Bill Maher Shows True Colors

Unsurprising, really, as Maher also defended Bibi’s slaughter of civilians last summer (oh, and he does so again in this clip, claiming those civilians were actually attacking Israel at the time they were bombed taking shelter in schools).

“If America was a country that was surrounded by 12 or 13 completely black nations who had militarily attacked us many times, including as recently as last year…Would…

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This is ugly.

Completely and utterly racist.

Which, I guess is fine….

Wait, no it’s not. It’s horrid. Then, later, Maher pats Israel on the back for being such a great democracy where the Prime Minister makes racist comments about minorities voting…

huH?

Maher’s not right, he’s racist.

And claiming that Israel killing 1,000 civilians was some kind of self-defense? What the hell. People taking shelter in school are not attacking Israel.

Big Crunch Back in the Cards of the Universe

Yea!!! now we have data for both sides of the argument and the horrid science headline writing can commence. I’ll keep an eye out and see if I find good stuff on the explanation for this (note: the last set of equations explained a different fate than “heat death” for the universe).

Personally, I’m of the constantly recycling itself version of reality, with the sidenote that it’s not actually as big as we (currently) think it is (note: there’s a full chapter on this in my book, which I’m working on again. These discussions are difficult to have in short bursts as the very notions of “size” and “time” when talking about “everything” deserves their own treatment). This second point had some good evidence show up recently as more evidence is showing that some of the many billions and billions of stars in the sky are actually the same stars, just at very different points in time (lights tend to “weave” a bit when travelling for billions of light years).

Cool stuff.

One theory for dark energy suggests the universe may not expand forever, but instead collapse in a “big crunch,” after which time ceases to exist. Now, according to a new…
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Update…after watching the video attached, a better explanation is below.

Note: my initial impression of the thrust of the research was a bit off. This video covers it much better than the article.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHqkl51KzmM

The interesting part is near the end, where he says the ways they’ve modified relativity theory and the result sets limits on the size of fundamental particles *and is mathematically related to* the size and “length (time)” of the universe.

With their equation, if you have an infinitely large and long universe (i.e. open) then it forces the fundamental particles to be infinitely small.

This doesn’t make sense, as we know them to have some energy value.

The cool part (and he gets excited in the video) is that, when expressed over time, the equation “predicts” a universe that behaves much like ours has, up tot a point (which we are close to) where the curve breaks the other way.

From the way he described the elegance of the equations (well, generating the “corrections”), and the “natural logic” the factors they are using, it seems much more interesting.

One of the things I’ve always been interested in, at least in astrophysics is a concept I call “Big E”, i.e. the total energy in the Universe. What it sounds like is that they are trying to define boundaries (based on observations and mathematical speculation) on what that might be, and still have things work out.

Tom Cotton (R-Of course) Lying About Iran Letter

Why can’t our news media call out a big lie? Check this out…


The Cotton letter elevated an already tense atmosphere in the Capitol as the Iranian negotiations entered their final weeks.

Though Cotton has insisted that Democratic senators were approached about the letter, neither Bob Casey of Pennsylvania nor hawks like Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said they had been approached. POLITICO was unable to locate a Democrat who was aware of the letter before it became public.

“I’d like to know what Democrat he approached,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.).

Read more: http://www.politico.com/…/republicans-surprised-by-iran-let…

So this Tea Derping idiot is claiming something that is fairly easy to suss out. If you can’t find anyone he talked to, you start asking why he’s trying to make this a partisan issue, and you don’t let him lie his way out of it.

The fact that these liars can take millions from billionaires and the naive folks of this country continue to ignore this horseshit all comes from the same place is probably the most frustrating aspect of this stuff.

Follow-up: Turns out Cotton had a meeting the next day with the representatives of the Military Industrial Complex

Some Republican senators admitted Wednesday they were caught off guard by the backlash to a letter warning Iranian leaders against a nuclear agreement with President Barack Obama. And Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Republicans —…

Senate GOP goes with open Sedition, warns Iran against working with Obama

The ABSOLUTE BEST PART of this is the last signature.

http://www.cotton.senate.gov/…/150309%20Cotton%20Open%20Let…

Get a brain, morans!…has never been a more appropriate saying.

BTW…I’m not sure *exactly* how this isn’t treason, per se. It does appear to be trying to give comfort to our enemies, as it were. Assuring them, that Obama will leave office is Constitutionally required.

Not sure if they get that the Constitution *also* has the President as the one *NEGOTIATING TREATIES* and not the Senate.

As these idiots note, it is the Senate’s job to confirm them…not negotiate them. Step off idiots, your allegiance to and subsequent subservience to Netanyahu has been noted.

GOP Senate Caves on DHS Funding, House to Follow….probably

If watching Republicans cave and thrash while whining about having to govern is your thing, then today is your day.

Like every, single, other piece of major legislation that has passed since Ted Kennedy died, it has come after the GOP has taken a stupid strategy up to the wall, and then caved, wasting precious time and destroying any notion of good governance…which they then blame on Obama and try again the next time with the same non-strategy strategy.

And then they fail again…which is what we are seeing again today.

The Senate sent the funding legislation to the House, which has just hours to avert a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security.
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Minnesota Recovers from Republican Rule as Wisconsin Flounders Under It

If we were a rational, data-driven country with a good media system, there would be no red-blue divide.

The states have been “experimenting” with some pretty different policies, and now we see some of the results of those policies.

For folks who actually follow the data and compare it to the rhetoric, there is little question about which policies actually work.

The next time your right-wing family member or former high school classmate posts a status update or tweet about how taxing the rich or increasing workers’…
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Mary Burke contends that “Wisconsin’s dead last in Midwest job growth.”

In the new version of this claim, she uses the most accurate jobs data for the longest Walker-era period that can be analyzed with it. And Wisconsin does bring up the rear. But due to the lag time, it does not reflect the most current trends.

We rate the claim True.

Bill O’Reilly Busted for Lying About War Coverage

Good to see something finally drop one of the habitual liars….maybe. Fox *really* cared when they caught *someone else* in a falsehood. Much like how they treat the GOP, it’s doubtful they’ll care when one of their own is lying his face off.

No, they don’t think it’s wrong to be hypocrites *for them*. For others, it’s a fatal flaw. <— Kinda the nature of this type of beast.

The Bill O’Reilly controversy is growing – six former CBS colleagues all refuted his story, and another called him a liar on the air. It’s a long clip but is definitely must watch:

Vote, or the Old People Win

I like this a good bit….although I think it’s supposed to be “doing one-hitters”.

Also, it should be noted….we generally assume in our society that our elderly citizens are, on average, the demographic with the greatest amount of shared wisdom.

They are also, and I don’ think this is a coincidence, CONSISTENTLY the voting block that gets to the polls the most as a ratio.

For those who follow demographics in the US, take heed that until 2030, roughly 10,000 people a day will reach the age of 65. The grayening has begun in earnest, and the political fallout and realities that come from it *will affect you*, whether you want them to or not, and whether you vote, or not.

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Who is Edward Snowden (an “Imitation Game” analogy)?

You may hate the NSA, but I’ll bet you like that terror attacks on U.S. soil are very rare things.

This may surprise you, or not, but there are actually quite a few people in the world who would like to change that.

In real world, the protections of the Constitution do apply only to Americans, and if you use our infrastructure and technology and inventions to plan attacks against the citizens of this country, well, it would be silly for us not to know about it.

Have you seen “The Imitation Game”?

Edward Snowden would be like a low-level clerk at Bletchley Park who saw the de-cryption device, realized they were listening to RADIO signals…just like the English used…and while all everyone at the NSA cared about was German codes, the device also gave the ability to listen to local radio signals…and oh my god he had to tell the papers…which also alerted the Germans that all their codes were hacked.

That’s who Snowden is.

That’s why he’s a traitor (and currently taking refuge in a country we are all but at war with).

Lenovo Busted for Pre-Installing Adware

Lenovo busted for shipping new computers with pre-installed adware.

This software would replace ads served by other companies with ones tied directly to “Superfish”.

This kind of insidious stuff is VERY BAD, and more people need to know that it was happening. There should be a class-action lawsuit as well, but given that click-through-and-give-up-your-right-to-sue has already been given SCOTUS approval, I’d doubt any one person has enough standing or damage to bring suit.

It looks like Lenovo has been installing adware onto new consumer computers from the company that activates when taken out of the box for the first time. The adware, named Superfish,…
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Moore Couldn’t Be More Wrong on Obamacare

Long article, but a good one.

It’s sad that even top tier “conservative economists” have to lie and obfuscate to fill pages. What’s tough is that pulling apart the b.s. leaves folks often in the “well, you can prove anything” horseshit lazy-thinking lane.

People like to claim they are “data driven” but then when they ignore vast swaths of data, it makes it really hard to take with a straight face.

Our media system does little to help alleviate this issue, as they are paid on who and how many people watch, not on what those watchers learn or how accurate that knowledge may be.

It’s the Heritage Foundation. We are dealing with morons here.
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