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Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Sunday Morning News

Posted by on Sun, Apr 28, 2013 at 9:00 AM

The Wonders of GMO: (Mad) scientists in Uruguay have created nine glow-in-the-dark sheep. Because, science.

Iraq Is Flourishing: Actually, no. The government is suspending the licenses of ten TV channels, including Al Jazeera, after five days of violence killed 125 people.

Seattle Is So Post-Racial: An alleged douchebag was arrested at Seattle Center on Saturday for "taking a fighting stance" towards a group of Arab-Americans and threatening to "obtain a gun and shoot them all," according to SPD. They called 911 and the 52-year-old man was booked into King County Jail.

Life On the Tar Sands: Fights, testosterone, booze, cocaine, failed marriages - and lots of money. A pipeline builder reports for Rolling Stone on how the oil boom driving the Keystone XL project has transformed the frozen reaches of Alberta.

CISPA Is Dead! Long Live CISPA! The "cybersecurity" bill backed by big tech firms that would have increased surveillance and data-sharing with the government is dead, for now.

In Old News: The Seattle Times rehashes Cienna's story from two months ago on the religious influence of Catholics on hospitals across Washington State.

Cause of Death - iPhone 5: China Labor Watch reports that two more workers, a 23-year-old female and a 24-year-old male, jumped to their deaths off the buildings at a Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou, China.

What's a Legislature To Do? Around a thousand teachers rallied in Olympia to call for a robust education budget that minimizes class sizes and gives them a raise. But "glacially slow" budget negotiations are making a drawn-out overtime legislative session seem inevitable.

Hope For The New Pope: Liberation theologians and progressive priests in Latin America say Pope Francis is one of their own and not a conservative, close-minded reactionary hack.

And with that, please enjoy this cockatoo rocking out to Daft Punk:

 

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TomJohnsonJr 1
Thanks for that Daft Punk cockatoo-cute boy video. The news that their new album features a collaboration with Paul Williams, it just has me grinning three times a day whenever it crosses my mind.
Posted by TomJohnsonJr on April 28, 2013 at 9:09 AM · Report this
long-time reader 2
I bet knitters would dig some phosphorescent yarn. And no, that's not the same thing as "glow-in-the-dark".
Posted by long-time reader on April 28, 2013 at 9:28 AM · Report this
Tiffany 3
About the sheep. http://badskeptic.com/?p=336
Posted by Tiffany http://www.facebook.com/tiffany98122 on April 28, 2013 at 9:31 AM · Report this
theophrastus 4
if it soothes folks concerns at all the sheep don't "glow in the dark" in any independent sense; rather they fluoresce in response to UV light. this because they've been made to produce a protein that has that quality, like many flowers and jellyfish do. if that doesn't soothe folks concerns, well, it's still nothing to become overly concerned about (in a world jam-packed with real concerns).
Posted by theophrastus on April 28, 2013 at 9:35 AM · Report this
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on April 28, 2013 at 9:45 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 6
seattle is more "post-racial" than other places. there is racial tolerance being practiced daily by the vast majority of the population.

what it is not, obviously, is post-crazy-drunken-yahoo.

but, there's not a place on earth aside from antarctica devoid of them.
Posted by Max Solomon on April 28, 2013 at 9:49 AM · Report this
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A new Rurism is flourishing!

Towns such as Baldwin City, which are relatively close to larger cities, are in the best position to draw and keep young people, Bosch said. But even the draw of downtown Kansas City, 45 minutes away, does not take Bosch out of town that often, he said.

"Yes they have a lot of great venues and great restaurants -and $6 beers - but I'd have to drag my friends out there," Bosch said. Baldwin City has dining and culture of its own, he said.

Bosch and several Reflective Group employees said they like Baldwin City for the short commutes, friendly people and surrounding countryside. Bosch earned a master's degree from Baker University in Baldwin City before starting his business.

Technology allows companies such as Reflective Group to operate virtually anywhere. This works in favor of small towns, which also have the advantage of lower costs and dedicated employees. Bosch said. Bosch said there is a "moral competitive advantage" for companies in small towns that employ young people with rural backgrounds.

"They have an amazing work ethic and strong values," he said.


http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/2…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on April 28, 2013 at 9:49 AM · Report this
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Yes, this is science. There is such a thing as "proof of concept experiments" where you do something cool like this as a step towards genuinely useful genetic engineering. And let's try to take the snarky anti-science down a notch if we can.
Posted by olechka on April 28, 2013 at 9:59 AM · Report this
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I guarantee their cause of death was not the iphone 5 but shitty working conditions.
Posted by treehugger on April 28, 2013 at 10:14 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 10
I guarantee their cause of death was not the shitty working conditions but trauma caused by hitting the ground at a high rate of speed.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on April 28, 2013 at 10:58 AM · Report this
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And that is the real reason why scared teabagger types we have way too many of in this state like to walk around packing heat. If they run across a few scary mexicans or even worse some middle eastern people they think they can hide behind their guns. A gun also comes in handy if there is a stray cat or some other threatening animal attacking you.
Posted by S T on April 28, 2013 at 10:58 AM · Report this
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@10: And unless the ground was made of iphone 5s (protip: it wasn't) then their death STILL wasn't caused by an overhyped piece of tech.
Posted by treehugger on April 28, 2013 at 10:59 AM · Report this
dirac 13
It still has GFP which introduces an unknown into the equation. Just to preach some stiff scientism without at least empathizing with the concern over potential introduction of transgenic species into the environment is short-sighted.

Now let me go give my pregnant wife this thalidomide...because science!
Posted by dirac on April 28, 2013 at 11:30 AM · Report this
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it is easy to be smugly 'post-racial' in a place as white as Seattle.
Posted by meanwhile; the Real World giggles at your pretensions on April 28, 2013 at 11:34 AM · Report this
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Union teachers want more money to do less work.

We have the taxpayers answer:

Fuck You. with a rusty nail.
Posted by now get off of our lawn..... on April 28, 2013 at 11:35 AM · Report this
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Last time I checked, a COLA was not a raise. The teachers are asking for restoration of their COLA - not having it used to balance the K-12 budget as the WA Senate/Rodney Tom sleight-of-hand joke budget is trying to do.
Posted by StuckInUtah on April 28, 2013 at 11:35 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 17
I don't understand the Iraqi news blackout. It seems to me the government is shutting down television instead of shutting down terrorism. It makes the government look weak in my opinion.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on April 28, 2013 at 11:56 AM · Report this
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@13 no one is saying this new GFP sheep will make a delicious dinner (though all research still points to the safety of gmos that's not actually my point). I don't even think this experiment had anything to do with agriculture. It was a cool experiment that will hopefully lead to more discoveries which will better human existence. Making genetic engineering some kind of boogeyman is just silly.
Posted by olechka on April 28, 2013 at 12:04 PM · Report this
sperifera 19
@15 - The home schooling seemed to do wonders for you troll, so yeah why don't you just go ahead and live in your little cocoon a little longer. Enjoy the Scotch and Drambuie.
Posted by sperifera on April 28, 2013 at 12:08 PM · Report this
raindrop 20
@5: Indeed, always meet a date a public place first!
Posted by raindrop on April 28, 2013 at 12:13 PM · Report this
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Operation Success: Iraq and Afghanistan


The other day I ran into a fellow I've been conversing with over several years, a small businessman with a master's degree in the liberal arts, and almost zero mental abstraction ability.

He was aghast as he had just learned that much of the Iraqi oil goes to China.

"But they are our enemy," he exclaimed!

"Our," kemosabe?

I patiently explained that the Iraqi War and Afghanistan war were both successes as far as the multinationals were concerned; with Iraqi oil to China, and gas and oil pipelines crossing Afghanistan into India.

I further patiently explained that with all the jobs, technology and investment offshored to China and India by the American-based, and European-based, and Japanese-based multinationals, they required much greater energy levels for all those factories, and production facilities, and R&D labs, etc. I also elaborated on the extremely valuable and sensitive defense technology that Bill Clinton (over-the-horizon missile targeting tech) and George W. Bush (precision ball bearings plant in Ohio) had given to China.

Furthermore, I tediously explained that FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) from America to China had steadily increased every year for over fifteen years!

To the multinationals on whose behalf millions died, those two invasions and wars were resounding successes!
Posted by sgt_doom on April 28, 2013 at 1:14 PM · Report this
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Oh, so glad we have a volunteer to pay for the teacher's raise, Mr 47%.

Get your check in the mail pronto, those union sows aren't getting any sweeter for the wait......
Posted by oinkoink on April 28, 2013 at 2:11 PM · Report this
sperifera 24
@23 - I am THRILLED to be paying more to teachers. Only when this country looks at educators in the same manner as we do doctors and lawyers (and other esteemed professionals) will our education system get better, not when you and your lazy, moocher, don't-want-to-pay-for-anything-for-anyone-else asshole friends try to destroy it with your cheap ass way of doing things.
Posted by sperifera on April 28, 2013 at 3:06 PM · Report this
sloegin 25
You need one side of the table negotiating for the COLA for anything to happen. Hypocritical of Inslee to cheer on teachers while at the same time not putting a COLA in his proposed budget.
Posted by sloegin on April 28, 2013 at 5:20 PM · Report this
mr. herriman 26
lordy that boy with the bird is cute. and he likes good music and has a room full of books? swoontown.
Posted by mr. herriman on April 29, 2013 at 1:20 AM · Report this
Tacoma Traveler 27
I'd like to marry the guy with the cockatoo. Now, please
Posted by Tacoma Traveler on April 29, 2013 at 4:35 AM · Report this

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