Showing posts from June, 2010


You will LOVE it, if...

... You like great writing. (I don't use "great" with "writing" very often, but Spiller deserves it.)

... You think war is a fascinating subject.

... You think PTSD is a new thing.

... You think this makes the book sound worthwhile:


The warmest year worldwide in human history

... That Would Be 2009

Woe is us. The predictions keep getting worse, while the denialists keep getting louder. Something completely human about that, no?In case you missed the latest blast from the future from the National Academy of Sciences, here is the L.A. Times piece on it (from a month ago - thanks, Digg, for reviving it).

Always check your sources, boys and girls. Know what the N.A.S. is?

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is an honorific society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research, dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology and to their use for the general welfare. The NAS was signed into being by President Abraham Lincoln on March 3, 1863, at the height of the Civil War.

Do you believe the NAS or the latest Climate Denialist/Birther/Creationist whackjob? Up to you, of course.

In short, the big, Congressional-mandated study by all those distinguished scholars says things are URGENT, we should get on the stick and cut c…

News That Makes Me Crazy (-er)


More than 1 in 5 (U.S.) kids live in poverty (U.S.A. Today)

Now that is just unacceptable. Remember that the top 1% in American wealth have more money than the bottom 80%.

Then there's: A new Gallup poll finds the national debt tied with terrorism as voters' biggest worry. Health-care costs, unemployment, immigration, and global warming all lag., great, the "deficit hawks" are about to eat our livers again. Quoting that rich old liberal George Soros:

"June 10 (Bloomberg) -- Billionaire investor George Soros said “we have just entered Act II” of the crisis as Europe’s fiscal woes worsen and governments are pressured to curb budget deficits that may push the global economy back into recession. "

The "pressuring" comes from deficit hawks who - in my humble opinion - just don't understand that getting the economy going again with LOTS of jobs is the only way to start reducing the national debt. Cut…