The Lysenkoism of our day

Obama mocks skeptics of climate change as ‘flat-Earth society’

President Obama angrily blasted climate change skeptics during his energy policy speech Tuesday at Georgetown University, saying he lacked “patience for anyone who denies that this problem is real.””We don’t have time for a meeting of the flat-Earth society,” Obama said. “Sticking your head in the sand might make you feel safer, but it’s not going to protect you from the coming storm.”Earlier in his remarks, Obama said the “overwhelming judgement of science, of chemistry, of physics, and millions of measurements” put “to rest” questions about pollution affecting the environment.

“The planet is warming. Human activity is contributing to it,” Obama said.

via Obama mocks skeptics of climate change as ‘flat-Earth society’ – The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room. HT: Matt Drudge

Obama’s crackdown views leaks as aiding enemies of U.S. | McClatchy

Obama’s crackdown views leaks as aiding enemies of U.S. | McClatchy.
By Marisa Taylor and Jonathan S. Landay | McClatchy Washington BureauWASHINGTON — Even before a former U.S. intelligence contractor exposed the secret collection of Americans’ phone records, the Obama administration was pressing a government-wide crackdown on security threats that requires federal employees to keep closer tabs on their co-workers and exhorts managers to punish those who fail to report their suspicions. President Barack Obama’s unprecedented initiative, known as the Insider Threat Program, is sweeping in its reach. It has received scant public attention even though it extends beyond the U.S. national security bureaucracies to most federal departments and agencies nationwide, including the Peace Corps, the Social Security Administration and the Education and Agriculture departments. It emphasizes leaks of classified material, but catchall definitions of “insider threat” give agencies latitude to pursue and penalize a range of other conduct.Read more here.

Those who cannot remember the (recent) past are condemned to repeat it.

Revealed: the top secret rules that allow NSA to use US data without a warrant | World news | guardian.co.uk

 

Revealed: the top secret rules that allow NSA to use US data without a warrant

Fisa court submissions show broad scope of procedures governing NSA’s surveillance of Americans’ communication

• Document one: procedures used by NSA to target non-US persons

• Document two: procedures used by NSA to minimise data collected from US persons

via Revealed: the top secret rules that allow NSA to use US data without a warrant | World news | guardian.co.uk.

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Microsoft reverses controversial game licensing policies

Microsoft sees the light! Woo hoo. I may buy one (after taping over the “always on” cameras).

Microsoft reverses controversial game licensing policies [Updated] Online check-ins, used game restrictions, and more are dead. by Kyle Orland – June 19 2013, 3:51pm -0500 Console Gaming 168 FURTHER UPDATE:”You can play, share, lend, and resell your games exactly as you do today on Xbox 360.” That is now the official word from Microsoft.Microsoft says it “imagined a new set of benefits such as easier roaming, family sharing, and new ways to try and buy games,” but that it also realized that “the ability to lend, share, and resell these games at your discretion is of incredible importance to you.”

via Microsoft reverses controversial game licensing policies [Updated] | Ars Technica.

Wednesday Marks the Return of the Tea Party

The New Fascists thought they had slayed the Tea Party dragon, and are panicking over it’s resurgence.

Wednesday Marks the Return of the Tea Party

by Mike Flynn
18 Jun 2013

On Wednesday, at two rallies bracketing the Capitol, Tea Party and conservative activists will again take center-stage on two issues dominating the national political dialogue. Reps. Steve King, Louie Gohmert and other members of the Tea Party Caucus will host a nearly day-long dialogue and discussion on immigration reform. On the other side of the Capitol, Tea Party grass roots organizations will hold a rally to “Audit the IRS,” in response to the agency’s efforts to intimidate conservative organizations.

via breitbart Wednesday Marks the Return of the Tea Party.

The lost decade: When will Democrats take back the House? « Hot Air Headlines

Is never too much to hope for?

The lost decade: When will Democrats take back the House?

But strategists in both parties say they are still reckoning with the long-term implications of Democrats’ disastrous performance in 2010. Not only did they lose the House that year, but setbacks in state capitals meant that Republicans controlled the once-a-decade process of line drawing in 213 districts — nearly five times the number of districts Democrats had oversight over. And Republicans used that power with a vengeance.

The GOP effectiveness in erecting a gerrymandered fortress has created a paradox: Even in a fast-changing electorate, with many demographic trends favoring Democrats, the part of the national government that the Founders imagined would be most responsive to shifts in public opinion and voter behavior may actually be the least responsive.

The possibility of a decade or more of GOP House dominance is something Democrats – and even some Republicans, who still need to hit up donors – are loathe to talk about publicly. But make no mistake: Even as they struggle in presidential and Senate races, Republicans have a structural advantage in the House that could last through the next four elections.

via The lost decade: When will Democrats take back the House? « Hot Air Headlines.