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October 18, 2013

Hooting rednecks to be charged for toppling 170-million-year-old rock formation

These prize American specimens were concerned that stones who had balanced for 170 million years might fall on a kid. Also, they clearly thought it would be fun to push over a big rock and destroy a bit of American history. Utah Men May Face Charges For Toppling 170 Million Year Old Rock Formation (VIDEO)
Three adult Boy Scout leaders may face charges for toppling an approximately 170-million-year-old rock formation in Utah's Goblin Valley State Park, the Salt Lake Tribune reported Thursday. The men, named on the Tribune YouTube page as Dave Hall, Glenn Taylor and Dylan Taylor, filmed themselves knocking over one of the formations known as "goblins," and cheering after the rocks came down. The video was posted to Facebook and obtained by the Tribune. "Some little kid was about ready to walk down here and die and Glenn saved his life by getting the boulder out of the way," the person taping the event is heard saying in the video. "So it’s all about saving lives here at Goblin Valley." Glenn Taylor, who toppled the formation, told FOX 13 News he regrets his actions. “I wish we would have been smart enough to go get a ranger cause it was wrong of us to be vigilantes, and I’m sorry I did that,” he said. The matter will go before the Boy Scouts, according to FOX 13. “If you’re a felon, you can’t be a scouter and that would break my heart, but I did the crime,” Taylor said.

October 15, 2013

USA TODAY "Balances" Hundreds Of Scientists With Fossil-Fuel Backed Group

The mainstream media's quest for balance leads it to embrace some toxic bedfellows. USA TODAY "Balances" Hundreds Of Scientists With Fossil-Fuel Backed Group | Blog | Media Matters for America
USA TODAY became the latest mainstream newspaper to incorrectly "balance" the views of the hundreds of scientists behind a major climate report with the the Heartland Institute, a fossil-fuel-funded organization that once compared those who accept climate science to the "Unabomber." In an op-ed published by the newspaper Tuesday, the head of the organization portrayed outright falsehoods as simply "opinion" in order to dismiss the United Nations panel behind the report as a "discredited oracle." The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC), which convenes hundreds of top climate experts from around the world to assess the scientific understanding of climate change, stated in its most recent report that scientists are 95 percent certain that the majority of recent warming is manmade, or about as certain as they are that cigarettes kill. This is an increase from just over 50 percent certainty in 1995, and 66 percent certainty in 2001. Yet the head of the Heartland Institute, Joseph Bast, counterfactually suggested in USA TODAY that "we are no more certain about the impact of man-made greenhouse gases than we were in 1990, or even in 1979." Bast also falsely claimed that the IPCC "admits, but does not explain, why no warming has occurred for the past 15 years." It would be one thing for Bast to claim that he is not convinced by the IPCC's explanation that that the slightly slower rate of atmospheric warming in the last 15 years was likely due to the ocean absorbing much of recent heat, along with other natural factors such as volcanic eruptions. But Bast simply pretended that this explanation does not exist so that he could cling to the myth that short-term variability rebuts the idea of a long-term greenhouse gas signal.

October 07, 2013

Kuwait plans to medically screen everyone entering their country, to keep LGBT folks out

Joe. My. God.: Kuwait To Conduct "Homosexuality Tests" To Stop Gay People From Entering Country
Kuwaiti officials revealed today that they will conduct "medical screening tests" to detect homosexuals who are attempting to enter the country. According to a quote from one official, LGBT people so identified would also be barred from all of the Gulf Cooperation Nations.

September 16, 2013

Detroit's unelected tyrant shut off a neighborhood's power just to fuck with people

The Most Important Story You Didn't Hear Last Week: Unelected Detroit Official Turns Off Power To "Send A Strong Message" | Blog | Media Matters for America
Last week, as the temperature soared to 90 degrees in Detroit, Michigan suffered a major power outage after an unelected city official decided he needed to send a "strong message" by turning off a portion of the electric grid. This led to dozens of reports of people trapped in elevators and the evacuation of numerous buildings, yet not a single major national news outlet felt this story warranted coverage. Detroit is currently under control of an emergency manager, not elected by the people of the city, but instead appointed by Governor Rick Snyder. Gary Brown, the city's chief compliance officer who reports to the emergency manager's office, when asked by local Detroit Fox affiliate about the blackout seemed to imply that it was intentional and done to "send a strong message" . . .