Wednesday, October 31, 2012

What do Tea Party Romney-ites think of FEMA now?

Romney's Plan to Shut Down FEMA and Privatize Rescue Agency is "Pathological": Paul Krugman
(FLASH!!! Oh, but now Romney says he will give FEMA the funding it needs!...ooops..another flip-flop. Which Romney should we believe? His spinning on every issue is enough to make even a whirling dervish dizzy!  Hard to believe anyone could vote for him--he's the proverbial pig in a poke.  Looks like Chris Christie who bad-mouthed Obama as never having done anything worthy of leadership is now eating those lying words. Obama has proven himself to be the adult leader the country has been yearning for (all except for the Tea Party conservatives who would rather have even a white supremacist neo-Nazi in the White House than the half-black Obama they detest with such ugly hatred.)

If you ask Paul Krugman, the Republican Party's obsession with shutting down the agency tasked with responding to natural disasters borders on the insane.

"There's something pathological" about "the weird Republican obsession with killing FEMA," or the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the New York Times columnist wrote in a blog post Wednesday. "It’s really hard to think of a public service less likely to be suitable for privatization."

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said at a GOP primary debate last June that he would "absolutely" shut down FEMA and transfer its responsibilities to the states. "If you can go even further, and send it back to the private sector, that's even better," Romney added.

The remarks have received renewed focus after Hurricane Sandy pounded the East Coast earlier this week, killing more than 50 people and leaving more than 8 million people without power. Romney refused to answer reporters' FEMA-related questions following a Tuesday campaign event where he encouraged supporters to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. On Wednesday, Romney said in a campaign statement that he "will ensure FEMA has the funding it needs to fulfill its mission" if elected president.

Hurricane Sandy is estimated to have caused $30 billion to $50 billion in economic damages, according to IHS Global Insight. In response to the storm, FEMA has been helping coordinate power restoration and distributing water, food, blankets, and cots.

Romney's FEMA plan may not be all that surprising, given that the Republican candidate has also proposed giving the private market greater control over services like health care. Romney and running-mate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) have proposed a voucher system for Medicare and a block-grant Medicaid program for states. Their Medicare plan would cost current 29-year-olds about $331,200 more on average over the course of retirement than the current Medicare system, according to a recent report by the Center for American Progress.


Bet this "joke" gives a lot of conservatives a big laugh

The front window of the Sumner County Democratic Party office in Gallatin, Tennessee was defaced on Monday with a bumper sticker that refers to President Barack Obama as a “bro” and First Lady Michelle Obama as a “ho.”

This is just the kind of humor conservative Tea Party types like best (and I've received plenty of it in e-mails from them).  They call themselves "patriots" but will vote for a man who won't show his tax returns and who keeps his money in off-shore accounts -- and sends jobs overseas, while declaring 47% of Americans are "looking for a handout and don't take responsibility for themselves."  Many Tea Party types are racist to the bone--and proud of it.  Then there are those who are racist but won't admit it and don't mind at all being lumped together in a political party with KKK and neo-Nazi white supremacists.  They don't believe global warming is due to human activity, even when Super Storms now rage at them in proof of the effects of our human behavior toward the planet.  They have their heads in a bubble of Fox Faux News and will eagerly vote against their own interests in order to get that big bad black man out of the White House. 

They breezily dismiss the fact that Obama inherited the worst mess of any president in history from the Bush's feeble-minded eldest son and his puppet master Cheney. They ignore the fact that the deficit handed to Obama, along with two wars and a tanking economy, was impossible for anyone to overcome (although Obama has made great strides in spite of their opposition) -- and they made it especially impossible by making the GOP congress sign oaths against raising taxes on the rich.  The GOP members of Congress were instructed for the last 4 years to vote against everything and anything Obama proposed -- even if it was the exact same plans they had originally proposed themselves! (How's that for cutting off your nose to spite your face?) 

And now they blame Obama for not being able to effect the Change he had promised.  He didn't count on the "patriots" to dump their own country in favor of ideology that will take America and its middle class down to where it can no longer rise.  This is what the Tea Party types call "patriotism."  Such ignorance and stupidity doesn't deserve a place at the country's table -- yet they have claimed the highest places at the table for themselves -- and want Romney to be their king. They long for him to start yet another war!  They will cheat and say the most outrageous lies that fly in the face of known facts, and they will even flip voting machine votes to accomplish their purpose (the Romney family actually has investments in the voting machines).  They and their "leaders" Romney and Ryan have no moral compasses. There is not even a vestige of decency and real patriotism to be found in today's shameless GOP ranks.  They will say anything, do anything, and claim anything in order to achieve their purpose. They have turned America's democratic republic into an oligarchy. This they call "patriotism."  Our country's founders are spinning in their graves at what our country and the Republican party has sunk to with its takeover by the Tea Party.   And they are taking us all down with them. Woe is us.



Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Homeowners insurance is not what it seems

Is it actually a surprise to find out that you can't really collect on a homeowner's insurance policy without some kind of punishment?  We are talking about BIG INSURANCE here, folks.  It's a cousin to BIG PHARMA.  Enough said.;fdmodule

MoneyWatch) You might think that after shelling out all that money for your home insurance premiums, you could actually take advantage of your policy whenever you needed it. But in the perverse calculus of actuaries, underwriters, and liabilities, it's actually not that simple.

"More than two claims in a three-year period is a red flag for the underwriters, and some insurance companies will drop you like a hot potato," says J. D. Howard, executive director of Insurance Consumer Advocate Network. "We always counsel people not to make a claim unless the cost of the repair is three times their deductible." So for example, if you have hail damage to your roof that can be repaired for $1,000, and the deductible on your policy is $500, it's probably better to pay for the repairs out of pocket. "The insurance company sees too many small claims as a homeowner using his insurance policy to pay for upkeep on his house," Howard says.


Monday, October 29, 2012

10-minute video--Science tells us reality is an illusion

The reality we see outside ourselves is an illusion, proven now by quantum physics experiments....
Watch this short mind-expanding video from scientists who are just as amazed by their findings as you may be

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Listing Mitt's Lies - A Long Task

By Steve Benen

A joke made the rounds this week, which resonated with me. It goes like this: a man dies, goes to heaven, stands before St. Peter, and see a huge wall of clocks. The man asks what all the clocks are for and St. Peter explains, "These are lie clocks. Everyone on earth has a lie clock. Every time a person lies, the clock hands move."

Pointing to one, the man says, "Whose clock is that?"

"That's Mother Teresa's," St. Peter answers. "The hands have never moved, indicating she never told a lie."

"Incredible," the man responds. "And whose clock is that?"

St. Peter responds, "That's Abraham Lincoln's. The hands moved twice telling us he told two lies in his entire life."

"Where is Mitt Romney's clock?" the man asks.

"Romney's clock is in Jesus' office," St. Peter says. "He's using it as a ceiling fan."

It's obviously just a joke, but it reinforces an increasingly common observation about Romney's casual relationship with the truth. Consider, for example, the 40th installment of my weekly series, chronicling Mitt's mendacity.

1. At an event in Defiance, Ohio, last night, Romney told voters, "I saw a story today, that one of the great manufacturers in this state, Jeep, now owned by the Italians, is thinking of moving all production to China."

Even by Romney standards, this was a rather brazen falsehood.

2. At a campaign event in Reno, Nevada, Romney said President Obama has been "unable to communicate an agenda" for a second term.

The day before, Obama published a 20-page agenda for a second term.

3. At the same event, Romney said, "The idea that the president would cut Medicare for current seniors ... is something which I don't think the American people understand."

The notion that Obama is cutting Medicare for current seniors is ridiculously untrue. Indeed, Obama is expanding benefits, not cutting them.

4. Romney added, "I will get America to finally be on track to a balanced budget."

No he won't. Romney's plan slashes tax rates (which makes the deficit worse, not better), increases defense and entitlement spending (which makes the deficit worse, not better), and every independent analysis reaches the same conclusion: Romney's numbers don't add up.

5. Romney also argued, "If I'm elected -- when I'm elected -- we're going to finally get this housing market going."

The housing market is currently seeing its strongest gains in several years. Romney, meanwhile, has said he intends to deliberately avoid any efforts to curtail foreclosures.

6. Romney said, "Under President Obama, you really don't have a jobs plan."

Romney doesn't have to like the American Jobs Act, but he shouldn't get away with brazenly lying about its existence.

7. Romney went on to say, "Paul Ryan and I have a plan with five simple steps. These steps are going to get America's economy just cooking again."

The five-point plan -- oil drilling, trade, privatizing K-12 education, vague assertions about debt reduction, and ambiguous promises about doing nice things for small businesses -- is a rehash of Bush/Cheney promises. No credible analysis of the vague agenda has found it capable of boosting the economy.

8. At a campaign event in Henderson, Nevada, Romney blamed Obama for the "doubling of the gasoline prices you're paying."

This is wildly misleading. It's true that when Obama took office, gas cost about $1.81 a gallon, and it's more than double now. And how did gas prices get so low in late 2008 and early 2009? Because there was a global economic catastrophe -- gas was cheap because the economy had fallen off a cliff, and demand crawled to a stop. As the economy improved, demand went up, and the price of gas started climbing. It's Economics 101.

9. At the same event, Romney said, " We're gonna crack down on cheaters when they steal our jobs through unfair trade practices like China, we'll crack down. He has not."

Yes he has.

10. In a television ad debuted this week, Romney says a second Obama term would mean "the debt will grow from $16 trillion to $20 trillion."

If Romney's elected and the Ryan budget plan is implemented, the debt will grow from $16 trillion to $20 trillion.

11. In the same ad, Romney adds that if there's a second Obama term "20 million Americans could lose their employer-based health care."

No. Millions may get different insurance, but they'll have better and more secure coverage, not nothing. By Romney's reasoning, if you replace your old, unreliable car with a new one, you've lost your car.

12. Also in the ad, Romney says in a second term for the president, "taxes on the middle class will go up by $4,000."

That's absurd.

13. In the same ad, Romney whines about "$716 billion in Medicare cuts that hurt current seniors."

This is deeply silly. Obama strengthened the Medicare system's finances by reducing payments to insurance companies and hospitals. Benefits for seniors have been expanded, not cut.

14. In this week's debate in Boca, Romney argued, "Syria is Iran's only ally in the Arab world. It's their route to the sea."

Iran doesn't share a border with Syria, and Iran already borders two bodies of water.

15. Romney also said, "We need to have strong allies. Our association and connection with our allies is essential to America's strength. We're the great nation that has 42 allies and friends around the world."

The United States has more than 42 allies and friends around the world.

16. Romney argued, "When the students took to the streets in Tehran and the people there protested, the Green Revolution occurred. For the president to be silent I thought was an enormous mistake."

Obama wasn't silent, and the comment continues to reinforce suspicions that Romney is incapable of thinking strategically when it comes to foreign policy.

17. Romney also said, "The president said by now we'd be at 5.4 percent unemployment."

That's a favorite GOP talking point, but the president never said this.

18. "As a matter of fact, Latin America's economy is almost as big as the economy of China."

As a matter of fact, that's really not true.

19. Reflecting on his education record, Romney boasted, "While I was governor, I was proud that our fourth graders came out number one of all 50 states in English and then also in math, and our eighth graders number one in English and also in math -- first time one state had been number one in all four measures. How did we do that? Well, Republicans and Democrats came together on a bipartisan basis to put in place education that focused on having great teachers in the classroom."

At a minimum, this is wildly misleading. It's true that policymakers from both parties instituted effective education reforms that improved Massachusetts schools, but this was done many years before Romney took office.

20. Romney argued, "Come on our website, you'll look at how we get to a balanced budget within eight to 10 years."

Aside from some vague platitudes, there is no balanced-budget plan on Romney's website. There's a good reason for that -- his numbers don't add up.

21. Romney went on to say, "We [balance the budget] by getting, by reducing spending in a whole series of programs. By the way, number one I get rid of is Obamacare. There are a number of things that sound good but, frankly, we just can't afford them."

This is incoherent and absurd. "Obamacare" cuts the deficit to the tune of about $109 billion over the next decade. It's simply incoherent to say you'll cut the deficit by eliminating a law, which would in turn increase the deficit. That's like promising to put out a fire by using more kerosene.

22. Romney argued, "I was in the world of business for 25 years. If you didn't balance your budget, you went out of business."

That's both untrue and ridiculous. Businesses operate in the red all the time, and take out loans for capital improvements, expansions, acquisitions, etc. If Romney's background is in the private sector, how could he not know this?

23. Romney also said, "I went to the Olympics that was out of balance, and we got it on balance."

In context, Romney made it sound as if he balanced the Olympics' books through skill. In reality, he balanced his budget at the Olympics thanks to a massive taxpayer bailout, the largest in U.S. history for any Olympic games.

24. Romney argued, "Our Navy is smaller now than any time since 1917."

Oh, please.

25. Romney added, "[T]he president began what I've called an apology tour."

This is what I've called Romney lying.

26. Romney also said, "[T]he president said he was going to create daylight between ourselves and Israel."

There's simply no record of Obama ever saying that or anything like it.

27. Romney argued, "I look around the world, I don't see our influence growing around the world."

There's ample evidence that respect and support for the United States around the world has improved under Obama.

28. Romney added, "Is al Qaeda on the run, on its heels? No."

Sure it is.

29. Romney complained about "our decision to cut back on our military capabilities -- a trillion dollars."

Romney appears to be referring to cuts, which have not yet kicked in, and which were crafted, not by the White House, but by Romney's own party. They were also endorsed and supported by his own running mate.

30. In reference to the rescue of the American auto industry, Romney argued, "I said they need, these companies need to go through a managed bankruptcy, and in that process they can get government help and government guarantees."

That is absolutely not what he said.

31. Romney went on to say, "I want to invest in research. Research is great. Providing funding to universities and think tank, great. But investing in companies? Absolutely not. That's the wrong way to go."

We know Romney doesn't mean this because, as governor, he invested in companies all the time.

32. Romney added we're "heading towards Greece."

For those who have even a passing familiarity with the Greek crisis, this is painfully untrue.

33. Romney argued, "I'll get people back to work with 12 million new jobs."

Putting aside the pesky detail that Romney doesn't actually have a specific jobs plan, the claim about 12 million jobs has been definitely proven fraudulent. His own economic advisor was forced to concede the candidate's -- and the campaign's -- talking point was based on a falsehood.

34. Romney also said, "I was in a state where my legislature was 87 percent Democrat. I learned how to get along on the other side of the aisle."

No he didn't.

35. At a campaign event in Daytona Beach, Florida, Romney promised, "If I am elected, we're going to reduce taxes on middle income Americans."

There's ample reason to believe the exact opposite -- independent budget analysts have concluded that once Romney slashes taxes on the wealthy, increases defense spending, increases entitlement spending, and cuts corporate tax rates, all while promising to balance the budget, he'll have no choice but to ask more from the middle class. Indeed, there's no other way for Romney to keep his other promises.

36. "Look, the president wants to fundamentally transform America. He's making us more and more like Europe. I don't want to become Europe."

The irony is, Europe is trying to grow through austerity, just as Romney intends to do here. He's lying in a self-refuting sort of way.



Saturday, October 27, 2012

DHS Molecular Laser Scanners

Within the next year or two, the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security will
instantly know everything about your
body, clothes, and luggage with a new
laser-based molecular scanner fired from
164 feet (50 meters) away. From traces
of drugs or gun powder on your clothes
to what you had for breakfast to the
adrenaline level in your body-agents will
be able to get any information they want
without even touching you. And without
you knowing it.

Video (about 3 mins):


Col. Lawrence Wilkerson: The GOP is full of racists

Wilkerson has got that right...and most of the racists (except for the proud-of-it KKK/Nazi white supremacist types) will never admit they are racists. They cringe inside when they see Obama's dark skin color and they rage with racist diatribes at his wife whose skin color is even darker, and they long with all their being to see a white man and his family in the presidential mansion. Never mind that the white man they now want is a hypocrite and a liar who spins like a top to please his Tea Party fanatics, without any convictions of his own. Never mind that their last Republican white man and his white puppet master in the White House brought this country down on its knees and left it in near ruin.

I would never want to be a member of a party that had people like Sununu in it -- or that actually tented in the KKK/Nazi white supremacists without a word of condemnation of those ignorant low lives!  I would like to say to all
Republicans:  Look around you, look at the people in your party who surround you, look at the leaders of your party who give voice to racism, who put down women, and who hate anyone they see as "other." Look at the policies of the men you are voting for, who demand that a raped woman/girl carry the rapist's child to term and who want to cut off help to those who need it most, especially children and seniors.  This is very low consciousness.  Do you really want to keep company with people like this?  Do you really want to vote them into high office so they can impose their lunacy on us? Are the ideological beliefs of hate-fueled fanatics something you agree with?

Take a good look at Paul Ryan and his uncompromising, uncompassionate dictator-like beliefs that will be imposed on us should he reach the White House position of power. Take a good look at the Mitt Romney who declared that "47% of Americans want handouts. They don't want to take responsibility for themselves" and realize that, as members of the middle class receiving Social Security, Medicare, military pensions or other government "Handouts," YOU and YOUR FAMILY are included in that number! No matter what he says in refutation, that is what Mitt Romney really believes -- and he will do everything he can to get rid of the middle class and stop the "handouts" that help your fellow Americans to keep their homes and feed their families. Romney and Ryan want to pull the rug out from under the middle class -- they want an oligarchy, a plutocracy, and that's what we will have with them in power--keeping the taxes on the richest among us at an all-time low while raising them (taking away deductions, etc.) on the rest of usRead what Wilkerson says in the following article:

From the Huffington Post:

Colin Powell's former chief of staff condemned the Republican Party on Friday night, telling MSNBC's Ed Schultz, "My party is full of racists."

Retired Army Col. Lawrence Wilkerson made the comment in response to Mitt Romney campaign surrogate John Sununu's suggestion on Thursday that Powell's endorsement of President Barack Obama's re-election was motivated by race. Wilkerson, who served as Powell's chief of staff when the general was secretary of state during the first George W. Bush term, told Schultz that he respected Sununu "as a Republican, as a member of my party," but did not "have any respect for the integrity of the position that [Sununu] seemed to codify."

When asked by Schultz what, if anything, the remark said about the attitudes of the Republican Party, Wilkerson said:

My party, unfortunately, is the bastion of those people -- not all of them, but most of them -- who are still basing their positions on race. Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists, and the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander-in-chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin, and that's despicable.

The retired colonel also said that "to say that Colin Powell would endorse President Obama because of his skin color is like saying Mother Theresa worked for profit."

Powell, a Republican, endorsed Obama for the second time on Thursday morning -- he also backed the president in 2008 -- saying on CBS' "This Morning" that he was "more comfortable with President Obama and his administration" than with Romney on a host of issues.

Sununu, no stranger to incendiary rhetoric this election cycle, reacted to the endorsement on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight," saying that "when you take a look at Colin Powell, you have to wonder whether that's an endorsement based on issues or whether he's got a slightly different reason for preferring President Obama."


Friday, October 26, 2012

Rape Panels?

Hard to believe that any woman in America could actually vote for the Romney/Ryan ticket.  She is voting away the rights to her own body.  If R/R get into the White House, you can say goodbye to Roe v. Wade and hello to Republicans' imposition of their ideological beliefs on you.  If your wife, daughter or granddaughter is raped and becomes pregnant through the rape, she will be forced to carry the rapist's child to term.  How would you feel about that?  I wonder how Ryan would feel about that should it be his wife or daughter?  I wonder how popular Republican ideology on this issue would be if it were men's bodies that were being ruled over.  If it were possible for men to become pregnant, how well received by male voters do you think the Republican demands would be?  Yeah...we all know the answer to that question.  So, my next question is, why are some women voters actually planning to vote for men who are imposing their will over women's bodies?

by Cenk Uygur

Republicans so far have referred to legitimate rape, forcible rape, easy rape, honest rape, emergency rape, enjoyable rape and now gift-from-God rape. Check out this unbelievable Republican Party Rape Advisory Chart for all of the direct quotes from Republicans on this issue.

They're not saying all of this because they just keep slipping up with words. They're stating whole theories on rape. That's not misspeaking; that's accidentally telling us what you really think.

It's not like Todd Akin meant illegitimate and he accidentally said legitimate rape. He stated a whole biological hypothesis. Why? Because he's thought that for decades and assumed the rest of us believed it, too. That's why he said it on television -- because he didn't realize that it was objectionable.

Richard Mourdock thinks kids born of rape are God's gift; otherwise, how do you justify making a woman carry her rapist's child to term? He can sleep at night by telling himself God meant for that to happen, and hence, it's okay to force women to have those kids.

The bottom line is that they don't want to have a rape exception for abortions. Do you know that in 31 states, the rapist father would get to have visitation rights with that child? So, the victim would have to be forced to see her rapist for next eighteen years on a weekly basis. How do you justify something that hideous and barbaric? You say she wouldn't have gotten pregnant if it was a legitimate rape or that God intended it anyway.

But how about Mitt Romney's position that you can have an exception for rape or incest. Okay, how do you prove that you qualify for that exception? Whose responsibility is it to show that it happened? What evidence do you have to present? Do you have to have a conviction first? Wouldn't that make it too late? If later the man is acquitted, does the woman go to prison for getting the abortion?

Will there be rape panels to decide if someone was actually raped? Someone has to decide if they get the exception or not, right? How will the woman convince the rape panel that she has been raped?

If you think this is a ridiculous hypothetical, you're totally wrong. This problem already exists. A bill has been proposed in the Pennsylvania House that requires a woman who was raped to prove that there is a record of her assault in order for her benefits to not be reduced if she is on state assistance. In New Mexico, there was a proposal that women show they were forcibly raped in order to get child support without filing paperwork on an absent parent.

And all of this is while abortion is legal in this country. Now imagine they have made it illegal, which is their stated and fervent objective. Romney claims his intention is to allow for rape and incest exceptions once they do that. Will he then tell us who he's going to put on the rape and incest panels to decide who qualifies and under what circumstances?

How in the world can any of these people claim they are for small government when they want to get between you and your doctor on the most important and private decision of your life? And how does a small-government advocate figure out who should be appointed to the government rape panel?


Elongated UFO over Kentucky filmed by astronomer

A short video showing a very strange object in the Kentucky sky. The man who filmed it obviously doesn't want to believe it was of alien origin -- but has no explanation for what it could be.  He watched and filmed it for over 2 hours and many others saw it as well.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Nate 'Silver's projections still show Obama winning

Of course, this doesn't take into account that Republicans like Tagg Romney (and his father--I mean, where does Tagg Romney's fortune come from, anyway?) have invested in voting machines in key states -- and the Diebold CEO in 2004 promised to deliver Ohio to Bush -- and did. According to an article on, Mitt Romney's son, Tagg, is a major investor in Hart InterCivic, the company that owns electronic voting machines that will be used in Ohio for this election.1 The article also alleges that these machines are easily hacked. Not to mention it's an obvious conflict of interest.

Republicans Desperate to Spin Romney as the Front-Runner Are Becoming 'Nate Silver Truthers'

By Joshua Holland

— from AlterNet

We are looking at a very tight race right now, with a virtual tie in national polling. But we don't elect presidents by popular vote, and Obama has enjoyed a lead in the race to get 270 votes in the Electoral College every single day of this campaign – Romney has never led in any of the Electoral College projections.

But in recent days, the Romney-Ryan campaign has claimed that it's moving ahead. As Jonathan Chait noted, “This is a bluff. Romney is carefully attempting to project an atmosphere of momentum, in the hopes of winning positive media coverage and, thus, creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.” Despite zero evidence that Romney has made any gains since receiving a healthy bounce from the first debate, reporters appear to be buying it, with a raft of lazy stories about Mitt Romney's supposed “momentum.”

A significant problem for conservatives bent on spinning this alternate reality is New York Times' polling guru Nate Silver and his 538 forecast model, which called 49 out of 50 states accurately in 2008 and is considered the industry's gold standard (the model also pretty much nailed the 2010 mid-terms). As I write, Silver's model gives Barack Obama a 68 percent chance of winning reelection, with a projected 288 Electoral College votes.

As one might expect in such circumstances, Silver is now becoming a target of the Right. We've seen 'poll truthers' who think all the big pollsters are intentionally skewing their results in Obama's favor, and 'debate truthers” who insist that moderators are in the tank and the questions are rigged to make Romney look bad. Now we're seeing the emergence of 'Nate Silver truthers,' who attack the numbers-cruncher as if he's a pundit expressing a personal opinion rather than a statistics geek who developed a very robust computer model. And they're using the same tactics they deploy to deny climate change – launching ad hominem attacks on an expert -- calling him corrupt -- rather than offering a criticism of the methodology of his model, a criticism they don't have the technical knowledge to come up with.

Robert Stacey McCain, a notably dense right-wing blogger who nonetheless holds some influence in conservative circles, framed it like this: “Nate Silver continues to lead the Democrat Graveyard Whistling Choir, raising Obama to a 70.3% likelihood of victory based on . . . what? I dunno. I’m not an expert with a New York Times column or anything, much less a Magical Forecasting Model™ that can divine future events with the precise scientific exactitude of 1/10 of one percent.”

McCain only reveals his own impressive ignorance with this passage. Silver's quite transparent about his methodology. He built a computer model that uses state and national polls and a number of economic metrics to determine the likelihood of an outcome. It isn't magical, and it doesn't “divine” anything. Any statistical models will result in a number that can be rounded to however many digits one wants. A likelihood, by definition, is not a prediction.

At the National Review, Josh Jordan drew the short straw and got the sorry task of going after Silver. He shows quite clearly the fundamental error of the right's emerging narrative:

While there is nothing wrong with trying to make sense of the polls, it should be noted that Nate Silver is openly rooting for Obama, and it shows in the way he forecasts the election.

On September 30, leading into the debates, Silver gave Obama an 85 percent chance and predicted an Electoral College count of 320–218. Today, the margins have narrowed — but Silver still gives Obama a 67 percent chance and an Electoral College lead of 288–250, which has led many to wonder if he has observed the same movement to Romney over the past three weeks as everyone else has. Given the fact that an incumbent president is stuck at 47 percent nationwide, the odds might not be in Obama’s favor, and they certainly aren’t in his favor by a 67–33 margin.

The main reason that Silver feels Obama is still an overwhelming favorite is that while Romney has surged in the polls to tie (or lead) Obama nationally, the challenger is still, in Silver’s opinion, a long shot to pull together enough battleground states to get to 270 electoral votes. This is the real problem with Silver’s model in the eyes of many Romney backers — the “weighting” he puts into state polls gives an edge to Obama, and the distribution of that weighting is highly subjective.

Jordan is confused about how Silver's model works. He believes that Silver is tinkering with his projection along the way, no doubt because he's “rooting for Obama.” He says Silver "gave Obama” an 85 percent chance of winning, he asks if Silver “observed” movements in the polls, he cites “Silver's opinion” and talks about what “Silver feels.” He calls Silver's weighting of state polls “subjective.”

But here's the thing: Silver isn't a pundit. He doesn't adjust his model once a campaign gets underway -- even if he sees a way to refine it -- because he believes a model should be consistent in its methodology throughout a campaign. It's the model that weights certain polls more heavily than others – based on pollsters' past track records – it's the model that weights the state polls, and it's the model that gives decreasing weight to the economic data as the election grows nearer. No model is perfect -- as Nate Silver would be the first to admit -- but his 538 model is the result of years of statistical numbers-crunching. Having created it long before this election got underway, Silver simply inputs the data from every poll published – not selecting which confirm his view of the race – and the economic data, and runs thousands of simulations per day using those numbers.

He only very occasionally makes a judgment call, and in those cases he's very transparent and his rationale is quite easy to understand. For example, he chose to exclude a poll that was released this week because it was actually conducted in September. He made note of the omission, and he's right not to add September data into the mix in late October.

He does offer analysis of what his model is telling him, but the projections are done by a computer that doesn't have a horse in this or any race. Its microchips and software are neither Democratic nor Republican. It's all based on cold, dispassionate computing of statistical probabilities.

So while desperate Republicans who have convinced themselves that Obama is universally loathed try to stave off cognitive dissonance by insisting that Romney's the clear front-runner, remember that while no model is 100 percent accurate, Silver's has one of the best track records in the game. And that means that while things could change -- and Romney certainly has a good chance of winning (according to Silver, a 32 percent chance as I'm writing) -- Obama's leading where it counts right now.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Neuroscientist in coma experiences heaven while his brain is non-functioning

You may remember this from a different article about a week or so ago.  This article gives a few more details. Nice that it happened to a neuroscientist, one who would have scoffed in skepticism if someone had related an experience like this to him before his own experience.

It's dinnertime at the Alexander home, in Lynchburg, Va.

Holley Alexander is serving chicken curry, 14-year-old Bond is hungry after soccer and the dad, Dr. Eben Alexander, leads the family in prayer.

In this home, saying grace is different these days. This family has been touched by a medical miracle -- and maybe more.

"It was impossible after impossible after impossible that all these things happened," Alexander said in an interview with "Nightline" co-anchor Terry Moran.

Watch the full story on "Nightline" tonight at 11:35 p.m. ET

Alexander, a Harvard neurosurgeon, nearly died four years ago when a ferocious E. coli meningitis infection attacked his brain and plunged him deep into a week-long coma. Brain scans showed his entire cortex -- the parts of the brain that give us consciousness, thought, memory and understanding -- was not functioning. Doctors gave him little chance to live and told his family that if he did survive he'd probably be brain-damaged for the rest of his life.

"Nurses would come in, and they would pull his eyelids back, shine in the flashlight, and his eyes were just off and cocked," Holley Andersen said. "It's just like no one was there."

It was a near-death experience -- like those reported by thousands of others. But Alexander was determined to prove scientifically that it happened.

In his new book, "Proof of Heaven," he raises and then strikes down various hypotheses on how his journey could not happen.

Alexander said he is scientifically certain that his stricken brain could never have produced the images and ideas he experienced -- or remembered them.

Deep in coma, his brain infected so badly only the most primitive parts were working, Alexander claimed he experienced something extraordinary: a journey to Heaven.

"In every sense, of the word that's what my experience showed me," Alexander said.

"My first memories from when I was deep inside: I had no language, all my earthly memories were gone," he said. "I had no body awareness at all. I was just a speck of awareness in kind of a dark, murky environment, in roots or vessels or something. And I seemed to be there for a very long time -- I would say years.

"I was rescued by this beautiful, spinning, white light that had a melody, an incredibly beautiful melody with it that opened up into a bright valley," he added, "an extremely verdant valley with blossoming flowers and a just incredible, rich, ultra-real world of indescribable complexity."

Alexander said there was a young woman who soared across time and space with him on a butterfly wing and gave him a message to take back from Heaven.

"She looked at me, and this was with no words, but the concepts came straight into mind: You are love; you are cherished; there's nothing you have to fear; there's nothing you can do wrong," he said.

God was there as a vast presence of love, Alexander said, and Alexander understood God through an orb of brilliant light.

"It was all of eternity and all of conscious existence," he said. "But it was this brilliant orb of light that was almost as necessary as a translator to bring in that message from the divine and the incredible."

After he recovered, Alexander, who was adopted, was shown a picture by his biological family of a sister he had never met or seen before. He recognized the sister as the young woman from Heaven.

"I looked up at that picture on my dresser that I had just got and I knew who my guardian angel was on the butterfly wing," he said. "It is the most profound experience I've ever had in this life."

Of course, many would call Alexander's experience a hallucination -- but not him.

"I know this is not a hallucination, not a dream, not what we call a confabulation," Alexander said. "I know that it really occurred, and it occurred outside of my brain."

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"If you would have asked me before my coma, How much will someone who is in coma for a week with a severe bacterial meningitis -- so severe that the sugar level ... around my brain, normally around 60-80 and in a bad meningitis maybe down to 20; in my case it went down to 1 -- to me, that's just one piece of evidence of how severe this was. If you'd ask me how much would that patient remember, I'd say nothing," he said. "They wouldn't remember a single thing. ...The severity of the meningitis would have prevented dreams, hallucinations, confabulations, because those things all require a fairly coordinated amount of cortex."

Alexander isn't fazed at all by the skeptics. He was one, too.

Now he has "proof of Heaven," he said.

"For me, it's become clear that the best way to look at it is to turn it around and realize that consciousness exists in a much richer form, free and independent of the brain, which has everything to do with the eternity of our souls and the fact that our awareness, our consciousness, our soul, our spirit, does not depend on the existence of the brain in the physical universe. In fact, it's freed up to a much richer knowing when we're outside."


CNN: Conservative News Network -- and Stupid, to Boot!

Wolf Blitzer and his crowd of no-nothings at CNN are having a great time presenting this theory about women's voting and its supposed connection to their hormones.  What rot!


Mitt the Moderate? Don't Believe It!

What Romney 's Moderation Reveals

While Romney has become a general-election tabula rasa, he sits atop what may be the most radical major political party in American history. Regardless of Milquetoast Mitt’s positions, a government with a Republican president and Republicans in control of the House and Senate would use its budget-reconciliation powers (which enables a Senate majority to sidestep the 60-vote requirement so frequently used to stymie legislation) to defund or repeal not only the health-care guarantees and financial regulations that Obama signed into law but also much of the education funding and regulatory safeguards on which Americans have depended for decades.

The radicals who dominate the Republican Party have entertained Romney’s turn to the center as a necessary electoral expedient. The day after a Romney victory, their blitzkrieg will begin — leaving the moderate Mitt of the general election to historians specializing in short-lived phenomena.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Such an important topic -- such an important FRONTLINE!

I just watched Climate of Doubt on Frontline.  It should be watched by every American and taken to heart, but won't be.  And about half of those who do watch it will be among the naysayers who don't want change of any kind, any time, anywhere in their lives -- EVER--and will deny anything that smacks of change.  They would like to take us all back to the Dark Ages -- and they will probably succeed in accomplishing just that.  They call themselves the Tea Party, but I call them "the Stupids" and there are so many of them!  What can be done?  They will take us all down with them, with their dangerous ideology and Fear tactics that work so well when people are misinformed, disinformed, and not intelligent enough to understand facts based on proven research and investigation.  Instead of listening to the warnings of 98% of credentialed climatology scientists and their proven studies, the Stupids prefer to believe Fox News, the Koch brothers, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity and the 2% of "scientists" funded by corporations who do not want Cap and Trade rules cutting into their profits.  These are the same scientists who still don't accept that second-hand smoke can be damaging to one's health.  

The Stupids live in their very own Bubble World and refuse to let in any factual information that they dislike the sound of.  They will take us
and our country and the world down because of their adamant stand against reasonThey are the puppets of the greed-driven corporate czars who, in order to continue lining their own pockets at the expense of the rest of us, have convinced them with lies that up is down and black is white.  For those who have ears to hear and intelligent reasoning powers, the Frontline documentary will ring loud and clear in the truth it presents.  The Stupids won't be able to hear it and they will yammer against it. They will continue to vote for the candidates who tell them what they want to hear -- and damn the facts, as the temperature of the world continues to rise because of human activity. They will continue to tell us that it's actually "Good" and the continuing increase in carbon dioxide is great for us and our trees.  That's the way the world is right now, ruled by a plutocracy that calls the shots and controls the minds of the Stupids.  Our children and grandchildren will pay a great price for the greed, ignorance and stupidity that is keeping us from addressing the most important issue of any time in Earth's history, which involves the sustainability of human life on this planet!

This is too important a topic to mince words.  I simply cannot hold back my judgment on this issue that will have such a great impact on the future of Earth's inhabitants.   I am not sending this to any of the Tea Party people on my e-mail list, who would take offense and, anyway, would not be able to respond in an intelligent way to its message.  I continue to pray for our planet and its people. 


I believe this -- you may not

Because I've heard this information from many different sources over the years--sources that have proved credible about other revelations, I do believe we have the technology spoken about in the following article/interview.  Unless you have made a long investigative journey into UFO, MJ12 and black operations matters, you may not believe it -- some of it is so mind-boggingly horrendous, you won't want to believe it. It sounds just like science fiction. Yet much of it has already been proven to be true. Read the article and remember it -- you will be hearing more of this as we move into the future and it is agreed by world governments that the public should be told more truths about what is really happening in our world. For now, our government is allowing people like Gordon Duff to tell us many details, knowing that the caveat they add is still true for the present:
"We'll Let You Publish It.
No One Will Believe It."

EXCERPT: Duff says that if any of this sounds like a movie or TV show you may have seen, it's because many of the details of the MJ12 documents have deliberately been worked into science fiction books, films and TV shows over the past several decades, in order to prepare the human race for the ultimate day of disclosure.

Forbidden Knowledge TV
Alexandra Bruce
October 22, 2012

In one of the most exciting interviews about the alien presence on Earth today, George Noory of Coast to Coast spoke with Gordon Duff, Senior Editor of

Among the many mind-blowing statements made by Gordon Duff:

-- There is a group of aliens with bases throughout the floor of Pacific Ocean, with one colony near Catalina Island. They are quite hostile. The November 2010 "Mystery Missile" Snafu was linked to this group and Asian forces filling in for the US Navy, whose resources were all in the Middle East at that time.

-- There are as many as 12 different off-planetary groups interacting with the various governments of our planet.

-- There are many Earth technologies at least a century in advance of what we've been told.

-- We have high-energy weapons within the Upper Atmosphere and in Low-Earth Orbit, with nano-sensors that sense distortions in space-time. These weapons are aimed out towards space.

-- The first interstellar craft built by humans was made in 1972.

-- We currently have seven craft; they're fusion-powered. Their circumference is 1.5 kilometers.

-- Duff has footage of an Earth-built UFO, flying at 300 feet with a surface temperature of 400 degrees Fahrenheit, accelerating in the low atmosphere to 16,000 MPH with no change in temperature. Outside the atmosphere, he was officially told that they can approach light speed.


-- There is an advanced method of power generation, a "dense plasma, hydrogen-boron fusion reactor that produces enough waste electricity out of something the size of a basketball to equal the power produced by nuclear plant -- and it costs about $70,000 to build."

-- The reason this technology is not released is because it would collapse the hydrocarbon economy and there's also a "Malthusian" issue: it would allow all nations endless free electricity, endless purified water, endless industrialization, endless desalinized seawater; that the world population would move from what it is now, generally thought to be 7 billion people within a generation, if we had free energy, we'd reach a population level of 25 billion. To some people, that would be seen as unsustainable.



This interview goes into a fascinating disclosure Duff makes about the infamous "Mystery Missile" which was fired off the coast of Los Angeles on November 8, 2010 (


First, they discuss the history of Duff's website, and how it was founded in 2000 by Special Forces as a back channel for Special Forces personnel to be able discuss, off the record their own experiences, since he says many operatives have a "severe need to gossip" -- but they needed to have the ability to speak with each other without letting their high security information leaked.

In 2006, Duff took over the site and determined to make it a more international, giving access to similar clandestine groups in ally nations. In 2010, with the occurrence of "Mystery Missile," many of the international members of Veterans Today had the expertise to determine several things about the rocket.


It was a low-quality rocket compared to those from the US, and the VT group was wondering why the Chinese had done this. They began watching the movements of the Chinese; watching the old Russian submarines in the Gulf of Mexico, the return of the bare bombers on the flights from Moscow to Cuba -- as Duff put it, these international forces were "stretching their legs a bit and we became wary."

The VT team then received reports from the US Navy that what seemed like the entire Chinese Navy was off the coast of San Francisco. The relatively small Chinese Navy was operating with the support of Japanese and South Korean forces.

The US chose not to surveil, let alone engage these Asian vessels, but they did become concerned that there was so much traffic in the waters off the California coast that there could be an accident. Moreover, it was clear that some kind of operation was going on.


Then Duff explained that there are two kinds of technologies on the Earth today, the kind that everybody knows about and the kind that is secret and at least a century in advance of what is generally known by most people.

Duff noted that in his 43 years, serving in positions that were relatively close to the issue of extraterrestrial technologies, perhaps a total 2 hours of that entire time was directly devoted to the issue -- but what he did learn was mind-bending.


In 1982, after 18 months of getting a security clearance to work at an unnamed government agency, he was put on the reader's group for MAJESTIC 12 and he received a slightly redacted original ("Copy #5") 12-page paper produced from a Remington typewriter, dated sometime in 1977 from the Office of Naval Intelligence.

He said he read the documents once and "put them back in the envelope and twisted the string around it and sent them back and found that I could never live, knowing what was on those! And then, years later, Lo! and Behold! Almost everything that was in those documents was later on the plot of the television show, 'X-Files'!" Duff said he was later told that Chris Carter (producer of that hit TV series) had similarly been put on the reading group of MAJESTIC 12.

Duff said the MJ12 documents covered the period between 1947 and 1977 and they indicated that there had been two distinct treaties during that time, although he'd been told there'd been more since.

The first treaty was signed in 1947 with President Truman. The second treaty in 1953 with President Eisenhower was a coercive agreement against the US on the behalf of a hostile alien power that wished to be able to kidnap and butcher a large number of US Citizens.

Duff's impression was that, whereas some documents indicated that there were off-world groups who were monitoring certain human groups because they were physically related to them and they were interested in the genetic development of these groups, the interest of this hostile group was simply to eat human beings (!)

Duff says that if any of this sounds like a movie or TV show you may have seen, it's because many of the details of the MJ12 documents have deliberately been worked into science fiction books, films and TV shows over the past several decades, in order to prepare the human race for the ultimate day of disclosure.


Duff says he's been told there are as many as 12 different off-planetary groups interacting with the various governments of our planet. He laments, "I wish I were making this up!" He then goes on to discuss a group of aliens with bases on the floor of the Pacific Ocean. They are quite hostile -- they could be culturally compared to the aliens depicted in the film, 'Independence Day.' This group notified the US government that they would be bringing in several motherships and that they would be settling in the Pacific Basin. Moreover, one community already existed off of Catalina Island.

Because the US Navy had no ability to respond to this announcement, as it was heavily involved with activities in the Persian Gulf, they called on other world navies, those of Singapore, China, etc. and asked them to "fill-in."

The initial response of the US had been the launch a mach 13+ vehicle mounted with a Tesla-designed energy cannon. Duff notes that most people are unaware that most or all treaties ever signed, to limit the use of weapons in space have been abrogated. He says, "Within orbit, we have many nuclear weapons, the US has a fleet of small fusion-powered, "hunter-killer" satellites, that are designed ostensibly, at a time of war, to destroy enemy satellites, to take down the GPS systems, in order to protect the United States.


"They all, in actuality are aimed outward. We have high-energy weapons that operate on technologies a century beyond what we admit to having, that aim out towards space and within the Upper Atmosphere and in Low-Earth Orbit, we have sensors - theses are nano-sensors - this is as much classified information as I can safely give over the Internet."

When C2C host, George Noory asks him, "Why don't they want people to know about that?" Duff says he can only guess and says that you can look at one unit on the Internet and extrapolate what the issue is. It's a "dense plasma, hydrogen-boron fusion reactor that produces enough waste electricity out of something the size of a basketball to equal the power produced by nuclear plant -- and it costs about $70,000 to build."

Duff says the issue is a Malthusian one. Meaning that if the planet had free, unlimited energy, it would not only cause the collapse of the hydrocarbon industry and the entire economic system and infrastructure that is centered on hydrocarbon fuels -- but it would allow all nations endless free electricity, endless purified water, endless industrialization, endless desalinized seawater; that the world population would move from what it is now, generally thought to be 7 billion people within a generation, if we had free energy, we'd reach a population level of 25 billion. To some people, that would be seen as unsustainable.

Duff says, "You have to realize that if you think there is a secret conspiracy group...that when the aliens come, they're going to join the aliens and watch the rest of us get turned into shishkabobs, that those people, if they exist (and that would be a conspiracy theory) tend to look on the rest of us as 'useless eaters.'"


Duff returns to the topic of the alien invaders of the Pacific Basin. He says that they had decided "In a rather Hitleresque fashion: 'This is all we want.' The unpleasant surprise was that we have the ability to shoot down their vehicles; we have high-energy weapons that make the things that we tell people we have look like a childish joke. And those nano-sensors that we were talking about don't just sense the presence of things, they look for distortions in space and time. The CERN collider discovered the "God Particle," which centers on the beginning of a clear understanding of a Unified Field Theory -- we disproved within recent years the theory of General Relativity -- so, we know that it's possible to operate well outside of the speed of light, that time is in no way an absolute and that inter dimensional travel is something that is far more likely than someone physically moving over distances...

"The question I look at here -- and I can see myself some 20-30 years ago, that you can live seeing these things; have children and grandchildren -- or you can look away, hoping that the other shoe doesn't drop during your lifetime.

"What we do have is a government that has spent trillions of dollars developing weapons systems that are beyond our imagination. But in the process of advancing those technologies, they all -- as with the early Space Program...allowed us to replace most energy sources that we talk about.

"We'll let you publish it. No one will believe it."

"And there are many people who publicly speak about these things but most people who do so are tasked with doing so, in a harmless way -- i.e., in a way that can be easily discredited.

"There's a reason I'm talking here right now and it's not by any means that anyone underrates you or the ability of your network, of course -- I'm dealing with one of the largest and most powerful networks in the world -- but the issue, here is that I'm speaking informally, not under any official capacity.

"I assure you, I received a telephone call today, telling me things I couldn't talk about -- I'll give you the exact limits, here. I was told that I could say the first interstellar craft was built in 1972. I was *told* to say -- and I'm not saying it's true -- but by sufficient authority, I'm capable of saying -- and I'll say don't go believing this...

"When people tell you things, are they telling the truth? We've waited so many years for disclosure -- you know what I'm talking about, George -- and there's no question about whether they could be using me --


"We have seven craft; they're fusion-powered. Their circumference is 1.5 kilometers, one was photographed over Bofan Korean earlier in the year. I have the CIA's full analysis, released by the National Reconnaissance Office of Cosmic Classification.

"The deal made with me was simply this: 'We'll let you publish it. No one will believe it.'

"I have the full analysis in high resolution, done by the National Reconnaissance Office of a real, Earth-built UFO, flying at 300 feet with a surface temperature of 400degree Fahrenheit and it accelerates in the low atmosphere to 16,000 MPH with no change in temperature and outside the atmosphere, what I'm officially told is that they can approach light speed and that would mean, hitting the pedal to the metal and in five seconds, the Moon is tiny in the mirror."


At the end of his interview with George Noory, Duff laments that he was cut off from knowing the ultimate fate of those who fought the alien interlopers of the Pacific Basin. As he says, "We've lost people in wars with UFOs." We spend a lot of time honoring our heroes -- and we have heroes that we don't know about; that we'll never know about. Families that are told that their sons, daughters and husbands had died in traffic accidents or strange aircraft accidents. It's disturbing to the extent that we have a debt to people who've defended us and we'll never know who they are."

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