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  • Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is Cartoon: Pufferfish madness in Chagrin Falls:
    Cartoon by Ruben Bolling --P ufferfish 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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  •  The Republican Objective (8+ / 0-)

    I saw this photo on Flickr today. The painting is by Christian Krohg and called “Kampen for tilværelsen” or “Fight for Survival.”  

    Under conservative rule

    The photographer who posted the picture picked the title “Under Conservative Rule.”

    Why are there still voters who cannot see that?

    "You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus."
                                                                                          - Mark Twain
  •  hiding success (3+ / 0-)
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    Gentle Giant, viral, PsychoSavannah

    Great Bloomberg article showing how Obama success can be both reported on, and hidden.  

    Read it, it's about mortgage relief for those underwater--and is very short.

    Actions speak louder than petitions.

    by melvynny on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 12:05:42 PM PST

  •  What's wrong with reading Mein Kampf? (2+ / 0-)
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    Gentle Giant, Roadbed Guy

    It's not like Hitler is getting any royalties.  I imagine most people have trouble understanding his motivation, and see reading his book as some way of glimpsing it.

  •  Rodman is a Patriot. Snowdon is a Traitor. (5+ / 0-)

    Help me out here.

    •  If you actually believed that, (1+ / 0-)
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      Meteor Blades

      you'd be beyond help.

      Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

      by Gentle Giant on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 12:14:09 PM PST

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    •  Snowden is not a traitor, but neither is Rodman. (1+ / 0-)
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      Just an idiot.  However, I find far more fascinating the media's response to Rodman's trip.  Chris Cuomo was highly capable of staying in Rodman's grill, repeatedly coming back to the issue of Kenneth Bae, and he and most everyone else (including many here) seem perfectly willing to blame a drunken former NBA basketball player for not trying to get Bae released, although he had nothing to do with Bae's detainment and incarceration in the first place.  Meanwhile, Cuomo, CNN, and the rest of the MSM are based in a country that detained hundreds of people at Gitmo for years without trial or charges, and still has ~165 of them locked up with no end in sight.  Cuomo and the rest actually have had access to both administrations responsible for maintaining this travesty of justice, and...crickets.

  •  Wow, "environmental groups" (2+ / 0-)
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    ontheleftcoast, Gentle Giant

    really come across as some of the biggest idiots on the planet.

    Once again (sadly enough, sigh).

    •  Yeah, a heavy sigh is right (3+ / 0-)

      Why is it we're only allowed to talk about 50 year old nuclear power technology but have to compare it to solar and wind technology that hasn't even shipped yet?

      There are lies, damn lies, and statistics but they all pale in comparison to conservative talking points.

      by ontheleftcoast on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 12:18:33 PM PST

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      •  I am totally on board with doing everything (2+ / 0-)
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        ontheleftcoast, redwagon

        possible to ramp up those technologies as fast as possible.

        However, a couple of huge caveats are:

        1) resultant pollution (e.g., from rare earth mining) has harmed more people already than nuclear power ever has - of course, the mining * could * be done safely / cleanly (but again, show me when it actually is, and I'll concede the point).

        2) as Germany has shown / is showing - it is not clear that solar / wind can power more than about 1/3rd of the grid.  What's going to supply the rest (hopefully not coal, which is increasingly Germany's solution!)

        •  One-third of the EXISTING and AGED grid... (2+ / 0-)
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          Glen The Plumber, Miggles

          ...yes. But Germany is undergoing a 10-year upgrading of its grid to allow it to reach its 50% renewables goal by 2030.

          I believe it is a mistake to assume that solar and wind cannot supply more than a third of a nation's electrical generation based on Germany's current level of 25% by more than a few percentage points. The CEO of Siemens believes that German renewables will be generating 35% of the nation's electricity in just six years.

          As for coal, one big change will occur in 2015 when subsidies for coal are ended. In addition, the coalition government is committed to fixing the carbon cap-and-trade system by raising the cost of CO2 emissions. If that actually happens, it will drive the cost of coal up and spur more investment in transitional gas-fired power plants.

          The German approach is currently plagued by various hiccups and, of course, Der Spiegel, The Economist and Forbes are all getting their jollies by trashing that approach, each of them ignoring that any major restructuring, much less of energy, is going to encounter problems, some expected, some surprises, none of them insurmountable.

          Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

          by Meteor Blades on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 02:04:56 PM PST

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          •  Thanks for making my point (1+ / 0-)
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            Roadbed Guy

            Although you probably didn't intend to you illustrated so clearly the bias against nuclear power. You talk about a grid that is 10 years in the future that we have to wait to judge what its outcome will be yet are you willing to consider nuclear technologies that weren't developed before the Kennedy administration as part of a viable, green energy future?

            There are lies, damn lies, and statistics but they all pale in comparison to conservative talking points.

            by ontheleftcoast on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 02:16:02 PM PST

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            •  The grid is not 10 years in the future... (1+ / 0-)
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              ...It's a 10-year plan to completion.

              You're making an assumption about my stance on nuclear power that is in error despite my having made myself clear on this subject at this site since we crowd-sourced the Energize America 2020 plan here at Daily Kos eight years ago.

              My view is that it makes no sense to plunge into the building of a new generation of nuclear power plants based on technology for which there is not a single commercial plant has yet been constructed until we have greatly expanded conservation and invested in a lot more renewables: biogas, wind, solar and geothermal. I am not a diehard anti-nuker and I would happily favor government encouragement for the building of a demonstration thorium-based reactor or two of commercial size. Nobody should think those machines won't have their own hiccups, but that is often how some of their advocates seem to come across.

              Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

              by Meteor Blades on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 02:28:15 PM PST

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              •  Well, that's good to know but most LFTR or (0+ / 0-)

                gravel bed advocates aren't pushing for commercial sized plants but rather small, roughly refrigerator sized units, that could power towns, etc. Large scale plants aren't the best use of the technology.

                There are lies, damn lies, and statistics but they all pale in comparison to conservative talking points.

                by ontheleftcoast on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 02:34:07 PM PST

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                •  DOE is providing grants to 11 companies to... (0+ / 0-)

         first versions of their small nuke designs ranging from 225MWe to 24MWe. But until some are actually built—and no ground has been broken yet—it goes too far, in my opinion, to see these as the wave of the future.


                  Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

                  by Meteor Blades on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 03:01:20 PM PST

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          •  Of that 50% - about 20% is hydroelectric (1+ / 0-)
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            which can be much more precisely controlled than wind or solar.

            But still - and I'm totally willing to concede your point here that massive investments (which Americans will never agree to, but whatever) can get solar and wind up to 50% - what is going to supply the other half?

            •  The German goal is 80% by 2050... (1+ / 0-)
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              ...with most of the remainder being natural gas. Beyond 2050, the powers-that-be can't come to agreement. On one side are the Greens who says 100% by 2030 and on the other are those who argue that the 2050 goal as stated can't be met, at least not without nuclear, which both major German parties are committed to shutting down completely eight years from now.

              I'm not loco enough to predict where things will go. But I am willing to fight to see them shifted in the right direction: keeping as much fossil fuel in the ground as we possibly can.

              Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

              by Meteor Blades on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 02:36:37 PM PST

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              •  I concede that it *IS* possible that they (0+ / 0-)

                will meet that goal, but only by making electricity so expensive that they drive industry off-shore, thus dramatically affecting employment at home.  (as I've posted before, many times in fact, a simple Google search using terms like "European jobs flocking to USA for cheap energy" drives home the point)

                As somebody who regularly reports on employment-based issues, I am sure you can appreciate the thin line being walked here.

                Germany is an extremely rich / progressive country that can maybe deal with this.  Most countries (including the USA with its endemic poverty / unemployment issues) probably are not.

              •  Another way to look at this is to check out (0+ / 0-)

                America's (and the world's?) premier engineering / technology institution's view of the matter:  The Great German Energy Experiment

        •  Well, if you are going to blame anything that (0+ / 0-)

          uses rare earth metals, then be sure to include computers, cell phones, and just about everything else comprised of semiconductors.

    •  i'm cheered though (3+ / 0-)

      I expected a much harsher backlash from the left at Jim Hansen and the climate scientists' support for nuclear power.

      This is mild.

      Dawkins is to atheism as Rand is to personal responsibility

      by terrypinder on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 12:51:02 PM PST

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      •  Sure, in the larger scheme of things this (1+ / 0-)
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        really isn't neither here nor there.

        However, one concern is that it simply makes them look silly (like the time when Greenpeace advocated banning chlorine  - how is that even remotely feasible when the ocean is full of one form of it?).  

        And logistically, I imagine that coordinating 311 different groups to get them together and sign this had to take away from time they could have spent doing something that would actually have been useful . . .   I'm pretty sure that I don't want any $$s that I donate be spent on this type of silly posturing.

    •  So exactly what was idiotic that those 300+ (0+ / 0-)

      environmental groups said?  Striving for an efficient, distributed energy grid based on clean, renewables sounds is idiotic?

      Let's face it: the sun is setting on nuclear.  It will be at most niche energy source in the future (for Mars rovers, etc). Other energy sources deserve a fair shot now.  Imagine how far we would be now if we had subsidized renewables the way we subsidized nuclear over the past 50 years.  

  •  re: internet privacy on an e-reader. (4+ / 0-)

    I once surfed Amazon for a book I was only thinking about purchasing. It was a book written in the 80s.

    I went from Amazon to facebook. Can you guess what book showed up in the margin of my facebook feed?

    Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by Gentle Giant on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 12:12:49 PM PST

    •  That's Why I Started Using Firefox's New (2+ / 0-)
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      Gentle Giant, Meteor Blades

      "open private window" feature for all shopping and commercial searching.

      The private window does not retain cookies and history, so I've stopped having things I just looked at show up on facebook, youtube and such.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 12:23:47 PM PST

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  •  Tooting my own horn (3+ / 0-)

    Unlike NPR who was tooting Chris Christie's, ahem, horn. Read about it, if you dare, here

    There are lies, damn lies, and statistics but they all pale in comparison to conservative talking points.

    by ontheleftcoast on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 12:14:08 PM PST

  •  For people interested in the work from the (2+ / 0-)
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    terrypinder, Meteor Blades

    Smithsonian's "paleoartist", check out the app at the Smithsonian that lets you take a picture of someone with your smartphone and transform the photo into a neanderthal version of the person.

    Free download.  


    I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

    by Satya1 on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 12:20:39 PM PST

  •  A technique common in China and Korea (1+ / 0-)
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    I had been drinking.
  •  Lost under The Bridge: (1+ / 0-)
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    After a month of rehab and a tearful, Vitteresque welcome home party at the capitol, Trey Radel is back in the House.

    Your tax dollars at work.

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 12:28:12 PM PST

  •  Too much gaming... (3+ / 0-)
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    viral, ontheleftcoast, Meteor Blades

    When I was in college, many years ago, my frat house had a Mr. Doo's Castle game, kind of like Mario Bros but with little dragons that looked like Barney the Dinosaur. We put a lot of quarters into that thing.   One night when I was studying, there were little dragons running around the page.  I quit playing for a while after that.  Happened to some of the other guys too.

    I don't know what's been trickling down, but it hasn't been pleasant---N. Pelosi

    by Russycle on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 12:28:55 PM PST

  •  If you're interested in ebooks (1+ / 0-)
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    in public domain, search

    They're free and they don't track your searches and send you tiresome emails suggesting things.

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 12:31:31 PM PST

  •  It's must be scary to be a national politician (1+ / 0-)
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    right now, if your network crosses that of Christie's. He's gotta be thinking at this moment:

    Who am I gonna take down with me?
    The guy's a ruthless former US Atty, for crissake (ie, he probably has some shit on more than a few people), he's a nasty operator, and he holds grudges.

    "Well, yeah, the Constitution is worth it if you succeed." - Nancy Pelosi, 6/30/07 // "Succeed?" At what?

    by nailbender on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 12:32:39 PM PST

  •  Haven't heard much about this so thought I'd (1+ / 0-)
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    Are the Republicans still forcing Obama to push through in secret the Trans Pacific Partnership?

    Just wondering.  Hoping maybe with the Christie bridge scandal going on the R's have forgotten about the TPP issue they've been making Obama and the Democrats push for.

    The 1% are Purists: They only support Candidates that Deliver Results They Can Bank On. Don't they know they should compromise? /sarcasm

    by Johnathan Ivan on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 12:33:58 PM PST

  •  reddit is so weird (0+ / 0-)

    and this is the first time i'm learning there's a gunsforsale subreddit.

    Dawkins is to atheism as Rand is to personal responsibility

    by terrypinder on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 12:53:48 PM PST

  •  At this point Rodman should know better than (0+ / 0-)

    to be on TV. Period. Wealthy pathological narcissists lack the necessary social and coping skills when removed from their self imposed cone of silence, where theyre surrounded 24/7 by  their entourages of paid ass kissers, hangers on and toadies and think thats 'Real life'.

  •  So who "manned up" today? (2+ / 0-)

    Rodman or Christie?

    Rodman - "Dude, sorry I was a dick but I was drunk"

    Christie - "Wasnt me!!"

    Who among us has not woken up wearing last nights cloths and gone "oh man I said some bad things."

    Christie on the other hand had 4 MONTHS to fess and never did.

    Props to Rodman for maning up.

    It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

    by ksuwildkat on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 01:17:10 PM PST

  •  the whole thing about Rodman has gotten (0+ / 0-)

    me wondering if cte (an affliction so far mostly associated with the NFL and to some extent the NFL) doesn't also extend to the NBA?

    I mean, after years and years, the players have to have been hit in the head with that big round fully inflated ball quite a few times, right?

  •  Apparently Most Ancestors Were Men (0+ / 0-)

    It is really amazing that the majority of our ancestors are men.

    Either that or males are the default beings and females are somehow "others", even in science.

    I just tire of the ubiquity of sexism.

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