Hillary on int’l reproductive health

by kucheka on November 2, 2013



by kucheka on October 14, 2013


Moyers distills these acts of extortion

by kucheka on October 9, 2013



by kucheka on September 21, 2013

Chris Lighty, former manager of A Tribe Called Quest:

If Q-Tip was esoteric on Pluto, Phife would bring him back to the Moon so that it was in the realm of human understanding.


Voyager 1

by kucheka on September 13, 2013

From National Geographic:

It’s official: Voyager 1 has slipped from the solar system.

Launched in 1977, Voyager 1 traveled past Jupiter and Saturn and is now more than 11.66 billion miles (18.67 billion kilometers) from the sun, becoming the first spacecraft to enter interstellar space. Proof of this long-anticipated milestone for the storied spacecraft comes in a study released Thursday by the journal Science and announced at a celebratory NASA headquarters briefing.

Solar storm aftershocks at the edge of the solar system provide confirmation that the Voyager 1 spacecraft made the passage on August 25, 2012, space agency scientists said Thursday.

On that date, Voyager 1 passed beyond the fringes of the sun’s outward-flowing solar wind and into the interstellar space between the stars.


Krakauer on how Chris McCandless died

by kucheka on September 13, 2013

Very interesting…

Considering that potentially crippling levels of ODAP are found in wild-potato seeds, and given the symptoms McCandless described and attributed to the wild-potato seeds he ate, there is ample reason to believe that McCandless contracted lathyrism from eating those seeds…Had McCandless’s guidebook to edible plants warned that Hedysarum alpinum seeds contain a neurotoxin that can cause paralysis, he probably would have walked out of the wild in late August with no more difficulty than when he walked into the wild in April, and would still be alive today. If that were the case, Chris McCandless would now be forty-five years old.


President Obama Speaks on Trayvon Martin

by kucheka on July 20, 2013


The Rolling Stone cover controversy

by kucheka on July 20, 2013

Described by LG&M, it captures a broader behavioral trend:

The criticism here isn’t that a lowly music magazine is breaking from routine and lionizing Tsarnaev — it’s an aesthetic judgment that acknowledges what Rolling Stone tried and failed to do. The difference, in other words, between conservative and aesthetic critics of the image is that only the latter are capable of correctly assessing its intent and judging its effectiveness. Conservative critics legitimately believe that Rolling Stone‘s trying to disseminate images of dreamy Islamic radicalism to impressionable American youths, whereas aesthetic critics can read the words beneath the image and understand that the cover fails rhetorically…[T]his is just the most recent case of deliberate conservative misprision. They see what they want to, so when they look at the Rolling Stone cover, instead of seeing what’s printed



by kucheka on July 20, 2013

Lisa Hannigan.


Sen. Warren

by kucheka on July 17, 2013

UPDATE: CNBC took the video down because “copyright.”

Quick translate:

Warren: An in-tact Glass-Steagall would have mitigated some of the damage in 2008.

Squawk: But we’ll always have boom and bust in the banking sector.

Warren: Not true. Look at history.

Squawk: I have. Totally true. Look at a bank failure in Illinois in the 80’s.

Warren: Look at history not written by Cato and Heritage. And that bank failure in the 80’s occurred after deregulation.

Squawk: But you’ll never get it passed.

Warren: Great Americans, you lot.