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A lot of fun, but the lighting angles on the planets are wrong. I know, if they were accurate you wouldn't see anything on the planets, but anyway..
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Greg comes to bury Cuomo, not to praise him: Greg Palast on Mario Cuomo's dark side and how Cuomo tried to block publication of his book. http://t.co/EqyqFwW4hM
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'But there was another Cuomo, the one that tried to stop the US publication of my book, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy; the Mario Cuomo who went to court to try to put the Palast Investigative team out of business while we worked to expose the Bush Family election heist and the con job leading to war.' Greg Palast, Reader Supported News
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Find a fucking track, assholes. Don't do this stuff on the highway.
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This could be great if the aspect ratio wasn't so fucked up.
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Coming soon to a Darwin Awards ceremony near you.
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Don't hold back, David. Tell us how you really feel. Then do it again. The cretins you castigate have already murdered human civilization, they just don't know it yet.
 
This is what we had all feared.  The possible tipping point.  Methane plumes are emanating from at least 570 seafloor cold seeps on the outer continental shelf and the continental slope, Mississippi State University reported.  A potential disaster that I warned about in EARTH (1989), accelerating ocean acidification and turning the greenhouse into a runaway.
http://www.hngn.com/articles/40189/20140825/methane-leaking-from-sea-floor-could-change-ocean-acidity-oxygen-content.htm

"Warming of ocean temperatures on seasonal, decadal or much longer time scales can cause gas hydrate to release its methane, which may then be emitted at seep sites," said Carolyn Ruppel, study co-author and chief of the USGS Gas Hydrates Project.  "Such continental slope seeps have previously been recognized in the Arctic, but not at mid-latitudes.  So this is a first."

To be clear, methane is a far worse greenhouse gas than CO2… and rising ocean temps will cause icy methane hydrates to fizz, all over the globe, possibly causing a runaway effect.

Which leaves me with this to say to you wretched, monstrous, science-hating fools, with your “hypnotize-me!” Fox-Nuremberg rallies and neo-confederate rant-fests against all big-city-university “smartypants” types.  

No evidence will change your opposition to negotiating even moderate, sensible, precautionary interim measures to increase energy efficiency or do basic R&D. You sabotage TWODA (Things We Ought to be Doing Anyway.)  You helped to sabotage the satellites and instruments and research vessels that could have nailed it all down.  

You help to denigrate and geld the smartest, most knowledgeable, competitive and wisest human beings whom our species has ever produced, and thereby you declare yourselves to be brave authority questioners and skeptics!  While kneejerk-robotically obeying  the hypnotize-me channels owned by coal and oil barons... and never once sniffing the suspicious irony.

Millions of science loving moderates (like me) have been willing to negotiate the best measures that would (win-win) simultaneously take reasonable efficiency precautions and boost economic activity instead of squelching it.  We do not want to “shiver in the dark”… but you SOBs have never shown the slightest willingness to sit and make a deal with moderates on the other side. It has become a reflex. You... never... negotiate.

Instead you empower and enable a New Civil War which has reduced the world’s greatest and most scientific and future-oriented nation to utter dysfunction, unable to perform politics and negotiation at even the most basic level.

You refuse to look at actual outcomes, by which measure your “side” has proved insanely incompetent.  You refuse to follow the money or look at who are the winners from your movement’s loony wars or from the Tobacco-style denialist-delay campaign on climate change.  EVERYTHING to you is “right versus left” — a loony metaphor that allows you to ignore one blatant fact -- that Adam Smith … today… would be a Democrat. As would any moderate-libertarian-capitalist scientist, like me.

You are jibbering crazies, who don't give a damn about your grand-children or your nation or planet.  And when the seas rise, the climate refugees will legitimately claim your homes.
Methane is leaking from the seafloor in more places than researchers suspected.
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@theharryshearer: "(Torture) let them prove, to their satisfaction, that he didn’t know what they had been convinced that he did know." http://t.co/l0URbz7gCL
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Twelve years after the decision to use torture was secretly made, we’re seeing a public effort not only to defend the CIA but also to defend torture itself.
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@davewiner: The NYPD's 'Work Stoppage' Is Surreal. http://t.co/23zHGWUDVe
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In an alternate universe, the New York Police might have just solved the national community-policing controversy.
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Pretty ballsy posting this whole thing instead of lopping off the false starts.
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"Sanitized for your protection" my ass!
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We spent Sunday afternoon at Storm King. The best picture we got out of the day had no sculpture in it; Bill Pruitt shot me and the wife coming over the hill. Thanks, Bill!
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To those who say that the nation of Palestine never existed:

This picture is cropped (but otherwise unchanged) from a photo I took of the globe FDR kept in the Oval Office when he was President of the United States.

You can see it for yourself in his Presidential Library in Hyde Park, NY.
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Fair enough for me!  It's a fascinating picture no matter the context.
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