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  • Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Obamacare 101 with Professor P:
    Cartoon by Jen Sorensen  -- Obamacare 101 with Professor P
  • March marked the first month in more than a decade without a U.S. combat death:
    While this marks a low point in deaths among American soldiers, the same cannot be said of the coalition forces fighting alongside the U.S.—two allied soldiers died over the course of the month. It also doesn’t mean that the situation in the two countries the United States has fought wars in over the last country are also free from strife. As NATO forces prepare to withdraw combat troops at the end of the year, violence in Afghanistan is currently threatening the ability of observers to verify its pending election. And in Iraq, 16 civilians died in an attack just this weekend.
  • Colorado town is voting today on shooting down drones.
  • OkCupid blocks Firefox over CEO's opposition to marriage equality. Mozilla's new CEO Brendan Eich contributed $1,000 to the Proposition 8 campaign in 2008:
    The site, which gets 10 million unique visitors a month, is currently greeting all Firefox users with a note explaining why OkCupid's owners feel Eich is "an opponent of equal rights for gay couples."  [...]

    OkCupid's roadblock for Firefox users doesn't stop them from visiting the site entirely. Clicking "Continue to OkCupid" at the bottom of the lengthy note about Eich will allow access, but "we urge you to consider different software for accessing OkCupid."

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  • No joke. The internet is killing most languages:
    According to a paper titled “Digital Language Death,” just published in PLOS One, less than five percent of the 7,000 languages spoken today will ascend to the digital realm. Granted, languages have been dying as long as they’ve been spoken, but the Endangered Languages Project reports that “the pace at which languages are disappearing today has no precedent and is alarming.” András Kornai, author of the new paper, blames the internet for why we’re more likely to be speaking French than, say, Mandinka, in the future.

    The means and speed of language death might be new, but the pattern is old. According to the UNESCO page on endangered languages, “a language disappears when its speakers disappear or when they shift to speaking another language—most often, a larger language used by a more powerful group. Languages are threatened by external forces such as military, economic, religious, cultural or educational subjugation, or by internal forces such as a community’s negative attitude towards its own language.” Both of these forces, Kornai argues, are exacerbated by the internet.

  • Check out the dimple machines and other wacky inventions.
  • Jay Inslee may be the greenest governor in America, or would be if ...... he could count on the legislature to back him up. But two turncoat Democrats make that difficult.
    [I]f Washington acts strongly on climate, the impact will extend far beyond Washington. For the state will be strengthening and reinforcing what California and British Columbia have already done, and the more these Pacific coast states are unified, the more the United States and even the world will have to take notice. "The sense is that if the west coast as a bloc acts, if we've got real climate policy from BC to Baja, that's the world's fifth largest economy," says Kelly of the Washington Environmental Council.

    In the meantime, though, Inslee's position within his state is much like that of President Barack Obama nationally, observes David Roberts of Grist magazine. "He wants to act, but he's got no Republicans in the legislature on his side," says Roberts, "so if he gets anything done, it's going to be through executive powers."

  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show: Hobby Lobby's full of it! Greg Dworkin rounds up Day 1 of BenghaziCare. CIA misled on torture, Bush used it to try to "prove" Iraq-AQ connections & Cheney says he'd do it all again. Rigged markets, rigged unionization votes & more.

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  •  Rhetorical question of the day... (4+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, JeffW, wader, Eric Nelson

    Is there a bigger douche in the DC press corps than...

  •  Good Afternoon Everyone (6+ / 0-)

    Please swing by and check out the pictures when you have the chance.

    March White House Photo Diary

  •  adventures in fiscal spending on wingshooting (5+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, wader, LinSea, 88kathy, msmacgyver
    The proposal allows town officials to spend as much as $10,000 in municipal funds to “establish an unmanned aerial vehicle recognition program.” Shooters must be on private property and are limited to three shots per so-called engagement, “unless there exists an imminent threat to life and safety.”

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 12:21:02 PM PDT

  •  That's my Governor! W00T! (4+ / 0-)

    The Evergreen State is living up to its moniker with the greenest Governor. And yeah, those two DINOs are a problem and unfortunately they probably won't be easy to unseat. Grrr...

    Food processed to be nothing more than simple starches with two dozen flavorings and stabilizers added to make it appear to be food isn't "food". It's "feed" -- what you give to livestock to fatten them up for slaughter.

    by ontheleftcoast on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 12:23:57 PM PDT

  •  Idiot Washington state senators. (5+ / 0-)

    Do we live in the same country? Have they been living under a rock?

    Democratic Sens. Rodney Tom of Bellevue and Tim Sheldon of Potlatch said the bipartisan cooperation would drive better policies. Under the new plan, Republicans will chair six committees, including the panel that controls the state budget, while Democrats will control another six committees. The parties will split control of three other panels, though Sheldon is on two of those committees.

    "This is not about power. This is not about control," said Tom, who will rise to serve as the new majority leader. "This is about governing in a collaborative manner."

    Democrats have a small majority in the Senate, controlling 26 of 49 seats. With the moves by Tom and Sheldon, Republicans effectively hold a 25-24 advantage.

    Most of the people taking a hard line against us are firmly convinced that they are the last defenders of civilization... The last stronghold of mother, God, home and apple pie and they're full of shit! David Crosby, Journey Thru the Past.

    by Mike S on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 12:24:35 PM PDT

  •  The internet is killing most languages: (4+ / 0-)
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    wader, JeffW, LinSea, 88kathy

    But fortunately Fox "News" and right wing radio is keeping BullShit strong.

  •  Interesting coincidence (3+ / 0-)
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    At the same site as the article on the internet and language, there's a refreshingly nuanced article on the situation at Mozilla with the new CEO. Good read!

    •  From what I've read, their new CEO (2+ / 0-)
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      likely still has personal beliefs here that he would rather not divulge, so he concentrates on agreeing to support Mozilla policies and culture of openness and inclusion for employees and contributors of all types.

      Maybe, like Obama, he needs to go down a journey.  We don't know.

      I've already been giving other browsers a try lately, even though Firefox has been OK for me for some time. It's holding over 1GB of RAM right now and does not securely sandbox within its larger environment, among other things.

      "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

      by wader on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 12:40:34 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Firefox? Mozilla? (2+ / 0-)
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      Yeah, it's a complicated question with several possible viewpoints to consider.  But, speaking personally, I'm just not as willing in my advancing years to put up with attitudes and actions that so diverge from my own values.  Your average pundit would predict that I'd have become more conservative with age, but if anything (1) it's been the opposite and (2) the change is accelerating.  And so, with a flick of a finger, Firefox disappeared from my computer today.  There's a lot of things I can't change, but even if it makes no difference at all in the grand scheme of things, it sure seems gratifying to take such a simple action that counts for something -- at least to me.

      "There is no way to give to honest toil its just reward--its full share of all wealth produced--but by the full application of the single tax. And righteousness and justice require it to be done." --A. Moll, 1897

      by Zwenkau on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 04:54:16 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Wherein I suggest yet another... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...way Sheldon Adelson could "load the dice" in elections.

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 12:36:53 PM PDT

  •  Christmas on April Fools (sorta) (2+ / 0-)
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    I got a Mendelmax kit delivered today which I'm trying to assemble.
     I may go to the Legend Comics artist jam after supper at Runza.

    OTOH, a guy I know from fandom got fired from his job out of the blue.

    I tripped across an article about Denis Kitchen. He's one of the "'80s aging hippies" that ticked me off yesterday. It's because of people like him I'm assembling the Mendelmax instead of amusing you with the antics of Merv or Revellia.

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 12:39:34 PM PDT

  •  Hobby Lobby (2+ / 0-)
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    Retirement Plan Invested in Emergency Contraception and Abortion Drug Makers

    When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 01:58:21 PM PDT

    •  MJ excerpt (0+ / 0-)
      All nine funds—which have assets of $73 million, or three-quarters of the Hobby Lobby retirement plan's total assets—contained holdings that clashed with the Greens' stated religious principles.


      Similar options exist for companies that want to practice what's sometimes called faith-based investing. To avoid supporting companies that manufacture abortion drugs—or products such as alcohol or pornography—religious investors can turn to a cottage industry of mutual funds that screen out stocks that religious people might consider morally objectionable. The Timothy Plan and the Ave Maria Fund, for example, screen for companies that manufacture abortion drugs, support Planned Parenthood, or engage in embryonic stem cell research. Dan Hardt, a Kentucky financial planner who specializes in faith-based investing, says the performances of these funds are about the same as if they had not been screened. But Hobby Lobby's managers either were not aware of these options or chose not to invest in them.

      When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

      by msmacgyver on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 03:53:54 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Wetlands regulations - post Rapanos case..... (0+ / 0-)

    In the Federal Register today.  EPA announces public teleconferences on more post-Rapanos guidance on water body connectivity between wetlands and U.S. navigable waters and coverage under the Clean Water Act.  



    Notification of Two Public Teleconferences of the Science Advisory Board Panel for the Review of the EPA Water Body Connectivity Report:

  •  Judging by some of the message boards out there (0+ / 0-)

    It seems that English might be one of the languages that is dying on the internet. Present company excepted, of course.

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