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Hey! Who Put Their Turkey in my Arsenic?

Most commercial-grade poultry feed today contains an arsenic-based pesticide. Like the Victorians, farmers use the poison because of its ability to improve appearances -- in this case because arsenic's potent effect on blood vessels makes the chicken and turkey we buy look pinker and therefore fresher.


Delicious! Mebbe it'll clear up everybody's acne, too. Happy Thanksgiving!

By min | November 24, 2010, 10:46 PM | Liberal Outrage & Science | Link

We Read BoingBoing So You Don't Have To

Two interesting vids I found on BoingBoing today.

  • When did you choose to be straight?

  • Race to nowhere

Interestingly, last night fnord12 and i were just talking about the pointlessness of homework. Now i dunno about that chick who needed to see a doctor because of stress from doing homework, and i do think that doing some exercises to practice something that you've been taught is helpful to remembering lessons, but alot of homework is just crap. Remember the weekly vocab?

By min | November 21, 2010, 2:43 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link

That's, ummmm, one way of putting it

via Yglesias:

"Why do you have to blow up so many of our fields and homes?" a farmer from the Arghandab district asked a top NATO general at a recent community meeting.

Although military officials are apologetic in public, they maintain privately that the tactic has a benefit beyond the elimination of insurgent bombs. By making people travel to the district governor's office to submit a claim for damaged property, "in effect, you're connecting the government to the people," the senior officer said.

By fnord12 | November 19, 2010, 2:26 PM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (1)| Link

Remember, Obama appointed this guy


The Republican co-chair of the White House's fiscal commission predicted this morning that his controversial recommendations for reducing long-term deficits will have a real opportunity to become enacted next year, when the nation brushes up against its debt ceiling, and newly elected Republicans threaten to send the country into default.

"I can't wait for the blood bath in April," said Alan Simpson at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast roundtable with reporters this morning. "It won't matter whether two of us have signed this or 14 or 18. When debt limit time comes, they're going to look around and say, 'What in the hell do we do now? We've got guys who will not approve the debt limit extension unless we give 'em a piece of meat, real meat, off of this package.' And boy the bloodbath will be extraordinary."

By fnord12 | November 19, 2010, 1:14 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link


From what i can tell, this new "fantastic" site is a data mining operation where you do all the work for them. I know it's not much of a stance since everything you search for and click on in search engines is catalogued somewhere, but i feel we ought to make the data miners work for it just a little bit. This is just way too easy.

By min | November 18, 2010, 1:32 PM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (1)| Link

Getting ugly

Paul Krugman says: Mush from the Wimp.

By fnord12 | November 11, 2010, 2:53 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link

Sundry Politics

By fnord12 | November 11, 2010, 11:14 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link

Nightmare list

Obama's Fiscal Commission releases its recommendations. A sampling:

  • Raise retirement age to 69.
  • Cap Medicare.
  • Eliminate all earmarks.
  • Eliminate the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools.
  • Freeze federal worker wage increases through 2014; eliminate 200,000 federal jobs by 2020; and eliminate 250,000 federal non-defense contractor jobs by 2015.
  • Eliminate subsidized student loans
  • Cut $900 million in fossil fuel research funds.
  • Eliminate funding to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • Establish co-pays in the VA medical system and change the co-pays and deductibles for military retirees that remain in that system
  • Eliminating taxes on revenues companies earn abroad.
  • Tort Reform

While they also reduce some military spending, mainly the elimination of specific programs, this is basically a Republican's wish list. Remember that this was a commission created by a nominally Democratic president, which he created after Congress voted against creating their own version.

This is the "chairman's mark", which means it's the recommendations of the two chairmen, not the full committee's list. They had to release it early because other members of the committee were apparently revolting (and/or revolted by the proposals).

I'm sure this will never even get voted on, let alone enacted. Obama will have to come out against it if he wants his base to vote for him in 2012. Still, at best, this is a PR disaster for the president.

Update: This so-called deficit reduction plan also lowers taxes:

Under the plan, individual income tax rates would decline to as low as 8 percent on the lowest income bracket (now 10 percent) and to 23 percent on the highest bracket (now 35 percent). The corporate tax rate, now 35 percent, would also be reduced, to as low as 26 percent.

Atrios calls it the The Democratic Party Self-Destruction Act .

Update II: Kevin Drum looks at where the plan focuses vs. where our deficit problems really are, and concludes:

Bottom line: this document isn't really aimed at deficit reduction. It's aimed at keeping government small. There's nothing wrong with that if you're a conservative think tank and that's what you're dedicated to selling. But it should be called by its right name. This document is a paean to cutting the federal government, not cutting the federal deficit.

Remember, again, this is Obama's commission. He created it, and he appointed these people to lead it.

By fnord12 | November 10, 2010, 3:30 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link

Peak Oil

Came and went in 2006. Some assumptions about "unconventional" and "yet to be found" sources are apparently going to keep things steady through 2035, if you believe that. But actual peak oil of exploitable sources apparently went from 'conspiracy theory' to 'already happened' without any of us knowing it.

P.S. this should be making us run for the mountains with stockpiles of solar panels and dried beans, but it apparently isn't.

By fnord12 | November 10, 2010, 12:52 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link

China gives us A+, wonders why we didn't ask for extra credit

OK, it's really an economic policy story. China doesn't like that we're devaluing our dollar to help with our financial crisis. But i figured i'd go for a convoluted joke about parents and grades.

By fnord12 | November 10, 2010, 9:26 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link

Chile's a Jerk

Back in 1884, Chile seized some coastal territory from Bolivia.

I get that seizing territory is part of war. But c'mon Chile, there's no need to be a dick about it.

Chile's seizure of territory still rankles Bolivians and Peruvians, who say there is nothing more dangerous than a Chilean with a map and a pen. Chilean refusals to return some of the territory, as well as jokes about inviting Bolivians to the beach, have not helped salve the wounds.

Really? Beach jokes?


By min | November 3, 2010, 1:31 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link

A post election message

Congrats to everyone who won last night. You now have 1 week to take down all your lawn signs. If i see any signs or stickers in a public place 1 week from today, you immediately forfeit your office and i get to pick your replacement. And my first pick will be Jimmy McMillan.

By fnord12 | November 3, 2010, 11:04 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link

Revisiting the Nader blame

It's come to my attention that on this 10th anniversary of the 2000 election, there are some people out there who feel confusion and uncertainty regarding who exactly was responsible for Al Gore's loss. So as a public service I thought it would be helpful to write up the set of heuristics used by Democrats and other fault-laying liberals to assign blame--the Democratic Blame Calculus (DBC), as I call it. I've organized the DBC into the hierarchical classes below, ranked based on the relative frequency and severity with which the designated groups or individuals are targeted by right-thinking Democrats for searing castigation for their transgressions against Al Gore's presidential prospects. Let's take a look, shall we?

By fnord12 | November 2, 2010, 11:34 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link

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