- Today's comic by Tom Tomorrow is The one rich guy:
- What you missed on Sunday Kos ...
- GOP abortion foes are criminalizing the doctor-patient relationship, by Jon Perr
- This is what a movement looks like! Raleigh NC Moral March and Freedom Summer 2014, by Denise Oliver Velez
- Obamacare and the inheritance tax: A case study in the so-called dignity of work, by Dante Atkins
- Book review: Parry-Giles' 'Hillary Clinton in the News', by Susan Gardner
- Is Hillary Clinton the president we need at this time, by Egberto Willies
- The real face of conservatism, by Ian Reifowitz
- History on the verge of being made in South Carolina:
"A record seven African-American candidates are running for statewide office in 2014. Some could be eliminated in June's primary elections, but it appears at least three black candidates will make it to November's general election," The State reports.
"South Carolina also is assured to elect its first African-American candidate in a statewide race since Reconstruction in one U.S. Senate race, where all three of the announced candidates are black."
- Mother Jones provides a state-by-state map of non-medical vaccine exemptions:
It's easy to find bad information about the safety of vaccines on the internet. That's, well, the internet. But what's scarier is that in many states, parents who buy into those myths can easily opt out of immunizing their children. In some cases, it's no harder than checking a box on a school form saying that vaccines are against their "personal beliefs."
- Snake sends snake-handling pastor to his reward:
Kentucky Pastor Jamie Coots was found dead in his home at about 10 p.m. Saturday after a snake allegedly bit Coots while he was handling the animal in his Middlesboro church, Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name.Last year, he had pleaded guilty to violating Tennessee's exotic animals law and surrendered his vipers.
Sharpe said Coots went home before emergency workers got to the church. Officials then went to his house and urged Coots to get medical care, but he refused. About an hour later they said he died.
- Here's a video of a white-knuckle landing of a Boeing 767 in the wind:The plane gave its landing gear a rough workout as it touched down.
- Right-wing Breitbart.com opening operations in London and Texas:
“We look at London and Texas as two fronts in our current cultural and political war,” Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon said in a statement Sunday night. “There is a growing global anti-establishment revolt against the permanent political class at home, and the global elites that influence them, which impacts everyone from Lubbock to London. Breitbart News is determined to be the platform that reports on this movement every day in every region.”The organization is also eying Egypt, Israel, Florida and, what they no doubt view as a foreign nation, California.
- Open the base door, HAL. Sorry, Dave. Build your own base. This one is ours:
We like autonomous robots because they can do the things we can't or don't want to do. Justin Werfel, a researcher at Harvard University, calls it the "Three Ds—dirty, dangerous, and dull." And, these intelligent bots can get work done in places we aren't able to go—like other planets.
Werfel is part of a team of Harvard engineers designing an autonomous robot construction crew that can build structures without any human intervention or supervision. The latest research, published today in Science magazine, shows off the artificially intelligent bots building towers, pyramids, and staircases. It's the first step to putting robot swarms to work in hard-to-reach places like disaster zones, under the sea, or in outer space.
"We envision sending robots off to do their task and sending astronauts along only after a shelter is completed," study author Kirstin Petersen told me.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin rounds up some wacky news, including the death of a snake handling preacher (by snake bite, of course) and a little discussion of the Michael Dunn trial and the vagaries of fire-at-will laws.
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