- Today's comic by Tom Tomorrow is The mysterious disappearance:
- This is what you missed on Sunday ...
'Years of Living Dangerously': The most important television series ever, by Laurence Lewis
McCutcheon v. FEC: The 1% versus the .1%, by Dante Atkins
Traditional news media must be made irrelevant if America is to succeed, by Egberto Willies
FDR, LBJ and BHO, by Ian Reifowitz
Seeking justice: From Scottsboro to Central Park, by Denise Oliver Velez
How gerrymandering has helped turn legislative elections into coronations, by Steve Singiser
Money ≠ Speech, by Mark E Andersen
- Wage thieves aren't employees raiding the till:
The creativity of workplace managers to squeeze dollars from their lowest-paid employees is almost unlimited.
According to a lawsuit filed against Wal-Mart and several of its contractors running its warehouses in Riverside County, the warehouses scrapped their hourly-pay system in 2001 in favor of a piece-rate system in which all the workers on a shift shared a set rate for every trailer they either completely loaded or unloaded.
If they didn't finish the job, they got nothing.
- Nigerian government suspects Islamic extremists in bus station slaughter:
Security experts suspect the explosion was inside a vehicle, said Air Commodore Charles Otegbade, director of search and rescue operations. The bus station, 8 km (5 miles) southwest of central Abuja, serves Nyanya, a poor, ethnically and religiously mixed satellite town where many residents work in the city. [...]The organization is blamed for more than 10,000 deaths in the past 12 years and is known for forcing child soldiers to participate in murder. Up to 1,000 Boko Haram militants died in government custody last year, a human rights abuse excoriated by Amnesty International.
Boko Haram militants are increasingly targeting civilians they accuse of collaborating with the government or security forces.
- Rep. Mark Sanford's ex-wife accuses him of violating divorce settlement again: Because the settlement is sealed, the exact particulars are unknown but are apparently related to a farm the two own. Sanford is running unopposed for the South Carolina 1st District congressional seat he won in a special election last year.
- Krugman gives Charles Gaba (Brainwrap at Daily Kos) another shout-out on Obamacare count.
- Wisconsin GOP to vote on a secession resolution next month. The original resolution was provided that “we strongly insist our state representatives work to uphold Wisconsin’s 10th Amendment rights, and our right to secede, passing legislation affirming this to the U.S. Federal Government.” The watered-down version that will be voted on in May states support for “legislation that upholds Wisconsin’s right, under extreme circumstances, to secede.”
- Smog linked to increase in suicides:
Saying “it’s so smoggy I could kill myself” may seem as flippant as uttering “I’m so hungry I could eat a horse.”
But it’s not.
Four years ago, Asian researchers reported links between air pollution and suicide rates in South Korea; and between air pollution, asthma, and suicides in Taiwan. Now, University of Utah scientists say they have uncovered similar links in pollution-prone Salt Lake County. [...]
Bakian and her colleagues found that the odds of committing suicide in the county spiked 20 percent following three days of high nitrogen dioxide pollution—which is produced when fossil fuels are burned and after fertilizer is applied to fields.
- U.S. sent CIA Director as ambassador to Iran after '53 coup it engineered:
The decision of the Obama administration and the resolution passed by Congress barring entry to Iran’s designated ambassador to the United Nations has angered Tehran and provoked demonstrations in Iran. Hamid Aboutalebi has served as ambassador to several European countries. He is accused by Washington politicians of having participated in the taking of US diplomats hostage in 1979-81. Aboutalebi says that he was not among the militants who took the hostages, but rather later on agreed to serve as a translator for the group. [...]
In 1973-77, [Richard] Helms was sent by the Nixon administration to be ambassador to Iran. Sending a career CIA operative and former director of that organization as diplomatic envoy to the country where the CIA had destroyed democracy was a huge slap in the face of the Iranian people, and they knew it.
- On today's rerun of the Kagro in the Morning show, it's the April 15, 2013, show, featuring Armando's (then-) news roundup, hedge fund titans and tax software makers stealing more money, and Missouri handing out guns as concealed carry permits get faked.
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