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  • Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Chickennomics:
    Cartoon by Jen Sorensen - Chickenomics
  • 100 candles for Richard Nixon today. Tim Stanley has a take:
    There was a Nixon for every season: anticommunist hawk, peacemaker, liberal, conservative demagogue, race baiter, civil rights reformer. The second half of the 20th century was the Age of Nixon because no politician was better at adapting to suit its whims. Were he alive today, he’d be both a Tea Party favourite and Obama’s nominee for Secretary of State.
  • 'Django Unchained' action figures outrage black activists.
  • Acceptance of evolution by country:
  • Catmoji—Facebook for felines:
    Besides being able to share your cat’s every thought (like on Facebook), you can also share his every meal (like on Instagram), save other people’s photos (like on Pinterest), earn badges and unlock levels (like Farmville). So pretty much the two founders must have sat down and figured out the most addictive (but non-porn) aspects of the Internet , and smashed them together into one fluffy site.
  • Swedish TV news program contains 10 minutes of porn: And does the country have a proper meltdown? Calls for a national task force? Legislation to prevent this from ever happening again? No. How unAmerican of them.
  • Australia so hot that Bureau of Meteorology had to add new colors to map: Temperatures and associated map colors had been capped by the bureau at 50°C (122°F). But predictions are now being made that they will climb above that level this summer in the southern hemisphere. The hottest ever recorded in Australia was 50.7 in 1960. But it appears the record may be broken this year. So the meteorologists moved the cap to 54°C (129.2°F) and added deep purple and pink to their potential map colors:
    Australia's first six days of 2013 were all among the hottest 20 days on record in terms of average maximums, with January 7 and today likely to add to the list of peaks. That would make it four of the top 10 in a little over a week.
  • Department of Duh:
    LOL, Dick Armey says he gave an interview to Media Matters b/c he thought it was the conservative Media Research Center
    @GrahamDavidA via TweetDeck
  • Had to happen:
    When Jonathan Frieman of San Rafael, Calif., was pulled over for driving alone in the carpool lane, he argued to the officer that, actually, he did have a passenger.

    He waved his corporation papers at the officer, he told, saying that corporations are people under California law.

  • Some in Obama administration want 2,500 troops in Afghanistan after 2014:
    Groups within the Obama administration are pushing to keep no more than a few thousand troops in Afghanistan after 2014, U.S. officials said, raising the prospect that the United States will be unable to keep its promise to fully train and equip Afghan security forces.

    As the debate over the size and scope of the post-2014 coalition mission nears its end, some in the administration are pressing for a force that could be as small as 2,500, arguing that a light touch would be the most constructive way to cap the costly, unpopular war.

  • But heaven forfend that RFID chips be attached to firearms:
    A federal judge in Texas ruled Tuesday that a San Antonio high school was permitted to expel or transfer a student if she refused to wear the school’s mandated identification badges.

    Last year Northside Independent School District began issuing school IDs embedded with RFID chips, which monitor students’ movements from when they arrive at school until when they leave. One student, 15-year-old Andrea Hernandez was suspended when she refused to wear the ID badge on (albeit slightly loopy) religious grounds — her parents believed the RFID chip to be “the Mark of the Beast.”

  • More evidence that our solar system ain't unique:
    Astronomers have discovered what appears to be a large asteroid belt around the star Vega, the second brightest star in northern night skies. The scientists used data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory, in which NASA plays an important role.

    The discovery of an asteroid belt-like band of debris around Vega makes the star similar to another observed star called Fomalhaut. The data are consistent with both stars having inner, warm belts and outer, cool belts separated by a gap. This architecture is similar to the asteroid and Kuiper belts in our own solar system.

  • Is lead at the root of America's violent crime?
  • Another dual-guest day on Kagro in the Morning, as we were joined in succession by Greg Dworkin and Meteor Blades, who provided the dots for today's connecting. It's a Grand Unified Theory of everything, staring with guns, platinum coinage, Justice Scalia's constitutional jurisprudence, drug policy, Tea Party identity, Republican identity, campaign finance, political corruption, GOPAC, and ALEC. How's that for a full plate for breakfast? Well, it's a podcast, so you can save it for dinner.

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