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Who voted to default?

So crisis has been averted for now; the government will reopen tomorrow and we won’t default on our debt. But it’s worth calling to account those who brought us to the brink. Ted Cruz and John Boehner are going to get plenty of attention, but there were also 162 other elected representatives who actually voted against today’s bills — who voted to default.

If you’re in their districts, let them know what you think of that, and kick them to the curb next cycle, eh?

SENATE:

NAYs

Not Voting

HOUSE:

NAYs:

Not voting:


A childhood mystery solved

When I was 11 years old or so, I picked up a copy of California’s food regulations — volume 3 of 47 or whatever — and read for a while. The most interesting thing to me was a requirement that any beverage containing “Pepper” in its trade name must contain caffeine (and in fact Caffeine-Free Dr. Pepper was not sold in CA las time I checked). Anyway, thanks to Google News and a 1983 article in the Palm Beach Post, I now know why: the law was introduced to discourage bottlers from using more dangerous stimulants like cocaine. (The article references a federal regulation which also applied to “cola”, but I assume that must be gone, as non-Dr.-Pepper caffeine-free products have definitely been in circulation for years.)


Thirty three million

From back on July 3rd. This is an eye-opening factoid:

julianahuxtable:

According to BBC World News, the number of Egyptians protesting yesterday (33,000,000) is the largest number of gathered protesters in the history of mankind.

thecaptainsandthekings:

Can we all think about that for a minute? 

Over 33,000,000 people

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are standing in the streets 

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as they have been for days 

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and their act of valor is unprecedented in the history of mankind

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and yet 

no one is talking about it 

(via infodriveway)



How Not to Stop a Revolution

This post by Sylvia at Classical Bookworm has one especially insightful moment:

The bottom line is that the Mubarak regime has only two weapons in its arsenal: lies and physical force. Both of those weapons can only be used when no one is watching.


Flooding or no, this is one sharply dressed kid.
Photo from MSNBC Photoblog, by Jose Miguel Gomez for Reuters. “A child, holding a bread, walks on crates on a flooded street in the Bosa neighbourhood in Bogota November 18, 2010.”

Flooding or no, this is one sharply dressed kid.

Photo from MSNBC Photoblog, by Jose Miguel Gomez for Reuters. “A child, holding a bread, walks on crates on a flooded street in the Bosa neighbourhood in Bogota November 18, 2010.”


Today is going to call for hot cocoa.  (Taken with instagram)

Today is going to call for hot cocoa. (Taken with instagram)


Aside from the grin, River appears to be summoning the forces of evil. (Taken with instagram at Redwood Garden)

Aside from the grin, River appears to be summoning the forces of evil. (Taken with instagram at Redwood Garden)


The rare snow-crested Jaden in its natural habitat. (Taken with instagram at Redwood Garden)

The rare snow-crested Jaden in its natural habitat. (Taken with instagram at Redwood Garden)


I remember

It’s unfortunate that “don’t vote Republican” is a stronger message than “vote Democrat,” but you take what you can get.