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  • Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Put a panel on it:
  • NYPD secretly named entire mosques as terrorist enterprises:
    The New York Police Department has secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorism organizations, a designation that allows police to use informants to record sermons and spy on imams, often without specific evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

    Designating an entire mosque as a terrorism enterprise means that anyone who attends prayer services there is a potential subject of an investigation and fair game for surveillance.

  • In first brain-to-brain interface, researcher controls hand of other researcher via Internet.
  • ACLU hires ousted Illinois GOP chairman as marriage equality lobbyist:
    Former Illinois Republican Party Chair Pat Brady, who resigned in May after being targeted by his own party following months of controversy over his support for same-sex marriage, has been hired by the ACLU of Illinois to lobby state lawmakers to back the bill, the Chicago Tribune reports:
    Brady said his job will to be lobby "Republicans and other like-minded folks, but primarily Republicans" in the House where a Senate-passed same-sex marriage bill remains stalled. "It's narrowly focused on the 10 or 11 (Republican lawmakers) who were open to the possibility of voting 'yes' on this," he said.
  • Russian cops seize "gay" art poking fun at Putin and Medvedev:
    Russian authorities have raided a very dangerous art gallery that had a rather-gay exhibit poking fun at Russian leaders Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev, among others.

    Fun is apparently illegal in Putin’s Russia.

    The artwork included a painting of Russian president, and former KGB head, Putin in women’s underwear, while brushing the hair of prime minister Medvedev, who was wearing a sexy bra (and looked quite hot, I might add—Putin, less so).

  • California school district hires firm to monitor students' social media postings.
  • Speaking of art, Dubya's latest can be found here:
    Two new paintings by former president George W. Bush, published for the first time here on Gawker, give us a new window into the ongoing development of the tortured artist/torture advocate—and opens the possibility for a new phase in his oeuvre: cats. [...]

    But two paintings, obtained by conspiracy-obsessed hacker Guccifer, represent either side of what art historians might in the future call "the break." The first, an immature work, shows two dogs relaxing on grass; one looks coyly at the viewer while other stares out-of-frame, its face reflecting shame. Together, they might be said to represent facets of Bush's personality—tense, ready for action, eager-to-please, versus reflective, shameful, cognizant of damage done:

  • Acidifying ocean is going to start confusing fish and dissolving shells:
    The study also found that ocean acidification is likely to affect sea life in multiple ways — fish might become hyperactive or confused, causing them to be less fearful of predators, and their metabolism could also change. This happens because water acidified to expected 2050 levels starts to acidify their internal tissues, particularly the central nervous system. For mollusks, a big concern is the rate at which they can form shells — an essential ability that is likely to slow as oceans become more acidic.
  • Online services are hurting Nevada's brothels.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, a fascinating historical background for today's 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, from Chris Geidner at BuzzFeed: "The Idea For A March On Washington Began in December 1940." A great lesson in FDR's "make me do it" style, as well as a reminder that, yes, things can take time. We explore that theme with listener comments, in the context of other reform fights, including the considerably more insidery game of filibuster reform. Paul Buchheit's "Eight Ways Privatization Has Failed America." And TNR reports "Finally, a Dictator Does Something Lanny Davis Cannot Tolerate." That thing, of course, is failing to pay him.

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  •  New Quinnipiac NYC Mayoral poll (15+ / 0-)

    DeBlasio 36%
    Quinn 21%
    Thompson 20%
    Weiner 8%
    Liu 6%

    Runoff matchups:
    DeBlasio leads Quinn 59-30
    DeBlasio leads Thompson 52-36
    Thompson leads Quinn 57-33

    link (pdf)

  •  in 1988 not much fun in Chicago either (3+ / 0-)
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    Fun is apparently illegal in Putin’s Russia.

    The artwork included a painting of Russian president, and former KGB head, Putin in women’s underwear, while brushing the hair of prime minister Medvedev, who was wearing a sexy bra (and looked quite hot, I might add—Putin, less so).

    Mirth & Girth is a posthumous portrait painting by School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) student David K. Nelson, Jr., depicting the recently deceased, popular African-American mayor of Chicago, Harold Washington wearing only a bra, G-string, garter belt and stockings. After a brief showing at a May 11, 1988 private student exhibition in the Art Institute, angry African-American aldermen, including Ald. Allan Streeter, Ald. Bobby Rush and Ald. Dorothy Tillman, arrived with Chicago Police Department officers and confiscated the painting, triggering a First Amendment and race relations crisis and a civil law suit.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 12:42:53 PM PDT

  •  This comes as a surprize (4+ / 0-)
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    "If Wall Street paid a tax on every “game” they run, we would get enough revenue to run the government on." ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 12:43:56 PM PDT

  •  wow (6+ / 0-)

    human-to-human brain interface.

    How very exciting.

    Mind meld is next? :)

  •  great article - Tea Party/IRS (6+ / 0-)
    8/28/13....The days after the 2012 election were dark ones for the tea party. Most of their candidates lost....polling showed the tea party brand to be deeply tarnished....some groups in California wanted to drop
     “tea party” from their names.

    ...Then, like a ray of sunlight piercing through the clouds, came the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scandal and the perception (that later turned out to be largely false) that the tax agency politically targeted tea party groups. “From that moment, the tea party has roared back to life,” Martin told the Journal. Soon, her staff doubled, donations tripled, and she now has to subsist on three hours of sleep most nights just to keep up with work and media requests for interviews.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

    "Tax cuts for the 1% create jobs." -- Republicans, HAHAHA - in China

    by MartyM on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 12:49:24 PM PDT

  •  Organized Opposition To Larry Summers Forms (7+ / 0-)

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

    Organized Opposition To Larry Summers Forms, Ramping Up For Confirmation Battle

    WASHINGTON -- A broad coalition of opponents to Larry Summers are working behind the scenes to make the former Obama economic adviser's nomination and confirmation to the Federal Reserve chairmanship as difficult as possible, according to several people involved in the operation.

    The opposition so far has been muted, as members of the coalition, who are largely sympathetic to the president, hoped that reports of Summers' impending nomination were merely a trial balloon that could be popped without a public battle. But as the White House appears increasingly likely to forge ahead in nominating Summers to the post, his critics are preparing to increase the intensity and volume of their opposition.

    The coalition has a variety of reasons for opposing Summers, related both to ideology and to his time as head of Harvard, where he started a conflict with leading African-American professors, oversaw an investment strategy that cost the endowment more than a billion dollars, and was ultimately forced out of his job for suggesting women may be innately inferior to men when it comes to the sciences. And as Treasury secretary in the late 1990s, Summers also led the push to deregulate Wall Street. His opponents worry that his brusque manner will spark a management crisis at the Fed, which could have dramatic consequences for the markets and the broader economy.

    Among the critics are economists, women's groups, good government organizations, high-level donors and online advocates, such as MoveOn.org, CREDO, The Other 98% and Democracy For America, according to participants. The online women's group UltraViolet, the Campaign for America's Future and DailyKos are taking a leading role; the National Organization for Women, Mike Lux's American Family Voices and Color of Change are also said to be among those involved.

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 12:49:32 PM PDT

  •  So the Bush plan is to have the world (8+ / 0-)

    remember him for being an awful artist rather than being a horrible preisdent?

    His father is trying to do a similar deal but with socks.

  •  Online services hurting Nevada brothels? (6+ / 0-)

    With a sufficient grant, I volunteer to go on a fact-finding mission.

    Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by Gentle Giant on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 12:50:26 PM PDT

  •  W's epistemological break (4+ / 0-)
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    But two paintings, obtained by conspiracy-obsessed hacker Guccifer, represent either side of what art historians might in the future call "the break." The first, an immature work, shows two dogs relaxing on grass; one looks coyly at the viewer while other stares out-of-frame, its face reflecting shame. Together, they might be said to represent facets of Bush's personality—tense, ready for action, eager-to-please, versus reflective, shameful, cognizant of damage done:

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 12:51:53 PM PDT

  •  Reading the comics, I'm glad DKOS is such (1+ / 0-)
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    a small part of the Democratic party.

    If not, I think we'd be heading for another Nader 2000 moment, and another 8 years of "oops."

  •  Why we should stay out of Syria... (3+ / 0-)
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    Listen to The After Show & The Justice Department on Netroots Radio. Join us on The Porch Tue & Fri at Black Kos, all are welcome!

    by justiceputnam on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 12:54:19 PM PDT

    •  Wait for the UN Inspectors... (0+ / 0-)

      ...to finish their mission, present findings and make the case to the Security Council.

      This is NOT a judgement that should be rendered only by POTUS, Cameron and Hollande. If the Arab League back peddles and doesn't stand by the presumed findings of the Inspectors, so be it.

      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 Aug 28, 2013 at 02:38:38 PM PDT

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  •  Thanks for the information..... (4+ / 0-)




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    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 12:58:34 PM PDT

  •  A diary this morning about a fascinating (3+ / 0-)
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    (and somewhat disheartening) map:

    A Picture Worth 308 Million Words

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 12:59:42 PM PDT

  •  Apparently RW'ers believe MLK... (4+ / 0-)
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    Listen to The After Show & The Justice Department on Netroots Radio. Join us on The Porch Tue & Fri at Black Kos, all are welcome!

    by justiceputnam on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 01:04:55 PM PDT

  •  knee jerk responses (0+ / 0-)

    Sadly, most countries have knee jerk reactions to world events.  If the US wants to do something overseas--the brits are on our side, russia is against us--cuba sides with russia.  Methinks alliances destroy IQ--eliminate true analysis--and possibly cause more wars than they prevent.
    As for the Syria mess--we can't do much without Arab League partners.  It's as if Germany sent in tanks to help Israel fight in 1948.  If they did anything on their own, most Jews would have had nervous breakdowns.

    Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite. John Kenneth Galbraith .

    by melvynny on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 01:06:58 PM PDT

  •  Pa. worst in nation in medicaid under Corbett. In (1+ / 0-)
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    today's Phila. Inquirer it details how Pa. medicaid enrollment drop is by far the worst in the country. A nauseating map shows Pa. surrounded by states improving #s of coverage. A reporter should ask Corbett:

    Leviticus: “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself"

    by TofG on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 01:19:24 PM PDT

  •  Don't be dissin retrievers! (0+ / 0-)

    You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

    by Cartoon Peril on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 01:30:05 PM PDT

  •  That social media monitoring by school district... (0+ / 0-)

    link surprised me because I was all set to be outraged, but saw the claim that they prevented a teen suicide last year and monitor for bullying.

    Still against it because it's rife for abuse but I went from outraged to concerned.

    No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.

    by Magster on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 02:28:41 PM PDT

  •  Ahmir ?uestlove Thompson - diary up now (0+ / 0-)

    where we feature Ahmir ?uestlove Thompson, drummer and co-founder of The Roots.

    Join us for a little introduction/celebration of this awesome musician, writer, man, human being. You'll be glad you did.

    Dream Defenders: Ahmir Questlove Thompson talks about hip-hop, his life, and racial profiling


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    "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

    by LilithGardener on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 02:55:33 PM PDT

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