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Open Thread - 5/12/2014

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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)
Monday May 12, 2014, 4:56 am
Lobelia laxifloria puzzle time; 4:13. I love the flower so much I looked up the plant - It says that it blooms all year long in Santa Barbara.

I don't understand the internet fast lanes very well but I certainly understand how much conservatives don't want anyone to communicate anything but their Nazi agenda.

Wow! Krauthammer managed to insult basic human intelligence over climate change and insult Native Americans in one sentence. You have to hand to him. That is efficient. And sooooo republican Nazi!


Lona G (80)
Monday May 12, 2014, 7:12 am
Sorry to hear that you've been rushing so much lately and having trouble sleeping again, TomCat. But the day-counter is still going up, so that is very promising indeed.

Daily Kos: This doesn't bode well for Australia which is already draught stricken either. In the rebound of the usual El Niños Europe gets terribly cold and wet summers and the first signs are already there. At the moment we've been about 5° C below average for a week and continuing and the dry spell has been replaced by autumn rainstorms.

NY Times: Mr. Wheeler, broadband Internet service IS a of public utility, so get on with it. Fortunately for us the EU has voted against companies paying providers for getting fast-lane priority. But then again, nobody knows for how long as most cable/internet providers have been taken over by American companies.

Alternet: Again it is all too obvious the Kochs and the minions are fighting a losing battle if the only "scientist" they can find to negate climate change is this fruitcake who can't even stick to the subject but feels he has to take the Christian high road taking a jab at Native American spiritual tradition and strangely enough also at the OT. Isn't it sad for the climate deniers that even Fox News can only come up with a physician/psychiatrist who self-medicated a bit too much as someone who is an authority on the subject?

Crtoon: some nice word-play there, TomCat.

JL A (281)
Monday May 12, 2014, 7:43 am
Sorry TC--my scorched bulb leaves leaves me not wanting to hear of more to come and the offensiveness of the others just plain turns my stomach.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Monday May 12, 2014, 7:53 am
4:11 In a kind of a sort of a way, it looks like a hummingbird itself. Well, I guess you are what you eat.

Daily Kos - While we have had a couple of warm days, it's been overall pretty chilly here. We had snow yesterday - Mothers' Day - and while it wasn't a lot, what there was is still on the gound. Without sun it will likely stay through today, and lows of 30F are predicted for tonight and tomorrow night (that is probably around -1C.) But, it's Colorado, and it doesn't argue against El Nino, it just suggests a later and more violent summer.

NY Timrs - It's certainly not impossible. If so I hope it works beyond his wildest dreams.

Alternet - it's true that superstition doesn't come from nowhere and that it is based on observed events. But the observed events are isolated and local. Science is based on observation that are to the maximum extent possible controlled, and if not generalized to the max, and if at all possible "control groups" are also studied to isolate effects as far as possible. It's different from walking under a ladder today and losing your wallet tomorrow. What should we be doing about Republican projection? Is there an answer?

Cartoon - And it was about time.


David C (129)
Monday May 12, 2014, 10:17 am
wow, finally a puzzle time below average......I think we should be naming future hurricanes after GOP politicians...I can't remember who said this before or where the video is, but it was an environmental group and I will have to go look for the link if you don't mind.

Arielle S (313)
Monday May 12, 2014, 10:43 am
Congrats on Day 21, TomCat! Good for you!
Krauthammer should be named Krazy Krauthammer - even when I was a Republican, I didn't like him. Now I despise him and all his ilk..... they can deny climate change all they want but it won't change a thing.

David C (129)
Monday May 12, 2014, 12:40 pm
found the video I mentioned previously....from, but its on youtube...simply called 'climate name change'

James Maynard (84)
Monday May 12, 2014, 3:11 pm
Can tell you this was the warmest
winter here in Mazatlan in my 11
years of residency.
There has already been a tropical
depression forming South of here,
which is about 30-45 days earlier
than normal. I am getting a little bit
worried about what the summer
storms may bring.....
The Lobelia Laxiflora died on the
vine waiting for me to finish......

Dianna M (16)
Monday May 12, 2014, 3:21 pm
John Oliver on climate change debates:

I watched the entire 4:26. Worth every second!

Birgit W (160)
Monday May 12, 2014, 3:25 pm

Dianna M (16)
Monday May 12, 2014, 3:28 pm
Dave C.'s link is definitely worth watching! Then I signed the petition.

Sheila D (28)
Monday May 12, 2014, 8:59 pm
Great cartoon. I like the idea of naming hurricanes after politicians, only they name them 10 years in advance. Great post, Tomcat. Thank you.

Lynn Squance (235)
Monday May 12, 2014, 11:58 pm
Puzzle --- 3:17 Personally, I like sapphire lobelia and had it in my garden pots when I lived up north. Beautiful blue colour and very rich. Unfortunately it is an annual whereas the lobelia laxiflora is a perennial and grows into a quite large tree.

Daily Kos --- Certainly here, like Portland, has been hotter than normal. Some years it rains without ceasing but this year we have had less rain and more spring heat. Today was 28 C inland where I live, but in Vancouver by the ocean it was about 20 C. It will be a hot one for sure.

NY Times --- As I understand net neutrality, we must see that the internet is open, with even access for all.

Alternet --- This one from Faux Noise just killed me:

"...“Is it worth it to have the man be the second highest paid person in the house?”

Because sometimes husbands cheat under those circumstances. And sometimes marriages break up when the man makes less. And we all know that none of those things happen when the man makes more. ..."

I don't know what planet these idiots are from, but these things DO happen when men make more. My own family is a perfect example.

Or the OCD exhibited by the Republicanus/Teabaggers over Benghazi.

Pat Robertson is a doddering old fool that should be tucked into his bed at night. I guess that storm that smashed into his home didn't do enough damage.

These guys are all certifiably NUTS!

Cartoon --- Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. However, hurricanes or himicanes, doesn’t matter. They are getting worse all the time. Nice to have it officially acknowledged that men can be just as violent as women when it comes to extreme weather.

TomCat S (128)
Tuesday May 13, 2014, 12:23 am
Thanks everyone. Rushing.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 13, 2014, 1:06 am
Thanks TC.

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Tuesday May 13, 2014, 7:26 am

Lloyd H (46)
Tuesday May 13, 2014, 8:30 am
Hurricane, Himicane how about just calling them Bloviates and use surnames instead of first names. Some how I think I would like Bloviate Bachmann, Bloviate Cruz, Bloviate Dolan or Fisher or Limbaugh and face it the Dems need to be taken down a peg or two now and then to remind them just whom the Public Servants actually are, TPP,KXL, etc..
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