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Open Thread - 1/2/2013

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Open Thread, video )

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Personal news, a Jig Zone puzzle, 3 short takes, and a homemade cartoon (shown).

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Gloria picchetti (304)
Thursday January 2, 2014, 2:15 am
It's very republican to add more money and time to drug testing for welfare but none to background checks on guns.

Lona G (80)
Thursday January 2, 2014, 3:07 am
Andy Borowitz was brilliant as usual. His dislike of Mike Bloomberg is palpable and his irony is so thick you can cut it with a knife. Just the way I like it. It makes me wonder, though, why it took three terms to replace Bloomberg with a mayor who cares about NY and not only about his image in the mirror.

The Upworthy video did a very good job explaining why there is hardly any 'budget' left, but I fail to understand why this carbon emission budget includes so much carbon that has already been emitted and which can't be taken back. This budget is really confusing and if you compare the amount of carbon already emitted with the amount left to emit until the critical point is reached, it is very obvious we have dug our graves quite some time ago. Since there is no such thing as a complete emission-stop we'll have depleted this budget very soon indeed, We better step up with making our individual footprints smaller, there has been little done by governments nor will there be much done in the future.

Really, you're not kidding, TomCat, Scott actually owns the lab where this (illegal) drug testing is to be done?!? Wow, you got me utterly speechless this early in the year. 2014 has all the promise of an excellent 'gobsmack' year.

Terrie Williams (798)
Thursday January 2, 2014, 4:22 am
Andy nails Bloomberg....I actually felt sorry for New Yorkers (you know, the ones he and his kind sneer at) who had to put up with this narcissist for over a decade. Now, maybe, with this new PROGRESSIVE mayor, they might actually start to get their city back from the Oligarchs/RethugliNazis.

I don't even pretend to understand that carbon budget thingy...all I know is, the world in general better start planting trees like no tomorrow....because they may not be an actual tomorrow if we don't. If gov'ts refuse to go full in to alternative energy, then that leaves it up to US, the individuals, to do what is necessary in our lives to combat it, like solar panels, wind jennys, etc etc. We all can do something on a personal level.

Rick Scott......another RethugliFascist Bast**d who needs to get a deserted island in the middle of nowhere with only his drug testing lab and his minions so they can test eachother. Mummy-looking mo-fo.

Oh year is starting off just Jim-Frikken-Dandy! It's gotta get better.....soon!

Carlene V (202)
Thursday January 2, 2014, 6:46 am
Oh my, New Yorkers that can actually afford to live there? What a concept! Borowitz' take on Bloomberg was excellent and only the banksters will miss Bloomberg I think.

The carbon issue will take more than us individually to make a change but we are part of the problem. The other part is the oil and coal industry that continue to deny anything is wrong and the politicians who do their bidding.

Congrats to the judge in FL. How much tax money will be spent by Scott to fight the ruling?

P A (117)
Thursday January 2, 2014, 7:37 am
God bless Judge Mary S Scriven in Orlando otherwise the Fascists like Scott would continue on their path to condemn everyone who is not one of the 1% as guilty people who have to prove their innocence whilst making more millions out of their cruelty and injustice oh they are vile!

Pat B (356)
Thursday January 2, 2014, 8:40 am
New Yorker: Unfortunately, New York has been so expensive to live there, one's paycheck goes to the high rent & taxes, not counting food, utilities, and driving to work. (Jersey is high too).
Upworthy: Sad commentary on the state of affairs on carbon.
NY Times: We need more people like Judge Scriven fighting vs. the Repugs in helping the People.
Cartoon: Visited Ellis Island with my family as a young child, didn't realize the magnitude of what happened there until later on in life. Enjoyed reading about Patty's grandparents and her story.
Hope you get some rest. Take care, and Thanks, Tom.


Joanne Dixon (38)
Thursday January 2, 2014, 10:42 am
5:09 Just ducky.

Andy does it again!

Bloomberg: My blood pressure went up this morning about the community garden in Coney Island that was bulldozed in the middle of the night Dec. 28 by developers who had bribed the council for a zoning variance NOT supported by the neighborhood. Note - Dec. 28. de Blasio was sworn in THREE DAYS LATER. If that isn't evidence that the knew deBlasio would fight them and might win, then what is? I just hope he reams them.

Upworthy: Yup.

Florida: Not trying to mix politics and religion, but thank God for Mary Scriven. Oh, yeah, Scott's not the only one. The number of voting machines in 2012 supplied by a firm that Willard's son holds a huge interest in.... And I know there are more examples, I just don't have them on top of my head. But anyone who looks will find.

Cartoon: My ancestors seem to have come in a little before Ellis Island or have gone another way. The one who was here the longest fought for the Union in the Civil War. But I really don't know much about him. My second cousin is the genealogist in the family.

Dotti L (85)
Thursday January 2, 2014, 12:13 pm
Lots of news, not all good, but interesting.

JL A (281)
Thursday January 2, 2014, 12:30 pm
Given that the testing program in FL costs more than any benefits withheld based on results, it seems the fiscally conservative cost-effectiveness metric should keep Scott from increasing the waste of taxpayer monies defending his failure at the center of his unique policies.

David C (131)
Thursday January 2, 2014, 12:32 pm
keep planting trees.....natural carbon capture.....500 butterfly credits here at c2 and lots of other options online....oh, this is my response to the video....always interested when Legos are involved.

Roger G (154)
Thursday January 2, 2014, 1:49 pm
noted, thanks

Birgit W (160)
Thursday January 2, 2014, 2:15 pm
Noted, thanks.

Wayne W (12)
Thursday January 2, 2014, 3:40 pm
"Extremist Republican Governor Scott wants you to believe that his profit from owning the lab that does the testing has nothing to do with it."'

Oh, but he transferred ownership of the company. To his wife!

Also, it should always be noted that Governor Scott was CEO of Columbia/HCA healthcare during the period for which the company admitted guilt in the largest Medicare fraud case in US history. Fines and penalties were $1.7 billion, With a "B". Governor Scott was not charged.

Katie & Bill D (107)
Thursday January 2, 2014, 7:14 pm
Very Interesting, Thank You TomCat

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 2, 2014, 7:35 pm
Noted Thanks

John B (185)
Thursday January 2, 2014, 8:13 pm
Thanks Tom.
Andy does it again!!
Upworthy: sad but the gentleman has it right. We are in deep stuff and I don't see us achieving the goal.
Kudos to Judge Scriven and my Gov. Scott be unemployed soon.
Very good cartoon and true.
Read and noted.
Spam Flagged!

Edith B (146)
Thursday January 2, 2014, 9:07 pm
Andy can slice and dice and make us laugh, and then realize, he is usually speaking the truth.

TomCat S (129)
Friday January 3, 2014, 12:41 am
Thanks everyone.

Lona, really. As Wayne said, he transferred ownership to his wife.

Robert B (60)
Friday January 3, 2014, 7:44 am
I can't believe the Media is not all over this charlatan, Rick Scott for owning the lab that tests the people he tried to force into drug testing. What a CON!!

Lloyd H (46)
Friday January 3, 2014, 8:17 am
Ah, yes, the great Scott/Repug lie to criminalize the poor too bad that it proved that the poor use drugs at 30-50% the rate the non-poor do. Those on welfare in FL use drugs at a rate of around 2-3% those not on welfare a rate of 7.7%. At least the judge knows a lead balloon when she sees one and knows that it just don't fly.

Arlene C (42)
Friday January 3, 2014, 8:18 am
lu merci

James Maynard (84)
Friday January 3, 2014, 11:43 am
Pretty simple explanation of the
carbon emissions problem.

Looks like the Christmas magic
has worn off, as I'm back over

TomCat S (129)
Friday January 3, 2014, 11:56 pm
Thank you all!
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