It would be tempting to understand such pieces as this as coming from a specific political point of view, but even venerable reporters such as Lesley Stahl have repeatedly demonstrated an ability to ignore a useful context for facts they present as “the story.” As a mere citizen who tries to follow current events at a basic level, I easily knew how messed-up this story was as it was presented. The private sector would love to have the bottom line success rate of the energy businesses in which the government invested. The Right loves to jump up and down screaming “Solyndra!” as if the standard for government should be that anything less than perfection equals failure when it seeks to accomplish anything. Find a CEO who wouldn’t be thrilled with an investment success rate of 97%.
60 Minutes is apparently unaware that the DOE Loan Guarantee Program has a whopping 97 percent success rate, while the companies CBS focuses on such as Solyndra and Abound Solar were just 3 percent of the portfolio.
It’s as if 60 Minutes did a profile of the venture firm Kleiner-Perkins and focused primarily on its failed investments with only passing mention of AOL — and no mention at all of Amazon.com, Genentech, Sun Microsystems or Google! In fact, when 60 Minutes profiled co-founder Tom Perkins several years ago, they called him “the captain of capitalism” and only found time to mention the winners!
ALEX WITT 01/04/14 Fallujah taken over by Al Qaeda militants
Alex Witt talks to The New York Times’ John Burns about Al Qaeda militants seizing Fallujah and the city’s critical history in the Iraq War.
Longtime Baghdad bureau chief and correspondent for the New York Times John Burns, respected by everyone this side of the wacko contingent, tells us in this report: “…I’m afraid now that we are spectators on the edge of a volcano which we cannot quell.” Burns thinks Iraqi violence will probably morph into a full-scale civil war.
If President Obama had gone to Benghazi and killed our diplomats himself, it would not compare to one tenth of one percent of the uncountable lives lost needlessly resulting from the U.S. and others being misled into war in Iraq. Was it half a million Iraqi civilians? One million? The march of death continues to this day. George W. Bush had no clue what a Shiite or a Sunni was when he sent our obedient troops into Iraq. The deficit hawks would have done well to prevent such violent boondoggle which will surely have a price tag on it of more than three trillion dollars, once all the injured soldiers live out the remaining decades of their natural lives. They seem happy enough to cut tiny budget items that devastate the poor instead. So blinded by their hatred of President Obama, raising a voice to note George W. Bush’s ongoing cavalcade of needless death and destruction would never occur to a single one of them, and none would ever whimper a modest mea culpa for their complicity.
New Year, same strategy, different approach. Republicans continue their battle against the Affordable Care Act.
Will any other news outlets please do some basic reporting to put the recent Oregon study on emergency care in context? Use of emergency care will decrease after long pent-up demand has been served and people used to emergency rooms are steered toward their primary care physicians. Chris Hayes here is the only news outlet doing any original reporting on this study beyond parroting it, and letting the all-happy-with-herself author of the study tell her side of things unchecked.
Diss was reprimanded by the district in Sept. 2012 after he refused to allow employees of teenage pregnancy prevention initiative to speak to students because the employees were from Planned Parenthood.
Diss has been a longtime critic against the organization, and he often helped bring dozens of pro-life protestors to school board meetings.
At the November hearing, multiple administrators testified that Diss was often rude to students and had a pattern of behavior that was damaging to his relationships with students and co-workers.
Well of course he imagines himself to be a victim. People who strongly oppose abortion would have greater success in their cause if they promoted birth control rather than act like the Taliban. Stunning.
You’ve been transporting oil in an illegal pipeline for two years which is subject to a $10,000 per day fine? Well we don’t want to discourage other oil companies from coming to North Dakota and doing the same thing, so let’s just forget about that whole “fine” thing.
RACHEL MADDOW 01/02/14
Energy industry runs roughshod over North Dakota
Rachel Maddow reports on recent oil disasters in North Dakota and how accountability is sacrificed for fear of discouraging energy industry investment.
To those who may be frightened that the world they once knew will never be the same one they grew up in, do not be afraid. We are all brothers and sisters, and treating each other as equals in every way diminishes no one. If we worked together as a team instead of fighting, the world would be a better place for everyone, and we would have more things to enjoy. Love is a great multiplier. Hate tears at the very fabric of the world.
Four years ago this January 15th, 155 lives were saved by the actions of a long-experienced airline captain and crew when huge disaster was avoided by a brilliant hard landing on the Hudson River. This is a video playlist to help us remember this unique, moving story.