- Today's comic by Tom Tomorrow is Comic: Reefer madness:
- What you missed on Sunday Kos ...
- War On Poverty, Income Inequality, And Wealth Disparity Not A Winning Message, by Egberto Willies
- What Aitzaz can teach Christie, Wildstein, and Kelly, by Ian Reifowitz
- Peak water is here, by VL Baker
- Snow trolling for fun and profit, by Darksyde
- Racism and "The War on Weed," by Denise Oliver Velez
- The tragic pathos of Frank Luntz, by Dante Atkins
- The nation sleeps a dreamless sleep, by Hunter
- 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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