• Today's comic by Matt Bors is Mike Huckabee's nightmare:
    Cartoon by Matt Bors - Mike Huckabee's nightmare
  • Green Party county clerk "switches" to GOP in Arkansas
    Craighead County has another Republican elected official, after County Clerk Kade Holliday switched from the Green Party to the GOP Monday afternoon.  

    "I've been really a member of the Republican Party all along. The Green Party was just a mechanism to get on the ballot at the time. Originally, that was the only way we could get on the ballot," Holliday said.

    In the November 2012 election, Holliday defeated incumbent Democrat Nancy Nelms. He said he is still the same person since the election.

    The Green Party is off the ballot in Arkansas because it failed to poll the necessary 3 percent for president last year.
  • France kills three-strikes copyright Internet disconnections:
    After years of controversy, millions spent, and nothing to show for it, the French government has backtracked on HADOPI, the "three strikes" law that made it possible for entertainment companies to demand the termination of Internet accounts implicated in illegal downloading accusations. People whose routers are said to have been used for piracy may still face fines -- even if they can prove they didn't personally download anything illegally -- but no one will lose their Internet connection over piracy accusations in France: "the panel concluded that the three strikes mechanism had failed to benefit authorized services as promised."
  • Climate change affects people of color disproportionately and not just in the Third World:
    A new study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives digs deep under the sidewalks and streets that are soaking up all this new heat in our cities — and finds that not all neighborhoods and racial groups are faring equally. According to the research, blacks, Asians, and Latinos are all significantly more likely to live in high-risk heat-island conditions than white people.

    At first glance, this seems to make some sense: Due to a long history of racist policies and lending practices, people of color are more likely than whites to live in poor neighborhoods. Neighborhood infrastructure in poor areas is mostly made of concrete and asphalt (with some soil here and there, often tinged with heavy metals). Those “impervious surfaces” conduct heat like crazy, and turn these areas into “heat islands” surrounded by their richer, greener neighbors. [...]

    But this study found something entirely new: The heat-island effect and lack of neighborhood trees is more closely correlated with race than it is with class.

  • Poynter: The need for more transparency and context regarding Op-Ed contributors.
  • NASA rejection of women letterNASA 1962 rejection letter: This nasty little missive went out to Miss Kelly the same day John Glenn orbited the Earth. (You can click it for a larger version.) Sixteen months after the letter was written, Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space, piloting the Vostok 6 around the earth 48 times. She spent almost three days in space, logging more flight time than the combined times of all American astronauts up to the date.

    Hillary Clinton received a similar sorry-little-lady letter from NASA.

    In a speech held in Washington, DC, on March 20, 2012, to praise the legacy of female aviator Amelia Earhart, Clinton revealed she wanted to be an astronaut as a girl, but NASA told her she couldn’t because she was a woman. “When I was about 13, I wrote to NASA and asked what I needed to do to try to be an astronaut,” she explained.

    “And of course, there weren’t any women astronauts, and NASA wrote me back and said there would not be any women astronauts. And I was just crestfallen.” She added: “NASA may have said I couldn’t go into space, but nobody was there to tell Amelia Earhart she couldn’t do what she chose to do.”

    Some critics then, and when Clinton first mentioned her reply from NASA in 2009, questioned the authenticity of her claim and NASA was unable then to come up with any copy of that letter or any such letter telling a girl or women that she could forget about any trips into space.
  • Today's Kagro in the Morning show was a bit unusual, and less obviously political in its focus, though we start out by discussing the spectacle of Eliot Spitzer and the strange dynamics of scandal. Greg Dworkin added news from Oregon's scrapping of its proposed logo (logo? what?) for legalized cannabis, the Canadian train derailment, and the conservative push to smother the immigration bill. For a change of pace, I continued with the discussion of the wacky uptown vs. downtown Manhattan article, and the weird web of connections I found when I did just a little bit of looking behind the names named in the write-up. Amazing how the other half—or rather, 1% of the 1%—lives.

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