- “After years of fruitless negotiations, Western and Iranian diplomats are on the verge of an agreement that would freeze Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for an easing of some economic sanctions…” [NYT]
- “Saudi Arabia, having largely abandoned hope that the United States will spearhead international efforts to topple the Assad regime, is embarking on a major new effort to train Syrian rebel forces…” [Foreign Policy]
- Polio Epidemic Could Follow Syrian Refugees to Europe [National Journal]
- Another Stunning Reversal In President Obama’s Talking Points On Obamacare [TIME]
- “The Senate passed a historic piece of gay rights legislation Thursday that would ban workplace discrimination against gay and transgender employees, another milestone victory for a gay rights movement that has been gaining favor in the courts and electoral politics…” [WashPost]
- Rules to Require Equal Coverage for Mental Ills [NYT]
- Bill de Blasio’s Campaign Manager on Dante, Weiner, and What Joe Lhota Did That Was ‘Beneath Him’ [New York]
- Virginia Triggers GOP Circular Firing Squad [Politico]
- “Twitter Inc. jumped 73 percent in its trading debut, as investors paid a premium for its promises of fast growth. The stock rose to $44.90 at the close in New York from the initial public offering price of $26, delivering the biggest one-day pop for an IPO that raised more than $1 billion since Alibaba.com Ltd. debuted in 2007…” [Bloomberg]
- “Regulators moved Thursday to banish trans fat, the artery-clogging ingredient long used to make french fries crispy and pastries flaky, from the American diet…” [WSJ]
The Seduction of George W. Bush [Foreign Policy]
- Super typhoon Haiyan closes in on Philippines among strongest storms ever [WashPost]
XKCD gives tips on how to make the news more interesting
(Side note: it is well established that no matter how many non-compete agreements I sign - and aside from my High School job of working for a bottle depot, I've always signed one - not a single one of them are enforceable under Canadian law)
Was just talking to my dad, freshly back from his trip to Ecuador. One of the translators there had met Julian Assange while Assange was still in the London embassy. Two little stories from that meeting:
- Assange was apparently battling depression at the time. They'd converted an office into a bedroom of sorts and Assange had a bed, an exercise bike and a desk to call his own and that was about it. Bathroom facilities were communal.
- Assange asked the translator for tips on learning Spanish. The translator recommended starting with some children's books and offered a children's book and did an audiobook version for the phonetic part. Assange then requested a specific book be translated which the translator was happy to provide. Apparently, the translator continually referred to Assange as Julian.
How liberal are you?:
Thanks for providing a perfect demonstration of your willful ignorance: bigotry.
Palin is back on her "war on Christmas" crap again:
when is a prison not a prison?
D 75, G 66, S 58, L 28, R 3
I think I had 5 "fill in your own" answers which might've skewed it a bit.
Well, I'm a Democrat 91% of the time, Green 84%, 34% GOP, and 17% Flippertarian.
From the article:
"Like the rest of the event’s speakers, Palins words were deeply rooted in a Christian faith."
BS. Palin and the rest of the baggers use the Bible as a politcal talking point. Their "faith" is more towards the Gospel of Ayn Rand.
@forgottenlord, 58% socialist. Hmmmmm. I'm going to have to hear you recite some kind of pledge or something. tsk,tsk.
Heysoos! Which major artery doe's Rand's blood run in you?
That's funny. Too funny. You see in videos and news clips blatant instances and you pretend they didn't actually happen.
So what you're saying is that I'm bigoted against white people?
i don't see how Palin's rabid bigotry and her exhortations to kill Obama are in any way Christian.
@collioure, I know. Iowa has influence that far exceeds their true value, which is very meager.
@forgottenlord, I'm glad some other people are registering with what a socialist point of view actaully is. I think many people are more socialist than they think.
Blame me having to cut hairs on the abortion question (no option for "a woman can always terminate pregnancy, but that doesn't need to always result in the baby's death").
@fitty_three, like I've said before, I'm all over the place when it comes to my beliefs.
@fitty_three, support for Israel (moderate), support for death penalty (strong), drones (yes). little bit more isolationist than most liberals. Not much though. How the HELL did you get 34% republican?
I had that too as "moderate" but that can't be all. Foreign policy? If you're an isolationist, that might explain it.
@fitty_three, libertarian did come in next to last with me.
@fitty_three, no socialist in you fitty?
All I can say is that you have a special kind of blindness that allows you to ignore these, and many other obvious things.
And it's not called colorblindness...
Riiiiiiight. And Rand's ghostwriter isn't racist, either.
I get you. I really do.
Lemme explain something to you, 53.
Chris Christie was on the Sunday shows somewhere today.He noted that he campaigns in places where he gets less than 5% of the vote.He talks and he listens.
He works with the opposition in the legislature to get things done. Someone observed that he wants to be governor of all the people of NJ.
Contrast that with Obama.He doesn’t work with the opposition. Instead he’s trying to defeat them, humiliate them.He’s a divider, not a uniter, and I have no sense that he wants to be President of all the American people.
You know what? @sacredh is one of the least likely among us to resort to insults, and has shown enormous restraint with not just you but even worse individuals, like openminded.
Maybe if you were actually able to measure the real world you would realize that you are way, way off track, wedded to knee jerk quotes and stale talking points without an original thought in your head about subjects you literally know nothing about.
I'd prefer it if you'd just admit that you are a VDARE guy. You've plagiarized nearly all of their talking points. You are clearly not qualified to speak on any issues relating to the black community, and your Obama hatred is quite naked at this point.
Good plan. It's cold and windy here. A few peeks of sunshine. People are just getting up and I'm just passing time by doing the parcel work, talking to you, and looking outside.
I can chew gum, too, but not if I'm doing more than two of those other things.
@fitty_three, the red and green lights look great when it snows. We put them on a timer from 6 pm until midnight. Once the timers have been set, we just forget about them. I was going to clean the gutters again today, but it's cold, windy and sprinkling. We're just taking it easy today and resting up for shopping tomorrow. We're both sore from all the work we've been doing and when she asked me what I was going to do today, I told her, "get trashed and watch movies". That's the plan and I'm sticking to it.
This gives me a lot of good ideas. Eventually, I'm going to put together a to-do list and start taking a machete to it. Right now I'm doing parcel addressing between exchanges with you.
It's rally good to work and look outside. I especially like it when it snows. It gives me that cozy warm feeling inside, and a lot of beautiful scenery outside. All I'd need is a fireplace with a log crackling in it.
@fitty_three, the only thing we do outside anymore is put up alternating red and green floodlights on the house. It takes about 20 minutes to place them and it looks great. No ladders, no fuss. And it takes 5 minutes to take them down when the holiday is over. 3-4 years ago, we were the only ones to do it up here. Now, at least a dozen houses do it.
I might consider doing something outside this year too. I've got to catch back up on my work first so I can start looking at a few extracurricular things to do to replace the duties I had.
We got a new patio fence, so I think we'll be able to do something out there. I'm tempted to do my "African Kill Scene" but I think the Association would make me take it down.
I'm really tempted, though...
@fitty_three, that's another reason why I love my job. It's outside and the view can't be beat. I do the tree in my bedroom in red, white and blue LED lights. One thing I really do like about all the time we spend on decorating is the "Wow" responses we get from everybody that stops in. One friend's wife is "particular" to say the least. She told my wife last year that the two nicest trees she'd ever seen were both in our house.
That's seven trees total. Jesoos, you do need to distribute the load.
We will just have the usual one tree, but I think I'll get a pretty nice one with some new decorations.
After I pay off some debt, I'm going to streamline the home office and maybe set up a privacy partition so it can't be seen from the front window. I would move it to another room but I like being able to look outside as I work. I don't like living in a cave existence.
@fitty_three, no, just two huge trees. We put up a 7 ft tree in the downstairs living room, a 6 foot tree at the end of the hallway, a five foot fiber optic tree in the library, a 6 ft pencil tree in my bedroom and a small tree on top of the refrigerator in the kitchen. It takes us a week todecorate for Christmas. When I hit 60, I'm going to insist that we rotate Christmas dinners at frinds/relatives houses and just head back to ours for dessert/entertainment.
So you're going to have only two trees? It sounds like it would be a spectacular sight to view from the living room. You should have reindeer wandering the halls with jingle bells too.
As for the guests, just have a few trusted friends dress like baggers and have them burst into the room when everyone starts to leave, level their weapons, tell them to stop looking for handouts, and tell them to git a job - in the kitchen!
@fitty_three, in the main living room we put up a 9 ft tree that has 800-1000 ornaments on it. Every one is different. We do the dining room tree (8 ft), in all silver, white and gold. I haven't told my wife yet, but this year I'm going to tell everybody that they have to do the dishes and cleanup before they leave since we're doing all the cooking. she won't like it, but it just wears us out.
Hmmm. It seems to me that you could do a lot to reduce your costs. For one, forests belong outside. One tree should be enough. Does it snow inside?
It sounds grand though, almost an Alice in Lapland sort of experience.
@fitty_three, we put up 5-7 trees, decorate every room in the house and wind up spending about 2k every year on gifts. We set a limit of 1k this year and I told my wife that if we go over it, I'll tell everybody that we'll be going on vacation during Christams next year.
I never liked the hype and the burden it added to my duties that I already had, but now that those duties are no longer needed, I can go with something a little more elaborate - but not too much more elaborate.
@fitty_three, we never have small Christmases. It's always a huge event. To be honest, I'd really like to scale them back and just take it easy. We're usually so worn out that it takes a little bit away from the fun.
We've had small Christmases. I'm going to have a Christmas here this year so the kids can gather here. Give me something to do.
@fitty_three, we have to spread it out over 2-3 days. Our place seems like it turns into the gathering spot every year.
I'm guessing you have a lot of people over for Christmas. You're the atheist Santa Claws; - )
@fitty_three, I slept for 5 1/2 hours. I was up before 5. Pretty much my limit. I am going to bed early tonight. We're going Christmas shopping tomorrow for pretty much the whole day.
Ok. Didn't sleepwalk.
On the other hand, there's no one who would throw shoes at me, either; - )
@fitty_three, how did you sleep last night?
[facepalm. misses. falls off chair.]
Oh, shirt! I forgot.
@fitty_three , but they ARE packaged in a binary. It's call "Ted Cruz".
I agree. Now if we could package them in a binary, we would fall under the sanctions the Geneva Convention impose for production of biological weapons.
@fitty_three, Rand is another favorite of mine. Rand and Sarah together are like a fast acting poison. Even DDT wasn't as toxic. They're killing the GOP though and that's a good thing.
We haven't even begun to scratch Rand, his hero.
Guess his ghostwriter is totally imaginary too. Or the two racially motivated incidences involving GOP candidates down thread.
@fitty_three, I like to argue, but I'm afraid his act has gotten a little old for me. He's not fooling anyone but himself. I think I'm pretty much done playing into his fantasy world.
What you're saying is that you won't accept it until she actually kills Obama herself or something?
Jesoooos Christ in a handbasket! If you are this blind, you will not be able to ever be able to tell the difference between right and wrong, hate and love, etc etc.
@collioure, what about the videos? It doesn't matter where the videos are posted. The vdeos are of the recorded events. How dense do you have to be to resort to a pathetic fall-back response like that? You're something else.
Oh, the Huff Post instead. What's the difference?
If the candidate actually encouraged those responses, I'd give you a better hearing on these matters, but she didn't.
@fitty_three, I think he means that in bagger land, "Kill Obama!" is more of a greeting and salutation.
So, are you claiming that these events didn't happen?
@collioure, I don't watch any MSNBC or CNN. I think YOU need to quit pretending that you're an independent. Independly right wing is more accurate.
@collioure, you don't think that spouting lies and whipping ignorant crowds into a frenzy qualifies? Why not? When a person gets people to shout that they should kill someone, you think that's OK?
It's why I call you willfully ignorant, which is the same as being a bigot.
Palin liked to whip her crowds into a frenzy and seemed to enjoy it when the crowds would make threats. I think that qualifies:
@fitty_three, you can tell that God is on their side by the smashing success they've had in the last two presidential elections.