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Mystery of the disappearing bees: Solved! [Reuters]
But three new studies point an accusing finger at a culprit that many have suspected all along, a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids.
Sri Lanka: Kidney Ailment Linked to Farm Chemicals [TheWorld.org]

GM corn loses its edge against pests [New Scientist]
Corn rootworms are one of the most damaging agricultural pests in the US. They impair corn's ability to absorb water and nutrients from the soil, says Michael Gray of the University of Illinois in Urbana. The economic impact of the insects, in terms of crop damage and the cost of pesticides, used to be around $1 billion a year, until the biotechnology firm Monsanto introduced its rootworm-killing variety of corn in 2003.

Gray recently showed that western corn rootworms on two Illinois farms have developed resistance to Cry3Bb1, an insecticide produced by Monsanto's genetically modified YieldGard corn (PLoS One, doi.org/d5mqwn).
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Comment, July 1961 by Gore Vidal. On Ayn Rand, Vidal says:
This odd little woman is attempting to give a moral sanction to greed and self interest, and to pull it off she must at times indulge in purest Orwellian newspeak of the “freedom is slavery” sort.
Revolt of the Rich by Mike Lofgren, The American Conservative, August 27, 2012.
[T]he super-rich have achieved escape velocity from the gravitational pull of the very society they rule over. They have seceded from America.
Marxism of the Right by Robert Locke, The American Conservative, March 14, 2005.

How Pedophiles Con People by Rod Dreher, The American Conservative, July 13, 2012. Applies to the psychos controlling conservative political groups, the GOP, tea party and libertarians included.

The Authoritarians by Bob Altemeyer.
This book was written in 2006, halfway through George W. Bush’s second term as president. A great deal was wrong with America then, and I thought the research on authoritarian personalities could explain a lot of it. Since then a new administration has been elected, and although it has had to deal with a very serious economic crisis brought on by others, it is taking steps to correct some of what is wrong.

However, the forces that largely caused the problems have remained on the scene, and are more active today than ever before. As I try to show in the “Comment on the Tea Party Movement” (link to the left), the research findings in this book apply at least as strongly to America today as they did four years ago. Indeed, the events of 2009 and 2010 have confirmed conclusion after conclusion in The Authoritarians. I wrote in 2006 that the authoritarians in America were not going to go away if they lost the 2008 election, that they would be infuriated if a new president tried to carry out his mandate. That has certainly been the case.

If you check the “hit counter” on this page, you’ll see that this site has been visited nearly 300,000 times so far. The feedback I’ve gotten from those who have read The Authoritarians enables me to give you the major reason why you might want to do so too. “It ties things together for me,” people have said, “You can see how so many things all fit together.” “It explains the things about conservatives that didn’t make any sense to me,” others have commented. And the one that always brings a smile to my face, “Now at last I understand my brother-in-law” (or grandmother, uncle, woman in my car pool, Congressman, etc.).

Maybe it’ll work that way for you too.
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Venture Brothers, Season 2, Episode 1 (Powerless in the Face of Death) Intro
"Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)" by Rozalla


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Playboy Centerfolds: All of them from the first issue to February 2006.

Hard Rock Zombies

Uwe Boll: Worst Director Ever. 1, 2

Special Message About Fisting
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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
- H. L. Mencken
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I am Sancho.

What do I do? I am Sancho.

And there are many Jeffs in the world, and many Toms as well. But I... am Sancho.

Are you Sancho? No you are not. Neither is Scott Baio Sancho. Frank Gifford is not Sancho. But I...am Sancho.

- Sancho

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