79% of Super-Pac money in 2011 came from 196 people.
Grist collects climate-change-denying quotes from all the likely Republican VP candidates. My favorite is by Virginia Governor Bob McDonald:
Too often in the debate it’s missed that the Earth has been warmer in the past
That’s like: “I don’t have to worry about falling off the Empire State Building. I’ve been at street level before and it was fine.”
Say, Europe, how’s that austerity thing working out?
Well, at least they didn’t try something like Obama’s stimulus. Imagine what a disaster that would have been.
An NUI Galway economics professor sums up the current proposal that Ireland double down on its austerity policy:
Take a country at the bottom of a depression. Force it to run budget cuts and tax increases year after year after year. Force this same policy on its neighbours and trading partners. Run this into the foreseeable future and hope it results in stability, confidence and recovery. This is emphatically not the safe option. This is a dangerous experiment, completely without historical precedent.
Why the Right really hates Obama: They don’t want to be this cynical about America, and it annoys them that Left doesn’t have to be.
So you know how much money the Koch brothers spent to influence the 2010 elections? About $50 million more than anybody thought. It was funneled through a string of front groups with names like the American Future Fund and Americans for Job Security.
Another great article from Cracked: 6 Ridiculous Lies You Believe About the Founding of America.
Two respected political scientists have written a book about their research, which shows that political polarization and gridlock is overwhelming the fault of the Republicans. Their article in the Washington Post went viral. How much discussion did that garner on the Sunday major-network talk shows? None.
Easter Island heads have underground bodies. Who knew?
A new way to describe privilege to people who can’t hear the word privilege: In the Game of Life, white straight male is the lowest-difficulty setting.