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  • Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Paycheck swipe:
    Cartoon by Jen Sorensen - 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.

    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?”

    The roundtable will also include Tim O’Reilly, Founder Ben Rattray, 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.
  • 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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  •  So today is the 100th anniversary (8+ / 0-)

    of the hottest temperature recorded on Earth. Today in 1913, in Death Valley, CA, the temperature reached 134°F. And thus was born a perfect nugget of misinformation for the climate deniers. "If it's really getting so hot why isn't Death Valley hotter?!" or "The highest temperature ever recorded in Ireland was in 1887!". This, of course, is cherry picking the data at hand. But with billions of oil profits on the line the fossil fuel industry makes sure it pays for shills to spew this crud as "science".

    Sorry conservatives, but Occam's Razor isn't a beard trimmer for jihadists. What it means is I don't have to accept your crazy-assed theories as an alternative to reality.

    by ontheleftcoast on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 12:02:16 PM PDT

  •  WTF! (8+ / 0-)
    At one point Sandborn said the new law "is barreling down on us like a jet landing into San Francisco. It’s (laughter) it should make people really concerned."
    HAHAHA! You get it? Cuz like, (HAHA) people dying, getting maimed in a plane crash is, like, ya know, FUNNY!

    I wrote a diary that day for dumbasses like this moron, who has no business being in politics. Sadly, we have a smattering of similarly hilarious comedian here to which it was also addressed.

    And remember: if we fail on climate change, nothing else matters. - WarrenS

    by LaughingPlanet on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 12:05:31 PM PDT

  •  North Carolina Republicans... (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Meteor Blades, ericlewis0, Mary Mike

    A Poet is at the same time a force for Solidarity and for Solitude -- Pablo Neruda / Listen to The After Show and The Justice Department on Netroots Radio

    by justiceputnam on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 12:12:14 PM PDT

  •  I owe my soul to the company card (4+ / 0-)

    "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel" ~Dr. Samuel Johnson

    by ActivistGuy on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 12:14:52 PM PDT

    •  Very apt comparison (3+ / 0-)

      Though I like the Ernie Ford version better. The only difference is the employer is using some sleight of hand to hide the fact they're gouging the employees. "But we're not charging them any fees!" and "think of the convenience!" Umm, yeah, I'm sure they're doing all of this out the kindness of their corporate hearts. Gag. Wretch. Puke.

      Sorry conservatives, but Occam's Razor isn't a beard trimmer for jihadists. What it means is I don't have to accept your crazy-assed theories as an alternative to reality.

      by ontheleftcoast on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 12:19:57 PM PDT

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  •  Poor Barbara Buono ... the sort of covert (4+ / 0-)

    sexism that running against a purported "man's man" (read: a boor) like Christie - which has gotten the Tweeties and DEMOCRATIC DONORS ( all weak-kneed like New Kids on the Block Fans.

    It's pretty disgusting ... even without a snowball's chance in hell of winning - the idea that Democratic money has flowed to Christie and away from her in any capacity is the sort of thing you could hardly imagining happening if the party affiliations were reversed.

    •  Christie poll margin won't last (1+ / 0-)
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      He'll still win, but I'm betting that enough NJ Dems are reminded that the Christie that "bear hugged" POTUS is the same one who shafted Public Employees, vetoed a new Hudson tunnel and a host of other things he'll be compelled to proudly assert between now and late October.

      I'm going to guess 55-45. Enough so that Buono is not treated as a pariah and narrow enough so that the Village wonders "What happened to Christie's support among Democrats??"

      When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 12:36:42 PM PDT

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      •  I hope you are right - just needed to get my (1+ / 0-)
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        disgust off my chest.  His actions on aborting the train project which was already paid for ... that alone should be enough to get Democratic money fired up.  

        That folks like Soros (from what I had read from Digby and others) and those aligned with Rahm etc, find it in their hearts to support Christie is sickening.  Just because he could win the President a teddy bear and say "we're stronger than the storm".  Honestly, if a sitting politician actually rooted for disaster to strike their region for the political gains, I could hardly blame them.

  •  I remember when (4+ / 0-)

    this country had a manned space program worth mentioning...

    "The next time everyone will pay for it equally, and there won't be any more Chosen Nations, or any Others. Poor bastards all." ~The Boomer Bible

    by just another vet on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 12:17:33 PM PDT

  •  Dear Lord ...... (8+ / 0-)

    The phrase "If I offended anyone I am sorry" has to be one of the most idiotic, jackass phrases available.  

    Hey, d-bag(or a-hole take your pick) ... if you HADN'T offended there would be NO need for you to apologize, now would there ....

    >bangs head on desk< .....

  •  In 15 minutes we'll find out if (2+ / 0-)
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    justiceputnam, ontheleftcoast

    George Zimmerman will testify in his own defense.  The court is in recess but when they reconvene the judge has said she will ask Zimmerman if he has decided to testify or not.  She asked earlier just after lunch break but his lawyers said they had to hear more witnesses before advising him on testifying so she gave them more time. Those witnesses have now testified so it's do or die time.

    "Anyone who thinks Obama is like Nixon is a moron. More than that, a F###ING moron". Kos, 5-24-13

    by Lying eyes on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 12:20:40 PM PDT

    •  I vote he won't. nt (1+ / 0-)
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      Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up. A. A. Milne

      by hulibow on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 12:24:06 PM PDT

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      •  I don't know (0+ / 0-)

        He's got an ego and a sense of entitlement larger than Disney World. I think he wants to get up in front of the jury and make them see his side. The only thing that will keep him off the stand is his lawyers forcing him to not be stupid and that seems like it'd be hard to do.

        Sorry conservatives, but Occam's Razor isn't a beard trimmer for jihadists. What it means is I don't have to accept your crazy-assed theories as an alternative to reality.

        by ontheleftcoast on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 12:31:00 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  You probably know by now.................. (1+ / 0-)
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          Meteor Blades

          It was a NO.  He will not testify.

          Interesting little newsbit - State has called back the gym owner who said he trained Zimmerman but testified he was just a beginner, not in good shape when the killing occured.

          State is asking if he's now advertising his involvement in the case.  He says no but during recess TV reporters find his ad using his training of Zimmerman in ad to get new customers.


          "Anyone who thinks Obama is like Nixon is a moron. More than that, a F###ING moron". Kos, 5-24-13

          by Lying eyes on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 01:30:29 PM PDT

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  •  Java Programmer in San Diego (8+ / 1-)

    Looking to hire a new programmer in San Diego.  This is a real full time position.  Requires employee to work in office (no telecommuting).  Looking to hire local, and no contractors.

    Needed experience: Java, J2EE Servlets, SQL, JavaScript

    Wanted experience: Android, jQuery, Tomcat, IBM iSeries

    Leave me a note if interested. I can email more specifics.  Nice mellow place to work, company is profitable and growing, lot's of stuff planned for this and following years.

    Republicans - they measure our national success by corporate profit margin, not the well being of the citizens.

    by egarratt on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 12:22:27 PM PDT

  •  Hahaha -waste your money jerks (0+ / 0-)

    This cracks me up - WTF Club for Growth, Idaho is not right enough?

    Republican Congressman Mike Simpson on Wednesday became the target of the anti-tax group Club for Growth, which called Simpson a “RINO,” or Republican in Name Only, and grouping him with “crazy liberals” in a blog post including Wednesday’s news release.

    Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up. A. A. Milne

    by hulibow on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 12:22:29 PM PDT

  •  Extremely Right Wing weather in Houston (1+ / 0-)
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    Meteor Blades

    It has been getting up to 100 degrees the last few weeks, although this Monday and Tuesday saw rain.
    Houston summers have been evidence lately for global wearing. I do not recall 100 weather in June in the 1950's.
    I look at the full picture, however. Winters have generally been mild, but it snowed in Houston just a few years ago. This year was a little strange. February 2013 was mild in Houston, but March and April were colder than usual. Strange.
    Back in Feb. 1950 (or 1951?) Houston had a week of freezing rain. Nothing like that recently.
    And Nicolai and Elena Ceausescu were executed on Christmas, 1989. It snowed that day in Houston.

    Censorship is rogue government.

    by scott5js on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 12:28:35 PM PDT

  •  were we actually following NJ-GOV? (0+ / 0-)

    with any hope of it being competitive?  pfft...Christie will win by 25 points without spending a dollar.

    Anyone who thinks that race was in play doesn't live within 300 miles of New Jersey.

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 12:33:39 PM PDT

    •  I am realistic - but the Democratic money flowing (1+ / 0-)
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      Christie's way is really weak.  He should be forced to answer for his very spotty record of actual governing.  But a lot of people, Democrats included apparently, have gotten starry eyed at a guy who could win the President a teddy bear.

  •  Great tweet from @JillBidenVeep: (0+ / 0-)
    I just threw up in my mouth a little bit. RT @theaclporg Hope @GovernorPerry Runs Potus 2016 #Perry2016

    I ♥ President Barack Obama.

    by ericlewis0 on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 01:12:20 PM PDT

  •  Hope I can listen (0+ / 0-)

    to the Reinvent Money in Politics Roundtable discussion tomorrow with Lessig, Markos et al. Sounds like it will be a good discussion.

    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?” - See more at:
  •  Mr. Sandborn (0+ / 0-)

    Of course you offended someone, you fecking moron, or you wouldn't be making this non-apology.  

  •  Thanks for the Mot, MB! (0+ / 0-)

    ...especially the article on China's manned space program.  I have a strong feeling we and the Chinese are going to begin working quite closely together in the near future on some very big and important projects in space.

    Pessimism of the intellect; optimism of the will. - - Antonio Gramsci

    by lehman scott on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 01:58:27 PM PDT

  •  The new Scrip (0+ / 0-)

    Scrip is all these cards are.
    My grandfather worked for a coal company in West Virginia back in the fifties and this was how they were paid, with company funny money called scrip that was  only usable at the coal company's own store.
    The only difference today  is that you don't have to go to the Company Store to spend them - you just have to pay a fee.
    What will corporations steal from workers next?

  •  Coattails? (0+ / 0-)

    The real question?  Will enough New Jersey voters vote for Christie in a presidential race so that he can win the state?  The GOP cannot compete at the national level unless they find a transformational candidate that can change the electoral dynamic they have faced since 1988 - namely that too many states, with too many electoral votes are non-starters before the election begins.

    Can Christie change the map?  I honestly believe that nobody can win the presidency unless they are at least popular enough to win their own home state.  It hasn't happened in a century, as far as I know.  Maybe it has never happened.  Christie is without a doubt the most popular Republican from a blue state in my lifetime.  

    If he can win NJ, then he can (and probably will) win PA, NH, CO, FL, Ohio and Virginia.  He might even be competitive in CA.  The far right would jump on board, just because they like a winner, too.  But, if he can't win NJ, then he'd be no better than any other Republican, and DOA in the general election.

    So, New Jersians, could Christie legitimately win NJ in a presidential race?  Let's assume for a second that Clinton does not run for the Dems???

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