- Today's comic by Mark Fiore is Little Suzie Newsykins remembers to forget:
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- Space exploration in 2014 is stuck waiting on the House to act, by DarkSyde
- The 2014 elections and voting demographics: promise and peril, by Steve Singiser
- The Teapublican Party wins 2013 'Racist of the Year' award, by Denise Oliver Velez
- When is $2.1 billion just chump change, by shanikka
- Why the U.S. should treat health care like a utility, not a market, by Jon Perr
- An elderly veteran delivering pizza? The system has failed us ..., by Mark E Andersen
- Urgent message from United Nations: Wake up before it's too late, by VL Baker
- The Ideology That Sacrifices Humanity To Satisfy The Rich, by Egberto Willies
- Poll: Americans see gloomy future: The survey from the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found 54 percent saying they expect life in the United States to decline, with 23 percent saying it will improve and 21 percent saying it stay about the same. But personal contentment hasn't changed much the past 40 years.
Whites are particularly gloomy: Only 1 in 6 expects better times over the next four decades. Also notably pessimistic are middle-age and older people, those who earn midlevel incomes and Protestants, a new national poll finds.[...]
Interviews by the federally funded General Social Survey, one of the nation's longest-running surveys of social trends, show Americans' overall happiness as well as satisfaction with their jobs and marriages barely fluctuating since 1972.
- Wall Street Journal editorialists still think cold weather means global warming ain't happening. And they repeat the BS about "liberals" being the ones who avoid using the term "global warming."
- Justice Dept. files papers saying contraception mandate doesn't impinge on religious views: An order of nuns has claimed that even though it is exempt from having to provide contraceptive coverage to its employees, having a third party do so instead means it would still be supporting something it objects to, just less directly.
The administration and supporters of the law contend that the mandate is both constitutional and needed for women’s health. They note that the regulations exempt churches and do not require religious nonprofit organizations “to contract, arrange, pay, or refer for contraceptive coverage.”
Instead, changes made to the original language shift the responsibility of providing the coverage from the faith-based institutions to their insurance companies or a third-party administrator.
- 2013 was Iraq's bloodiest year since 2008: Iraq Body Count, which some critics say underestimates the number dying as a result of the lingering war that began with the U.S. invasion 11 years ago, reports that 9,500 Iraqi civilians were killed last year.
While the exact numbers [of fatalities] vary among counts, the result is the same—as are the causes. “Iraq is now a fragmented state, where each party struggles to gain power, at the expense of the others, as they have incompatible security requirements, which means that the security of each cannot be assured at the same time as the security of its rivals or enemies,” Iraq Body Count said in its report. “Thus they seek relative gains, where their own gain is a loss to another, rather than absolute gains, which require cooperation.” And so the struggle between the minority Sunnis and government-leading Shiites continued, stretching from the political arena to the streets of Iraq in violent episode after violent episode.
- Bill Nye, "The Science Guy," will debate founder of Creation Museum: Tickets are $25 for what, frankly, is a coup for Ken Ham of the northern Kentucky Creation Museum and a waste of time and talent for Nye, whose YouTube video saying kids are hurt by being taught creationism has been viewed nearly six million times. But Nye has nonetheless agreed to appear with Ham on Feb. 4.
- Bakken crude unexpectedly explosive:
The U.S. pipeline safety agency on Thursday issued a safety warning that the type of crude oil produced in the Bakken region in the northern United States "may be more flammable than traditional heavy crude oil."The fracked crude oil looks more like gasoline than oil, according to reporter for Globe and Mail.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, our first live show of the new year! Greg Dworkin rounded up ACA news, including "As Obamacare Sign-Ups Surge, So Does Conservative Rage," and comment on the OHIE study from The Incidental Economist. Also discussed: De Blasio inauguration coverage, the snowstorm, and Ezra Klein's maybe-sorta plan to start planning something and why the NYT is so interested. Next, musing on the still-growing NSA stories, from Ruth Marcus to Michael Dearing to Julian Sanchez. Lastly, the Japanese Mob hires the homeless to clean up Fukushima, and U.S. Navy sailors in the region have radiation sickness. Only KITM would try to tie THAT together!
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