Category Archives: American History

Memo to Oregon & Washington re Tsunami: Get Ready

It Can’t Will Happen Here At 9PM on January 26, 1700 one of the world’s largest earthquakes occurred along the west coast of North America. The undersea Cascadia thrust fault ruptured along a 1000 km length, from mid Vancouver Island … Continue reading

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Bush Refuses to Share Stage with Assange

Oh delicious. The man who squandered our national surplus; let down his guard to terrorists; ignored the plight of New Orleans; started an unnecessary war in Iraq while shifting resources from the war in Afghanistan; undermined our moral authority by … Continue reading

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Rich on the Right, Right as Usual

Frank Rich: The highest priority of America’s current political radicals is not to balance government budgets but to wage ideological warfare in Washington and state capitals alike. The relatively few dollars that would be saved by the proposed slashing of federal … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget: BP Was Lying Through Their Teeth

As BP’s well gushed into the Gulf of Mexico last year, the question of exactly how much oil it was spewing was hotly contested. BP first estimated that only 1,000 barrels of oil were leaking from the well each day; … Continue reading

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Whole Lotta Shakin’ That Went On

  Several of the largest historical earthquakes to strike the continental United States occurred in the winter of 1811-1812 along the New Madrid Seismic Zone, which stretches from just west of Memphis, Tennessee into southern Illinois. These earthquakes produced at … Continue reading

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From Those That Have Not, It Shall be Taken Away

Mother Jones has eight charts that illustrate the extreme and growing inequality the distribution of wealth in the United States. Here’s one:       More here: I’s the Inequality, Stupid | Mother Jones Having cornered the wealth of America, the … Continue reading

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Welcome to Fargo! Here’s Your Bag, There’s The Sand, Fill ‘er Up, You Betcha…

  There is a huge amount of snow on the ground in North Dakota along the tributaries of the Red River, thanks to fall precipitation that was 150% – 300% of normal, and winter snows that have dumped up to … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Government Touch My Medicare

Thomas Jefferson: “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” Paul Krugman: 44 percent of Social Security recipients, and 40 percent of Medicare recipients, believe that they don’t benefit from any government social program. Medicare Recipients … Continue reading

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Bush Trimmed

President G. W. Bush cancelled the keynote speech he was to give in Geneva; he feared arrest. Human rights groups said they had intended to submit a 2,500-page case against Bush in the Swiss city on Monday for alleged mistreatment … Continue reading

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“Have you left no sense of decency?”

No. Paul Krugman, on reports that: Republicans in Congress are planning to investigate the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, looking for evidence of corruption and wrongdoing. … What the GOP wants is to make people afraid even to do research that … Continue reading

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