• FishGuyDave commented on the blog post The good stewards…

    2014-12-11 04:33:16View | Delete

    Close — it was duPont: “Better Things for Better Living…Through Chemistry.” Growing up around Wilmington, DE as the grandson of two duPont senior executives, I heard all those slogans on a constant basis (especially around election time).

    Wearing my marine biologist hat, small particles are constantly falling into the oceanic depths as marine snow, which could explain some of the “missing” plastics. Other pieces are being ingested by plankton eaters (baleen whales, basking sharks), and at least one study indicates that those petrochemicals are absorbed into fin whale tissues. For those interested in further (albeit depressing) reading, here’s a review of the available literature through 2013 on the physical impacts of microplastics on the oceans.

    Happy Thursday, folks.

  • This Administration won’t do a damn thing to rock the boat for its corporate, post-election benefactors, so I see rescheduling off the table. I also see the GOP-dominated Congress doing its best to keep it criminalized, as a way to get a “two-fer” in appeasing its increasingly conservative base while also satisfying Big Pharma’s goal of minimizing competition.

    Yet another issue with public support that the Dems should adopt, were it not for the political malfeasance of simply not wanting to succeed.

  • FishGuyDave commented on the diary post Pull Up a Chair: Awakenings by Elliott.

    2014-11-29 06:51:37View | Delete

    Thanks for the post, E, and I have several friends who watched the teaser multiple times yesterday. I’ve always been more of a Star Trek guy — I prefer the idea of a meritocracy versus hereditary royalty for humanity’s future — but the music did bring back some goosebumps. Best wishes from South Florida — [...]

  • FishGuyDave commented on the blog post Crazy like a completely sane person

    2014-10-02 03:03:00View | Delete

    Sounds like The Hague needs to add an international bankruptcy court, which could allow some of these debts to be discharged (and/or forward appropriate indictments of prior leaders to other parts of the city). However, I’m sure that “America – F*ck, Yeah!” would block it, just as it does with the ICC — only it can prosecute the financial crimes of its citizens, even when it clearly doesn’t choose to do so. (*facepalm*)

  • FishGuyDave commented on the blog post War Cry

    2014-09-29 03:37:01View | Delete

    You’re not the only one who saw it that way — it’s a statement (of something, nothing good) when political satire and actual beliefs converge.

  • FishGuyDave commented on the diary post Sunday Talking Heads: September 28, 2014 by Elliott.

    2014-09-28 03:36:04View | Delete

    “NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: Preempted by Ryder Cup golf.” Best news I’ve seen yet this morning. (BBFs Graham and McCain must have other plans…)

    Thanks, Marion — enjoy your Sunday.

  • FishGuyDave commented on the blog post As We Go to War, Congress Goes Home

    2014-09-19 12:19:59View | Delete

    Exactly, TCU. So discouraging on so many levels, especially the pervasive gerrymandering almost ensures that the next Congress will likely have just as many Louis Gohmerts and Michelle Bachmans as the present one.

  • Nice work, Kevin — keep it up! Two observations come to mind immediately: 1) I’m surprised that the oil angle came up so publicly so quickly, and 2) a continued conflation of all NBC (nuclear, biological, chemical) weapons as “WMDs” by government flacks for PR purposes. Regarding #2, we use chemical weapons all the time, even domestically (e.g., “tear gas”) and I doubt that even ISIS is interested in using nukes or biologicals. However, that bundling of all those forms into something presumably catastrophic certainly makes for lots of flashy headlines.

  • Just spit-balling here, but is there any mechanism by which they could force the issue by requesting a court-martial proceeding? Granted, MUCH riskier of an approach, but the one thing that the Administration(s) hate regarding GTMO is any approximation of public exposure.

  • FishGuyDave commented on the diary post Pull Up A Chair: Is It Fall Yet? by dakine01.

    2014-09-13 04:52:16View | Delete

    A wonderfully cool 78 here in Fort Lauderdale, after what’s now “Invest 92L” passed over us last night with quite a light/sound show. Apparently FSM wants to remind us South Florida folks that hurricane season doesn’t officially end until the end of November.

  • FishGuyDave commented on the blog post KY Sen: Obama Is a Big Burden for Alison Lundergan Grimes

    2014-09-04 16:47:01View | Delete

    I know, I know — restating a common theme here — but the Dems have no-one to blame for this situation but themselves for deciding to be a corporatist, GOP-lite party. Let’s bury that “woe is me” meme for the Dems forever, please.

  • Emma Goldman: “If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.” As long as LOTE controls elections per the first-past-the-post rule, there’s no reason for either legacy party to change it. Watch as both D and R parties unite in the fight to prohibit run-off elections.

  • Well, let’s not forget that Gen Alexander had a Star Trek bridge replica built at the CIA… maybe “phased” is just what they had in mind. ;)

  • No-one makes money on resettling refugees here, for starters, and I still feel that it’s not about the actual people in the Middle East as it is protecting the oil flows into the Exceptional American Lifestyle.

  • And I’m sure that some intrepid reporter asked the President, “So, if you admit that US operatives tortured, and we’re signatories to the UN Convention Against Torture, who will be held legally responsible for these actions?” (face palm)

  • FishGuyDave commented on the blog post Agent of Change

    2014-07-29 04:58:09View | Delete

    Not to mention this gratuitous comment from Nocera: “It is great that there are charter schools that give a small percentage of public schoolchildren a chance for a good education — and a good life.” If the public schools were adequately funded, including teacher salaries, no-one would need charter schools in the first place.

  • Not only to make them more independent of the local royalty, but also to remove (discourage, at least!) the ability for priests to establish a hereditary claim on land/wealth.

  • This feels like the 15th similar article across lefty blogs lately — no offense, Jon.

    However, I’m at a loss of whether the Dems are dumb enough to think that choosing almost every policy option opposed by their base is their winning solution OR that their sole goal is simply to keep the status quo of continuing to enable the destruction of almost every progressive program left at the federal level. Either option is really reason enough for that party to lose.

  • “Jourminimalism” at its finest. National politics would be a lot easier if Barack Obama simply pulled a Ben ‘Nighthorse’ Campbell and switched parties. Whatever faint light used to be seen between this Administration and the GOP platform seems to be limited now (and even these reluctantly) to marriage equality and reproductive rights; on economics, the [...]

  • FishGuyDave commented on the diary post Sunday Talking Heads: March 30, 2014 by Elliott.

    2014-03-30 05:10:40View | Delete

    Thanks, Marion. In the “blind squirrel” category from The Mustache: “Remind me again what we’re doing in Washington these days to deserve such young people?” It clearly reminds me — as both a citizen and a veteran — how woefully inadequate VA funding remains after all of our nation’s recent ME misadventures. If the GOP [...]

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