Young Mr Drum, over at Mother Jones:

Well. I grew up with a house full of Adler typewriters, all of them fine products of German engineering. I think later on they became fine products of not-so-German engineering, but I’m sure it’s still possible to find some of the old school models. They should work a treat for creating documents that are safe from prying eyes, since we all know that spies were never able to steal documents prior to the digital era.

Emphasis added.

That is all.

In a barbaric sort of “reality war theater,” Israelis dragged plastic chairs and sofas up a hill to eat popcorn, smoke hookahs and cheer explosions over Gaza

The super volcano that lies under Yellowstone may be erupting for the first time in 640,000 years.

200px-MSH80_eruption_mount_st_helens_05-18-80-dramatic-editTourists at Yellowstone National Park are being barred from areas of the park because the massive underground supervolcano beneath it is melting the asphalt roads.

“It basically turned the asphalt into soup. It turned the gravel road into oatmeal,” Yellowstone spokesman Dan Hottle said. In particular, Hottle said that the road between the park’s most popular attraction, Old Faithful, and Madison Junction has been dangerously compromised.

Park officials also asked tourists not to hike into the affected areas, as the danger of stepping through what appears to be solid soil into boiling-hot water was “high.”

“There are plenty of other great places to see thermal features in the park,” park spokesman Al Nash told The Weather Channel. “I wouldn’t risk personal injury to see these during this temporary closure.”

Scientists are telling us not to worry because the likelihood of an eruption is really low. Of course, that’s what they said about Mount St Helens.

It would solve our little problem with everything east of The Rockies.


shotgunIt just burns…

FREMONT TOWNSHIP, MI — A 51-year-old woman accidentally shot herself in the face after she slammed the butt end of a shotgun on the floor, causing it to discharge, the Tuscola County Sheriff’s Department reports.

Deputies were called about 10 a.m. Monday, July 14, to a house on Waterman in Fremont Township for a report of a gunshot victim.

Upon arrival, deputies found that a family dispute had taken place and the victim, a 51-year-old woman, told officers that she had taken a shotgun out to “make a point.”

She told police she slammed the butt end on the floor, the gun discharged, and she was shot in the face.

She certainly made a point. Maybe if she puts her hat on right… it won’t show.


Tax corporations based on where sales are made, not where profits are reported. If a company has 50 percent of its sales in the U.S., the U.S. would tax 50 percent of its worldwide profits.

America is broke,” declared House Speaker John Boehner a few years ago. But clearly the country is not broke; we are just being robbed, as many corporations create ways of avoiding, dodging, shirking and generally not paying their taxes. The share of federal revenue coming from corporate taxes has dropped from around 32 percent in 1952 to around 8.9 percent now. As a share of gross domestic product it has fallen from about 6 percent of GDP then to less than 2 percent now. Meanwhile the rest of us – including small domestic companies that don’t have armies of tax consultants – have to make up that shortfall, either through increases in things like payroll taxes, or through cuts in the things government does to make our lives better.

Our big problem is that the big, multinational corporations use so many tax avoidance techniques that it is difficult to keep up. One of the larger dodges is that we allow corporations to “defer” (i.e. never pay) taxes on profits made outside the U.S.. So they engage in all kinds of schemes to make it look like their profits are not made here. As a result many companies owe very little tax on the proceeds from their U.S. operations, and then defer their non-U.S. profits from being “brought home” to avoid paying the taxes on non-U.S. sales.

It is estimated that as much as or even more than $2 trillion of taxable profits are being hoarded outside of the U.S. because of deferral.

It’s pretty damned simple: pay your taxes or get the fuck out.

map-story-of-palestinian-nationhoodIsrael is a Terrorist State. The Mother of All Terrorist States. An utterly foreign occupier perpetrating an “American” taxpayer conceived, financed and morally sanctioned genocide upon the indigenous population of Palestine. It has no “right” to exist and this world will never know Peace until it does not.

“Chosen People”, predicated upon their ancestors having bred with aliens…

Fucking animals.

Too many people have decided to go all-in on natural gas, despite the obvious risk to the atmosphere: Many concerned about climate change, including President Obama, have embraced hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. In a recent climate speech, the president went so far as to lump gas with renewables as “clean energy.”

As a longtime oil and gas engineer who helped develop shale fracking techniques for the Energy Department, I can assure you that this gas is not “clean.” Because of leaks of methane, the main component of natural gas, the gas extracted from shale deposits is not a “bridge” to a renewable energy future — it’s a gangplank to more warming and away from clean energy investments.

Methane is a far more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, though it doesn’t last nearly as long in the atmosphere. Still, over a 20-year period, one pound of it traps as much heat as at least 72 pounds of carbon dioxide. Its potency declines, but even after a century, it is at leaBurning-Globe-Earth-West-Hemisphere-Shutterstock-230x105st 25 times as powerful as carbon dioxide. When burned, natural gas emits half the carbon dioxide of coal, but methane leakage eviscerates this advantage because of its heat-trapping power.

It’s nice to see that those who actually care about future generations are actually doing something about that.

In the meanwhile: Lake Mead is at an all time low level:

Drought in the southwestern U.S. will deplete the vast Lake Mead this week to levels not seen since Hoover Dam was completed and the reservoir on the Colorado River was filled in the 1930s, federal water managers said Tuesday.

The projected lake level of about 1,080 feet above sea level will be below the level of about 1,082 feet recorded in November 2010 and the 1,083-foot mark measured in April 1956 during another sustained drought.

And, Miami is drowning:

It is an unedifying experience but an illuminating one – for this once glamorous thoroughfare, a few blocks from Miami Beach’s art deco waterfront and its white beaches, has taken on an unexpected role. It now lies on the front line of America’s battle against climate change and the rise in sea levels that it has triggered.

“Climate change is no longer viewed as a future threat round here,” says atmosphere expert Professor Ben Kirtman, of the University of Miami. “It is something that we are having to deal with today.”

While I tend to view the mass of “humanity” as maggots – a few will evolve and escape, the vast majority will consume the host and then die – I do have a real concern for my grandchildrens’ future. A generation ago Nancy Reagan told Americans to “just say no” to drugs. Now, it’s time for Americans to tell Washington to “just say no” to fracking, to tar sands, to power that pollutes. Our addiction to fossil fuels has to end before we’re found lying in the gutter of history. Before we kill our grandchildren, our great-grandchildren, off.

lolAbout damned time….

For months, Democratic polling has shown that when Obama says “Congress,” people hear “Republicans.” Thursday, he made that explicit, saying that while Democrats in Congress aren’t perfect, he believed Americans knew it was Republicans who weren’t on their side.

“The best thing you can say about” the House GOP, Obama said, is that, so far this year, “they haven’t shut down the government. … But it’s only July.”

I think Obama just castrated Greg Walden and the Tea Bagger Retards’ plans to do just such a thing later this year.

And then he launched into an extended mocking of them for the lawsuit House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is threatening to bring against him for using executive action. He also offered stats that show George W. Bush signed many more executive orders and pulled in a quote from Mark Wahlberg’s character in Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed.”

“I’m the guy doing my job,” Obama said, getting the line almost right. “You must be the other guy.”

“Think about that,” he told the crowd. “You’re going to use taxpayer money to sue me for doing my job while you don’t do your job.”

Think about that, Greg Walden, trust-funder punk who has never done a day’s work in your life and don’t even live in Oregon. You’re going to use taxpayer money to sue the president for doing his job while you don’t do your own job.

Time for you to leave, locust.



Disguised as “Religious Liberty” is still Bigotry.

Trust-funder punk who has never done a day’s work in your life and don’t even live in Oregon, Labor Secretary Tom Perez has a very reasonable response to politicians blaming jobless people for being unemployed:

“When I hear people on Capitol Hill say the long-term unemployed are unemployed by choice, I wanna punch ‘em,” Perez said Tuesday during a meeting with reporters.Perez paused and smiled. The reporters laughed. Perez said he felt strongly about the hardship of unemployment because as a youngster in Buffalo, New York, he’d witnessed his surrogate father struggle after a layoff — and because of his conversations with unemployed people today.

“The thing they say that angers them as much as anything is when politicians suggest they’re unemployed by choice, they’re just sitting at home eating bonbons,” Perez said. (He didn’t cite a specific example of a politician alleging bonbon consumption by unemployed people.)


It’s really rather simple, you stupid shit, and if you weren’t sprawled drunk on Ambien, Prozac, Viagra and crotch-shots on CNN/Fox Kool-Aid drooling Pavlovianly across a “couch” that came out of the back of a nineteen seventy-five Chevy Suburban you’d get it: the number of unemployed far outstrips the number of jobs available! Look at the chart, there are no jobs to be had.

Secretary Perez speaks for us all.


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