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  • What's coming up on Sunday Kos ...
    • What's in it for me? Your Obamacare health insurance options, by Joan McCarter
    • Five States You Will Care About A Lot In November of 2014, by Steve Singiser
    • Yes she for Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, by Denise Oliver Velez
    • Time to go nuclear over Obamacare -- here's one thing the White House must do, by Ian Reifowitz
    • We Must Go To War. Just Not In Syria, by Egberto Willies
    • The global corporate power grab you hear nothing about because it's being decided in secret, by VL Baker
    • Obamacare 202: The HHS & the Affordable Care Act, by DarkSyde
  • Surprising absolutely no one with functioning brain cells:
    ... it certainly seems true that, in the words of Salon’s Alex Pareene, “Drudge has seriously stepped up his ‘scary black people’ coverage” since Obama’s election, is that something that can actually be quantified? In fact, yes: The handy Drudge Report Archives has taken a snapshot of the site’s home page every two minutes since 2001. We turned to the archives to count the frequency of race-related search terms in Drudge’s headlines before and after 2008. [...]

    The results were striking: Drudge headlines featuring a variety of terms linked to race appeared more frequently after 2008, when Barack Obama’s presidential campaign kicked into full gear.

  • For Karl Rove, vindication:
    Everybody knows that our political views can sometimes get in the way of thinking clearly. But perhaps we don't realize how bad the problem actually is. According to a new psychology paper, our political passions can even undermine our very basic reasoning skills. More specifically, the study finds that people who are otherwise very good at math may totally flunk a problem that they would otherwise probably be able to solve, simply because giving the right answer goes against their political beliefs.
  • A handy map of places John McCain has wanted to bomb.
  • Not sure why, but:
    Actor Alec Baldwin has agreed to host a weekly cable show on MSNBC that will air Friday nights beginning in October.
  • This is very cool: Sixteen minutes of isolated vocal tracks, done when the Beatles were recording "Abbey Road" (their last album):

  • Condolences ... to no one:
    Hitler bodyguard Rochus Misch, last witness to Fuehrer's final hours, has died, colleague says.
  • Always remember:
    Chocolate comes from cocoa, which is a tree. That makes it a plant. Chocolate is salad.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin's roundup buries a central neocon tenet, and once again illustrates the Gop's inability to win general elections with just its base. Armando foists Michael Tomasky's Daily Beast piece on Syria on us. He didn't mean for us to seriously dissect it, but we did anyway, and thus did Syria end up occupying the bulk of the show once again. Other subjects of interest: Armando's weekend sports show (12 noon ET on, McConnell's anti-Obama tactics boomerang, and the NRA joins the ACLU's anti-spying lawsuit.

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  •  Alec Baldwin on Friday night MSNBC? Great. (6+ / 0-)

    Anything is better than Lockup reruns.

    "Pulling together is the aim of despotism and tyranny. Free men pull in all kinds of directions.” --Lord Vetinari

    by voracious on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 12:03:32 PM PDT

  •  diary pimp: history of chemical weapons Pt 1 (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Aunt Pat, citizenx, rb608, JeffW

    A rough draft for a book manuscript I am putting together:

  •  Woo-hoo -- can't wait for Sunday! (9+ / 0-)

    We really hope this can become the type of thing we can do more often here at Daily Kos: have online "release" parties for authors and artists.

    Oh, and I fought hard for that book giveaway! I love gift-giving -- though there will be little bit of 'earning' it.

    More on Sunday...

    "If the Jew who struggles for justice for Palestine is considered anti-Semitic, & if Palestinians seeking self-determination are so accused...then no oppositional move can take place w/o risking the accusation." - Judith Butler

    by David Harris Gershon on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 12:05:39 PM PDT

  •  "Fighting ALEC in Florida: The Dream Defenders" (3+ / 0-)

    Our next diary will hit the Recent Diaries list at 5 pm EDT on Friday, tomorrow/tonight.

    The title:  Dream Defenders Stand Against Stand-Your-Ground Laws: Trayvon's Law, Part 2

    The author:  a2nite.

    Support the Dream Defenders - A Daily Kos Group

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    • Support the Dream Defenders is a community of Kossacks. We are an action group dedicated to supporting the passage of Trayvon's Law in Florida. Each of us is opposed to the Stand Your Ground law in Florida. We do not need to debate the merits of SYG laws or 2nd Amendment issues in our action diaries. If you want to argue, go start your own DK group and/or go write your own diary.

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 12:06:43 PM PDT

  •  Hopefully Michigan will be on Steve's list (3+ / 0-)

    of five states to watch for 2014.

    Governor, Senate, at least two top-tier House races...

    ''I'm looking forward to a good night's sleep on the soil of a friend.'' - George W. Bush

    by ScottyUrb on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 12:06:43 PM PDT

  •  I thought that this (5+ / 0-)
    A handy map of places John McCain has wanted to bomb.
    was going to take me to a photo of the globe, moon and nearby annoying planets  
  •  About that twerking thing (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    "Go well through life"-Me (As far as I know)
    This message will self-destruct upon arrival in the NSA archives in Utah.

    by MTmofo on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 12:10:18 PM PDT

  •  texas has a plan in case zombies attack (3+ / 0-)
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    rb608, historys mysteries, PSzymeczek

    it being, of course, important to be prepared for anything in teh lone star state.

    Zombie plan

  •  Buddhist monks are more successful (4+ / 0-)

    than animal reserves at saving endangered snow leopards.

    The team found that many Buddhist monks — not just those at the four monasteries they worked with — actively patrolled the areas to prevent the killing of snow leopards; the monks also taught the local people that killing the majestic creatures was wrong.

    In household surveys with 144 families, most people said they did not kill wildlife, with many citing Buddhism's nonviolence as their reasoning.

    All told, a greater proportion of the snow leopards were being protected in regions around monasteries than in the core nature reserve set aside for the big cats, the study found.

    My Karma just ran over your Dogma

    by FoundingFatherDAR on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 12:14:51 PM PDT

  •  Plotting what plots of land to save (1+ / 0-)
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    historys mysteries

    Nearly two thirds of the world's plant species — and the creatures and critters that depend on them for survival — can be saved by protecting patches of land, from the cloud forests of South America to islands in the Caribbean, Asia and Africa, according to a new study.

    The finding is based on analysis of data on the distribution of more than 110,000 plant species, and is an effort to determine if internationally agreed conservation targets of protecting 17 percent of the Earth's land area and 60 percent of its plants by 2020 are achievable.

    My Karma just ran over your Dogma

    by FoundingFatherDAR on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 12:17:18 PM PDT

  •  Interesting math study (2+ / 0-)
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    PSzymeczek, tb mare

    I'm probably relatively high in math numeracy, and I had no difficulty with either version of the problem; but it can't be dismissed that I was tipped off in advance.  Still, what I heard going on in my head vis a vis the two versions of the problem was that I was more willing to accept the raw data with the skin cream version; but I'm sure I would have questioned the objectivity of the gun data had I been presented with data that did not support my position.  Would I have gotten the math wrong?  I doubt it, but it's still a very interesting experiment.

    You can't spell CRAZY without R-AZ.

    by rb608 on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 12:19:24 PM PDT

    •  Well, I took at look at the paper, and I am (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:

      puzzled about at least one of their results.

      The scatterplot in Figure 5 seems to clearly show that 100% of highly-highly numerate people -- those who scored 9/9 on the numeracy test -- correctly answered the gun example, regardless of which way it was presented.

      Yet, their plot in Figure 6 indicates something very different -- like,  50% of 9-scorers get the answer wrong when it opposes their politics. The legend indicates that "Lowess smoothing used to plot relationship between numeracy and correct interpretation of the data ..." -- well, if you apply a curve-fitting/smoothing technique that turns your data on its head, you're doing something really, really wrong.

      I looked for a link to supplemental data, so I could look for the actual numbers to see whether they had made an error in Figure 5, or whether I was simply misunderstanding something, but I didn't see one.

      To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

      by UntimelyRippd on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 04:19:29 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  OK so I'm old. But I gotta say (13+ / 0-)

    the Beatles were just extraordinary.  The complexity of their harmonies, the inventiveness of their lyrics, the wildly varied subjects and styles of the material they created, the sophistication of their humor; they were simply the best.  And all in their twenties.  And when they made this recorded this music, they were at the point of breaking up.  Yet the connection between them is visceral.  Listen to this recording.  

    Thanks for posting it, Barbara.

    "It ain't right, Atticus," said Jem. "No, son, it ain't right." --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

    by SottoVoce on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 12:22:00 PM PDT

  •  We just listened to that Abbey Road vid yesterday (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    Maybe it's been going viral. We decided that their latter-day close harmonies came from them enjoying the Beach Boys. I love those vocals-only issues. This Jim Morrison one is stunning.

    "Societies strain harder and harder to sustain the decadent opulence of the ruling class, even as it destroys the foundations of productivity and wealth." — Chris Hedges

    by Crider on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 12:22:42 PM PDT

    •  I recall something about McCartney (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:

      saying that one of the Beach Boys songs was his all-time favorite or that he thought it was the best song he's ever heard or something. Can't remember which song, though I'd be willing to bet that its from the Pet Sounds album.

      "She was very young,he thought,...she did not understand that to push an inconvenient person over a cliff solves nothing." -1984

      by aggressiveprogressive on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 01:07:53 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Then how do so many conservatives (2+ / 0-)
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    aggressiveprogressive, JeffW

    manage to pass the CPA exam?

    More specifically, the study finds that people who are otherwise very good at math may totally flunk a problem that they would otherwise probably be able to solve, simply because giving the right answer goes against their political beliefs.
     I passed the CPA exam with flying colors, and I've known conservatives who did so as well.  Although that exam involves more than math, one still has to do fairly well in math to pass it.  Or at least they used to.  Maybe these days it's more focused on how to avoid regulations.

    My Karma just ran over your Dogma

    by FoundingFatherDAR on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 12:27:29 PM PDT

    •  It doesn't say conservatives are bad at math. (0+ / 0-)

      Actually, the conservatives in their sample averaged slightly higher on the math sections than the liberals.

      However, as I posted in another comment, there's something odd about the results as presented -- as far as I can tell, the effect they report is nonexistent at the highest levels of numeracy according to Figure 5, but stark in Figure 6.

      To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

      by UntimelyRippd on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 04:24:52 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  sorry, i meant to say "math evaluations" -- (0+ / 0-)

      the numeracy test they gave everyone first.

      To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

      by UntimelyRippd on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 04:33:29 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Misch was an interesting fellow. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Ed Tracey

    Kept a low-key life in Berlin after spending nine years in a Soviet gulag (enduring torture as well) following WWII. Had a modestly successful business as a painter. His whereabouts were always known, and he regularly received visitors who had questions about Hitler and the Reich.

    He certainly was no defender of the Nazi regime, and he provided historians with many eyewitness accounts to the final hours of the Third Reich.

    I think as a people we can afford to be gracious as his passing is marked.

    "Much of movement conservatism is a con and the base is the marks." -- Chris Hayes

    by raptavio on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 12:29:50 PM PDT

    •  Really? (1+ / 0-)
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      His recollections would be interesting because of his access, but he doesn't sound like such a great guy. CBS's story.

      And what seems to be typical for some Germans of that era, he claims to know nothing about the Holocaust.  My take on it was that he was either an idiot who couldn't understand what was being said around him, or he was lying.

      •  His words (0+ / 0-)

        were that he knew about some of the camps, but had no idea of the colossal scale of it. That's actually pretty consistent with what most people of the era said -- it seemed the Final Solution was not made public knowledge to many.

        And because he had a personal relationship with Hitler, he was never able to reconcile the man who by all accounts was very kind to those close to him with these unthinkable horrors.

        It seems very human to me, really. Maybe I'm terribly soft but I find it hard to not feel any sympathy for the man.

        "Much of movement conservatism is a con and the base is the marks." -- Chris Hayes

        by raptavio on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 12:58:20 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  He wasn't just a guy living in Berlin (0+ / 0-)

          I find it very difficult to believe that he didn't know more about the Holocaust then he let on.

          And other reports suggest that you can take the Nazi out of a bunker but he's still a Nazi:

          On neo-Nazis: “Ach, neo-Nazi. [There is] no such thing. What does ‘neo-Nazi’ mean? New Nazi, right? There aren’t any. That’s just a buzzword. What you have are nationally conscious people, people who say, ‘my fatherland, right or wrong.’ My fatherland, nothing more, am I right? [The] British say it, the Swiss say it, the Israelis say it -- ‘My country,’ they say. And I’ll fight for it. The Israelis are nationalistic people, they defend their region, they defend their people. They have as much right as anyone.”

          Maybe he was more nuanced in his views, but I'm not seeing anything other than someone who didn't want to accept or acknowledge his part in a very dark chapter - and who would have been fine if Germany slid back to that place.

          Don't get me wrong; your charitable view is commendable and I think we (collectively) wish/hope that we would have acted differently than so many like Herr Misch had we been in his place but I'm not always so sure.

  •  OPEN THREAD - Weapons in Case of Confrontation (0+ / 0-)

    OPEN THREAD w Poll – “Weapons in Case of Confrontation”

    The Daily Kos Firearms Law and Policy group was founded last month by LilithGardener, OregonOak, Glen the Plumber, and Joy of Fishes. Some of us have been versed in firearms law for many years while others have never owned or handled a gun. We published a Glossary of Resources to make it easier for everyone to find answers to their questions and support their opinions with primary sources of firearms law and policy research. If you find gun jargon confusing you are not alone. This Glossary of Gun Terminology from Handgun Law may help you find the right words.

    Firearms Law and Policy Digest September 6, 2013 by Joy of Fishes will publish today at 6PM MCT. To add our diaries in your stream, go to our group blog Firearms Law and Policy and click on the little heart. To join us send us a Kosmail.

    We hope that diaries covering different aspects of firearms law will help us to understand which laws are in effect where we live, and how they came to be what they are. Diaries about hunting, shooting sports, and "gun culture" may help us to bridge the urban/rural divide that seems impassable at times. See BadKitties diary Nature vs. Nurture: Are Guns in the Blood? and share your thoughts on one mother's dilemma. Most firearms laws are passed and enforced at the state level. Currently, if responsible gun owners want to take their guns with them when they travel across state lines, it can be quite challenging to remain in compliance with the law. Our goal is to study and discuss gun laws and regulations, in this post-Heller environment. in order to understand what restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms are consistent with the current Supreme Court interpretation of the Second Amendment

    "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 Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 12:31:10 PM PDT

  •  Mr Putin's reasonable request'....this Syria thing (0+ / 0-)

    is freaking out lots..

  •  I think Drudge is the real race hustler nt (1+ / 0-)
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    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 12:41:31 PM PDT

  •  abbey road voc tracks, gorgeous--also lol 8:20 (2+ / 0-)
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    phenry, TomFromNJ

    John: "Oh listen to that now...hah hah...oh lookout!..." -- I think he's commenting half-ironically on Paul as he digs into "Bathroom Window"

    I also love how the crickets are included on the vocal track for "Sun King"

    •  Beatles track-separated files (0+ / 0-)

      have been knocking around the Internet for a couple of years now. The files were originally prepared from the original master tapes for the "Beatles: Rock Band" video game that was published in 2009. They aren't all identical to the original multi-track recordings, but they're good enough in most cases to allow a talented musician to create some kickass new remixes.

      They're not exactly legal to distribute, so I'm not going to share a link, but the files are in the .mogg format and are by the Beatles, and that should be enough information to allow anyone who's interested to find them with a Google search.

  •  Chocolate as vegetable. (1+ / 0-)
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    I keep telling the nutritionists, but do they listen?...

  •  In case anyone needs a break (0+ / 0-)

    from grim subjects, here's a little dose of kindness that was really special.  

    Generous young fan saves the day

    you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows

    by Dem Beans on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 12:50:55 PM PDT

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