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  • Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is Bob figures it out:
    Cartoon by Ruben Bolling -- Bob figures it out
  • Jobless compensation claims rise sharply for second consecutive week: For the week ending April 26, seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment compensation clocked in at 344,000. That's up 14,000—four percent—from the previous week's revised level of 330,000. For the comparable week of 2013, 332,000 Americans filed initial claims. That makes this week the first time since the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy that initial claims have been higher than they were during the same week of the previous year. The less volatile four-week moving average was 320,000 for the week ending April 26, up 3,000 from the previous week. For the week ending April 12, the total number of people claiming compensation fell 99,855 to 2,822,340. In the comparable week last year, there were 4,956,474 persons claiming compensation. That decrease is mostly due to the fact Republicans have blocked renewal of the federal emergency compensation program since December.
  • It's the 11th anniversary of "Mission Accomplished":
    On May 1, 2003, Richard Perle advised, in a USA Today op-ed, “Relax, Celebrate Victory.” The same day, President Bush, dressed in a flight suit, landed on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln and declared an end to major military operations in Iraq—with the now-infamous “Mission Accomplished” banner arrayed behind him.

    Chris Matthews on MSNBC called Bush a “hero” and boomed, “He won the war. He was an effective commander. Everybody recognizes that, I believe, except a few critics.” He added: “Women like a guy who’s president. Check it out. The women like this war. I think we like having a hero as our president. It’s simple.”

    PBS’ Gwen Ifill said Bush was “part Tom Cruise, part Ronald Reagan.” On NBC, Brian Williams gushed, “The pictures were beautiful. It was quite something to see the first-ever American president on a—on a carrier landing.”

  • Al Feldstein of Mad magazine fame, dead at 88: Al Feldstein, who was made editor of Mad by publisher William Gaines in 1956, transformed the satirical publication into a cultural institution, has died. No cause was announced.  
    Under Gaines and Feldstein, Mad's sales flourished, topping 2 million in the early 1970s. In a 1997 interview with the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Feldstein credited Mad's challenges to authority with helping incite the cultural revolution of the 1960s. [...]

    But not everyone was amused.

    Mad once held a spoof contest inviting readers to submit their names to legendary FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover for an "Official Draft Dodger Card." Feldstein said two bureau agents soon showed up at the magazine's offices to demand an apology for "sullying" Hoover's reputation by using his name in Mad.

  • Crack-smoking, hard-drinking, trash-talking, sexist, homophobic, racist Toronto mayor in rehab:
    Mayor Rob Ford says he’s “ready to take a break” from the mayoral election campaign to “go get help.” [...]

    Ford told the Sun columnist Joe Warmington that he realizes “it’s time” and that he “wants” to “deal with his issues.” He said he is being urged to not leave the mayoral race by people around him.

  • Cricket flour and other ways to make insects palatable to Americans:
    The challenge with Six Foods is to convince the rest of America that eating insects is the best thing since sliced bread. When you look at the facts, it’s really a no-brainer: the livestock industry produces 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions, more than all forms of transportation combined, but insects produce just 1% as many greenhouse gas emissions as cows. Raising insects requires far less land, feed, and water than raising livestock, and furthermore, insects don’t feel pain since they don’t have pain receptors (so you can feel less bad the next time one dies from flying into your face as you bike to work).
  • Veteran gives up burial plot to lesbian couple:
    Madelynn Taylor, 74, is a retired veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving for six years just prior to the start of the Vietnam War. She also happens to be a lesbian, who was discharged when she and another servicewoman told her superiors she was gay. Taylor fell in love with Jean Mixner in 1995. They married soon thereafter, though few states recognized their union at the time. When her partner died in 2012, Taylor began planning for her own death, asking the Idaho Veterans Cemetery to reserve a spot for herself as well as the ashes of her spouse. They denied Taylor’s request. [...]

    But now a fellow veteran is stepping up and offering a chance for Taylor and Mixner to reside beside each other forever. U.S. Army Col. Barry Johnson (ret.) wrote in an open letter to the Idaho Statesman that he believes that Taylor had served her country and deserves the same rights as everyone else.

  • In five years, FISC rejects a single government request for electronic surveillance:
    Last year, the federal government asked the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for the authority to conduct electronic surveillance 1,588 times. Guess how many were turned down? Not a single one. [...] In 2012, FISC didn’t turn down any of the 1,789 government applications to conduct electronic surveillance, either. Same with 2011, and 2010. The last time it turned down an application was 2009, when it denied one.
  • New Iowa GOP chairman ripped off widow in real estate deal: Shady shenanigan that provided former Iowa state legislator Danny Carroll tens of thousands at elderly woman's expense caused state to suspend his business partner's law license.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show: Happy May! Greg Dworkin ponders the end of ESI, working out ACA's kinks, understanding jobs report day, and the dissonance in voters' heads. Why guns win & people lose. Demolition of the WI voter ID law. Time for HomelessPAC!

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  •  "ripped off elderly woman" (5+ / 0-)

    Oh, ducky.  We just gettin' started with him.  Shady beyond words.

    Think about the baby Jesus. Up in that tower, letting His hair down so that the three wise men could climb up and spin the dreidle and see if there's six more weeks of winter. -- Will and Grace

    by Rikon Snow on Thu May 01, 2014 at 12:34:30 PM PDT

  •  Al Feldstein. RIP. (8+ / 0-)

    These guys were some of my heroes. I had a burning desire to grow up and become one of the, "usual gang of idiots."
    Can't wait to see the funeral.

    To quote the greatest philosopher of the 20th century: "I yam what I yam, and that's all what I yam."

    by franklyn on Thu May 01, 2014 at 12:35:49 PM PDT

  •  death by furshlugginer Potrzebie (6+ / 0-)
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    Al Feldstein of Mad magazine fame, dead at 88: Al Feldstein, who was made editor of Mad by publisher William Gaines in 1956, transformed the satirical publication into a cultural institution, has died. No cause was announced.  

    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 Thu May 01, 2014 at 12:38:22 PM PDT

  •  How wonderful of that veteran to give up his (11+ / 0-)

    burial plot.

    Some days there is news that warms the heart.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Thu May 01, 2014 at 12:39:14 PM PDT

  •  Check out (2+ / 0-)
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    hbk, LinSea

    "If Wall Street paid a tax on every “game” they run, we would get enough revenue to run the government on." ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Thu May 01, 2014 at 12:42:08 PM PDT

  •  Cricket flour? (5+ / 0-)
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    Meh - I get ample insects in my diet by other means:

    Following FDA guidelines, you don’t have to order a bug burger to eat the same amount as one. If you are a fan of spinach, the action limit is 50 or more aphids, thrips and/or mites per 100 grams. That’s spinach that is 0.01% bug by weight. By the time you eat 1,000 kilograms of spinach you have eaten a quarter pounder’s worth of aphid. (Popeye has eaten a lot of bug burgers.)

    Bug beer is even better. Many of the bugs and bug parts will be filtered out during brewing, but the FDA’s limit on the hops that go into the tank is 2,500 aphids per 10 grams of hops. That’s right, 5% of the total weight of the hops making your summer ale can be bug. A quarter pounder’s worth of aphid butt goes into the brewer for every 2.5 kilograms of hops.

    Dessert is the same. If we consider the “insect parts” that the FDA limits to be about the same weight as a tiny aphid—a conservative estimate—then once you eat around 100 kilograms of your favorite chocolate you’ve eaten a full kilogram of bug. That’s a serious amount of cocoa, but nonetheless, bug you eat.

    And if you fancy making bread from scratch, about one and a half kilograms of insect is sprinkled into every 100 kilograms you use.

    mmm, mmm, mmm
  •  Bugz not feeling pain - Id take that with a grain (3+ / 0-)
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    of salt. They sure ACT like they do.
    And it wasnt very long ago (like, the 1st half of the 20th century) when lots of chin stroking greybeards asserted animals didnt feel pain either, not really.
    I cant even remember the exact rationale for that conclusion, because even at the time the rest of us knew it was wrong (to put it mildly). Something about them not being self aware, like unthinking robots, or soulless, or some such utter drivel.

    •  I remember something like that. (2+ / 0-)
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      Yes, I think it was based on the "fact" that animals "don't possess self-awareness", and thus aren't truly conscious, and so can't really feel pain.  

      I remember someone even asserting something like, "Well, yes, they act like they're feeling pain, but they're really not."

      Ah, good ol' species-centrism.  WE'RE NUMBER ONE!!!

  •  J Edgar Hoover - a worthless POS to the end (5+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, Betty Pinson, LinSea, Anne Elk, Yo Bubba

    I dont care if now we're supposed to think he looked like Leonard DeCaprio. If theres a Hell, he deserves to be in it.

  •  diary pimp---History of May Day: The Haymarket (4+ / 0-)
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    In the end, reality always wins.

    by Lenny Flank on Thu May 01, 2014 at 01:12:31 PM PDT

  •  Insect flour or insect whatever can be dangerous (2+ / 0-)
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    Those of us with anaphylactic reactions to shrimp, crab, lobster, and crawdads are often affected by insects as well, as I discovered at a very fancy Mexican place when I had the cricket tacos.

    "Emancipate yourself from mental slavery. None but us can free our minds." - Bob Marley

    by nightsweat on Thu May 01, 2014 at 01:12:32 PM PDT

  •  Tyrone Biggums For Toronto Mayor! (1+ / 0-)
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    If I was a communist, rich men would fear me...And the opposite applies. The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.

    by stewarjt on Thu May 01, 2014 at 01:18:29 PM PDT

  •  The U.S. is about to deploy a new tactical A-Bomb (1+ / 0-)
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    in Europe, the B61-12, with enhanced 'smart' capabilities and more variable yields, retiring older versions of the weapon:

    In Europe, the effect of the B61-12 will be ... profound because its increased accuracy essentially will add high-yield targeting capability to NATO’s non-strategic arsenal. When mated with the stealthy F-35A fighter-bomber planned for Europe in the mid-2020s, the B61-12 will represent a considerable enhancement of NATO’s nuclear posture in Europe.

    How [the Obama administration will] spin that development at the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in New York next year will be interesting so see. But the B61-12 program is part of a global technological nuclear arms race with nuclear weapon modernization programs underway in all the nuclear-armed states that is in stark contrast to the wishes of the overwhelming number of countries on this planet to see the “cessation of the nuclear arms race at early date and to nuclear disarmament,” as enshrined in the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (more about that in the May issue of Arms Control Today).

    This move is not a result of the current standoff in Eastern Europe (it's been in preparation for years), but this is not the time to proceed.  Instead, the U.S. and NATO should announce that further development and deployment have been indefinitely postponed pending the outcome of the current crisis in Ukraine.

    Play chess for the Kossacks on Join the site, then the group at

    by rhutcheson on Thu May 01, 2014 at 01:46:09 PM PDT

  •  Any chance that the next version of Daily Kos (0+ / 0-)

    implementation could include a capability to make a tinyurl immediately out of long URL's directly on the DK site?

    And, this is not lobbying to get rid of long URLs as they too have a purpose in life.

  •  Not worth an entire diary, but (0+ / 0-)

    ...I just ran across some classic "both sides do it" in Forbes Magazine.  The article is about the Cliven Bundy situation.  It notes that Mr. Bundy is indeed a lunatic and a stealer of taxpayer funds, and that initially some conservatives flocked to his "cause" until they found out what it was, which is total lunacy.  But the writer can't let it go at that, without slamming the people who understood what was going on and responded appropriately to the circus that the initial support had emboldened.

    The problem, however, is not one-sided.  Early in the standoff, U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev) further inflamed the situation in Bunkerville when he spoke at an event in Las Vegas:

        “They’re nothing more than domestic terrorists. I repeat: what happened there was domestic terrorism … Clive Bundy does not recognize the United States. The United States, he says, is a foreign government. He doesn’t pay his taxes. He doesn’t pay his fees. And he doesn’t follow the law. He continues to thumb his nose at authority … They had sniper rifles in the freeway. They had weapons, automatic weapons. They had children lined up. They wanted to make sure they got hurt first … What if others tried the same thing?”  Source: Fox News, April 17, 2014

    Pointing out that one's political or cable rating opponent is a moron is also, er, impolitic.
    There has been an undeniable glee in the articles that followed.

    Salon, for example, has now published 37 articles on Bundy in two weeks.
    ...[quotes article]
    Putting Bundy on a national platform in an effort to increase ratings, gain votes, or embarrass political opponents is clearly irresponsible, and if the standoff does turn violent, it may result in the deaths of Americans, both those supporting Bundy at his ranch, and those BLM employees who still need to enforce a valid federal court order for the removal of the cattle.

    Orwell was an optimist.
    My Home Page

    by RepackRider on Thu May 01, 2014 at 02:25:36 PM PDT

  •  I Despise/hate/loath Windows Auto-Arrange (0+ / 0-)

    in 7 and above systems,I got a Windows 7 a couple years ago and discovered this stupidity and now with talk of 9 I am hoping that the numb-nuts will allow Manual arrange again like in Vista and before like say XP and I am not alone in this and I will not buy any Windows till this stupid Auto-Arrange is fixed with the Manual Arrange feature as it was in Vista,XP and 98,I'll go buy used Vista's before I get another 7&up.I still use the old Vista I got to do most stuff that depend on folders and files by coping things from the 7 and also still using it with the Internet and putting them on the old one and then arranging them like how I want and hope it keeps going for awhile.End of Rant.

  •  Thank you, Al Feldstein for shaping my world..... (0+ / 0-)

    view with your delicious, sardonic wit.  The world was a much better place with you in it....Al, I feel like you raised me......Rest in Peace....

    "A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered." Ralph Waldo Emerson

    by Yo Bubba on Thu May 01, 2014 at 05:34:43 PM PDT

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