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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Morning News

posted by on December 23 at 8:05 AM

posted by news intern Brian Slodysko

No Child Left Behind: Trash talking Bush’s education policy from the stump.

Warring Terror No Longer: Iraqi government prepares to disband U.S. armed Al Qaeda-fighting Sunnis.

Writing On The Wall: Slumping national housing market prompting homeowners to reassess their homes, cutting government property tax revenue… you can thank Tim Eyman later.

Let’s Have a War:Turkey bombs Kurds in Northern Iraq. Twice.

Pulling a “Ringo”: British medical journal debunks turkey myth, defines “disco-biscuit” and gives unnecessary longevity to a B-list celebrity who should have disappeared with Berlin Wall.

Union Busting: Labor relations board rules against employee use of company email for union organization.

And They Say We Can’t Drive In The Snow: Midwest snowstorm leads to fifty-car pile-up and five deaths.

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Motherfuckers. Ringo was the coolest Beatle, the humanizing Beatle, and far from expendable.

Posted by Fnarf | December 23, 2007 8:53 AM

It's true, you'all can't drive in the snow.

Posted by I am your mother | December 23, 2007 9:20 AM

That LA Times article is totally shit-tastic.

I guess Regina Spektor will have to head back to the studio to re-record 'Ghost of Corporate Future', now that it's been determined that hair does not grow after you're dead.

And undermining Ringo is -so- ridiculous. The guy has shown class and civility for decades. Fnarf is correct.

Posted by Life inside a music box ain't easy | December 23, 2007 9:53 AM

When it snows in the midwest, it's actually snow. Most of you would shit your pants in terror.

Posted by A Non Imus | December 23, 2007 10:17 AM

@4 That's why most of us wouldn't live in the Midwest.

Posted by Mike of Renton | December 23, 2007 10:44 AM

Tom Friedman has an awesome column in today's New York Times, In the Age of Noah. He argues that we can't be losing sight of the other catastrophe, besides climate change, that the human race is wreaking on the earth, the destruction of the natural world.

The world is rightly focused on climate change. But if we don’t have a strategy for reducing global carbon emissions and preserving biodiversity, we could end up in a very bad place, like in a crazy rush into corn ethanol, and palm oil for biodiesel, without enough regard for their impact on the natural world.

It's stunning to me how this nation is uncritically rushing into mandating biofuels as a replacement for oil and gas, when most biofuels actually do even more harm to the planet than oil and gas. It's stunning to me all the feel-good liberal Seattleites who have taken up the cause of biofuels like it's actually good for the environment.

I just happen to be reading a book now, The Sixth Extinction, about how the earth is going through the greatest mass extinction ever. And not just a loss of biodiversity, but of cultural diversity.

But never mind that. Let's rip down even more forests and natural habitat so we can grow even more crops so we can "feed" our insatiable appetite to drive. I instinctively feel that I'm committing a sin any time I throw away food. And instinctively I feel the same way about growing food for a purpose other than food when it's blatantly obvious that doing so is unsustainable.

When I see what we wonderful Americans and our friends the Chinese are doing to the world we have been given, I feel like words like "tragedy" and "evil" just aren't adequate. I feel like I'm watching the Holocaust unfold during World War II and most people are incapable of seeing what I'm seeing.

Posted by cressona | December 23, 2007 10:52 AM

Speaking of awesome columns in The New York Times. Frank Rich. Check it out.

Can you believe Rich received a handwritten two-page letter from Bill Clinton in response to a previous column? See column.

Posted by cressona | December 23, 2007 11:02 AM


And the cutest. He was so adorable in A Hard Day's Night.

Posted by keshmeshi | December 23, 2007 11:53 AM

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Posted by Brave Republican Warrior | December 23, 2007 11:53 AM


We remove comments that are off topic, threatening, or commercial in nature, and we do not allow sock-puppetry (impersonating someone else)—or any kind of puppetry, for that matter. We never censor comments based on ideology.

Posted by Brave Republican Warrior | December 23, 2007 12:13 PM

@4, if we had public transportation as good as Chicago, e.g., subways, I would be totally cool with their snow. However, in this public transportation retarded neck of the woods, we would have no choice but to slip and slide into accidents in our cars or get stuck on a bus because the tram bus can't get up an icy hill.

Posted by neo-realist | December 23, 2007 6:13 PM

@6 most of the biofuels that Seattle drivers use are recycled vegetable oil, perfectly responsible. The stuff coming out of the midwest and brazil not as much

Posted by vooodooo84 | December 24, 2007 1:45 AM


What they are doing in the midwest and in Brazil is on a much more massive scale, and there is a ton of money invested into research, so they can derive
biodeseil out of biowaste(ie: corn stalks, weeds, switch grass) that doesn't harm the food supply. The technology doesn't exist there yet, but it will. They are pretty close. Most of it has to with harnessing specific enzymes that break down the tough fibers. And once they create a closed system feedback plant, where the fuel they create feeds the energy to make the energy, with a net gain, that will be the answer. It's not that far off.

Posted by silkworm | December 24, 2007 2:53 AM

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