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Made in China
Author: BobR    Date: 11/12/2014 14:50:15

It's probably common knowledge that pollution in China is bad. What's generally not pointed out is just how bad...
A thick haze of smog has descended on parts of northern China, pushing pollution to more than 20 times what the World Health Organization considers a safe limit.
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In Hebei, a province bordering Beijing to the north, concentrations of pollutant particles called PM2.5 reached upwards of 500 micrograms per cubic meter, according to Beijing's air quality index. The WHO's recommendation for maximum healthy exposure is 25 micrograms.
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According to the U.S. State Department's air quality guide, levels of PM2.5 between 301 and 500 micrograms are considered hazardous to health and constitute a "serious risk of respiratory effects in the general population," while anything above 500 is literally off the charts.

Most U.S. cities have a PM2.5 concentration of 20 or below.

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49 comments (Latest Comment: 11/12/2014 22:36:45 by Raine)

Veteran's Day 2014
Author: TriSec    Date: 11/11/2014 11:37:10

Good Morning.

Today is our 4,783rd day in Afghanistan, and our 145th day back in Iraq.

It is Veteran's Day.

We'll start this morning as we always do; with the latest casualty figures from our ongoing wars, courtesy of Antiwar.com:

US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 2,350
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,127
There are 2 casualties since our return to Iraq.

We find this morning's Cost of War passing through:

$ 1, 579, 656, 300, 000 .00

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32 comments (Latest Comment: 11/12/2014 00:07:31 by Raine)

The Monday afterÖ. So it begins.
Author: Raine    Date: 11/10/2014 14:19:57

The ball is now in the GOP's court:
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57 comments (Latest Comment: 11/10/2014 22:00:51 by BobR)

Great News.....
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 11/09/2014 15:14:51

....for republicans!

So, Velveeta sneaks into a secret meeting between Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, John Boehner and, for some unexplained reason, the newly elected Joni Ernst. Possibly because they wanted a woman's voice in the meeting? Or, maybe they just wanted someone to make sandwiches -- either way, maybe not the best choice.
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Bitter Backlash Blog
Author: TriSec    Date: 11/08/2014 12:37:04

Bad Morning.

Every morning since Tuesday has been a bad morning. I expect every morning until 2016 to be a bad morning. Weíve had our post-mortems, as well as every other pundit in the United States.

Thereís been enough discussion about what happened, where we might be going, and what we can do about it. Iíll tell you what Iím going to do about it. Fucking nothing. At least not in the big picture.
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1 comments (Latest Comment: 11/09/2014 01:50:09 by Raine)

Fluffy Friday
Author: wickedpam    Date: 11/07/2014 14:04:29

I've got a theory about Tuesday....

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30 comments (Latest Comment: 11/07/2014 21:36:44 by Raine)

And so it goesÖ
Author: Raine    Date: 11/06/2014 14:32:38

The President yesterday:
This country has made real progress since the crisis six years ago. The fact is, more Americans are working. Unemployment has come down. More Americans have health insurance. Manufacturing has grown. Our deficits have shrunk. Our dependence on foreign oil is down, as are gas prices. Our graduation rates are up. Our businesses aren't just creating jobs at the fastest pace since the 1990s. Our economy is outpacing most of the world.

But we just gotta keep at it until every American feels the gains of the growing economy where it matters most, and thatís in their own lives.

Obviously, much of that will take action from Congress. And Iím eager to work with the new Congress to make the next two years as productive as possible. Iím committed to making sure that I measure ideas not by whether they are from Democrats or Republicans, but whether they work for the American people.

And thatís not to say that we wonít disagree over some issues that weíre passionate about. We will. Congress will pass some bills I cannot sign. Iím pretty sure Iíll take some actions that some in Congress will not like. Thatís natural. Thatís how our democracy works.

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23 comments (Latest Comment: 11/06/2014 20:05:28 by Scoopster)

Starting Over
Author: BobR    Date: 11/05/2014 13:42:34

The end result of the elections yesterday turned out even worse (or better, depending on your point of view) than expected. Republicans retook the Senate and shored up their advantage in the House. They won numerous governor's races. How did this happen? Why did this happen?

For months, this election was being sold to us as an indicator of President Obama's approval rating. Never mind that Congress's approval rating (you know - the people actually running for election?) was way lower than the president's. Never mind that taxes are lower than they've ever been, that gas prices are lower, that unemployment is lower than when he took office, that more people than ever have health insurance, that the whole "ebola" infestation never actually occurred. Never mind that anyone with a modicum of sentience knew that it was Republicans in the House not passing any bills and Republicans in the Senate filibustering everything that lied at the root of our dysfunctional government.
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99 comments (Latest Comment: 11/06/2014 13:59:40 by Scoopster)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 11/04/2014 11:28:08

Good Morning.

Today is our 4,776th day in Afghanistan, and our 138th day back in Iraq.

We'll start this morning as we always do; with the latest casualty figures from our ongoing wars, courtesy of Antiwar.com:

US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 2,349
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,127
There have been 2 deaths in our return to Iraq.

We find this morning's Cost of War passing through:

$ 1, 577, 884, 600, 000 .00

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107 comments (Latest Comment: 11/05/2014 04:33:35 by Raine)

Flips table over
Author: Raine    Date: 11/03/2014 14:14:41

Let me get this right...
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35 comments (Latest Comment: 11/03/2014 20:40:34 by Mondobubba)

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