Serious Satire of the Day: Watch This Argument For Naming Storms After Political Figures That Don't Recognize Climate Change

- -'s video "Climate Name Change proposes in a satirical-yet-serious way that we change the way we name storms. The video's suggestion of naming storms after political policy makers that deny climate change is tied to their actual petition here.

Hurricane Paul Ryan does have a nice ring to it. What do you think?

The Internet American Moratorium Act

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In following Californian congresswoman Zoe Lofgren's crowdsourced path to legislation, U.S. Representative Darrell Issa is asking for Reddit's help to draft a bill known as The Internet American Moratorium Act (IAMA), which would create a two-year halt on any new rules or regulations governing the Internet (see highlighted portion). For more info, check out the congressman's AMA (Ask Me Anything) discussion on Reddit, which will begin tomorrow on Wednesday, November 28, at 1030 a.m. (EST).

Farewell of the Day

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In case anyone still cares about U.S. politics, Texas' longtime legislator and three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul gave his farewell speech to Congress yesterday, as he prepares for retirement at the end of this year. Having spent 23 years of his life on the floor of the House of Representatives, the congressman had quite a bit of things to say and questions to raise (and rightfully so!) during his 48-minute long speech, the highlights of which have been summarized into a list article by The Atlantic. Some of the memorable questions included:

  • Why is the TSA permitted to abuse the rights of any American traveling by air?
  • Why haven't we given up on the drug war since it's an obvious failure and violates the people's rights?
  • Why does changing the party in power never change policy?
  • Why do so many in the government and the federal officials believe that creating money out of thin air creates wealth?
  • Why should anyone be surprised that Congress has no credibility, since there's such a disconnect between what politicians say and what they do?

Farewell of the Day is a feature series that serves as the sad news bearer of notable departures, disappearances and deaths.

Congressional Quarrel of the Day

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A few days ago, the GOP-led House passed a military budget with a hefty $642 billion price tag -- $8 billion more than what President Obama and the Pentagon had agreed on with Congress. With the defense budget skyrocketing, cuts are coming from other programs, most notably government-subsidized food stamps.

Chat Allen, a mother of three who works only part-time, offered this insight:

They have so much money that maybe they can tighten their belts and not live as luxuriously as they live. They've earned it, but there are people who are hungry and who dig in the trash every day just to get something to eat.

This certainly isn't polishing the GOP's image. The budget has been met with less-than-enthusiastic responses in the Democrat-led Senate, which likely will try to reallocate those funds back to public works.


Legal Action Against Cops Bill of the Day

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Connecticut recently passed a bill that would allow people to sue police officers who arrest them for recording in public. This is the first act of legislation in the US of this nature to pass the senate. SB 245 was introduced by state Senator Eric Coleman and now goes to Connecticut's House for approval.