Saturday, April 30, 2011
Black in Latin America ~ Full Episode: Cuba: The Next Revolution | Black in Latin America | PBS: "In Cuba Professor Gates finds out how the culture, religion, politics and music of this island are inextricably linked to the huge amount of slave labor imported to produce its enormously profitable 19th century sugar industry, and how race and racism have fared since Fidel Castro’s Communist revolution in 1959."
Friday, April 29, 2011
"Photoshopped" Borders To Doctor's Wife, Bolling Conspiracy-Mongers Over Obama Birth Certificate - video
It'll never end. You don't give into ignorance!
From "Photoshopped" Borders To Doctor's Wife, Bolling Conspiracy-Mongers Over Obama Birth Certificate | Media Matters for America: "From 'Photoshopped' Borders To Doctor's Wife, Bolling Conspiracy-Mongers Over Obama Birth Certificate"
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Leon E. Panetta Bio | POLITICO.com: "From 1964 to 1966, he served as First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and received the Army Commendation Medal. He worked as a U.S. Senate legislative assistant and then became Director of the U.S. Office for Civil Rights for the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, and later as Executive Assistant to the Mayor of New York City."
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
ThinkProgress » Halliburton Brings In Record $5.3 Billion In First Quarter, Credits Increased U.S. Oil Production Under Obama
ThinkProgress » Halliburton Brings In Record $5.3 Billion In First Quarter, Credits Increased U.S. Oil Production Under Obama: "“I am extremely pleased with our Q1 results, as overall revenue in the first quarter set a company record of $5.3 billion. North America delivered strong performance as margins progressed due to increased activity…” said Dave Lesar, chairman, president and chief executive officer."
Monday, April 25, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
But if Americans want to know why Republicans are so eager to kill Medicare, they should look to the party’s history with the popular program. Leading Republicans actually denounced the program as it was being designed, warning that it would take us down the road to totalitarianism or worse, and other leading Republicans were caught on record plotting to eliminate it after it was created:
- Ronald Reagan: 
- Barry Goldwater: 
- George H.W. Bush: 
- Bob Dole: 
- Sen. Carl Curtis (NE): 
- Dick Armey: 
- Newt Gingrich: 
- Rep. Jeb Hensarling (TX): [4/15/2011]
Friday, April 22, 2011
Drilling Deep in the Gulf of Mexico - New York Times: "Every 17 seconds, a small armada of ships trawling 130 miles from the Louisiana coast fire powerful air guns toward the bottom of the sea in a hunt for the next big oil discovery.
The Neptune and three other ships are on a three-month mission to map one of the most remote regions of the United States. The data they collect from the vibrations set off by the guns in the gulf’s deepest waters will help engineers form a picture of some of the world’s newest petroleum prospects."
The Associated Press: Police see Columbine similarities in mall fire: "Authorities couldn't help seeing similarities to the Columbine High School shooting after a fire forced the evacuation of a mall just two miles from the campus.
Just like Columbine, an unexploded pipe bomb and propane tanks were discovered Wednesday at Southwest Plaza Mall in Littleton."
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
“Mix 5 drams copper acetol arsenate. 3 ounces acetone and add 1 pint amyl alcohol (fusil-oil). Heat in water bath — steam rising will dissolve the sealing material of its mucilage, wax or oil.”
But there’s a warning for the intrepid spy: “Do not inhale fumes.”"
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Google invest in Wind and Solar power! | Wind energy vs Solar Power: "Looks like Google’s wind power investments last year aren’t its last clean energy bets. On Thursday afternoon Google announced on its European policy blog that it will invest €3.5 million ($5 million) into a solar photovoltaic farm in Brandenburg an der Havel, which is near Berlin in Germany."
Raúl Castro Proposes Term Limits in Cuba - NYTimes.com: "For 52 years the Castro brothers have ruled Cuba. But if President Raúl Castro has his way, he may be out of the job as soon as 2013 and definitely by 2018, when he is 86.
Mr. Castro, in a speech on Saturday heralding a battery of changes intended to lift the island out of economic despair and stagnant thinking, proposed that politicians be limited to two five-year terms in an effort to rejuvenate a political system dominated by aging loyalists of the revolution. At the top are himself and Fidel Castro, 84, who permanently gave up presidential power in 2008 and last month announced that he was no longer head of the Communist Party, either."
In a Changing Cuba, Many Remain Skeptical - NYTimes.com: "For months, Cubans have been treated to an uncharacteristically blunt assessment of their future by none other than their president, Raúl Castro.
They do not work hard enough and live too much off the state dole, he has said. The economy has been based on an unworkable math in which two plus two “equals six or eight,” as he put it in a speech on Saturday. And the leadership has failed to groom a young generation to take over, leaving the upper echelon of the party dominated by standard-bearers of the revolution who are as old as 87."
Racist Obama Email: California NAACP Demands Apology From OC GOP Official: "In a statement Monday, the organization called on Marilyn Davenport to resign from the Orange County Republican Central Committee."
Monday, April 18, 2011
Kenyans Seek Reparations Over Alleged British Brutalities During Mau Mau Rebellion | Here & Now: "Four elderly Kenyan citizens are in a British court claiming they were beaten, sexually abused, or castrated by British officers during the anti-colonial Mau Mau rebellion in the 1950s, in what is now Kenya."
The Kenyans are in court to demand reparations and an apology from the British government. And their case is bolstered by the release of previously sealed documents that show the extent of the brutality used by British colonial government to suppress the Mau Mau, the documents also show how much ministers in London knew about it.
ThinkProgress » Home Page: "Calling it a “leverage moment,” some of the demands Republicans have cited are a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution and various versions of spending caps or cuts. Today on ABC’s This Week, Rep. Allen West (R-FL) added one more demand to the list — cutting the corporate tax rate in half:"
ThinkProgress » GOP Rep. Woodall’s Response To Exxon Paying Nothing In Taxes: We Need ‘Lowest Corporate Tax Rate We Can Get’
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Raul Castro Proposes Political Term Limits In Cuba: "Raul Castro proposed term limits Saturday for Cuban politicians – including himself – a remarkable gesture on an island ruled for 52 years by him and his brother. The 79-year-old president lamented the lack of young leaders in government, saying the country was paying the price for errors made in the past."
(Video RESTORED/NSFW) Caught on tape: campaign worker? supporter? hurls racial, sexual slurs at North Miami mayor’s wife : The Reid Report
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Veteran Loses Battle With Depression After Helping Others With Their Own - NYTimes.com: "Out of the blue, an old friend, Clay Hunt, showed up. Mr. Hunt and Mr. Wood had served together in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Marine Corps and were almost brothers. Mr. Hunt had found them using a day-old GPS coordinate posted on Team Rubicon’s Web site. Minutes after arriving, he was helping to splint a patient’s leg."
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Ron Hirsch Arrested? Synagogue Bombing Suspect Allegedly Captured: "A man believed to be a suspect in the explosion outside a Santa Monica synagogue has been arrested near Cleveland, authorities said Monday.
A man thought to Ron Hirsch, 60, was taken into custody in suburban Cleveland Heights Monday evening after a concerned citizen who came into contact with him called police, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller in Los Angeles said.
She said the FBI was working with local authorities to confirm the man's identity and had no immediate details of the arrest.
'It's believed to be him but, just as in any arrest scenario, a formal identification must be made,' Eimiller said."
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Executive Pay Soars in 2010 - NYTimes.com: "HAPPY days are back — in the corner office, at least.
After shrinking during the 2008-9 recession, paychecks for top American executives are growing again — in many cases, significantly so.
Rarely has the view from the corner office seemed so at odds with the view from the street corner. At a time when millions of Americans are trying to hang on to homes and millions more are trying to hang on to jobs, the chief executives of major corporations like 3M, General Electric and Cisco Systems are making as much today as they were before the recession hit. Indeed, some are making even more."
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Faced with declining enrollments and shrinking revenues, public school districts from Maine to California are seeking out students from overseas, particularly China, to attend their high schools. At least two public schools in Maine have 10 tuition-paying Chinese students in classes this year, and the superintendent in Millinocket is the latest to set his sights on China.
It's a growing trend: Other schools are doing the same in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio, Virginia and Washington, according to a student recruitment agency in San Francisco."
Friday, April 1, 2011
Summer for the U.S. Forces to leave is starting to look reasonable.
Afghans chanted anti-American slogans during a demonstration to condemn the burning of a copy of the Muslim holy book by a U.S. pastor, in Mazar-i- Sharif on Friday.
Stirred up by a trio of angry mullahs who urged them to avenge the burning of a Koran at Florida church, thousands of protesters overran the compound of the United Nations in this northern Afghan city, killing at least 12 people, Afghan and United Nations officials said.
The dead included at least seven United Nations workers — five Nepalese guards and two Europeans, one of them a woman. None were Americans. Early reports, later denied by Afghan officials, said at least two of the dead had been beheaded.
The attack was the deadliest for the United Nations in Afghanistan since 11 people were killed in 2009, when Taliban suicide bombers invaded a guest house in Kabul, and it underscored the latent hostility toward the nine-year foreign presence here, even in a city long considered to be among the safest in Afghanistan — so safe that American troops no longer patrol here in any numbers.
The United States economy showed signs of kicking into gear in March, as the Labor Department reported Friday that it added 216,000 jobs and knocked the unemployment rate down another jot, to 8.8 percent.
As many corners of the global economy are storm-tossed, with oil prices rising and rumblings of a government shutdown in Washington, economists are watching carefully to see if there will be a cumulative effect on hiring. The answer, so far, appears to be no.
The private sector has added, on average, 188,000 jobs in each of the last three months. Manufacturing continued its unlikely — if still modest — revival in March, adding 17,000 jobs. Health care added 37,000 jobs in the month, and professional and business services added another 78,000, although about 37 percent of that came from increases in temporary help. It was the 13th straight month of private-sector job growth.
In all, the Bureau of Labor Statistics breaks the economy into 16 job sectors. The unemployment rate, while still perilously high in a few, has dropped in 13 of those since March 2010.