Pick of Pics: Scene of a Fog Inversion’s Last Day

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(picture credit: Russell Totten; click image for larger version)
Perhaps it is Richard Holbrooke’s passing that has drawn me to this image — but wanted to share this beautiful picture sent by a TWN reader in Lake Tahoe.
– Steve Clemons

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8 comments on “Pick of Pics: Scene of a Fog Inversion’s Last Day

  1. questions says:

    OMG!!! What a jobs program this one has been!!!!
    “The big set of sand barriers erected by Louisiana’s governor to protect the coastline at the height of the Gulf oil spill is being criticized by a presidential commission as a colossal, $200 million waste of money so far. ”
    http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/12/16/us/AP-US-Gulf-Oil-Spill-Berms.html?_r=1&hp
    Now, wasn’t Jindal the guy who laughed off volcano monitoring as a waste of money, effort, and/or intellectual energy?
    Do these people have no shame?
    They piled sand up — not a bad jobs program — and the sand didn’t do a damned thing to help.
    So why oppose make work programs that might actually do something useful?
    If we could pile up all the cognitive dissonance on the right, we’d have a ladder to the moon.

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  2. questions says:

    Via nakedcapitalism….
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1338871/No-sexiness-city-Female-staff-ordered-wear-flesh-coloured-underwear-UBS.html#ixzz18GSB4nUB
    A dress code at UBS that is as absurd as any.
    Why do we think there are such gulfs and differences around the world? Why do we locate the worst of ourselves elsewhere in bizarre projection/displacement moves?
    And this from C and L:
    http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/racist-c-span-callers-say-they-dont-suppor
    Another displacement/projection — Michael Steele is apparently the racist, not the callers who are quoted in the transcript.
    It’s absolutely fascinating how others are always guilty of our crimes, and we never are.

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  3. questions says:

    Ok, we have a problem here….
    First this,
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M8vei3L0L8
    A trip down Memory Lane. NWA sings, expresses, describes and tha police get pissed and crack down and Tipper Gore starts the PMRC bullshit. And away we go trying to plug holes in the dike when in fact the water is pouring over the top of the wall.
    Then we have this:
    “The firm grip on mosques is the latest element in a long effort to curb the strength of Hamas that has included widespread arrests and bans on Hamas media and gatherings. On Tuesday, when 70,000 people gathered in Gaza to mark the 23rd anniversary of the founding of Hamas, there were no rallies in the West Bank to mark the occasion. ”
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/15/AR2010121506440.html?hpid=moreheadlines
    And it’s the same basic structure, though probably a little nastier in results.
    You don’t get religious reformation, political participation, co-option of the opposition, broad support, hearts and minds, economic advancement, rainbows and ponies… by cracking skulls in.
    Fiery rhetoric, like “fuck tha police” (a great song, by the way) either attracts or fails to attract. It attracts when people need the spirit, and it fails when people already feel enough spirit.
    It generally fades as people get sick of the shtick — Beck’s ratings are sliding, Fox is being outed a memo at a time…. And the sacrilegious nature of holding Senate votes between Christmas and New Years (ya know, that SACRED and HOLY week when most people are back at work, but senators worship on Dec 28 like crazee) — anyway, this tack failed, epically.
    The Senate needs a reformation, and we don’t get there by busting heads.
    The WB needs a reformation, and we don’t get there by busting heads.
    Tha police aren’t helping a damned thing by busting heads.
    Someone who knows more about enlightenment moves, the Reformation (and I guess the Counter Reformation?) should weigh in on how national moods, entire religious bodies, public rhetoric… shift.
    I get the feeling that head cracking is a lesser strategy. But it does seem to be the political choice of many leaders.

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  4. questions says:

    And START:
    “The Senate on Wednesday voted to open debate on the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, with lawmakers slated to begin debate on the measure Thursday morning.
    The 66-to-32 vote was well above the simple-majority threshold necessary to proceed and was an auspicious first step for the U.S.-Russia nuclear treaty, which would require 67 votes for ratification.
    Joining Democrats in voting for the measure were Republican Sens. Bob Bennett (Utah), Scott Brown (Mass.), Susan Collins (Maine), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Richard Lugar (Ind.), John McCain (Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Olympia Snowe (Maine) and George Voinovich (Ohio) as well as independent Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman (Conn.) and Bernie Sanders (Vt.).
    Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) missed the vote but Reuters, citing an aide, reported that he would provide the 67th needed for ratification.”
    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2010/12/senate-votes-to-proceed-with-d.html
    ***
    Perhaps the beginnings of a vaguely functioning Senate moderation?? Bayh will be gone soon, but it might be nice for some Republicans to rethink a lot of things, esp. since Obama has shown some willingness to rethink some things.
    Of course, moderation is issue-specific, but if it can happen once in a while….
    And if they can churn through a bunch of stuff before the holidays, that, too, would be good.

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  5. questions says:

    And reading around some more — the CRA debunked yet again, rortybomb:
    http://rortybomb.wordpress.com/2009/06/26/cra-again/
    It’s always good to debunk this as many times as possible, as it still comes up….
    And this, on Republican economics….
    http://rortybomb.wordpress.com/2010/12/15/initial-thoughts-on-the-gops-fcic-dissent-financial-crisis-primer/

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  6. questions says:

    Citizens United decision with some perspective:
    http://www.themonkeycage.org/2010/12/bleg_what_difference_did_citiz.html
    “Some commentators feared that the Citizens United decision would lead to a flood of advertising by independent groups. This did not appear to happen. In U.S. Senate races, the fraction of advertisements between September 1 and October 20, 2010, that were sponsored by independent groups, as opposed to candidates or political parties, was no greater in 2010 than in 2008 (see here ).”
    Worth reading the whole post.
    Many things aren’t what they seem, though they might become that in the future….
    http://plainblogaboutpolitics.blogspot.com/2010/12/very-wonky-post-about-senate-rules.html
    And this one — above — is Jonathan Bernstein and Greg Koger on Senate rules. Interesting stuff.
    (and since the post I was replying to in the 6:37 Dec 14 post is gone, is it possible to have the 6:37 post removed, as now it just looks bizarre?! I’m really not THAT odd!)

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  7. questions says:

    time for a new shtick?

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  8. questions says:

    Very moody, and beautifully uncertain. One isn’t sure if clarity is coming or fading. The left-to-right reading is all downhill, but the look-to-the-bright-spot has a perhaps to it. And do we want to enter the forest of pines, or are we relieved to be leaving it?
    The composition is striking.
    Thanks!

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