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Monthly Archive: January 2012

Jan 19 2012

Jobless claims lowest since 2008: Tricky Rick out

Update: In unrelated untimely celebration of the good news Rick Perry pulls out of the GOP nom race. It’s over. It may not feel over, it sure as hell doesn’t seem over for a lot of people including me. But the Great Recession is over. I was pretty sure late last year when I saw the confirmation bump …

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Jan 19 2012

Keystone pipeline: Mr President, we have an energy gap!

So the energy industry, with their collective oily hands deep up the asses of the nation’s political apparatus, are whining about delaying the Keystone pipeline. If you haven’t been keeping up, this is an oil pipe stretching from the Canada tar sand production region to the booming petroleum port of Louisiana. The whiners think we’re so …

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Jan 18 2012

SOPA and PIPA

If you made it this far, grats! Fabulous prizes await! Alas, new content on The Zingularity is not among the prizes as I will be standing in support with my cyber comrades on SOPA/PIPA. BTW, the Daily Kos idea was pretty cool. We put a stamp on the site that does not interfere, too much, with …

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Jan 17 2012

Fade to black tomorrow over SOPA?

There’ll be an online protest of sorts tomorrow. Markos has a post up on Daily Kos saying we have a gimmick up our sleeve (No, I don’t know what it is). There are rumors other sites — which may or may not include FTB – will do something as well. Why you ask? The cyber ruckus …

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Jan 17 2012

Flash: Scott Walker recall effort scores big

Via Think Progress, activist delivering recall petitions, image submitted by Ed Schultz

From a just released bulletin – that I had to sit on for a couple of hours and wasn’t allowed to tell anyone about publicly. The recall Governor of Wisconsin, i.e., Scott Walker, seems to have scored big. About 46% of the entire Wisconsin electorate signed the recall petition, that’s huge. And where is Walker as this …

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Jan 17 2012

Mars invades!

Mars

It may not have made the world news, but a Martian tried to sneak in under our radar cover last summer and set up residence in the desert of Northwest Africa not far from Morocco. But of course it was nothing biological, no LGM’s or off-world octopi, dammit! This was merely an inert piece of …

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Jan 17 2012

Ron Paul under scrutiny for another batch of crazy newsletter articles

Ron Paul, quasi-libertarian (Except when he agrees with Big Gubmint inspection of reproductive genitalia) front runner, is under intense scrutiny for another batch of racist, prejudiced laced missives smearing everyone from Jews to gays to secret world-wide conspiracies of the Black Man and Black Helicopter kinds and, of course, the Clintons as America’s number one …

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Jan 17 2012

Lost fossils from Darwin discovered

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It seems a Dr Howard Lang was in the archives of the British Geological Survey when he found some drawers marked Unregistered Fossil Plants. Inside were hundreds of fossils that have not seen the light of day for a smuch as 165 years. Museum curators soon realized that some of the material was actually collected or analyzed by …

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Jan 16 2012

Let’s All Go to the Lobby: Mitt the RIPPER

The thing about SuperPACs is they can’t be for someone. But they can sure as hell be against ‘em. In a two-party system, there’s probably a binary legal argument about what that reduces to. In the meantime, Colbert demonstrates just how absurd SuperPACs can be with his own Colbert for President SPAC – not to be in any way confused with the …

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Jan 16 2012

Evolution marches on, and sometimes its adorable

all-white-penguin

  Well, maybe not evolution per se, but the stuff of evolution, i.e., genetic diversity manifested as morphological variance, and this is a pretty cute example if indeed it’s a product of heritable genotype. Click image for the skinny on this adorable little guy from Nat’l Geo.

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