- Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Paycheck swipe:
- Markos joining "Reinvent Money in Politics Roundtable July 11. It's hosted by Larry Lessig, who says:
“Let’s assume we’ve got a fundamentally corrupt government, in the precise sense that the dependence upon ‘funders’ corrupts the intended dependence upon ‘the people alone,’ and that too many within that system are too deeply connected to it to push for its change. That means any effective movement for change has got to come from the outside.The roundtable will also include Tim O’Reilly, Change.org Founder Ben Rattray, Moveon.org Executive Director Anna Galland, VC Brad Burnham, Executive Producer of TED Media June Cohen, Bram Cohen, creator of BitTorrent. You can watch from 11 AM to 12:30 PM PT at the link above or here.
But how would that be done? How would a grassroots movement in the Internet Age motivate enough outsider force to create the pressure such a change would require? How would the people who exploded the internet, who brought the Internet to scale, tackle this problem?”
- Leader of "Fukushima 50" dies of cancer: Masao Yoshida, who led the "Fukushima 50," the group of men who risked their lives to contain the fallout from the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, has died of esophageal cancer at age 58. The operator of the nuclear facility at Fukushima, Tokyo Electric Power Co., said the cancer was diagnosed just a few months after the meltdown of its three reactors and, therefore, was unlikely to have been caused by radiation exposure.
- Video found of FDR in a wheelchair. Throughout his presidency, his use of a wheelchair and the extent of his paralysis was kept from Americans.
- Poll: Christie maintains 2-1 reelection lead in New Jersey: But his coat-tails are short.
- Furloughed defense workers jog on Washington in protest of sequester:
"We were having lunch and said, 'God, we just got our furlough notices, so as directors, what are we going to do to help morale?' So we started developing the idea to do a run ... It just started morphing, and people started buying in and finding a positive outlet to deal with the stress," said Christel Fonzo-Eberhart, who along with fellow employee Beth Flores came up with idea of a "race" to boost employees' spirits. [...]
As they readied for the jog, the DOD employees joked ad nauseum that they would only go at 80 percent intensity -- the same percentage of time they would now be working. Many wore T-shirts that read, "Doing our best, four days a week."
- "If I offended anyone I am sorry":
State Sen. Andy Sanborn, a potential Republican candidate for governor next year, said he is sorry for comparing Obamacare to the plane crash at the San Francisco airport that killed two people and injured dozens more.
- Alan Taylor introduces 29 photos of China's manned space program:
[That program] is now entering its second decade, with ambitious plans including a permanent space station, manned lunar missions, and a possible manned mission to Mars in 2040-2060. Two weeks ago, the Shenzhou-10 spacecraft landed safely with a crew of three in inner Mongolia. The mission was the longest yet for China—15 days in orbit, including a successful docking with the Tiangong-1 Space Laboratory, the first module in a planned space station. To date, China has successfully put eight astronauts into orbit in five missions. Chinese authorities are vague about announcing future missions, so no specific launch dates have been announced for Shenzou-11 or Tiangong-2 (2nd module of the Tiangong program space station). gathered here are images of the Shenzhou-10 mission, and several other highlights from the past decade of Chinese manned spaceflight. The photo shows the Zhang Xiaoguang, Nie Haisheng and Wang Yaping (China's first female astronaut) after they emerged from the re-entry capsule of the Shenzhou 10 spacecraft after it landed in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region two weeks ago.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin rounds up the Canadian train derailment, docs speaking out against the wave of abortion restrictions being pushed by Republicans, Adam Kokesh's arrest, and a new Q-Poll reflecting a big shift in public perceptions of Snowden & the liberty/security balance. In other news, apparently cloture votes are down in the 113th Congress. But doesn't Senate gridlock seem to be getting worse? Can both be happening at once? Absolutely. How? Listen & find out. Armando jumped in to help out with some interesting stories & talking points, and we get all philosophical about the nature of crime, graft, constitutional rights, and more.
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