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Here's The Video To Share With Anybody Who Still Buys Into 9/11 Truther Stuff

Here's The Video To Share With Anybody Who Still Buys Into 9/11 Truther Stuff

Commented Nov 27, 2013 at 04:17:24 in Politics

“I have respect for Dr. Chomsky for several reasons, especially for his anti-Vietnam War, anti-draft and anti-Iraq invasion positions. Still, I am greatly bothered by Dr. Chomsky’s “misdirecting” position with regard to minimizing the questioner in this video and saying there is no substance to his question because the professional societies and publications have not discussed it. I wonder, given the opportunity, if Dr. Chomsky would have held the same position with regard to Galileo?”

stciappelletto on Nov 27, 2013 at 04:48:21

“Also, the thousands of engineers and architects that have signed on to the campaign, their professional credentials don't count because they don't agree with the government?

They wouldn't necessarily have known that the government wasn't adequately addressing the issues arising until after final reports come out.

Would a professional publication accept such a hot potato of an issue?

The later claim that the building fell through a novel kind of failure that couldn't have been predicted or anticipated flies in the face of the people at the scene that knew well in advance the building would fall and called it almost to the minute.

Incidentally Chomsky's version of how the building fell is inconsistent with the official version so the argument in a nutshell is that we should accept the official version because it's wrong.”
House Republicans Changed The Rules So A Majority Vote Couldn't Stop The Government Shutdown

House Republicans Changed The Rules So A Majority Vote Couldn't Stop The Government Shutdown

Commented Oct 14, 2013 at 08:18:03 in Politics

“I fear the covert Republican traitors of American Democracy have succeeded in plunging a knife into our backs when the overt Al Qaeda terrorists could not. Thank you, Rep. Van Hollen, for your courage, statesmanship and belief in our democracy. Please, don't give up. We, the 99%ers, are counting on you to carry the torch and light the path for us to follow!”
Ted Cruz Infuriates House GOP By Conceding Defeat On Obamacare Repeal

Ted Cruz Infuriates House GOP By Conceding Defeat On Obamacare Repeal

Commented Sep 19, 2013 at 05:14:30 in Politics

“Sen. Cruz our nation needs statesmanship now. "Brinkmanship" doesn't cut it. Millions of Americans are hurting. We have real problems to solve. Let's start solving. As a former Ohioan now living in Michigan (I grew up in Akron, OH.) I ask Speaker Boehner: Why are you still associated with those who once again are willing to sacrifice our nation? Why don’t you resign and form a group of Republican Representatives from among the remaining patriots and let the anarchists walk their own path to ruin?”
Jon Stewart Hammers Obama On VA Benefits Delays: 'That Is F*cking Criminal' (VIDEO)

Jon Stewart Hammers Obama On VA Benefits Delays: 'That Is F*cking Criminal' (VIDEO)

Commented Mar 28, 2013 at 11:08:41 in Comedy

“Jon, YOU ARE THE MAN!! for saying the truth and trying to help our people! WE OWE THEM!! NOW get the JOB DONE! PLEASE! Mr. President.”

rjlwis on Mar 28, 2013 at 11:11:51

“It will...”
U.S. Gun Deaths Since Sandy Hook Top 1,280

U.S. Gun Deaths Since Sandy Hook Top 1,280

Commented Feb 2, 2013 at 00:37:39 in Politics

“Dear God, Please, Please show us how to open our eyes and see! Help us to stop this insanity; help us to realize we are failing our children and to act now to end these needless deaths.”
Death Star Petition Gets White House Rebuff

Death Star Petition Gets White House Rebuff

Commented Jan 12, 2013 at 06:16:18 in Politics

“No problem. Believe as you will. If you have a moment, please take a look at just one of the U.S. Navy's Directed High Energy weapons: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tR_pjzW98dM
Death Star Petition Gets White House Rebuff

Death Star Petition Gets White House Rebuff

Commented Jan 12, 2013 at 03:31:12 in Politics

“There's no humor here for me. What I would classify as "death star" weapons already exist. They may or may not be in satellite delivery form. Further, perhaps at least one type has been used … to "dustify" the World Trade Center. Somebody’s “black ops” people have already created them and spent a considerable amount of funds to do so.”

KodiakT on Jan 12, 2013 at 04:15:20

“^ bwahahahahahhahahahahahah... breath...bwahahahahahahahahahahaha

Conspiracy nuts.. bwahahahahahahahahaha”
Matt Salmon On Government Shutdown: GOP Rep Says 'It's About Time' We Have Another One (VIDEO)

Matt Salmon On Government Shutdown: GOP Rep Says 'It's About Time' We Have Another One (VIDEO)

Commented Jan 7, 2013 at 05:45:05 in Politics

“Perhaps Rep. Salmon needs to bask in a little Michigan sunshine - otherwise known as Depression.2. That perspective might help him see a more "enlightened", humanistic path to walk.”
Mike Ilitch, Detroit Developer, Pitches New Downtown District With Events Center

Mike Ilitch, Detroit Developer, Pitches New Downtown District With Events Center

Commented Dec 6, 2012 at 05:49:13 in Detroit

“I suggest it's not stealing. Rather, it's investing in Detroit and Michigan.”

madmatt on Dec 6, 2012 at 06:07:57

“No, when you have others pay for what will become your personal property like a stadium that makes you a thief.”
Mike Ilitch, Detroit Developer, Pitches New Downtown District With Events Center

Mike Ilitch, Detroit Developer, Pitches New Downtown District With Events Center

Commented Dec 6, 2012 at 05:45:46 in Detroit

“Why not improve public transportation and build high speed rail, too? We can and we should do both now.”
Mike Ilitch, Detroit Developer, Pitches New Downtown District With Events Center

Mike Ilitch, Detroit Developer, Pitches New Downtown District With Events Center

Commented Dec 5, 2012 at 04:10:02 in Detroit

“Mr. Ilitch is a hero. He could live anywhere and support any cause, but he has stayed with Detroit during very tough times. I believe he and his famiily deserve the Medal of Honor.”

Clara Green on Dec 11, 2012 at 09:57:05

“i agree,plain and simple,he and his family will not give up.”

gle248 on Dec 5, 2012 at 07:10:25

“he makes a fine Master. Everything he, Gilbert and Karmonos have built everything at the taxpayers expense. Instead of passing a public transportation system or high speed rail they will build an arena.”

madmatt on Dec 5, 2012 at 06:51:13

“Yes stealing tax $ from the poor, very notable.”

creswell on Dec 5, 2012 at 05:21:15

“He should be honored as one of the biggest welfare king.”
Obama On Debate: 'I Was Just Too Polite'

Obama On Debate: 'I Was Just Too Polite'

Commented Oct 10, 2012 at 14:32:17 in Politics

“Dear Mr. President,
I have the most respect for you, sir. You have retained your soul and your humanistic compass while serving as our President. For me that is Job One - serve the people - because we know very few in office actually do that. Job Two is defend us and yourself from those who have sold their souls and lost their moral direction so that our families might have a fighting chance. You must never forget that if you lose, we really lose – big time. Mr. Romney made a major part of his fortune selling cancer-causing cigarettes to the Russian people and a great deal of the remainder selling out the jobs of everyday Joes and Janes to the highest bidder after ensuring that his money was "in the bank". What will he do with the power of the presidency of the United States? Be polite one more time and Mr. Romney and his 1% supporters will cut your heart out and put your head on a pike – along with ours - the 99%.”

prrrrrr on Oct 10, 2012 at 14:39:24

“Great post - I think you have spoken quite eloquently for those of us who truly know if the President fails, we all fail. I have supported him from day one and will continue to do so through the end of his second term and beyond.”

MWD335 on Oct 10, 2012 at 14:36:48

“Good for you RBaker67 F&F”
Julian Castro At DNC On Creating 800 Jobs In San Antonio

Julian Castro At DNC On Creating 800 Jobs In San Antonio

Commented Sep 14, 2012 at 11:45:50 in Impact

“Easily one could argue that the only reason petroleum worked in the U.S. and throughout the world is because of trillions in subsidies and tax breaks which the industry received (not just in the U.S.) for more than 100 years and continues to receive to this day. In 2010 alone, according to the World Energy Outlook 2011 Factsheet, “How will global energy markets evolve to 2035?” International Energy Agency. November 2011, “… Fossil-fuel consumption subsidies were $409 billion in 2010, oil products ca half of it. Renewable-energy subsidies were $66 billion in 2010…”

This does not include the colossal healthcare and environmental cost burdens the industry has “foisted off on the world community instead of paying for them. When the whole price tag is considered, this adds trillions more to “subsidies” the world’s people are paying and will continue to pay during our lifetimes and our ancestors’ as well.

In the Arab world and in North Africa, subsidies keep the price of fuel at lower-than-market prices. Twenty percent of Egypt’s state budget is eaten up by keeping fuel prices low, for instance. Trying to increase the price of fuel has already led to serious social unrest. "Middle East leaders cornered by subsidies," Financial Times, Farah Halime, 12 Sept 2012.

Yes, shale gas is expected to become cheap, but the biggest result will be to push out coal as an electricity-generating power source. Renewables are already well on the road to cost-competitively cover the balance, plus stimulate a whole new economy.”
Julian Castro At DNC On Creating 800 Jobs In San Antonio

Julian Castro At DNC On Creating 800 Jobs In San Antonio

Commented Sep 11, 2012 at 08:36:38 in Impact

“Most of us in the USA know little to zero about what is already working elsewhere in the world with regard to sustainable energy. While, I am pleased you read the Mission Verde Plan, I obviously disagree with your conclusion. The plan is but one U.S. version of extensive and well thought out programs which are in operation in Germany and elsewhere in Europe and under study in several U.S. states. Economist Jeremy Rifkin, author of The Third Industrial Revolution, and advisor to the European Union and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, is one of the primary drivers of these programs.

As for employment and economic growth, the Germans (who now are meeting 20% of their total energy needs with solar, alone) have proven the case down to the local community level: “According to Heinrich Bartelt (one of the leaders behind the Dardesheim (Germany) 100% renewable energy village concept) the community’s investment in the project has become a development engine for the entire region.”
http://wind-works.org/articles/DardesheimGermanysRenewableEnergyCity.html

Yes, there are challenges to overcome in San Antonio:
“Jeremy Rifkin on San Antonio, the European Union, and the lessons learned in our push for a planetary-scale power shift,” San Antonio Current, 28 Sept 2011, http://sacurrent.com/news/jeremy-rifkin-on-san-antonio-the-european-union-and-the-lessons-learned-in-our-push-for-a-planetary-scale-power-shift-1.1210146

Also see Jeremy Rifkin on Charlie Rose 06.01.12 [1080p]: http://youtu.be/Ppw5O-Vtxcs.

Loris Flintgun on Sep 12, 2012 at 09:42:28

“By 'working in Europe' it is 'working' only because of the massive subsidies given to the 'alternative energy sector''. This sector is a burden to the rest of the society, replacing current power sources with ones that are much less reliable at four times the cost. The technology is simply not mature enough for large scale deployment, no lawyer/politician can change that fact.

With enough subsidies from the rest of the society, lots of inflatable jobs can be made. But at some point you run out of other peoples' money... a recent study in Spain estimated that 2.2 jobs were lost for each 'green' job made.

Hehe, Rifkin managed to say that the old system would be on 'life support' turning the subsidy situation on it's head It's nice to upgrade the power grid, but there are real constraints to how far power can be transmitted efficiently. Rifkin is surprising that he ignores the most important energy supply development happening right now. Recoverable natural gas in the US has become plentiful and cheap in the last decade, quite the opposite of Rifkins 'Malthusian' prediction that fossil fuel prices can only go up. It will wipe the floor with the current 'alternative energy' industry.

In local government 'alternative energy' and subsidies always go together, in stark contrast to natural gas where the talk is about how much to tax them. The big bet with taxpayers money Castro is making is misguided and will fail.”
Julian Castro At DNC On Creating 800 Jobs In San Antonio

Julian Castro At DNC On Creating 800 Jobs In San Antonio

Commented Sep 8, 2012 at 06:42:10 in Impact

“Mayor Julian Castro is right on target. Under his predecessor, San Antonio launched Mission Verde which is modeled upon successful programs already underway in Europe. Mission Verde is San Antonio's unique blend of the essential elements — investment, education, training, power companies, big corporations, neighborhoods, small businesses, local government and residents — all actively involved. It is the new economy based upon sustainable energy. It is working now. Other U.S. cities are also launching their versions of Mission Verde, as well. San Antonio's Mission Verde, http://www.sanantonio.gov/oep/center.asp?res=1600&ver=true

RBaker67 on Sep 11, 2012 at 08:36:38

“Most of us in the USA know little to zero about what is already working elsewhere in the world with regard to sustainable energy. While, I am pleased you read the Mission Verde Plan, I obviously disagree with your conclusion. The plan is but one U.S. version of extensive and well thought out programs which are in operation in Germany and elsewhere in Europe and under study in several U.S. states. Economist Jeremy Rifkin, author of The Third Industrial Revolution, and advisor to the European Union and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, is one of the primary drivers of these programs.

As for employment and economic growth, the Germans (who now are meeting 20% of their total energy needs with solar, alone) have proven the case down to the local community level: “According to Heinrich Bartelt (one of the leaders behind the Dardesheim (Germany) 100% renewable energy village concept) the community’s investment in the project has become a development engine for the entire region.”
http://wind-works.org/articles/DardesheimGermanysRenewableEnergyCity.html

Yes, there are challenges to overcome in San Antonio:
“Jeremy Rifkin on San Antonio, the European Union, and the lessons learned in our push for a planetary-scale power shift,” San Antonio Current, 28 Sept 2011, http://sacurrent.com/news/jeremy-rifkin-on-san-antonio-the-european-union-and-the-lessons-learned-in-our-push-for-a-planetary-scale-power-shift-1.1210146

Also see Jeremy Rifkin on Charlie Rose 06.01.12 [1080p]: http://youtu.be/Ppw5O-Vtxcs.

Loris Flintgun on Sep 11, 2012 at 05:09:24

“I looked at Castro's Mission Verde plan, and frankly it looks awful. It's just another big bet on empty green jobs. These jobs are only 'sustainable' when subsidized by other tax payers and companies. Castro's fluffy job-killing plan is a sad example of the incompetence in local government.”
Melissa Harris-Perry Erupts At Guest: 'I'm Sick Of The Idea That Being Wealthy Is Risky' (VIDEO)

Melissa Harris-Perry Erupts At Guest: 'I'm Sick Of The Idea That Being Wealthy Is Risky' (VIDEO)

Commented Sep 2, 2012 at 11:05:22 in Media

“Melissa Harris has earned my respect with this interview. After years of seeing empty suits and plunging blouses I had surrendered to the mediocrity I found and stopped watching TV/cable “news” programs entirely. I see Ms. Harris’ interview as an island amid the garbage that passes for “news” today. I applaud her “presenting the facts” and hope that more of the "media" might also follow her lead by confronting the issues and calling out the falsehoods when they are so blatantly offered as truths. Ms. Harris has renewed my faith and I’ll continue to seek penetrating, investigative journalism which is in search of the facts about the serious issues which we confront us as individuals and as a nation.”

Floretta on Sep 2, 2012 at 17:31:35

“If you haven't done so already, check out Rachel Maddow on MSNBC as well. Another truth-to-power teller, with an awesome research team.”

californiademo on Sep 2, 2012 at 11:25:55

“I agree -- MHP is a gem. She is a genuine intellectual who also happens -- mirabile dictu! -- to be a wonderful television performer. She started off, I think, filling in for Rachel Maddow and was very well liked, so now there she is with her own program. I'm watching it at the moment. Great stuff!”

goleafsgo on Sep 2, 2012 at 11:20:12

“You betcha!   Well said...very true. FnF”

WeCanDoMore on Sep 2, 2012 at 11:09:11

“Honored to be your first fan.”

HellBank on Sep 2, 2012 at 11:06:28

“Thank you.”
Benghazi v. Beirut

Benghazi v. Beirut

Commented May 20, 2014 at 16:01:37 in Politics

“I have no doubt you are correct. That's why the military graveyards are full of enlisted, company and field-grade officers but few general officers... politicians... and bankers.”
Benghazi v. Beirut

Benghazi v. Beirut

Commented May 20, 2014 at 10:04:07 in Politics

“Yes, I agree. I, too, am an avid searcher of historical fact. Yet after nearly 65 years, I have discovered that the "facts" are not always "fact" and as such require microscopic review. As a former Army medic I detest the thought of sacrificing and leaving our people defenseless merely for political gain which our leaders imagine might accrue. Frankly, I question whether Mr. Reagan was in control of his faculties at that time. But, for a fact, we do know who died. For that reason we should hold the chain of command responsible for needlessly sacrificing their people.”

thinking4 on May 21, 2014 at 05:20:06

“I am in agreement, When our young men and women are asked to sacrifice, there are some human safety issues that need to be put in place and were not in Beirut. Not one of the men in the chain of command were fired after that fiasco.”
Benghazi v. Beirut

Benghazi v. Beirut

Commented May 20, 2014 at 07:07:01 in Politics

“I've learned from RFK's article. I had no idea that we placed those Marines in harm's way and then denied them the means to defend themselves. Where we their commanders? Eating popcorn and watching a John Wayne western with Mr. Reagan?”

mgman on May 20, 2014 at 13:02:54

“Their commanders were right there with their Marines and would have had it no other way. The politicians however, were not...but that's hardly unusual. Reagan never deployed so he had no idea what combat was like...playacting in front of a camera does not count.”

Democrat in the South on May 20, 2014 at 09:48:11

“Actually it was "The Sound of Music" that Reagan had to miss a meeting for...pathetic.”

thinking4 on May 20, 2014 at 07:38:29

“People truly need to read history and not listen to the mythology presented by the defenders of Reagan, as if he walked a foot above the ground.”
Our Most Powerful Weapon Against Wall Street? The Reverse Eminent Domain Movement

Our Most Powerful Weapon Against Wall Street? The Reverse Eminent Domain Movement

Commented Dec 23, 2013 at 15:38:46 in Business

“For thousands of communities throughout the U.S. and millions of Americans, reverse eminent-domain combat against the Wall Street banksters is now unfortunately one of the only defensive tools remaining in a never ending war against Wall Street avarice.”
Why I Will Never, Ever, Go Back to the United States

Why I Will Never, Ever, Go Back to the United States

Commented Oct 16, 2013 at 07:21:57 in Politics

“Wow. I'm so sorry that this was your U.S. experience. I apologize and hope you will return one day soon.”
huffingtonpost entry

Shame On Republican States Doing Everything They Can To Hurt The Poor By Rejecting Obamacare

Commented Oct 5, 2013 at 04:21:28 in Politics

“If the Al-Qaeda terrorists are our enemies because they seek to destroy our government, then what are the Tea Party Republicans but treasonous, anarchists who walk a similar path, seeking to destroy our government? Isn't the “Tea Party Republican Shutdown” nothing more than their 2013 version of "None Dare Call it Treason"?”

Leon Welch on Oct 9, 2013 at 04:36:03

“No the Tea Party wants to cut government waste. They want a balanced budget. They want the debt paid down. They want to save that $240 billion in interest payments so they can provide the poor with insurance and keep the government from further taking every dime they earn. What's wrong with that. No one is trying to destroy our government like you say. All we are trying to do is fix it because it is broke. By the way, Obama is the one using, my way or the high way.”

Steve13133 on Oct 5, 2013 at 11:22:31

“Maybe my dictionary is outdated or something. But if 20% of the government workforce is classified as "Non-Essential", then what are we paying them for? Is this just another welfare program?

Let's tally up the score"
War on Poverty: Lost
War on Drugs: Lost
War against "Terrists": Losing (it just makes more every day)
War against the middle class: Won”
huffingtonpost entry

Sunday Roundup

Commented Aug 25, 2013 at 10:45:01 in Politics

“Arianna Huffington's announcement that the Huffington Post will add three new sections including: “Impact”, “Good News” and “What is Working” is a courageous decision to move her media properties toward what the industry as a whole should be doing on a worldwide basis.

Instead of just making more gold doubloons for a tiny few .5%ers to store in their already bulging basement shelters, media should be actually participating in making our culture work for the vast majority of their readers, the 99%ers, by reporting “what people are doing to change and improve our sick cultures” and what is working throughout the world.”
What I Found in My 5-Year-Old Daughter's Diary

What I Found in My 5-Year-Old Daughter's Diary

Commented Apr 23, 2013 at 09:30:43 in Parents

“Thank you, Ms. Bongiorno, for sharing this beautiful article! I needed to read this to help me stay my path today!”
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