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President Obama returning to WH during Hurricane Sandy


Photo courtesy of AP

After cancelling his appearance at a morning campaign rally in Orlando, Fla., President Barack Obama walks toward the White House in a driving rain Monday. Obama returned to Washington to monitor preparations for early response to Hurricane Sandy on Monday.

Mitt Romney would have someone carrying an umbrella for him as would other Republicans.

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Posted by on October 30, 2012 in Current Events, Photography

 

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Fire in the Sky

This beautiful photograph is found all over the internet so I don’t know who to credit for this amazing piece of art. I fell in love with it as did many others, obviously.

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2012 in Art, Environment, Nature, Photography

 

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The Silence on Global Warming

Harrowing predictions of climate scientists are coming true, as glaciers melt, forests burn, heat waves proliferate and freakish weather strikes in unexpected places. But the propagandists of global-warming denial have succeeded in silencing most politicians and the mainstream press. Written by Robert Parry


File Photo credit: Brittney Misialek, former WGN-TV intern.

Something called a “derecho” – a fast-moving line of thunderstorms – strikes the Washington area knocking out power for days. Massive forest fires ravage Colorado. A record heat wave covers much of the country. The U.S. press treats these events as major stories, but two words are rarely mentioned: “global warming.”

What has become most striking about the growing evidence that climate change is a clear and present danger – indeed an emerging existential threat – is the simultaneous failure of the U.S. news media to deal seriously with the issue, another sign of how the Right can intimidate the mainstream into going silent.

Evan Vucci/AP In Pictures: Extreme weather 2012

We have seen this pattern before, as the Right sets the media agenda by bullying those who threaten its ideological interests. Before the Iraq War, anyone who dared raise questions about the Bush administration’s justifications could expect to be marginalized or worse. Just ask Phil Donahue, Scott Ritter and the Dixie Chicks.

During Ronald Reagan’s presidency, his hard-nosed propagandists dubbed this tactic “controversializing,” that is, anyone who got too much in the way could expect to be subjected to systematic smears and professional deconstruction. With so many right-wing voices willing to say almost anything, it wasn’t hard to intimidate people.

The smart career play was always to retreat when these forces were arrayed against you. Why risk your six- or seven-figure salary on some issue when there are so many other stories that you can work on without all the grief?


Shelf cloud from the developing derecho in Chicago on June 29, 2012. Image Credit: NWS Meteorologist Samuel Shea

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Why is there no maximum wage?

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Posted by on July 5, 2012 in Current Events, Pets, Photography, Politics

 

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Obama Embraces Marriage Equality!

“At a certain point, I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” Mr. Obama said.

Long a proponent of civil unions, Mr. Obama said his views had changed in part because of prodding by friends who are gay and by conversations with his wife and daughters.

“I had hesitated on gay marriage in part because I thought that civil unions would be sufficient,” Mr. Obama said. “I was sensitive to the fact that for a lot of people, the word marriage was something that invokes very powerful traditions and religious beliefs.”

Mr. Obama also invoked his Christian faith in explaining his decision.

“The thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it’s also the golden rule — you know, treat others the way you would want to be treated,” he said. “And I think that’s what we try to impart to our kids, and that’s what motivates me as president.”

 
 

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Is Facebook discriminating against breastfeeding images?

Paul Cezanne, “Hortense Breast Feeding Paul”, 1872,

Breastfeeding moms and their supporters have been hearing empty apologies from Facebook for months, for a problem that dates back years. We have reuploaded photos and shared them, only to have them removed again, and again. We are still being harassed, bullied, intimated, and our accounts are being suspended.

Cherie Raymond, suspended now for 30 days for sharing Cézanne’s 1872 painting of his son being breastfeed, was also suspended for 30 days in February for sharing our media notice with a photo Facebook encouraged Emma Kwasnica to reupload after you apologized for its removal.

Empty apologies do not make good public policy.

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One of the many reasons why I despise Facebook.

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2012 in Art, Paintings, Politics, Women

 

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Creative Moon Shots

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Posted by on February 7, 2012 in Art, Inspirational, Nature, Photography

 

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