All the News Fit to Share: Thursday into Friday

by: jlms qkw

Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 21:35:38 PM EST

Welcome to your nearly-nightly news diary that we leave open throughout the day! JanF and I are combining forces for an open news thread we hope will please all of you.  JanF thinks this title was formerly used by the Grey Lady.  

Please comment on any of the stories in the diary or comments, or share any news stories you like from anywhere!  

News stories may be added throughout the day, so please stop back if you are inclined.  

One followup from last night's diary:  The renewed crisis in Tunisia is ongoing.  

^how we feel about our politicians

jlms qkw :: All the News Fit to Share: Thursday into Friday
Prize for tone-deaf tweet today:

It sounds like the governor wants his own clean air standards.  Great.  Or that citizens are his enemy.  

Oiled, soiled and spoiled
Missoula Reporter: Alek Sakariassen

What happened when Montana's Yellowstone River turned black-and how that environmental disaster is influencing pipelines nationwide

Riverside Park baked under a harsh central Montana sun on Aug. 6, 2010. Wind howled through groves of cottonwoods along the Yellowstone River, swirling eddies of cotton past RV pads, a concrete boat ramp, a playground and a volleyball court. By mid-afternoon, thunderstorms were rolling in across the prairie.

A string of officials gathered on the river's south bank, embroiled in a discussion about the erosion at work that summer. They represented the City of Laurel, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Williston Basin Interstate Pipeline and pipeline subsidiaries of Cenex, ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil. The flow of the Yellowstone had already dropped 40,000 cubic feet per second from its crest in early June, but the meeting wasn't exclusive to the 2010 flood season. Erosion on the Yellowstone's south bank at Riverside Park had locals concerned about the long-term integrity of several oil and natural gas pipelines extending beneath the park and the river. The city asked for help from one or all of the represented companies in fortifying the south bank against additional erosion, to protect the river, the Laurel community and the environment downstream against a potential catastrophe.

This comprehensive article is 6 pages long.  I am so grateful this was tweeted to me, or re-tweeted by someone I followed.  These small-town newspapers are doing great original work sometimes.  

Afghanistan veterans 'will be a priority'
Sydney Morning Herald; David Wroe
THE care of veterans will become the focus for Australia as operations in Afghanistan wind down, the Defence Minister, Stephen Smith, has told Parliament.

In his regular update on the situation in Afghanistan, Mr Smith said conditions would remain ''difficult and dangerous'' this year as Australia begins withdrawing the bulk of its troops.

''There will be challenges and setbacks ahead. The Taliban will target Afghan security forces as they take responsibility for the security of their country,'' he said.

Zimbabwe's constitutional reform to challenge Mugabe's powers
Mail & Guardian; AP
The talks, which took place on Wednesday, also highlighted political impartiality from President Robert Mugabe's longtime loyalists in the police and military.

The 160-page draft, completed after three years of tension between hardliners and reformists during often bitter and violent nationwide canvassing, will be voted on in a national referendum slated for April, ahead of elections to end a shaky coalition formed after the last disputed, violent polls in 2008.

American Woman Gives Domestic Abuse A Face, And Voice, In China
NPR; Louisa Lim
Going Public

When he brutally beat Lee, she posted a picture of her battered face, showing a huge lump protruding from her forehead. She put it on his page on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, under the heading, "I love losing my face = I love hitting my wife's face?"

She followed this with pictures showing her bloodied ear and raw, injured spots on her knee. "Li Yang, you need help," she wrote. "Domestic violence is a serious problem."

She says she went public out of desperation, trying to get her husband's attention.

This is a remarkable case.  In contrast, there is this.

Your Safety Tip of the Day:
'Reusable Grocery Bags Can Kill (Unless Washed)'
Economist's View Blog
Jonathan Klick and Joshua D. Wright tell this story in "Grocery Bag Bans and Foodborne Illness," published as a research paper by the Institute for Law and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. As their primary example, they look at E. coli infections in the San Francisco County after it adopted an ordinance severely limiting the use of plastic bags by grocery stores.

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share the news! (2.00 / 14)

please comply with fair use standards when sharing.  this is generally something less than 30%, and/or 3 paragraphs.  but there are probably more knowledgeable people than me that can educate all of us.  

there are at least two ways to make links.  i will look for the coding and post it in a further comment.  

Here is a table of news sources to check throughout the day: (2.00 / 5)
  TPM Livewire    The Onion  
  the guardian    Salon     The American Prospect  
  Newseum News     Newseum Front Pages    The Daily Beast  
  Mother Jones     Discovery News     BBC  
  McClatchy     Reuters     NPR News  

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

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thxalot for that most helpful/choicerama! (2.00 / 6)

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Help with news links ... (2.00 / 5)
Simple, three step procedure:
1. Put a pair of square brackets into the comment:

2. Copy the link (URL) to your story and paste it into the brackets:

3. Copy the headline (or type your own) into the brackets at the left and put a space after it (the space before "http" is essential):
[American Voices: Northeast Braces For Historic Blizzard,31208/]

You can add a block quote from the news story by copying/pasting text, highlighting it then using the quote button to surround it with the "quote" html pairs:
<quote>"As a 12-year-old, should I have lived through this many storms of the century by now?"</quote>

Voila! (that is French for "Holy mackeral!! It works!!"):
American Voices: Northeast Braces For Historic Blizzard

"As a 12-year-old, should I have lived through this many storms of the century by now?"

Add bolding to taste:

American Voices: Northeast Braces For Historic Blizzard

"As a 12-year-old, should I have lived through this many storms of the century by now?"

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

[ Parent ]
I have been teaching myself your method, and... (2.00 / 5)
...have come to find it easier than my old skool ways. Consider me a repentant convert. ;-)

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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Excellent! Another convert!! (2.00 / 4)
Do I get a toaster oven? Oh, wait, that's for something else.

This is not even my method as in I have only been using it for several weeks. I had seen it used by other bloggers when I had occasion to look at their code (for blogathons and the like).

The reason this method is so nice is that we don't have the "Link" button here and the more traditional <a href="link">my fine words</a> method means a lot of extra typing. The use of the square bracket pairs (two keystrokes) to replace the single button satisfies my need for efficiency.

The real bonus is that I can do links from my phone now. I can't do < or > on my Droid but I can do the [ and ].

Now there is nothing to hold me back!!  

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

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::nod:: (2.00 / 4)
I've always taken undue pride in my knowledge of the <a href= business. But I'm getting too old for all that extra work. ;-)

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

[ Parent ]
opens word doc (2.00 / 3)
copies and pastes janf's excellent comment

saves as "smart stuff janf says when jenn is stupid"  

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I am only Fiercing this to be polite. (2.00 / 2)
I do not agree with the "jenn is stupid".

(This is for those who parse comments in order to hand out punishments for ratings abuse).

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

[ Parent ]
Thanks! (2.00 / 7)
It's nice to have a place to share and comment on the daily news as it is happening.

Here's the link to JanF's helpful info re posting links.

Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

Boeing's 787 battery design and certification issues...... (2.00 / 9)
The decisions by Boeing management to outsource both the design and manufacturing of the 787's component parts going to be very expensive.....for Boeing.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has pinpointed the start of the 787 Dreamliner battery fire on a parked Japan Airlines jet a month ago today as a short circuit inside a single cell.


But whichever of these is found to have started the overheating, it's clear from Hersman's remarks that the battery safety features failed to cope with the initial failure and Boeing will have to revisit the design.

"We're looking at the total design of the battery, including the physical separation of cells, their electrical interconnections and their thermal isolation from each other," Hersman said.

Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

crazy goings on in LA... (2.00 / 10)
Police searched the mountains surrounding a California ski area on Thursday for a fired Los Angeles policeman accused of killing three people and declaring an all-out war on law enforcement officers and their families in a rambling Internet manifesto.


The bloodshed attributed to Dorner began with the weekend slayings of a university safety officer and his fiancée, Monica Quan, 28. She was the daughter of a retired Los Angeles police captain who represented Dorner in disciplinary action that led to his firing in 2008. Quan and her fiance were found dead in Irvine, some 40 miles south of Los Angeles.

The violence escalated on Thursday with the fatal shooting of a police officer in Riverside and the wounding of two others.

Police learned that Dorner had posted his grievances on Facebook and they have interpreted as a potential hit list.

he went to southern utah university (2.00 / 6)
probably on a football scholarship.  never seen so many black people on 's home page in my life.  

it's scary.  latimes headlines look like no one has any clue where he is.  

[ Parent ]
some evidence he's up in Big Bear. (2.00 / 9)
they found his burned out vehicle there I think.  Pretty scary.

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yeah, his intentinally burned out vehicle is there... (2.00 / 7)
but this guy has been planning this for a long time. he is a law enforcement nightmare, sniper training, access to weapons, smart.

my hunch ( i hope not )is that he had another fully stocked vehicle stashed nearby.

my news share.

Michigan GOP Backs Off Transvaginal Ultrasound Bill

After an outcry from Democrats, Michigan's Republican House speaker and governor on Thursday ruled out legislation introduced by Republicans requiring women to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound prior to having an abortion.

and from Gov. Snyder

Gov. Rick Snyder's office denounced the bill after the Speaker nixed it."Gov. Snyder is not at all supportive of this legislation and has zero interest in seeing it come to his desk," his spokeswoman Sara Wurfel told TPM.

the same Gov. Snyder that was supposedly uninterested in Right to Work for Michigan. i'd like to believe this is the end of this stupidity, that this is a small victory but lying comes easy to some of these Republicans. seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.

[ Parent ]
"zero interest" (2.00 / 6)
That was the first thing I thought also when I saw that news piece ... how easily his interest must be piqued!  

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

[ Parent ]
or shelved for use later. (2.00 / 6)
when you own the legislature, why would the outcry from D's and womens groups matter to them? it didn't when they passed Right to Work for Less, sorry, i just don't trust this 'retreat' J. seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.

[ Parent ]
Mugabe needs a swift kick. (2.00 / 7)
Glad to see it seems to finally be coming.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

i've followed this a bit (2.00 / 7)
i almost think that the commission is prepping for after he leaves office.  which should be at the time of the next election.  and perhaps the commission ?is it a commission? will be a source of pressure for a graceful-as-possible exit for him . . .

sometimes i just get an intuition to look for a certain story.  last night it was tunisia, tonight it was zimbabwe.  

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As a tech geek, I'm keeping my eyes on the releases of the two... (2.00 / 6)
... major gaming systems (Xbox, and Playstation).  The rumor mill is running rampant with stories about them employing new technologies to make sure that a game can only be played on a single device.  Basically shutting down the ability of a user to resell games they don't play anymore to stores like Gamestop (which caused their stock to drop yesterday).
"We know the desire to purchase a next-generation console would be significantly diminished if new consoles were to prohibit playing pre-owned games, limit portability or not play new physical games," Hodges said in an e-mail. He said the company won't comment on speculation about the specifics of third-party hardware.

The retailer's statement follows a report by the video-game website that Microsoft's next Xbox will include technology that blocks game resales. The system would register video games over the Internet and render resold titles useless, reported, without saying where it got the information.

The story sent GameStop down 6 percent to $25.20 in New York yesterday, its biggest drop in almost a month. The stock gained 4 percent in 2012.

It's kind of amusing that MSFT and Sony may have come up with a way to stop kids from reselling their unwanted games.  It's a shame they don't focus on preventing the same thing with adults and guns.

It's important to note, that according to reports... (2.00 / 7)
... the Microsoft solution to the "gaming problem" would require that the new XBox be connected to the internet any time you want to play a game.  I have not read that an XBox live account will be required as well, if so, that usually costs around $50 a year over and above your internet service.


[ Parent ]
please diary for us (2.00 / 5)
my son would love a newer game player, and i am clueless.  i could not be less clueless.  

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Will do. The key is how much is real and how much is rumor... (2.00 / 5)
... Microsoft is keeping everything close to the vest.  The rumors are coming from the game manufacturers.  

The game manufacturing companies may really like this idea, but it may require them not allowing new games to work on older consoles.  That means low profits for them until there is a large base of the new consoles in people's hands.

The gamers are already starting to complain.  They are making the financial calculations that it may just be better to use a computer as a game console.  It will cost more, but obviously a computer can do more than a game console - and they can still sell and trade the games the way they do today.

Not to be lost here is that if MSFT and Sony can really pull this off for games, how long before the same thing happens to movies and music sold on CD's or DVD's?

Also not to be lost here... when was the last time Microsoft actually got something right the first time they tried it.

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One last fun news item... (2.00 / 5)
... If you live in Clarksville, Tenn there's a job opening for a maintenance worker.  Turns out a guy named Walter Slonopas quit his job when his W-2 came back with the number 666 stamped on it.
Sticking to his principles, Slonopas said:
"I cannot accept this number. If you accept that number, you sell your soul to the devil," Slonopas told ABC News.

Slonopas said he feels no animosity towards the company, but doesn't understand the mistake. "My question is, are we working for the computer, or is the computer working for us?"

The problem is that there's a trend at this company as it related to Slonopas:

Slonopas said it is not the first time he came across the number while working at Contech. On his first day at work in April 2011, the human resources department issued him a work identification card with a ten digit employee number ending the number 666. He said he thought he had been assigned a number ending in 668. He said he brought it to the company's attention and received a card with the correct number.

A few months later, when the company changed its payroll system, he said he received a new ID card with a number ending in 666 again. Slonopas quit, but returned to work a week later after the company apologized.

Since I've probably quoted all that I am allowed to quote due to fair use.  I'll just tell ya'll the obvious - Slonopas (52) was reborn as a Christian 10 years ago.  So that makes him almost 8 years old in dog years and 10 years old in "Jesus years".

The amazing but true article can be read in all of its glory here:

i would guess (2.00 / 4)
just based on random number theory and occurance, that 666 shows up more often than not, or at least 1/1000 times per 1000 numbers . . . . ;-)

utah used to have a ?us highway named 666, down in the se corner going into new mexico.  i believe the name was changed to protect the weirdos.  

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My guess was that the company knew the guy was a little "off"... (2.00 / 3)
.. and his employee ID number always ended in 666 and they "photoshopped" his ID card so that the last number looked like an 8.  When they switched systems they forgot to fix the new ID card, and the jig was up when he got the W-2.  

So now the guy has a really interesting story to tell the unemployment office when he goes to file his claim.  I wonder if they will accept it as a valid reason to be out of work - this is Tennessee after all.  

Who knows, eventually this guy may become a state legislator and ban the number 666 from ever being used in the state, from what I've read about that legislature they would think it's par for the course.

[ Parent ]
Thanks for the news! (2.00 / 5)

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

The reuseable grocery bag story is scary. (2.00 / 4)
Since my city (San Francisco)'s recent ban, I'm still learning to bring a bag with me when I go to the store (otherwise there's a nominal ten-cent charge for a fresh bag). I'm just glad that I seldom purchase meat, though I imagine some fresh produce might also be problematic.

I do have a cloth shopping bag, but it's not the sort of thing that folds up easily to fit in a pocket. Guess I should look into getting one of those nifty nylon ones that do so.

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

we know that spinach and tomatoes (2.00 / 2)
are not safe - industrial farming contaminates everything apparently.

i wash the cotton-ish ones more frequently.  but the kids are gone this weekend, so maybe i should wash the whole bunch.  i did mend a few of the bigger ones when i was mending knees recently.  

[ Parent ]
What if your produce and meat is bagged in plastic and placed within the cloth bag? (2.00 / 3)
I can see an issue where placing produce directly into the cloth bag or placing a packaged meat product that is probably not washed on the outside could be an issue.

I never put produce in my shopping cart without it being in a lightweight plastic bag provided by the produce department. The meat issue is something else though and I can see that I may need to adjust my buying habits to have those items bagged in plastic for safety.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

[ Parent ]
i kinda thought one of the points was (2.00 / 2)
not using plastic.  but i don't buy meat, and i get most of my produce in a box once a week.  

[ Parent ]
Well, I don't like to use plastic but I don't want to get sick either. (2.00 / 2)

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

[ Parent ]
i know (2.00 / 2)
i use as few possible plastic bags in my home . . . the kids are overusing them, grrrr.

it seems the greatest risk of contamination is leaky packages from the butchery ?is the meat dept called that? my son keeps suggesting deli, but he doesn't really know how to buy raw meat.  

if i get meat for them, i get it frozen, since we use it infrequently.  

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Midday News Feeds (2.00 / 3)
Alabama Republicans Advance Bill To Close Last Five Abortion Clinics In The State
The bill, the so-called "Women's Health and Safety Act," passed the Republican-controlled House Health Committee on Wednesday morning, and could come to vote in the full legislature as soon as Thursday. If passed, it would require clinics to meet certain architectural standards and have a physician present for all abortions - a provision Republicans claim is for the safety of patients, but is in fact a smokescreen designed to make compliance as difficult as possible.

This is how the Republicans have hacked away at reproductive freedom guaranteed at the federal level. States can make laws governing health facilities and have used that power to make it impossible for an abortion clinic to stay open.  


How The Civil War Between Karl Rove And The Tea Party Could Cost Republicans The Senate

If tea-party-backed candidates lose GOP primaries after they're attacked by Rove's group, the Tea Party Express might support them as third-party candidates, suggested the group's founder Sal Russo.

+4 for "Republicans in disarray".


Reagan-Appointed Judge On Race: 'Eleanor Roosevelt Said Staffs Of One Color Always Work Better'

"Why don't they just hire people and let diversity take care of itself?" Hughes asked, according to the group's complaint. "And what does the diversity director do? Go around and painting (sic) students different colors so that they would think they were mixed?"

This is the judge who apparently said (no racism intended!!): ""[i]f President Obama's elected, they're going to have to take the Statute of Liberty and put a piece of fried chicken in his [sic] hand""


Asteroid Will Make Record-Close Pass Of Earth On Feb. 15

It's definitely not "Armageddon." But an asteroid measuring 150 feet in diameter with a mass of 130,000 metric tons will make the closest pass of Earth for an object of its size on February 15, 2013, traveling about 17,450 miles-per-hour (4.8 miles-per-second), NASA noted on Thursday.


GOP's Obsession With Guns Stands To Drive Women Vote In The 2014 Election: Poll

Women who don't usually vote in midterm elections - the same women who generally drive Democratic victories - will turn out in 2014 over the issue of guns, according to a recent poll.

The survey released by Women Donors Network, a self-described progressive "community of women philanthropists," found that a subset of women voters who usually don't vote in midterm elections are more likely to vote in 2014 on the issue of gun violence.


Poll: Hillary More Popular Than Obama, Biden, GOP 2016 Hopefuls
Poll: Vilsack The Top Choice In Iowa Senate Race; Low Support For King Bid

Watch Live: Storm Cam Atop Rockefeller Center

Watch a live feed from atop Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan of the snow storm bearing down on New York City.


Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

Republicans or Third Party? (2.00 / 3)
Why does the Tea Party need their own response to the State of the Union address ... separate from the Republican party's?

Rand Paul To Deliver Tea party Response To SOTU

"We are happy to see that the Republicans have selected Tea Party conservative Senator Marco Rubio to deliver their response." [...], Tea Party Express chair Amy Kremer said in a statement.

Last year, Herman Cain did the Tea Party response and in 2011 it was Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN). But given the strong "we won't be dissed by the Republican party" rhetoric in the pushback to Karl Rove's new group, it may be more meaningful this year.  

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

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I doubt it (2.00 / 3)
This squabble is still mostly for show, in my unimportant opinion.  I won't be convinced otherwise until one of them actually runs a third party candidacy in any meaningful race.

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This particular rift seems to be widening. (2.00 / 2)
While it is early enough in the election cycle that cooler heads might prevail, it seems like the whole argument is about there being no cooler heads in the Tea Party.

The adults in the Republican Party want to win elections and the (literally!) two-year-olds want to stomp their feet and get everything they want regardless of the pesky fact that the American people don't want any of those things.

If the rhetoric gets heated enough, no amount of cooling will keep it from boiling over.

The first test will be later this fall in Virginia. The governor's race will have Ken Cuccinelli  headlining the crazy ticket. The Lt. Gov. has made noise about a third party bid because Cuccinelli is ... well, crazy.  

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

[ Parent ]
michelle bachmann did a second response (2.00 / 2)
after the first gop response - wasn't that the gig where she didn't look at the right camera?  

there is . . . precedent ;-)  

[ Parent ]
President Obama's wishes on the Lunar New Year (2.00 / 2)
Obama: Warm Wishes For Those Celebrating Lunar New Year
Michelle and I send our warmest wishes to all those who will be celebrating the Lunar New Year this Sunday, February 10th.  Here in America and around the world, people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent will welcome the Year of the Snake.  In Chinese tradition, the snake represents wisdom, and a thoughtful approach to tackling the challenges before us - principles that I hope will continue to guide us as we perfect our union and create a more just and equal future for every American.  Our challenges may be great, but our diversity and the traditions that thrive here give us the strength to meet them.  To everyone celebrating the Lunar New Year, I wish you peace, prosperity and good health and fortune.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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