February 27th, 2010

UK For Obama

The Tea Parties Are Moving To Their Natural Home: BRITAIN!

Our favourite MEP (after Griffin, Brons, Farage... jeez, why do we have so many of these tossers?) Daniel Hannan has shown yet again that he'll do anything to try and impress Sean Hannity. Seriously Dan, if you love US Republimania so much, why don't you go f***ing live there? (I'm not even touching the stupidity of using a movement named after a rebellion against the British... IN BRITAIN.)

From Daniel Hannan's Telegraph page:

British Tea Party Movement to launch on Saturday

"The inaugural British Tea Party will take place on Saturday in my home town of Brighton, and I'll be speaking. Do try to come: here are the details.

Labour has raised more than a trillion pounds in additional taxation since 1997. Yet, unbelievably, Gordon Brown has still managed to run up a deficit of 12.6 per cent of GDP (Greece's is 12.7 per cent). A far lower level of taxation brought Americans out in spontaneous protest last year.

If you happen to be coming to the Conservative Spring Conference, do please pop in: the Tea Party is five minutes' walk from the conference venue. It is, however, outside the security zone, and anyone is welcome to come. Oh, and this being England, we’ll be serving actual, you know, tea. I hope to see some of this blog's readers there."

*facepalm* through my damn face!
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Cruentus Peregrinus, aufero nostrum quaestus!*

Roman remains in York are 'elite' African woman

This reconstruction shows how the Ivory Bangle Lady may have looked

Archaeologists have revealed the remains of what they say was a "high status" woman of African origin who lived in York during Roman times.

Academics say the discovery goes against the common assumption that all Africans in Roman Britain were low status male slaves.

Remains of the Ivory Bangle Lady, as she has been named, were studied in Reading using forensic techniques.

She was first discovered in the Bootham area of York in August 1901.

Her remains were in a stone coffin near Sycamore Terrace in the city.

Her grave dates back to the second half of the 4th Century. She was buried with items including jet and elephant ivory bracelets, earrings, beads and a blue glass jug.

She also had a rectangular piece of bone, which is thought to have originally been mounted in a wooden box, which was carved to read, "Hail, sister, may you live in God'.

The grave goods and skeletal remains of the Ivory Bangle Lady were studied by the archaeology department of the University of Reading.

The university's Dr Hella Eckardt said a study of the skull's size and facial features along with analysis of the chemical signature of the food and drink she had consumed led to their conclusion that she was of high status and of African origin.

Dr Eckardt said: "Multi-cultural Britain is not just a phenomenon of more modern times.

"Analysis of the 'Ivory Bangle Lady' and others like her, contradicts common popular assumptions about the make up of Roman-British populations as well as the view that African immigrants in Roman Britain were of low status, male and likely to have been slaves."

The Ivory Bangle Lady will feature in an exhibition about the diversity of the population of Roman York at the Yorkshire Museum in August.


LOL. Wait until the Daily Mail hears about this...

*BTW, I do not speak Latin so the translation is likely to be wrong.
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8.8 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Chile

A massive earthquake with an initial magnitude of 8.8 has struck central Chile. The quake struck at 0634 GMT about 91km (56 miles) north-east of the city of Concepcion and 317km south-west of the capital, Santiago.

Outgoing President Michelle Bachelet said that she had reports of five deaths so far and could not rule out that there might be more.

The US issued an initial tsunami warning for Chile, Peru and Ecuador. That was later extended to Colombia, Antarctica, Panama and Costa Rica.

Japan's meteorological agency has warned of a potential tsunami across large areas of the Pacific.

President Bachelet called on people to remain calm and contact the authorities if they needed help.

Four deaths have been reported in Maule and one in Bio Bio. Ms Bachelet, who has now gone into an emergency meeting, said that there were areas of the country where communications were down and teams were working to restore them.

Buildings in Santiago were reported to have shaken for between 10 and 30 seconds, with the loss of electricity and communications.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the earthquake struck at a depth of about 35km. It said tsunami effects had been observed at Valparaiso, west of Santiago, with a wave height of 1.29m above normal sea level.

One journalist speaking to Chilean national television from the city of Temuco, 600km south of Santiago, said many people there had left their homes, determined to spend the rest of the night outside. Some people on the streets were in tears.

Mark Winstanley, who contacted the BBC from Vina del Mar, 100km north-west of Santiago, said buildings had shaken and electricity and phone connections were cut but he could see no structural damage yet.

A university professor in Santiago, Cristian Bonacic, said that this was a massive quake but that the cities seemed to have resisted well. Internet communications were working but not mobile phones.

Chile suffered the biggest earthquake of the 20th century when a 9.5 magnitude quake struck the city of Valdivia in 1960, killing 1,655 people.


Original article posted here.

Update 1: The US government said a tsunami warning had been issued for Chile, Peru and Ecuador. (source)

Update 2: The earthquake has been upgraded to magnitude 8.8. (source

Update 3: The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning for Chile and Peru. The center recorded a tsunami wave as high as 9 feet. (source)

Update 4: Six confirmed dead (source).

Update 5: President Bachelet has declared a state of catastrophe, 47 confirmed dead (source).

Update 6: Death toll reaches 52, more casualties expected (source).

Update 7: Casualties reach 64 (source), EU offers assistance to victims (source).

Update 8: 78 reported dead (source).

Update 9: If you're concerned about family or friends in Chile, you can contact the State Department at 1-888-407-4747

Update 10: Casualties are now up to 85 in the Maule region alone (source).

Ustream coverage of the earthquake (in Spanish) here, via almondcroissant

Gamers scarier than bikers


But why does everyone forget about female gamers!! I don't exist :(


Be afraid, very afraid. The nerds are coming!

I thought I'd read just about every insult or calumny directed at video-gamers. No-Mates Nigel. Neon Nerd. Pixel Poindexter. Pac Man. "Hey, Frogger, catch this giant computer screen aimed at your head ... doink." Then I read the headline "Gamers scarier than bikers, says minister".

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It's George Wallace's GOP Now

This is a pretty good read, IMO. Rauch makes a connection that I would have missed, but it explains so much about today's GOP.

It's George Wallace's GOP Now
Like Wallace and his supporters 40 years ago, today's conservative populists are long on anger and short on coherence.

Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010
by Jonathan Rauch

The history of the modern Republican Party in one sentence: Barry Goldwater and Nelson Rockefeller got into an argument and George Wallace won.

OK, footnotes are required. The most important is that racism, a central factor in Wallace's career, is marginal in today's Republican Party. In fact, if there is anything Republicans like about President Obama, it is the racial breakthrough that his election represents. Nothing in this article implies that the GOP is a racist party.

But there was much more to George Corley Wallace than race.
We too easily forget, today, what a formidable figure he cut in his heyday. His four-term career as governor of Alabama spanned a quarter-century. In 1968, he launched one of the most successful independent presidential candidacies in American history, winning 13 percent of the popular vote. In 1972, this time running as a Democrat, he won five primaries and was on a roll when a would-be assassin's bullet knocked him out of the race.

"To dismiss George Wallace as a racist or a demagogue is to seriously underestimate his allure," said the National Observer in 1968. "His appeal is broader, far broader, than racism, and his themes too vital to be contained within mere demagoguery." Wallace drew a map for Republicans' subsequent inroads into the South and blue-collar America, and he pioneered legitimate issues to which establishment politicians paid too little attention: easy money, dysfunctional welfare programs, perverse crime policies.

What Wallace did not do was frame a coherent program or governing philosophy.
His agenda was "this strange conglomeration," says Dan Carter, a University of South Carolina historian and biographer of Wallace. "I don't expect politicians to be running a seminar, but there's an absolute incoherence about the thing that is more a cry of angst than a program."

Wallace's national appeal came neither from the racial backlash he exploited nor from his program, such as it was. "It was a deep sense of grievance," Carter says -- a feeling that elites "are not only screwing you over but at the same time they're laughing at you, they're looking down their noses at you."

Sarah Palin's style and appeal are closer to George Wallace's than Barry Goldwater's.

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Marco Rubio to Fight For The Rights of The Brain-Dead. 99% of GOP Party Made Up of Zombies.

Conservative Science Still Debating The Validity That The Poor And Women Are Considered "People"

Rubio raises Terri Schiavo case in an attack on Crist.

Yesterday, TPM’s Eric Kleefeld noted that the gloves were coming off in the Florida GOP Senate primary. Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Thomas provided a prime example of this yesterday when he reported that former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio had issued a release “whacking Charlie Crist for not being tough on social issues like abortion,” in which he invoked the infamous case of Terri Schiavo:
Marco Rubio’s campaign has put out a new release, whacking Charlie Crist for not being tough on social issues like abortion.
The release includes this mention of the Terri Schiavo case, “Crist also received criticism on the Terri Schiavo debate about where he really stood on a Congressional bill that would have let Terri’s parents take their lawsuit to save her life to federal courts.”
Thomas interprets the release as evidence that Rubio “seems to favor government intervention in this case.” According to a Nexis search, Rubio hasn’t explicitly commented on the Schiavo incident, in which conservatives brought a personal tragedy to national attention in 2005 to energize their pro-life base. The GOP tried to write legislation forcing doctors to reinsert Schiavo’s feeding tube and taking the “extraordinary step” of subpoenaing the critically brain-damaged woman to testify to Congress. Rubio did vote for the law giving then-Gov. Jeb Bush the authority “to issue a one-time stay to prevent the withholding of nutrition and hydration from” Schiavo. Crist was the attorney general of Florida at the time, but he refused to get involved in the case.
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Gays slam Catholic Church in the Netherlands

Snubbed, homosexuals head to mass en masse
Published: 26 February 2010 14:26 | Changed: 26 February 2010 17:34

A priest's refusal to grant communion to a gay man has led to uproar in the Catholic south of the Netherlands.

A multitude of gay men now look set to descend on Sunday mass in the city of Den Bosch.
By Eric van den Berg and Pieter Kottman

Prince Gijs might have been a wise and benevolent leader – but he is also a homosexual one. That alone was enough for his local church to refuse this atypical nobleman holy communion.

Prince Gijs is no ordinary royal. His reign only lasted three days and his realm extended no further than the borders of the small town of Reusel. Gijs, known in everyday life as Gijs Vermeulen, a 24-year old bartender, was his hometown’s Prince of the Carnival. Every year, towns in the Netherland’s Catholic south elect their own buffoonish royalty, an honour generally bestowed on the more festive members of the community.

The prince’s duties include waving at crowds, ritual tomfoolery and doling out free beer, but also participating in the traditional mass on the Saturday that precedes Carnival, this year on February 13.

Carnival goes awry

This is where Reusel’s carnival celebrations went awry this year. According to Catholic teaching, people who live in sin are excluded from holy communion. It is public knowledge in Reusel that Vermeulen lives together with his boyfriend. Therefore, father Luc Buyens of the local church told the prince before the ceremony he would receive “a cross on his forehead but no communion wafer”.

The incident has caused uproar. Gaykrant, a Dutch gay magazine, called upon its readers to go to Reusel and visit last Sunday’s mass. Confronted with a deluge of homosexuals, father Buyens called upon the bishop of Den Bosch for guidance, before deciding to send his entire flock, regulars and new arrivals alike, home without granting them the communion.
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Man sues police after gross medical negligence

Locked out with frozen feet, New Brighton man sues police

The New Brighton man's lawsuit says police and jailers refused him medical care for severe frostbite for 42 hours.

By JAMES WALSH, Star Tribune

Last update: February 25, 2010 - 9:37 PM

After locking himself out of his apartment in the pre-dawn hours of a bitter January day, Patrick Uzalac started tossing snowballs at his neighbors' windows for help.

Somebody called the cops.

What followed, according to Uzalac, was 42 hours of suffering with red, frostbitten feet as his pleas for help fell on the deaf ears of New Brighton police and then Ramsey County jailers.

On Thursday, Uzalac filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, alleging that officials refused him adequate medical care. He is seeking more than $50,000 in damages.

"The [police and jail] officers should have recognized the need for medical care," said Robert Hajek, Uzalac's attorney. "These people are trained."

It is not the first time questions have been raised about the treatment of ill or injured inmates at the Ramsey County jail. In 2007, a diabetic man who was being held there died in his cell. It was the second death of an inmate at the jail since 2006.

A spokesman for the Ramsey County attorney's office said officials have not yet seen the suit and had no comment. New Brighton police officials were not available for comment Thursday afternoon.

It was about 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 9 when Uzalac went outside his apartment for a smoke. He was waiting for a friend to come over and didn't bother to put on heavier clothing. He realized he forgot his keys as the door slammed shut, leaving him outside wearing only socks, shorts and a T-shirt.

He started tossing snowballs at windows for help. Shortly before 5 a.m., New Brighton police arrived and asked Uzalac what he was doing. When they learned he had a warrant for giving false information to police, they took him to jail.

Uzalac said he asked to get shoes or boots for his feet "which had become red and frozen." He said police refused.

At the jail

At the Ramsey County Adult Detention Center, Uzalac said he again complained about his painful and, now blistered, feet. Jail staff ignored him, he said, and placed him in a cell.

Twenty-one hours later, a nurse gave Uzalac "a couple Ibuprofen," Hajek said. It was another 21 hours before the same nurse actually looked at his feet, Hajek said.

"Then she says, 'Oh my God, I've never seen anything like that' and tells the guards to get a wheelchair. 'We have to take him to the ER immediately,'" Hajek said.

By then, Uzalac's sister, who had been looking all over for him to go to their mother's funeral in northern Iowa, came to bail Uzalac out. Because the family was worried about missing the funeral, they drove to the emergency room -- at a hospital in Mason City, Iowa.

On Thursday, the lawyer acknowledged that his client is no saint. He has several DWIs and other offenses on his record. It makes no difference, he said.

"Whether he was a murderer or a jaywalker, it doesn't matter," Hajek said. "He has a right to medical care."

Pictures of the damage to Uzalac's feet at the source: http://www.startribune.com/local/east/85439247.html?elr=KArksLckD8EQDUoaEyqyP4O:DW3ckUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUUsZ
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Joint effort on track to take shinkasen to the US

Joint effort on track to take shinkansen system to U.S.

fuck yes.


Staff writer

When U.S. President Barack Obama took office, one thing he pitched was a "Green New Deal" that would reduce fossil fuel use, and high-speed passenger trains like those in Japan and Europe were part of his sweeping plan.

If there is one thing virtually all Americans whose only form of transport at home has been automobiles appreciate when they come to Japan, it's the bullet trains — a marvel worthy of emulation in the United States.

The U.S. East and West Coasts, the Midwest and Florida have all expressed interest in introducing, or in the case of the East, upgrading, high-speed passenger rail service.

Last month, U.S. and Japanese officials discussed introducing bullet trains in America, and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood hopes to visit Japan in a couple of months to take a ride on a shinkansen.

What is being done to introduce shinkansen systems in the U.S.?

Two companies have been formed to introduce current and future bullet-train technology to the U.S. market. The first, U.S.-Japan High Speed Rail, was set up to sell the N700-I trains currently in use in Japan.

The second, U.S.-Japan MAGLEV, is looking to introduce maglev trains like those now being tested in Japan, where they are not expected to go into operation for at least another 15 years.

Both are based in Washington and funded by the U.S. venture capital firm New Magellan Ventures. They are led by prominent former high-ranking government officials who have been deeply involved with U.S.-Japanese defense relations, including Richard Lawless, the president and CEO of U.S.-Japan High Speed Rail.

Lawless served as deputy undersecretary of defense for Asia-Pacific security affairs.

Over the past several months, U.S. and Japanese officials involved in the project have been holding meetings with the aim of concluding a contract before the end of this year.

Where in America would bullet trains debut?

Michael Finnegan, executive vice president of U.S.-Japan MAGLEV, said the N700-I series may be introduced in various regions, including Florida, Los Angeles-Las Vegas, Texas and perhaps the Midwest on a Chicago-St. Louis route.

He said an initial line may link Tampa and Orlando, Fla., with an eventual link with Miami.

Many of the bureaucratic challenges to introducing bullet trains to this region have been, or are nearly, resolved, he said.

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Please to have in US nao?

Here's the source, sorry!

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Gay site says bank shut account over 'objectionable' blog

'Citibank is not so Fabulis'

Citibank - the third largest holding bank in the US - has apologized to a gay social networking website after its founder claimed the bank had blocked his account due to "objectionable content" on the site's blog.

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ontd_political PotD: Feb 27, 2010.

February 14th was the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year. It is also the beginning of the Chinese Spring Festival, with celebrations and observations by ethnic Chinese and others around the world, welcoming in the Year of the Tiger. Conservationists are hoping to capitalize on the Year of the Tiger by calling attention to the plight of the endangered big cats.
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How Pop Became Porn

Stole this away from the stans and incompetent dolts over on the Mothership.:

The woman is naked - or looks like she is. Only a flesh-coloured leotard covers her body. Her long blonde hair tumbles down her back. She's in a cage, sliding her fingers provocatively in and out of her mouth.

A scene from a cliched pornographic film? Sadly not. The woman in question is Shakira, a pop superstar and the fourth richest singer in the world.

The images can be seen in the video for her single, She Wolf, which will be watched obsessively, again and again, by thousands of young men and women, many of whom will form the opinion that writhing in a cage is precisely the way 'sexy' women should behave.

Meanwhile, in the video for her single, Rude Boy, Rihanna, an American pop star most famous for having been beaten up by her boyfriend, is dressed in leather bondage gear. She writhes on the floor. She sits astride a zebra.

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Whatever legit points were in this editorial were sadly obscured by needless pearl clutching. What do you guys think?


Tsunami Waves Surge Ashore on Hawaiian Islands

I hope this is approved, since just about the coming tsunamis. We do have a thread on the Earthquake but not the tsunami. Feel free to reject it if we don't need another topic.

Tsunami waves have begun surging ashore on Hawaii's Big Island, more than 15 hours after being triggered by an 8.8-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Chile. 

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center confirmed the tsunami reached Hawaii just after 11:30 a.m. local time, 4:30 p.m. ET.

Initial reports indicate the waves have been smaller than expected, but officials are warning residents to remain on high alert. The tsunami is a series of waves that will continue to march toward Hawaii's shores.

"This could be bigger but we don't know yet," said Nathan Becker of the PTWC, noting the first wave measured 1 meter, or roughly 3 feet. Later waves could be larger, he said.

"Clearly, a tsunami is taking place now," Becker said.

The waves will now continue moving north towards the other Hawaiian Islands and onward into the Pacific.

"The time from one tsunami wave to the next can be five minutes to an hour," a Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) bulletin reads. "The threat can continue for many hours as multiple waves arrive."

Residents are advised to remain on high ground until local authorities give the "all clear," which could come no sooner than two hours after the estimated time of the tsunami's arrival. 

The state had significant lead time in preparing for the tsunami, sounding alarms to evacuate coastal areas starting at 6 a.m. local time. It was the state's first widespread evacuation in 16 years.

Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle said she believes the state was "well prepared."

The PTWC issued a tsunami warning -- its highest alert -- early this morning, warning of damage along the shores of all islands in the state.

An estimated 40,000 to 50,000 people were told to evacuate flood-prone areas of the Big Island. The streets of downtown Hilo were empty and police cordoned off an area a quarter-mile from the shore.

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Source is wondering what's up in Hilo. 
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Police say mom pimped her daughter and a friend for drugs

DENVER - 9Wants to Know has learned a Denver mother allegedly forced her 13-year-old daughter and her 13-year-old friend to have sex with gang members and criminals in exchange for drugs and money, according to law enforcement officials and neighbors.

"These are horrible accusations," said Lynn Kimbrough, spokeswoman for the Denver District Attorney's office. "They're very serious, they're very disturbing and we'll go forward with these charges at this time and be an advocate for victims."

9NEWS is not naming the mother because it would identify her daughter.

The Denver District Attorney's office charged the 33-year-old woman Tuesday with keeping a place of prostitution, pimping of a child, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and pandering.

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Source needs its fix hella bad.

Ugh, seriously. What would possess anyone to think that this would be a good idea, or even just okay? I'm just so disgusted by this.


UKIP would ban Al Gore film in schools

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UKIP leader Nigel Farage looking British and patriotic.

The party, that has traditionally campaigned on the anti-European Union vote, launched a manifesto for the environment.

Following a number of scandals around the science of climate change, UKIP are promising to launch a Royal Commission led by a High Court judge to investigate whether global warming is man-made.

Pending the results of the commission, the party, that has no MPs at the moment, have promised to build new fossil-fuelled power stations  to meet energy demands and scrap subsidies for wind farms (ok, but that doesn't stop the problem that WE'RE RUNNING OUT OF FOSSIL FUELS morons). Global warming 'propaganda' like the Al Gore film Inconvenient Truth will be banned in schools and public authorities will not be allowed to spend money on climate change initiatives.

A recent poll found the just one in five people believe climate change is man-made, compared to one in three a year ago. (fml)

More bullcrap at the source, don't read the comments www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/climatechange/7309204/UKIP-would-ban-Al-Gore-film-in-schools.html

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To Court Blacks, Foes of Abortion Make Racial Case

To Court Blacks, Foes of Abortion Make Racial Case
ATLANTA — For years the largely white staff of Georgia Right to Life, the state’s largest anti-abortion group, tried to tackle the disproportionately high number of black women who undergo abortions. But, staff members said, they found it difficult to make inroads with black audiences.
So in 2009, the group took money that it normally used for advertising a pregnancy hot line and hired a black woman, Catherine Davis, to be its minority outreach coordinator.
Ms. Davis traveled to black churches and colleges around the state, delivering the message that abortion is the primary tool in a decades-old conspiracy to kill off blacks.

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source: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/27/us/27race.html?hp
I saw a post talking about the conspiracy and this article elaborated on it so I thought I'd post it, too.

Sorry if I did something wrong, this is my first post here.

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Crossover voting in Texas elections + LATEST POLLS!

March 2nd is the date of the Texas Primary for Republicans and Democrats. Texas has a 'no party' system. What that means is that it desiginates people as Democrat or Republican based on how they vote in the Primaries. We do not register ourselves as republican or democrat our voting does.

So this makes for some mighty interesting things in an primary in which you might have a run-off with two candidates.

So are Democrats voting in Republican Primary to get a Hutchison/Perry run-off or did a LOT of Republicans vote in the Democrat 2008 Primary to screw things up?

Political Notes: Crossover voting in Travis County; Hutchison says Perry tactics have hurt her campaign
Published: 8:55 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010


Travis County sees crossover voting

More than 1 in 4 Travis County residents who voted in the Republican primary during the first week of early voting also voted in the 2008 Democratic primary, according to figures from Democratic pollster Jeff Smith of Opinion Analysts Inc.

Almost 28 percent of the votes cast in the first week of the GOP primary came from those who took part in the 2008 primary election between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.

John McCain had the Republican nomination nearly locked up at that point, so these aren't necessarily Democrats. If nothing else, they are Republican voters who have shown something of an independent streak. There might be a few Republican stalwarts who voted in the 2008 Democratic primary because they were trying to gum up the works, but numerous experts have said that happens pretty rarely.
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Rep. Tom Perriello Tells ‘Spineless’ Senate To Get ‘Its Head Out Of Its Rear End’ And Confront Climate Crisis

Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA) is “sick” of the “insider baseball crap” dominating the Senate debate over global warming and energy reform. In an interview with Grist, the first-term congressman stated in no uncertain terms that the country is at risk from global warming and our economy is at risk of losing the clean energy race. Like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Perriello has not one lick of sympathy for those in the Senate who deny these threats:
That’s more insider baseball crap. I don’t really care. I’m sick of starting with what can we get through the Senate; let’s start with what solves the damn problem. Until the Senate gets its head out of its rear end and starts to see the crisis we’re in, our country is literally at risk. Our economy is at risk, because these jobs are being created overseas. It should have the same urgency with this problem that it had bailing out Wall Street. We are swearing an oath to do what’s necessary to protect this country, not do what’s necessary to get a bill through the Senate.
Perriello repeatedly expressed his belief that Congressional inaction on jobs, national security, and scientific “challenge of our era” is due to a lack of courage and responsibility:

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Liberalism, atheism, male sexual exclusivity linked to IQ

CNN) -- Political, religious and sexual behaviors may be reflections of intelligence, a new study finds.

Evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa at the the London School of Economics and Political Science correlated data on these behaviors with IQ from a large national U.S. sample and found that, on average, people who identified as liberal and atheist had higher IQs. This applied also to sexual exclusivity in men, but not in women. The findings will be published in the March 2010 issue of Social Psychology Quarterly.

The IQ differences, while statistically significant, are not stunning -- on the order of 6 to 11 points -- and the data should not be used to stereotype or make assumptions about people, experts say. But they show how certain patterns of identifying with particular ideologies develop, and how some people's behaviors come to be.

The reasoning is that sexual exclusivity in men, liberalism and atheism all go against what would be expected given humans' evolutionary past. In other words, none of these traits would have benefited our early human ancestors, but higher intelligence may be associated with them.

"The adoption of some evolutionarily novel ideas makes some sense in terms of moving the species forward," said George Washington University leadership professor James Bailey, who was not involved in the study. "It also makes perfect sense that more intelligent people -- people with, sort of, more intellectual firepower -- are likely to be the ones to do that."

Bailey also said that these preferences may stem from a desire to show superiority or elitism, which also has to do with IQ. In fact, aligning oneself with "unconventional" philosophies such as liberalism or atheism may be "ways to communicate to everyone that you're pretty smart," he said.

The study looked at a large sample from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), which began with adolescents in grades 7-12 in the United States during the 1994-95 school year. The participants were interviewed as 18- to 28-year-olds from 2001 to 2002. The study also looked at the General Social Survey, another cross-national data collection source.

Kanazawa did not find that higher or lower intelligence predicted sexual exclusivity in women. This makes sense, because having one partner has always been advantageous to women, even thousands of years ago, meaning exclusivity is not a "new" preference.

For men, on the other hand, sexual exclusivity goes against the grain evolutionarily. With a goal of spreading genes, early men had multiple mates. Since women had to spend nine months being pregnant, and additional years caring for very young children, it made sense for them to want a steady mate to provide them resources.

Religion, the current theory goes, did not help people survive or reproduce necessarily, but goes along the lines of helping people to be paranoid, Kanazawa said. Assuming that, for example, a noise in the distance is a signal of a threat helped early humans to prepare in case of danger.

"It helps life to be paranoid, and because humans are paranoid, they become more religious, and they see the hands of God everywhere," Kanazawa said.
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