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  • Dallas Safari Club auctions permit to kill black rhino for $350,000: Namibian authorities issue five kill permits a year for black rhinos, whose total numbers are estimated at 4,000 to 5,000, down from 70,000 in the 1960s. Some 1,800 of the animals live in Namibia.
    Killing one older male rhino who's no longer able to breed, the club says, will benefit the rest of the herd. That's because older males often remain territorial and sometimes kill younger male rhinos.

    Others disagree. "Several dozen people protested the weekend auction at the Safari Club's annual convention in downtown Dallas, which ended Sunday," the [Dallas] Morning News writes. "The Humane Society and the International Fund for Animal Welfare were among the groups that spoke out against the hunt."

  • Bob Gates says he was briefly considered as Obama's running mate:
    Gates said he received a call from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in 2008 about the position, and answered several questions about his public stance on abortion and a few other issues.

    “It took a lot of willpower for me to keep from bursting out laughing,” he wrote. “I couldn’t figure out if he was serious, if it was just idle flattery, or if he was delusional … I never told anyone, in part because I didn’t think they would believe me.

  • Court gives Ohio green-light for execution with untried drug technique:
    A federal judge on Monday refused to stop the upcoming execution of a condemned Ohio killer facing a never-tried lethal injection process that the inmate's attorneys say will cause him agony and terror.

    Judge Gregory Frost's ruling moved Dennis McGuire one step closer to execution by the two-drug method developed after supplies of Ohio's former execution drug dried up. Gov. John Kasich and the Ohio Parole Board have both rejected McGuire's plea for clemency.

  • Study: MTV's "16 and Pregnant" reduced teenage births:
    A new economic study of Nielsen television ratings and birth records suggests that the show she appeared in, “16 and Pregnant,” and its spinoffs may have prevented more than 20,000 births to teenage mothers in 2010.

    The paper, to be released Monday by the National Bureau of Economic Research, makes the case that the controversial but popular programs reduced the teenage birthrate by nearly 6 percent, contributing to a long-term decline that accelerated during the recession. [...]

    Each episode of “16 and Pregnant” follows a different teenager through her pregnancy, delivery and the first weeks of parenthood.

  • 3D edible sugar printers on display at International CES in Las Vegas:
    3D Systems' display at this year's CES included the ChefJet 3D printer, whose output medium is flavored (chocolate, vanilla, mint, sour apple, cherry and watermelon) sugar (it's softened with water and set with alcohol). The monochrome version is less than $5,000, and a full-color version will ship later this year at less than $10K.
  • U.S. carbon emissions increased in 2013, partly because economy improved:
    When all the data is in, it looks like carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels will have gone up 2 percent in 2013 from the previous year, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) said on Monday.

    The main reason, it said, is an uptick in the use of coal for electric power. But it's also a sign of growing economic activity in general.

    Ever since the deep recession began in 2008, U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide had been going down.

  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, another theory of the GW bridge scandal, this time from MSNBC's Steve Kornacki: a billion-dollar development deal may have hinged on ease of traffic access. Greg Dworkin joined us to discuss headlines like, "Is there a way out for Christie?" and "Feds investigate Christie's use of Sandy relief funds." Next, WV spill. What do we know about the chemical spilled? One source says: not much! And are Koch-owned companies supplying this stuff? (But be warned, there's already significant push-back on those fronts.) Finally, local reporters supply our first look at Freedom Industries & the people behind it.

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  •  I'm against the death penalty, period (7+ / 0-)

    But it amazes me that the battle against is fought in such strange ways. Arguing that the way we kill someone is "inhumane" or that the drug cocktail could cause "unnecessary pain and suffering". Excuse me, but WE'RE KILLING SOMEONE! THAT IS INHUMANE AND UNNECESSARY!

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

    by ontheleftcoast on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 12:04:43 PM PST

    •  If they're bound and determined to do it, (6+ / 0-)

      I can't understand why they don't use heroin. It's proven effective and no junkie I've ever known would call it cruel.

      Honest question: Why not?

      I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

      by Crashing Vor on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 12:18:22 PM PST

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    •  Tough to rehabilitate someone you've killed (3+ / 0-)

      N'est-ce pas? It's also a huge wrong, immoral as can be and way more expensive than lifetime-w/o-parole.

      I'm thinking along those same lines but OBL? He's the poster boy for taking out real bad guys. My state used to have death penalty, then we didn't for a while and now we do again. Doesn't do a thing for murder rates, btw.

      So, I'm conflicted. There are some really bad people that can't be allowed to roam the streets and if those streets are in Pakistan, I don't know what to do.

      What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. Henry VI Part II Act 3 Scene 2

      by TerryDarc on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 12:22:24 PM PST

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    •  I've always opposed the death penalty as well, (3+ / 0-)

      but, watching the local NYC news the last few days, one story caused me to say out loud, "Maybe there is a person deserving the death penalty." It's the story of a woman left to care for her boyfriend's 4 year old son who she systematically proceeded to torture to death -- doing things I cannot even bring myself to describe -- over a period of twenty or so days. An absolute, real life monster made that sweet boy's last days on earth a complete hell of pain and terror. I am so haunted by that report and its follow-ups that I might even be willing to deliver the lethal dose, I swear to god.......

      •  No you really wouldn't (4+ / 0-)

        Yes, you're mad, enraged, furious at what you've seen but killing her won't fix anything. The comment above yours mentions Osama bin Laden. What did killing him achieve? There are always monsters in the world but they don't just appear by magic. We armed OBL to the teeth to fight the Russians in Afghanistan and we were surprised that he attacked us when we acted against his interests? Who abused and hurt that woman before she tortured that child? We so quick to put people in jail for twenty years for an ounce of marijuana but abuse a child and you'll get 6 months if anything.

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

        by ontheleftcoast on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 12:38:09 PM PST

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  •  Yeah, we don't believe you. (8+ / 0-)
    “I couldn’t figure out if he was serious, if it was just idle flattery, or if he was delusional … I never told anyone, in part because I didn’t think they would believe me."

    The Republican brand: "Consequences, schmonsequences, as long as I'm rich"

    by D in Northern Virginia on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 12:09:03 PM PST

  •  ChefJet is late to the party (1+ / 0-)
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    (Is it time for the pitchforks and torches yet?)

    by PJEvans on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 12:15:34 PM PST

  •  Obama's running mate?!!! (3+ / 0-)
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    I never told anyone, in part because I didn’t think they would believe me
    Y'know, Bob? I still don't believe your lying ass.

    What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. Henry VI Part II Act 3 Scene 2

    by TerryDarc on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 12:17:25 PM PST

  •  Well, FUCK the Dallas Safari club and the buyer! (5+ / 0-)
    Steve Wagner, a spokesman for the Dallas Safari Club, which sponsored the closed-door event Saturday night, confirmed the sale of the permit for a hunt in the African nation of Namibia. He declined to name the buyer.
    The black rhino are endangered and soon to be extinct, dimwits!!
    The subspecies (Western) of the black rhino -- which is classified as "critically endangered" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species -- was last seen in western Africa in 2006.
    The IUCN warns that other rhinos could follow saying Africa's northern white rhino is "teetering on the brink of extinction" while Asia's Javan rhino is "making its last stand" due to continued poaching and lack of conservation.

    "Say little, do much" (Pirkei Avot 1:15)

    by hester on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 12:23:28 PM PST

  •  another unintended consequence of apartheid (1+ / 0-)
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    Dallas Safari Club auctions permit to kill black rhino for $350,000: Namibian authorities issue five kill permits a year for black rhinos, whose total numbers are estimated at 4,000 to 5,000, down from 70,000 in the 1960s. Some 1,800 of the animals live in Namibia.
    In 1920, the League of Nations mandated the country to South Africa, which imposed its laws and, from 1948, its apartheid policy.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 12:25:59 PM PST

  •  Well, Gates was always a Bush man. (3+ / 0-)

    A leopard never changes its spots.

    "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

    by politicalceci on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 12:27:10 PM PST

  •  unlike inedible sugars: Splenda, Aspartame.... (1+ / 0-)
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    3D edible sugar printers on display at International CES in Las Vegas

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 12:29:06 PM PST

  •  “It took a lot of willpower for me to keep from (2+ / 0-)
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    bursting out laughing," he wrote.
    It would have taken me a lot of willpower to keep from bursting out crying if Obama's offer had been accepted, I write.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 12:33:37 PM PST

  •   It's 25 days until Moral March on Raleigh NC (3+ / 0-)
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    divineorder, sow hat, Meteor Blades

    Moral March on Raleigh HKonJ People's Assembly
    Saturday Febuary 8th

    For the past seven years, a fusion movement has been growing in North Carolina. In 2006, the Historic Thousands on Jones St. (HKonJ) People's Assembly Coalition was formed under the leadership of Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and the North Carolina NAACP. It has grown to include over 150 coalition partners. Each year this fusion movement comes together on the second Saturday in February to hold a mass people's assembly to reaffirm its commitment to the 14 Point People's Agenda and to hold lawmakers accountable to the people of North Carolina.
    https://www.facebook.com/...
  •  Not related to politics, but (0+ / 0-)

    I thought Tina and Amy did a great job hosting the Golden Globes.

    I think either would be great as a late night talk show host.

  •  Sex happens (0+ / 0-)

    Some of my friends watched The Real World.  It wasn't that interesting to me, I was a bit older, but I realized that for many, who grew up in scary religious households, it provided a path to have an open discussion about topics that were critical to the young adult population of time.  I was fortunate in the my church talked and directly delt with these issues.  It was a surprise when I was young that so many churches, especially at that time, just dismissed gay young people, people with HIV, basically anyone that did not fit the mold demanded of the church.

    I think 16 and pregnant is the same thing.  Society still sees women having sex as sinful.  So if a women chooses to be responsible and limit sex to safe sex with a few friends she is treated the same as if she has bare sex with every stranger.  This is clearly not a positive message.

    The show basically deals with consequences of certain behaviors.  It deals with the issues directly.  One finding of the study is that young women who watched the show had fewer partners and more likely to have safe sex.

    I think that such shows can empower women to make choices about who an how they share their bodies.  One is not a slut because one chooses to have sex.  One is not required to have sex.  It is an important development.  Of course those that want to continue the oppression are going to fight against such open discussions.

  •  Yep, that's the way nature is supposed to work. (0+ / 0-)
    That's because older males often remain territorial and sometimes kill younger male rhinos.


    I think clowns wear makeup just to get my attention. Actually, I’m more of the big shoe type.

    by glb3 on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 03:03:02 PM PST

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