Vanessa 
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Updated on March 5, 2013 at 1:34 PM

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Re: “Finally. Friday.

North Korea has fired a missile into the Sea of Japan. No doubt timed for that late Friday news cycle thing, which is now further complicated by the reality that when the sun goes down Jared and Ivanka check out for Sabbath, and daddy is on his own. I sure as hell hope the military doesn't overreact.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/28/world/north-…

(CNN)North Korea on Saturday launched a missile that landed in the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, a US official said.

The test-fired missile probably was a medium-range ballistic missile called a KN-17, the US official said.
The missile was launched from Pukchang airfield and flew for about 30 to 40 kilometers before landing in the water off the Korean Peninsula, the official said.
The launch came hours after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson addressed a special meeting at the United Nations, calling for increased pressure on North Korea.

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Posted by Vanessa on 04/28/2017 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Finally. Friday.

The Russian thing is not going away.

http://www.chron.com/news/nation-world/nat…

A law professor and former White House ethics lawyer, Richard W. Painter, has taken to Twitter to call for President Donald Trump's impeachment if he doesn't release documents concerning former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
Painter, who served as chief White House ethics lawyer under President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2007, said in a tweet that the U.S. House of Representatives should subpoena documents related to payments Flynn allegedly received from the governments of Russia and Turkey and did not disclose.
"If no compliance, impeach," Painter tweeted. (Story continues below.)

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Posted by Vanessa on 04/28/2017 at 2:13 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Governor announces $70 million budget cut to meet tax revenue shortfall

Maxifer - by way of Oklahoma

http://www.swtimes.com/news/20170427/oklah…

By Sean Murphy / The Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY Four years ago, Oklahomas oil patch was booming, unemployment was falling and state lawmakers were debating what to do with $200 million in surplus revenue.

Republicans who control state government successfully pushed to permanently reduce the states top income tax rate, slash the oil and gas production tax rate from 7 percent to 2 percent and give more tax incentives to industry.

But the boom ended and the money dried up. Now unwavering confidence in the wisdom of lower taxes has given way to a growing panic over how to pay for basic services such as schools, health care and public safety. Revenue has fallen about 20 percent short of budgeted needs for the third year in a row.

The situation has deteriorated to the point where highway patrol troopers have been warned not to fill their fuel tanks, and drunken drivers have been able to keep their licenses because there are not enough administrative workers to revoke their driving privileges. Nearly 100 of the states 513 school districts have moved to four-day weeks.

Oklahomas woes are intensifying just as President Donald Trumps administration proposes its own ambitious plan to slash corporate and personal taxes. The White House insists the overhaul will spur economic growth and bring prosperity to the middle class, but the idea alarms lawmakers worried about the risk of ballooning federal deficits. ............

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Posted by Vanessa on 04/28/2017 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Among the last words from Kenneth Williams: 'Finger Lickin' Good Fried Chicken'

Minister?

I don't get that part. It's like it's a tip off to something ugly. Grandiosity maybe? But maybe it's just that he wants to be someone besides Number 4. Finding goodness within oneself and expressing it for posterity is human. It's sad that no one saw his intelligence before he got to death row.

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Posted by Vanessa on 04/27/2017 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Kenneth Williams writes about his coming execution

Speak for yourself, diddy. Hatred toward one another is not increasing. However, as dominance by white christian males wanes it creates fear and hatred from people who have had the crazy notion that god favors white males. The struggle is about patriarchy vs. equality.

It's the old white guys who are demanding conformity from everyone else that have the most to lose. They are the ones who hate; who defend unnecessary violence as a means to keep the order they've held power shifted from Mesopotania and Egypt to Rome. Meanwhile people in the rest of the world went on about their lives.

We have the technology to recognize we all live in the same troposphere and then make the best of it. The leader of the free world, Angela Merkel, gets it. The kids get it.

When you're accustomed to privilege equality feels like oppression. That's what's going on.

What we do is re-draw the death penalty and change "beyond reasonable doubt" to "with certitude." I'd add a few additional requirements, but Kenneth Williams would qualify.

There will always be outcasts, loners and social miscreants. Better mental health care - and healthcare is a utility - would help, and so does acceptance that, well, they're gonna be there. Because first they came for the scientists............... Who are you gonna put in charge of rounding up "loners" anyway? huh?

Yes, there are too many people. Nature has always taken care of that and will again, in spite of man. Who, by the way, is part of nature, which is why yes, man can have a major affect on long term climate. Eventually There's gonna be a population controlling event. Volcanoes, earthquakes and even solar events are possible. Viral decimation has happened before. And humans are capable of literally frying the atmosphere. But it happens in slow motion. Until it happens.

Be good. Do good things. Make the best of it.

That simple.

Posted by Vanessa on 04/27/2017 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Wednesday's open line

Take this, Creation Truth Foundation:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/26/science…

Prehistoric humans perhaps Neanderthals or another lost species occupied what is now California some 130,000 years ago, a team of scientists reported on Wednesday.

The bold and fiercely disputed claim, published in the journal Nature, is based on a study of mastodon bones discovered near San Diego. If the scientists are right, they would significantly alter our understanding of how humans spread around the planet.

The earliest widely accepted evidence of people in the Americas is less than 15,000 years old. Genetic studies strongly support the idea that those people were the ancestors of living Native Americans, arriving in North America from Asia.

If humans actually were in North America over 100,000 years earlier, they may not be related to any living group of people. Modern humans probably did not expand out of Africa until 50,000 to 80,000 years ago, recent genetic studies have shown. ................

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Posted by Vanessa on 04/26/2017 at 7:16 PM

Re: “GOP health care: Good for Congress, but ....

Plainjim - that's just it though. As long as he *pledges*. Because his pledges just aren't happening. He showing proposals at a (non-existant) wall in hopes that something - anything - will stick. Some of it bounces, some of it slides down in a slow mess, and some of it just falls flat. None of it sticks. And you're right. His angry white religionists don't care because he's one of them.

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Posted by Vanessa on 04/26/2017 at 5:55 PM

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