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I was wondering if anyone had any other great post WoM or Time Lord Victorious (with Rose, preferably) fics to rec.
In a condemnatory speech last week against the Obama administration’s new Environmental Protection Agency carbon emission regulations, Kentucky state Sen. Brandon Smith (R) claimed that man-made climate change is scientifically implausible because Mars and Earth share “exactly” the same temperature.
Smith, the owner of a mining company called Mohawk Energy, argued that despite the fact that the red planet doesn’t have any coal mines, Mars and Earth share a temperature. Therefore, Smith reasoned, coal companies on Earth should be exempt from emission regulations.
During a Natural Resources and Environment Committee meeting Thursday, Smith, the Senate majority whip, said:
"As you [Energy & Environment Cabinet official] sit there in your chair with your data, we sit up here in ours with our data and our constituents and stuff behind us. I won’t get into the debate about climate change but I’ll simply point out that I think in academia we all agree that the temperature on Mars is exactly as it is here. Nobody will dispute that. Yet there are no coal mines on Mars. There’s no factories on Mars that I’m aware of."
According to NASA, the average temperature on Earth is 57 degrees Fahrenheit -- 138 degrees above Mars' average of -81 degrees.
Although the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet has stated that the new EPA rules will not cause Kentucky to shut down any additional coal-fired power plants, state lawmakers Thursday blamed federal environmental regulations for shuttering the state’s coal mines.
Thursday’s committee meeting was dominated by a slew of outlandish scientific claims from both Republican and Democratic climate change deniers.
State Rep. Kevin Sinnette (D) dismissed the threat of man-made global warming by pointing out that dinosaurs survived climate change.
“The dinosaurs died, and we don’t know why, but the world adjusted,” Sinnette said. “And to say that this is what’s going to cause detriment to people, I just don’t think it’s out there.”
State Rep. Stan Lee (R) claimed that climate-warming trends caused by human activities -- a phenomenon backed by 97 percent of climate scientists -- are nothing more than calculated scare tactics.
“All this stems, this carbon capture, all this other stuff, it stems back to a scare, generated years ago about global warming,” the Fayette County lawmaker said on Thursday. “Finally it turned out there hasn’t been global warming in 15 or 20 years, then they changed the name to climate change.”
Even the committee's chairman, state Rep. Jim Gooch Jr. (D), is one of the state’s leading opponents of federal environmental regulations, going as far as to suggest in 2011 that Kentucky would secede from the union to avoid the EPA’s crackdown on mining pollution.
By Shadee Ashtari. Posted: 07/08/2014 6:25 pm EDT.
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July 9th, 2014: If you're not starting every answer with "First off: how much do you know about sperm?" then all I can say is, wow, you're probably getting asked more questions than me, huh??
Unfortunately, many (most?) Canadians don't fully appreciate the HUGE significance of attacks on the Canada Health Act: many don't understand that while health care is under provincial purview, the framework for the public Canadian healthcare system which exists in every province WAS CREATED AND EXISTS as a result of a FEDERAL LAW which deals with the conditions applied to the federal tax money transferred to provinces and specifically earmarked for public health care spending. What happens to ordinary Canadians and their access to healthcare if this framework is removed?
'It’s a sad day for Canadian health care, says Roy Romanow. On Monday, the Health Council of Canada shut its doors and a 10-year health-care accord expires.'
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Opponents of marijuana-law reform insist that legalization is dangerous—but the biggest threat is to their own bottom line.
Patrick Kennedy, son of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, did several stints in rehab after crashing his car into a barricade on Capitol Hill in 2006, a headline-making event that revealed the then–US congressman for Rhode Island had been abusing prescription drugs, including the painkiller OxyContin. Kennedy went on to make mental health—including substance abuse—a cornerstone of his political agenda, and he is reportedly at work on a memoir about his struggles with addiction and mental illness. In 2013, he also helped found an advocacy group, Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana), which has barnstormed the country opposing the growing state and federal efforts to legalize pot.
Taking the stage to rousing applause last February, Kennedy joined more than 2,000 opponents of marijuana legalization a few miles south of Washington, DC, at the annual convention of the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America (CADCA), one of the largest such organizations in the country.
“Let me tell you, there is nothing more inconsistent with trying to improve mental health and reduce substance-abuse disorders in this country than to legalize a third drug,” Kennedy boomed. The former congressman also praised his fellow speakers for standing up to the “extremist responses” from legalization advocates.
Given that CADCA is dedicated to protecting society from dangerous drugs, the event that day had a curious sponsor: Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of Oxy-Contin, the highly addictive painkiller that nearly ruined Kennedy’s congressional career and has been linked to thousands of overdose deaths nationwide.
Prescription opioids, a line of pain-relieving medications derived from the opium poppy or produced synthetically, are the most dangerous drugs abused in America, with more than 16,000 deaths annually linked to opioid addiction and overdose. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that more Americans now die from painkillers than from heroin and cocaine combined. The recent uptick in heroin use around the country has been closely linked to the availability of prescription opioids, which give their users a similar high and can trigger a heroin craving in recovering addicts. (Notably, there are no known deaths related to marijuana, although there have been instances of impaired driving.)
People in the United States, a country in which painkillers are routinely overprescribed, now consume more than 84 percent of the entire worldwide supply of oxycodone and almost 100 percent of hydrocodone opioids. In Kentucky, to take just one example, about one in fourteen people is misusing prescription painkillers, and nearly 1,000 Kentucky residents are dying every year.
So it’s more than a little odd that CADCA and the other groups leading the fight against relaxing marijuana laws, including the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (formerly the Partnership for a Drug-Free America), derive a significant portion of their budget from opioid manufacturers and other pharmaceutical companies. According to critics, this funding has shaped the organization’s policy goals: CADCA takes a softer approach toward prescription-drug abuse, limiting its advocacy to a call for more educational programs, and has failed to join the efforts to change prescription guidelines in order to curb abuse. In contrast, CADCA and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids have adopted a hard-line approach to marijuana, opposing even limited legalization and supporting increased police powers.
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There are few sporting events I get as excited about as the World Cup. I played soccer in high school, in the NCAA, and for five years post-college, including two glorious years in the Golden Gate Women's League, Premier Division. What the U.S. Men's National Team has accomplished is extraordinary, with a second consecutive appearance in the knock-out round and incredible teamwork and fortitude against four formidable opponents.
Only one thing mars my enjoyment of watching the World Cup, and it's the absence of one small word. Just a tiny qualifier in a statistic that really should be corrected as our men's team continues to gain respect internationally. So I ask the American commentators, please stop announcing that Landon Donovan is the "all-time U.S. leading goal scorer." He is not. With 57 international goals, he's not even in the Top Five.
The all-time U.S. leading goal scorer is Abby Wambach, with 167 goals, followed by Mia Hamm (158), Kristine Lilly (130), Michelle Akers (105) and Tiffeny Milbrett (100). In fact, Abby Wambach is the all-time leading goal scorer in the world, among all soccer players, male or female.
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Predictably, nerds went bonkers over the news that Starz is developing a TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling prose novel, American Gods, to be helmed by Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller and Heroes scribe Michael Green. "Holy hell," io9.com declared. "We are freaking out." "Everything is good and right with the world forever and ever amen," proclaimed geek-news site The Mary Sue. "HOLY CRAP BRYAN FULLER IS DOING AMERICAN GODS HOLY CRAP," mused Vanity Fair's Joanna Robinson.
Okay, let's slow down here. There's no doubt that Gaiman is one of the greatest sci-fi/fantasy writers of his generation, and Bryan Fuller is more than capable of creating top-notch magical realism (he created Pushing Daisies, after all). But this news does not deserve such unrestrained optimism. Put simply: American Gods has not aged well, and will need some serious retooling to make it watchable today.
When Gaiman's novel hit shelves in the summer of 2001, its central conflict was already more than a little dated — and now it's downright cringe-inducing. The narrative follows an ex-con named Shadow as he finds himself enmeshed in a war between the gods of the Old World (Odin, Anubis, Anansi, and the like, all masquerading as mortals) and a gang of cocky, narcissistic new gods of America. Unless you're a tech-fearing Luddite, Gaiman's depiction of those nasty New World deities should make your eyes roll.
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TEALIN'S CAPSULE REVIEWS FOR EVERY FILM* SINCE ... I DUNNO, WINTERISH.
I am structuring these reviews in a simple, succinct, and highly personal way, giving a simple overview then describing a)my favourite bit and b)something that bothered me. It seems as good a formula as any other, and also results in mostly non-spoilery reviews, so ... let's go!
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*Okay, not every film that came out, just the ones I managed to see while up to my eyeballs in work. Special mention must be given to The Lego Movie and The Wind Rises which I would have loved to have seen in the theatre, but fate did not allow, alas.
1) I stumbled across a masterpost on tumblr of Ten x Rose fanfics and on that masterpost was a link to a list of fanfiction (mostly sex fanfiction) on Whofic that categorized all of the stories according to where they took place in the TARDIS (i.e. library, console room,closet, kitchen, bedroom, etc.) If anyone can help me find it that list, that would be awesome.
2) I remember reading a story about a year ago (again with lots of sex) and it's hard to remember but here are the key scenes/points I remember:
- Rose is only wearing her long t-shirt (i think) and drops her phone somewhere on the floor (i think under a chair). When she gets down on all fours to pick it up she feels the doctor's hands on her body and they proceed to have sex on the floor. Rose and the doctor don't say a word (rose is scared that if she talks/makes noise she'll scare him off)
- Rose and the doctor are having sex in the library while mickey is on board the TARDIS. While they're having sex the TARDIS warns the doctor (in his mind) that mickey is approaching the library. Knowing this, the doctor tries to make Rose moan louder to mess with mickey.
That's all I can remember. If any of you guys could help that would be great. Thank you (:
School district officials in Arizona are defending their decision to label a 5-year-old's actions as "sexual misconduct."
Erica Martinez told AZ Family last week that in April her son, Eric Lopez, pulled down his pants at Ashton Ranch Elementary School after another student threatened him. She says the other student told Eric that if he didn't pull down his own pants, he would do it for him.
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Hobby Lobby, a for-profit chain of craft stores, claimed the ACA violated its rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by requiring employee health plans to include contraception, including four methods the Hobby Lobby owners believe are immoral: Plan B, Ella, and two intrauterine devices (IUDs). The court agreed, and in a 5–4 opinion with all three female justices dissenting, held for the first time that for-profit corporations are entities that can have religious beliefs, and that Hobby Lobby's religious freedom was violated even by a generally applicable law.
In the wake of the decision, misinformation about the case has proliferated. While there's still a lot we don't know — how broadly the ruling will be applied to religious beliefs about medical care other than contraception, how Congress and the administration will tweak the law to make sure it falls within these new, still-nebulous boundaries — if social media commentary and even some of the news coverage of the case is any indication, many of the facts we do know are being misunderstood or intentionally manipulated. Here, we clear up a few of them.( Read more...Collapse )
I have the feeling this case is going to be the one bridge too far that starts the momentum for a real shift of public opinion.
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July 7th, 2014: I started writing this comic in 2009 but then never finished it, I think because I wanted to wait until it truly was a decade since McDonald's discontinued the Super Size promotion? Anyway they ended it in March 2004 so HERE WE ARE.
UPDATE: It turns out I did take this idea but move it in another direction back in 2009! So enjoy this TERRIFYING VISION OF AN ALTERNATE UNIVERSE!!
More than 60 women and girls abducted by the Boko Haram Islamist militant group in Nigeria have managed to escape, according to reports.
An official with a Borno state vigilante group said the group took a chance to flee when the insurgents went to attack soldiers and police officers in Bamboa on Friday night and Saturday morning.
“I have just received an alert from my colleagues in Damboa area that about 63 of the abducted women and girls had made it back home. They took the bold step when their abductors moved out to carry out an operation”, the official, Abbas Gava, said according to Nigeria’s Premium Times.
“We don’t have the details of their escape yet, but we believe God gave them the opportunity at the time the insurgents came in their large numbers to attack Damboa where about 12 soldiers, five policemen, over 50 Boko Haram members and unspecified number of civilians were killed yesterday (Saturday).”
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The "super PAC to end all super PACs" reached a major fundraising goal on Friday in its quest to reduce the influence of money in politics.
In an Independence Day letter, Harvard professor and MayDay founder Lawrence Lessig announced that the super PAC had reached its $5 million Kickstarter goal with 49,490 supporters. The money will be matched by contributions from deep-pocketed investors Peter Thiel, Reid Hoffman, TED’s Chris Anderson, and Union Square Ventures’ Fred Wilson and Brad Burnham.
MayDay plans to target five yet-to-be-determined congressional races in the 2014 midterm elections. But in order to get money out of politics, the super PAC ironically needs to secure its own funds. It's trying to raise $12 million overall -- $6 million in crowd-sourced funds and $6 million in matching funds from big donors.
If MayDay had missed the $5 million goal, all money would have been returned to the donors.
"The frustration with the mess we call Congress is palpable, and the desperate urge to do something about it is raw,” Lessig said in the letter on Friday.
MayDay reached its initial $1 million goal in half the allotted time, despite the fact that its website crashed under the pressure of so many visitors. Lessig said that while 2014 would offer a proving ground for the effort to reform campaign finance, supporters may ultimately have to wait until the next election to see any results.
"The pundits say 'America doesn’t care about this issue.' This is America caring. And this is America demanding something more. Ideally now. But if we have to wait till 2016, then ok: Because by 2016, we’re going to elect a Congress that will fundamentally change how campaigns are funded. You have guaranteed it," Lessig said.
By Igor Bobic. Posted: 07/05/2014 4:30 pm EDT.