30 Sep 2012

Dr. Charles Monnett Investigation Ends Strangely. It May Be Shell Oil’s Only Arctic Victory for 2012 – Updated

Late last week, Dr. Charles Monnett, one of most highly regarded scientists in Alaska, was informed by Walter D. Cruikshank, Deputy Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, that the 16-month long investigation into his scientific integrity has been concluded.  Though there was no adverse finding on Monnett’s integrity,

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30 Sep 2012

Reason to Hope: A New Deal for Religion and Science

Live your life as if there are no miracles and everything is a miracle. – Albert Einstein Crisis in Religion A spate of bestsellers—The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins; The End of Faith by Sam Harris; and God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by the late Christopher Hitchens—argues

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30 Sep 2012

Ryan doubts effectiveness of torture

In contrast to Gov. Romney, Paul Ryan may well agree with those who oppose torture — at least with some of the arguments raised. The Septebmer 2011 Romney torture memo, on page 4, claimed “there is ample evidence in the public record that enhanced interrogation techniques did indeed generate significant intelligence….”

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30 Sep 2012

Sunday Late Night: Getting Around

I’m a city boy now; if I need a car for a big Safeway run, I ZipCar. If I need to go to IKEA, I ZipTruck it. And if go to Seattle to see friends or spend the day at the Seattle Art Museum (reciprocal members’ privileges for the Portland art Museum, yay!) I take a BoltBus (fare between $1 and $25) or the train.

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30 Sep 2012

Grandpa Was a Pool Shark

My father is represented by two boxes, recently arrived from the family storage unit. My brothers tasked with clearing out my dad’s room after my parents’ deaths, I didn’t even know the boxes existed and was despairing at ever knowing more about his side of the family.

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30 Sep 2012

Spanish Banks Need 60 Billion Euros in Aid

Spain announced the results of a stress test of its banks, finding a €60 billion shortfall, in line with estimates.

It’s important to understand that there are two bailouts as it pertains to Spain. The bank bailout, meant to cover this €60 billion shortfall, has already been requested and approved. Europe has reserved around €100 billion for this purpose. The other bailout, a bailout for Spain’s sovereign debt, has not yet been requested, much to the consternation of top European officials.

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30 Sep 2012

employment & GDP revisions, August’s incomes & outlays & durable goods, July home price indexes, et al

there were major revisions this past week to a couple of numbers which we’ve reported previously, so we better review them before we look at the new reports…first, the BLS released a preliminary estimate of the annual benchmark revision to non-farm payrolls which will be applied when the January unemployment

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30 Sep 2012

Oakland City Council: “We’re gonna party like it’s 1984.”

It’s deja vu all over again.

Back in May, I wrote a diary about Alan Blueford, the African-American high school student who was murdered by Officer Miguel Masso of the Oakland Police Department. Initially, OPD said that Officer Masso and Blueford had been in a “gun battle.” That’s what Blueford’s parents were told hours after they arrived at police headquarters seeking answers. They’d been notified by Alan’s friends (as opposed to police) that their son was dead. Police informed them that their son (and the officer that he supposedly shot at) had been rushed to Highland Hospital.

Those were lies.

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