How Doctor Who (with a little help from Hamlet)... →
“He is about to make his final bow after nearly five years as one of the most popular incarnations of Doctor Who. But it seems the BBC are squeezing as much as they can out of the success of David Tennant. By the end of the Christmas period, the actor will have made 75 appearances in three weeks on the Corporation’s TV channels and radio stations.” @David_Tennant (a Twitter...
This week's NOVA: What Darwin Never Knew →
“What Darwin Never Knew” offers answers to riddles that Darwin couldn’t explain. Breakthroughs in a brand-new science—nicknamed “evo devo”—are linking the enigmas of evolution to another of nature’s great mysteries, the development of the embryo. NOVA takes viewers on a journey from the Galapagos Islands to the Arctic, and from the explosion of animal forms half...
The Cat's Eye Nebula →
“Explanation: Three thousand light-years away, a dying star throws off shells of glowing gas. This image from the Hubble Space Telescope reveals the Cat’s Eye Nebula to be one of the most complex planetary nebulae known. In fact, the features seen in the Cat’s Eye are so complex that astronomers suspect the bright central object may actually be a binary star system.” ...
GOP Blocking New Head of TSA →
ryking: “Republicans may carp about poor administration of the TSA, but it’s hard to place blame on the President or even Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano considering that the GOP is not even allowing a vote on a new head of the agency. What’s more, as Smith notes, more than 100 Republicans in Congress voted against legislation funding the TSA this year. This all highlights a...
How Progressives Can Move Obama to the Left →
ryking: “We have to attack Obama relentlessly from the left. Right now he is a giant that is unmoved by anything in his left flank, he keeps looking to his right and ducking and worrying and moving to accommodate them. They are so loud and so visible. It’s hard to miss them. We have to make him look left. We have to shake him off his foundation. Rahm Emanuel gave a wonderfully condescending...
'Don't ask, Don't tell' -- don't call home? →
ryking: And don’t ask Barry to do shit about it, because he doesn’t want to upset Congressional Republicans — they might get angry and accuse him of being a Kenyan-born Marxist!
The Real Victims of Stupak-Pitts →
rabbleprochoice: From Renee E. Mestad, MD: My patient Sherry is 24, pregnant, and the mother of a 7-month-old son. Although her pregnancy was not planned, Sherry and her husband were initially excited to have a little brother or sister for their boy. Then Sherry’s early ultrasound showed she had twins. She and her husband spent several weeks eagerly anticipating the growth of their family. But...
Ezra Klein - Encouraging organ donation →
abbyjean: In January, Israel will become the first country in the world to give people who sign their organ donor cards points pushing them up the transplant list should they one day need a transplant. Points will also be given to transplant candidates whose first-degree relatives have signed their organ donor cars or whose first-degree relatives were organ donors. In the case of kidneys, for...
I need self opinions on abortion.
rabbleprochoice: readysetlaugh: are you for it, against it, or on the fence about it? i need 20 people D: pleeease. Radically pro-choice. This doesn’t mean pro-abortion. Saying someone is “for abortion” isn’t represntative of the pro-choice standpoint. Pro-choice is about letting women make their own decisions regarding when they have sex and with whom, what form(s) of birth control they...
…what [Obama] did campaign on explicitly and without reservation was clean...– Digby: “Promises and Paradigms” (via ryking)
danielspengies: Hello tumblr. I’m danielspengies. I’m fucking awesome, and I cuss all the damn time. I’m also banned throughout the internet. Fear me. He’s not kidding. Be afraid…be very afraid…. And then just fucking enjoy!
Are You Fucking KIDDING Me?
ryking: George W. Bush shouldn’t be making PBS shows, he should be watching them. “Sesame Street” is the one he could benefit from the most. PBS had better not be canceling “Bill Moyers Journal” and “Now” just to pay for this shit; my PBS donation was going to be half of what it normally is every year due to those cancellations, but PBS can kiss even that good-bye since it’s getting into bed...
…also, if there is a god, why did he make me an atheist?– Ricky Gervais on Inside the Actors Studio
savagemike: “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” — Mother Teresa (You’d think I was religious the way I’ve been posting Mother Teresa quotes here. But no, she was just one helluva cool woman.) (via caraobrien) Not be a jerk but…. “Any country that...
Senate Rejects Abortion Restrictions 54 To 45 →
Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah wanted to ban any insurance plan that gets taxpayer dollars from offering abortion coverage. The stronger restrictions mirrored provisions in the House-passed health care bill. The Senate bill currently allows insurance plans to cover abortions but tries to separate private funds from federal money. It specifies that...
This pro-choice bullshit. →
rabbleprochoice: audd: you are so fucking stupid. any woman who would kill her unborn child deserves to die a horrible death anyway. “abortion isn’t murder” then what the fuck is it? ignorant ass bitch. You MUST be kidding me. Abortion isn’t murder. Murder is the killing of persons and fetuses are not persons. Fetuses are also not babies. You are the one who is ignorant. Love, Rabble ...
(When I’m in a “nice” mood) I’m sometimes unsure of how to respond when people send me things telling me how much “god” loves me, wishing me things that “god” can do for me, prayers to “god” or Jesus, etc., on my behalf. Depending on the context, I usually feel offended to varying degrees, but I like to pick my battles and these are...
Oliver Stone on Bill Moyers Journal →
Oliver Stone speaks frankly about his experiences in Vietnam, and his opinions on Afghanistan and war in general. Damned interesting stuff.
Baucus Nominated Melodee Hanes, His Girlfriend,... →
A Department of Justice official who is in a relationship with Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) withdrew as a finalist for Montana U.S. Attorney to live with the senator in Washington, a Baucus spokesperson confirmed to Main Justice today. Melodee Hanes, the Montana senator’s former state director, withdrew earlier this year after Baucus sent her name and two others to the White House as his...
Sanity's Graveyard: I Am A #tcot Conservative. →
Just a few basics in a day in the life…. (via @ParegoricKid)
ryking: abbyjean: i don’t know what the right move is in afghanistan, and i know that this troop escalation is not a surprise or betrayal by obama. but this rachel maddow video explains what i find most troubling about all of this - the preservation of the ‘bush doctrine’ that argues that we must use military force not only when national security is threatened, but when it might be...
Call your senators [NOW] at 202-730-9001 and tell them to vote NO on the...– URGENT ACTION: SENATORS HATCH AND NELSON BRINGING STUPAK AMENDMENT TO SENATE (via ryking)
This is a political act, even though that’s not what it feels like to me,” she...– ‘Family Ties’ mom: ‘I am a lesbian’ (via ryking)