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Monday, October 7, 2013

Morning News: Prizes, Chills, and Gridlocked Government

Posted by on Mon, Oct 7, 2013 at 9:39 AM

"We sit here until they figure out they fuckin’ lost": Washington Rep. Jim McDermott spells out the Democrats' plan to the federal shutdown. “You can’t say, OK, you get half of Obamacare—this isn’t a Solomonic decision," he also said. Meanwhile, Obama says he'd be willing to accept a short-term increase in the federal borrowing cap, signaling the administration's acknowledgement that negotiations could last longer than the debt ceiling's October 17 deadline.

Caring for the Mentally Ill: Early intervention and outpatient therapy keeps people with mental health issues out of Washington emergency rooms.

Toxic Waste and an Eagle on Ice: Diseases are going unmonitored, plane wrecks are going unanalyzed, and this woman has an eagle in her freezer. Damn you, federal shutdown! Damn you!

Greenpeace on Ice: Greenpeace activists are being held in solitary confinement and "extremely cold" cells in Russia after being declared terrorists by the government.

Skiing in Beautiful North Korea: The country's first luxury ski resort opens, despite the fact that only .02 percent of the population knows how to ski.

Government Prayer and Affirmative Action: The Supreme Court starts its new term with an array of sexy topics, including PAC spending and First Amendment rights for abortion clinic protesters. Conspicuously absent from the docket? Climate change cases. Nevertheless, the court could close after October 11 if the federal shutdown continues, due to lack of funds.

Nobel Prize in Medicine: James E. Rothman of Yale University; Randy W. Schekman of the University of California, Berkeley; and Dr. Thomas C. Südhof of Stanford University jointly share the prize for discovering "how cells transport major molecules in a cargo system that delivers them to the right place at the right time in cells," reports the NYTimes.

Burke Gilman Body Identified: The woman found fatally shot Friday morning has been identified as 26-year-old Jowanna Gooden of Renton.

No Courage, Indeed: Pakistan Taliban forces have vowed to shoot 16-year-old schoolgirl campaigner Malala Yousafzai again if they get the chance, because she has "no courage." They previously shot her in the head, but she survived. Apparently, it takes a lot of courage to threaten and shoot at school children.

Miley Cyrus: Kept tongue in mouth, did okay as SNL host, says the internet.

 

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NotSean 1
Miley Cyrus was on a show and did not shock the audience. That's Slog-worthy news?
Posted by NotSean on October 7, 2013 at 9:54 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 2
big ups to jim mcd for using "fuck" in the media. either he's finally becoming the house rep i want him to be, or he's going senile.
Posted by Max Solomon on October 7, 2013 at 9:57 AM · Report this
Just Jeff 3
So what percentage of the US population knows how to ski? What the fuck does that have to do with anything?
Posted by Just Jeff on October 7, 2013 at 10:07 AM · Report this
Cienna Madrid 4
@3, You're totally right. It doesn't make any difference if one of the poorest, least developed countries in the world--a country full of people who struggle to eat, let alone ski--just built a luxury ski resort.

Thanks for your insights. They're invaluable.
Posted by Cienna Madrid on October 7, 2013 at 10:16 AM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 5
@4

The last thing a poor country needs is a resort that brings rich tourists into the country. Tourists, and their filthy money.

Not that I think any of this is either here or there when it comes to North Korea's real problem.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn http://youtu.be/zu-akdyxpUc on October 7, 2013 at 10:33 AM · Report this
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John Boehner's Formula For Success !


In 1968, little Johnnie Boehner joined the US Navy, but unfortunately, due to his constant malingering --- the slacker claimed to have a bad back --- little Johnnie Boehner washed out of Navy boot camp or basic training!

Later, upon first running for the US House of Representatives, little Johnnie Boehner falsely claimed military service during Vietnam --- a fraud since in order to claim such one would have had to serve at least six months of active duty, beginning after successfully completing boot camp!

Boehner's position as Speaker of the House is proof positive that such perfidy leads to success. . . . .

[Remember the guillotine ! ! ! !]
Posted by sgt_doom on October 7, 2013 at 10:41 AM · Report this
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This is the hottest ad on TeeVee:

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Posted by Dionysus on October 7, 2013 at 11:17 AM · Report this
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And some other very serious news stories (which Goldy may choose not to believe as it involves his fave doods, Big Pharma types):

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1045714

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/e…

Plus,

http://news.yahoo.com/ap-impact-families…

http://wallstreetonparade.com/2013/10/se…

And let us not forget the Surveillance State story involving the FBI:

http://www.privacysos.org/node/1199
Posted by sgt_doom on October 7, 2013 at 11:26 AM · Report this
Just Jeff 9
Cienna, I notice that you didnt answer my question. We have poverty here in the U S too. So what percentage of the US popolation knows how to ski? Is it more or less than .02%? If the percentage is comparable, then what conclusin would you draw?

There are plenty of arguments against the various forms of North Korean oppression and insanity - I just dont see what the percentage of the population that skis ir doesnt has to do with anything.

You may also consider the idea that this facility will be used by other than North Koreans.

So I'll ask you again-what pecentage of US citizens knows how to ski? Should we based on your apparent logic start shutting down ski areas or ban new ones based on that number?

If you want to talk about North Korea's fucked up priorities, that would be great. Tapping out a claim of "ski area bad because not enough skiiers" is just - well - stupid.

Posted by Just Jeff on October 7, 2013 at 11:27 AM · Report this
rob! 10
On the way to that schmancy North Korean ski resort, you might pass some North Korean wood-burning trucks.
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on October 7, 2013 at 11:33 AM · Report this
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Thom Yorke likes to smell farts.
Posted by JimmyCap on October 7, 2013 at 11:56 AM · Report this
Fnarf 12
The real news concerning North Korea is that many experts believe the country is going to collapse in months, not years, and we should be ready for that. 25 million starving people flooding over the border isn't really something China is looking forward to.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on October 7, 2013 at 12:31 PM · Report this
Sandiai 13
I'd like someone to explore the Malala story a little more (I don't have time right now), as she may very well be the next Nobel Peace Price recipient. However, you have many commenters on that article who are furious with her. I really fear for her safety, even now. Here's one example:

This Malala b1ch is CIA Agent, pictures with CIA is on internet, her father used her to get fame, money and Green Card, all her blogs were written by her father, she talked against Pakistan, she talked against Pakistan Army, she was nothing but puppet in the hands of her father. Now she is used by NGOs to earn money from around the world. Many gave their lives for Education, she is just used by her father and now Western Countries to spread hatred against Islam and Taliban.


Posted by Sandiai on October 7, 2013 at 1:00 PM · Report this
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NPR recently did a story on the North Korean ski resort, and it focused on the novelty of it all. "Would you ski North Korea?" "Well, it would certainly be unusual!"

While they were falling over backwards to portray the story as wacky & amusing, I kept waiting for someone to point out how the gulags down the road might have a negative effect on tourism. Because NK grants so many tourist visas, and is so easily accessible to outsiders.

Also, what Fnarf said.
Posted by jhops on October 7, 2013 at 1:49 PM · Report this
rob! 15
@13 (and everybody), this is a good overview of Malala's story at present—but far more important than the written story, when you have a chance, scroll down four to six screens to a little audio player block and listen to the 9-minute interview between Malala and Mishal Husain.
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on October 7, 2013 at 1:51 PM · Report this
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According to the very first google link, 7.5% of Americans are involved in a snow sport. The link breaks it down all sorts of ways:
http://www.examiner.com/article/snow-spo…

That is 375 times as many people as North Korea. Plus, we have lots of people who can afford to go, and private enterprise built them. Clearly North Korea did not build the resort for economic reasons, or for the benefit of the citizenry.
Posted by BenY on October 7, 2013 at 1:55 PM · Report this
Sandiai 17
Thanks rob! Best source I've seen so far.

That interview was so sweet. Her pleasure with new school subjects, and with being able to walk around unchaparoned, are especially touching. I laughed at this: when asked about the effect of Taliban's actions,

"I think they're regretting having shot Malala."
Posted by Sandiai on October 7, 2013 at 2:18 PM · Report this
rob! 18
Such an impressive young woman. More poise, wisdom, and thoughtful diplomacy than any number of world leaders (or Congress-critters). But I heard somewhere today that a Taliban spokeshole said they would try to shoot her again. May their every move and utterance damage only themselves.
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on October 7, 2013 at 2:39 PM · Report this
rob! 19
@16, the sustainability of the [downhill] ski industry is in question. Demographics above all point this direction.

http://www.amazon.com/Downhill-Slide-Cor…

(^ ten-year-old book)

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424…

(^ paywall alert—maybe invoke private browsing before clicking .wsj link, or google "ski area tries to stop downhill slide" and click top link?)

I'm a skier myself, and so have mixed feelings.
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on October 7, 2013 at 2:50 PM · Report this
Just Jeff 20
@fnarf What you said.
Posted by Just Jeff on October 7, 2013 at 4:12 PM · Report this
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