- Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Cartoon: Progressive Kristallnacht:
- Join us right here tonight at 8:45 PM ET for live-blogging of President Obama's State of the Union address.
- Famed folk singer Pete Seeger dead at 94: In the film Seeing Red, Seeger says: “It is better to have struggled and lost, than never to have struggled at all.”
For Mr. Seeger, folk music and a sense of community were inseparable, and where he saw a community, he saw the possibility of political action.
In his hearty tenor, Mr. Seeger, a beanpole of a man who most often played 12-string guitar or five-string banjo, sang topical songs and children’s songs, humorous tunes and earnest anthems, always encouraging listeners to join in. His agenda paralleled the concerns of the American left: He sang for the labor movement in the 1940s and 1950s, for civil rights marches and anti-Vietnam War rallies in the 1960s, and for environmental and antiwar causes in the 1970s and beyond. “We Shall Overcome,” which Mr. Seeger adapted from old spirituals, became a civil rights anthem.
- These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook Jan. 27:
Corporations Caught Colluding to Reduce Worker Wages, by csainvestor
- World's largest (8-megawatt) wind turbine starts spinning:
The prototype V164-8.0 MW wind turbine is 720 feet tall, has 260-foot blades, and can generate 8 megawatts of power—enough to supply electricity for 7,500 average European households or about 3,000 American households.
A joint venture between Vestas and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the turbine is slated to go into production next year and was designed to take advantage of the growing offshore wind industry across Europe.
- The average wait time for the hospital where John Verrier died overnight in a New York hospital waiting room without having been seen by a doctor, is 306 minutes, compared to the 137-minute countrywide average, according to Medicare statistics. On the show #TeamBlackness discusses the most recent idiocy to come out of Rand Paul's mouth, a new app that lets white people experience the everyday racism of being a minority, and why it's not so bad that Hillary Clinton hasn't driven a car since 1996.
- Barry Ritholtz says investors ought to wise up on climate change:
My perspective on global warming is different than some. As a car and boat enthusiast, the various gasoline-powered vehicles I own crank out a few thousand horsepower and generate a not-insignificant amount of pollution. However, I don't pretend climate change is a hoax or that it won't matter in the future. So long as creating pollution is cheap and legal, we won’t see many people changing personal behavior. The most likely fix for this is some form of a carbon tax.
But the bigger issue is the financial consequences. Investors are going to see companies increasingly affected by climate change. For those of you who still are fighting the science—sorry to tell you, the debate has moved on. This is rapidly becoming a fight over market share, with big shifts in cost structure, revenue and profits.
- If headlines were scientifically accurate: This one from Britain's Mirror—"It's Brother Earth: Scientists discover planet that's 200 light years away that looks like our home" would instead be "It's Brother Earth: discover planet that's 200 light years away that looks like our home, except that it has an atmosphere hundreds of miles thick making it way too hot for any life we know on Earth to survive, and it might be a gas giant rather than rocky."
- If we incarcerated a few banksters, would they start making prison reform noises, too?
Bernie Kerik, the former Rudy Giuliani aide and New York City police chief who spent years locking people up, is using his own time in a federal prison as a launch pad to call for a systemwide overhaul.
Kerik will give a speech in Arlington, Va., on Wednesday, arguing that the criminal justice system is “in dire need of repair,” the former Department of Homeland Security nominee told POLITICO in an interview. [...]
“I had the opinion of, ‘Lock them up, throw away the key,’” Kerik said of his old views about criminal justice. “The reality is that’s not” the only ingredient for crime reduction.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Tom Perkins digs the Kristallnacht hole a little deeper. Greg Dworkin rounds up the continuing Christie plummet in the polls, previews the State of the Union previews, notes the belated arrival of something resembling a Republican alternative to the ACA, and points us to the LGBT rights issue wrapped up in a jury selection case. Armando weighed in on the case, on the Superb Owl, new media ventures launched around Ezra Klein and Glenn Greenwald, and the SOTU. Also, the House takes up its favorite tax-hike bill, under the guise of yet another swing at the abortion issue. And the Los Angeles Times reports "Guns sent 20 children to U.S. hospitals every day, study finds."
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