- Today's comic by is The thin veil of rationality:
- This is what you missed on Sunday:
Why libertarians have it totally wrong on the contraceptive mandate, by Dante Atkins
The 'strange fruit' was often female, by Denise Oliver-Velez
No, unions are not to blame for the downfall of the music industry, by Mark E Andersen
How can politicians make Obamacare the winning message? It’s in the polls, by Egberto Willies
- Play ball!
- Judge's "reasoning" for probation child rape case:
A Superior Court judge who sentenced a wealthy du Pont heir to probation for raping his 3-year-old daughter noted in her order that he "will not fare well" in prison and needed treatment instead of time behind bars, court records show.
Judge Jan Jurden's sentencing order for Robert H. Richards IV suggested that she considered unique circumstances when deciding his punishment for fourth-degree rape. Her observation that prison life would adversely affect Richards was a rare and puzzling rationale, several criminal justice authorities in Delaware said. Some also said her view that treatment was a better idea than prison is a justification typically used when sentencing drug addicts, not child rapists.
- Mozilla endorses marriage equality despite CEO's backing of Prop 8:
Responding to scrutiny over hiring a CEO who had supported California’s Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage, Mozilla has announced that the company supports full LGBT equality, including the freedom to marry
- Boston Marathon bombing victim sues Glenn Beck for defamation. Abdulrahman Alharbi was a 20-year-old student when he was injured in the Boston Marathon bombing last year. He was questioned by police and his dwelling searched with his permission and discovered to have nothing to do with the attack. He's now suing Glenn Beck and The Blaze because the right-wing ideologue had claimed that Alharbi had funded the bombing.
"On or about May 8, 2013, and at repeated and diverse times thereafter, Beck stated that Alharbi was the 'money man' who had funded the attacks at the Boston Marathon. [...]
Alharbi says he has "received numerous messages ... based on Beck's statements accusing him of being a murderer, child killer and terrorist."
- "Noah" just one of the Biblical epics that caused a religious backlash.
- Tsunami rescue car?
The Japanese-developed Fomm Concept One uses a water jet generator to propel through water, and has a motorcycle-style handlebar to accelerate and brake. And get this: Its wheels are lightweight, buoyant, and they can operate like fins when in the water.
Pretty neat, eh? Before you take the plunge and pack up the family for a picnic in the lake, remember that this amphicar isn’t meant just for fun. It was designed by a Japanese company to help rescue people from flooding and tsunamis and will only be sold in Thailand, followed by a larger rollout in Southeast Asia. The tiny, 1,000-pound car can only drive about 62 miles before it needs to be recharged, and can only handle one disaster at a time before it needs to be maintained again.
- Crows display causal understanding of first-graders:
Understanding causal relationships between actions is a key feature of human cognition. However, the extent to which non-human animals are capable of understanding causal relationships is not well understood. Scientists used the Aesop's fable riddle—in which subjects drop stones into water to raise the water level and obtain an out-of reach-reward—to assess New Caledonian crows' causal understanding of water displacement. These crows are known for their intelligence and innovation, as they are the only non-primate species able to make tools, such as prodding sticks and hooks. Six wild crows were tested after a brief training period for six experiments, during which the authors noted rapid learning (although not all the crows completed every experiment). The authors note that these tasks did not test insightful problem solving, but were directed at the birds' understanding of volume displacement.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin rounds-up the Last Day of Open Season ACA stories. Sheldon Adelson holds his own personal auditions for Gop candidates. 60 Minutes explains how high-frequency stock traders rigged the market.
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