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The scale of the universe

Very cool!

Little boxes

Walk Off The Earth with a wonderful rendition of the Malvina Reynolds song – played on little boxes!

Big Coal

Paying attention to the things Obama no longer saysabout coal:

[…] Even if he understands the very real impacts of coal on the global climate, public health, and worker safety, it’s not clear that he’s doing everything about those issues that he could.

For example, note that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reissued its permit for streamlined approval of strip mines. Or go back and recall that the presidentpersonally overruled a measure government scientists said was needed to reduce coal’s air pollution impacts.  President Obama signed into law a measure that prevents the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration from enforcing tougher coal dust limits meant to end deadly black lung disease.  We haven’t heard a word from the president himself about MSHA’s failures at the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster. Coal-miner safety appears off the agenda.

Just because the president isn’t talking about coal doesn’t mean he’s doing all he could to reduce the impacts of mining across our nation’s coalfields.


by Susie

I don’t know whether to believe this story. But then, I don’t know whether to believe the official U.S. version, either. We’ve seen so many fabricated stories come out of our Mideast excursions (Jessica Lynch, anyone?), that I simply don’t know. But I do think it’s important to at least note the continuing insistence both by villagers and the Afghan parliament’s investigation team that there were more than a dozen troops involved in the Kandahar massacre.

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 U.S. 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 nor 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 U.S. troops carrying out the massacre, as opposed to a lone man, as the U.S. maintains.

If the banksters don’t want her

It’s good enough for me.

I’ve been following the community radio fight for a long time, and this really is good news. Expect to hear more diversity on the airwaves as various organizations take advantage of this opportunity:

A Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision issued Monday (PDF) will clear the runway for hundreds of new community radio stations that broadcast on low-power FM signals, bringing progressive, community voices to urban areas that have for decades only known what’s being broadcast by major corporations and America’s political right.

In other words, the dismantling of Rush Limbaugh was just the beginning, and the whole FM dial is next.

The FCC’s decision on Monday wipes away a massive backlog of applications for FM repeater stations, which are transmitters that repeat signals broadcast by corporate and religious radio operators — many of which rake in big listening audiences for right-wing syndicated talk shows.
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Misdirected outrage

Bill Maher can be a bore when he brags about being an atheist, and when he beats the war drum for Israel. But sometimes he has a good point to make. More here.

Baby You’re a Rich Man

Tonight on Virtually Speaking

8 pm eastern | 5 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking A-Z: This week in liberalism. | Stuart Zechman and Culture of Truth in a continuing conversation from the perspective of liberalism in a centrist America.| A-Z background, links, etc. here. Follow @Stuart_Zechman @Bobblespeak Listen live on BTR. Beginning midnight Friday, listen here.

9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd | Gloria Feldt, author of No Excuses, joins Jay Ackroyd to discuss the war on women heating up during the Republican presidential campaign. Recorded earlier: no call-ins. Follow @HartFeldt @JayAckroyd  Listen live and later on BTR.

Oh rats

The flying man is a hoax.

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