Rainbow Coach | captvinvanity: Screech Owl | Photographer | CV


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Adult Wednesday Addams: Planned Parenthood


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shit you’re kidding me this is amazing

Adult Wednesday Addams is comedy gold.

 

The Roof of America: Trekking in the Peruvian Andes Eric Hodges


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While most people that travel to Peru go to Machu Picchu, in 2013, I traveled to the high mountains of Northern Peru. This was a difficult 30 day trip of trekking and climbing. The vast majority of the trek was at 4200m or more with 10 high passes ranging from 4600m to 5000m. The two mountains were 5400m and 6345m. The scenery in these mountains ranges from the sublime to the overwhelming. I am very grateful to have been able to photograph them.

In August of 2014, I returned to the area. This time I trekked part of the Cedros Alpamayo route and climbed Alpamayo. These are images from this trip, which are an attempt to show the beauty and scale of this part of the Cordillera Blanca.

Photographs and text by Eric Hodges

 

Republican Idiots – The onchaztheweasel: teal-deer: sinshine: So…


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I’m not a Democrat or a Republican. What I’m against is the bullying coming from the right. Always from the right. Always. This is a flat-out attempt to ridicule the bullies and throw some light on the heroes. I’ve got lots to work with.

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So the “Bernie Sanders Exposed” group on Facebook put this up as I guess reasons not to vote for him but all I’ve been seeing all day is people going FUCK YEAH I’LL VOTE FOR THAT.

I for one welcome our laser unicorn overlord

This is easily doing the exact opposite of what it was intended to do and I am just so amused.

“My only regret about writing the Constitution is that we left out the free unicorn rides. Franklin really fought hard for them..” — Thomas Jefferson, The Federalist Papers

 

Skinny Cajun Shrimp and Grits


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Skinny Cajun Shrimp and Grits

Really nice recipes. Every hour.

Show me what you cooked!

 

Noam Chomsky Quotes (on Greece and Europe)


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There was a wonderful photograph that appeared – I forgot exactly where – a couple days ago. It shows Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, standing like this with her finger pointed lecturing Tsipras, the head of Syriza, with his head bowed down. It depicts her lecturing him. “You bad boy. You better do what we tell you to do.” Right?

That’s power systems. Syriza has pretty strong arguments, not just that the population wants an end to these utterly destructive policies, but that Germany itself owes huge reparations to Greece. Nazi Germany practically destroyed Greece in the 1940s. Where’s the reparations? In 1953, Germany convinced the European Union to discount its debts [link], basically default its debts, because they couldn’t pay them back, and they agreed – huge subsidy to Germany. That’s the basis for their economic development. That’s what Greece is asking for. And as I say, these debts there’s no basis for repaying them. They’re the fault of the banks, the multinationals, corrupt elites, and so on. It’s not the population.

So will Syriza succeed in achieving this? Or will the finger wagging at them succeed? Well, you know, that depends – not so much on what we do but what Europeans do. If they’re willing to tolerate this, sure they won’t succeed, they’ll be beaten back. European elites are terrified of Syriza because it’s a popular organization that’s calling for the kind of social and economic policies which could lead to development and lead out of the crisis but without paying off the banks who are responsible for the crisis. So naturally they don’t like it. They want to beat it back. Same on a larger scale with Podemos in Spain.

Noam Chomsky at UMass Boston on April 14, 2015

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Lexus has developed a hoverboard … seriously


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By C.C. Weiss – June 24, 2015

Lexus will feature its overboard as part of the "Amazing in Motion" campaign

Lexus will feature its overboard as part of the “Amazing in Motion” campaign

For years, designers and startups have been attempting to mimic fiction and create a hoverboard like the one famously piloted by Marty McFly in Back to the Future II. Those efforts have only accelerated now that it’s 2015, the year in the “future” that the famous hoverboard scene was set. We never expected a luxury automaker to throw its hat into the hoverboard ring, but today (that’s June 24, not April 1), that’s exactly what Lexus did.

The hoverboard arena has traditionally been dominated by disappointing hardware, unlikely designs and outright hoaxes, but a design from the world’s largest automaker brings a bit of hope. It also brings a lot of questions. Is Lexus for real? Is it just a clever ad campaign to create buzz? Will the first convincing hoverboard really come from a major global automaker, as opposed to a determined inventor or purpose-formed start-up?

Lexus’ announcement is frustratingly lacking in detail, and the company has been nearly as stingy with details when speaking to the media. It does explain that it’s been working with leading super conductive technology experts in developing a board that uses a combination of liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductors and permanent magnets to levitate just above the ground below. Lexus fancies the board one of the most advanced hoverboards to date, and given that it has the muscle of one of the world’s largest, most profitable companies behind it, the claim doesn’t seem so farfetched.

That doesn’t mean that you’ll be carving air outside of your Lexus dealership anytime soon. Gizmodo confirmed that, like the Hendo hoverboard, the Lexus effort relies on a metallic surface below, so it can’t just propel you over the types of ground that actually exist out in the world. What looks like concrete in the teaser video is actually a specially prepared metallic surface.

The other bad news is that you won’t be able to buy the Lexus hoverboard – like, ever. The automaker is clear that the board is a prototype that will not be offered for sale. It prepared it as part of its “Amazing in Motion” ad campaign.

“At Lexus, we constantly challenge ourselves and our partners to push the boundaries of what is possible,” explains Mark Templin, executive vice president, Lexus International. “That determination, combined with our passion and expertise for design and innovation, is what led us to take on the Hoverboard project. It’s the perfect example of the amazing things that can be achieved when you combine technology, design and imagination.”

In place of the 80s neon deck work made famous in Back to the Future II,the Lexus board features more understated styling that shows hints of Lexus’ automotive design language. It is shaped like the spindle grille that’s become a cornerstone of Lexus styling and features a deck crafted from the bamboo that’s used in Lexus interiors. It’s not overheating in the photos – that’s fog from the liquid nitrogen, making the design look that much cooler and more sinister.

Lexus plans to test the board in Barcelona in the coming weeks, and it has vowed to release updates about the project for the hoverboard-hungry world to devour. You can follow it on Twitter using the hashtags #LexusHover and #AmazinginMotion.

Enjoy a first look in the video below.

Source: Lexus

Obamacare subsidies upheld in US Supreme Court ruling – BBC News


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Supreme Court

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion, siding with the court’s liberal justices

The US Supreme Court has upheld a key portion of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law in a 6-3 decision.

The court ruled the law as a whole made subsidies available for people in all 50 states, not just those who bought insurance through a state exchange.

The high court case was the second major challenge to the healthcare law- often known as Obamacare – since its passage.

The decision is major victory for the Obama administration.

“Congress passed the Affordable Care act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the opinion.

If the law was overturned, 6.4 million Americans would have been at risk of losing aid.

The 2010 law, often known as Obamacare, set up a federally run insurance exchange where Americans who were not covered by employers or other governmental could buy health insurance.

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Meet the Supremes

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The US Supreme Court is one of the oldest constitutional review courts. Decisions made by the Supreme Court can overturn federal or state laws, if the justices find they are unconstitutional.

That power has led the court to end segregation in schools, legalise interracial marriage, dramatically change how political campaigns are financed and once effectively chose a president.

The court is made up of nine justices nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. They have life tenure once confirmed – other countries’ high courts have forced retirement ages.

The US high court is now 1/3 female, after adding its first woman justice in 1981. There is also one Hispanic justice and one African-American justice.

Meet the Supremes: Who are the US Supreme Court Justices

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Opponents of the law argued that the phrase “established by the state” demonstrated that the healthcare subsidies should have only been available for people in states that set up exchanges.

However, most Americans receiving subsidies purchase healthcare through the federal exchange after many states decided not to set up their own marketplaces.

The Obama administration argued that was a too-narrow reading of the law, which spans near 1,000 pages, and the rest of the legislation makes clear subsidies are intended for those who meet income requirements, regardless of which exchange insurance was purchased from.

Justice Roberts voted with liberal colleagues in support of the law. He was also the key vote to uphold it in a 2012 case. Justice Anthony Kennedy dissented in 2012, but sided with the majority on Thursday.

“We should start calling this law SCOTUScare” Justice Anthony Scalia’s wrote in his dissent. “Today’s interpretation is not merely unnatural; it is unheard of.”

President Obama will speak in the Rose Garden on the decision at 11:30 local time (16:30 BST).

Our Long National Nightmare Ends: Fox News Dumps Sarah Palin and Deems Her Irrelevant


via Our Long National Nightmare Ends: Fox News Dumps Sarah Palin and Deems Her Irrelevant.

Not meaning to be cruel (well, actually, why not?), but I didn’t know she was still around.  There’s been so little notice of her outside of the US for months, it’s a surprise to see her name in print.  Once again Warhol has been proven right…

By: Keith Brekhus

Wednesday, June, 24th, 2015

It is the end of the line for Sarah Palin. Fox News has dumped the quitter governor and deemed her irrelevant to American politics.

On June 24, 2015, a Fox news spokesperson confirmed to the website Politico that Fox terminated its contract with Sarah Palin on June 1st. Palin will no longer be a commentator for the Fox network, although she parted with the network on amicable terms and will still be called upon for occasional guest appearances.

According to Politico, Palin was dumped because executives at Fox News no longer consider her relevant:

When Palin was at her zenith, she made frequent appearances, and Fox installed a camera at her house. But executives consider her less relevant now, and her appearances were sometimes hampered by the vast time difference with Alaska. She remains a huge conservative force on Facebook, with 4.5 million fans – twice that of Rand Paul, who has the biggest reach in the 2016 field. She also has 1.15 million Twitter followers.

Fox News is the lifeline to cash for conservative Kardashians like Palin. When Palin was previously dropped by Fox, she vanished off the scene completely. It got so bad that Palin went begging back to Roger Ailes and took a pay cut in order to get her media exposure back.

Sarah Palin has been deemed irrelevant to the conservative movement by the single strongest media force that shapes the Republican Party.

Palin has been a regular commentator on the network since 2008. Whether Fox will change their minds however is an open question. In January 2013, a Fox spokesman told The New York Times that the network had ended her contract, but then apparently her contract was extended anyway.

Sarah Palin has a colorful history of making egregious verbal gaffes on camera. However, that does not appear to be a disqualifying factor on the Fox network where bombastic conservatives prone to mangling the facts are a dime a dozen. Instead, Palin may have been discarded simply because her relevance as a commentator may be slipping away.

With the GOP field up to 13 officially announced candidates, and a number of shadow candidates still waiting to announce, the Vice Presidential candidate from 2008 is old news to network viewers. As the Republican field continues to grow towards the size of Duggar family reunion, and as bombastic candidates like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz continue to draw media attention, Sarah Palin’s folksy in your face conservative shtick no longer stands out. The entire Republican Party has become the caricature that Palin was in 2008 when she burst onto the national scene.

Fox has parted ways with Sarah Palin as a regular commentator, but the entire network is infected with Palin-esque thinking. Palin has outlived her usefulness, not because Fox is tired of her clueless rants or her dissembling of the facts, but because Fox can draw upon so many commentators who do what Palin did just as well.

Some of those commentators are newer faces that don’t remind Republican viewers of the political drubbing they took in 2008 with Palin on the national ticket. They parted ways amicably because there is no difference in mindset between the network and the failed political candidate. However, a lot of Fox network personalities can say the same things Palin has been saying without reminding viewers that those ideas were big losers in 2008.

 

Justice After Charleston | The Nation


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If we want to honor the memory of the Emanuel martyrs, we must continue their struggle for transformative action.

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II June 24, 2015

Demonstrators take part in the “March for Black Lives” in Charleston, South Carolina. (Reuters/Brian Snyder)

A deeper meaning of forgiveness in the Christian nonviolent tradition reveals a critique that knows when the perpetrator has been caught but the killer is still at large.

There is a scripture that says we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against the powers and rulers of the darkness. Within the nonviolent faith tradition, it has always been clear that hate cannot drive out hate and evil cannot drive out evil. And so the Christians at the Charleston Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church who were able to forgive the murder of nine of their fellow worshipers 48 hours after losing their loved ones are consistent with their faith. Jesus said as he was being murdered by the state, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

But this forgiveness should not be misinterpreted as a dismissing of the greater evil. The forgiveness in Charleston is also an act of resistance to the attempts to lay the blame for this horror at the feet of one man. If America is serious about this moment, we cannot just cry ceremonial tears while at the same time refusing to support the martyred Reverend Pinckney and his parishioners’ stalwart fight against the racism that gave birth to the crime.

The perpetrator has been caught, but the killer is still at large: the deep well of American racism and white supremacy that Dylann Roof drank from. These families are challenging the schizophrenia of American morality, which allows political leaders to condemn the crime but embrace the policies that are its genesis.

Many South Carolina politicians and others around the nation are decrying the killings but steadfastly refusing to quell their divisive race-implying rhetoric. They have condemned the violence but have not ceased their push for policies that promote race-based voter suppression; adversity toward fixing the Voting Rights Act; cutting public education in ways that foster resegregation; denying workers living wages; refusing Medicaid expansion; allowing the proliferation of guns; and flying the Confederate flag, a symbol of slavery, racism, and terrorism against African-Americans, at the state Capitol.

Some even use racial code words to criticize the president, all in the name of taking their country back and preventing its destruction. And they refuse to admit that there is a history of racialized political rhetoric and policies spawning the pathology of terroristic murder and violent resistance.

When they were murdered, Reverend Pinckney and his parishioners were advocating for a better life for people of all races. They were standing with fast-food workers demanding a living wage. They were calling for the Confederate flag to come down. They were fighting against voter suppression and for funding public education, expanding Medicaid to allow the poor and near-poor of all races to have healthcare. They were mobilizing for police accountability and marching for justice in the recent killing of Walter Scott, an unarmed African-American man shot in the back by a police officer in North Charleston.

These brave family members are telling America that you cannot focus only on Dylann Roof and absolve the nation of its historic sickness. In a profound way, they are saying that giving the killer the death penalty is not going to fix what ails us. Arresting one disturbed young man will not bring “closure” or “healing” to a society that is still sick with the sins of racism and inequality, where too many perpetuate the slow violence of undermining the promise of equal protection under the law, which preachers like Denmark Vessey, Martin Luther King, and Clementa Pickney fought for.

These family members are asking us to forgive the sinner but hate the sin. They are issuing a clarion call born of their pain and loss to create a society that truly embraces justice and equality, that ends the policies of racism and poverty that guarantee there will be more Dylann Roofs and more acts of terror, because only then will we apprehend the real killers.

In light of this, I believe real healing would be writing and passing a bipartisan omnibus bill in the name of the nine Emanuel Martyrs that implements Medicaid expansion, raises public education funding, passes living-wage requirements and new gun-control laws, removes the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Statehouse, and restores the Voting Rights Act.

The very seat Reverend Pinckney held in the state Senate is in jeopardy as long as Section 5 of the VRA has been gutted. And even if it passed, the current reform bill in the US House would exempt Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee from coverage. If we want closure, let us name a VRA restoration bill after the Emanuel Nine.

We have no choice. We must see transformative action, not temporary ceremonial displays. Until we deal with the issues of race, poverty, and violence that threaten to tear our nation asunder, it is not just America’s soul that is at stake, but America itself.

Watch Reverend Barber’s full sermon.

 

June 24, 2015