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|NARP Unloads on Conservative Idiocy re Amtrak
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|How will the GOP respond IF the Amtrak Crash is "Terrorism"? And who are the REAL terrorists?
No evidence so far yet, but... Amtrak Train Possibly Hit Before Wreck Mr. Sumwalt said that investigators had found a fist-size circular area of impact on the left side of the Amtrak train’
Jeb Bush continues to stumble along, unable to repudiate his brother's legacy - if not actually embracing it. He is surrounding himself with members of the same cabal that led the country ...
|Inside the Cockpit
...Is a fascinating article in the NY Times today .Mark Vanhoenacker is a senior first officer for British Airways on the Boeing 747-400 fleet and the author of “Skyfaring: A Journey With a Pilot.
Why do people fly? Is it simply about getting from point A to point B as quickly as possible? For many, that is all flying comes down to: the destination is the reward, not the journey. (And ...
|What IS the purpose of David Brooks?
In case you missed it, David Brooks is pimping promoting his latest book in the New York Times today by asking " What Is Your Purpose? " To wit: Every reflective person sooner or later faces ...
|Kevin Drum Makes A Connection In The Freddie Gray Case
Kevin Drum may be undergoing some intense medical treatment, but a Washington Post article made his day. Freddie Gray’s life a study in the sad effects of lead paint on poor ...
|Krugman Hits One Out of the Park Again
Paul Krugman's May 1 column in the New York Times states the devastatingly obvious: Ideology and Integrity . ...Nonetheless, many in the news media will try to make the campaign about ...
|Must See TV: Alan Grayson on TPP
Hat tip to Gaius Publius over at Digby's Place for posting about this. Alan Grayson has a video that must be seen. In 9 minutes, Grayson blows away all the BS about the 'Free Trade" benefits. GP ...
|Why No One Should Have Been Surprised About Baltimore - And Where To From Here?
So, one more commentary on Baltimore tonight. I'll keep this short. If you want some background on the relationship between the Baltimore Police and the community, The Baltimore Sun had ...
|David Brooks is a Fun Read Today
WTF!?!! You may ask. Well, Brooks is displaying the art of projection , taking all one's faults and flaws, and projecting them onto others. It's a psychological defense mechanism - but it's ...
|The Hubble Space Telescope: 25 Years and Counting
There has been a lot of attention on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) this week, including posts here at Daily Kos. I'm going to try to make this one worth your time. I've been putting together ...
|Three Links for Earth Day
If you are a carbon-based life form, odds are there's only one known place in the Solar System where you really feel at home - Earth. Yes, it's Earth Day again, that one day a year we're ...
|A Little Perspective on Hillary Clinton
There's a certain amount of wrangling back and forth here at Kos over the prospect of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee for president. I am NOT going to go into the pros and cons of ...
|Re Walter Scott: A Modest Suggestion for the Press
The fatal shooting of Walter Scott by a police officer in North Charleston, SC while he presented absolutely no threat to the officer has horrified a lot of people - justifiably. Digby ...
|Change - It Can Happen
If you heard the news about GE getting out of finance to go back to 'making things', Paul Krugman has a take on it you may find interesting. From his blog... There are two big lessons from ...
|About those job numbers...
Here's how to explain them to your conservative friends. They came in lower than expected, and already conservatives are screaming it's Obama's fault. Never mind that it is one blip in an ...
|Solar Impulse - Flying Around the World on Solar Power, as Renewable Energy Takes Off
The BBC has been doing a nice job following Solar Impulse 2 on the different legs of its journey, flying around the world on nothing but solar power. The Solar Impulse project is not just ...
|ICYMI -Why Scott Walker Wants Us to Believe He Is Qualified To Be Commander in Chief
You can't make this stuff up. Andrew Rosenthal at the NY Times picked up on a remark by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in which he explained what in his background would prepare him to be ...
|Tornado Season - Aviation History
Chances are, if you happen to mention a Tornado in connection with flying machines, people will assume you're talking about the Panavia Tornado , a multi-role ground attack, fighter ...
|WTF in WVA?
A tip to Atrios for this one . ...Someone was screaming from the parking lot of the gas station, and I turned around to find a middle aged man and woman beckoning to us. Their minivan was parked ...
|This One Trick Will Forever Change Your Relationship With BACON!!!
Bacon! Is it man's perfect food? Is there anything that it can't make better? Is there anything left to discover about it? Indeed there is, and I'm about to share it with you. ...
|A Phillippic Inspired by SouthernLeveller
Elsewhere on the Rec List, SouthernLeveller asks if too many at Kos are getting complacent , watching (in effect) the GOP clown car careening down the street. In the process of putting my two ...
|More Christie - How Deep Does Bridgegate Go?
Over at Talking Points Memo , a March 20, 2015 opinion piece by Brian Murphy takes a look at ongoing investigations into the deliberately manufactured traffic problems at the George ...
|Paul Krugman is a Must-Read Today (Again)
One of the reasons Paul Krugman is routinely marginalized by those with the power to do so is that he has a bad (for them) habit of putting into words what 'polite' people do not want to ...
|Mitch McConnell's War on America (and the World)
IF a terrorist group found a way to poison the air and water millions of Americans depend on, IF they found a way to inflict long-lasting effects on health and well-being while ...
|Update on Harrison Ford
Plane & Pilot Blog has a commentary by Marc Lee on Harrison Ford and his recent crash at Santa Monica Airport. (The crash was diaried here and here .) Lee ...
|Geomagnetic Storm!!! - Watch the Skies Tonight!
The Earth is currently being impacted by a stream of charged particles from the Sun (Raise shields, ensign!) and their interaction with the Earth's magnetic field has already produced ...
|Does Anyone See A Pattern Here?
The nothing burger 'scandal' over Hillary Clinton's emails is going to be piled on top of the nothing burger Benghazi scandal, hashed over by an idiot media and used for GOP fund raising. And ...
|Naomi Klein Spells It Out: Reshape the Global Economy Now, or Kiss The World Goodbye
The Guardian has part 2 of excerpts from the Introduction to This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein, [where] the author calls the climate crisis a civilisational wake-up call to alter our ...
|Harrison Ford injured in plane crash
Actor Harrison Ford was injured, though not too seriously according to early reports, in the crash of a single engine plane he was piloting. USA Today has a story here ; a local NBC ...
|Maine Gov Paul LePage to Tax Non-Profits; More Tax Cuts for the Rich
This is a quick post based on a Huffington Post report. The governor’s plan, which would hit groups ranging from nature preserves and summer camps to charity hospitals and private colleges,
|Write On! Critical Thinking - Part 2
Hi - I'm filling in this week, so if someone can republish this to Readers and Book Lovers for me, it'd be much appreciated. The last time I was up , the discussion was about developing ...
|Senate Majority Leader McConnell Urges States to Defy Federal Law
A New York Times story by Coral Davenport picked up on an Op-Ed piece Mitch McConnell ran in the Lexington Herald-Reader calling on the states to ignore Federal regulations meant to reduce ...
|ICYMI: Inhofe's Snowball Rebutted
Just a quick post picked up via Scientific American. When Climate Change Denier Senator James Inhofe (R Oklahoma) showed up with a snow ball on the Senate Floor to 'prove' Climate Change is a ...
|The Final Frontier Is Still There
With the passing of Leonard Nimoy, it has become apparent that the world of Star Trek still holds power in the minds of many. The vision of an optimistic future, where humankind has matured ...
|Sunday Afternoon Aviation Potpourri
For those with some time this weekend, I thought I'd put out some air-related links I've been accumulating. As always, the BBC is a good place to turn up the story or two. Major Kong had an ...
|Two Questions To Ask Before Deciding Any Issue
There are many complex issues out there today, and the media too often takes a "one side - other side" stance in reporting them without giving the least hint as to which one might be a ...
|Bears, Foxhounds and Typhoons Roaming the Skies of Europe - Watching Me Watching You
With a nod to an old Jethro Tull song , while Europe has been scrambling fighters to track Russian Bear bombers , the Russians have been looking back. It made the news a few days ago when ...
|ICYMI - Britain's Political Parties Agree on Climate Change
What do U.K. Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats have in common? There’s good climate news from the United Kingdom. On Saturday, the leaders of the country’s three major ...
|Paul Krugman Looks At History - But There's a Larger Lesson To Be Learned
Paul Krugman's column today looks at Greece and the nations insisting on debt repayments that are counter-productive. Weimar on the Aegean draws parallels between the treatment of Germany ...
|Copenhagen Shooter reported Shot And Killed by Police
The BBC is reporting a man believed to be the shooter who carried out two attacks in the Danish city of Copenhagen has been shot and killed after opening fire on police. Two separate attacks ...
|Developing - Another Shooting in Copenhagen, Denmark
Earlier today I posted about a breaking news story about a shooting at a debate on free speech in Copenhagen, Denmark that left 1 dead and 3 wounded, with the suspects still at large. Now word ...
|Updated - Shooting in Copenhagen, Denmark at Blasphemy/Free Speech Seminar
This just popped up on the BBC website a few minutes ago. [See Update below] Very little information available as yet. It was a debate about blasphemy; the French ambassador was reportedly one ...
|Breaking: NASA Preparing to Launch Al Gore's Satellite - Launch stopped at -2 minutes 26 sec
For live coverage of the 6:10pm East Coast Time launch of the DSCOVR Satellite , NASA is streaming it here: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html#.VNfjFULDG5Y Weather is perfect, the ...
|GOP Senator Warns on Net Neutrality -Save the Internet - From the Government!!!
That's the gist of a message from Senator Mike Lee, (R-Utah) via a Town Hall email. To quote from the email: Obamacare, the VA scandal, the IRS scandal--these are just a few examples of what ...
|NY Attorney General Statement on Herbal Supplements
NY A.G. Eric Schneiderman's office has issued a press release about an investigation into fraudulent labeling of herbal supplements sold at 4 major store chains. This is a potentially huge ...
|Write On! Critical Thinking - Part 1
Greetings! Last week Tara the Antisocial Worker talked about the value of having a group of writers to offer criticism and advice . It can not only be helpful in itself, it can make you better ...
|Sean Hannity Accidentally Speaks Truth
On his radio show today, January 29, Hannity was going on with the current right wing memes: the President is running a lawless administration, he's trashing the constitution, even his ...
|Are You Excited about a Jeb Bush Presidential Run?
Then you should give Doonesbury a read today . Garry Trudeau is promising some real 'Bushwhacking' as Jeb 'explores' a presidential bid. For an idea of the kind of material ...
|Something to Remember about the Republican Agenda
It's a short, simple phrase: they want it all . When you listen to them complaining about SOTU or anything else the President and the Democrats do or don't do, underneath it all is that ...
|SpaceX footage of Falcon 9 attempted soft landing released
One week ago SpaceX launched a cargo mission to the International Space Station. ( Diary here describing the mission.) While the Dragon capsule carrying the cargo successfully reached orbit ...
|In 2015, There May Be Two...
http://youtu.be/Cjde12KPGog Two flying B-29s that is. For years now, Fifi has been the only operable B-29 Superfortress , but if all goes as hoped, Fifil will be joined by Doc. ...
|Got 12 Minutes? Saving The World in 4 Minutes, plus discussion
With the worst Congress in decades if not all time now in place, we're going to be hearing a lot of nonsense and outright attacks on science, environmentalism, and the common good over the ...
|F-35 CAS updates, updated
Several recent diaries have focused on the A-10 , the F-35 , and CAS (Close Air Support). They've also focused on the controversies surrounding the two aircraft. The most ...
|50-50 Chance of History Being Made Tuesday- UPDATE: Maybe Friday?
UPDATE: As I mentioned as a possibility below, a problem with the vehicle has caused the launch attempt to be scrubbed, with Friday the next opportunity. The next attempt will be at 5:09 AM EST.
|What happens if you give people a floor instead of a safety net?
Zi-Ann Lum at Huffington Post looks at a poverty program that eliminated poverty - and was then buried and forgotten. Between 1974 and 1979, residents of a small Manitoba city were ...
|Harry Reid Injured in Accident at Home
A breaking news story reports Harry Reid was injured at home when a piece of exercise equipment broke. Reid has been hospitalized, but is expected to be able to return to Washington shortly. ...
|F-35 Year End Update
An email Daily Report from Air Force Magazine has the latest on F-35 deliveries: Lockheed Martin delivered the 36th and final F-35 strike fighter of the year on Dec. 22 to the Defense ...
|A Retrospective: 60 Years of the B-52
B-52 "Iron Butterfly" on display at Dyess AFB Linear Air Park, Abilene, TX I ran across a CNET tribute to the B-52 just the other day, from back in April of 2012. ...
|Here's a Challenge for Obama and Any Other Democrat Who Wants to be President
Now is a great time to be an American, right? The economy is picking up steam , corporations are racking up profits again, and the Dow just hit a new high . The rest of the world is still ...
|A Holiday Song for the New Economy
This is getting to be one of my favorite songs for the holidays. Hope your Christmas is a good one. (Or whatever holiday you celebrate.) Enjoy! http://youtu.be/...
|Global Selfies - The Critically Important View From Above
There have always been those who question the need for space programs and space policy, arguing that the money "would be better spent down here on earth." Let's start with the obvious ...
|Air Force Cross: Latest Recipient
However you may feel about the American military, where they are, and how they're being used, out of all the horror and waste of combat extraordinary things sometimes take place that ...
|A Thought for the Season
Is it just me or does it seem like the people demanding we keep Christ in Christmas would be pretty upset if he showed up anywhere else?
|The HRC Problem
While it is still a ways to 2016, the rumblings you hear in the undergrowth are occasioned by politicians putting their ears to the ground, fingers to the wind, and testing the waters - all ...
In these days of satellite GPS systems, smart phones that tell us where we are and where to go to find things, it's hard to remember that it wasn't always so. Heck - a map and compass is a ...
|NYC Police Union to Mayor DeBlasio: Stay Away From Our Funerals
There are multiple reports that the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association is asking the Mayor to not attend funerals for any of them killed in the line of duty. From the NY Observer: “DON’
|Dangerous Games in the Air, For Real
Following Major Kong's review of AirLand Battle , it seems apropos to note that in recent months, there has been an increased tempo of Russian aircraft operating in areas of concern to NATO, i.e.
|Congress (con·gress /ˈkäNGɡrəs/ noun)
1. the national legislative body of a country. a particular session of the US Congress. "the 104th Congress" 2.a formal meeting or series of meetings for discussion between delegates, especially ...
|A Good Landing Is...
...Any landing you can walk away from, as the saying goes. The " Miracle on the Hudson " is the well known story of a potential air disaster that ended remarkably well, thanks to the skill of ...
|California Rains - The Bigger Picture
A big news story is the storm delivering large amounts of rain to California. SF Gate has pictures and more on the storm that is causing floods, power outages, and headaches for travelers. ...
|Devastation in the Oil Patch
The oil industry is always susceptible to bust and boom cycles. As It Happens has interviews with people up in Canada looking at layoffs by the thousands now that oil prices have dropped thanks ...
|Must See TV: Watch The Torturers Spinning Torture, Then and Now
CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley pulled up a 2007 interview with George Tenet , CIA director at the time of 911, and who was the man in charge when the CIA turned to 'enhanced interrogation" on ...
|Demographics will not save the Democratic Party from the Lizard Brain
FWIW, there are those who have looked at the defeats in the past election and put it down to a tough electoral map. While that might play in explaining the Senate races, it doesn't necessarily ...
|An Oatmeal Presentation on Charles Darwin versus Faith
Matt Inman ( The Oatmeal ) delivered at talk at BAHFest West 2014 in which he explained why he does not believe in Charles Darwin's theory of Natural Selection, but rather believes in GOD! ...
|Climate Change Weather Warning: Risks Rising Around Globe - Keeping Up With The News
The British Royal Society is warning that Climate Change will increase the risks from extreme weather. ( BBC video report here. ) It's not just from the weather alone; more people from rising ...
|UPDATED x 2!! We Have Liftoff for Orion - and Splashdown
NASA is preparing to launch Orion again. Yesterday's launch attempt was canceled due to several minor hardware issues and weather. Today "All systems are go and weather remains green." You ...
|Soyuz, Apollo, Ariane, Orion - and a Sagan Reminder of What Awaits
Space is still the Final Frontier, and while it doesn't get the attention it did during the "Space Race", much is going on regardless. This is a round up of recent space news items, a ...
|The Occupying Army Protecting Us from "Them"
This is a short post just to point people over to Charles P. Pierce at Esquire, and his commentary on what has happened to this country . He noted President Obama's meeting and how useless ...
|Why Are These Clowns Winning?
There's a rather interesting piece at Alternet by Paul Rosenberg that looks at the differences between the Right and the Left that gets pretty meta at times, but is well worth a read. The ...
|A Bit of Messaging for Your Perusal
I'm not entirely certain why I got a recent piece of mail "From the Desk of Steve Forbes;" most desks of my acquaintance are apolitical. The Desk of Steve Forbes apparently wants me to sign ...
|The Golden Age of Air Travel - A Look Behind the Scenes
The Thanksgiving holiday in America is the biggest travel holiday of the year, by many measures. Flying can be challenging enough at regular times of the year - dealing with a surge of ...
|Looking at the Fault Lines, Reading the Tremors - Is a Split Coming in the Democratic Party?
Over at Digby's Place , Gaius Publius has a couple of recent postings looking at the Senate and speculating over schisms on the Democratic side. It's of interest, I suspect, to many here at ...
|Things Are Looking Brighter For Hydrogen
What's different about this Christmas Parade Float? Answer below the Orange Omnilepticon. While the news on Climate Change is getting more urgent all the time, the good news is that ...
|Two Words to describe the GOP: Post-Policy
Over at Political Animal - Washington Monthly, Nancy LeTourneau picks up on an observation made by Rachel Maddow to comment on a story that will leave you shaking your head in disbelief. The ...
|Must Read Interview with Zephyr Teachout
Paul Blumenthal at Huffington Post has a must-read interview with Zephyr Teachout. She challenged Andrew Cuomo in the primary race for governor of New York this year, and did surprisingly well ...
|Updated - The Other Problem With Money in Politics
Ever since the Citizens United decision opened the floodgates for money to buy elections (because money is now equivalent to free speech according to the Supreme Court), every candidate out ...
|A Discussion of what Keystone XL is Really about...
Take a look at this video, from NASA http://youtu.be/x1SgmFa0r04 Keystone XL will do one thing for certain. It's not just about how many temporary or permanent jobs it will create. It's not just ...
|On That Inequality Thing...
Over at the NY Times , "Steven Rattner is a Wall Street executive and a contributing opinion writer" who has put together some graphics delineating the intersection of government taxing and ...
If you've never heard of Eric "Winkle" Brown (I hadn't), this BBC profile is an eye opener. Brown's exploits run through some of the most momentous events of world history. He was at the 1936 ...
|Global Warming = More Lightning and More Wildfires; Deniers Dig In
A recent paper in Science is getting a lot of attention: Projected increase in lightning strikes in the United States due to global warming Researchers have discovered a correlation between ...
|Big Dog Bill Clinton Is Living In A Different America - and Why We Should Take Note
Or so R J Eskow maintains, writing at Alternet. "Bill Clinton's Out of Touch Economically -- and That's a Big Deal; The country deserves better" is a look at statements coming from the former ...
|Veterans Day 2014 - Photos from Albany, NY Parade
You expect to see flags in a parade, but these are a bit more. It was 56° with gusting winds at 11:00 on 11-11-2014 when the parade stepped off - but both sun and people turned out for ...
|A Quick Question or two for the Media
If the Republicans gain control of the Senate to go with their control of the House, is anyone in the media going to ask them how they will use their new power and responsibility to reach ...
|Three From The World of Nature
I thought I'd take a break from stories of Doom & Gloom for a moment, and write up three recent news stories that are good news. First up, New Scientist reports rebounding sea otter ...
|The High Cost of Budget Games - Why a Republican Congress Will Be a Disaster
The upcoming fate of Congress on Tuesday with the possibility of a Republican controlled Senate on top of a Republican controlled House should send shivers of fear through anyone concerned ...
|ICYMI: The Democrats' Hillary Clinton Problem
Charles P. Pierce over at Esquire has a long article asking the question If Not Hillary, Who? Which, if one thinks about it, is an important question to ask. Pierce takes a look at the ...
|That Airpower Thing... Updated
While arguments ensue over how big a military we need, how much money we're wasting on aircraft, etc. etc. it's occasionally useful to remember it's not all about us. There are other ...
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