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  • Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is The 'Don't Show Me' State:
    Cartoon by Jen Sorensen - The 'Don't Show Me' state
  • Hooters sign in San Diego
    San Diego mayor locked out of office and out of Hooters. The mayor, Democrat Bob Filner, who has been publicly accused of sexual harassment by 14 women and threatened by a recall, got a big surprise Friday:
    In order to try and sate his critics, Filner promised to do a two-week stint of "intensive therapy," which he completed on Friday. When Filner got back to his office, however, he discovered that his chief of staff had changed the locks. [...]

    Michael Pallamary, who is heading up the recall group, told CNN, "San Diegans want a mayor that doesn't grope and demean women, who doesn't abuse his office to satisfy a perverted quest for a sense of power, and who has the ability to lead our great city—an ability Filner can never, ever reclaim."

    To add insult to the lock-out injury, signs at two local Hooters restaurants say his disrespect for women makes him unwelcome in those establishments.
  • Hey! Check out the Ku Klux Klan bridal veil.
  • Cyber Spies in London Recycle Bins Told to Move On:
    News emerged last week that a London firm had been installing wifi snooping equipment in London recycle bins, spying on the mobile phones of passers-by. But the City of London authorities have moved quickly with a cease and desist instruction.

    Quartz, which first reported the news, explains: "Renew, the startup behind the scheme, installed 100 recycling bins with digital screens around London before the 2012 Olympics. Advertisers can buy space on the internet-connected bins, and the city gets 5% of the airtime to display public information."

    More recently, it adds, Renew London "outfitted a dozen of the bins with gadgets that track smartphones." The purpose was to recognize and allow tracking on passing phones. "That allows Renew to identify if the person walking by is the same one from yesterday, even her specific route down the street and how fast she is walking," reported Quartz. Renew could then sell targeted advertising on its recycle bins.

  • Veteran newspaperman Jack W. Germond dead at 85:
    "Jack was a truly dedicated reporter and had an old-fashioned relationship with politicians. He liked them but that did not prevent him from being critical when they did bad things and behaved badly. That was a trademark of Jack's," said Jules Witcover, his longtime writing partner.
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has a book deal:
    The senator, who will have a collaborator for the book, told the AP that she had "started thinking about stories" she wanted to tell and about "life lessons" that she wanted to share. Her contract with Ballantine will be subject to review by the Senate Ethics Committee, and financial terms weren't disclosed.
  • Journalist Austin Tice has been missing in Syria for a year
  • Replacing carbon fuels on college campuses:
    [W]hile the enthusiasm is there, environmentally-conscious students face major hurdles in greening their school’s energy supply. Some universities have done little to get off fossil fuels and invest in cleaner sources of energy. Other schools are having trouble finding cost-efficient technology to convert to. Others are inching toward clean energy. But in any school, students are usually the driving force behind the push.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, great round-ups from both Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter today, including: the NYC mayoral race, early 2016 polling issues, Obamacare implementation delays, Gop gov't shutdown strategizing, abortion protesters want clinics shut down because they attract crazy abortion protesters with guns, Rs target their own with food stamps cuts, and fresh outrage in the Detroit bankruptcy. And the outfit that tried to "unskew" 2012 polling, has published a piece trying to unskew coverage of that gun-safety-instructor-who-accidentally-shot-a-student story. Caution: your brain might try to escape and possibly kill itself while reading this article.

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