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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

31 July - Blogs I'm Following

OTSUCHI, JAPAN - MARCH 14:  In this handout im...OTSUCHI, JAPAN - MARCH 14: In this handout images provided by the International Federation of Red Cross Japan, Japanese self-defense forces search for missing people in Otsuchi, after an 9.0 magnitude strong earthquake struck on March 11, off the coast of north-eastern Japan, March 14, 2011 in Otsuchi, Japan. The quake struck offshore at 2:46pm local time, triggering a tsunami wave of up to 10 metres which engulfed large parts of north-eastern Japan. On Tuesday there was a third explosion from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant causing fears for the radiation levels being emitted from the plant. Japan have implemented a no fly zone for 30km round the reactors in order to stop any further spread of radiation. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)Christian rulesChristian rules (Photo credit: Matt Paish 2011)David Suzuki at a rally for the Global Day of ...David Suzuki at a rally for the Global Day of Action on Climate Change, Vancouver, BC (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr. Roger Pielke Sr. on two recent “game changing” climate papers

Today he has written another essay, showing that Watts et al 2012 and another recent paper, McNider et al 2012 have shown
“…evidence of major systematic warm biases in the analysis of multi-decadal land surface temperature anomalies by NCDC, GISS, CRU and BEST.”

Suzuki Elders Post

The July 19, 2012 issue of Georgia Straight featured a full-page cover graphic showing a cartoon of three-eyed mutant fish cleverly entitled, Nuclear Fishin’. According to the article, high radiation levels in some Pacific Ocean fish have created concern among doctors at B.C. universities. Should we be worried about the health effects of consuming fish from Japan or fish that migrate here from Japan?

( This is the outfit that had both noted IPCC limits on validity on alarmist claims on warmism and David Suzuki claimed  rant about 'deniers'. )

The cesium action level is the level above which food is no longer considered safe for human consumption so that action must be taken to prevent consumption. This level is ten times higher in Canada and elsewhere than in Japan. Why the difference?

According to Yomiuri Online (Dec. 25, 2011), action levels were recently set much lower in Japan in order to ensure the public's safety and provide reassurance. Do you feel reassured to know that fish considered safe to eat last year is now considered contaminated? This article also goes on to say that the planned tightening of the limits is puzzling local government officials who are charged with monitoring radioactive cesium in food.

29 July - Talk to Action Digest

More Talkin' 'Bout Religious Right Revolution By Frederick Clarkson, 2012-07-28 14:51:47
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The haze of summer has not quite obscured my recent essay
right-wing_revolt/] at Religion Dispatches about the insurrectionist
visions of up-and-coming Christian Right leader Eric Metaxas and Fr. C.
John McCloskey -- Opus Dei evangelist to the rich and powerful.
Bloggers digby
ml] and DownWithTyranny

Prescient quote of the century

Institutionalizing the buying of elections

( Notes on the outcome on that 10 million for media manipulation nest egg for the Rove startup a few years back )


California's Proposition 32: The next big, deceptive corporate attack on working families

by David Atkins

Never content with record income inequality and corporate profits, America's billionaires are forging ahead with an attempt to destroy what is left of the labor movement. And they're doing it by attempt to use anti-corporate populism to fool the voters In California, that takes the shape of the odious
Proposition 32 in California, which does this:

"Restricts union political fundraising by prohibiting use of payroll-deducted funds for political purposes. Same use restriction would apply to payroll deductions, if any, by corporations or government contractors. Permits voluntary employee contributions to employer or union committees if authorized yearly, in writing. Prohibits unions and corporations from contributing directly or indirectly to candidates and candidate-controlled committees. Other political expenditures remain unrestricted, including corporate expenditures from available resources not limited by payroll deduction prohibition. Limits government contractor contributions to elected officers or officer-controlled committees"


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