opposing the Keystone XL Pipeline.  
    The deadline for submission of comments is March 7, 2014.

    Writing public comments in opposition to the presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline is as easy as posting comments at Daily Kos. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard directly to the White House without interference by the media, lobbyists or the GOP.  We have until March 7 to express our views on whether or not building the big tar sands pipeline is in the vital national interest of the United States.

    In the past, public comments have absolutely made a difference.  Please don't delay as it is the last opportunity to affect this public debate.  Submit your comments today.

    For more helpful tips, please consult "Tips for Submitting Effective Comments" at, the website where you will be posting your comments.  Additional details about some of the guest diarists are in this diary by Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse.  

    Remember: while these organizations are also offering comment templates and collecting comments themselves, they may be closing their comment windows earlier than midnight.
    Bold Nebraska
    Center for Biological Diversity
    Energy Action Coalition
    Environmental Action
    Friends of the Earth
    League of Conservation Voters
    Moms Clean Air Force
    Montana Environmental Information Center
    National Wildlife Federation
    Natural Resources Defense Council
    Northern Plains Resource
    Oil Change International
    Rainforest Action Network
    Sierra Club

    THANK YOU for all your activism and support. Get those comments in, please. #xldissent! #NOKXL!

    If we really want to straighten out all this crap we really need to think about shit - Holy Shit.

    by John Crapper on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 12:14:15 PM PST

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    Sara R has a  few Community Quilt diaries here, here, and here. Please leave a message for these recipients, and a donation, if you're able. Thank You.

    Mary Engelbreit~The Comforter

    Mary Engelbreit~The Comforter

  •  Interesting comment exchange from the (2+ / 0-)
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    Pam from Calif, Diana in NoVa

    Canada tar sandslink:

    Kiyukanpi Tiwahe · Follow · Top Commenter · Sisseton, South Dakota
    The continent is being destroyed by the greedy people!
    Reply · 9 · Like · Follow Post · 4 hours ago


    Brent Eamer · Data Analyst at Provincial Government of Prince Edward Island
        Yes, and the electrical energy that allows you to connect to the internet is generated by...oh wait OIL, Natural Gas, fossil fuels...Oh wait those wind generators were built in a factory heated by....fossil fuels. That car you drive , that lettuce from California, oh wait...time for you to move into a cave cause everything you are today is possible because of fossil fuels. Ready to give that up?
        Reply · 1 · Like · 2 hours ago
    Peter Specht · Top Commenter · Raleigh, North Carolina
     Brent Eamer You are correct. So what? does that mean that we cannot move to a better alternative? Something cleaner? Do we "owe" fossil fuels something? I am ready to give fossil fuels up the minute cleaner fuels can be used in their place. Why wouldn't you?
        Reply · 5 · Like · 2 hours ago
    Brent Eamer · Data Analyst at Provincial Government of Prince Edward Island
        Peter Specht There is no replacement for fossil fuels at our current standard of living...period. I heat with wood and have 1.6 kw of solar and I live a spartan lifestyle, and it's tough. I use <150kw a month. Most today would collapse in a puddle if they lived like I do. Ergo I hold out no hope for humanity. Individuals are smart, people are stupid
        Reply · Like · 2 hours ago
    Still time for action imo...

    Move Single Payer Forward? Join 18,000 Doctors of PNHP and 185,000 member National Nurses United

    by divineorder on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 12:24:44 PM PST

  •  NOLA bits: (2+ / 0-)
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    gchaucer2, chigh

    The kale controversy.

    The asshole that attempted to steal the Banksy has a name.

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 12:30:56 PM PST

    •  Sorry ya'll don't have kale :-D (1+ / 0-)
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      Crashing Vor

      What a piece of shite article that one is -- but I do love #kalegate and #NOLAkale (which apparently was cancelled).  I don't do twitter but do love the mockery that can often ensue from stupid stuff.

      " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

      by gchaucer2 on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 12:40:17 PM PST

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  •  Thanks for this, MB! My mind is officially blown (0+ / 0-)

    Printed bricks? Truly, we live in the age of magic!

    Preschoolers can do algebra? I'll have to see if I can get my five-year-old to do it. She told me she's afraid to go to kindergarten because she "can't do hundreds math." Well, I'm sure they'd hardly expect her to do it the first day.

    Perhaps algebra would be better for her.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 12:35:23 PM PST

  •  Why can't we just report science as science? (1+ / 0-)
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    First off, I am not a child psychologist or a researcher, and that study seems completely legitimately interesting and possibly useful.

    Millions of high school and college algebra students are united in a shared agony over solving for x and y, and for those to whom the answers don't come easily, it gets worse: Most preschoolers and kindergarteners can do some algebra before even entering a math class.
    ARRRRGH! Those 4-6 year old kids are not doing algebra any more than kids playing catch are doing calculus.

    Algebra and calculus are part of the science of mathematics. They are formal and rigorous and require training and practice in order to master. The reason kids struggle with algebra is simple: it's hard.

    •  I'd like to know how much (0+ / 0-)

      of that difficulty is due to kids being programmed to think math is hard -- maybe that's the point of that study.

      I used to be really good at math up until high school -- then I bought into the stories that math was "hard" and especially that it wasn't for girls who wanted boys to notice them. Now, with hindsight being 20/20, I wish I'd taken a lot more math classes. I've done well with what I did pick up, and with a little bit of review could probably solve a quadratic equation in a pinch (always hated graphing though, so I'd probably want a good TI-85 or other graphing calculator at my elbow), but to me algebra was like the logic problems in the Dell crossword books that my mom left for me to solve.

      There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by Cali Scribe on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 01:17:12 PM PST

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      •  that's a shame (1+ / 0-)
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        math is hard, but so is ballet or writing or race-car driving.

        If you have a gift for something that gift should be nourished and encouraged, not beaten out of you because you're the wrong gender.

        it wasn't for girls who wanted boys to notice them
        That is some seriously backwards advice.
        •  Math is hard (0+ / 0-)

          in the sense that, for all but a very few people, it requires substantial work to master. The problem is that, in the US at least, there's a widespread belief that it's hard in the sense that you have to have some special inborn talent for it and that if you don't get it right away, you're never going to get it.

          This latter belief is not very common in most Asian countries, and the results are clear to see.

          (True genius in mathematics, not to be confused with high achievement in mathematics, may have some inborn component, but that's hardly relevant to most people.)

          Unfortunately when smart and educated people get crazy ideas they can come up with plausibly truthy arguments. -- Andrew F Cockburn

          by ebohlman on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 06:36:31 PM PST

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  •  Rick Perry completely fails to understand. (1+ / 0-)
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    At CPAC, RP - 'The government needs to get out of the business of healthcare, out of the business of education...'

    The mere fact that you consider healthcare and education 'businesses' shows that you are simply clueless about the outcomes we want from healthcare and education.

    Businesses are concerned with one outcome - monetary profit.

    But the outcomes we want from healthcare and education are healthy people and educated people.

    The 'profit' in these fields is not monetary.  It's a healthier and better educated society.  It's a little something we refer to as the 'General Welfare' of society.

    You simply cannot leave matters of General Welfare to 'business', because business is automatically giving pride of place to monetary profit motive, and any other outcome has, by definition, to come second to monetary profit.

  •  Nice! (0+ / 0-)
    ...half-term grifterbilly Sarah Palin....

    "Push the button, Max!" Jack Lemmon as Professor Fate, The Great Race

    by bartcopfan on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 01:15:05 PM PST

  •  in re Ms Magazine (0+ / 0-)

    see this comment from AKMuckraker's diary on this story.

    "Go well through life"-Me (As far as I know)
    This message will self-destruct upon arrival in the NSA archives in Utah.

    by MTmofo on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 01:17:06 PM PST

  •  Check out (0+ / 0-)

    "If Wall Street paid a tax on every “game” they run, we would get enough revenue to run the government on." ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 01:18:29 PM PST

  •  Hospitals & their billing dept ! (0+ / 0-)

    Jan 24th I enter the Hospital in Perry Ga.
    I had appendicitis !
    The hospital chain sent me to a bigger hospital 15 miles away.

    It's Call Houston Healthcare.

    So now I get a bill from each hospital. I just called & asked why they can't combine them. Well that was a waste of an hour to get thru to them. They won't combine them. So for the rest of my life they are going to send 2 envelopes to me with 2 sheets of paper & a return envelope in them !

    So Fucking stupid !

    The kind lady told me she could put me on an easy payment plan ! $428.00 a month !


  •  I know a woman (0+ / 0-)

    who taught first & second graders for over twenty years.  She proudly told me that she had successfully taught her youngsters basic algebraic concepts.

    I wonder if I should mention the study to her--I don't know if she'd get excited or would feel like it wasn't really her superior teaching skills responsible for her results . . . .

  •  Whatever happened to the daily news and (0+ / 0-)

    pundit summaries which we could look forward to every morning?  

    I used to really count on those to keep me up-to-date, since I am not able to scan all the publications and news sources which were referenced in those nice little paragraphs every day.  I really appreciated that effort, then one day they were gone.

    It may have happened while I was hospitalized. I missed three months of work and didn't spend a lot of time propped up in front of the computer during that time.

    Anyway, if anyone has a clue what I'm talking about, could you let me know? Thanks in advance, assuming anyone answers.  heheh

    Happy Weekend! It is almost here!

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 02:34:54 PM PST

  •  Tar Sands to Montreal. As I predicted... (0+ / 0-)

    I've said several times on this site that nixxing KXL pipeline would do nothing to help the environment. But you all will have your Pyrrhic victory when KXL is scuttled, and yet tar is still shipped to China to burn.

    You all should have focused efforts on keeping it in the ground in Alberta, stopping it at its source.

    "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities" Voltaire.

    by JWK on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 02:43:37 PM PST

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