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Oh rats

The flying man is a hoax.

Today is World Water Day!

 

Today is World Water Day!  Here is a good video regarding bottled water, the history of our current use and some of the outcomes that have resulted from the industry.

The video suggests checking into the quality of your area’s tap water to see if bottled water is necessary for drinking. And buy reusable water bottles.

 

We hate you, but send money

From Rolling Stone:

Sea levels have been rising in Louisiana and they’re threatening to wash out a highway that’s a supply route for – wait for it – oil and gas…

Officials in a state with an aggressive tax-cutting governor – Bobby Jindal can boast of having pushed through the largest tax cuts in the state’s history – one who consistently inveighs against government spending, are “demanding” the Feds send money. More here.

Couldn’t Stand the Weather

Emotional weather report

Overheard on South Street, outside the city’s worst supermarket: “Yeah, but most South Philly people, they’re really rude and psychotic, I’ve talked to them.” Good thing he didn’t talk to this South Philly person, I hate people when they’re not polite! More here.

OK, but who is Dubya endorsing?

Ever the maverick, Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has announced that he’s endorsing Mitt Romney for president, mainly because “we need a leader who understands the economy.” Right. Does that mean he regrets supporting the successful presidential bids of his dim-witted brother, who played a key role in destroying the economy?

War games

by Susie
I’ve thought all along there were too many things about this story that don’t add up. This seems a lot more likely:

The incongruous stories surrounding the March 11 massacre on Afghan civilians in two villages took another turn today, with reports from witnesses in Mokhoyan, one of the two villages targeted, that they were threatened by US troops just days before the massacre.

The witnesses say that troops rounded up all the men from the villages after a roadside bombing, lined them up against a wall, and told them they would “pay a price” for the attack.

The witnesses put the date of the bombing at either March 7 or 8. Previous stories had massacre suspect Robert Bales supposedly “upset” about a bombing in which one of his friends lost a leg.

The military would neither confirm or deny any bombings in the area, only insisting that they would investigate anything that might be related to the shootings. They likewise gave no comments about the threats in Mokhoyan.

If confirmed, the threats would also appear to support the Afghan probe’s version of the massacre, which had an organized group of over a dozen US troops carrying out the massacre, as opposed to a lone man, as the US maintains.

Well, hell has frozen over in Georgia.

Tea Party activists, Unions and Occupy Atlanta are in agreement to oppose Georgia Senate Bill 469 proposing to make protesting on private property an aggravated misdemeanor, carrying steep fines and prison time.

This law would criminalize and impose $1,000 fines on people who picket outside the homes of CEO’s or outside some businesses, a common practice used by Occupy groups, environmental protestors and labor unions.

Some people in the Occupy Atlanta group feel this bill targets participants camping out at the ATT Headquarters in Midtown Atlanta. Unions believe they are the targets of this protest bill, as well. The bill also contains a mandate requiring union members to put into writing every year that they want to pay union dues or organizational fees through paycheck deductions. A change in the bill has exempted teachers and firefighters should the bill become law.

Julianne Thompson, Georgia director of the Tea Party Patriots believes that this bill is a direct shot at First Amendments Rights and could be interpreted too broadly.

The four State Senators that sponsored the bill are members of ALEC. (American Legislative Exchange Council.)

Keep your eye on the State legislators. It’s where the action is!

 

From the New Yorker:

…The shooting death of Trayvon Martin (black, male, seventeen, unarmed save for a packet of candy and a bottle of iced tea) did not so much raise questions as it confirmed suspicions: that we remain stratified or at best striated by race, that “innocent” is a relative term, that black male lives can end under capricious circumstances, and that justice is in the eye of the beholder—ideas that are as cynical as they are applicable. At this juncture, events in Sanford, Florida, suggest the benefit of the doubt in the shooting of a black teen-ager extends even to unauthorized, untrained, weapon-toting private citizens who pursue unarmed pedestrians.

That the Justice Department announced a probe and a grand jury has been convened is likely a result of the outrage seething across multiple social-media platforms, television, and traditional corporeal protesting. Yet the failure of the Sanford police department to make an arrest nearly a month after Martin’s death, and the fact that if it weren’t for half a million petition signatures and national outrage this shooting would have gone uninvestigated, has already confirmed yet another assumption: our worst problem is not cynicism, it’s the frequency with which that cynicism proves accurate.

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