- Today's comic by Mark Fiore is The Wheels on the (Tech) Bus:
- Markos will be hosting Ask Me Anything (About Daily Kos) today at 12:30 PM PT.
- What's coming up on Sunday Kos ...
- Traditional Media misrepresents CBO Report Obamacare job impact as Democrats fail at messaging, by Egberto Willies
- Why the balance of power in the Senate could be decided well before November, by Steve Singiser
- Job seekers beware of the fake job postings, by DarkSyde
- Democrats are from cities, Republicans are from exurbs, by David Jarman
- George Washington – is not my 'Great White Father', by Denise Oliver Velez
- Experimenting on children: why Johnny (and Jenny) isn’t learning middle school science, by Mark Sumner
- Patriotism is for suckers, by Ian Reifowitz
- These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook Feb. 6:
BREAKING: Huge toxic coal ash spill in NC and VA river, by WattleBreakfast
300,000 West Virginians are still living with poisoned water, by AshleyAllison
- EPI: If "missing workers" were counted, the jobless rate would be 9.9%:
In today’s labor market, the unemployment rate drastically understates the weakness of job opportunities. This is due to the existence of a large pool of “missing workers”—potential workers who, because of weak job opportunities, are neither employed nor actively seeking a job. In other words, these are people who would be either working or looking for work if job opportunities were significantly stronger. Because jobless workers are only counted as unemployed if they are actively seeking work, these “missing workers” are not reflected in the unemployment rate.Currently, by the calculations of the Economic Policy Institute, the total number of missing workers is 5,730,000. If these missing workers were looking for work, the official unemployment rate would be 9.9 percent instead of 6.6 percent
- Surf's up!
- New bionic hand lets you "feel" what you're grasping:
Research, sensors, computer chips, plastics and motors allowed for prosthetic hands that could actually open and close after they were implanted on an amputee. With practice, the human half to the bionic hand could learn to carefully pick up a china plate or crush a rock. He could use a screwdriver to repair a computer, hold a baby or help lift a sofa. But he had to practice without any sensory input from the hand itself. That is, he had to judge how much force to exert based on what he saw, how heavy the object felt when he lifted it, how it appeared to him. The hand itself gave him no feedback as to how the object felt.
- Newspaper guild objects to "sales terrorists":
Hearst’s Albany Times Union recently launched an ad sales campaign with a revenue goal of $750,000. The team headed by Anthony Troia was named “Troia’s Terrorists,” which didn’t go over well with the Albany Newspaper Guild.
Guild president and Times Union reporter Tim O’Brien tells Romenesko readers: “We don’t think putting posters on the wall saying how far salespeople are from the goals set for them is an effective motivator. Last year virtually no one hit the goal. But branding them ‘terrorists’ is beyond the pale.
- Portland cancels the challenge portion of its annual Worst Day of the Year Ride because of bad weather:
By bad we mean that there will be as many as eight inches of snow on the ground in Portland. The ride is, of course, supposedly timed to the worst weather day of the year. And just yesterday, ride organizers were encouraging riders to "have no fear about the forecast."
But, more than 48 hours before the event, "Portland's Favorite Wacky Winter Ride" has canceled its more challenging route "for safety reasons" and will instead ask riders to pedal around flat city streets for a few miles and then warm their little toesies by the fire with a warm cup of cocoa.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, we check back in on the Sochi hacking story, now called into question. Greg Dworkin gives us a flu update, and I catch the flu, live, during the broadcast. Next, an explainer on the "doc fix" and how it relates to ... the CVS story! Plus: a new poll out of KY shows Grimes with a slight edge over McConnell; new jobs numbers confound the pundits, and; Jared Bernstein expands on the CVS model. The first-ever hostage video featuring a captured military service dog raises some questions. AOL's new accounting trick gives C-Level Suite Looters a crack at your 401(k). And another installment of the Cocaine, Inc. story.
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