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On "Being Mortal" & Dealing with Cancer
Every day we live, we are each one day closer to our own death. A truism, of course, but one that we tend to suppress in the rush and tumult of other demands on our attention and time. Until, one day,
peregrine kate 06/01/2015 66
This is not good
There are no words. Obama opens ...
VL Baker 06/01/2015 152
My Asperger's, my Politics
The author (middle), in traditional garb reflecting his European ancestry. I was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome in the summer of 2010, at the age of 39. I've always been quirky, kind of a nerd,
JJR1971 05/31/2015 37
Reverse Robin Hood: State taxes
Who pictures the IRS as Robin Hood and a state like Washingon as the Sheriff of Nottingham? But, that's the way it is . The average state is undoing efforts to address income inequality, according ...
CorpFlunky 05/31/2015 31
Book Review: Dire Predictions 2nd Edition
Dire Predictions: understanding climate change By Michael E. Mann and Lee R. Kump DK Publishing, $ 25.00 US or ...
DarkSyde 05/31/2015 54
Agriculture
I spent over 30 years of my life working in agricultural biology. Mostly this was in biological control of insect pests and weeds. At the same time I followed my interests in the evolution, life ...
Desert Scientist 05/30/2015 95
This Week in the War on Women, May 24-30, 2015: Climate Change, No Chocolate!?! And Other Calamities
I have recently learned that climate change will be MUCH worse than previously thought: It is already affecting chocolate! That's right, the elixir that gives guys a fighting chance is already 25% ...
elenacarlena 05/30/2015 103
Profiles, High and Low
Yours truly in High School NJROTC I live in Sugar Land, Texas, in Tom DeLay's old district. I attended one of the highest ranked public High Schools in Texas, Clements High School. I was active ...
JJR1971 05/30/2015 14
Artists recreate iconic painting with landscape ravaged by oil to protest arctic exploration
The Guardian British art collective Kennard Phillipps have reimagined the bucolic US artwork ...
VL Baker 05/30/2015 6
This week in science: from icy worlds to warm-blooded dinos
Images of Pluto returned by New Horizons. Click image for background on mission This week more images of Pluto were released by the New ...
DarkSyde 05/30/2015 33
NE-Gov Plans to Go Forward with Executions Despite Repeal | Road Trip to Germany Continues
Writing from the safety of Saskatchewan tonight: Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts (R) says he plans to continue with the executions of the ten men on death row as soon as the drugs ordered from a ...
Village Vet 05/30/2015 75
Stand your ground versus run like Hell!
Standing your ground Now, on a previous trip to the Orlando swamp to see my great-aunt Flora, I came across a peculiar sight. There it was, unfolding right in front of me--I saw one of my ...
Alligator Ed 05/29/2015 21
Conservatives and the "Just-world Bias"
The world is an unjust place, though many like to imagine otherwise. To a certain extent, we all try to convince ourselves that people get what they deserve, and that karma is more than just an ...
diligentbureaucrat 05/29/2015 39
Books Go Boom!   Evelyn Waugh's 'The Loved One'
The Loved One is a short satire with very sharp teeth. It is hilarious in that dry, mordant vein the British mine so well. I'm confident you'll enjoy The Loved One if you like sparkling prose, ...
Brecht 05/29/2015 68
Adventures in Dumpster Diving
Back when I was poor and lived by myself a few years ago I used to go dumpster-diving frequently. (I'm still poor-ish, but I don't live by myself anymore.) I would take my bicycle, which I had ...
Daenerys 05/29/2015 72
Whoa! Look at Alaska!
Alaska sets new record for earliest day with temperatures in the 90s! Temperature in Alaska on the afternoon of May 23, 2015, based on data from NOAA's Real-time Mesoscale Unbelievable that ...
VL Baker 05/29/2015 133
DOOMSDAY CLOCK Moves Up To 11:57 "current efforts are entirely insufficient" on Catastrophic Warming
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists have taken the sobering step of moving their Doomsday Clock from 11:55 up to 11:57 the closest we've been to to global catastrophe since 1987 and the bad old days ...
Lefty Coaster 05/29/2015 85
I ♥ Democratic Socialism: I wish Kurt Vonnegut were around to vote for Bernie Sanders
Come let us fart around and celebrate our anywhere Saints. We may not win our quest for a new day in American politics and in our world. In fact, by experience we have learned that we probably won't.
Galtisalie 05/29/2015 29
Amtrak is a Microcosm for the Nation
If last month's fatal Amtrak crash had anything positive come from it, it was the perfect timing with which the Republicans showed their true colors. Without the headlines that the derailment ...
railhunk 05/28/2015 61
What You Don't Know About Mental Health Can Kill You or a Loved One
There's a diary out today. Yet another instance where the police come to the home of someone in a mental health crisis and the crisis ends in death. I wish this was a rare occurrence, but today's ...
JDWolverton 05/28/2015 47
anti-democratic election methods
Here is the result- see the disparity- if all votes counted equally, regardless of location, the bottom row would be all 1's Ok, Hi. You all know how into election design I am, and this last ...
Waldmarschall 05/28/2015 26
Why Do American Workers Insist On Holding Each Other Back
"Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” - John Steinbeck Today, one of my friends ...
maisey 05/28/2015 112
How Austerity Kills: The New Jersey Transportation System
Today's paper reports on the massive transportation funding crisis in New Jersey. This is just one more example of how austerity kills in this country. I drove the streets in New Jersey a few ...
Eternal Hope 05/28/2015 32
Did Cleveland Police Create a Racist Hate Group?
So, in December 2014, did the Cleveland police help create a new mainstream racist hate group that has spread to other parts of the country and is still raging on in Cleveland? Even I know that this ...
Manasa Naidu 05/27/2015 19
Combating Political Hopelessness
This comment in Vetwife's diary got my brain turning over a subject that has been bothering me for some time. I live in Alabama, a strong bastion of conservative ideology. We're not a purple state ...
themeliorist 05/27/2015 59
Lift The White Mans Burden
Friday night I heard about the Duggar nonsense and then Huckabee came out and was defending it. My head was spinning about the contradictory 'defendable' sins and those that meet his condemnation. I ...
anb1972 05/27/2015 15
Is Globalization the Real Cause of US Unemployment and Chronic Stagnation?
Many progressives, myself included, have fallen into the globalization argument trap when accounting for chronically high average levels of unemployment in the US and low overall GDP growth rates or ...
steve1960 05/27/2015 65
I Still Work With Cops
A while back I wrote a diary about working with cops. The other day during a meeting at the law enforcement center I brought up the topic we have been avoiding for months. The big elephant in the ...
Simul Iustus et Peccator 05/27/2015 103
Texas & Alaska Floods: El Nino & Hot Oceans Start a Year of Hellish Weather. It Will Get Worse.
There's too much heat in the oceans. Way too much heat. Hot water has surged across the equator in the Pacific and a deep pool of very hot water is building off of Mexico's west coast. Tropical ...
FishOutofWater 05/27/2015 177
Mark Ruffalo just tweeted my fracking wastewater diary
Exclusive:Video shows tar balls & oil slick from fracking wastewater near CA produce irrigation site http://t.co/z3b2qrYEXZ via @dailykos — Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) May 27, ...
VL Baker 05/27/2015 5
Obama's EPA steps up for Clean Water
It has been a long time coming, but the EPA and Corps of Engineers have issued their final rule on what waters are protected under the Clean Water Act - helping ensure that the headwater, ...
RockyMtnHigh 05/27/2015 15
As Texas floods, now is the time to examine its teaparty Republicans
Drone video of flooding in Central Texas over Memorial Day weekend. The drought in Texas ended with a wet, thundering bang last weekend, but the political hypocrisy may just be getting started. ...
DarkSyde 05/27/2015 231
It's flooding down in Texas
Whole Foods Market on Lamar ...
DarkSyde 05/26/2015 86
Pure Michigan Announces New Ad Campaign, Finds Silver Lining in Poor Road Conditions
Amid the news that Michigan Governor Snyder is seeking to cut the popular tourism program to fund Michigan's roads, Pure Michigan today announced a new campaign. The campaign is ...
MiAtheistGal 05/26/2015 45
Supreme Court to Revisit "One Person, One Vote" Rule
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear Evenwel v. Abbott , a case brought by a group of Texas conservatives challenging a longstanding precedent that holds that election districts should be drawn ...
phenry 05/26/2015 161
It really is just about love
Without fancy measurements or elaborate testing, I came to understand the true value of teachers and teaching.
thagerdc 05/25/2015 10
Car-free and middle-class status
It's now been nearly three months since I owned a working car. My decision to go car-free was part forced by not having a running car and not having the means at the time to afford even another ...
TDDVandy 05/25/2015 221
Have some fun: reply to TransCanada's clueless twit
Today, TransCanada — builders and promoters of both Keystone XL and the Energy East tar sands pipelines — had this to say about their commitment to protect the environment: We help protect the ...
VL Baker 05/25/2015 6
Meditation-Waking Up Now
It is only human for us to think we will find happiness someplace “out there.” We think, “If I could just get the right job, then I could be happy,” or “If I just had someone to love me, ...
Ooooh 05/25/2015 43
Memorial Day: Kuzminsky, a poet
"Look, man," this Rasputin look alike in a thick brown robe lectured, as he held up the little rubber spider that he had ordered, and which had just come in the mail along with belly button brushes ...
Stuart Heady 05/25/2015 9
Adventures & Misadventures of an EV in the Country (Part 4)
In part 4 of my series of blogs sharing my experience of owning a 2013 Nissan, Leaf battery electric vehicle in the country I want to tell you a little about the reaction that I have encountered ...
joelado 05/25/2015 12
A Lifetime Of War
Last week the Washington Post ran a blog post titled "Washington Post Story: Here’s how much of your life the United States has been at war." The author Philip Bump, used a chart to show the ...
redtravelmaster 05/25/2015 20
When American troops were welcomed and remembered
with love and honor can be seen in a a piece in today's Washington Post titled Americans gave their lives to defeat the Nazis. The Dutch have never forgotten. It is about an American cemetery in ...
teacherken 05/25/2015 5
The promise of NewSpace
Ceres as revealed by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on May 4, 2015, from a distance of 8,400 miles (13,600 kilometers). The bright spots may be water ice. We throw a lot of terms around here on Daily Kos, ...
DarkSyde 05/24/2015 101
Absolutely Nothing: A Veteran’s Savage Indictment of the Iraq War
Is the title of this post by someone named Jim Wright, which I think you will want to read. It is a totally brutal putdown of the likes of Mitt Romney and John McCain, of the neocons who pushed us ...
teacherken 05/24/2015 47
An image of Hillary Clinton that might surprise you
appears on p. 158 of the new book by former CIA #2 Michael Morrell, a book titled The Great War of Our Time: The CIA's Against Terrorism From Al Qaeda to ISIS . It is in the context of the planning ...
teacherken 05/24/2015 341
This week in science: two in the Bush
Well worth a few minutes of three-day weekend Zen Former Florida Governor and presumed current front runner in the 2016 GOP primary, Jeb Bush, spoke on climate change this week. In just a couple of ...
DarkSyde 05/23/2015 70
69
A number with various connotation, none of which are relevant to this reflection. In this case it is merely a measure of longevity in years. My longevity. I can turn to my Facebook page as the ...
teacherken 05/23/2015 14
Finally. The war on illegal fishing begins.
The Indonesian Navy destroys foreign fishing vessels caught fishing illegally in waters near North Sulawesi yesterday. Photo: REUTERS Divers and scientists report that Indonesia's reefs are ...
Pakalolo 05/23/2015 26
A switch was flipped and now southern peninsula Antarctic glaciers are rapidly melting.
Scientists have discovered that the ice shelves of South Antarctica, located in the Bellingshausen sea , are in rapid melt. This new study follows reports that the remnants of Larsen B should ...
Pakalolo 05/22/2015 76
Polar bears, penguins and pie charts...
have got to go. As a communications strategy they are swiftly diminishing in utility. Which is a polite way of saying - they're no longer working! I recently read that over the past 6 or 7 years, ...
SninkyPoo 05/22/2015 10
Hair On Fire, People!
It was late 2012, on a week day, about 5:00am. I’d just sent my husband out the door with his lunch and was brewing myself a cup of tea to enjoy in front of the odious "Morning Joe," when he ...
SninkyPoo 05/21/2015 82
Projecting a Climate Change Timeframe - Holy $h*t
In researching a book I'm writing I've been collecting prognostications about climate change. These have been gathered over time from numerous sources. But they are projections and hence a ...
John Crapper 05/21/2015 49
What will the TPP do about this atrocity?
Live export cattle on a truck outside Darwin. Footage obtained by animal activists allegedly shows cattle in Vietnam being hit repeatedly to the head to stun them before slaughter. Photograph: Dave ...
VL Baker 05/20/2015 13

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