No Country for Old Tea-Birchers

Maybe it’s the small font size?

50 years ago, GE physicist Nick Holonyak invented the world’s first LED. “When I went in, I didn’t realize all that we were going to do,” says Holonyak, now 83 years old but still teaching engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Here’s an interview with the man that changed lighting in a fundamental way.

The International Energy Agency says the US will become a net exporter of petroleum by 2030 and self-sufficient by 2035. The agency also predicts the US will overtake Saudi Arabia in the mid-2020s as the world’s largest oil producer.

Footloose and fancy free or just forever alone? Object CFBDSIR J214947.2-040308.9 is a free-floating planetary sized body with no star to call its own.

Even Slate seems to blame the black guy with the headline “Obamacare Tax Hikes Literally Killing Small Business Owners“. Yeah, a tax on refined sugar would make more sense than a tanning tax, but just try getting that enacted! But that Florida tanning salon owner ODed on Xanax and Seroquel, drugs to treat anxiety and symptoms of schizophrenia. Maybe a better headline would have been “Talk Radio and Right-Wing Media are Scaring the Mentally Ill to Death”?

“It would have worked if it hadn’t been for that darned meddling CIA!”. There was a brief shining moment in the 70s when Chile almost became the most computer integrated economy in the world

There is nothing like reading a scathing restaurant review, especially if the owner of the restaurant is one of the most annoying celebrity chefs in the world.

ZOMG ALERT!!! Right-wingnuts declare the election was STOLEN!!! My heart goes out to them: election integrity is the underpinning of our republic, yet after the 2000 election being decided by a 5-4 Supreme Court vote, after Ken “Asshole of the Gods” Blackwell’s Ohio machinations and the recurring Florida Fiasco (which happens every election), the rightwingers are shocked, SHOCKED to find election irregularities?

Major corporate moochers are behind a campaign to put in a territorial tax system that actually rewards businesses that offshore jobs and investments. Why would anyone want to incentivize that sort of behavior (unless you just hated America)? Corporate tax rates are already at a 40-year low of just 12.1 percent. Revenue from corporate taxes has plunged, despite a 60-year high in corporate profits.

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