Friday, April 25, 2014

How much does owning a pet cost in a year?


Prospective pet owners should ask more than "How much is that doggie in the window?" before deciding whether they can afford to welcome an animal into their home.

"Often the cute face and wagging tail and warm body is what forms the initial bond," says Katherine Miller, director of applied science and research for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. But "pets are completely depending on us for their care. You do need to make considerations for the financial side."



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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Why Latinos Should Care About Voting


Much has been made of the importance of the Latino vote to both major political parties during the last two election cycles, but a closer look at voter participation rates proves that it was just the tip of the iceberg. Latino influence could be significantly greater.

Less than 50 percent of eligible Hispanic voters voted in 2012, about 11.2 million of a total of 23.6 million. During the 2010 Midterms, the number was closer to 31 percent.

As we enter a new election cycle, the important question is whether we as Latinos will leverage the full extent of our political power?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eva-longoria/why-latinos-should-care-a_b_5205924.html?utm_hp_ref=politics&ir=Politics

Cliven Bundy wonders if black people were “better off as slaves”


Oh boy. Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who has drawn a lot of attention recently for his longtime refusal to pay grazing fees (and because his cause drew the support of an armed militia), was profiled in the New York Times on Thursday. That meant a New York Times reporter was there to hear Bundy say this:

“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.

“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/04/24/cliven-bundy-wonders-if-black-people-were-better-off-as-slaves/

Thursday, April 17, 2014

RIP Gabo


Este Jueves Santo falleció el escritor colombiano Gabriel García Márquez, autor de exitosos libros como "Cien años de Soledad" y "Memoria de mis putas tristes".

BEWARE:Scammers Are Targeting Netflix Users Again, Preying On The Most Trusting Among Us

A few weeks ago, we warned you about a particularly clever phishing scam targeting Netflix users by encouraging them to contact scammers posing as customer service representatives. And now it seems copycat scammers are at it again.

A similar phishing scam, uncovered by Malwarebytes Unpacked -- the same blog that surfaced the previous scam -- is making the rounds, this time targeting not just Netlfix subscribers, but also customers of a number of recognizable brands, including AT&T, Comcast and even Aol (the parent company of The Huffington Post). The scammers are drawing users to fake websites via sponsored ads purchased through major ad networks. These phony ads have been spotted at the top of search result pages on popular search engines including Bing and Google.

Malwarebytes researcher Jerome Segura said he has also seen bait-and-switch ads on sites displaying sponsored Google or Bing ads -- both of which are common in all corners of the web.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/17/netflix-comcast-phishing-_n_5161680.html

Rand Paul’s Supply-side Distortion

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul claimed that 20 million jobs were created after President Ronald Reagan’s dramatic tax cuts in the 1980s, and that this was the “last time” such job growth took place. Paul is wrong on both counts.

The fact is that the economy added just over 16.1 million jobs under the tax-cutting Reagan, but it added nearly 22.9 million under Democratic President Bill Clinton, who raised taxes.

Supply-side Myth
Paul’s misinformed recitation of economic history came during an April 12 “Freedom Summit” gathering of 2016 Republican presidential prospects in Manchester, N.H. It was a straightforward expression of the supply-side myth that tax cuts produce more revenue rather than less:

Paul, April 12: When is the last time in our country we created millions of jobs? It was under Ronald Reagan. What did Ronald Reagan do? Did he come forward and say: “Oh, let’s just cut taxes for low-income people?” No, he said forthrightly let’s cut everyone’s taxes. He did dramatically. The top rate — that’s what rich people pay — was 70 percent, he lowered it to 50 percent. Then he lowered it again to 28 percent, and 20 million jobs were created. More revenue came in in fact. When you cut rates people work harder, they make more money, more revenue comes in.

http://www.factcheck.org/2014/04/rand-pauls-supply-side-distortion/

Who Are the Koch Brothers and What Do They Want?

The Koch brothers are the second wealthiest family in America, making most of their money in the fossil fuel industry. According to Forbes Magazine, they saw their wealth increase last year from $68 billion to $80 billion. In other words, under the "anti-business", "socialist" and "oppressive" Obama administration, their wealth went up by $12 billion in one year.

In their 2012 campaigns, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney each spent a little more than $1 billion. For the Koch brothers, spending more than Obama and Romney combined would be a drop in their bucket. They would hardly miss the few billion dollars.

Given the reality that the Koch brothers are now the most important and powerful players in American politics, it is important to know what they want and what their agenda is.

It is not widely known that David Koch was the Libertarian Party vice-presidential candidate in 1980. He believed that Ronald Reagan was much too liberal. Despite Mr. Koch putting a substantial sum of money into the campaign, his ticket only received 1 percent of the vote. Most Americans thought the Libertarian Party platform of 1980 was extremist and way out of touch with what the American people wanted and needed.

Fast-forward 34 years and the most significant reality of modern politics is how successful David Koch and like-minded billionaires have been in moving the Republican Party to the extreme right. Amazingly, much of what was considered "extremist" and "kooky" in 1980 has become part of today's mainstream Republican thinking.

Let me give you just a few examples:

In 1980, Libertarian vice-presidential candidate David Koch ran on a platform that called for abolishing the minimum wage.

In 1980, the platform of David Koch's Libertarian Party favored "the abolition of Medicare and Medicaid programs."

In 1980, the platform of David Koch's Libertarian Party called for "the repeal of the fraudulent, virtually bankrupt, and increasingly oppressive Social Security system."

In 1980, David Koch's Libertarian Party platform stated "We oppose all personal and corporate income taxation, including capital gains taxes ... We support the eventual repeal of all taxation ... As an interim measure, all criminal and civil sanctions against tax evasion should be terminated immediately.

The truth is that the agenda of the Koch brothers is to move this country from a democratic society with a strong middle class to an oligarchic form of society in which the economic and political life of the nation are controlled by a handful of billionaire families.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-bernie-sanders/who-are-the-koch-brothers_b_5165995.html

How Low Will Political Ads go ?

Perceived Status Threat From the Racial Demographic Shift Affects White Americans’ Political Ideology

Maureen A. Craig, Department of Psychology, Northwestern University, Swift Hall, 2029 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, IL 60208 E-mail: macraig@u.northwestern.edu

Author Contributions M. A. Craig and J. A. Richeson developed the study concept. Both authors contributed to the study design. Data collection, data analysis, and interpretation were performed by M. A. Craig, under the supervision of J. A. Richeson. M. A. Craig drafted the manuscript, and J. A. Richeson provided critical revisions. Both authors approved the final version of the manuscript for submission.


Abstract

The U.S. Census Bureau projects that racial minority groups will make up a majority of the U.S. national population in 2042, effectively creating a so-called majority-minority nation. In four experiments, we explored how salience of such racial demographic shifts affects White Americans’ political-party leanings and expressed political ideology. Study 1 revealed that making California’s majority-minority shift salient led politically unaffiliated White Americans to lean more toward the Republican Party and express greater political conservatism. Studies 2, 3a, and 3b revealed that making the changing national racial demographics salient led White Americans (regardless of political affiliation) to endorse conservative policy positions more strongly. Moreover, the results implicate group-status threat as the mechanism underlying these effects. Taken together, this work suggests that the increasing diversity of the nation may engender a widening partisan divide.

http://pss.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/04/02/0956797614527113.abstract

G.O.P. Campaign Outreach Tool: Gun Sweepstakes


Hand over your email address to a political campaign, and typically all you can expect in return is an endless stream of solicitations for money.

But one supporter of Greg Brophy, a state senator who ran for governor in Colorado, got something else: a Smith & Wesson M&P15 rifle.

It was the top prize in “Greg Brophy’s Gun Club Giveaway,” an online contest last month in which people handed over personal information that is the currency of modern political campaigns — first and last names, email addresses and phone numbers — and in exchange, one lucky winner would get the gun.

“I tricked this baby out,” said Mr. Brophy, a Republican, boasting about how he had added all manner of accessories — extra grips, a backup sight and a strap so it could be slung effortlessly over the shoulder.

Online gun sweepstakes have become one of the most useful tools for campaign outreach in the 2014 Republican primaries.

The National Rifle Association, which has been doing Publishers Clearinghouse-style gun sweepstakes since the 1980s, figured out the allure of free guns years ago. Back then, it used direct mail. Now, it employs a range of online campaigns, including Facebook-based contests that provide the organization not just with people’s names, but also with their information-rich public profiles and lists of their friends. Millions of people have entered these contests, the group said.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/18/us/politics/gop-campaign-outreach-tool-gun-sweepstakes.html?_r=0

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Stupid Rises, Nation Declines

What's gotten us where we are is the rise of dumbassery. Basically, as voters, we've given our elected leaders pretty much an open road to Idiotville. Not that this hasn't always been an issue, since our nation has a long and proud history of putting various dimwits in elected office (and, yes, including the White House). Matter of fact, our own Founding Fathers realized this and were concerned about the kind of jacklegs that might be elected in the several states. This was one of the reasons given for passage of the 17th Amendment.

But we seemed to have reached a new apogee (or perigee) in our national tolerance for the boneheaded, as if Ernest P. Worrell was suddenly plopped into power. Some enactments are outwardly offensive but, overall, relatively harmless, such as the ongoing effort to make the Bible the official state book of Louisiana. But others, such as the severe abortion clinic rules in Texas have huge and regressive effects on the general health of an entire state, flying in the face of well-established law, history, statistics and social success.

Oh, and our public schools are tanking too (despite the valiant efforts of so many). Creationism is crap. Stop using public money to teach our kids the world is only a few thousand years old. If you want your kid to be stupid, do it in your own church school on your own dime. We won't interfere. Promise.

I'm not sure which is more troublesome -- the idea that some legislators actually think it's a good idea to take us back to 1950 or there is enough electoral clout by a collection of dim-bulb voters to put them in office to do so. Each time I see something about another blatant voter-suppression effort, my jaw clanks to the floor and my eyes bug out like I'm in a Tex Avery cartoon. It's not that I object so much to someone having to show a photo ID before voting (though I do, if they've voted before) -- it's that I have serious issues with curtailment of early voting, poll hours and even allegedly but laughably serious excuses to just blocking the otherwise qualified from casting a ballot.

Similarly, I've learned to avoid anything or anyone referred to (usually by themselves) as a "patriot." This simple word has somehow morphed into a euphemism for "someone who has no clue how poorly the Articles of Confederation worked on a national basis, so we had to come up with a Constitution to keep from flying apart like loose bolts in a blender." The confrontation in Nevada this past week is a good example. Seriously? This isn't 1888, cowpoke. We're a nation with rules and laws and fees and, yes, sometimes they do tread on you. Yes, I own a firearm and, yes, I've raised cattle on family land so don't give me this "heritage" horse hockey. Only the good sense of government agents, faced with a lot of guns Obama didn't take away, prevented things from getting out of hand. Who's the thug now?

We are, these days, being jerked this way and that by a noisy minority that is, thankfully, fading from our national control room. It is not going quietly, nor should we expect so. But I think the more we, as voters, can ignore the noise and demand the same from our elected leaders, the faster the exit process will be. It's the job of our representatives to make tough choices and explain it the best they can. Otherwise, our national decline will continue.

....but it's going to be a rough ride.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/craig-giesecke/stupid-rises-nation-decli_b_5142575.html?utm_hp_ref=media&ir=Media

WTF....Supreme Court To Consider Ohio Ban On Campaign Lies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Negative campaigning and mudslinging may be a fact of life in American politics, but can false accusations made in the heat of an election be punished as a crime?

That debate makes its way to the Supreme Court next week as the justices consider a challenge to an Ohio law that bars false statements about political candidates during a campaign. The case has attracted national attention, with groups across the political spectrum criticizing the law as a restriction on the First Amendment right to free speech.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/16/supreme-court-campaign-lies_n_5158964.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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EFF: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/03...

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Rick Wiles Asks God To 'Deliver Us' From Obama, Demands Military Arrest President To Prevent 'Second Civil War'



Taking a page from Pat Robertson, End Times radio broadcaster Rick Wiles yesterday asked God to “deliver us” from President Obama.

The TruNews host said that the military must “take action soon to arrest Barack Obama and remove him and his regime from the White House” in order to save America from “collapse” and stop him from “instigat[ing] a second Civil War.”

See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rick-wiles-asks-god-deliver-us-obama-demands-military-arrest-president-prevent-second-civil-#sthash.FpBSwHdS.dpuf

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Fuck The Poor ?


An encryption flaw called the Heartbleed bug is already being called one of the biggest security threats the Internet has ever seen. The bug has affected many popular websites and services — ones you might use every day, like Gmail and Facebook — and could have quietly exposed your sensitive account information (such as passwords and credit card numbers) over the past two years.

But it hasn't always been clear which sites have been affected. Mashable reached out to various companies included on a long list of websites that could potentially have the flaw. Below, we've rounded up the responses from some of the most popular social, email, banking and commerce sites on the web.

SEE ALSO: How to Protect Yourself From the Heartbleed Bug

Some Internet companies that were vulnerable to the bug have already updated their servers with a security patch to fix the issue. This means you'll need to go in and change your passwords immediately for these sites. Even that is no guarantee that your information wasn't already compromised, but there's also no indication that hackers knew about the exploit before this week. The companies that are advising customers to change their passwords are doing so as a precautionary measure.

Although changing your password regularly is always good practice, if a site or service hasn't yet patched the problem, your information will still be vulnerable.

We'll keep updating the list as new information comes in.

http://mashable.com/2014/04/09/heartbleed-bug-websites-affected/?utm_content=feature_title&utm_cid=mash-prod-email-topstories&utm_emailalert=daily&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily

Guess who got Obamacare money? Of course it's the Kochs!

Here's a fun question, posed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

"If the Affordable Care Act is so awful," Reid asked, "why did Koch Industries use it to their advantage?"

That's a rhetorical question, by the way. The answer is because they could get a big ol' chunk of money from the federal government, that's why. Congress created a $5 billion temporary reinsurance fund in the Affordable Care Act, to subsidize the cost to employers for providing ongoing coverage for people who retire before Medicare eligibility. The Kochs, of course, took a chunk of that.

The Early Retiree Reinsurance Program, Reid said, "helped the company pay health insurance costs for its retirees who are not covered by Medicare." Reid asked sarcastically: "So it's OK for Koch Industries to save money through Obamacare" even as Koch-related groups seek the law's repeal. […]

Federal records show that Koch Industries received $1.4 million in early retiree subsidies. That's considerably less than the sums many other employers received. A Koch Industries spokesman said he had no comment on Reid's latest criticisms.

Other companies did receive a lot more: UPS got $37 million; Union Pacific $9.7 million; Altria Client Services nearly $11 million; and AT&T $213 million. All of those companies donate more heavily to Republicans, but none of these companies have made it their mission to kill Obamacare. That makes the Kochs a special case. But very typically Republican.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/09/1290794/-Guess-who-got-Obamacare-money-Of-course-it-s-the-nbsp-Kochs

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Why I will vote !.....Vote against our lazy politicians

The Arizona Legislature is intellectually lazy. This is more than evidenced by their recent proposals that were sponsored by the NRA, Goldwater Institute and the extreme religious right.

These legislators propose laws and vote in response to money or threats of voting them out of office. They do not propose laws that will help Arizona lead the nation in education, job creation and health care.

These legislators vote for and propose bills that ensure they will dumb down our future so they can get re-elected. These people do not represent the majority of the people of Arizona.

The naive "my vote doesn't count" attitude got these intellectually lazy politicians elected. Undo these mistakes. Come out and vote!

http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/letters/2014/03/23/vote-against-lazy-politicians/6812175/

Monday, April 7, 2014

Pollster: Arizona’s switch from red to blue state ‘inevitable’

PHOENIX — Arizona has a national reputation for hard-core conservatism, but it’s inevitable that Democrats will hold sway in the state as the Latino population grows and independent voters surge, a pollster says.

The shift has been slowed thus far by a lack of participation by Latino and independent voters, said Jim Haynes, president and CEO of the Phoenix-based Behavior Research Center.

“It’s just all the population dynamics point to sooner or later — and I’m going to say later, which is to say maybe a couple of presidential election cycles from now — before Arizona becomes a blue state,” he told those attending a recent conference in Phoenix of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

“If more Latinos aren’t voting, if independents keep abdicating, then it’s hard to see Arizona going blue any time soon,” Haynes said. “Having said that, ultimately, again, it’s inevitable.”

http://azstarnet.com/

WTF !..Members of Congress are underpaid, can't live 'decently' in D.C.: Rep. Moran - Washington Times

Members of Congress are underpaid, can't live 'decently' in D.C.: Rep. Moran - Washington Times

A retiring Democratic congressman from Virginia says federal lawmakers don’t make enough money to get by in both Washington and back home.

“I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid,” Rep. James P. Moran told CQ Roll Call.

“I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.”


Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com