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Live from Wisconsin

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Teamsters

Descending on Madison and Indianapolis. Power in a union!

Class war

Rachel Maddow on the haves vs. the have nots:

The tsunami of Republican shame

I hope you all understand that there are so many shameful Republican tactics in play right now, I can’t keep up. More to the point, I reach overload and have to pull back, just to save my own sanity.

But the “radical Islam” hearings being held by blowhard wingnut Peter King (who had no problem at all with supporting the IRA) do deserve out attention. Watch Keith Ellison break down as he defends a Muslim friend who died in the World Trade Center:

Can we leave now?

Please?

The majority of American soldiers undergoing amputation for war wounds last fall lost more than one limb, according to data presented Tuesday to the Defense Health Board, a committee of experts that advises the Defense Department on medical matters.

Military officials had previously released data showing that amputations, and especially multiple-limb losses, increased last year. The information presented to the 20-member board is the first evidence that the steepest increase occurred over the last four months of the year.

In other news, Dennis Kucinich introduces a resolution to end the war…

One big union

Grapes of Wrath, 2011

Go read. Very long, well worth it.

Strattera

The doctor put me on it for my ADD, and this is my second day. Woke up with a headache, which is really annoying. I’m reading all these patient sites, and people seem to love it or hate it. Several people said you have to push through the first month, so I will (barring worse side effects). I do notice an increased ability to finish a task — which is nice.

Anyone else out there have any experience with this drug?

Spreading

I keep wondering just why Big Agra is so indifferent to this. It’s really strange, isn’t it? I mean, it’s not as if they can artificially pollinate all the crops around the world:

The mysterious collapse of honey-bee colonies is becoming a global phenomenon, scientists working for the United Nations have revealed.

Declines in managed bee colonies, seen increasingly in Europe and the US in the past decade, are also now being observed in China and Japan and there are the first signs of African collapses from Egypt, according to the report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The authors, who include some of the world’s leading honey-bee experts, issue a stark warning about the disappearance of bees, which are increasingly important as crop pollinators around the globe. Without profound changes to the way human beings manage the planet, they say, declines in pollinators needed to feed a growing global population are likely to continue. The scientists warn that a number of factors may now be coming together to hit bee colonies around the world, ranging from declines in flowering plants and the use of damaging insecticides, to the worldwide spread of pests and air pollution. They call for farmers and landowners to be offered incentives to restore pollinator-friendly habitats, including key flowering plants near crop-producing fields and stress that more care needs to be taken in the choice, timing and application of insecticides and other chemicals. While managed hives can be moved out of harm’s way, “wild populations (of pollinators) are completely vulnerable”, says the report.
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Mama didn’t take the prenatal vitamins

The only reason I can think of to explain why Florida Republicans are so fucking stupid:

Two Republican legislators want to make sure Florida courts aren’t tainted by what one of them calls foreign “shenanigans:” Muslim Sharia law or legal codes from other nations.

Neither Sen. Alan Hays nor Rep. Larry Metz, though, could name a Florida case where international law or Islamic law has caused a problem in a state court. They said they weren’t targeting Sharia, a body of law primarily based on the Koran and the Hadith, the sayings of Islam’s founder, Mohammed.

But the legislation, which resembles efforts in a dozen other states where Islamic law is under scrutiny, was copied almost word-for-word from the “model legislation” posted on the website of a group called the American Public Policy Alliance.

“American Laws for American Courts was crafted to protect American citizens’ constitutional rights against the infiltration and incursion of foreign laws and foreign legal doctrines, especially Islamic Sharia Law,” the group’s website says.

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