It's a place to aggregate examples of culture, attitude, excess etc. that has got us to where we are now. If we do not acknowledge the past, we can't make a better future or speak out and speak intelligently about complex issues and out and out dick moves by Americans. I want to do this to show my international friends that not all Americans are cluess consumers that are forever accumulating crap. Sep 20
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The One Comic That Explains Just How Screwed America Is
We've rounded up the best stories on the dysfunction in Congress. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Let’s Talk , The New Yorker ($), January 2013 Ezra Klein details the history of the filibuster — from its origins in 1806 to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s filibuster of his own bill in December — and the current efforts to reform it.
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1, October 12, 2012 by jonathanturley I saw this picture on Reddit and had to share it. It raises vividly the problem this country continues to have over excessive packaging. The picture for me captures the long-standing question of whether the United States should follow some European countries like Germany in imposing a tax on excessive packaging. The Europeans have less garbage produced by new products because companies are forced to internalize the costs of packaging that ends up in public dumps and landfills.
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By David EdwardsWednesday, August 29, 2012 13:36 EDT Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign on Wednesday partied with wealthy donors on a 150-foot yacht that flies the flag of the Cayman Islands, according to an ABC News report. Members of the Romney Victory Council, who have each raised more than $1 million for the candidate, mingled with Romney’s brother, Scott, and other relatives in Tampa aboard the luxury yacht “Cracker Bay.” While they waited outside the unadvertised event, ABC News snapped photos of the Cayman Islands civil ensign flag flying on the yacht’s stern.
Romney party yacht ‘Cracker Bay’ flies Cayman Islands flag in Tampa
It was a good year for strawberries in Monterey County, and also for the pesticides that make them a nearly $1 billion crop. The quantity of pesticides applied locally to all crops rose to nearly 9 million pounds, a 12-percent increase from 2009 to 2010, according to figures released last week by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. After four consecutive years of declining pesticide use statewide, the rise doesn’t necessarily indicate a new trend, according to the DPR. Variable weather conditions and crop rotation cycles influence which chemicals, and how much, are applied. But while an increased use of the fungicide sulfur (which is also approved for organic farms) on wine grapes reflects an unusually cool, wet year, the DPR data also shows a noteworthy shift in less weather-dependent practices.
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Stratfor has been dubbed the 'Shadow CIA'Firm uses sources to create daily intelligence briefings By Lee Moran UPDATED: 09:00 GMT, 29 February 2012 Hackers who stole thousands of credit card numbers from U.S. security firm Stratfor are now set to release 2.7 million of its confidential emails. The loose-knit Anonymous movement vowed to heap further embarrassment on the intelligence company, dubbed the 'Shadow CIA', it hacked over Christmas. It wants to humiliate the firm, which uses a global network of sources to create daily intelligence briefings on security and financial risk, by publishing the communications. And it said they could provide the 'smoking gun for a number of crimes'.
Anonymous hackers to publish U.S. security firm's 2.7m client emails... providing a 'smoking gun for number of crimes'
Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Pulls Ad That Blames Women For Getting Date-Raped
By Marie Diamond and Amanda Peterson Beadle on December 9, 2011 at 11:30 am "Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Pulls Ad That Blames Women For Getting Date-Raped" The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board provoked an enormous backlash by airing ads that tell women who are date-raped that they have only themselves and their friends to blame.
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Aida Hillen: Lobbed Christian Pamphlet at Kid She Ran Over, Then Drove Away (Allegedly)
What would Jesus do if he hit a youth with His car, asked the kid if he was okay and got "no" for an answer? If you answered, "Toss him a book about Himself, peel out and haul ass like the Dukes of Hazzard," you are cut from the same religious cloth police say Aida Hillen comes from. According to court documents, the victim, a Milby High School student, told police he was crossing Broadway near the school on October 14 at around 5:15 p.m. when he was struck by the 58-year-old Hillen's 1996 Honda Accord.
By Pat Garofalo on December 1, 2011 at 9:20 am "Former Chase Banker Admits His Bank Pushed Minorities Into Subprime Mortgage Loans" One of the most pernicious practices in which the nation’ biggest banks engaged during the lead up to the financial crisis was pushing minority borrowers into subprime loans, even when many of them qualified for prime loans. Wells Fargo had perhaps the most horrifying practices in this department, calling the subprime loans that they pushed in poor, black neighborhoods “ghetto loans.”
Former Chase Banker Admits His Bank Pushed Minorities Into Subprime Mortgage Loans
Lobbying Disclosures Reveal Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels Used State Dollars To Lobby For Keystone XL Pipeline
By Josh Israel and Brad Johnson on January 26, 2012 at 9:30 am "Lobbying Disclosures Reveal Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels Used State Dollars To Lobby For Keystone XL Pipeline"
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Rocrast Mack's Murder At Alabama Prison Followed Trail Of Violence By Guards
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Late on the night of August 4, 2010, a badly beaten young man arrived at the trauma ward of Jackson Hospital here. Although the patient was hardly a flight risk, security was tight and prison guards crowded into the emergency room as doctors began treatment. The patient's limp body spoke to the savagery of an assault that had left deep contusions on his legs and torso, and inflamed knots bulging from his head and face.
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Drug cartel leader on Treasury blacklist arrested in Mexico Police have arrested the deputy leader of the Beltran Leyva drug cartel in Mexico City as he visited the capital,… Looters take advantage of Brazilian police strike in World Cup host city Looting broke out in Salvador de Bahia, one of the host cities for this year’s World Cup in Brazil, as… Sexual violence against Egypt women ‘goes unpunished’: report
Rich New Yorkers Are Driving Custom-Designed Cargo Vans
Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times Martin Brass, 43, said Friday that he was considering buying a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, then adding improvements to the interior. Of course, most vans do not have chauffeurs, as Mr.
Brooklyn, New York - Next to Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia is the most conservative justice in the Supreme Court. He also loves the television show 24. "Boy, those early seasons," he tells his biographer, "I'd be up to two o'clock, because you're at the end of one [episode], and you'd say, 'No, I've got to see the next'." Scalia is especially taken with Jack Bauer, the show's fictional hero played by Kiefer Sutherland.
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hide captionThe eight Republican presidential candidates sitting at the table listen as a video of former President Ronald Reagan is played during a debate at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., on Oct. 11. Jim Cole/AP The eight Republican presidential candidates sitting at the table listen as a video of former President Ronald Reagan is played during a debate at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., on Oct. 11.
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Coins as payment: 'Money's money'
U.S. Government Glossed Over Cancer Concerns As It Rolled Out Airport X-Ray Scanners
Farm-to-Fork Farm Dinner Fiasco
Texas Handgun Instructor Won't Teach Muslims Or Liberals
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The $1 Trillion Student Loan Rip-Off: How an Entire Generation Was Tricked into Taking on Crushing Debt That Just Enriches Banks
Louisiana bans using cash in sales of second-hand goods
Bizarre: Woman Roughed Up, Arrested for Reciting the Constitution During TSA Inspection
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Shelby Vows To Keep Blocking Consumer Protection Nominee, But Says A Recess Appointment Would Be 'Devastating'
Tennessee sponsor of guns-in-bars bill arrested for DUI with gun
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Police allegedly attacked military veterans, arrested 50 others with Occupy Boston
Did Bruce Ivins Hide Attack Anthrax From the FBI?
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Report: New Restrictive Voting Rules Could Hurt 5 Million Americans
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