atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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atomic_fungus

#1809: Welcome to the new banana republic.

The Obama administration wants to purge all republicans from civil service.
Under [Obama's] new rules, made retroactive for five years, the Office of Personnel Management will examine civil service employees who got their start as political appointees in the Bush administration and terminate those employees. The order is retroactive to 2004, that moment when a number of Republican congressional staffers and others sought to embed into the second Bush administration right after the election.
That's right: they are being fired for their political affiliation.

Remember how upset the media and the liberals were when Bush fired some US attorneys who are political appointments, who serve at the pleasure of the President? This isn't like that; these are not political appointees but salaried professional positions.

It's like the mayor of your town firing the guys driving the snowplow trucks. And they want to do this based solely on political affiliation.

This is Stalinist.

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"...[T]he Earth has continued to absorb more than half of the carbon dioxide pumped out by humans over the last 160 years." Carbon dioxide is fertilizer: plants thrive when carbon dioxide concentrations increase.

We're told that Earth's ability to absorb carbon dioxide may "collapse", but how the hell is that supposed to happen? Will all the plants in the world say, "WAIT! WHOA! LOOK AT ALL THE WEIGHT I GAINED! NO MORE CARBON DIOXIDE FOR ME!" Come on.

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"Monopsony Recapitulates Monopoly". The Curmudgeon Emeritus discusses the economic reality of "single payer" systems.

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I have to go get a valve lifter and put it in, and I don't feel like doing squat.
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