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  • 86-year-old Walter Mondale recovering from heart surgery:
    Former Vice President Walter Mondale underwent successful heart surgery on Wednesday in Rochester, Minnesota.

    "He is resting comfortably and is expected to make a full recovery. His family requests privacy at this time," the Mayo Clinic said in a statement.

    Mondale's wife, Joan, died earlier this month and her memorial service was held this past weekend.

  • Retail sales plunge: For those thinking the two most recent lousy monthly jobs reports were mere flukes, Thursday's release of growth in retail sales figures for January over December should be sobering. Down 0.4 percent. And December's previously reported rise of 0.2 percent from November was revised to a drop of 0.1 percent. Both were below the consensus of experts surveyed ahead of the release.
  • Meanwhile, initial claims for unemployment compensation rose to 339,000. For the comparable week of 2013, applications for 348,000 initial claims were filed. The less-volatile four-week running average rose to 336,750.
  • Rethinking parsimony when it comes to school snow day closings:
    A new study conducted by Harvard Kennedy School Assistant Professor Joshua Goodman finds that snow days do not impact student learning. In fact, he finds, keeping schools open during a storm is more detrimental to learning than a school closure.
  • Free skier saves Sochi puppies:
    Gus Kenworthy's tweets showing photos of him with adorable stray puppies in Sochi are eliciting awwws around the world. Even better, the images are more than just a photo op.

    Kenworthy, a freeskier from Telluride, Colo., competing in slopestyle at the Olympics, apparently came across a bunch of strays and pledged to save the little cuties and bring them home with him. Given Sochi's mandate to exterminate street dogs, this makes Kenworthy's gesture double doggone awesome.

  • Reporter covering W.Va. coal slurry spill has a spill of his own.
  • Do not try this at home! RT @1964beatlesfan: My daughter and son-in-law using my grandson to measure the snow!
  • ABC affiliate's sports anchor Dale Hansen scorches people who don't want gay NFL players. Here's an excerpt of his smackdown:
    Several NFL officials are telling Sports Illustrated it will hurt him on draft day because a gay player wouldn't be welcome in an NFL locker room. It would be uncomfortable, because that's a man's world.

    You beat a woman and drag her down a flight of stairs, pulling her hair out by the roots? You're the fourth guy taken in the NFL draft.

    You kill people while driving drunk? That guy's welcome.

    Players caught in hotel rooms with illegal drugs and prostitutes? We know they're welcome.

    Players accused of rape and pay the woman to go away?

    You lie to police trying to cover up a murder?

    We're comfortable with that.

    You love another man? Well, now you've gone too far.

  • Coastal sea rise could cost $100 trillion annually by 2100:
    If global warming continues on its present ominous path, and if no significant adaptation measures are launched, then coastal flooding could be costing the planet’s economies $100,000 billion a year by 2100.

    And perhaps 5% of the people on the planet—up to 600 million people—could be hit by coastal flooding by the end of the century, according to new research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, snow didn't take the live show out, but server downtime did. Greg Dworkin joined us to note that Christie is still toast, perhaps more so than ever, as reporters fill the investigative lulls with stories mining his bullying past. A new Q Poll runs head-to-heads in NY, Christie vs. Clinton and Cuomo. ACA sign-ups surge. Armando weighs in on Rand Paul's NSA lawsuit, Comcast's proposed buyout of Time Warner Cable, the NJ state police's denial that Chris Christie overflew the GWB on 9/11, and the NSA's allegation that Snowden tricked a coworker into giving him his password. Another look at TN Gop's senseless threats against VW.

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  •  Green Mother has a thoughtful (7+ / 0-)

    diary up, "It's a Heat Wave.",  I started to link it, because it hadn't gotten many hits, but I see it's on the Community Spotlight.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 12:05:01 PM PST

  •  On the snow day thing, there's a subtle (7+ / 0-)

    issue there.

    If your goal is student achievement given the circumstances you have, calling a snow day is better than not calling a snow day and having substantial absences and distractions while trying to stay on the normal pacing guide. So this research is useful for making that choice, when you're the superintendent.

    However, there is other research that shows quite clearly that differences in test scores from year to year can be correlated to snow days, especially if the occur right before said tests are administered. Unfortunately, this is outside the control of humans.

    An additional consideration was discussed in weatherdude's diary yesterday, that calling a snow day sometimes means that kids who rely on the lunch program won't be fed, and it creates a child care problem if the parents aren't also getting a snow day.

    Probably the best thing to do is to have school in session if it's questionable, but fully expect many kids won't attend and don't attempt to do anything academic that day. Make it art day or lego building contest day or another activity that is good for kids but isn't key to the curriculum.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 12:15:25 PM PST

    •  This is the #1 reason de Blasio keeps the schools (9+ / 0-)


      calling a snow day sometimes means that kids who rely on the lunch program won't be fed, and it creates a child care problem if the parents aren't also getting a snow day.
      That doesn't prevent those who do have the luxury of staying home with children or have a nanny or something from keeping their kids home and going to work if they want. But for those kids for home the school breakfast and lunch may be the only meals of the day, its better if school is open. For parents who are expected at work or its lose a days pay or get fired, its better if school is open.

      All other considerations must take a back seat to these.

    •  Speaking of student achievements.... (0+ / 0-)

      My question is how much young adult participation in the 18-25 age range is there here on Daily Kos....  as a proportion of site visits?   ....and as a proportion of those who actually log in and write diaries or comments here?

      Is any part of Daily Kos considered 'cool' for this young adult  demographic participation?   ....or is the predominate demographic here older adults?

      I understand this is kind of obscure information you might not be able to track or make any judgements about.

      •  In general (1+ / 0-)
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        we believe we are underrepresented in the 18-25 range. Here are public stats from quantcast:

        However... I personally take them with a little grain of salt. I've tracked myself and discovered that I count as age 65+... which is not accurate. (I've started to wonder if they think that because I spend a lot of time at Daily Kos which they think is for old people which...)

        Of course interest in politics does tend to skew older.

        Note also they think we have a huge affinity for christian dating sites.

        Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

        by elfling on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 02:55:34 PM PST

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  •  Comcast write up in TP (2+ / 0-)
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    How Comcast Buying Time Warner Cable Could Impact You — And The Entire Entertainment Industry

    Today, Comcast, already the country’s largest provider of cable television, announced that it would spend $45 billion to buy the company that is second to it in the rankings, New York-based Time Warner cable. It’s an enormous business proposition, and it comes at a time when the cable business is more unsettled than ever.

    And it’s a deal that brings up huge issues for consumers, even those of us who don’t get our cable from one of these two giants. In the future, how fast will we be able to access streaming services like Netflix? What does the deal mean for the future of set-top devices like the Apple TV? And while it’s easy to dream that cord-cutting and services like Aereo will bring down the cable model, is Comcast actually preparing us for a day when almost everything worth watching will migrate behind the cable paywall?

    It’s important to note that this deal only means that Comcast is buying Time Warner Cable, rather than the suite of Time Warner entertainment businesses, which includes a number of magazine properties, cable networks like HBO, CNN, TNT, and CBS. Given the rate at which content companies are consolidating under a few corporate banners–Disney’s ownership of both Marvel and the Star Wars franchise is one, whale-sized example–that’s a good thing. Different companies managing content production will have different priorities and specialities. And on a more practical level, it’s hard to imagine that the federal government would have signed off on a cable network acquiring control over that much television and film content.

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 12:17:33 PM PST

  •  Spoiler alert: Olympic Slopestyle dog rescuer (10+ / 0-)

    Gus Kenworthy picked up a silver. Did his part in an American sweep of the podium.

    Every time my iPhone battery gets down to 47%, I think of Mitt Romney.

    by bobinson on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 12:22:24 PM PST

  •  Good afternoon. (3+ / 0-)
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    Gay rights are human rights: New Olympic Sport (video)

  •  Snow Days for Working Parents (6+ / 0-)

    Maybe snow days don't hurt kids' education.

    But what do parents do who must work on those snow days? The law should protect them taking the day off if their children's school is closed and their boss doesn't provide daycare at no extra cost.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 12:30:58 PM PST

  •  $100 TRILLION *A Year* By 2100 (1+ / 0-)
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    The actual cost projected in that article is $100 TRILLION every year by 2100. The total net worth of every household in the world in 2012 was $223 TRILLION according to Credit Suisse.

    Leaving aside the completely fake value of most of that "worth" that's purely financial instruments, that's not going to pay the costs. The $100T annual cost doesn't pay to stop the ongoing damage.

    After a few years of that calamity civilization will have only a huge negative value.

    Though I suppose the richest will retain all their wealth, and the rest of humanity will be destroyed or enslaved.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 12:39:35 PM PST

    •  There's two ways to look at that (0+ / 0-)

      one is that that is a lot of money!

      Another is that there is going to be a lot of economic growth between now (when the TOTAL global economy is about 1/3rd to 1/2 of that) and then.

      If fact, it could be that this spurs much of that growth!  Which would be ironic, I suppose.

      •  Like WWII In Eastern Europe (0+ / 0-)

        Your way of looking at it is like saying that war boosts the economy.

        It's the most wasteful and inefficient way to spend money of all.

        "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

        by DocGonzo on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 04:04:54 PM PST

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        •  This isn't really like war (0+ / 0-)

          according to the linked article, it would seem to have to involve building levees, dikes, and that type of thing.

          Or - more sensibly - just moving the cities elsewhere.

          What would you prefer to spend money on - you know, in 50 years when computers / automation is meeting all our current "needs" ?  There needs to be * something * new that comes along to keep people gainfully employed.

          •  Prefer (1+ / 0-)
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            I'd prefer to spend $trillions a year now on replacing petrofuels with sustainable power and conservation, and sequestering CO2. So we don't have to spend hundreds of times that much just to survive. If we even survive long enough to get there, what with the impossibility of "moving the cities elsewhere" without destabilizing civilization into terminal wars.

            "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

            by DocGonzo on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 04:51:52 PM PST

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            •  Sure, those are all good things to do (0+ / 0-)

              but there is ever increasing evidence that catastrophic effects are already "baked in"  - e.g., a rise in sea level that will inundate many low-lying cities.

              IMHO we should pull our collective heads out of our asses and figure out how to deal with that (as compared to saying "over the next 50 years we are going to phase out fossil fuels in favor of something better"  - there's two problems with that - one is that it will be too late and the second is that it is not going to happen in any event).

  •  Ted Cruz Introduces Anti-Gay Marriage Bill (1+ / 0-)
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    Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

    by DRo on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 12:40:22 PM PST

    •  One more Jackass-in-the-Pulpit, banging (3+ / 0-)
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      DRo, Eric Nelson, wintergreen8694

      a mythology book and braying in the barn with steeple.

      Right on a par with the idiotological notion that States have the "rights of Nullification", so dear to the hearts of those for whom "the South Will Rise Again".  Just pick and choose which parts of the Constitution, and Amendments, you feel like observing; and . . . .  Ah!  Well!  The fundamentalist structures of superstitious ignorance and arrogantly stubborn stupidity never do give up trying to take over.

    •  Has Ted Cruz taken the hate-monger/panderer .. (1+ / 0-)
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      ..mantle from who?™JeffW

      It's was a close call, but then Cruz pulled himself up by his bootstraps and took his gutter version of 'Music man' (without the Disney redemption ending) routine on the road..

      ..we now have a new winner for hatemonger

       - imo
      But seriously..

      In July last year, a team from Stanford University in California looked at the challenge of building sea defences and proposed that by far the most efficient solutions would all be natural: dune systems, mangrove forests, reefs, water meadows, kelp forests and natural estuary ecosystems provided the best protection for many people in many circumstances.

      And in December scientists from the University of Massachusetts considered the devastation wreaked on New York and other American cities by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 and warned that such things could happen again and that, once again, natural systems might provide the most efficient  buffers against the buffetings of the weather.

      Ideas that sound like very good things to do in any case, yet..

      Could Will happen again and then:

      And there will be tracts of land that no dykes could ever save from the rising waters. The poorest countries are in any case unlikely to be able to meet the costs of sustained protection from the sea.
      Thx MB
  •  3500 comments already in to Dept. of State on (5+ / 0-)
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    DRo, JeffW, Eric Nelson, Meteor Blades, rbird

    KXL Pipeline Supplemental EIS -- the majority against the pipeline project:

  •  "Snow Days" (0+ / 0-)

    Being very involved in the public school system throughout my many years, I can say that closing schools for inclement weather is not only good from a safety standpoint and from a litigation standpoint but from a student-progress standpoint as well.

    The first two things I mentioned are self explanatory but the third is less understandable I am sure.  Several students at any school have "issues" with attendance.  That is because of many reasons that are both student-caused and outside the control of students.  

    Because of this, more students than people believe or know about are "in trouble" with attendance to the point that if they miss many/any more days of school they could be suspended or even set back a year depending on school policy.  If the weather is questionable, many of these students "in trouble" may and probably will miss a school day if the school attempts to keep classes going in an effort to accumulate enough days to achieve a wanted end-of-year date.  

    There should NEVER be a decision in these instances that puts safety over goals.

  •  Coastal sea rise could cost $100 trillion annually (1+ / 0-)
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    Conservatives will just say God's trying to flood the world again,
    which we deserve for allowing gay marriage. Doing anything to stop the rising sea levels would therefore piss off God, so it's better to do nothing and pray.

    "I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. -- John Stuart Mill (March, 1866)

    by Blood on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 04:05:01 PM PST

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