Given the weather anomalies of the past few years (and the phenomena caused by them, such as wildfires), the methane “time bomb” in the Arctic (also this video), and the fact that the Arctic is our “canary in the coal mine,” one might think that our “leaders” in Washington would be preoccupied with the matter of global warming (or, as some prefer, “climate change”).

there-is-no-planet-B-photo-by-Freya-Schork-2013Especially given that the high degree of interdependence that exists in our society is a “recipe for disaster”:  It means that our society is extremely fragile, and in consequence could easily collapse with a slight “push.”  What’s ironic about that “push” is that although it would come directly from Nature, theultimate responsibility for it would be our own—our burning of fossil fuels, along with our deforestation activities.

Needless to say, our “leaders” are doing “next to nothing” about global warming; in fact, virtually everyone in our society is simply “going about business as usual,” as if nothing of significance is going on “out there.”  In short, our nation seems to be in the grip of nonchalance, and that fact is puzzling.  Or is it?  In point of fact, despite the fact that ours is the most intelligent of species, several factors help explain why we humans—we Americans in particular—are not using that intelligence.

Body Count Report Reveals At Least 1.3 Million Lives Lost to US-Led War on Terror

US troops fighting war on drugs got away with raping dozens of Colombian girls

You animals make me want to puke.

gop-humping_nAfter an all-night session known as a “vote-a-rama” in the U.S. Senate, the Republican-controlled chamber passed a budget bill early Friday morning that Democrats, all of whom voted against it, decried as a “disaster” for the economy and the American people. Outside critics were quick to assail the budget, which would cut federal spending by $5.1 trillions over ten years, as a preliminary blueprint for dismantling key programs of the nation’s social safety net while immediately gutting other key public services such as education, healthcare, and transportation projects.

Associated Press:

The vote was 52-46 after a marathon session lasting until after 3 a.m. The House approved a slightly different version Wednesday night on a similar party-line vote.

Next up are compromise budget talks between the two houses, after which lawmakers will begin writing legislation to translate the non-binding plan into specific proposals that are likely to spark a struggle with President Barack Obama.

The Senate blueprint envisions about $5 trillion in spending cuts, and an overhaul of the tax code as well as repeal of the health care law.

Democratic leaders, according to the New York Times, say the budget likely to emerge from a conference between House and Senate Republicans will be nothing short of a “disaster” for the country.

This GOP budget is fundamentally unfair to the middle class. Americans deserve better.” —Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island)

“The only good that is coming out of this series of votes is that we are getting a good picture of who stands with ordinary Americans and who doesn’t, who is committed to making the economy work for working people and who are beholden to the interests of Wall Street and right-wing ideologues.” As Republicans posture for the 2016 elections, senators will increasingly make themselves sound as if they care about the plight of working people and are prepared to do something about it. But it is important to remember that when they had opportunities to say with their vote that they are prepared to do something concrete to create jobs, ensure women get equal pay, that college is affordable or avert damage from climate change, they turned the other way.—Isaiah Poole, Campaign For America’s Future

Because starvation wages are good enough for millions of hard working Americans.

What Is She Doing Right? Wall Street to Punish Dems over Elizabeth Warren

US-FINANCE-BANKING-PROTESTCiting sources familiar with the situation, representatives of some of the nation’s largest banks—including Citigroup, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America—have actively considered putting pressure on the Democratic establishment by making a coordinated threat to withold campaign contributions unless the populist rhetoric coming from Sen. Warren and her colleague from Ohio, Sen. Sherrod Brown, is toned down.

You know that old canard about banksters leaping to their deaths on Black Tuesday? It’s just that, a canard, history rewrit by those who can get away with it.

They didn’t jump.

Scientology Documentary ‘Going Clear’ Will Bend Your Mind

mushroom-santa-300x200When Hubbard’s odd combination of science-fiction zaniness with proven human practices like confession and meditation and talk therapy inevitably starts to grow less effective, practitioners learn that their auditors have kept meticulous notes on all those dark secrets. The practice that helped members clear their heads ends up providing the personal leverage that the church’s dirty-tricks outfit will use to keep them from getting clear of the organization without serious risk to their reputation and lifestyle.

The alleged blackmail and harassment are sexy, but Gibney and Wright are more interested in the subtler, self-tied bonds that keep Scientologists from fleeing when things get weird. The ex-members interviewed share certain personal traits — ambition but not confidence, high intelligence but low formal education — that make for good zealots. Abandoning zealotry means acknowledging foolishness, and the combination of pride, community, and basic existential thirst is more than enough to keep most members in line without Scientology’s leaders having to turn to darker tactics.

For all their “sophistication”, they’re no different than any other religion: bare-footed rubes blindly following a charismatic leader to suicide.

Seriously, have you ever read Hubbard’s shit? Queer Cowboys in Space.

The Rude One puts the whole “atheist rape” thing in perspective: A man breaks into Phil Robertson’s house and rapes him after tying up Robertson’s wife, Kay.

darwineatsOver the next few days, the man rapes the shit out of Robertson, again and again, always in front of Kay. When Robertson’s sons try to check on him, the man grabs them and ties them up, using a nail gun to pin their dicks to their chairs. And he rapes Robertson repeatedly, even using various implements to rape him – a duck call, a model duck, a stuffed duck. He just keeps raping Phil Robertson, in the face, in the ass. Sometimes he jacks off on Robertson to mix it up a bit, all while the Duck Dynasty clan watches the rapes and hears their patriarch’s cries and moans and, yes, prayers. Finally, before he sets the house on fire and leaves, the exhausted rapist says something.

Now here in our little parable for the damned, the Rude Pundit is conflicted. He can end it with the man saying one of two things. The man could say, “How come your god didn’t stop this from happening?” But that seems too easy, not enough of a mind-rape, too easily dismissed as the madness of the atheist.

How about: Robertson, smelling gasoline, tearfully asks why this has happened.

And the man says, “Because God told me to.”

If You Are Going To Sabotage U.S. Diplomacy, Do It On Your Own Dime

Check out this pertinent amendment being offered by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) in response to the Cotton Letter to Iran (per TPM’s Caitlin MacNeal):

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) would like to prevent Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) from sending any more letters to Iranian leaders about the nuclear deal, prompting her to file an amendment to block just that.

She introduced an amendment on Wednesday that would defund “the purchase of stationary or electronic devices for the purpose of members of Congress or congressional staff communicating with foreign governments and undermining the role of the President as Head of State in international nuclear negotiations on behalf of the United States,” according to the Huffington Post.

This won’t stop gestures like Cotton’s, but will at least make it clear it’s an abuse of taxpayers’ dollars.

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