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  • Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Postal service of the future:
    Cartoon by Jen Sorensen - Postal service of the future
  • Do you want extra bullets with the pepperoni and mushrooms?:
    A Virginia Beach pizza shop owner is showing his support for firearm rights by giving gun owners a 15 percent discount.

    The discount is given to anyone who brings a gun or concealed handgun permit to All Around Pizzas and Deli.

    He says about 80 percent of customers come in armed.
  • Thinktank salaries are looking more like lobbyists': Washington Post embarassment Jennifer Rubin lamented that, by making former Sen. Jim DeMint its new president, the Heritage Foundation “becomes a political instrument in service of extremism, not a well-respected think tank and source of scholarship.” And the Post's Chris Cillizza called the move a step down:
    Both reactions, though, leave out a crucial component: money. DeMint, who reported virtually no assets on congressional disclosure forms, stood to get a significant raise by moving to Heritage. Outgoing Heritage president Ed Fuelner received nearly $1.2 million in 2011, according to the group’s tax filing. [...]

    Once upon a time, the only way for a pol to cash in like that was to leave elected office in order to become a lobbyist—a nice living, but one that carries with it a stigma that would likely kill any future ambitions for high office. By contrast, a gig at Heritage, the main voice of the conservative movement, could be a good launching pad for a potential 2016 presidential bid.

  • GOP legislator in Minnesota ready to introduce marriage equality bill: The issue could become the most divisive one in the state legislature this year.
  • Gawker gets another letter from death row: The site has been seeking correspondence with people scheduled for execution this year. One has already been killed. The latest letter comes from Britt Ripkowski, Inmate 999325, who killed his girlfriend and her two-year-old daughter 15 years ago. He was supposed to be executed today, but a Texas court put a stay on his execution, saying he is incompetent because he suffers from bipolar disorder. But, proving the idiocy of the state's approach to capital punishment, he will remain on death just in case his condition changes. His letter is indecipherable.
  • The Only Man In History With The Right To Say 'I Told You So' To The Entire Planet:
    "If we use our fuel to get our power, we are living on our capital and exhausting it rapidly. This method is barbarous and wantonly wasteful, and will have to be stopped in the interest of coming generations. The heat of the sun's rays represents an immense amount of energy vastly in excess of waterpower ... The sun's energy controlled to create lakes and rivers for motive purposes and transformation of arid deserts into fertile land..."
    That's Nikola Tesla in September 1915.
  • In test, radiologists miss the gorilla in CT scans:
    A recent study found that a vast majority of radiologists failed to notice a very large gorilla that researchers added to a medical scan.

    Trafton Drew, Melissa L. H. Vo and Jeremy M. Wolfe had 24 radiologists look at CT scans of lungs, scanning them lung nodules, which could be cancerous. Each CT scan had an average of 10 nodules and the radiologists were asked to click on them. The last of the five CT scans had something unexpected turn up on the lung: A gorilla. You can see him [in the image], waving his arms at the top of the right lung.

    Twenty of the radiologists didn't see him even though they looked right at him. But they did better than the 24 people without training who looked at the scans. None of them saw him.
  • Saudis unlikely to pursue nuclear bomb if Iran gets one: A report by the center-left Center for New American Security takes a different view that other analysts:
    Going against the conventional narrative, the researchers determine that the risk of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East following an Iranian nuclear test, while “greater than zero,” is unlikely.
  • Can WE finally have one? China plans to impose a carbon tax.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin joined us to talk about the Derp of the Day: the Hagel "Friends of Hamas" rumor. We also revisited the issue of the Florida gag law preventing pediatricians from asking questions about gun safety at home. Interesting how gun rights advocates find new privacy rights into the 2nd Amendment, even as courts chip away at them elsewhere. Once again, 2nd Amendment interpretation is somehow magically moving in the exact opposite direction of the jurisprudence on everything else. Also: new #GunFAIL; an interesting Wall Street Journal column calling on "gun guys" to make gun safety cool; some states are claiming Dodd-Frank is unconstitutional, and; Teh Crazy of Teh Ted Cruz.

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