The GOP Clown Car Rolls On
On the campaign trail with the most dishonest, bumbling and underqualified pack of presidential candidates in history
By Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone
Zoom!Not one of them can win, but one must. That's the paradox of the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, fast becoming the signature event in the history of black comedy.

Conventional wisdom says that with the primaries and caucuses rapidly approaching, front-running nuts Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson must soon give way to the "real" candidates. But behind Trump and Carson is just more abyss. As I found out on a recent trip to New Hampshire, the rest of the field is either just as crazy or as dangerous as the current poll leaders, or too bumbling to win. Read More
Are Democrats in deep trouble or on the verge of a historic landslide? YES!
Democrats have the people; Republicans have the power
By LOLGOP | Eclectablog
Low turnoutFor much of this year, I’ve been working on answering the essential question of politics, “How do Republicans win?”

How did a Tea Partier who’d never be elected to anything that didn’t involve a homecoming game become governor of Kentucky by a margin of 80,000 votes after promising to take health insurance from 420,000 newly insured Kentuckians? How did George W. Bush do better in 2004 than he did in 2000 after leading America through the disastrous four years so terrible that they only looked good compared to his next disastrous four years? Why is Michigan — despite only supporting Democratic presidents and Senators for decades — stuck with far right conservative Republican leadership that continually defies the will of the people?

Why does Republican extremism have almost no cost? Read More
10 right-wing conspiracy theories that have slowly invaded American politics
Paranoia is in our bloodstream. And with the emergence of social media, we're more misinformed than ever before
Mark Potok and Don Terry, Southern Poverty Law Center
SPLCThis article was originally published by The Southern Poverty Law Center.
The Southern Poverty Law Center “There is nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little.” FRANCIS BACON, Of Suspicion, 1625
America, as the historian Richard Hofstadter famously noted in 1964, is a place peculiarly given to “the paranoid style” of politics — the idea that history is no accident, but rather the outcome of a series of conspiracies. The surface of events is never what it appears, but instead hides deep, dark and destructive forces. Read More
The GOP is living in a fantasy world: Every single Republican’s economic plan is made of wishes and fairy dust
After listening to Republicans lay out their economic "plans," the only conclusion is they're all barking mad
By Amanda Marcotte | Salon
Barking MadA little more than halfway through what felt like the millionth Republican primary debate, this time in Wisconsin and run by Fox Business, Rand Paul had a momentary and clearly unwelcome brush with reality. After hours of hearing one candidate after another indulge the childish fantasy that we can cut taxes and balance the budget, apparently only by cutting food stamps, Paul broke every rule in the Republican playbook and pointed out that military spending is a huge sinkhole for taxpayer money. Read More
Apple, Facebook strategies could kill the open internet, Mozilla says
By Brian Fung | The
Little MozillaMozilla has a warning for web users: the push by some companies to squeeze ever more internet consumption into apps risks undermining the neutral, public internet.

The urge to caution comes amid a widening debate over the way clunky advertisements and behavioural trackers have slowed down the web and introduced security risks for unsuspecting users. Companies including Apple and Facebook have rolled out their own ways of coping with the problem, from introducing support for ad-blocking in iOS to a special feature in Facebook's mobile app, called instant articles, which hosts web content on Facebook's servers to speed loading times. Read More
The neo-Nazi next door: In “Welcome to Leith,” the deeply strange saga of a tiny town, a white supremacist and a crazy dream unfolds
An infamous white racist tried to conquer a farm town — and the locals fought back. But that's not the whole story
Andrew O'Hehir | Salon
Neo NutsYou might go into “Welcome to Leith,” the widely praised Sundance documentary about a white supremacist who tries to take over an infinitesimal town on the North Dakota prairie, with certain expectations. Even the reviews I have glanced at — I try to read few or none before writing my own — seem to respond to those expectations or assumptions at least as much as to Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. Walker’s film.  Read More
It took me two hours to get my hands on an AK-47. Welcome to America
I wondered if people planning mass shootings found it just as easy to get their hands on illegal weapons on the black market
By Eric Rodriguez | The Guardian
FIREIt’s not hard to get your hands on illegal guns and rifles in America. It took me about two hours. I called a guy from the old neighborhood in LA, said something about a “piece”, and, hours later, I was staring at an AK-47 and an illegally modified AR-15, which were sitting on a kitchen table. Welcome to America.

Admittedly, he was surprised at my interest in being strapped since it’s been a good minute since I was about the life, but when I explained I was simply curious to see how long it’d take for me to get a gat, he agreed to the idea. He had some handguns, too, he said, although I didn’t see ‘em. I took his word for it after seeing the AK-47 and AR-15, because those weapons leave an impression. Read More
Time for vinyl to get back in its groove after pressing times
Cascade Record Pressing, near Portland, Oregon, is only the 21st pressing plant in the country after many closed with the advent of CDs and MP3s
By Melanie Sevcenko | The Guardian
Vinyl is itAs you might expect around a hipster haven like Portland, Oregon has its fair share of record stores – so many, in fact, that Mark Rainey, owner of TKO Records in Huntington Beach, California, quickly scratched the idea of opening another.

Rainey was looking for a new venture that would take him out of California, and after hearing the blues about supply and demand in the vinyl industry from his friends who ran labels, it was obvious that he needed to go to the source.

Cascade Record Pressing opened in May 2015, becoming the 21st vinyl pressing plant currently operating in the United States – there are only about 40 globally – and the first plant in the Pacific north-west. Read More
It can definitely happen here: Trump’s proto-fascist vision of America and Europe’s wrenching migrant crisis
Trump's Jorge Ramos comedy was darker than it looked -- and Europe's deepening crisis is closer than we think
By Andrew O'Hehir | Salon
The Amusing OneTwo seemingly unrelated incidents this week, thousands of miles apart, showed us different aspects of a moral and political crisis that has paralyzed and divided the Western world. A charismatic TV personality got kicked out of a press conference and, halfway around the world, a gruesome discovery was made inside an abandoned poultry truck. One event played out as comedy while the other was a tragedy that mortified an entire continent, but the threads of meaning connecting them are stronger than they appear. Read More
These religious clowns should scare you: GOP candidates’ gullible, lunatic faith is a massive character flaw
Their deluded debate answers removed any remaining doubt: These kooks belong nowhere near the White House
By Jeffrey Tayler | Salon
Sweet Jesus!One of the most serious problems with religious faith is that it can afflict an otherwise intelligent person and incite her to utter arrant inanities with the gravitas of an old-time, Walter-Cronkite-style television newscaster. This problem is doubly striking when that intelligent person is herself a newscaster (of sorts). And triply striking when that newscaster (of sorts) is Megyn Kelly, the Fox News star who looks sane amid a roster of crazies headed by the faith-addled duo of Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly. Kelly is purportedly a Roman Catholic, but judging by her racy photos, divorce, and remarriage outside the church, the Pope and his bull(s) don’t play much of a role in her life. All of which is good, in my view. Read More
The Miracle of SolarCity
Elon Musk’s Tesla and SpaceX are impressive. But the solar company he founded with his cousins could be transformational.
By Daniel Gross | Slate
There’s a huge, ongoing, and justifiable obsession with Elon Musk and his ventures—chieflypanels Tesla, the electric car manufacturer, and SpaceX, his private spacecraft business. It’s not surprising a biography of the man was a best-seller this year. But to my mind, the most important and interesting venture that the polymathic South African immigrant helped start is the one that gets the least press. That’s SolarCity, a company that aims to paper America’s rooftops with solar panels. Read More
9,000 Maine Residents Lose Food Stamps Under New Rules  
By Associated Press (AP)
MaineAUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — More than 9,000 Maine residents have been removed from the state's food stamp program since Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration began enforcing work and volunteer requirements late last year, officials said.

The number of people that have been dropped from the program has exceeded even the administration's expectations. Read More
Would You Like Some Oil Wastewater With Your Produce?
The practice is gaining popularity in drought-plaged California, but is it safe?
By Josh Harkinson | MotherJones
Was your California orange irrigated with wastewater from oil wells? Quite possibly yes.Oil water

Under a 20-year-old water recycling program, wastewater that is generated as a byproduct from oil extraction is treated and sold to some 90 Southern California landowners—including one with certified organic operations—which use it to grow crops such as citrus, almonds, apples, peaches, grapes, and blueberries sold in major grocery chains around the country. Read More
Fox News built a f**ked-up Frankenstein, dumb, angry and divorced from facts. Now Donald Trump will devour them 
Conservative media destroyed conservative politics. The right's impossible to take seriously. Then came Trump!
By Sean Illing | Salon
BozoFox News –and the conservative media-industrial complex – have created a Frankenstein. His name is Donald Trump, and his political success is now a huge problem for the Republican Party. In so many ways, Trump’s political existence was inevitable. For years, Fox News and the conservative talk radio machine have played to the populist Tea Party id: fomenting fear, demonizing immigrants, and enabling every nativist anxiety imaginable. Now they’re paying the price. Read More
We pledge allegiance to the United States of Inc.: Corporations become nation-states in Silicon Valley’s latest utopian management scheme
In Holacracy's vision, workers are citizens of the companies that will one day rule the world
By Laura Miller | Salon
They pledgeDuring my desultory post-graduation years in San Francisco, I lived in a big duplex with three roommates. We had bands, fledging writing gigs and other financially unpromising passions, until one of us threw over la vie bohème to work at a consulting firm. We teased him mercilessly for using nonsensical catchphrases like “think outside the box” and for getting a job telling other people how better to run their companies when he’d never actually run a company himself. In the years since, he started an airline in a foreign country, and everyone else began talking about thinking outside the box, too. Read More
God is not on our side: The religious right’s big lie about the founding of America
Reagan and others pushed the idea that we're a Christian nation chosen by divine providence. That's not the case
By Steven K. Green | Salon
Excerpted from "Inventing a Christian America: The Myth of the Religious Founding"

Mr. DisasterOne of the more popular and enduring accounts of America’s past is that of its religious founding. Belief that the British-American colonies were settled largely by religiously devout people in search of spiritual freedom, that the United States government was founded in part on religious principles, that the Founders intended to create a “Christian nation,” and that America is a specially chosen nation whose success has been directed by divine providence has resonated in the national psyche for generations. Versions of this account have existed since the founding era and have persisted through times of national distress, trial, and triumph. They represent a leading theme in our nation’s historical narrative, frequently intertwined with expressions of patriotism and American exceptionalism. Read More
The Charleston Tipping Point For White America
By Rev. Dr. Martin Otto Zimmann | Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
If you have yet to see Jon Stewart’s opening monologue on June 18 th , please do so now. Our nation’s court jester is the one who managed to place the Charleston terrorist attack in proper perspective, and I applaud him for it. We white Americans should be deeply troubled by his words.

I live in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. My wife works and teaches at the Lutheran seminary here.We moved here after serving a Lutheran church in Jerusalem. The parallels between what I witnessed in Jerusalem and what I see here are astonishing.
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How Supercharged Blue Heroin Ravaged This Small Town In Ohio
By Mitch Stacy | AP
Heroin in Marion, OhioMARION, Ohio (AP) — The usual handwringing over the heroin problem turned into panic in this small city in May when a supercharged blue-tinted batch from Chicago sent more than 30 overdose victims to the hospital and two to the morgue in a 12-day stretch.

Like many places in America, Marion — an hour's drive north of the capital, Columbus — has gotten used to heroin. Emergency crews in the city of 37,000 have become accustomed to treating an overdose patient about once a day for the past year or so. But they were stunned when the unprecedented onslaught began on May 20.

They say if it hadn't been for naloxone, an antidote carried by paramedics, most of the survivors probably would have died, too. They ranged in age from their late teens to early 60s. Read More
“It’s not the MSNBC, Fox BS — f*** this red/blue paradigm”: John Cusack unloads on the media, the right and corporate Democrats
The iconic actor hammers the New York Times, praises Snowden, doubts Obama (oh, and talks his new Beach Boys movie)
By Mark Guarino | Salon
John CusackBrian Wilson is revered for “Pet Sounds,” the 1966 Beach Boys album he produced, arranged and largely composed that influenced generations of songwriters and that today remains the gold standard of pop music confectionary.

As perfect as that album is, Wilson’s life has been much less so. Following a descent into drugs and mental illness, the fracture of the Beach Boys, years of complex legal wrangling, and, later, more years under the rigid control of psychologist-caretaker Dr. Eugene Landy, Wilson has emerged over the last decade with an incredibly active recording and touring schedule. A new album, “No Pier Pressure,” has him on the road this summer. He is also out promoting “Love and Mercy,” a new biopic of his life, in theaters June 5, that focuses on a formidable high — the making of “Pet Sounds” — and a defining low — his time with Landy. Read More
America will die old and broke: The systematic right-wing plot to ransack the middle-class nest egg
Despite what conservatives say, the safety net works—which is why the 1 percent wants to stage a hostile takeover
By Edwin Lyngar | Salon
Fear thes guysThrough a quirk in state term limits combined with a terrible midterm election, the Nevada legislature has been taken over by amateurs and extremists. The legislature is now debating whether to dismantle the Nevada public employee pension system (PERS), a system that has gotten consistently high marks for transparency, responsibility and stewardship.

This attack on retirement benefits follows a very familiar pattern of fabricating data to destroy retirements that work and that people really like. It’s the same nonsense and lies used to destroy private pensions two decades ago, but this time it’s being done as part of a partisan wet dream of “limited government.” It’s a strategy as American as fast food and crumbling infrastructure. Read More
Stephen Hawking Predicts Humans Won't Last Another 1,000 Years On Earth
By James Gerken | The Huffington Post
Boom!Renowned British physicist and author Stephen Hawking has a dire prediction for humanity: We will not survive another millennium unless we colonize another planet.

"I don't think we will survive another 1,000 years without escaping beyond our fragile planet," Hawking said in remarks delivered at Sydney's Opera House last weekend. His addresses on Saturday and Sunday were his first in Australia, but were delivered via hologram from his office in Britain. Read More
A gun lover sees the evils of gun culture: White supremacists, Obama haters, and me
When I went to sell the pistol I once loved, I came face to face with a black hole of potential human destruction
By Matt Lallo | Salon
In my 20s, I used to spend autumn Sundays with my future wife at a gun club near our home in Philadelphia. She was a good shot whose father had been an inveterate hunter, and though she and I were animals lovers, we enjoyed the recreational aspect: Trap shooting and ripping paper targets apart with the pistol. Read More
Ten Facts You May Not Know About The Federal Budget
The fiscal year for 2014 ended on September 30th. With the release of the end-of-year totals for fiscal year 2014, below are 10 facts you may not know about the federal budget.
By Senate Budget Committee; Patty Murray, Chairman
1) Overall federal spending has been flat for five straight years, for the first time since the end of World War II.

When measured in simple, raw dollars, spending has historically risen year to year. This is not surprising given that the size of the population and the cost of living (inflation) both increase from year to year. However, from 2009 to 2014, spending was largely unchanged at $3.5 trillion per year. The last time spending did not rise over a five year period, even in nominal dollars, was during the post-World War II phase down from 1946 to 1951. Read More
What Lurks Beneath The Methane Lakes of Titan?
What are we seeing here? Fun answer: No one knows.
By Phil Plait | Slate
One of the biggest discoveries made by the Cassini spacecraft is that Titan — the mammoth moon of Saturn — has lakes of liquid methane and ethane on its surface. Radar maps of the surface of Titan confirmed that the north pole is dotted with them, and combined cover far more of the surface of that moon than the Great Lakes do the Earth. Read More
Misinformed USA: Why average Americans vote for Republicans
By Robert Sobel | Orlando Liberal Examiner
God NO!One can only wonder why average working class Americans would vote for a party that is so obvious in their bias towards the wealthy. It would make sense that someone in the top 1 percent of the income bracket would vote for the Republican party since they have the wealthiest American's best interest at heart. You could even make the case that highly religious Christians would vote for Republicans even though, at times, they vote against their own best economic interests. So the question remains, while scratching your head, why do working class Americans vote for Republican candidates? Read More
Your purpose, then, plainly stated, is that you will destroy the Government, unless you be allowed to construe and enforce the Constitution as you please, on all points in dispute between you and us."
-Abraham Lincoln, addressing the Southern people in his Cooper Union Address, February 27, 1860.
One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity nothing beats teamwork.
- Mark Twain
Don't forget - it's all Obama's fault.
- Fox News
Lead, follow or get out of the way.
- Thomas Paine

It's not 1955 anymore and it never will be again. Get your heads out of the sand and let's move forward!
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Bill Gates: The private sector is completely inept
In a wide-ranging new interview, the world's richest man offers a searing indictment of his fellow billionaires
By Janet Allon | AlterNet
Bill Gates, still the world’s richest man after all these years,BG does not have a lot of faith in his fellow billionaires or even capitalism when it comes to doing the right thing. It turns out he thinks the private sector is too selfish and inept to tackle the dire climate change situation, and relying on it would be courting disaster. Better to take a quasi socialist approach and remove the profit motive altogether from this important work. Read More
Ben Carson’s Brazen Dishonesty Still Isn’t As Bad As His Glaring Lunacy
"We’d be Cuba if there were no Fox News."
By Mark | News Corpse
Crazy ManThe recent revelations about Ben Carson’s proclivity for embellishing his life story are certain to present him with problems going forward. He has now been found to have been less than truthful about a scholarship offer to West Point. On the same subject he said that he met with General Westmoreland at time that he was hundreds of miles away. His recollections of childhood hostility have come under scrutiny for having changed in substantive ways on each telling. The tale of cowardice in a fast food restaurant when he directed a gunman to assault someone else has no evidence of ever having occurred. He appears to be making up his legend as he goes along. Read More
This is right-wing terrorism: The frightening new rise of church and clinic arson — and why you won’t hear about it on Fox News
Right-wing extremists are setting churches and clinics ablaze. It's a scary -- and vastly undercovered -- story
By Amanda Marcotte | Salon
Hate crimeWhile Donald Trump is bragging about closing mosques to fight Islamic terrorism, there has been an under-reported surge of right-wing terrorism recently in the U.S.

Since July, when anti-choice crusaders released hoax videos that falsely claimed that Planned Parenthood sells fetal body parts, there has been a rash of arsons at clinics, at least one of which doesn’t perform abortions. Just this week, police in New Hampshire arrested a teenager threatening a Planned Parenthood with a hatchet. After the racist church shooting in Charleston in June, itself an ugly act of domestic terrorism, there were a series of fires at black churches across the South. Read More
Staying on the Firearms Story
You can have your own opinions, but not your own facts.
By Eric Garland | Via Facebook
For the love of a gunI think I'm staying on the firearms story because there are two parts of my identity that are stronger than any others: being a Vermonter and being a professional analyst. The first means I neither fear nor loathe guns, which are all over the Green Mountains, but the second means that I can't stand bogus arguments and lying about data. Well, that and mass murders. Those are really getting annoying, too. Read More
The GOP’s Make-Believe Foreign Policy World
The Republican Party’s presidential contenders offered fictions and fantasies at the second primary debate.
By Fred Kaplan | Slate
Liberal?It’s a strange debate where Sen. Rand Paul comes off as the most sensible contender on the stage.

The shockwaves sounded three times during the GOP debate’s testy phase on foreign policy Wednesday night. First, after Carly Fiorina said she wouldn’t so much as meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin for the evils he’s committed, Paul noted that Ronald Reagan—in whose library the candidates and their audience were gathered—talked with the Russians throughout the Cold War, to the world’s benefit.

Second, after hearing his rivals blast President Obama for not bombing Syria two years ago after pledging that he would if President Bashar al-Assad crossed the “red line” of using chemical weapons, Paul said, “If we’d bombed Syria, ISIS would be in Damascus today,” adding, “Sometimes intervention makes us less safe.” The specific claim is debatable (though no one debated it), but the broad point is indisputably true. Read More
GOP to attack climate pact at home and abroad
An aide to Mitch McConnell has been informing foreign embassies about GOP plans to oppose Obama's strategy on global warming.
By Andrew Restuccia | Politico
HotTop Republican lawmakers are planning a wide-ranging offensive — including outreach to foreign officials by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office — to undermine President Barack Obama's hopes of reaching an international climate change agreement that would cement his environmental legacy.

The GOP strategy, emerging after months of quiet discussions, includes sowing doubts about Obama's climate policies at home and abroad, trying to block key environmental regulations in Congress, and challenging the legitimacy of the president's attempts to craft a global agreement without submitting a treaty to the Senate. Read More
Black South Carolina Trooper Explains Why He Embraced a White Supremacist
By Dan Barry | NY Times
COLUMBIA, S.C. — What the black state trooper saw was a civilian in distress. Yes, this was a white man, attending a white supremacist rally in front of the South Carolina State House. And yes, he was wearing a black T-shirt emblazoned with a swastika.

But the trooper concentrated only on this: an older civilian, spent on the granite steps. Overcome, it appeared, by an unforgiving July sun and the recent, permanent removal of a Confederate flag from state capitol display. Read More
Ted Cruz Wants to Be Able to Oust Supreme Court Justices
By Pema Levy | MotherJones
My favorite CubanTed Cruz is plowing ahead with an effort to subject Supreme Court justices to elections, tapping into conservative anger toward the court after last month's rulings preserving the Affordable Care Act and making same-sex marriage legal nationwide.

After calling publicly for retention elections for the justices, the senator from Texas and Republican presidential candidate convened a Senate hearing on Wednesday to discuss "possible solutions" to the Supreme Court's "activism." Read More
At the Door of the Loony Gas Building
The only way to start this story is by opening a door – the door leading into the Loony Gas building.
By Deborah Blum
The workers at the Standard Oil Refinery in New Jersey, gave the building that name,Standard Oil Looney Building waving goodbye to their colleagues when they entered the shadowed opening, promising to have undertakers waiting when they came out. The building was only one year old, that fall of 1924, but it had earned the nickname.

It looked harmless enough from the outside, the usual style of factory buildings on the New Jersey site, the familiar rectangle of neat red brick with narrow windows set in stone. Inside, the first impression was also of routine, noise and heat, the hiss and clank of the pipes, the grumble and clatter of the retorts. And then the unfamiliar, a smell carried by vapors rising from the machinery, not the usual odor of gasoline, but the dull musty scent of tetraethyl lead. Read More
Your Wi-Fi Network’s Soft Underbelly
You probably don’t even think about this easy way for hackers to sneak in.
By Josephine Wolff | Slate
You probably don’t spend much time thinking about your wireless router—until it stops working, that is. Our inattention to routers has been a security problem for years, most recently last week when Brian Krebs reported that researchers at the Fujitsu Security Operations Center had discovered hundreds of routers were being used to spread a financial fraud malware called Dyre.  Read More
Fast times: what will it take to run the marathon in under two hours?
The world’s best marathon runners are just 177 seconds from breaking the two-hour barrier: what will it take to get there (apart from drugs)?
By Ed Caesar | The Guardian
World classShortly before nine on a bright autumn morning in Berlin, Geoffrey Kiprono Mutai prepared to run a marathon faster than any human being – even he – had run before. It was a wild, audacious proposition, to propel one’s body to such a ragged extreme, and he felt the walls of his quest closing in on him.

Mutai is 170cm tall and weighs 57kg. He has a wide, expressive face, with a high forehead, elfin ears and long, gleaming teeth. Most often, you find him amiable, amused, desirous of news and gossip, a flashy smile close by. But now he looked as vulnerable as a foundling. Read More
You won’t steal our music anymore: The fraction of a cent that saved the major labels
Watching rap videos with his grandson, a vilified music executive had an aha moment that changed everything
By Stephen Witt | Salon
Excerpted from "How Music Got Free"

The latest thingAmerican music executive Doug Morris was the target of satirical cartoons and a great deal of vicious Internet flaming. The website Gawker, reblogging other people’s work with characteristic restraint, called him the “World’s Stupidest Recording Executive.” The anger was shared by many of his employees, some of whom in fact were gifted technologists who had passed up jobs in Silicon Valley to work for him. “He made the company look ridiculous,” Larry Kenswil, the chief of Universal’s digital strategy at the time, would later say. “That was insulting to a lot of people inside the business.”  Read More
How did classical vinyl make an improbable return?
By Jeremy Eichler | The Boston Globe
ReturnOn a recent night, strewn across my living room carpet was an array of audio parts of a rather historic nature: a platter, a drive belt, a tone arm and cartridge, a counterweight, and an anti-skating weight. As I surveyed the spread, slightly daunted, I wondered whether this is how it might have felt to enter a blacksmith’s workshop, or perhaps the chambers of an ancient alchemist.

I was, it’s true, assembling a newly acquired turntable, and savoring the ironies, in 2015, of the entire exercise. A box of old LPs, retrieved from an unholy corner of my basement, sat nearby. Also nearby was a Mac that I have sedulously loaded over the years with many gigabytes of digital music. Was it me, or did the computer’s sleep light seem to be pulsing above the entire scene with a vague air of suspicion? Read More
Your Winter Vegetables: Brought to You by California's Very Last Drops of Water
 By Tom Philpott | MotherJones
California's drought-plagued Central Valley hogs the headlines, but two-thirds of your winterBroccoli vegetables come from a different part of the state. Occupying a land mass a mere eighth the size of metro Los Angeles, the Imperial Valley churns out about two-thirds of the vegetables eaten by Americans during the winter. Major crops include broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, and, most famously, lettuce and salad mix.

Two-thirds of winter broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, lettuce, and salad mix come from the desperately dry Imperial Valley.  Read More
Suckling On The Government Teat
By the Conceptual Guerilla
Every stretch of coast in Florida has a name. The Emerald Coast is around Pensacola. The Sun Coast is around St. Petersburg. The Treasure Coast is Palm Beach. I grew up in Brevard County. Brevard County is the Space Coast. Read More
The way we use antibiotics is broken. Blame nearly a century of drug marketing.
By Danielle Paquette | The Washington Post
abuseWhen our throats burn, we’re conditioned to reach for antibiotics. When our noses run, we hound doctors for antibiotics. When we’re too groggy to drive to the doctor, we search our medicine cabinets for leftover antibiotics.

Four out of five Americans are prescribed the drugs every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Up to half of the estimated 258 million prescriptions are unnecessary, the agency reports. Read More
Is Depression a Kind of Allergic Reaction?
By Caroline Williams | The Guardian
In the dumpBarely a week goes by without a celebrity “opening up” about their “battle with depression”. This, apparently, is a brave thing to do because, despite all efforts to get rid of the stigma around depression, it is still seen as some kind of mental and emotional weakness.

But what if was nothing of the sort? What if it was a physical illness that just happens to make people feel pretty lousy? Would that make it less of a big deal to admit to? Could it even put a final nail in the coffin of the idea that depression is all in the mind? Read More
Requiem for a Golf Course
by Fred Altvater | B9R Lessons
HGGCThe Golf economy today is a mixed bag, while some areas of the golf business are very strong, other parts are suffering.

Part of the reason is that young people do not seem to be taking to the game as the older generation did. With the variety of activities available to the X and Y Generations, other sports seem to be more attractive.

A slow walk around a golf course can’t compete with mountain biking or zip-lines. Read More
Activists began campaigning to change the understanding of the 2nd Amendment in the late 20th century
By Larry Laird | lairdslair
One of the greatest pieces of fraud, I repeat theMy Right word ‘fraud,’ on the American public by special interest groups that I’ve ever seen in my life time. The real purpose of the Second was to ensure that state armies—the militias—would be maintained for the defense of the state. The very language of the Second Amendment refutes any argument that it was intended to guarantee every citizen an unfettered right to any kind of weapon he or she desires.”
---- Chief Supreme Court Justice Warren Burger

Justice Burger said in no uncertain terms, before gun lobbyists and activists began campaigning to change the understanding of the 2nd Amendment in the late 20th century, nobody considered it to be an individual right.

In 2008, the right wing contingent on the most recent Supreme Court (the same people who said that corporations are people) decided to throw away centuries of juris prudence and extend the 2ndAmendment as an individual protection for gun owners’ right to bear arms. During the case, United States v. Emerson, the Supreme Court decided that the 2nd Amendment is not a collective protection for gun ownership in militias, but rather a protection for individuals to own and operate weapons. This decision flies in the face of centuries of settled law and, like Citizens United v. FEC is just another case where right wing extremist wearing robes have perverted our country’s longstanding understanding of our laws.”
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