- Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is Cartoon: Pufferfish madness in Chagrin Falls:
- Mein Kampf beating the competition as an e-book:
[Chris Faraone speculates that Mein Kampf has become an e-book hit because you] don’t have to go to a store and ask for it. You don’t have to conspicuously pull it out on the commuter train—it can be neatly hidden by a Kindle cover. An e-book means that now a reader can curiously turn over the rock that is “Mein Kampf” and see what’s wriggling underneath, and seemingly no one need ever know. But as Richard Lea points out in The Guardian, “The privacy electronic readers are availing themselves of isn’t exactly private. The person opposite you on the tube may not know you’re following der Führer on your Kindle, but Amazon sure as hell does.” Enjoy your illusions of privacy until your “recommendations” scare the crap out of you.
- Smithsonian's "paleoartist" reveals the faces of our distant ancestors.
- These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook Jan. 8:
Al Roker tells Rush Limbaugh to "Stuff It", by ProgLegs
Man arrested with 48 bombs: NRA member & ex-College Republican, by Daisy Cutter
Bill Nye explains Why, by jamess
- Cyber security consultant who exposed Steubenville rape faces more jail time than convicted rapists: Deric Lostutter, a self-proclaimed hacktivist connected to Anonymous, posted a video on the fan page of Steubenville’s Big Red football of a passed-out 16-year-old being raped in August 2012. This wasn't the first public display related to the assault. Participants and spectators posted text and images on social media immediately after the rape. Two students were convicted of the rape, and five adult educators have been indicted on various charges in the case, most having to do with obstruction of justice. One of the two rapists was released this week after serving nine months of a one-year sentence. Lostutter, who did an interview on the matter with CNN wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, was subsequently arrested by a 12-member FBI SWAT team and faces a 10-year sentence if convicted for hacking.
Such a possibility and the treatment meted out to him at the hands of FBI has once again united people vehemently calling for reforms in the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFA).
One of the leading proponent of reforms in this act is Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren who tried to reach consensus on the failed “Aaron’ Law” bill; this bill was sought when the Internet prodigy, Aaron Swartz, committed suicide when threatened for 50+ years in prison for releasing the academic articles from a pay-walled database.
- Rodman apologizes for his comments suggesting missionary Kenneth Bae deserved to be imprisoned in North Korea:
"Some of my teammates were leaving because of pressure from their families and business associates. My dreams of basketball diplomacy was quickly falling apart. I had been drinking. It's not an excuse but by the time the interview happened I was upset. I was overwhelmed. It's not an excuse, it's just the truth."
He added, "At this point, I should know better than to make political statements. I'm truly sorry."
- Guy who says Obama wanted to nuke American cities says he has proof: dead dolphins.
- Mother Jones: How Reddit became a gun market:
Since 2011, part of the popular online forum Reddit has grown into an active marketplace for assault rifles, high-capacity magazines, and other powerful firearms, according to an investigation by Mother Jones. In the last six months alone there have been more than 1,000 listings posted by more than 400 Redditors on the GunsForSale subreddit, one of thousands of niche communities on the sprawling discussion site. Not only has Reddit allowed a gun market to thrive, it has also literally put its stamp on it: Gun purchases brokered through the site have included nearly 100 AR-15s engraved with Reddit's alien logo, which was used on the assault rifles with explicit permission from the company—while it was owned by media giant Condé Nast—according to email correspondence obtained by Mother Jones.
- Too much gaming can make you see things.
- 300+ groups ask James Hansen to drop support for nuclear power:
A total of 311 U.S. and international environmental and clean energy groups said yesterday that, while they respect the climate change work of Dr. James Hansen and three of his academic colleagues, they take strong exception to the notion that nuclear power is the solution to global warming.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Chris Christie's bridge-closing scandal remains atop the headlines today. Greg Dworkin sifts through them, thanks to TPM's roundup. NRSC staffer Brad Dayspring is purportedly surprised at the Senate Conservatives Fund's bulk book purchases, in this case of a book by wackadoodle Mark '100 Times Worse Than Watergate' Levin. KITM listeners know that's been S.O.P. for conservative PACs since forever. And another look at the Duck Dynasty-ing of Guns & Ammo's Dick Metcalf, in "Gospel of the Gun: Why the Fight for Gun Control will be Harder than We Think."
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