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Ernie Halter:

New York Times discovers ALEC

The horse is out of the barn and halfway across the valley, but better late than never for a story in a “newspaper of record.” More here.

Derivatives

The global gambling casino!

Hmm

Not all that reassuring, is it?

The fight to ban genetically modified foods has won more converts — some employees of Monsanto the company that is doing the most to promote GM products.

The Independent newspaper reports that there is a notice in the cafeteria of the Monsanto pharmaceutical factory is High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, advising customers “as far as practicable, GM soya and maize (has been removed) from all food products served in our restaurant. We have taken the steps to ensure that you, the customer, can feel confident in the food we serve.”

The notice was posted by the Sutcliffe Catering Group.

Monsanto confirms the authenticity of the notice, but company spokesman Tony Coombes says the only reason for the GM-free foods is because the company “believes in choice.” Coombes says in other Monsanto locations employees are happy to eat GM foods because they are “sprayed with fewer chemicals.”

Just plain stupid

The Catholic Church wingnuts are at it again, protesting plans to give Archbishop Desmond Tutu an honorary degree from Gonzaga University. Apparently it’s now imperative that Anglican bishops conform to Roman Catholic views on abortion, birth control and gay rights. Charlie Pierce:

Desmond Tutu is a genuine hero. He evinced more courage on any particular afternoon of the 1980’s than these people collectively have demonstrated in their entire lives and then, when his work for justice was done, he helped put his country back together again. In addition, he happens to be a high-ranking cleric in his own church. He won a Nobel Prize. His views on abortion and gay rights — as if opposition to them were the encompassing definition of Catholicism even for most Catholics — are as irrelevant to his life’s work as are his opinions on the designated hitter and the future of high-speed rail. Are these people seriously arguing that any speaker at any commencement at any Catholic college must adhere to the teachings of the Catholic Church even if said speaker is, you know, not Catholic. This is an appeal back to the stifled, bell-jar, We’re-The-Only-Path-To-Salvation-So-Don’t-Sing-With-The-Protestants Catholicism of my youth. At my graduation from Marquette in 1975, an honorary degree was given to Elie Wiesel. Strangely, the heretic Jesuits involved never asked him about The Pill.

Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Tutu_Stupid_For_Words#ixzz1stUOIYpD

Work, work, work

Today I got to lean way back from the wall via two long belts and then pull myself up again, pushing my shoulders back together – which, after years of sitting at the computer, slump forward as the default position. Lots of hand weight action today, and I’m also steadily increasing the amount of time I spend on the bike and the treadmill. My goal is to get to the point where I can actually run on the treadmill. Woo hoo!

I feel a lot better. I really enjoy working out and now that I’m seeing results, I’m even more motivated. For instance, I put the AC in my kitchen window the other day, didn’t pull my neck out and my back didn’t even hurt the next day. That’s amazing.

24-hour news cycle

Another great one from the Onion:

Super PAC

A Rick James parody:

Behind the Cato myth

Yes, Cato does occasionally say something sensible, like their stance against war. But they’re still captive to the right-wing machine.

And that’s why we call them “stink tanks.”

The bubba job

Unanswered questions about the Oklahoma City bombing.

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