- Today's comic by Matt Bors is The one rich guy primary:
- These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook April 8:
Navy lab makes gasoline from seawater, as low as $3 per gallon, by Keith Pickering
President Carter Tells Thom Hartmann: 'I Don't Think George W. Bush Won', by Leslie Salzillo
- CDC: Most teens don't get formal sex education before they have sex.
- 11 Years Ago: Baghdad Fell, War 'Ended':
On this day in 2003, April 9, U.S. forces took central Baghdad and millions watched on TV as locals toppled a giant statue of Saddam Hussein (it was only later revealed that U.S. marines played a large role). I remember it well. I was in New Orleans for a newspaper convention as editor of E&P and sat in a ballroom awaiting the arrival of Dick Cheney.On that day 11 years ago, two percent of the coalition troops who would die in the invasion and occupation had been killed.
Cheney told us that day that critics of our conduct of the war were merely ''retired military officers embedded in T.V. studios." Media commentators suffered from premature ejaculations. Chris Matthews on MSNBC gushed, “We’re all neo-cons now.” Joe Scarborough, also on MSNBC, declared: “I’m waiting to hear the words ‘I was wrong’ from some of the world’s most elite journalists, politicians and Hollywood types.”
- At 402 ppm, CO2 hits highest point in 800,000 years:
The amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere has exceeded 402 parts per million (ppm) during the past two days of observations, which is higher than at any time in at least the past 800,000 years, according to readings from monitoring equipment on a mountaintop in Hawaii. Carbon dioxide, or CO2, is the most important long-lived greenhouse gas responsible for manmade global warming, and it is building up in the atmosphere due to the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas.
Once emitted, a single molecule of carbon dioxide can remain aloft for hundreds of years, which means that the effects of today's industrial activities will be felt for the next several centuries, if not thousands of years. Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, such as methane, warm the planet by absorbing and redirecting outgoing solar radiation that would otherwise escape back into space.
- History of NASA in 27 images.
- U.S. will soon have fewer ways to launch nukes:
The military is cutting back on the number of ways it can cause complete and utter destruction, announcing Tuesday that it will reduce the number of systems capable of launching a nuclear missile from 886 to 700, as required by the terms of the New START treaty with Russia.
The Department of Defense will disable a total of 56 missile launch tubes on 14 nuclear submarines, convert 30 B-52 nuclear bombers into conventional bombers, and take the bombs out of 50 other missile silos. The cuts are the first under the treaty, which was agreed to in 2010 and signed in 2011. According to the Air Force Times, the Department of Defense will make cuts to its intercontinental ballistic missile program at bases in Wyoming, North Dakota, and Montana.
- On today's show #TeamBlackness also discusses Equal Pay Day, how school lunches really haven't changed that much, whether Bill Maher is racist, and why blasting church music may not be the best choice for riding through wine country in a limo full of black people.
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- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin walks us through new RAND data, and the Tea Party vs "mainstream" Gop civil war. Joan McCarter ponders the ACA's broader effects, notes non-happenings in Congress, including (just maybe) the Ryan budget.
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