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How do the candidates stand on America’s energy future? Here’s a radio piece from NCR

Energy policy, defining how we use energy to power our economy and our lives, is among the most pressing issues for the next four years. In this special edition of BURN, stories about the power of one: how, in this election season, a single person, place, policy or idea can — with a boost from science — affect the nation’s search for greater energy independence.

Bill Moyers: Why America — Where Only The Rich Get Richer — Is Not A Democracy

Moyers has seen America become a plutocracy over six decades… and he’s not happy about it.

I needed something to laugh at this afternoon… so here it is:

From Conan’s show: Jack McBrayer (Kenneth on 30 Rock) & Triumph The Comic Insult Dog Visit Chicago’s Weiner’s Circle (a famous site of vulgar insults.)

You’ll get a kick out of this (language not safe for prudes.)

Romney’s experience…

Romney uses his Bain Capital performance as the experience he needs to run the country.

Right.

Don’t buy it… the country will NOT come first.

The Monsanto Story – a personal documentary

I’ve talked many times about Monsanto and Genetically Modified seeds and the dangers they are bringing upon farming since they have been allowed to patent seeds. Perhaps you don’t know Monsanto’s history. This short piece by Andy Radford will give you an education:

I must have missed this over the Holidays…

…but it’s worth playing it now. I need some humor this afternoon.

Zappadan Tuesday Morning… Here’s one for David Turecamo

…as mentioned in his comment. Thd Freak Out version of How Could I Be Such A Fool:

…and here is the Ruben and the Jets version:

Graphic Backgrounds – Request for submissions

Today's Background

As most of you know, I change the graphic background of this site every other day or so. I don’t like to repeat backgrounds, but I’m slowly running out of mine.

S o… I’m requesting that you send me graphics to use in backgrounds. The submissions should be .jpg images sized at around 400 x 500 pixels with a resolution of 72 pixels per inch. Larger and smaller will work as well, but my proposed size is just about perfect for the purpose.

Send your submission via e-mail here (click on the mailbox.)

Attach your sample to it so I can review it. The ones that I use will get submission credit on the front page.

Went to see “I AM” that Sustainable Shepherdstown presented at the Opera House.

The documentary by Tom Shedyak that Elly set up for Sustainable Shepherdstown to present at the Opera House had a crowded audience… very impressive.

Here’s the film’s trailer:

If you are tired of hearing Republicans tear down the Affordable Care Act…

… then this video from the Kaiser Family Foundation will give you an overview of what is actually covered, what it costs and how it keeps more people safe than not having it:

Those candidates who “debated” last night should sit down and watch this all the way through.

A salute to my dogs, Nestle and Byron…

…before I take them out for a walk. Here is their favorite animation series:

(if you are like me, a pickup was absolutely necessary this afternoon. Right boys?)

The Very Model of a Modern U.S. President…

Moe at Whatever Works started my morning off with a Gilbert and Sullivan-y laugh.

Here it is:

Thanks, Moe.

Richard D'Oyly Carte, W. S. Gibert, and Arthur...

Richard D'Oyly Carte, WS Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan

Western Spaghetti

It’s been a long time since I showed one of the great animations by PES. This is one of my favorites:

I needed this… the government is making me depressed and this lets me know that the real world is in our minds.

Is Your Water at Risk from Fracking?

Here in West Virginia we are very worried as Fracking goes on in the Marcellus Shale.

Here’s some info:


I’ve been reading some posts on Atheism at Humanitarikim…

…and it reminded me of the Atheist Hymn that I put a YouTube cut on this blog last year (Steve Martin and the Stone Canyon Rangers):

And, please, check out Humanitarikim. You’ll enjoy it.

People for the American Way presents: Meet The Freshman Class:

Won’t January bring in the ideas that will make us great?

I doubt it.

Thursday Humor… A New Ending for Superman II:

Found this over on Boing Boing:

Gee, I miss Christopher Reeve.

For Support Contributions in September, I’m giving away a great picture font!…

It’s one of my classics, Bill’s Barnhart Ornaments, being given as a gift for all who support Under The LobsterScope with a contribution of $5.00 or more.

In 2004 I started Under The LobsterScope during the election season. For six years I have presented the best liberal-oriented material I could find and my own comments on politics and the arts (and a few other subjects).

I need your support to keep this blog going… when I started I was employed and well-paid, but, as a result of the Bushified economy, I was more-or-less unemployed for four years, and now I have retired having reached early Social Security eligibility. Under The LobsterScope is my major achievement each day.

I’m asking if you will donate at least $5.00 to Under the LobsterScope. If you do, you get my picture font,Bill’s Barnhart Ornaments (usually priced at $29.00) , absolutely FREE OF CHARGE, sent to you immediately by e-mail. This font is based on the historic floral and decorative dingbats from the Turn of the Century Barnhart Brothers and Spindler Type Specimen Book. These are classic font images and not available anywhere else. I created the font over 22 years ago and it has been one of my best sellers ever since.

That’s it. $5.00 or more and I will send you this font (partial sample below) which is only available at my UTF Type Foundry site.

Even a small donation of $1 or $2 helps (although $5 helps a whole lot more…and gets you the font. Some folks who really like this blog give even more!) The amount is up to you. We accept contributions through PayPal and the credit/debit cards shown below.

Remember…All contributors of $5.00 or more receive a copy of my Picture Font, Bill’s Barnhart Ornaments (I send you the versions for both Macs and PCs, plus a handy keyboard chart). As I said, I regularly sell this font for $29.00

This offer will end on September 30th.

I appreciate those of you who have come on board every time I’ve put up a new Free Font and hope more of you will join in. Previous donors have received four of my Free Fonts…Bill’s Universal Symbols, Bill’s Cast O’Characters, Bill’s Dingbats and Bill’s Century Marks. Since several contributors have come back more than once, it is clear that this is viewed as a “good deal”.

So please click on the “Donate” button below:

Thanks,
Bill T.

For Support Contributions in September, I’m giving away a great picture font!…

It’s one of my classics,  Bill’s Barnhart Ornaments, being given as a gift for all who support  Under The LobsterScope with a contribution of $5.00 or more.

In 2004 I started Under The LobsterScope during the election season. For six years I have presented the best liberal-oriented material I could find and my own comments on politics and the arts (and a few other subjects).

I need your support to keep this blog going… when I started I was employed and well-paid, but, as a result of the Bushified economy, I was more-or-less unemployed for three years, and now I have retired to Social Security eligibility. Under The LobsterScope is my major achievement each day.

I’m asking if you will donate at least $5.00 to Under the LobsterScope. If you do, you get my picture font,Bill’s Barnhart Ornaments (usually priced at $29.00) , absolutely FREE OF CHARGE, sent to you immediately by e-mail.

That’s it. $5.00 or more and I will send you this font (partial sample below) which is only available at my UTF Type Foundry site.

Even a small donation of $1 or $2 helps (although $5 helps a whole lot more…and gets you the font. Some folks who really like this blog give even more!) The amount is up to you. We accept contributions through PayPal and the credit/debit cards shown below.

Remember…All contributors of $5.00 or more receive a copy of my Picture Font, Bill’s Barnhart Ornaments (I send you the versions for both Macs and PCs, plus a handy keyboard chart). As I said, I regularly sell this font for $29.00

This offer will end on September 30th.

I appreciate those of you who have come on board every time I’ve put up a new Free Font and hope more of you will join in. Previous donors have received four of my Free Fonts…Bill’s Universal Symbols, Bill’s Cast O’Characters, Bill’s Dingbats and Bill’s Century Marks. Since several contributors have come back more than once, it is clear that this is viewed as a “good deal”.

So please click on the “Donate” button below:

Thanks,
Bill T.

Tomorrow Night (July 28) is another Free Staged Reading from the CATF at Full Circle Theater.

I can’t tell you how frustrated I am that neither the Contemporary American Theater Festival  nor Full Circle Theater have put the information up on their web sites (the only place it is listed is in the current CATF season program), but tomorrow night at 7:00 PM there is another FREE staged reading of a new play at Full Circle’s theater at 113 S. Princess Street.

Two weeks ago there was another similarly unpublicized reading of a Steve Dietz play that was just wonderful (and played to a pretty good sized house). I believe tomorrow they are reading from a new Michael Weller play. Weller is the author of FIFTY WORDS, a great script at this year’s festival, and I would look forward to a reading of one of his pieces.

Get to the theater at least 15 minutes early if you want a good seat.

For information you can call the Contemporary American Theater Festival at 800-999-CATF (2283). Full Circle’s phone number is 304-268-7798. Tell them you read about it in Under The LobsterScope!