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I hope everyone enjoyed their fun and food food food yesterday!

Since Black Friday is traditionally a slow news day, I thought I’d post a few stories that might have been missed this week. These are some of my favorite items that didn’t get the royal treatment by our mainstream media.

The items themselves might be less important than the alternative view of the week that a reader might get if these stories were more prominent. We had a pretty good week—despite what our major outlets seem to want us to think.

Planetarians, here’s a thread where you can post your favorite underreported stories the rest of us might have missed!


Republicans look to old wire fraud case to fight new climate change bill
Senior Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are looking to a closed federal wire fraud conviction in California to bolster their argument against climate legislation.

Local food, Washington, Nov. 18, 2009
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that more than $5 million will be awarded to 16 organizations to increase access to healthy, affordable local foods.

United We Serve
Washington, Nov. 24, 2009
The Corporation for National and Community Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the White House joined together to launch the United We Serve: Feed A Neighbor initiative today to help combat hunger this winter. The new initiative raises awareness of hunger issues and equips American with the resources to mobilize against the hunger crisis.

Statement from Under Secretary Blank on New Home Sales in October 2009
The Commerce Department’s U.S. Bureau of the Census today released new home sales figures for October 2009. Sales of new single-family houses rose 6.2 percent in October, compared with private-sector expectations of 0.5 percent. Sales have risen 30.7 percent above their low in January of this year, and the supply of unsold homes relative to sales has fallen 46.0 percent below its peak in January.

Recovery Act funding will upgrade the electrical grid, save energy and create jobs
At an event in Columbus, Ohio this afternoon, Secretary Chu announced that the Department of Energy is awarding $620 million for projects around the country to demonstrate advanced Smart Grid technologies and integrated systems that will help build a smarter, more efficient, more resilient electrical grid.

Secretary Chu Announces $45 Million to Support Next Generation of Wind Turbine Designs
U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the selection of Clemson University to receive up to $45 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for a wind energy test facility that will enhance the performance, durability, and reliability of utility-scale wind turbines. This investment will support jobs and strengthen American leadership in wind energy technology by supporting the testing of next-generation wind turbine designs.

HHS Launches New Blog: Health IT Buzz
Dr. David Blumenthal, HHS’ National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, today announced the launch of Health IT Buzz, a new blog that will allow readers to learn more about health information technology (health IT) and provide a space for consumers, providers, policymakers, and technology experts to share their ideas and concerns regarding health IT. The blog is available at http://healthit.hhs.gov/blog/onc .

President Obama Establishes Interagency Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force
Attorney General Eric Holder, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan, and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairwoman Mary Schapiro today announced that President Barack Obama has established by Executive Order an interagency Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force to strengthen efforts to combat financial crime. The Department of Justice will lead the task force and the Department of Treasury, HUD and the SEC will serve on the steering committee.

Liberal coalition buys ads, praises Lincoln for vote on healthcare bill
Health Care for America Now has launched new television ads praising the two Democratic senators from Arkansas and giving quiet support to Ben Nelson, the centrist Democrat from Nebraska.

President Barack Obama signed an executive order Nov. 9 aimed at hiring more veterans to work in the federal government
A governmentwide Council on Veterans’ Employment will be chaired by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

Kiddie Lit: Setting a Partisan Tone
When President Obama announced plans to give a speech to the nation’s schoolchildren in September, it set off a frenzy among conservative commentators who deemed it, in the words of Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer, an attempt to “indoctrinate America’s children to his socialist agenda.”

For Bills in Congress, How Long is Long?
Long bills are written by both Democrats and Republicans. The second longest bill to appear in Congress over the past ten years was authored by Republican Rep. Don Young [R, AK-1]. It’s a mere 68 words shorter than the House health care bill. Of the 10 longest bills in the past ten years, five were written by Democrats and five were written by Republicans.

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bito
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Nellie, Thought best to use your news post. Have you seen this story about Amy Goodman of Democracy Now? This does not bode well for Can/Am relations. I’m hoping it was just an isolated incident by some overzealous border guard.

http://tpzoo.wordpress.com/2009/11/27/amy-goodman-gets-grilled-by-canadian-border-officials/
Any thoughts?

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Questinia
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I’d be interested in finding out what sorts of jobs will be offered vets in the gov.

They should open up more VA hospitals. I’d work in one part time if there was one closer to where I live.

(and if they didn’t do random drug testing….. kidding!)

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Questinia
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I’ll bet sales of new homes have gone up because they’ve gone down in price. People are beginning to buy up homes with the idea of flipping as soon as the market improves.

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escribacat
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I would if I had some spare $$$.

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Mogamboguru
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Kalima says:
11/27/2009 at 4:57 PM

That

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Kalima
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We will see Mo. I’m not holding my breath.

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KQµårk 死神
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Nellie great list of news stories. You could actually name the column “News You Will Not See on Huffy” because it’s too positive and does not fit the doom and gloom memes.

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bito
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javaz, don’t spend all you monies on X-mas. All the Planetarians need to save up for this opportunity:
http://thinkprogress.org/2009/11/27/bachmann-palin-tea-party/
Shelly and S’arah both for the low, low price of $549!!!
–or you coluld just stay home and slam your head against a block wall. LOL

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escribacat
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I’d rather clean the toilets!

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javaz
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Money?
Spend all our money?

YIKES

We don’t have no stinking money this year!!!

🙂

Escribat(?) wrote something awhile back on our Planet POV about money saving tips, and I am hoping he writes an article about how we all can do Christmas on the cheap.

Here’s what we’re doing.
We’re giving candles, because who doesn’t love candles, and we’re not exactly cheaping out on candles, but we are buying candles for folks that are maybe 10 dollars at the most, and Yankee Candles, which are the best and there are coupons so that we can buy them that cheap.

Then we’re giving 25 dollar gift certificates for movies or stores, depending what the person prefers.

Gold darnit, I bet we do have neighbors that are very good friends and they are the people that left out Glenn Beck books on their coffee table for us to see when we dog sat their animals.
They are not even readers!

Crap, I refuse to buy Sister Sarah for them, but then again, they probably already bought it!

🙂

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BigDogMom
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BigDogMom

Can you believe that, those two women on the same podium…what has this world come to!

I think I’ll slam my head up against a block wall thank you!

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bito
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BDM, Iran across this post on the filibuster and “Senate Rule 22”. Thought you may like to read it and it’s links.
http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/archives/2009/11/the-procedural-downward-spiral.php

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bito
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nellie, Which story in you list has been seen/read 1/4 the time as much as Quitter Palin and her bloody book tour?
This story on the Iraq inquiry in the U.K. barley seeing the light in the new is disturbing to me:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/8382194.stm
After spending $3+ trillion dollars on a highly questionable war, I guess this is just old news. “Let’s not bring up the past, let’s not worry about the cost of the Bush War. Let’s worry about the cost of Obama’s big State Dinner……

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Kalima
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I left 2 links on MB your early morning, one from the Beeb and one from The Guardian.

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bito
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Thanks Kalima, Copied them and I will read them.

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Kalima
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Mokay then. I’ll try to post the latest over there during the weekdays.

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bito
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Kalima, that will be great. I will read them.

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Kalima
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Your wish is my command.

I only get the Guardian email on weekdays but will check the site, don’t want to miss any of it.

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Kalima
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😆 to you too.

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bito
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Your wish is my command.

😆

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Mogamboguru
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Boulder, Colorado:

Reports of a melting and disappearing arctic icecap have been premature, according to the latest sattelite-photorgaphs published by the National Snow And Ice Data Center NSIDC http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/ in Boulder Colorado:

here http://nsidc.org/data/seaice_index/images/daily_images/N_daily_extent_hires.png

and here http://nsidc.org/data/seaice_index/images/daily_images/N_timeseries.png

as well as by the ROOS-project:

http://arctic-roos.org/observations/satellite-data/sea-ice/Arctic-ice-concentration-maps-from-SSMI-and-AMSRE

Take note, that the extend of ice on the arctic Ocean in the meantime has returned to it’s band of natural variation, with a still constantly growing coverage of the Artic Ocean.

If this development continues only for another four weeks, all earlier ice-losses observed until the lowest level of arctic ice-covering in September 2007 will have been completely recovered.

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javaz
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http://www.livescience.com/environment/060324_glacier_melt.html

Glacier National Park in Montana is going through extreme change and it’s not from global cooling!
Anyone who wishes to see the glaciers at the park should go soon before they are gone.
We’re heading up there this summer to see what’s left of them.

Also –

http://arcticfocus.com/2009/04/28/alaskan-town-forced-to-relocate-due-to-global-warming/

“Increasing Arctic temperatures, as we all know, are leading to record levels of melting ice. As the Arctic ice shelf continues to melt, water levels in the area are rising. The Ninglick River has overflowed into Newtok, causing concern. The rising river levels combined with the sinking of ground level has flooded the town, making boardwalks linking the buildings necessary for travelling around the village.”

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bito
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Hello javaz, I see that or beloved Sen. Kyl is flapping his lips before engaging his small brain again. http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/2009/11/24/kyl%e2%80%99s-start-hypocrisy/

On the story of the permafrost melting. I try to read “the mudflats.net” now and then. They have posted stories on this subject. These are real posts from people that live there in Alaska.They are not so much concerned about the politics of the subject, they are worried about their lives/land…..

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escribacat
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Mo, this is a quote from the first paragraph in your first link:

Arctic sea ice reflects sunlight, keeping the polar regions cool and moderating global climate. According to scientific measurements, Arctic sea ice has declined dramatically over at least the past thirty years, with the most extreme decline seen in the summer melt season.

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Mogamboguru
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This is an old paragraph.

Meteorologists and Geophysicists avoid discussing the current development like the plague, in the faint hope, that it will go away, once they ignore it long enough.

But it won’t. And instead of struggling, we should be HAPPY about it – as THIS was, what we all hoped for!

“Who cures, is right!” – says an old german adage about physicists. This goes about Climatologists, too: If the Arctic is saved, I don’t mind one bit, which way it was saved.

(And no, it was NOT CO2 to cause “Global Warming” – as there is no warming anymore on the globe.)

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javaz
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I would like to believe that our planet is not warming, but that’s not the case, imho.

And saying that the paragraph is old without supplying a link doesn’t mean much, no offense.

From reading your past posts on PPOV, am I wrong in thinking that you do not believe in Global Warming, but you believe in Global Cooling?

I’d very much like to understand your reasons for believing the world is cooling.

I’m not a very good debater, and I do dislike confrontation, but I am simply interested in your reasons for thinking the planet is cooling down instead of warming.

Oh, and Hi Mo!

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Mogamboguru
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Hi, Javaz.

I am preparing an own blogpost dealing with Global Warming / Cooling. It may take a few more days, because I have errands to run this weekend. But stay tuned for the post. You will like it! 🙂

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escribacat
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I love that last one about the long bills. I recall in both the house and senate health care debates, where so many republicans made such a big show of carrying around the big stack of paper representing the bill. Doesn’t it seem like every accusation they level against democrats is something they are guilty of themselves?

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choicelady
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When printed in normal form, the health bill is under 300 pages. Since most of us never read bills, no one really understands that they are quadruple spaced for “mark up” by members of committees. There are very few lines per page, and each line is vastly shorter than an ordinary book would have. So it’s pretty impressive to slog around 2000 pages of paper, but it’s really not much reading at all. And why would we want to overhaul 1/6 of our economy with less detail anyway? BTW – I DO read bills. I hope you all feel appropriately sorry for me. They are often as boring as you think.

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