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Arthur Rothstein – Image Gallery

Via: Facie Populi

Heavy black clouds of dust rising over the Texas Panhandle, March 1936.

http://www.faciepopuli.com/tagged/Arthur_Rothstein

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Arthur Rothstein (July 17, 1915 in New York City – November 11, 1985 in New Rochelle, New York) was an American photographer.

Rothstein is recognized as one of America’s premier photojournalists. During a career that spanned five decades, he provoked, entertained and informed the American people. His photographs ranged from a hometown baseball game to the drama of war, from struggling rural farmers to US Presidents.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Rothstein

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footnote:

The Dust Bowl, or the Dirty Thirties, was a period of severe dust storms causing major ecological and agricultural damage to American and Canadian prairie lands from 1930 to 1936 (in some areas until 1940).

The phenomenon was caused by severe drought coupled with decades of extensive farming without crop rotation, fallow fields, cover crops or other techniques to prevent wind erosion. Deep plowing of the virgin topsoil of the Great Plains had displaced the natural deep-rooted grasses that normally kept the soil in place and trapped moisture even during periods of drought and high winds.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dust_Bowl

December 13, 2011 Posted by | American photoghaphers | , , , , | Leave a comment

FLORIDA: Teen throws bacon at grandmother

Via: nwfdaily news

CRESTVIEW — A 15-year-old boy was charged Nov. 27 with two counts of  misdemeanor battery.

According to an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s report, the grandmother told  deputies the teenager got angry because she would not let him cook bacon.

The two began to argue when the boy threw the frozen meat, hitting the woman  in the chest. The woman then instructed the teen to leave the home but he began  cursing at her instead.

The woman’s other grandson then got involved and the two boys began fighting.  The other grandson was able to get the boy out of the house and he locked him  out.

The 15-year-old then kicked in the door and later left with his  mother.

http://www.nwfdailynews.com/articles/teen-45777-throws-bacon.html#ixzz1gOTms5J4

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Newt® Gingrich® pledges fidelity to wife number 3

Via: Mock, Paper, Scissors

“I will also oppose any judicial, bureaucratic, or legislative effort to define marriage in any manner other than as between one man and one woman. I also pledge to uphold the institution of marriage through personal fidelity to my spouse and respect for the marital bonds of others.”

It’s the fourth time he’s taken that pledge, one for each wife, and now one to grow on? Yes…

http://www.mockpaperscissors.com/

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Krugman – “It’s time to start calling the current situation what it is: a depression”

Via: New York Times

It’s time to start calling the current situation what it is: a depression. True, it’s not a full replay of the Great Depression, but that’s cold comfort. Unemployment in both America and Europe remains disastrously high. Leaders and institutions are increasingly discredited. And democratic values are under siege.

On that last point, I am not being alarmist. On the political as on the economic front it’s important not to fall into the “not as bad as” trap. High unemployment isn’t O.K. just because it hasn’t hit 1933 levels; ominous political trends shouldn’t be dismissed just because there’s no Hitler in sight.

Let’s talk, in particular, about what’s happening in Europe — not because all is well with America, but because the gravity of European political developments isn’t widely understood.

First of all, the crisis of the euro is killing the European dream. The shared currency, which was supposed to bind nations together, has instead created an atmosphere of bitter acrimony.

Specifically, demands for ever-harsher austerity, with no offsetting effort to foster growth, have done double damage. They have failed as economic policy, worsening unemployment without restoring confidence; a Europe-wide recession now looks likely even if the immediate threat of financial crisis is contained. And they have created immense anger, with many Europeans furious at what is perceived, fairly or unfairly (or actually a bit of both), as a heavy-handed exercise of German power.

Nobody familiar with Europe’s history can look at this resurgence of hostility.

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You can read the rest, HERE:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/12/opinion/krugman-depression-and-democracy.html?_r=1

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Bella is a very clever dog!

Bella was diagnosed with congenital megaesophagus at 4 months old.

Megaesophagus means that her esophagus is enlarged and lacks the muscle mobility to swallow food while horizontal.

This is her “Baileys Chair,” which she needs sit in while eating and for 10 minutes after she eats. She eats soft dog food with a little water mixed in.

She is now seven months old and doing great.

http://arbroath.blogspot.com/2011/12/dog-with-congenital-megaesophagus-eats.html

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Bill Johnson (R-AL) – ‘GOP Moron of the Day’

Via: NZHerald

A conservative Christian politician has a secret life as a sperm donor for lesbian couples – even though he has campaigned against gay marriage.

American politician Bill Johnson has spent most of this year in Christchurch helping run the earthquake recovery, all the while using the online persona “chchbill” to meet women who want help to get pregnant.

Under that persona, he has discussed making donations to at least nine women without the knowledge of his family in the US.

Three of the women are now pregnant, and Johnson has assisted another three with donations in the past month. It is believed he has been in communication with at least another three women to discuss sperm donation.

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Johnson was a 2009 candidate for the office of Governor of Alabama.

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He said the urge to become a biological father was “a need that I have”.

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Asked if his wife knew he was donating sperm, he said: “She does now.”

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10772398

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December 13, 2011 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Frank Sinatra (December 12, 1915 ~ May 14, 1998) – ‘Fly me to the moon’

Fly me to the moon

Let me sing among those stars

Let me see what spring is like on jupiter and mars

In other words, hold my hand

In other words, baby kiss me

Fill my heart with song

Let me sing for ever more

You are all I long for

All I worship and adore

In other words, please be true

In other words, I love you

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You Tube

Frank Sinatra – ‘Fly me to the moon’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DC9oQoFk9Rs&feature=related

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Flashback: Child Labor Advocate Newt® Gingrich® Once Slammed Businessman For Hiring Teens To Take Out The Trash

Via: Think Progress

Believing child labor protection laws are “tragic” and “truly stupid,” Gingrich wants to replace “unionized janitors” with poor children who can learn legal work habits by cleaning the bathroom, or better yet, as “apprenti” for attention-seeking tycoon Donald Trump.

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While it is now somehow politically advantageous for Gingrich to push for child laborers, it was — at one time — politically advantageous for him to rebuke them. As USA Today reports, in a 1996 ad called “Cookie,” Gingrich accused his congressional opponent of “unscrupulous” business practices for hiring children under the age of 18:

But in a 1996 ad titled “Cookie,” Gingrich slammed his then-congressional opponent, Michael Coles, former CEO of Great American Cookie Co., as an “unscrupulous businessman” partly because of a 1993 violation of child labor laws and accused him of using children “for hazardous labor,” according to a transcript of the ad in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/12/12/387320/flashback-child-labor-advocate-newt-gingrich-once-slammed-businessman-for-hiring-teens-to-take-out-the-trash/

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Bangladesh a Democratic Country or a Police State?

Via: BDINN

A Banladeshi policeman hits a child with a baton during clashes with garment workers in Dhaka.

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Note of caution: The other images are also very disturbing.

http://www.bdinn.com/photos/bangladesh-a-democratic-country-or-a-police-state/

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Gingrich’s® Tax Plan Would Give Millionaires A $600,000 Tax Cut

Via: Think Progress

The latest 2012 GOP presidential frontrunner, Newt Gingrich, has, like Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) before him, released a plan to overhaul the U.S. tax code by giving taxpayers the option of paying a single, flat, income tax rate, as opposed to using today’s progressive tax code. In fact, Gingrich goes a bit further than Perry, setting his flat rate at 15 percent, as opposed to Perry’s 20 percent.

Gingrich claims that his plan will “allow Americans the freedom to choose to file their taxes on a postcard, saving hundreds of billions in unnecessary costs each year.” However, according to an analysis by the Tax Policy Center, the plan will also achieve another of Gingrich’s ends — giving millionaires a tax cut of more than $600,000 per year:

Gingrich’s plan would create an optional 15 percent flat tax with a per-person deduction of $12,000. He would drop the corporate tax rate to 12.5 percent from 35 percent, allow businesses to write off capital expenses and eliminate taxes on capital gains and estates, according to his website.

People earning more than $1 million a year:

– would receive an average tax cut of $613,689 in 2015, compared with what they pay now.

That change would boost their after-tax income by 28.7 percent and put their average tax rate at 11.9 percent.

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/12/12/387889/gingrich-millionaire-tax-cut/

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