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Apr
15

A Tweet Or Two

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The death penalty has truly got to go away. Thank you, Bryan Stevenson and EJI

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John Legend lip syncing Slow Motion is the greatest

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John Legend and Common lip syncing MC Hammer and Lionel Richie is amazing

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Good move, Virginia and Vermont

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Well, if you’re KKK, that pretty much says everything about your level of intelligence. What a BS excuse

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Panda love is not for the faint of heart

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This won’t end well

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Well, that says a lot about him

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So. Much. Foolishness.

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LOL. Perfect

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97 Responses to “A Tweet Or Two”


  1. April 3, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    It Takes How Much Water to Grow an Almond?!

    California, supplier of nearly half of all US fruits, veggies, and nuts, is on track to experience the driest year in the past half millennium. Farms use about 80 percent of the state’s “developed water,” or water that’s moved from its natural source to other areas via pipes and aqueducts. As the maps above show, much of California’s agriculture is concentrated in the parts of the state that the drought has hit the hardest. For example: Monterey County, which is currently enduring an “exceptional drought,” according to the US Drought Monitor, grew nearly half of America’s lettuce and broccoli in 2012. When it comes to water use, not all plants are created equal….continued”

  2. April 3, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    “I’ve been smiling all the way to the bank,” said pistachio farmer John Dean at a conference hosted this month by Paramount Farms, the mega-operation owned by Stewart Resnick, a Beverly Hills billionaire known for his sprawling agricultural holdings, controversial water dealings, and millions of dollars in campaign contributions to high-powered California politicians including Governor Jerry Brown, former governors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gray Davis, and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.

    The record drought now entering its fourth year in California has alarmed the public, left a number of rural communities without drinking water, and triggered calls for mandatory rationing. There’s no relief in sight: The winter rainy season, which was a bust again this year, officially ends on April 15. Nevertheless, some large-scale farmers are enjoying extraordinary profits despite the drought, thanks in part to infusions of what experts call dangerously under-priced water….continued

    • 10 arapaho415
      April 3, 2015 at 8:46 pm

      GE LP.

      I heard an interesting interview yesterday on the local all-news radio station, @knx1070, with a reporter from @sacbee, who said:

      . 12% of CA water use is consumed (or used for laundry, bathing, etc.) by residents
      . most golf courses will be unaffected by new water regulations, since they use reclaimed water (yay, PBO can still keep CA on his list of post-Presidency housing 🙂 )
      . recent regulation requires that all homes and businesses are outfitted with water meters, which is the standard for SoCal, has been for as long as I can remember. However, few in NoCal have meters (!) — the reporter said that one was recently installed at his house, but it hasn’t been turned on yet. NorCal is suffering more from this unending drought than SoCal — our hillsides are still green from the weekly soaking we got in January — for the first time in years. Unfortunately, we’re enduring a week-long 90+ heat wave, so they will be brown soon, and will become unwanted fodder for our inevitable wildfires.

      Bottom line — Silicon Valley and the rest of NorCal will soon have to join reality and actually consider the amount of water they’re wasting.

      • April 3, 2015 at 9:31 pm

        I saw a news piece about those meters you were mentioning…they were these new digital thingies that were supposed to report directly to the water dept. to send you a fine when you went over your limit. I know you are required a 25% reduction now but what is the baseline? People use less water in the winter so I’m not sure if how they will enforce it?

        This dude on CBS says that “renegade” meteorologists are claiming climate-change….but he does have an interesting theory

        http://www.cbsnews.com/news/california-gov-jerry-brown-water-use-limit-mandate-will-it-make-a-difference/

        • 12 arapaho415
          April 4, 2015 at 2:32 am

          I read Hyperspace by Kaku about 20 years ago (can’t believe it’s been that long ago!), and the article you linked to sounds like he’s saying that it’s controversial to say that man-made activity is causing current weather patterns because the change might just be a shift in the high pressure system off of Cali due to a natural cycle.

          Don’t know enough to have an opinion on this, but I do know that it’s been very summer-like many days this Winter/Spring. During past Winters we might use less water than in the summer, but since it feels like Summer (and it’s light until 7:30 pm, here in the south), using less water in the Winter might not be so true now. 😦

  3. April 3, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Spectacular Nerdy, you know I ran out of words ages ago, so – just: thank you!!

  4. April 3, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    BEFORE THE IPHONE, man had rocks.

    “The first true multi-tools were of course rocks. Take the chopper, a crude tool chipped from the volcanic stone nephelinite. First used in Tanzania some 1.85 million years ago, it was the stone-age equivalent of the smartphone. Grant me the imperfect comparison: For thousands of years, the chopper served most of humanity’s needs. It was used to hunt, to dig, to build and butcher. No, we don’t use our smartphones for those things exactly, but they are similarly indispensable….

    …As our needs and desires have increased in complexity, so too have the number and nature of our tools. Just think: A million years ago, humans were content with a handful of rocks and sticks. The sheer number of objects humans use today is not just impressive, it’s downright bonkers. Perhaps the best place to appreciate this is the third floor of the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York. In its exhibition, Tools: Extending Our Reach, the museum tracks how humanity’s tools have progressed from the chopper to the Apple MacBook and beyond….continued”

  5. 16 Nerdy Wonka
    April 3, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    This is so freaking cute.

  6. April 3, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Yet another fantastic collection of tweets, NW. Thank you!!!!

  7. April 3, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    I can’t wait….I’ve got tickets to the first game(Duke/MSU) tomorrow..word to the wise if anybody is going wait to buy tickets from the losing team in game 1 for the Kentucky/Wisconsin game(session 2)….all the fans are so upset and just want to get out to town you will get a hell of a deal 😎

    This is freaking hilarious 😀

  8. April 3, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    “….Giora Eiland, a retired general and former head of Israel’s national security council, said that Israel’s ability to influence the international stance toward Iran had eroded in recent years because Netanyahu’s position has not changed, while the views of the United States and other powers had evolved. “We ended up holding an extreme position which over time became less and less relevant,” Eiland told Israel Radio. “Actually, people stopped listening to us.”

    Eiland argued that Israel should now take a fallback position, adopt a more conciliatory stance toward Washington and offer to discuss the details of the final deal, in the hope of helping shape them. Nahum Barnea, a prominent columnist in the mass-circulation daily Yediot Ahronot, argued that the Israeli military option against Iran had become obsolete, and the new accord amounted to a defeat of Israeli diplomacy. “The truth should be told,” he wrote. “This was a resounding failure for Israel. As the confrontation between Netanyahu and Obama over Iran worsened, Israel’s influence over the course of the negotiations and its outcome diminished.” Barak Ravid, diplomatic correspondent for the liberal Haaretz newspaper, wrote that despite the “Pavlovian” Israeli response to the accord, “this is not a bad deal at all,” and “a closer look at the details shows that the agreement has many positive points that serve Israel’s security interest and address the concerns in Jerusalem.”….”

  9. April 3, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    There was other help as well, including a supporter-led Facebook page. George Kasimos, an advocate who founded the website StopFemaNow.com, helped to promote and attended a rally supporting Menendez on Wednesday evening. He said the senator had helped victims of Superstorm Sandy immensely.
    “Look, I’m a Jersey guy,” he said Thursday. “If you do something for me, I will do something for you. I’ve got your back.

    ********************************

    Isn’t this how he got into trouble….

  10. April 3, 2015 at 8:39 pm

  11. April 3, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Well done, Vlad ….

    #TrustBarack

    • April 4, 2015 at 1:05 am

      i can’t strike up any sympathy. Apparently, the guy’s favorability is sill pretty high. Seems like a lot of people will need to hit rock bottom before they wake up. Pride, I guess.

  12. April 3, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    • April 3, 2015 at 9:16 pm

      Tally, if that’s not a photoshop product, Scottie is in a world of big time hurt ….

      • April 4, 2015 at 8:46 am

        Yep. This is the kind of photo that sinks a candidacy. If TPTB want Scottie out, they just need to arrange for this photograph to be plastered all over tv. And it will be over for him.

        I imagine the Bush clan has plenty of friends in Big Media…

        Just imagine… IMAGINE if it was a young Barack Obama in that photo… what the media would have done with this…

    • 37 jackiegrumbacher
      April 3, 2015 at 9:42 pm

      Tally, this needs a warning. It’s revolting.

    • 38 Judith Fardig
      April 3, 2015 at 10:38 pm

      Ewww – worse than Mankini by far!!!

    • 39 0388jojothecat
      April 4, 2015 at 12:24 am

      Ewwwwwwwe

    • 40 Nena20409
      April 4, 2015 at 4:58 pm

      If this is real, where has this picture been in the last 3 elections that elevated Walker?

      It seems like a fake to me.

      If it is real and people knew this an kept it quiet for all these years, I pity Those people for Evil is better than them.

  13. 41 jacquelineoboomer
    April 3, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Best verbiage in a tweet award tonight:

    “Friend of mine in #Iran pinching #Obama’s cheek out of sheer joy #IranTalks”

  14. 42 globalcitizenlinda
    April 3, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    • 43 globalcitizenlinda
      April 3, 2015 at 9:02 pm

      • 44 globalcitizenlinda
        April 3, 2015 at 9:03 pm

        • April 3, 2015 at 9:12 pm

          When America goes to war with Iran I want to see the disgusting Senator Tom Cotton to lead the battle.

          • April 3, 2015 at 9:18 pm

            When I hear people talk about how dysfunctional Washington is, sane people know exactly why that is. It’s because of these extreme racists right wing tea party Republicans who have no ideal how to govern, all they care about is showing their disrespect and hatred for this black President.

    • 47 jackiegrumbacher
      April 3, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      Best response ever, Linda. Why any one should care what some dimwit from AZ thinks is just beyond comprehension. The guy’s an idiot–enough said.

      • 48 desertflower
        April 3, 2015 at 9:59 pm

        THAT dimwit is not from AZ…AR…we have enough of our own nitwits here without adding THAT one to the bunch:)

    • 49 jacquelineoboomer
      April 3, 2015 at 10:31 pm

      Great tweets, GC Linda!

  15. 50 jacquelineoboomer
    April 3, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Lots of people are thanking John Kerry, and I thought I’d add mine.

  16. 54 jacquelineoboomer
    April 3, 2015 at 9:49 pm

  17. 57 jackiegrumbacher
    April 3, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Nerdy, before you started posting nightly tweets, people could sometimes comfort themselves that we lived in a sane world. Your tweets make that illusion impossible. Each night you bring one jaw-dropping example after another of horrifying, tragic, cruel or just plain absurd things happening across the planet, with the only consistently sane thing being our president. It isn’t comforting, but it sure is true. Thank you for keeping it real.

  18. 61 jacquelineoboomer
    April 3, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Hey, boys and girls, could it be time for yet ANOTHER story about my great grandson?

    After some minor transgression of his, who cares what, I looked up at the stuffed Easter Bunny on a shelf, and then gave the four year old a stern look.

    Luckily, he instantly reacted. Trouble is, how he reacted was to instantly jump up and say to me, “OHMIGOD your face is SO CUTE!”

    And then there were hugs all around. The end.

  19. 69 vcprezofan2
    April 3, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    Evening, Alma-b!

    Yo, TODobots! About our next Chips-Obama Travel adventure to the W. Indies >> I have both good news and bad news.

    The bad news is that, dreams and phone calls notwithstanding, there’s no way under the sun(ny Caribbean), *I* am going to get a ticket to be in PBO’s speech. 😦

    The good news is that security is awesomely tight! When I heard some of what’s been done in this area so far, I was greatly reassured….and very pleased. My first thought listening to this was that TODland would love the way this sounds too. The WH security etc. team has been on site at the university where PBO will speak since this past week and they are the only ones with keys to the areas where he’ll be meeting with the young people. In fact, security has been completely in their hands. Age of the intended audience is 18-35 and the several deans of the UWI are unlikely to get in; *they* only got a handful of tickets – literally. Apparently the audience will be a combination from different countries in the area (each allowed a certain specific number). I was told what the focus of the speech would be and the intended PBO launch but I’ve forgotten. Hey, I was flitting between disappointment that I couldn’t physically be there and huge satisfaction that the arrangements for PBO’s visit, etc. etc were excessively tight, with entire areas close to the speaking venue under lockdown…..already.

    Conclusion = I’ll be travelling to this event with the C-OT after all! Let me know what time we are leaving, Chips, please….and BTW, I hope your new bed is comfy as well as stable. 😀

  20. 70 jacquelineoboomer
    April 3, 2015 at 10:45 pm

  21. 71 desertflower
    April 3, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    http://www.alternet.org/world/rare-courage-and-respect-drove-iran-deal

    The Rare Courage and Respect That Drove Iran Deal
    The men and women who conducted this diplomacy deserve great thanks from the entire world.

    “… the historic lessons to be learned about the power of negotiations over threats. More specifically, this is about the capacity of serious and responsible leaders to advance a diplomatic negotiation by having the courage and confidence to change positions they had long held, but that had become untenable over time. “

  22. 72 desertflower
    April 3, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Another Must Read..

    http://www.stonekettle.com/2015/04/object-lessons.html

    But religion loves to pretend persecution, even when it basks in power and privilege. Nothing proclaims piety like martyrdom. And nothing threatens religion like having to respect other beliefs, not even when your God and his prophet specifically command you to do so.

    The only reason for “religious freedom restoration” laws, the entire reason for such laws, is to give legal protection to bigots so that they may openly treat others as less than full citizens under the shield of religion.

    Religious Freedom laws do not protect liberty, they take it away.

    Truth.

  23. 74 jacquelineoboomer
    April 3, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    • 75 jacquelineoboomer
      April 3, 2015 at 11:39 pm

      Prayers were also said asking “when the death penalty will be abolished” and when every form of “torture and the violent killing of innocent people will come to an end” around the globe – and not just relating to Christians. Works for me.

  24. 76 jacquelineoboomer
    April 3, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    • April 4, 2015 at 7:47 am

      you have to wonder if such a vote would pass today…keeping in mind the attacks on women…the difficulty in passing the VAWA…The VRA…the discrimination bills…etc

  25. 78 jacquelineoboomer
    April 4, 2015 at 1:19 am

    Dr. King, always in our hearts

    We celebrate his singular life each time we
    think of his good works
    and the hope and change he brought.
    We commemorate his birth in January.
    We visit his memorial on the mall
    Year-round.
    We tell his remarkable story
    to the little children of today.
    We’d rather leave the marking of the date
    he was assassinated in Memphis
    to the history books.
    But all of it is what we were given
    and what he was given.
    And, this year, as we recall it was
    forty-seven years ago on April 4
    that his “four little children”
    lost him …
    Let us not forget about them
    as we rejoice that he belonged to the world
    for as long as he did
    as we examine the “content of his character”
    around the globe, as long as we all still do.
    In our minds, we will remember him
    and that our voices must keep
    challenging the injustices
    as we keep yearning for equality for all.
    That night,
    Robert Kennedy suggested
    we dedicate ourselves
    to what the Greeks had written
    many years before:
    “To tame the savageness of man and
    make gentle the life of this world.”
    A man named Barack Obama,
    also in our hearts,
    who later
    became our President,
    surely has dedicated himself to
    “taming the savageness of man”
    throughout the world
    and to a “more perfect union”
    here at home.
    This year, no matter our religious beliefs
    or non-beliefs,
    it seems quite fitting somehow,
    if only for the history books,
    that the date we recall sits between
    Good Friday and Passover and Easter
    while prayers from other faiths are also
    being said,
    around the clock,
    all over the globe,
    in the interests of the human race.
    Dr. King, always in our hearts.
    Hope and change, always on the horizon,
    to “make gentle the life of this world.”

    • 79 jacquelineoboomer
      April 4, 2015 at 1:22 am

      Thirty-nine years old here, and oh the miles he had traveled.

    • April 4, 2015 at 1:26 am

      Am so glad that I saw this treasure before departing, Jacqueline, and can only hope that Chips & NW will feature it, tomorrow.

      Yes, “Dr. King, always in our hearts.”

      Having lived through 4 April 1968 ….. and then 6 June 1968 ………… the horror will never leave me ….

      good night friend

      • 83 jacquelineoboomer
        April 4, 2015 at 1:34 am

        Good night, friend – and thank you … many of us here on TOD remember both dates – and the horror – as though it were yesterday.

        #Forward

        • April 4, 2015 at 1:39 am

          Good night, dear friend …. I’m totally overwhelmed with grief as if I was living those days again …. weeping uncontrollably …. we must do better … we must …..

          • 85 jacquelineoboomer
            April 4, 2015 at 1:45 am

            Bob – Let the tears wash away the feeling of being overwhelmed, and sleep knowing there are many more people AWAKE in 2015 than there were in 1968 and many other troublesome years. We must do better, we have to keep looking for the strength to keep at it, no matter who we are or where or how we live. We don’t have the answers yet, but we have – once again – been reminded that we are the ones we’ve been waiting for. Good night.

          • 86 jacquelineoboomer
            April 4, 2015 at 1:58 am

            Bob – If you’re still awake … For some reason, this particular song at the time of the first Inaugural comes into my mind often. If you have time to listen, just a reminder to watch the President’s reaction around @1:56. If he can hang in there, we can. And I’m outta here!

            • April 4, 2015 at 8:13 am

              So moving and perfect in the moment. The love and connection in this performance……There will never be another inauguration of this caliber. Never!

            • April 4, 2015 at 3:10 pm

              Thank you so much, Jacqueline for your comforting message.

              • 89 jacquelineoboomer
                April 4, 2015 at 3:17 pm

                I’ve been thinking about you, Bob! And now I plan to go do something else for a while, to keep my thoughts from only being on the past … and not the beautiful present and/or the best future we can envision! (I remember an older black gentleman I used to work with in the ’90s … every time I’d ask how he were doing, he’d say “It’s a daily struggle” – and yet with a big smile on his face – and if he could keep his spirits up, so can I, I’d think!) Later.

          • April 4, 2015 at 8:06 am

            Those of us who lived through the horrific grief and sadness of that era – so much bloodshed of great men, the attempt to quash great ideas – will never get over the sudden loss, the terror, the disbelief, the quiet despair of what happened. But you put it so perfectly: we must do better……we must.

  26. April 4, 2015 at 1:21 am

    I hope Pope Francis features the #IranDeal in his Easter message.

    good night TOD

    #TrustBarack

    Yes We Can

    • 93 jacquelineoboomer
      April 4, 2015 at 1:37 am

      Bob – I’m recalling that behind the scenes (without being touched by the politics of it), Pope Francis played a part in the Cuba situation … as both countries acknowledged, at the time … so one can only hope these world leaders are working together again.

  27. April 4, 2015 at 7:59 am

    TOD, we know the brilliance of our President Obama and this piece reflects just how deep he got into the technical details of the Iran deal. He is so deeply conscious of all aspects and ramifications, a scholar of diplomacy:

  28. 97 Nena20409
    April 4, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Fantastic post…..wow!


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