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Surly Newz / Re: The Alternet Thread
« on: Today at 02:16:59 PM »
Of all of these stories that moved today, I think this one:

Intel Officials Are Stunned by Trump’s ‘Truly Damaging’ Declassification Order: MSNBC National Security Reporter

By Brendan Skwire, Raw Story

Donald Trump is “helping to fuel what’s essentially a conspiracy theory." READ MORE»

is the most problematic. Who knows what sources and methods will be revealed, and which agents or sources are going to be murdered as a result?

Surly Newz / Re: The Alternet Thread
« on: Today at 02:14:19 PM »

TODAY'S TOP STORIES - September 18, 2018

'She Is Christine Blasey Ford': CNN's Brooke Baldwin Demands Trump Call Kavanaugh Accuser by Her Name After He Repeatedly Says 'The Woman'

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Trump expressed sympathy for his nominee — but not for his accuser. READ MORE»

Conservative Writer Slams Trump as a 'Small Man' — and Says His Botched Presidency Makes the US Look 'Weak'

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

"A great country shouldn’t behave this way." READ MORE»

Kavanaugh Character Witness Mark Judge in 1983 Yearbook: ‘Certain Women Should Be Struck Regularly, Like Gongs’

By David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement

Judge's Georgetown Prep 1983 yearbook page has a few astonishing quotes. READ MORE»

This Lawyer Contacted Senators With ‘Important Stories’ About Kavanaugh — But Says He Was Ignored

By Walter Einenkel, Daily Kos

Lawyer Cyrus Sanai first attempted to contact the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee at the end of July. READ MORE»

CNN's Bolduan Corners Pro-Kavanaugh Activist After She Calls Assault Allegation 'Boorish Horseplay'

By Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet

“I don’t think anywhere in there she’s saying this boorish horseplay at all in her letter." READ MORE»

Here Are 3 Ways Republicans Are Already Sabotaging a Real Hearing of the Charges Against Brett Kavanaugh

By Kerry Eleveld, Daily Kos

This whole charade is shameful. READ MORE»

'Death Warrant': Here's Why Trump Thinks Failing to Confirm Brett Kavanaugh Would End His Presidency

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

For Trump, the fight to confirm a second Supreme Court justice has bigger stakes even than his opponents realize. READ MORE»

Here Are 5 of the Most Laughable and Pathetic Moments in Ted Cruz’s Senate Campaign — So Far

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

For starters, Ted Cruz is begging for Donald Trump's help. READ MORE»

Intel Officials Are Stunned by Trump’s ‘Truly Damaging’ Declassification Order: MSNBC National Security Reporter

By Brendan Skwire, Raw Story

Donald Trump is “helping to fuel what’s essentially a conspiracy theory." READ MORE»

Republican Senators Are Laying the Groundwork to Support Kavanaugh Despite Sexual Assault Allegations

By Laura Clawson, Daily Kos

Republicans are busy laying the groundwork to vote for Brett Kavanaugh—almost no matter what happens. READ MORE»

'Unconscionable' and 'Appalling': Trump Slams Door on Refugees Fleeing US-Backed Wars and Persecution

By Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

"The U.S. has a direct moral responsibility to open its doors, given that our own nation is an active combatant in many of the conflicts driving the global refugee crisis." READ MORE»

Are Today’s White Kids Really Less Racist than Their Grandparents?

By Margaret Hagerman, The Conversation

Is it true that each new generation of white people will be more open-minded and tolerant than previous ones? READ MORE»

Surly Newz / Re: The Daily Meme
« on: Today at 11:45:18 AM »

Environment / Re: The Strafing Run of Mother Nature
« on: Today at 08:36:22 AM »
What a fine mess. Looks like it's going to be bad for some time. Wow!

On the comparison scale, it will be interesting to see how quick they can get BAU up and running again in NC, compared to Puerto Rico.

I can't tell you how bad the trucking logistics are right now with huge stretches of both the I-40 and I-95 closed.  I must have driven both those roads 100 times at least, and working around them is an enormous re-route.  Besides that, fixing those roads won't be cheap, and you can't do it in a day or even a week.


Enjoy this picture of the mighty Amazon as it wends it's way to the south Atlantic.

Uh, no.

That's Interstate 40 in North Carolina.

Environment / Re: The Strafing Run of Mother Nature
« on: Today at 08:19:06 AM »
I had to take a 20 minute detour this morning because the main road in front of my neighborhood was closed because someone clipped a telephone pole last night, or a utility pole fell, not sure of the circumstances. It's the main 4 lane into town from Bee Cave and vicinity.

I was one of the lucky ones, having left very early. Later, I'm sure it made people hours late to work. And if you didn't know the one open alternate (a back way through a neighborhood) you could have easily driven 50 miles to get to North Austin.

Now most people have those apps like WAYS (sp ?). I do not, of course.

WAZE. Get it.

Surly Newz / Re: Sarah Huckabee Sanders
« on: Today at 08:16:42 AM »

I see SHS as the daughter of a very dominating, patriarchal, religious, conservative Christian father. She started out as HIS minion, and she was identified by Trump (a definite megalomaniac)  as someone he could control and use to be his attack dog. She is a true believer, someone who follows the dogma she was handed blindly. She sees the world in black and white. Her side is assumed to be in the right always.

It's a kind of pathology, although I'm not sure there's a name for it, or even if the psychology establishment would be able to diagnose it.

I knew a young man near the beginning of my career who was the son of a woman who was a crazed, control-freak fundamentalist. She had to die and him move away to have any semblance of a normal life.
There is a school of thought that conflates fundamentalist religious fervor with mental illness. Not willing to cross that bridge, but there is absolutely no doubt that a lot of mental problems are caused or exacerbated by authoritarian religion. I've seen them in action. Extreme control freaks.

Surly Newz / Re:Elite World Order In Jitters
« on: Today at 08:10:19 AM »
In January 2016 only 62 people held as much wealth as one-half of the entire world, but within one year, by 2018, that figure narrowed to 8 people with as much wealth as one-half of the entire world.

Sounds like we could do a lot if we just got those eight people to make a real sacrifice to help everyone else. I'm sure they'd be happy to oblige if it was explained to them properly. Easy fix.

I have every confidence that we can reach a happy accord. After we show them the instruments.


Now I have to keep from losing my fucking wallet.  ::)  Not to mention my keys or my cell phone.  Keeping track of these things when your brain is going dead is real difficult.  I also briefly lost my cane, which I need when I can't use my Ewz.  This was a day long adventure figuring out WTF I put it.  ::)  It was of course hiding in plain sight.  Ugghhh.


Welcome to your 60s.

Honest to God, this is me.

Surly Newz / Re: The Daily Meme
« on: Today at 07:08:13 AM »

Surly Newz / Doomstead Diner Daily 9/18
« on: Today at 03:56:09 AM »

Doomstead Diner Daily September 18

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Surly Newz / Re: Why the FBI Mysteriously Closed That New Mexico Observatory
« on: September 17, 2018, 03:11:25 PM »
Time to tune up a chorus of, "Yeah, that's what they WANT you to believe..."

Why the FBI Mysteriously Closed That New Mexico Observatory
An observatory in New Mexico was mysteriously closed this month while the FBI investigated and now we know why. No, it wasn't aliens.

For the past two weeks, an observatory in New Mexico has drawn worldwide attention, but not because of its research. Since September 6, the Sunspot Solar Observatory has beenclosed and evacuated for mysterious reasons, with FBI agents and a Blackhawk helicopter seen patrolling the site.

Both the FBI and the agency that manages the observatory, the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), refused to comment on the nature of the shutdown at the time, beyond saying it was a "security issue." Due to the scientific nature of the facility, speculation ranged from the first detection of alien life to some covert operation.

Finally, AURA has released a statement clarifying, in part, the reason for the closure. And while it's less exciting than the most outlandish theories, at least it's an answer. According to the organization, the observatory was closed due to “criminal activity” on the premises.From a press release:

“AURA has been cooperating with an on-going law enforcement investigation of criminal activity that occurred at Sacramento Peak. During this time, we became concerned that a suspect in the investigation potentially posed a threat to the safety of local staff and residents. For this reason, AURA temporarily vacated the facility and ceased science activities at this location.”

AURA also gives an answer for why it was so tight-lipped, even though no aliens were involved:

“We recognize that the lack of communications while the facility was vacated was concerning and frustrating for some. However, our desire to provide additional information had to be balanced against the risk that, if spread at the time, the news would alert the suspect and impede the law enforcement investigation. That was a risk we could not take.”

According to the release, the emergency is over and the observatory is re-opening later this week.

I'm throwing the bullshit flag here.....

6 other observatories GLOBALLY shut down as well.
Must be a rash of boogey-men trolling solar observatories. C'mon man (FBI)

You may well be right. Popular Mechanics is just the official version. It may really be about all those massive objects parked off Jupiter.

Surly Newz / Re: Common Dreams
« on: September 17, 2018, 03:08:53 PM »
Common Dreams

News & Views | 9/17/18


by Jon Queally, staff writer
Amid calls for Brett Kavanaugh to withdraw his nomination to the Supreme Court after he was publicly accused of sexual assault and attempted rape by college professor Christine Blasey Ford on Sunday, the credibility of both the accused and the accuser is now at the center of U.S. politics just days...


by Jake Johnson, staff writer
As the GOP plows ahead with another round of budget-exploding tax cuts for the rich just before the crucial 2018 midterms, President Donald Trump's top economic adviser and former television personality Larry Kudlow confirmed on Monday that the White House will push for cuts to life-saving safety net programs like Medicare and Social Security if the GOP retains control of Congress.

spy eye

by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Journalists and free press advocates are responding with alarm to newly released documents revealing the U.S. government's secret rules for using Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court orders to spy on reporters, calling the revelations "important" and "terrifying."

In Noatak National Preserve, Alaska, an exceptionally warm summer in 2004 triggered this 300m long slump associated with thawing permafrost.

by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Global policymakers have failed to account for a key factor in setting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions budgets to rein in the climate crisis—melting permafrost—a new study finds, and warns that the world could exceed the global warming limits laid out in the Paris climate accord sooner than expected.

Activists with Greenpeace

by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Working to curb emissions while using public funds to subsidize oil and gas industry "is like trying to bail water out of a leaky boat"

by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Next month, nearly every American with a cellphone will receive a text message from President Donald Trump—and there's almost nothing you can do to stop it.

by Jon Queally, staff writer
In the seventeen years since the events of Sept. 11 2001, after which the United States declared a "global war on terror," there has not been a terrorist attack of similar size or magnitude on American soil. The rest of the world has not been so fortunate

More News


It is about a pattern of deceptive answers on a range of questions about his past activities and agenda to change our laws through the courts. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP)

by Kristine Lucius, Jeff Berman, Lisa Graves, Bob Schiff
It would be unprecedented and unwise for the Senate to act on the nomination without reviewing the full record

Did the Trump Foundation use any of its funds to benefit The Donald or any of his businesses directly? (Photo: AFP/Timothy A. Clary)

by Nomi Prins
Could Donald Trump be a one-man version of either Enron or Lehman Brothers, someone who cooked “the books” until, well, he imploded?

Let us drop any thought that hope is a weakling. (Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

by Frances Moore Lappé
Hope ignites our brains toward solutions

I just wanted to share my horror at the ordeal that the teenaged Professor Blasey was put through and at the further gauntlet she must now run through the berating bully boys of the latently fascist, patriarchal Right.(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

by Juan Cole
I just wanted to share my horror at the ordeal that the teenaged Professor Blasey was put through and at the further gauntlet she must now run through the berating bully boys of the latently fascist, patriarchal Right

The fact that these were kept secret during the Obama administration is cause for great concern. (Photo: Flckr: RestrictedData)

by Trevor Timm
This is critically important information at a time when press freedom has been under threat from the government, and its role in our democracy has never been more important

 The most unconscionable situation is the thousands of migrant youths that the U.S. government currently has locked up in its rapidly expanding archipelago of detention centers — tents rapidly erected in the arid desert or other substandard facilities rife with abuse. (Photo: CAROLYN COLE / LOS ANGELES TIMES)

by Will Bunch
This is going to get a lot worse before it gets better

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Surly Newz / Re: The Alternet Thread
« on: September 17, 2018, 02:41:33 PM »

TODAY'S TOP STORIES - September 17, 2018

Here's Why the Republican Party Has Abandoned Reality

By David Akadjian, Daily Kos

It's Trump's GOP now. READ MORE»

Are Today’s White Kids Less Racist Than Their Grandparents?

The Conversation

Each new generation of white people, the thinking goes, will naturally and inevitably be more open-minded and tolerant than previous ones. But do we have any reason to believe this? READ MORE»

The Wrong Lesson We Learned from Enron that Led Directly to the 2008 Crash

By Gavin Benke, History News Network

Enron was a warning sign about the dangers of the very financial derivatives that threatened the entire global economy ten years ago. READ MORE»

Here's the Incriminating Case Against Mike Pence

By jamess, Daily Kos

How much did Mike Pence know about former national security adviser Mike Flynn's contact with Russians? READ MORE»

Watch: Kellyanne Conway Tried to Have It Both Ways When Asked About the Kavanaugh Allegations on Fox & Friends

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Christine Blasey Ford's attorney has stated she is willing to testify before the Senate. The Judiciary Committee has not yet decided how to proceed. READ MORE»

Rape Culture: Prominent Conservatives Rush to the Defense of Brett Kavanaugh in Wake of Sexual Assault Allegation

By Taylor Link, Salon

Prominent conservatives and right-wing pundits have been up in arms over the revelation. READ MORE»

The Science of Language: Here's Why We Like Some Words More than Others

By Carmen Álvarez-Mayo, The Conversation

When we hear a word, the way we perceive it will be influenced not only by denotation but also by connotation. READ MORE»

Trump — A Birther — Is Telling Confidantes He Believes There’s a Democrat-Led ‘Conspiracy’ to Derail Kavanaugh Confirmation

By Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet

Paging Alex Jones. READ MORE»

FEMA Head Blames Hurricane Deaths in Puerto Rico on ‘Spousal Abuse’

By Gwendolyn Smith, The New Civil Rights Movement

Brock Long appeared to try and give cover to Donald Trump. READ MORE»

Trump's Insults Against His 'Hillbilly' Base Are Making Them Turn on Him: NYT Column

By Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story

New polls show that Donald Trump's base is beginning to turn against him — and it may be related to his continual insults on their intelligence. READ MORE»

Diner TV / Re: DD Juke Box V2.0
« on: September 17, 2018, 02:20:44 PM »
That's quite a curveball coming from you, GO!


Surly Newz / Re: The Daily Meme
« on: September 17, 2018, 11:12:33 AM »

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