- Is It Weird Enough Yet? – NYTimes.com Thomas Friedman—
“Every time I listen to Gov. Rick Perry of Texas and Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota talk about how climate change is some fraud perpetrated by scientists trying to gin up money for research, I’m always reminded of one of my favorite movie lines that Jack Nicholson delivers to his needy neighbor who knocks on his door in the film “As Good As It Gets.” “Where do they teach you to talk like this?” asks Nicholson. “Sell crazy someplace else. We’re all stocked up here.”
Thanks Mr. Perry and Mrs. Bachmann, but we really are all stocked up on crazy right now. I mean, here is the Texas governor rejecting the science of climate change while his own state is on fire — after the worst droughts on record have propelled wildfires to devour an area the size of Connecticut. As a statement by the Texas Forest Service said last week: “No one on the face of this earth has ever fought fires in these extreme conditions.”…”
- Tom Friedman on Rick Perry, Global Weirding, Solyndra, and Why a Carbon Price is Patriotic | ThinkProgress
- New Lows: Sea Ice and “Steven Goddard” credibility « Climate Denial Crock of the Week
- Arctic sea ice low – what does it really mean?
- Facts Don’t Persuade Climate Skeptics–So What Does? | The Intersection | Discover Magazine
- Chris Mooney | Want to Sway Climate Change Skeptics? Ask About Their Personal Strengths (And Show Pictures!)
The Politics of Climate Change
- Al Gore on Colbert, chatting about climate reality and Rick Perry [VIDEO] | Grist
- Separating Issues from Myths in Obama’s Solyndra Situation – NYTimes.com
- Steve Horn | Solyndra Solar Panel Corporation Scandal Ablaze – ThinkProgress Sets Record Straight
- Solyndra’s Failure Shouldn’t Tar Green Investments, But It Will – Business – GOOD
- The Phony Solyndra Scandal | NationofChange
- Found this over on HuffPo:
All The Other Stuff (Politics,News, Opinion, etc.)
- U.S. Census Shows 1 in 6 Americans Are Poor And 1 in 5 Children Live in Poverty | NationofChange
- No Disaster Relief for Hurricane Vics | The X Blog.
- Ten Thousand Years of Speed Bumps | Blue Collar Atheist
- Yes!!! Just let the uninsured die!!! | The X Blog
- Post-Debate Handicapping | Dispatches from the Culture Wars
- Perry: Unprepared, Underwhelming | FrumForum
- The ultimate homeopathic remedy : Respectful Insolence
- The Contagion of conspiracy mongering and pseudoscience : Respectful Insolence
- xkcd: Working.
- Troy Davis And The Politics of Death | NationofChange
- How to Create More Jobs By Lowering Wages: Texas and America | NationofChange — Robert Reich
“…If governors try hard enough, though, they can create lots of lousy jobs. They can drive out unions, attract low-wage immigrants, and turn a blind eye to businesses that fail to protect worker health and safety.
Rick Perry seems to have done exactly this. While Texas leads the nation in job growth, a majority of Texas’s workforce is paid hourly wages rather than salaries. And the median hourly wage there was $11.20, compared to the national median of $12.50 an hour.
Texas has also been specializing in minimum-wage jobs. From 2007 to 2010, the number of minimum wage workers there rose from 221,000 to 550,000 – that’s an increase of nearly 150 percent. And 9.5 percent of Texas workers earn the minimum wage or below – compared to about 6 percent for the rest of the nation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state also has the lowest percentage of workers without health insurance. Texas schools rank 44th in the nation in per-pupil spending….”
- It’s not often that I cite editorials in the NY Post for praise but Robert Goldberg is right on the mark in his criticsm of Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and the psuedo-science driven anti-vacinnation movement with his op-ed: Michelle Bachmann’s vaccine lunacy–Robert Goldberg – NYPOST.com
- and more on that topic from Ed Brayton here—Bachmann’s Anti-Vax Nonsense | Dispatches from the Culture Wars
- and PZ too — Michele Bachmann: pseudo-scientist and anti-vaxxer | Pharyngula.
- and perhaps best of all Orac — Michelle Bachmann’s anti-vaccine statements cross the political pseudoscience divide : Respectful Insolence For all intents and purposes we can pretty much stick a fork in Michelle Bachmann because if she ever had a chance to be a Presidential candidate she’s certainly done now.
- 7 Reasons Why I Label Myself An Atheist Rather Than An Agnostic | Camels With Hammers.
- 3quarksdaily: The Responsibility of Intellectuals, Redux.
Is Social Security a Ponzi scheme as Republican Presidential candidate Rick Perry claims? Noted author and former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich debunks that claim and five other lies the right-wing tells about taxes, government and the economy.
The lies Reich debunks:
1) Tax cuts to the rich and corporations trickle down to the rest of us. (No it doesnapos;t and it never has.)
2) If you shrink government you create jobs. (No, you get rid of jobs that way.)
3) High taxes on the rich hurts the economy. (No, the economy grew when the US did this under Eisenhower.)
4) Debt is to be avoided and it is mostly caused by Medicare. (No, if debt is properly used to grow the economy, it becomes a smaller part of the budget because of increased revenue and Medicare has the lowest overhead of any health insurance plan out there.)
5) Social Security is a Ponzi scheme (No, its solid for 26 years. Social Security is solid beyond that if the rich pay the same percentage in social security taxes as the rest of us do.)
6) We need to tax the poor. (This is what Republicans have been proposing when they say any “tax reform” needs to involve all Americans because poor people pay no income tax. The poor have no money and taxing them will not solve our budget problems.)
Reich was speaking at the “Summit For A Fair Economy” in Minneapolis, Minnesota on September 10, 2011.
- In the Land of Denial on Climate Change – NYTimes.com.
- The American Spectator : Packing Heat — A politically motivated global warming denial hit piece although not nearly as bad as the Pure Fabrication, Lies and Global Warming Denial Propaganda from Non-other Than Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government that I wrote about last night.
- Tonight’s Republican Debate: The 19th Century or the Stone Age? | NationofChange. — Robert Reich’s on tonights Republican debate: “Tonight a bevy of Republican presidential hopefuls hope to emerge as finalists. Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann will battle for the right-wing nut Tea Party finals. Mitt Romney and John Huntsman will position themselves for the moderate right-wing finals…” and waxes how Republican seemed locked in time, a time period we experienced some 90 years ago just before the Great Depression.
- Perry Tales: Rick Is Not Who He Says He Is | NationofChange — Jim Hightower. “…Here’s a particularly revealing stat that the Perry pixies don’t want us to see: On his watch as governor, Texas added more minimum wage jobs than all the other 49 states combined.”
- U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics Minimum Wage Workers in Texas – 2010.
- Romney Lays Out Comprehensive Jobs, Economic Program | NationofChange Romney has apparently written put together a 151 page report detailing his proposed economic program (while Rick Perry has managed to string together 5 or 6 sentences) and this article looks like brief overview and intro (I haven’t read Romney’s full report yet).
- How the Tea Party changed the climate debate – Ezra Klein – The Washington Post Interesting,…Ezra klien writes: “The Yale Project on Climate Change Communication released a new survey today finding that the bulk of climate skepticism on the right comes from a relatively small slice of conservatives — and even their beliefs are more nuanced than one might suspect.The Yale survey divvied up respondents into Democrats, Republicans, independents, and Tea Partiers. Self-identified Tea Party types make up just 12 percent of the country, but they tend to be the fiercest global-warming deniers: “Majorities of Democrats (78%), Independents (71%) and Republicans (53%) believe that global warming is happening. By contrast, only 34 percent of Tea Party members believe global warming is happening, while 53 percent say it is not happening.”…”Interesting statistics I did not know about.
- Top 10 Reasons Why Green Jobs Are Vital to Our Economy | ThinkProgress
- Crazy Wingnut Screed of the Day | Dispatches from the Culture Wars Ed Brayton points out another example of Andrew Breitbart’s wing nut right partisan publishing.
- Andrew Sullivan Asks: Did Osama Win on 9/11? – The Daily Beast
- 2% of Welfare Recipients Fail Drug Tests in Florida | Dispatches from the Culture Wars. — Ed Brayton: “You may remember that Gov. Rick Scott of Florida instituted drug testing for all welfare recipients in that state on the premise that it would save the state money by not having to pay benefits to those who were on drugs. And guess what they found out? Welfare recipients use drugs at a lower rate than the rest of the population — and by a pretty significant margin…”
- Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult | Truthout — “…To those millions of Americans who have finally begun paying attention to politics and watched with exasperation the tragicomedy of the debt ceiling extension, it may have come as a shock that the Republican Party is so full of lunatics. To be sure, the party, like any political party on earth, has always had its share of crackpots, like Robert K. Dornan or William E. Dannemeyer. But the crackpot outliers of two decades ago have become the vital center today: Steve King, Michele Bachman (now a leading presidential candidate as well), Paul Broun, Patrick McHenry, Virginia Foxx, Louie Gohmert, Allen West. The Congressional directory now reads like a casebook of lunacy…”
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