Florida Republicans are feeling sick to their stomach about a bunch of new poll results on Gov. Rick Scott (R).
The new polls show former Gov. Charlie Crist, Scott’s very likely Democratic challenger int he general election, with strong support across the state. One poll reported by the Miami Herald, for instance, has Crist beating Scott by 34 percentage points in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.
“There’s no way to sugarcoat this: It’s awful,” a top Florida Republican told the Herald in response to seeing the crosstabs for the new poll numbers.
A good piece at Newsday by Cathy Young: U.S. Critic Blind to Putin Media Control.
Do some critics of U.S. government policies that may encroach on civil liberties give anti-American foreign states a pass on far worse abuses?
The latest subject of such a controversy is Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who has worked with whistle-blower Edward Snowden to disclose the National Security Agency’s surveillance of personal communication records. Given that Snowden received asylum in Russia, Greenwald has been accused by his detractors of colluding with a regime notorious for its police-state tactics — especially since, two years ago, he defended the Kremlin-run TV channel RT (Russia Today) after it gave a show to his ally, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Unfortunately, Greenwald’s most recent defense of Vladimir Putin’s propaganda network does little to counter the charge of double standards.
Earlier today, Lawhawk noted that Adorama was having a contest where you’re to enter your best image from last year. Since the voting is Facebook “Likes” based, my taste in photography has a snowballs chance at the devil’s prom ;)
But on the other hand, as it has been noted, you can not win if you do not play the game. So after sorting through my 2013 work I’ve set aside 7 images I think are the best of the year. For the fun of it, I figured I’d post them here and see what the lizards thought was best as a rather more rational sample than that of Facebook.
So in no particular order are my favorites of 2013. Which do you think I should enter?
Dinesh D’Souza, the filmmaker behind 2016: Obama’s America who is out on $500,000 bond for allegedly violating campaign finance laws, was at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington on Friday to unveil a new trailer for his upcoming release, America, a movie that imagines the United States lost the Revolutionary War and therefore never existed.
The trailer, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, begins with some familiar faces — Steve Jobs, Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy, Jackie Robinson — then morphs into a battle scene where Gen. George Washington is struck by a bullet from a British musket. As Washington dies, American landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore disintegrate.
Assholes like D’Souza hate the country so much they have to change history to try to match their fantasy world of fear and hate. I hope he gets Sarah Palin to do the intro.
According to the 2013 UNICEF Report on Improving Child Nutrition - The Achievable Imperative for Global Progress, one-third of the world’s under nourished children are in India and an estimated 61 million, half of the total child population in the country, are stunted due to chronic undernutrition.
While progress towards reducing child underweight in India has been made, it has been uneven. The 2010 UNICEF Report on Progress for Children: Achieving MDGs with Equity highlights that in India, the prevalence of underweight in children below five years in the richest 20 per cent of the households decreased from 37 per cent in 1992 to 25 per cent in 2006, whereas the corresponding reduction in the poorest 20 per cent households was negligible, from 64 per cent to 61 per cent.
Wiki Party website froths for Russia
JARED OWENS THE AUSTRALIAN MARCH 11, 2014 12:00AM
THE WikiLeaks Party’s website has become fiercely pro-Russian, airing claims that a clandestine NATO-backed, neo-Nazi sniper unit deliberately fired at Ukrainian protesters to help bring about “nuclear war” between Washington and the Kremlin.
Articles posted to the website’s news section also attack the “heavily Jewish” US government as “psychopaths” and US Secretary of State John Kerry as “stupid” and “wallowing in his arrogance, hubris and evil”.
looks like Wikileaks as a front for Putin has all but become part of the Russian political machinery.
A new superlative term has to be coined for Jumping the Shark.
An amazing historic fortune to be had
Ship Model, note the old pre propeller side wheel propulsion design.
It carried one of the largest cargoes of gold ever lost at sea, so much so that it was nicknamed the “Ship of Gold.” And now Odyssey Marine Exploration has been given court approval to recover what it can from the SS Central America.
In 1857, the SS Central America shipwrecked 160 miles off the coast of South Carolina because of a hurricane, killing more than 550 people and taking it with an estimated 14,000 kilos of gold. According to Odyssey Marine, experts believe it still holds a commercial shipment of gold valued at $93,000 in 1857, as well as passenger gold valued in 1857 at between $250,000 and $1.28 million.
Spokeswoman Liz Shows declined to say how much that would be by today’s value, but added, “It will be higher than the melt value because of the shipwreck premium.”
An Ohio court granted Odyssey Marine exclusive salvage rights to the shipwreck, the fate of which had been tied up in a long-running legal battle. A company statement said the shipwreck site was discovered in 1987 at a depth of approximately 2,200 meters (7,200 feet). Less than 5 percent of the site was investigated at that time, but an extensive collection of gold coins, bullion, and raw gold was found.
With Getty’s announcement that they are offering images for embedding for free - it allows us to see the world in a different light.
skyline overlooking Victoria Harbour.
A man sits in front of the city’s skyline shrouded in a dense blanket of smog
the city’s skyline is seen from the peak, a popular touristic spot
Smog hangs in the air around buildings in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong,
A junk sails past the city’s skyline
Farmland in Hong Kong, left, sits across the border from commercial and residential buildings standing in the Luohu district of Shenzhen
Commercial and residential buildings sit on the border facing Hong Kong in Shenzhen, China,
Kowloon promenade overlooking Victoria Harbour shows Hong Kong island (background) and its skyline
fireworks illuminate the skyline in Victoria Harbour to celebrate the Chinese New Year
Cranes stand at a construction site on the waterfront
Commercial buildings, reflected on the side of a walkway, stand in Hong Kong, China,
Residential buildings, shot through a curtain, stand in the Central district in Hong Kong, China, on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013.
A photographer looks towards the city skyline as he takes images during sunset
A general view of Shenzhen skyline taken from Ma Tso Lung village on July 11, 2013 in Hong Kong, China. The North East New Territories New Development Areas project proposed by HKSAR Government to redevelop land under active cultivation in Kwu Tung North and Fanling North and provide up to 60,700 housing units has aroused public concerns
A U.S. Navy personnel stands guard on board the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) with the polluted Hong Kong skyline in the background.
A general view of North East New Territories in front of the Shenzhen skyline taken from Ping Che village on July 11, 2013 in Hong Kong, China. The North East New Territories New Development Areas project proposed by the HKSAR Government to redevelop land under active cultivation in Kwu Tung North and Fanling North and provide up to 60,700 housing units has aroused public concerns.
In the United States, people can land in prison for life over minor offenses. They can be locked up forever for siphoning gasoline from a truck, shoplifting small items from a department store or attempting to cash a stolen check. Sentences across the United States in the last 30 years have doubled. Roy Lee Clay, for example, received in 2013 a sentence of mandatory punishment of life without parole for refusing to accept a plea bargain of 10 years for trafficking 1kg of heroin. Even the sentencing judge found this “extremely severe and harsh”. The bigger picture: a recent Human Rights Watch report found that the threat of harsh sentences leads 97% of drug defendants to plead guilty rather than exercise their right to a public trial.
Most citizens are shocked when they hear such reports. Federal judge John Gleeson of New York said that the way prosecutors use plea bargaining “coerces guilty pleas and produces sentences so excessively severe they take your breath away”. Federal judge Mark Bennett of Iowa has described the “shocking, jaw-dropping disparity” of prior-conviction enhancements to force a plea bargain in a case.
But these and other shocks mean nothing without a larger shock of recognition: Americans like to punish.
We like it so much that we ignore what legal punishment means in the nation’s jails and prisons. Incarceration extends far beyond the official designation of time served. It means horrifying levels of degradation and cruelty to prisoners at all levels. Overcrowding, gang activity, endemic rape, unchecked violence and overly long sentences have turned our jails and prisons into pocket war zones.
Child sex trafficking is a dark, real world for many. Public service announcements show how much money criminals make off of selling kids for sex. One from a non-profit group called “Disturbed to Deliver” says some girls are required to bring their “pimp” $1,000 a night. At $100 a person, that’s 10 guys she has to sleep with a night. 3,650 men a year.
“It’s more alarming to see it in person than see it in print,” said Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich.
The California study reported a pimp can receive more than $160,000 from each child he or she forces into prostitution. Weirich says child sex trafficking cases are more common in low-income areas.
“What they’re seeing is dads and step dads selling their kids for sex to make extra money,” she said. “Since January there have been over a thousand years of sentences against sex offenders and abusers in Shelby County.”