Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Morning News: May Day Protests, Lesbian Girl Scouts, and Fetuses Aren't People (Still)

Posted by on Tue, May 1, 2012 at 5:24 AM

Today is May Day! Celebrate the old-fashioned way by marching with immigrants' rights activists, the new-fashioned way by participating in a "citywide general strike" with Occupy Seattle, or the traditional Seattle way by chomping on energy bars while stuck in traffic jams downtown.

Last Man Standing: Seattle School Board reveals its superintendent pick, José Banda, after two of the three candidates withdraw from the race. Banda says his top priority will be building bridges—most likely trust bridges—from parents' homes to their childrens' schools.

Living American Gothic: Her life is like a painting, you guys!

A Genetic Test for Breast Cancer: No cure in sight, but a blood test that looks at how environmental factors (alcohol! hormones!) mutate women's genes could give patients a heads up about cancer risks decades in advance.

Ouch: "In a damning report after months of investigation into the hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers here, a British parliamentary panel concluded on Tuesday that Mr. Murdoch was 'not a fit person' to run a huge international company."

Only Flesh Wounds: The Associated Press reports that the U.S. military is "under-reporting the number of times that Afghan soldiers and police open fire on American and other foreign troops."

The Clouds Will Save Us: Global warming deniers postulate that clouds are giant sky blankets that will protect us from overheating. And if that doesn't work, prayer.

Shunned by Lesbian Girl Scouts: An Indiana lawmaker has received only one campaign contribution to fund his re-election since accusing the Girl Scouts of being Tagalong-licking lesbians.

Meanwhile, in My Uterus: The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that the state's fetal "personhood" measure, which would've outlawed all abortions by endowing embryos with the same rights as people, is clearly unconstitutional; A Texas judge smacks down Governor Rick Perry's stupid law that cut all Medicare funds from local Planned Parenthoods.

And finally, here's the song that woke me at 3:00 a.m. this morning. Enjoy!


(Etymology here, if you're interested.)

 

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Matt from Denver 1
You're up early.
Posted by Matt from Denver on May 1, 2012 at 5:36 AM · Report this
TVDinner 2
Gearing up for May Day?
Posted by TVDinner http:// on May 1, 2012 at 6:07 AM · Report this
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"a British parliamentary panel concluded on Tuesday that Mr. Murdoch was 'not a fit person' to run a huge international company."

The oligarch managed to have rules changed in several countries so he could build a propaganda/infotainment empire that stretches across the globe, traded media support of politicians in exchange for pushing the neoliberal agenda in much of the anglo world, paid dismally little taxes on profit, and when he claimed he didn't know that his employees ran the shop like a criminal enterprise, all these buffoons found to say is that he wasn't fit to run an international business? What a joke!
Posted by anon1256 on May 1, 2012 at 6:25 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 4
@ 3, I see that you're not a fan of British understatement, and also don't understand the significance of criticism coming from such quarters. We can't all be "fuck the fucking fuckers," you know.
Posted by Matt from Denver on May 1, 2012 at 6:31 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 5
Not trying to say that this will negate climate change, but global dimming is a real thing, it is not just a made up phenomenon. More clouds does equate to lower temperatures, and more particles in the air equate to more clouds.

Science!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_dimm…
Posted by Theodore Gorath on May 1, 2012 at 6:34 AM · Report this
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Remember to show support for the undocumented worker community by using the phrase, "La migra viene". They'll appreciate it.
Posted by delbert on May 1, 2012 at 6:45 AM · Report this
Posted by Red Spandex Guy from Airpocalypse on May 1, 2012 at 6:48 AM · Report this
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@4, Understatement is virtually indistinguishable from the prelude to a whitewash, especially considering the British government was ready to hand him dominance of the British media market less than a year ago despite his well documented trading of influence at the highest level.
Posted by anon1256 on May 1, 2012 at 7:01 AM · Report this
Vince 9
I'm glad the Brit's parliament confirms what I've been saying all along. All he's done is take a lot of money and buy other companies only to slowly ruin them. Oh, and corrupt governments along the way. Now, if only I can get more people to realise their cable money is going to prop up this idiot's right wing Fox News.
Posted by Vince on May 1, 2012 at 7:25 AM · Report this
Allyn 10
Oh, thank [god] for pinko commie liberal activist judges.

I am only waiting until we move to indoctrinate my eldest daughter into the Lesbian Society of Cookie-Munching Campers. (aka LSCMC or GS)

@6 that’s really mean. And terribly funny.
Posted by Allyn on May 1, 2012 at 7:39 AM · Report this
Catherwood 11
@5: Venus is really cloudy, too. Completely obscured by clouds. And you can melt lead on the surface. I'm just sayin'.
Posted by Catherwood on May 1, 2012 at 7:58 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 12
@11: Haha, because every other environmental factor on Venus is exactly the same as it is on Earth right?

I do not know if there are any pop-up books available near you, but in a pinch, this wikipedia article will have to do.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atmosphere_…
Posted by Theodore Gorath on May 1, 2012 at 8:15 AM · Report this
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A small correction about the school superintendent blurb. The distrust is not between parents' homes to their childrens' schools so much as it is between families and the District headquarters and between the schools and the District headquarters. The District leadership and the central administration are the focus of the distrust, not the schools.
Posted by Charlie Mas on May 1, 2012 at 8:49 AM · Report this
JF 14
Wait. Did you actually wake up to this song specifically or was it the original?
Posted by JF on May 1, 2012 at 8:57 AM · Report this
Cienna Madrid 15
@14, this very song. Then I looked up the video and watched Tom Jones clone himself and then short circuit his clone with enthusiastic pelvic thrusting and thought, "I am indeed in hell."
Posted by Cienna Madrid on May 1, 2012 at 9:07 AM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 16
You truly were. That's fucking God-awful.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty http://www.nra.org on May 1, 2012 at 9:51 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 17
Bicyclists, consider signing up for the June 2nd Earthworks Bicycyle Tour (free).

The Earthworks Tour is a new bicycle route that is being organized by the Kent Arts Commission. The tour connects four iconic landscapes in the Green River Valley that are all internationally recognized, but not well known locally. Three were designed by artists and the fourth is a nature preserve. They are the Herbert Bayer Earthwork, the Robert Morris Earthwork, Lorna Jordan’s Waterworks Gardens and the Green River Natural Resources Area.


http://kentwa.gov/arts/earthworks/

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on May 1, 2012 at 10:24 AM · Report this
Vince 18
@15 I think he's a shape AND race shifter. But I bet he still makes old ladies wet their Depends.
Posted by Vince on May 1, 2012 at 12:47 PM · Report this
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Lost in the article about global warming "denialists" seizing upon cloud research as their latest argument against taking any action to curb carbon emissions is the fact that, in order to adopt this stance, they have to (quietly, surreptitiously) admit that temperatures actually are increasing. Or else their argument makes no sense whatsoever -- clouds are counteracting the warming that isn't happening?

Notice how the "science" behind their positions effortlessly shifts to accommodate any new pretext for not doing anything.
Posted by Proteus on May 1, 2012 at 1:11 PM · Report this

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