Sunday, November 23, 2014

New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest, November 24, 2014

Well... He's not exactly off the wall.

Great Snow Storm Photo

A vehicle drives along Route 20 after digging out from a massive snowfall in Lancaster, N.Y., on Wednesday. 
The storm was blamed for at least seven deaths in western New York alone.

Cleveland Police Shoot And Kill 12 Year Old With Toy Gun

Alan: Conservative gun evangelists are cruel, increasingly unhinged people.
The most hair-raising horror in all this is that the nation's "Official Story" normalizes the carnage; assumes that this blood must be spilled; supposes that people are fools if they do not arm themselves to the teeth; if they do not shoot-to-kill. 
And shoot-to-kill simply on suspicion.

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A few years ago, New York City police fired more bullets in a single shootout with a lone suspect than were shot by all police officers in the nation of Germany over the course of the year.

12-year-old brandishing fake gun is shot and killed by Cleveland police officer

year-old boy was shot and killed by a Cleveland, Ohio, police officer Saturday afternoon after he ignored orders to raise his hands, and, instead, pulled a plastic gun from his waistband.

According to, officers were responding to 911 calls about a person waving a gun in a city park when they came upon the boy.

He was told to raise his hands, according to the deputy chief of police, but, instead, pulled the gun from his waistband. An officer fired twice hitting the boy.

The boy had not pointed the weapon nor made any verbal threats toward officers, according to reports.

The gun did not have an orange safety indicator on the muzzle, signifying that it was a fake, police say.

According to an Associated Press story, a 911 caller said the boy was pulling the gun in and out of his pants. "I don't know if it's real or not," the caller said.

For the full story, see

San Francisco's Native People - The Ohlone Tribe - Want Their Land Back

The Ohlone People Were Forced Out of San Francisco. 

Now They Want Part of Their Land Back.

- Sat Nov. 22, 2014
"There are only three ways to get land," said Tony Cerda, chairman of the Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe, in 2010. "You can buy it, have it given to you, or steal it." It's clear which one of those applies to his people, the Ohlone, who lived in the central California coastal region for thousands of years prior to the arrival of Spanish missionaries in the 1700s. The Ohlone once numbered as many as 15,000 on lands stretching from the San Francisco Bay to Big Sur. But following years of enslavement under the Spanish mission system and, later, persecution by settlers, they are now largely a people in exile.
Cerda's tribe—about 2,000 people living in the Pomona area east of Los Angeles—are now the largest contemporary Ohlone group in the state. They're leading the push for cultural recognition in the city of San Francisco. Specifically, they're asking the city for land to build a cultural center as part of a proposed shoreline redevelopment project in the Hunters Point Shipyard area. The area was once the location of a historic Ohlone village and burial site—one of over 425 in the San Francisco Bay region.
Ohlone leaders say a cultural center would highlight the oft-overlooked history of California's native people while serving as a permanent place for today's tribes to continue their song, dance, language, and art traditions. And they're also hoping to rebuild their cultural presence through community events like the annual Big Time Gathering, which took place in October in San Francisco's Presidio National Park. This year's gathering was the biggest yet, drawing more than 100 Native Californians from seven different tribes. Their goal is to honor their roots, says Neil Maclean, one of the event's organizers: "Through hearing them sing, seeing them dance, and joining with them in ceremony, the Ohlone will tell their side about what it is like to survive."

If You Wish To Boycott Koch Industries, Here's A List Of Their Products

Common brands owned by Koch or with heavy Koch investment.
Koch industries and its subsidiaries are expansive—their holdings include everything from gas stations to pipelines, paper products for everyday use, greeting cards, chemicals used to make materials, and the fabric that makes your clothing.
With an interest in almost everything and status as the number two privately held company in the country–behind Cargill—Koch industries is a behemoth that is hard to avoid.
But knowledge is power and your dollar is your vote. We can become informed purchasers and refuse to support their political agenda by refusing to purchase their wares.
The internet is a wonderful place, full of handy resources. Start by memorizing and avoiding the brand logos listed, which are commonly found throughout our daily lives. Download the Buycott app on your phone and use it while you shop. Buycott has an interesting connection to the netroots you can read about here.
Do some research. Visit Koch industriesInvista, and Georgia-Pacific to see their broad range of products for home, business, construction, clothing manufacturing, farming materials, and chemical additives. They are into almost everything—including fiber optics!
If you are in charge of ordering office supplies for your business, construction materials for your job site, or products for events, catering, or restaurants—avoid buying from Georgia-Pacific and its smaller subsidiaries.
Use your purchasing power to stop adding to the Koch empire, avoid the following products as much as you can. Please sign the pledge to not buy commonly available Koch products.
List of familiar Koch products and brands:
-American Greetings** (took heavy Koch investment, upwards of $200 million)
-Angel Soft
-Angel Soft Ultra
-Brawny paper towels
-Dixie products
-Insulair cups
-Mardis Gras napkins
-Perfect Touch cups, paper products
-Quilted Northern
-Sparkle paper towels
-Vanity Fair napkins & paper towels
-Zee Napkins
-Georgia-Pacific Office products
-Spectrum paper
-Georgia-Pacific's enMotion paper towel dispenser
-Georgia-Pacific's engineered lumber
-INVISTA’s PET polymer is used in oxygen-sensitive packaging for food and beverages.
-ADI-PURE® Adipic Acid
-ANTRON® Carpet Fiber
-C12™ Intermediates
-COOLMAX® Fabric
-CORDURA® Fabric
-DACRON® Fiberfill
-DYTEK® Idea Intermediates
-FLEXISOLV® Solvent Solutions
-LYCRA® Fiber
-LYCRA HyFit® Fiber
-OXYCLEAR® Barrier Resin
-SENZAA™ Additive
-SUPPLEX® Fabric
-TACTEL® Fiber
-TECGEN® Garments
-TERATE® Polyols
-TERATHANE® Polyether Glycol
-TERRIN™ Polyols
-TORZEN® PA66 Resin
Koch Fertilizer Company's AGROTAIN® nitrogen stabilizer fertilizer products are used around the world to improve nitrogen efficiency and enhance crop productions.
If you use building materials, be sure to check out the extensive list of Georgia-Pacific building products—including their product app.  
*Disclaimer: The list is a work in progress, we are striving to keep it updated and accurate, please post corrections or additions with citations in the comments.
**Disclaimer: Note that some of these products are made in union facilities by union members. We are working to determine which those are, so you can make your best informed decisions.*
H/T to users kathybbbATexicanPeteInTXBDA in VAMelanie in IATheNewDeal00,Truth Told Hereworkinguy, and geebeebee who've all posted similar information.

"Food Chain$: The Revolution In America's Fields," By The Producer Of "Food Inc."


Alan: American conservatives should watch this movie and then ask themselves: "Can I imagine myself -- or any of my friends -- doing this work for 40 hours a week?" Accustomed as they are to manipulation and mendacity, American right-wingers will not be able to dodge this bullet, shot straight from the muzzle of Truth.


"American Conservatives And Oppositional-Defiant Disorder"

"Are Republicans Insane?"

"The Republican Party Is A Satanic Cult"

Jindal Criticizes The Stupid Party: "Simply protects the rich so they get to keep their toys"

"The Reign of Morons Is Here," Charles P. Pierce, The Atlantic

"A Southerner Explains Tea Party Radicalism: The Civil War Is Not Over"

"People Who Watch Only Fox News 
Know Less Than People Who Watch No News"

Bill Maher: The Zombie Life Cycle Of Republican Lies. They Never - Ever - Die

"Bank On It: The South Is Always Wrong"

"Why The Bible Belt Is Its Own Worst Enemy"

"The Guardian: John Oliver's Viral Video Is The Best Climate Debate You'll Ever See"


George McGovern: "The Case For Liberalism, A Defense Of The Future Against The Past"

According To Seasonal Fluctuation, Modern Crops Produce Up To 25% Of CO2

Could revelation that crops contribute to global warming improve climate models?

A recent study found that as much as 25 percent of the seasonal increase in CO2 is due to modern crops.

Could revelation that crops contribute to global warming improve climate models?

By Dan TaylorDaily Digest News

November 23, 2014

Recent findings that suggest modern farm production could be having a major impact on global carbon cycles could greatly improve today’s climate models and improve forecasting.

A recent study showed that a big jump in food production to meet rising food demands from a burgeoning global population is responsible for as much as 25 percent of the seasonal increase in carbon dioxide (CO2), according to Economic Times.

Carbon dioxide is absorbed in the spring and summer as plants produce lots of solar-hungry leaves. Once the energy has been converted to food, it is released into the atmosphere as the leaves die off in the autumn and winter, producing big fluctuations in CO2 levels.

The Economic Times described the crops as a giant “sponge” for CO2, a sponge that is getting bigger and can release much more carbon dioxide than in the past. As global food productivity doubles in the coming decades, scientists may be better able to create accurate climate models with this new knowledge of the effects farms have on the environment

Chris Kucharik, a co-author of the study who works at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said the research findings are “another piece of evidence” suggesting that things humans do on a large scale can have big effects on the planet as a whole.

The biggest crops — maize, wheat, soybeans, and rice — have jumped 240 percent in production since the 1960s in the Northern Hemisphere, especially in the U.S. Midwest and China where the crops are most commonly found.

Up until now scientists hadn’t realized the impact farms had on CO2 levels — specifically, CO2 spikes during the seasons. Kucharik and his team, including researchers at Boston University, determined the connection by counting how much carbon absorbed by plants had changed over time.

Their findings indicated that total farmed land wasn’t growing much, but technology had allowed farmers to dramatically boost efficiency in their land thanks to better fertilizer, improved breeding, more efficient irrigation, and other factors which were implemented after World War II.

The study’s results were posted in the journal Nature.