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FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States


The FBI has also warned that numerous al-Qaeda agents may have established sleeper cells for the purpose of “getting a kick out of” the nation’s downfall on American soil. The bureau urged U.S. residents to use caution around schools, hospitals, legislative bodies, prisons, and other decaying institutions whose imminent failure terrorists may wish to observe up close.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, one high-ranking U.S. counterterrorism official has described the present situation as a massive failure of intelligence.

“The warning signs were there all along, but unfortunately we failed to heed them,” said the official, who advised Americans to brace for widespread devastation. “If we’d listened to experts or even our own common sense, we would’ve realized that this plot was being actively orchestrated within our own borders. But we didn’t, and now every one of our citizens and our very way of life is at risk from this threat.”

“Sadly, al-Qaeda has us right where they want us,” the official added, “and at this point, I fear it is too late to do anything about it.”


Bill Nye: Creationism is “bad for science education, bad for the U.S., and thereby bad for humankind

- Bill Nye the Science Guy states in an essay creationism is “bad for science education, bad for the U.S., and thereby bad for humankind”

Bill Nye has taken the time to respond to critics in an essay published in Skeptical Inquirer. In the essay he explains how the debate arose from a video on BigThink.com, where Nye responded to a question about creationism. The video went viral; it had 6.3 million views at the time Nye wrote his essay. One of the viewers and subsequent responders was Ken Ham:

“He wrote to me and challenged me to a debate. For several months, I put the offer or proposal aside thinking the whole thing would blow over. After all, his challenge was based on a minute and a half of video that exists with little context. He was persistent. So, as the weeks went by and we corresponded, I acceded the challenge. More specifically, I was willing to come to his facility if the topic was: “Is creation a viable model of origins in the modern scientific era?” Note that this title does not include the word “evolution,” nor does it connote or imply that we would discuss evolution specifically.”

He also addresses why he thought it was important to engage in this debate, whether it was right or not:

“Many of you, by that I mean many of my skeptic and humanist colleagues, expressed deep concern and anger that I would be so foolish as to accept a debate with a creationist, as this would promote him and them more than it would promote me and us. As I often say and sincerely believe, “You may be right.” But, I held strongly to the view that it was an opportunity to expose the well-intending Ken Ham and the support he receives from his followers as being bad for Kentucky, bad for science education, bad for the U.S., and thereby bad for humankind—I do not feel I’m exaggerating when I express it this strongly.”


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NASA's "Blood Moon"


Feinstein, Meet Irony: Outraged Senate Will Investigate Leak But Not Horrific Acts It Reveals

04.15.14 - 12:21 PM
Feinstein, Meet Irony: Outraged Senate Will Investigate Leak But Not Horrific Acts It Reveals

Surreal: Charging that possible perps "broke the law and should be prosecuted,” aggrieved Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein is investigating, and has called on the DOJ to investigate, the dastardly leak to McClatchy of parts of the 6,600-page report finding the CIA repeatedly lied about a "brutal" torture program “inconsistent with (U.S.) public policy positions regarding human rights" - torture that in fact didn't work. It seems the Senate is scandalized not by the crimes committed in our names, but by journalists telling us about them. With the call for prosecution, the government thus maintains its admirable stance in only making accountable the people who reveal our nation's misdeeds - see John Kiriakou and Edward Snowden - but not those who authorize or commit them. Oh we have arrived at a sorrowful place.

-Abby Zimet

Tourists Flock To Colorado, Where Crime Is Down and Marijuana Is Up

Tourists Flock To Colorado, Where Crime Is Down and Marijuana Is Up
By Chris Roberts Tue., Apr. 15 2014 at 10:23 AM

Worldwide acclaim and fanfare greeted the unveiling of the world's first marijuana vending machine in Colorado yesterday. It was big news (somehow, putting weed behind glass in a box was so popular and lucrative it took several years to happen) -- but even bigger news should be that the machine hasn't been robbed yet.

In Denver, the biggest city in the country to experiment with marijuana legalization, crime has dropped in the three months since pot stores for adults opened Jan. 1, according to reports in PolicyMic and elsewhere.

That's good news for Denver, as it's due for a tourist influx in the next few days. The city is this weekend hosting the High Times Cannabis Cup -- and it's full-on full-melt madness, with as many as 100,000 people expected for the Sunday smokeout in front of the state Capitol building.

Hotel bookings are up 73 percent for the 4/20 weekend, and the "bud-and-breakfasts" that were supposed to be Humboldt's and Mendocino's are now opening up in Boulder.



Science Skeptics


Up To 1,000 Times More Methane Released At Gas Wells Than EPA Estimates, Study Finds

Source: Think Progress

An analysis of a number of hydraulic fracturing sites in southwestern Pennsylvania has found that methane was being released into the atmosphere at 100 to 1,000 times the rate that the Environmental Protection Agency estimated. The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that drilling operations at seven well pads emitted 34 grams of methane per second, on average, much higher than the EPA-estimated 0.04 grams to 0.30 grams of methane per second.

The researchers, who were attempting to understand whether airborne measurements of methane aligned with estimates taken at ground level — the method commonly used by the EPA and state regulators — flew a plane over the region of the Marcellus Shale for two days in June 2012.

“The researchers determined that the wells leaking the most methane were in the drilling phase, a period that has not been known for high emissions,” reported the Los Angeles Times. “Experts had thought that methane was more likely to be released during subsequent phases of production, including hydraulic fracturing, well completion or transport through pipelines.”

Methane (CH4), the chief component of natural gas, makes up about nine percent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. It is a super-potent greenhouse gas — especially during the first 20 years after it enters the atmosphere when it traps around 86 times as much heat as CO2. So even small leaks in the natural gas production and delivery system can have a large climate impact — enough to gut the entire benefit of switching from coal-fired power to gas.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/04/15/3426697/methane-vastly-underestimated/

Emptywheel: "Well Known White Supremacist" Frazier Glenn Miller Linked To Spokane MLK Parade Bomber

This morning, Marcy Wheeler has posted a piece at her Emptywheel blog that, for lack of a better phrase, simply blows me away, in terms of what it reveals about the truly down-and-twisted, institutionalized, racist nature of our surveillance state. In her post, we learn that white supremacist and Overland Park, Kansas shooter Frazier Glenn Miller (who's been all over law enforcement's supposed radar for decades) was directly communicating with Spokane MLK Parade bomber Kevin Harpham to the point, as noted by "...HuffPo’s Ryan Reilly, while he was still at TPM. Back in 2012, Reilly interviewed Miller about his contacts with Kevin Harpham, the MLK bomber. As Reilly notes, Federal prosecutors had used Harpham’s contacts with Miller to argue for harsher sentencing."

...Less than a week after 36-year-old Kevin Harpham was arrested for allegedly attempting a racially motivated bombing of a 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. parade in Spokane, white supremacist leader Glenn Miller sent him a letter offering to help start a legal fund on his behalf.

“Keep your chin up and stay strong,” Miller wrote in a letter dated March 14, telling Harpham that he and other members of an online white supremacist forum believed he’d “been set up.”

Federal prosecutors used Miller’s jailhouse letter and Harpham’s response — in which he said he might have Miller screen individuals as he looked for “someone to house sit for a while” – as one of the factors that “supports the imposition of a sentence that will maximize the time the Defendant is incarcerated and subject to judicial oversight.”

Evidently Harpham’s lawyers soon informed him it probably wasn’t a good idea to be sending letters to a well-known white supremacist while in jail accused of a hate crime, as he didn’t respond to any of Miller’s follow up letters.

“He’s kind of let me know he doesn’t want anything to do with me,” Miller said. “It’s not in his self interest to associate with me, and I can understand that, can’t you?”



Something everyone should know on Tax Day

Happy tax day. Here's why do the richest 1% pay a much lower tax rate than the rest, and what can you do about it:
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