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Most GOP county votes hypocritical – gets most aid but always votes anti-tax

The self-hating welfare people?  They hate welfare, vote against it, complain about those on welfare or receiving aid from the government, but then make the most use of it… as the saying goes, when you point your finger at someone you have three pointing right back at you…

Sprawling across the northeastern corner of California, this huge, thickly forested county with more cows than people epitomizes the Western frontier – and what seems to be a two-faced political ideology.

Modoc has the highest Republican registration of any county in California, it unfailingly elects anti-tax Republicans to office, and the vote here against last month’s ballot measure that would have raised a variety of taxes was one of the most lopsided in the state. And yet, per capita, Modoc County gets more state taxpayer dollars than all but one of California’s 58 counties.

The prevailing attitude among the right-wing ranchers and modern hippies who define Modoc County is of fierce self-reliance – but more people here than just about anywhere else depend on welfare checks of some kind to get by.

So with state Republicans blocking new taxes and insisting on deep cuts in taxpayer-funded services, does that make this most solid of GOP bases politically conflicted? Or, worse, just plain ignorant?

via State’s most conservative county uses much cash.

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June 30, 2009 at 1:55 pm 1 comment

How a science documentary gets made!

How a science documentary gets made

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% of People who hate Michael Jackson

via % of People who hate Michael Jackson, according to date « GraphJam: Music and Pop Culture in Charts and Graphs. Let us explain them..

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New Cuban flights from LAX begin today!

A definite step in the right direction!

Angelenos with family in Cuba will have another option for travel today, when a Long Beach-based company kicks off nonstop flights from LAX to Havana.

The five-hour flight, which will run every Tuesday and can accommodate 150 people, takes off from L.A. at 11 a.m and is the only Cuban flight for Cuba Travel since July 2004, when the Bush administration tightened rules governing travel to Cuba, according to the company.

Since 1962, travel from the U.S. to Cuba has been banned, but Cuban Americans have been allowed to visit family under various policies. Obama repealed the 2004 travel restrictions in April. According to Cuba Travel, 1.5 million Cubans live in the United States. About 55,000 reside in Los Angeles County.

via New flights begin today from LAX to Cuba | L.A. Now | Los Angeles Times.

June 30, 2009 at 11:40 am Leave a comment

Poppy production… crazy!

The problem with poppy comes at harvest. Most farm work is still done by hand in Afghanistan, and harvesting anything is difficult. Take wheat, for example. Lacking a gas-powered combine, farmers reap the old-fashioned way—by swinging a scythe or an even less efficient sickle. (Most communities or extended families do share a mechanized thresher—a not-insignificant capital expense—to separate the wheat from the chaff.) But poppy is more costly by at least an order of magnitude.

Workers slice into the pod, permitting the crude opium sap to ooze out and dry on the shell. They return later in the day to scrape the sap, then scrape once or twice more the next day. Because individual farmers cannot complete the process for even a small field before most of the pods die, they have to hire an army of migrant laborers from throughout South Asia. More than 350,000 workers are required for the Helmand Province harvest alone. Because the harvest is limited to about a six-week window, labor is expensive. The process is also dangerous.

Most harvesters, many of them children, develop opium addictions or serious health problems by absorbing the sap through their skin. (Some farmers can tell when it’s time to harvest poppy because they wake up with headaches and nausea from the fumes.)

via The cost of poppy production. – By Brian Palmer – Slate Magazine
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June 29, 2009 at 8:14 pm 1 comment

St. Paul’s bones found?

I still don’t know how this implies anything… can I contest?

Benedict said archaeologists recently unearthed and opened the white marble sarcophagus located under the Basilica of St. Paul’s Outside the Walls in Rome, which for some 2,000 years has been believed by the faithful to be the tomb of St. Paul.

Benedict said scientists had conducted carbon dating tests on bone fragments found inside the sarcophagus and confirmed that they date from the first or second century.

“This seems to confirm the unanimous and uncontested tradition that they are the mortal remains of the Apostle Paul,” Benedict said, announcing the findings at a service in the basilica to mark the end of the Vatican’s Paoline year, in honor of the apostle.

via Pope: Scientific analysis done on St. Paul’s bones // Current.

June 29, 2009 at 8:06 pm Leave a comment

The Historical Amnesia of Samuel Alito, A Review of The Lost World of Italian American Radicalism: Politics, Labor and Culture

Why can an Italian take pride in their hardworking immigrant parents and thats OK, but a Latino can’t? Latinos have a right to be just as proud of their heritage as do Italians or Jews, or anyone else. This is what makes America great!

Continue Reading June 29, 2009 at 7:05 pm 1 comment

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