- Today's comic by Tom Tomorrow is Year in crazy, part one:
- What you missed on Sunday Kos ...
- "Yes, it is bread we fight for, but we fight for roses, too," by Laura Clawson
- Unemployment benefits and the fight for the liberal empowerment agenda, by Dante Atkins
- Changing the culture of video gaming—gals, gays and people of color, by Denise Oliver Velez
- Tusks, Horns, & Blood, by DarkSyde
- Let's quit pretending men aren't responsible for their weddings, too, by Laura Clawson
- Republican assault on the American fabric a successful strategy so far, by Egberto Willies
- Food Fight: Put death down your throat you get dropped the same way, by VL Baker
- A Democratic contract with America: How to retake the House and combat economic inequality, by Ian Reifowitz
- Civil rights leaders irked over Obama's picks for federal judgeships in Georgia:
President Barack Obama has upset Rep. John Lewis and other civil rights leaders by ignoring their input in picking four nominees to fill vacancies on the federal bench in Georgia.
On Monday, Lewis and fellow Presidential Medal of Freedom winners Joseph Lowery and C.T. Vivian are expected to ask Obama to withdraw his nominees — a demand that is unlikely to be met — amid concerns about the judges’ records and convictions on matters of importance to African Americans, as well as Obama’s process for selecting them.
- Tech VC maven Tim Draper wants six Californias:
TechCrunch has learned about noted technology investor Tim Draper’s plan to split California into six separate states, including a Northern California slice appropriately named “Silicon Valley.” [...]
Attempts to get initiatives on the state ballot can cost millions of dollars, and often fail. That said, California has a long secessionist history, and there are a number of folks who want to split the West Coast into smaller territories.
- Plus size Barbie doll kindles debate at modeling site.
- Renewable Energy Accounted For All New U.S. Electric Capacity In November:
The U.S. added 394 megawatts of new capacity to produce electricity in November, and all of it came from renewable sources, according to a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announcement on Friday.
The latest “Energy Infrastructure Update” report from FERC’s Office of Energy Projects now shows that energy sources such as biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, and wind have now accounted for more than a third—34.9 percent—of all new electrical generating capacity in the United States, with the majority coming from solar.[...]
November is the third month this year that renewables accounted for 99 to 100 percent of new power capacity. In October, the U.S. added 699 megawatts of new capacity to produce electricity — 99 percent, or 694 MW, of which came from renewable sources. In March, solar produced 100 percent of new electrical generation capacity, with seven new units in California, Nevada, New Jersey, Hawaii, Arizona, and North Carolina.
- Solar farms come under fire in Great Britain:
[T]he burgeoning industry has seen its sparkle dulled by a series of recent attacks from Conservative ministers, with planning supremo Eric Pickles overturning permission for another old airfield solar farm at Ellough in Suffolk, Greg Barker at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) signalling a crackdown on "monster solar farms", and his colleague Michael Fallon deriding subsidies for large solar farms as immoral.
- Winning wildlife photos from 2013.
- DARPA robot challenge proves there is a long way to go:
I was looking forward to spending my weekend at home, eating chips and avocados, staring at my computer screen. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the U.S. military research wing that’s tasked with turning science fiction into reality, was going to bring together seventeen cutting-edge walking humanoid robots to compete at a speedway near Miami. The robots all looked exactly as one would hope—complex, hulking and frightening—and they were there to prove that a machine could walk into a simulated nuclear emergency and save the day.
I was excited. And I was ready to be bored out of my skull.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, not everything in the world has been said about Duck Dynasty yet. Greg Dworkin airs his Festivus media grievances. And on more traditional holiday note, "Nordic Quack: Sweden's bizarre tradition of watching Donald Duck cartoons on Christmas Eve." Great opportunity for easy grassroots activism (and local stardom!) in foresterbob's diary, "I signed up for health insurance, told my GOP Congressman about it, and made the local news." Then, an interview with bunnygirl60, aka Arliss Bunny, author of The Smart Bunny's Guide to Debt, Deficit and Austerity.
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