December 10th, 2010

Louis Theroux in Hell

IRL Trolls strike again

Kansas group to picket Edwards' funeral

Westboro Baptist Church, a group with a history of staging protests at funerals and issuing anti-gay statements, is planning to picket the Saturday funeral of Elizabeth Edwards.

The group said it will picket outside Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh from 12:15 until 1 p.m. when the funeral is scheduled to begin.

The group, based in Topeka, Kan., travels nationally to picket funerals.

The group came into the national spotlight when members picketed the funeral of Matthew Shepard, a young man from Wyoming who was beaten to death by two men because of his homosexuality. Westboro has protested at the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan and well-known people such as Fred Rogers, Coretta Scott King and Jerry Falwell.

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ONTD_Political's PotD: December 09, 2010.

In Protest | Taking their desires to be heard to the streets, thousands of protesters and demonstrators around the world have recently been marching, shouting, praying, and engaging in both theater and violence to make their points. From quiet, prayerful requests for peace in Mexico to the violent takeover of an office building in London to student demonstrators in Chile and gay rights activists making a statement to the Pope in Spain, the past two weeks has been full of protest. Their reasons are many - anger with austerity measures, frustration with incumbent governments and globalization, frustration with policies in other countries - even protests against other protesters. Collected here is a view of protests and demonstrations around the world.
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Researchers dressed as pandas introduce cubs to wild

It may look as if they have escaped from a Disney theme park or a children's party, but underneath these furry giant panda costumes lurk some of China's leading conservationists.

The dressing up is just not for fun, say scientists, but an essential part of China's ambitious strategy to reintroduce captive-bred Giant Pandas back into the wild.

It is not yet clear if the Pandas are fooled by the disguises, but researchers at China's Wolong Panda reserve in Sichuan Province, say that captive-bred cubs must live devoid of all human contact if they are to have any chance of survival.

Earlier attempts at reintroducing captive-bred pandas to the wild ended in disaster in 2006 when Xiang Xiang, a male cub who was supposedly trained to adapt to life in the wild, was found dead 10 months later, apparently killed by other wild pandas.

In a new strategy, earlier this year conservationists released four pregnant Pandas into a protected area of Sichuan forest in order to prepare their future cubs for life in the wild.

In these pictures researchers at Wolong's Hetaoping Research and Conservation Center take the temperature of a four-month-old cub before carefully returning him to the 'wild' where he is monitored by 24-hour CCTV.

Although notoriously fussy when it comes to mating, China has in recent years made great strides in its captive-breeding panda program, and this year attained the "magic 300" number of captive-bred animals, the target for starting to reintroduce them to the wild.

The innovative methods used to encourage the pandas to procreate – including, artificial insemination, special diets, 'sexercise' classes and even Viagra – are the subject of a BBC documentary narrated by Sir David Attenborough to be screened this week. [BBC Two, 8pm, Tuesday Dec 7th] The film, Panda Makers, for which a crew spent two years filming at the Giant Panda breeding centre in Chengdu, China, shows the moment when the 300th panda was born.

However, for all the successes, the giant panda remains seriously endangered, with less than 2,500 in the wild as their already shrunk natural habitat has shrunk by 50 per cent in the last 20 years as a result of China's pell-mell economic development.


Can we get a Not The Onion tag?

The retired, the disabled and the dead – the real winners from the new ‘fair’ fees

The coalition government’s plan to treble tuition fees will leave graduates better off – if they retire soon, become permanently disabled or suffer a premature death.

Ministers have persistently argued in recent weeks that their plans to raise the cap on tuition fees to £6,000 for most degrees and £9,000 for elite courses are fairer and more progressive than the current system.

Under the plans, fees will be paid after graduation over 30 years and above an income threshold of £21,000 a year.

One of the government’s main assertions has been that the lowest earning 25 percent of graduates from undergraduate courses will end up paying less for their degrees than they would under the current system.

Higher education minister David Willetts told the House of Commons in November: ‘Under our proposals a quarter of graduates – those on the lowest incomes – will pay less overall than they do at present.’

The government has specified that this quarter of graduates refers to those with the lowest lifetime incomes, but has given the impression that these graduates will be the ones who take relatively low-paying jobs and hold them over the course of many years.

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Report: Growing mental health problems in military

Mental problems send more men in the U.S. military to the hospital than any other cause, according to a new Pentagon report.

And they are the second highest reason for hospitalization of women military personnel, behind conditions related to pregnancy.

The Defense Department's Medical Surveillance report from November examines "a large, widespread, and growing mental health problem among U.S. military members."


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Nobody and I mean nobody should be shocked at this. I'm not. My husband is in the military and I swear he is going to have a heart attack/breakdown before he gets out due to all the stress he is under.

MSNBC- Does Rachel have to choke

Rachel Maddow Interviews the author of the Uganda 'Kill the Gays' Bill

On December 8th, Rachel Maddow sat down with David Bahati, the Uganda Parliment member who introduced and has heavily lobbied for a bill to make homosexuality a crime punishable by death. There has been particular concern about this bill in relation to United States politics, because Bahati is a member of "The Family", a organization that owns the 'C Street Fellowship' that has given severely under priced housing to Mark Sanford, John Ensign, Chip Pickering, Tom Coburn and others.

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Transcript is here (Simply search for Bahati to jump to it).

Happening Now: Sen. Sanders' Filibuster Of The Tax Deal


Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-VT, is on the floor of the Senate right now to — in his office's words — "speak as long as possible against a tax deal between the White House and congressional Republicans." has streaming coverage here. He's been going for about 90 minutes now.

The leader of the party that Sanders caucuses with, Democratic President Obama, told NPR yesterday that despite opposition from many liberals in Congress, he's "confident" the deal will get passed.

Here's what Sanders has to say about what he's doing:

"You can call what I am doing today whatever you want, you it call it a filibuster, you can call it a very long speech. I'm not here to set any great records or to make a spectacle. I am simply here today to take as long as I can to explain to the American people the fact that we have got to do a lot better than this agreement provides."



Well, I am impressed....

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Senate GOP blocks 9/11 first responders health plan bill

Senate Republicans on Thursday morning filibustered legislation to monitor and treat first responders and emergency workers who suffered illnesses related to 9/11.

A vote to quash the filibuster failed by a vote of 57 to 42, three votes short of the necessary threshold. As a result, the proposal is unlikely to pass this year.

The bill would provide funding for a health program to treat first responders, construction and cleanup workers and residents who inhaled toxic particles after the collapse of the World Trade Center towers.

The $7.4 billion cost of the legislation over 10 years is paid for by a provision that would prevent foreign multinational corporations from using tax havens to avoid taxes on U.S. income.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) blasted Republicans after the vote.

“Republicans denied adequate health care to the heroes who developed illnesses from rushing into burning buildings on 9/11. Yet they will stop at nothing to give tax breaks to millionaires and CEOs, even though they will explode our deficit and fail to create jobs. That tells you everything you need to know about their priorities,” Reid said in a statement.

The International Association of Firefighters, the National Association of Police Organizations, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association and the AFL-CIO union, among other organizations, support the legislation.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), one of the bill’s co-sponsors, made an impassioned plea before the vote to bring it up for consideration.

“This vote is about being an American, because from the days at Bunker Hill, when the patriots put down their plows and took up muskets to defend and create our freedom, we always try to take care of them,” Schumer said. “The heroes of 9/11 are no different.”

Schumer said some of the police officers and firefighters who rushed to the flaming towers have already been diagnosed with cancers.

“Others know it is an almost certainty that they will come down with similar diseases and illnesses that are extremely costly to fight,” he said.

Last week, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) released a letter signed by every Senate Republican pledging to block all legislative action until Congress acts on the expiring Bush tax cuts and passes a measure to fund the federal government into 2011.

The Senate has yet to vote on either issue. Reid said a bipartisan deal to extend tax rates for two years might receive a vote Saturday.

The setback provides a difficult path for the $7.4 billion bill to get approved before the lame-duck session is scheduled to end next week. However, House members were circulating a letter Thursday morning urging the Senate to include the bill in the recent tax deal forged by President Obama.

"We feel that we must seize every opportunity possible to ensure that this bill become law," the letter read.

Republicans oppose the paid-for healthcare benefits bill because it closes a tax loophole on foreign companies. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) blasted Republicans following the failed filibuster vote.

"The idea that tax cuts for millionaires would derail this legislation is simply outrageous and offensive," Gillibrand said in a statement. "The men and women who rushed to the burning towers and worked for hundreds of hours on the pile did not delay, and the Senate should not have delayed either."

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Navy Sets World Record With Incredible, Sci-Fi Weapon

A theoretical dream for decades, the railgun is unlike any other weapon used in warfare. And it's quite real too, as the U.S. Navy has proven in a record-setting test today in Dahlgren, VA.

Rather than relying on a explosion to fire a projectile, the technology uses an electomagnetic current to accelerate a non-explosive bullet at several times the speed of sound. The conductive projectile zips along a set of electrically charged parallel rails and out of the barrel at speeds up to Mach 7.

The result: a weapon that can hit a target 100 miles or more away within minutes.

"It's an over-used term, but it really changes several games," Rear Admiral Nevin P. Carr, Jr., the chief of Naval Research, told prior to the test.

For a generation raised on shoot-'em-up video games, the word "railgun" invokes sci-fi images of an impossibly destructive weapon annihilating monsters and aliens. But the railgun is nonetheless very real.

An electromagnetic railgun offers a velocity previously unattainable in a conventional weapon, speeds that are incredibly powerful on their own. In fact, since the projectile doesn't have any explosives itself, it relies upon that kinetic energy to do damage. And at 11 a.m. today, the Navy produced a 33-megajoule firing -- more than three times the previous record set by the Navy in 2008.

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ONTD_Political's PotD: December 10, 2010.

Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall react as their car is attacked, in London, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010. Angry protesters in London attacked the car containing Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. An Associated Press photographer saw demonstrators kick the car in Regent Street, in the heart of London's shopping district. The car then sped off. Charles' office, Clarence House, confirmed that "their royal highnesses' car was attacked by protesters on the way to their engagement at the London Palladium this evening, but their royal highnesses are unharmed."

(AP Photo | Matt Dunham)
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why do they still surprise me?

I turned on Fox News to see what, if any, coverage they had of the filibuster.  This is what I saw instead:

It's not the best picture but it is a description of Obama being "at the Master's feet".  How on earth can any news organization think that it is acceptable to imply that our first African-American president is at the Master's feet?

source: my tv

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