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  • Today's comic by Matt Bors is Things People Like More Than Congress:
    Cartoon by Matt Bors - Things People Like More Than Congress
  • Cheney "roast" brimful of jokes about torture. Plus some racism:
    Conservatives gathered at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan Monday night to roast the former vice president at an event where many of the biggest laugh lines touched on the most controversial policies of a key architect of his administration’s war on terror. At the gathering, hosted by Commentary, figures including former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and former Attorney General Michael Mukasey drew a mix of chuckles and winces with jokes that left few lines uncrossed, according to three guests.

    Senator Joe Lieberman “said something to the effect that it’s nice that we’re all here at the Plaza instead of in cages after some war crimes trial,” recalled one person who was there.

    Cheney himself told a water-boarding joke, giving credit for it to Jay Leno. It centered on Wyoming's one-shot antelope in which the loser had to dance with an Indian "squaw."
  • Credit Suisse "pyramid" shows 8.4% of the world's adult population controls $201 trillion in wealth, 83% of the global total.
  • Colorado farmer harvests first commercial hemp crop in U.S. in more than half a century:
    Ryan Loflin's 55-acre crop in southeastern Colorado's Baca County won't yield large amounts of hemp-seed oil and other by-products but is "quite significant symbolically," said Tom Murphy, national outreach coordinator for advocacy group Vote Hemp.

    The sale of hemp products in the U.S. reached an estimated $500 million last year, according to the Hemp Industries Association. Yet all of the hemp used for the products was imported because federal law prohibits its cultivation in the U.S. under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. The last known commercial crop was harvested in Wisconsin in 1957.

  • 'Extinct' Sumatran rhino videotaped bathing in Indonesian puddle:
    Scientists have captured video of a Sumatran rhino, once thought to have been wiped out, in the Kalimantan forest in Indonesia. In footage captured by the WWF, the animal can be seen bathing in a puddle and scurrying among trees.
  • Government shutdown reaches the South Pole:
    The National Science Foundation announced Tuesday that it is putting its three Antarctic scientific stations in deep freeze just as scientists are starting to arrive for the start of a new research season. [...]

    "This is absurd, just absurd," said Alan Leshner, chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the nation's largest science organization. "It's a very big logistical enterprise and this could jeopardize the entire research season for hundreds of important projects."

  • Amy Kremer, Chair of the Tea Party Express went on MSNBC's Chris Jansing to drop some nonsense about the government shutdown and the Affordable Care Act. On the latest #TWiBRadio, we discuss the government shutdown and it lowers our logic shields to a minimum. I might have had a mini-stroke. Does anyone smell pennies? Weigh in on the comments and check out more at This Week in Blackness!
  • Greenpeace chief offers himself to Russia as bail collateral for 30 of the group's members arrested for piracy in Arctic drilling protest.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show: The "default might be awesome" infection is spreading. Greg Dworkin joins us in rolling our eyes at the craziness, but he brings AP-GfK and Gallup data, so he's allowed. Random intermission: local gun shops are closing for lack of ammo inventory. Joan McCarter previews coverage of: default "truthers"; going "nuclear" over a debt ceiling filibuster; Paul Ryan pivots to entitlement & tax code reforms; discharge petition rules; the House & Senate gyms; Janet Yellen to the Fed, and; the NSA meltdown. Then, Josh Eidelson's Salon story on the new "company towns" that keep workers trapped in indentured servitude. Yay, modernity!

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