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Quickie- Political Insiders See President Obama Winning


The article is all over the place but I'll take the sentiment thank you. Via Taegan.

A New York Magazine poll of political insiders, asked to predict the winner of the presidential election, finds President Obama overwhelmingly favored over Mitt Romney, 82% to 18%.


VIDEO- ABC News: Enhanced Video Shows Injury To Zimmerman's Head


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Via NPR. The ABC report is here.

If the wounds were from a struggle with Trayvon Martin, it still doesn't justify his stalking Trayvon, who was unarmed and apparently "stood his ground," nor do they explain away George Zimmerman's claims that the screams were his, when experts say otherwise.


UPDATED: Expert interviewed! VIDEO- Experts: Screams for help on 911 call not George Zimmerman's, Trayvon Martin's killer


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Alex Witt  just interviewed one of the experts. I'll try to find that video, too. ADDED: Here it is:

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He sounds pretty darn confident.

Paddy posted about this earlier here.


It's not Zimmerman crying for help on 911 recording, 2 experts say


As with all "expert witnesses" it all depends who's got the money to buy the best ones, but I like that it's the newspaper independently doing this. Oh, and I'm betting the wingnuts will have tons o' fun with "scientific certainty" since we all know how they revere science. h/t Meteor Blades.

As the Trayvon Martin controversy splinters into a debate about self-defense, a central question remains: Who was heard crying for help on a 911 call in the moments before the teen was shot?

A leading expert in the field of forensic voice identification sought to answer that question by analyzing the recordings for the Orlando Sentinel.

His result: It was not George Zimmerman who called for help.

Tom Owen, forensic consultant for Owen Forensic Services LLC and chair emeritus for the American Board of Recorded Evidence, used voice identification software to rule out Zimmerman. Another expert contacted by the Sentinel, utilizing different techniques, came to the same conclusion.


Owen, a court-qualified expert witness and former chief engineer for the New York Public Library's Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, is an authority on biometric voice analysis — a computerized process comparing attributes of voices to determine whether they match.

After the Sentinel contacted Owen, he used software called Easy Voice Biometrics to compare Zimmerman's voice to the 911 call screams.

"I took all of the screams and put those together, and cut out everything else," Owen says.

The software compared that audio to Zimmerman's voice. It returned a 48 percent match. Owen said to reach a positive match with audio of this quality, he'd expect higher than 90 percent.

"As a result of that, you can say with reasonable scientific certainty that it's not Zimmerman," Owen says, stressing that he cannot confirm the voice as Trayvon's, because he didn't have a sample of the teen's voice to compare.


VIDEO- Conservative Republican: Oil "is not safe to live with"


Via our pal Matt Osborne:


Oil Dispersant Watch: Expert, schmexpert


August 2005:

The program to control disease-carrying mosquitoes also includes the state's first aerial spraying of pesticides over an urban area in more than 20 years.

Many residents have resigned themselves to the nightly intrusion, but others have denounced the pesticide program as raining toxins on their homes with little warning and few safety assurances.

"I'm hoping researchers have studied the exposure, the health risks," said Jaime Lemus, 27, a father of three. "If it's West Nile versus an unknown, long-term disease, I guess I'll leave it up to the experts." [...]

Some said aerial spraying isn't proven to be effective and worry that the long-term risks of the pesticide haven't been fully studied.

Doesn't sound too reassuring, now does it? And it also sounds familiar... eerily familiar.

University of California, Davis environmental toxicologist Ron Tjeerdema said pesticides have changed dramatically since the days of DDT, a once-common pesticide that also poisoned wildlife and polluted waterways.

The pyrethrins used in the Sacramento area are derived from chrysanthemums and are common in bug and flea sprays. They degrade quickly in sunlight, are undetectable within weeks of use and are effective on insects at doses generally too low to harm humans, Tjeerdema said.

June 2010:

A federal panel of about 50 experts is recommending the continued use of chemical dispersants to break up the oil gushing in the Gulf of Mexico, despite its harm to plankton, larvae and fish.

Panel member Ron Tjeerdema [...]  said Friday they decided the animals harmed by the chemicals underwater had a better chance of rebounding quickly than birds and mammals on the shoreline.

Well then, so long as the "experts" say it's safe enough....

Then again, I guess it depends on which expert you rely upon.

H/t: AltaKocker


CIA historian: “The debate’s over, Torture stained the honor of the United States.”


By GottaLaff

Former BushCo employee Marc Thiessen has been publicly ripping President Obama's national security/terrorism policies, and builds a verbal shrine to those of the Bush crime family.

Watch the video of Thiessen get a royal smackdown by Lawrence O'Donnell here. Then watch it again, because it's that good.

Now read about another evisceration of Thiessen, this time by a Pulitzer Prize-winning CIA historian:

It was not the most successful intelligence program in the history of the CIA by a long shot,” he emails. Weiner added that by the long view of the CIA’s history, there is no more debate.

The debate’s over,” he said. “Torture stained the honor of the United States.”

Weiner also strongly contested the notion that Obama’s approach represents a dialing back to a pre-9/11 mentality. “The Obama administration has some pretty robust programs going on, killing suspects all over Afghanistan and Pakistan with armed drones,” he said.

Weiner also contested another Thiessen chesnut: That the Obama administration is killing too many terrorists, rather than subjecting more of them to enhanced interrogation. Weiner dismissed Thiessen’s case as tantamount to arguing that targeting terrorists abroad “more closely resembles treason than counterterrorism.

Treason indeed.

Of course, Dickless McHeartStent needs to sell his future book, so he'll join Thiessen's irrational, drool-stained love affair with torture, and continue to sputter and stammer about his man crush on waterboarders and how he and his band of thugs saved America. ... after they allowed 9/11 to happen.

Gradually, we will eradicate the toxic Bush stain.