- Today's comic by Tom Tomorrow is The surveillance society: a look back:
- This is what you missed on Sunday:
Don’t laugh, but Rand Paul could be our next president, by Egberto Willies
The RNC's new campaign: Selling millennials on a corporate agenda, by Dante Atkins
Did Rand Paul just accuse Barack Obama of being 'not black enough?', by Ian Reifowitz
Women's History: Asian and Asian Pacific Islander Americans, by Denise Oliver Velez
The unlikely redemption of Safety Spider, by Hunter
Noah brings the rain, by DarkSyde
- Glenn Champ has experience at making the crooked straight. He's running for the GOP gubernatorial slot:
Champ, who spoke for ten minutes at the California Republican Party’s semiannual convention last week, admits he’s had a little trouble with the law, like the whole sex offender thing, but he explains that the 1993 conviction on two counts of assault with intent to commit rape, which landed him on the sex offender registry, looks a lot worse than it really was, because, see, it “was just for picking up some underage prostitutes.” Plus, after that he found Jesus and turned his life around, except for the 1998 plea deal on loitering to solicit a prostitute, and then also the voluntary manslaughter conviction that same year for hitting a man with his vehicle, which again sounds far less terrible in his telling:
“There was a situation where the gentleman, he was a little bit drunk and was trying to get violent and I left the area as quick as I could and apparently he got in the way. I didn’t see him or even know I hit him until about four hours later, till it came on the news,” Champ said.
- Lucky, Lucky, Lucky cyclist sideswiped starting at about :20.
- Blast from the Past—Paul Wolfowitz told us the Iraq war would pay for itself:
In one of the most infamous quotes of the entire Iraq debacle, deputy defense secretary Paul Wolfowitz (who continues today to defend the war), told the House Appropriations Committee eleven years ago this week that oil revenue earned by Iraq alone would pay for Iraq's reconstruction after the Iraq war. "The oil revenues of that country could bring between $50 and $100 billion over the course of the next two or three years. Now, there are a lot of claims on that money, but ... We are dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction and relatively soon." How did that turn out?
Christian Science Monitor two years ago summarized the costs this way: "The Iraq war cost about $800 billion, or about $7.6 billion a month. When long term benefits are paid out connected with the death and injury of US troops there, the number is expected to rise to about $1 trillion, or about $9.5 billion a month. About $60 billion was spent directly on Iraq reconstruction efforts."
- An electric thinking cap boosts learning speed:
Caffeine-fueled cram sessions are routine occurrences on any college campus. But what if there was a better, safer way to learn new or difficult material more quickly? What if "thinking caps" were real?
In a new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, Vanderbilt psychologists Robert Reinhart, a Ph.D. candidate, and Geoffrey Woodman, assistant professor of psychology, show that it is possible to selectively manipulate our ability to learn through the application of a mild electrical current to the brain, and that this effect can be enhanced or depressed depending on the direction of the current.
- Dorothy with the dragon tattoo
- Iraq now operating some fast Chinese trains:
The 10 new trains will roll on the Baghdad-Basra line, between Iraq’s capital and one of its key cities. It’s a line that’s been of strategic importance since it was built as part of the Baghdad Railway in the years surrounding World War I, and now it’s getting trains capable of 100 mph. [...]
The new trains, built by China’s CSR, were delivered in February and will cut the journey time in half. They’re each made up of two diesel locomotives and eight passenger cars capable of holding 343 passengers, and come standard with air conditioning and sleeper compartments.
- One in 2,058 American-born baby boomers notable enough to get a Wikipedia entry.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin helps round up Hobby Lobby, Nate Silver, Chris Christie, etc., before turning to Radley Balko's latest on the "warrior cop" theme, and the persistent Republican fantasy of "voluntarism."
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