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At Yes! magazine, Erin L. McCoy writes The Coal Workers You Didn't Know Existed—And Why They May Be At Risk:

The dangers faced by coal miners have been well-documented—black lung disease, for example, was identified decades ago. But about 15.3 percent of workers in the mining industry—an estimated 10,500 people—are employed not in mines but in preparation plants, mill operations, or breakers nationwide, and evidence suggests that these prep plants pose their own dangers for those working inside.

A variety of chemicals are used in these prep plants on a daily basis, many of them to purify coal. MCHM (4-methyl-cyclohexanemethanol), the chemical that left almost 300,000 West Virginians without safe drinking water after a spill in January, is one of these chemicals. Hundreds of people sought hospital treatment after MCHM exposure during that crisis, and at least 20 were admitted. But what are the dangers for coal preparation plant workers who are exposed to higher concentrations of these chemicals on a regular basis for the span of a career?

As with MCHM, the answer proves to be nebulous. For many of these chemicals, complete information on their potential health effects isn’t available, and long-term effects are even more difficult to establish. One workers’ rights organization, the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), has been seeking updated regulations regarding chemical safety standards and reporting for years.

Alfred Ray Price is one of many former preparation plant workers who believe their health problems can be directly linked to their time spent around chemicals. Price worked in the coal industry for 28 years, including 19 at the Montcoal #7 Prep Plant in Raleigh County, W.V. He remembers spraying coal cars with antifreeze in the wintertime to keep the coal from sticking—32 gallons per car—while standing on a catwalk above.
“Have you ever sprayed a water hose in a bucket, and get all the mist up from it?” Price asked. “By the time I would get through spraying the cars, I would be soaking wet with it. Actually, it would be running down my throat. It was a real sweet taste.”

Price had to stop working because of health problems at age 47. He said PET scans of his brain pointed to cognitive disorders, including short-term memory loss. He later became involved in one of two class-action lawsuits in Marshall County, W.V., in which about two dozen plaintiffs claimed similar chemical exposure and health problems. Many of those plaintiffs also claimed they spent years working around chemicals without being warned they could be dangerous.

One suit was settled last year, and the other was dismissed. The settlement provides for a one-time health exam for prep plant workers—but specifies that these exams aren’t intended to determine whether any health problems may have been caused by the chemicals in question. Thomas F. Basile, attorney to several of the plaintiffs, is attempting to reinstate some of the claims in these cases, and says he’s considering an appeal in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Price and some other plaintiffs aren’t satisfied with the results, but the lawsuits did achieve one thing: they placed on public record a great deal of evidence, and some testimony, regarding chemicals at coal prep plants. [...]

Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2013H&M signs onto Bangladesh safety agreement as government plans minimum wage increase:

The search for bodies in Bangladesh's collapsed Rana Plaza has ended, leaving the official death toll at 1,127. The question now is whether the country's garment industry will see real change; there are promising signs, but will the promise be fulfilled as the disaster recedes from the headlines?

The government of Bangladesh is convening a minimum wage board to issue recommendations on raising the minimum wage in the garment industry; it's currently at $38, having been raised by 80 percent in 2010 after worker protests. Despite that big raise, it remains low by global standards. So, will the wage board—which will include factory owners, workers, and the government—raise wages by a meaningful amount, or will the momentum for change slow in the three months before its recommendations are slated to come out?

Additionally, the government is announcing that workers will now be allowed to form unionswithout first getting permission from the factory owners they work for. That's a good step, but there's a distance between saying workers no longer need permission and creating conditions that realistically make it possible for them to unionize.

Tweet of the Day:

It’s finally happened: You can buy a pack of pre-rolled spliffs the same as any pack of smokes.

On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin rounds horse race & health care polling news. Should the employer mandate be dropped? Press Think captures the absurdity of the NYT crafting a he said-she said piece out of party positions on voter ID laws. Felix Salmon agrees. A quick roundup of Tim Geithner book chatter. And we parse "Obama busted for false facts on Republicans’ filibusters." Follow-up on an Arizona 3-year-old's GunFAIL reminds us to Respect The Culture. Freedom of speech that overwhelms others' rights is bad, even as freedom of religion that overwhelms others' is Teh Awesome. Vox asks if this campaign cash proposal is so crazy it just might work.

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  •  1,021,279 registered users on dKos now. (25+ / 0-)

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

    junetennis93 (user #1,021,270: spammer)
    theestatesamui (user #1,021,271: spammer)
    p57lossit (user #1,021,274: spammer)

    And since our society is obsessed with numbers that end in a lot of zeros as milestones, here's a special shoutout to users:
    #1,020,900: Eldridge29pm (already banned)
    #1,021,000: Sanjuanaume (already banned)
    #1,021,100: Augustso (already banned)
    #1,021,200: kmslcsw

    We've added 451 more users in the last 24 hours.  There's definitely been a recent increase in spammers in the last couple weeks.

    And for your Diary Rescue music pleasure, here's Brewer & Shipley's "One Toke Over the Line".

  •  When my grandparents had their old coal-fired... (11+ / 0-)

    ...boiler replaced in the late 1960's, the coal bin was rendered excess space. Unfortunately, we couldn't use it for storing anything but junk, or sealed containers, since coal dust would eventually shake loose from cracks and crevices, and cover everything.

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

    by JeffW on Mon May 12, 2014 at 08:34:48 PM PDT

  •  Ivory Poaching is Dirty Politics (8+ / 0-)

    SO what can you do about it? Well, if you haven't yet… Please help a genuine Animal Activist win a scholarship to Netroots Nation. [Last call, voting ends midnight PDT.]

    Please vote for our very own Sherman54 (Cynthia O'Connor).

    Two small clicks for you, one giant step for the Elephants!

  •  RW terrorism on the rise .. (17+ / 0-)

    New Hampshire House Explodes After Police Officer Fatally Shot - horrific
    .. the Officer was long time well known part timer in the community, a carpenter.

    Campaign contributions of the perpetrator include Guinta NH-01, and McCain-Palin in 08.
    Has a house full of explosives, and shoots at fire crews and police responding.
    This is Nuts, people. Nuts. This isn't 'Freedom' - it's terrorism.

    Bundy Ranch and hectoring for violent extremism from across the GOP spectrum through the vicious and uncontrolled outlets the Giant Wurlitzer of Hate that Limbaugh and Beck spew helps to build on this. It's just symptoms of a much larger disease that infests the minds of millions of armed crazy people. The results? Marginal personalities triggered to shoot Congresswomen, kill doctors and nurses, kill a guard at the National Holocaust Museum, to attack places of worship and schools alike, to threaten Federal agents, and create incident after incident like this.

    It's a rising tidal wave of terrorism.  

    Will Corporate Media ever address this?
    Of course they won't.

    Republicans totally abandoned conservatism in the 1980s ..

    by shpilk on Mon May 12, 2014 at 08:37:51 PM PDT

  •  Progressive State Blogs: (13+ / 0-)
    Every Saturday at 8 a.m. Pacific Time, I post This Week at State Progressive Blogs. This consists of excerpts from bloggers around the nation publishing news and views at venues like Plunderbund, Texas Kaos, Taking a Left Turn in South Dakota, Calitics, My Left Nutmeg, Cottonmouth, Uppity Wisconsin, Left for Alabama, Rural and Progressive, Raging Chicken Press, blue nc, Blue Virginia, Blue Oregon, Blue Hog Report and a multitude of others. You don't have to put up with commentary from me in this series. It's all about these guys and gals. Stop in while you eat breakfast. Or lunch. Here is last Saturday's edition. And if you know of a progressive state blog you think I should be reading, please drop off a comment with its link. If it's your blog, don't be shy. Self-promotion is A-Okay.
    state blogs,Juanita Jean's
    Appalachian Voice state blog
    Mudflats blog

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

    by Meteor Blades on Mon May 12, 2014 at 08:38:31 PM PDT

  •  Port workers who load and unload (7+ / 0-)

    coal freighters . Train workers who load and unload coal trains .

    "please love deeply...openly and genuinely." A. M. H.

    by indycam on Mon May 12, 2014 at 08:40:30 PM PDT

  •  Somebody told me I could watch ... (10+ / 0-)

    Animal Planet here.

    Who's got the remote?

    I’m not a big fan of vegetable gardens. Like my chickens, I prefer my salads to be cage free.

    by glb3 on Mon May 12, 2014 at 08:42:34 PM PDT

  •  Racist NBA owner Donald Sterling's AC interview (8+ / 0-)

    I just finished watching racist Donald Sterling's (owner of the LA Clippers) interview with Anderson Cooper.  It was a complete fucking disaster.  For every time he apologized for something he blamed someone else for his racist remarks.  It was like watching a slow speed crash.  Here are some of Sterling's gems...

    One of the things that I said was "don't bring blacks to my game." 25% of the people at my games is black. She would always use the black word. That's a black girl.

    So when she said I'll bring four gorgeous black guys to the game, players, I was a little jealous, maybe.

    He then asked Anderson Cooper this.  Cooper is openly gay.
    Did you ever like a girl, were you ever jealous of her a little bit if she was with other guys? It's not that I didn't want her to be photographed.

    (You were jealous?)

    I admit, I was jealous.

    Then Sterling accused Anderson Cooper of being "the real racist."
    I think you have more of a plantation mentality than I do. And I think you're more of a racist than I am. Because I'm not a racist, & I've never been a racist.
    Then he crapped on Magic Johnson some more.  He claimed Magic has AIDS.  Magic actually has HIV, not AIDS.  Then he appeared to be claiming wealthy African-Americans aren't charitable before cutting himself off.
    Here is a man.. he acts so holy. He made love to every girl in every girl in America in every city and he had AIDS. When he had those AIDS, I went to my synagogue and I prayed for him.

    What has Magic Johnson done? He's got AIDS. Did he do any business? Did he help anybody in south L.A.? I think he should be ashamed of himself. What does he do for the black people? I'm telling you he does nothing. It's all talk.

    I spent millions on giving away and helping minorities. Does he do that? That's one problem I have. Jews, when they get successful, they will help their people.

    And some of the African-Americans, maybe I'll get in trouble again. They don't want to help anybody. What has Magic Johnson really done for Children's Hospital which kids are lying in the hallways. They are sick. They need a bed. What has he done for any hospital? What has he done for any group?

    Then he made a bunch of bizarre statements about women.
    This girl, 100 other men could look at her and they wouldn't even think she was pretty. But she was something special. And the point I'm making is she was a woman who really never asked for anything.

    It's like a woman stabbing you in the chest or shooting you. And sometimes women say I love him and kill him.

  •  Ann Coulter gets pwned (12+ / 0-)

    This, is awesome!

    Here Is a Collection of Twitter Trolls Teaching Photoshop to Ann Coulter:

    Ann Coulter's bullshit conservative troll game is slipping. In her zeal to land a jab against... Twitter? Michelle Obama? Nigerian schoolgirls?... she opened a door for her detractors, and they jumped through it with a two-leg flying kick of Photoshop fury.

    The way Coulter's game is supposed to work is 1) she says something bigoted or just plain dumb and trollish, 2) outraged critics say something she can twist as sexist, 3) she positions herself as the victim, 4) she wins. But if she looks like a fucking tone-deaf joke of a demagogue instead of a victim, it doesn't really work.

    That's where Twitter comes in.

    “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 May 12, 2014 at 08:49:09 PM PDT

    •  Land a jab against twitter - lol - Andy Borowitz (5+ / 0-)

      ..article I couldn't resist tweeting:

      lol- GOP Rivals Question Rubio’s Ignorance Credentials |firing back:" ignorance takes a back seat to no one’s.”

      — Eric Nelson (@Eric_Nel) May 13, 2014
      •  Darn the tweet didn't blossom.. (6+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Jeff Y, MTmofo, gchaucer2, laurnj, Cadillac64, JeffW more try;

        WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—After claiming on Sunday that human activity does not cause climate change, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) suddenly found his ignorance credentials under attack by potential rivals for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination.

        “Now that Marco’s thinking of running for President, he doesn’t believe in climate change,” said Texas Governor Rick Perry. “To those of us with long track records of ignorance on this issue, he seems a little late to the rodeo.”

        “At the end of the day, I have faith that Republican voters can tell the difference between someone who’s truly uninformed and someone who’s just faking it,” he said. “These comments by Marco don’t pass the smell test.”
        this time with the tweet expanded / with summary option chosen, opening it the tweet before copying the embed code.

        Hope it works. at any rate Andy Borowitz nails Rubio's and republican's Climate denial pandering and their competition for the most idiotic credtials  

        •  twitter blossoming is a slow process here. (2+ / 0-)
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          Eric Nelson, Cadillac64

          It should eventually, though.

          "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 Mon May 12, 2014 at 10:11:39 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  Yes, you're correct it is slow or you can speed.. (2+ / 0-)
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            MTmofo, Cadillac64

   up by refreshing the page, but I've just now discovered something.

            If you copy the embed code @ twitter page withthe summary closed (unexpanded) it'll look like my first attempt and won't blossom (?)
            The second attempt I expanded the tweet, showing the whole thing, picture and al,l and it worked. Maybe that's just for publishing ones own tweets though.

            I'm not sure. I'm not very good at this tweet thing but getting the hang of it bit by bit

            •  If you are doing a twitter embed (3+ / 0-)
              Recommended by:
              MTmofo, Eric Nelson, Cadillac64

              in the DK comment or diary editor, the first time you preview you will not see the embed only see that after you finalize/save the editor and then page-re-load the full version of the diary/comment after you post.

              •  Thx This I've known. But there is something else (3+ / 0-)
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                LakeSuperior, MTmofo, Cadillac64

                Look at my first tweet. See how there is no border? And it did not and will not blossom?
                 At the twitter page I clicked on the 'more' option as usual and grabbed the code. That first tweet is the result.

                Then for the second tweet I opened up the "view summary" option first which expanded the tweet. I then clicked on the 'more' option to grab the code and the second tweet is the result.

                It also needed time or a refresh - (page re-load) for the page to blossom but it did blossom on tweet number two after I re-loaded/refreshed the page.

                That is the discovery I've made (I think?). My guess is that when one re-tweets another persons tweet that person originally and correctly opened and viewed  the summary before grabbing the code. therfore the next person to re-tweet that tweet doesn't have to (in fact can not) go through the 'view summary' step as that step is only for the original author of the tweet.

                So if you tweet something of your own (not a re-tweet) iow's) make sure the 'view summary' is opened so you don't just tweet the summary, but the whole tweet .

                •  thousands of workers at risk (4+ / 0-)
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                  Meteor Blades, laurnj, Cadillac64, JeffW
                  They never mentioned toxins down there, chemicals. That was never, never, never mentioned. Never had a safety meeting on that,” Browning said.

                  Price agrees. “We never did have no idea what [it] was,” he said, referring to many of the frothing chemicals. “We was never told or never shown any safety data sheets on it, so we could look ourselves and see what it contained.”

                  Failing to provide this information would be illegal. But industry representatives dispute these claims.

                  What a mess of corruption and greed. Glad for this:
                  Price and some other plaintiffs aren’t satisfied with the results, but the lawsuits did achieve one thing: they placed on public record a great deal of evidence, and some testimony, regarding chemicals at coal prep plants.
        's falls way short considering the enormity of the wrongs against nature and workers, but it's at least a start (?) for West Virginia being up against these corpo Barons anyway

                  Thx MB

  •  GAO says the Bureau of Land Management (6+ / 0-)

    and other Interior activities addressing the oil and gas industry on public lands suffers from poor coordination on inspections and coordination with other agencies, like states.

  •  A few more thoughts on the Kochs. (8+ / 0-)

    Spoiler alert: they're evil.

    Sometimes Godwin's the Only Way to Go

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Mon May 12, 2014 at 08:51:45 PM PDT

  •  we cannot continue to maintain the illusion (8+ / 0-)

    that we off-shore all risks and that the entire global industrial system isn't an ecological nightmare

    But about 15.3 percent of workers in the mining industry—an estimated 10,500 people—are employed not in mines but in preparation plants, mill operations, or breakers nationwide, and evidence suggests that these prep plants pose their own dangers for those working inside.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Mon May 12, 2014 at 08:57:44 PM PDT

  •  wrote another quick review of tonite's 24 episode (4+ / 0-)

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Mon May 12, 2014 at 09:00:31 PM PDT

  •  EPA looking at TSCA on hydraulic fracturing (8+ / 0-)

    fluid constituents:

    EPA Seeking Public Comment on Enhancing Transparency for Chemicals and Mixtures Used in Hydraulic Fracturing

    Release Date: 05/09/2014
    Contact Information: Cathy Milbourn  202-564-7849   202-564-4355

    WASHINGTON -- EPA announced today that it will seek public comment on what information could be reported and disclosed for hydraulic fracturing chemicals and mixtures and the approaches for obtaining this information, including non-regulatory approaches. EPA is also soliciting input on incentives and recognition programs that could support the development and use of safer chemicals in hydraulic fracturing. A public process through an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) will help inform EPA’s efforts to promote the transparency and safety of unconventional oil and gas activities while strengthening protection of our air, water, land and communities.

    “Today’s announcement represents an important step in increasing the public’s access to information on chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing activities,” said James Jones, EPA’s assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “EPA looks forward to hearing from the public and stakeholders about public disclosure of chemicals used during hydraulic fracturing, and we will continue working with our federal, state, local, and tribal partners to ensure that we complement but not duplicate existing reporting requirements.”

    EPA’s ANPR includes a list of questions for stakeholders and the public to consider as they develop their comments. Following the 90-day comment period, the agency will evaluate the submitted comments as it considers appropriate next steps. Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemakings are intended to engage the public and solicit comments and/or information from the public for EPA’s consideration in addressing a particular issue, including information that EPA could consider in developing non-regulatory approaches or a proposed rule .

     Read EPA’s ANPR:

    More information on hydraulic fracturing:

  •  Armed Bundy 'patriots' ask for more hand-outs (10+ / 0-)
    Bundy Ranch's Armed Defenders Seek Welfare to Sit Around Doing Nothing:

    The life of an ever-vigilant anti-government armed patriot is hard. And by hard, I mean dull and unproductive. Also, not very profitable. Maybe that's why all those guys hanging out cleaning their guns in Nevada are now begging hard-working Americans to please give them some money.

    One enterprising ranch defender needs funds so badly, he's taken to GoFundMe.

    “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 May 12, 2014 at 09:03:10 PM PDT

  •  To Live On In Dry Amazement (9+ / 0-)

    Justice Putnam Self-Portrait / copyright Justice Putnam

    The Justice Department is on Netroots Sundays 8pm to 9pm Pacific and Mondays 9pm to Midnight Pacific. Powered by Unity Radio Net!

    I'm Special Agent DJ Justice; Radio Host and Program Director for Netroots; and I'm manning the dials, spinning the discs, warbling the woofers, putting a slip in your hip and a trip to your hop.

    The playlist for Monday 12 May 14 9pm to Midnight Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans Frontieres

     ~~ "To Live On In Dry Amazement" ~~

    1 - Black Keys -- "The Only One"
    2 - R L Burnside -- "It's Bad You Know"
    3 - Los Cenzontles, David Hidalgo and Taj Mahal -- "No Work"
    4 - Russian Red -- "No Past Land"
    5 - Dave Van Ronk -- "He Was A Friend Of Mine"
    6 - Yeah Yeah Yeahs -- "Runaway"
    7 - The Radio Dept -- "Strange Things Will Happen"

    Station Break

    8 - Buffalo Springfield --  "I Am A Child"
    9  - Simon & Garfunkel -- "For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her"
    10- Gotan Project -- "Paris, Texas"
    11 - Death Cab For Cutie -- "Transatlanticism"
    12 - The Postal Service -- "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight"
    13 - The Doors -- "You're Lost Little Girl"
    14 - Blood Orange -- "Sutphin Boulevard"

    Station Break

    15 - Cider Sky -- "Shooting Stars"
    16 - The Wooden Birds -- The Other One
    17 - Micatone -- "Nomad Sinners Lounge"
    18 - The Sound Defects -- "Angels"
    19 - Nouvelle Vague -- "Aussi Belle Ou Une Balle"
    20 - Montefiori Cocktail -- "Tequila Bum Bum"
    21 - Martin Deny -- "Hypnotique"

    Station Break

    22 - Cara Dillon -- "Black Is The Color"
    23 - Lila Downs -- "Mi Corazon me Recuerda"
    24 - Compay Segundo -- "Juliancito"
    25 - Astor Piazzolla -- "Invierno Porteno"
    26 - Paco Ibanez -- "Los Versos Mas Tristres"
    27 - Stan Getz -- "Samba De Una Nota"

    Station Break

    28 - Abdullah Chhadeh & Syriana -- "Ana Araby"
    29 - Malouma -- "Yerab"
    30 - Tinariwen -- "Le Chant des Fauves"
    31 - Radio Tarifa -- "Sin Palabras"
    32 - Dead Can Dance -- "Agape"

    Station Break

    33 - Mandrake & Ripper -- "War is Too Important"
    34 - Flipper -- "Sex Bomb"
    35 - Mission of Burma -- "Dead Pool"
    36 - L7 -- "Pretend We're Dead"
    37 - Television -- "Marquee Moon"

    Who luvs ya, baby?


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    (12-String Ovation Balladeer Astoria, Oregon / copyright Justice Putnam)


    Each day the job gets up
    And rubs its eyes

    We are going to live on in dry amazement

    Workers push the granite bed under the avenue

    Bed of the married
    The re-          the pre-married

    Making a form as forms become infinite

    The scrapings       scraping

    Graywhacke    chert

    People wait for their bumpy little pizzas
    Theories of theories in gravity voices

    Melpomene goddess of tragedy bathes

    Mostly the bride never the bridesmaid

    Angel food in whole foods

    Consider Tanguy whose lunar responses to childhood
    Made everything a horizon

    Those walking upside down don’t know what to think

    The finch engineering itself to deep spring

    Or you        life       tired of being cured

    How many layers
    Of giving up are there

    One of it

    Two of everything in the arc you save

    -- Brenda Hillman
    "Franciscan Complex"



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    by justiceputnam on Mon May 12, 2014 at 09:09:12 PM PDT

  •  Tyranny condoms? (4+ / 0-)

    Hmm, I've never tried that brand before. :)

    Condoms Lead to Tyranny, Says U.S.'s Top Advocate of Religious Tyranny:

    The respectable, politically powerful golden child of the religious right says sexiness on college campuses comes from condom handouts and ends with totalitarian government.

    Tony Perkins, the Family Research Council's longtime head, made the case in his radio show last Thursday. Judging from the work of the dutiful chroniclers at Right Wing Watch, Perkins laid it out like an Alex Jones conspiracy theory, only without the hassle of nominally tenuous connections between dots:

    “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 May 12, 2014 at 09:28:09 PM PDT

  •  Happening NOW.. Missouri (D) mount filibuster (10+ / 0-)

    To stop an anti-choice bill that:

    Creates a 72 hour waiting period
    Forces women to sit through a 30 minute long, scientifically invalid case why they shouldn't abort.  

    I'm upkeeping some here:

    But you can follow LIVE in video here:

    You can also follow it live on Twitter:


    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Mon May 12, 2014 at 09:29:38 PM PDT

  •  Tweet of the Day (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    ... and better for you.

  •  Moapa River Indian Reservation Tribal Solar (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Eric Nelson, Cadillac64, JeffW

    Project...200 MW solar project near Clark County, NV

    Wasn't there some sort of buzz on this with the Bundy

    Also...DOE is in the uranium business:

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
    Interior; National Marine Fisheries
    Service, National Oceanic and
    Atmospheric Administration,
    Commerce. revise endangered
    species act regulations on
    critical habitat:

  •  Cliven Bundry at it again (3+ / 0-)
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    jan4insight, Cadillac64, JeffW

    Please see my diary tonight about Cliven Bundy's plans for a Salt Lake City public debate on Wednesday:

    I've decided to do a little volunteer operational intelligence gathering on this deadbeat cowboy Klan's operations.

  •  The LGBT Democrats of North Carolina President (2+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson, Cadillac64

    is in a contest trying to win a scholarship to the 2014 Netroots Nation.

    Go to the link below and vote for him by 11:59 pm PST. He's in Danger of dropping below the top 5 in the last 3 hours of voting, after leading the compition for the majority of the contest.

    Your vote could make the difference.

    The link has text where he makes the case why you should vote for him. Just click click the link and click to vote.

    Hope it's ok to post this here.

  •  I'm from China, so ... (7+ / 0-)

    Regrettably, I know a LOT about the hazards coal miners face for the pittance they earn, all I have to do is listen to or read the news to get that.

    They deserve better. The deserve clean energy jobs wherever they are.

    And the rest of us need it too.

    Shame on us, shame on human society that these jobs still exist.


    No one is coming to save us, the future is in our hands.

    by koNko on Mon May 12, 2014 at 10:42:51 PM PDT

    •  Carbon shaming (3+ / 0-)
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      Cadillac64, JeffW, koNko

      A few years ago the right was worried that people were trying to carbon shame big emitters. Their argument as I understood it was that it wasn't fair to pick out pariahs and torment them. And to some extent they are right -- as long as everybody feels ashamed of their carbon fling.

      In Finland, when you get real drunk and do some naughty things with people you probably shouldn't, the consequence is called a "moral hangover." Certainly, after the rise of fascism/nationalism in Germany and Japan, both countries experience multi-generational moral hangovers. We don't want to do this with carbon. That hangover could last several millennia.

      Right now there is very little stigma attached to profligate, carbon-intense lifestyles. If anything, most advertising seeks to have you emulate such behavior.    

  •  i say, old chap ... (4+ / 0-)

    have you any great snoop on?

    ... depends on where you look.

    Under the title Magic Techniques & Experiment, the document references "Legitimisation of violence", "Constructing experience in mind of targets which should be accepted so they don't realise", and "Optimising deception channels".

    Such government plans to monitor and influence internet communications and disseminate false information online have long been a source of speculation. The GCHQ documents show for the first time that these controversial techniques have moved from the proposal stage to implementation.

    TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes? -- Addington's Perpwalk.

    by greenbird on Tue May 13, 2014 at 01:25:23 AM PDT

  •  ASDF (1+ / 0-)
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    It’s finally happened: You can buy a pack of pre-rolled spliffs the same as any pack of smokes.
    No stem, no seed that you don't need
    Acapulco Gold is....
  •  shimmy shimmy koko bop ... (2+ / 0-)
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    BvueDem, Cadillac64

    shimmy shimmy bop.

    off Panama.

    TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes? -- Addington's Perpwalk.

    by greenbird on Tue May 13, 2014 at 02:03:35 AM PDT

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