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  • These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook on May 1:
    Idaho Veteran offers his own cemetery plot to lesbian denied burial with her spouse, by Steveningen

    ALERT: Californians! Intercepted email reveals frackers plan to stack Gasland 2 screenng, by TXsharon

    Uh-Oh, Scalia Screws Up Royally. Time To Retire., by pollwatcher

  • What's coming up on Sunday Kos ...
    • Daily Kos Elections Senate Power Rankings: May edition, by Steve Singiser
    • Economic Justice and the Future of Religious Progressives: A Conversation with E.J. Dionne, by Greg Dworkin
    • Scott Walker will not give a decorated Marine Corps veteran a second chance, by Mark E Andersen
    • Donald and Shelly Sterling and the racism of housing discrimination, by Denise Oliver Velez
    • It is time to embrace criticisms of the Democratic Party to ensure it lives up to its tenets, by Egberto Willies
    • Test prep kills learning. But standardized testing is big money. Guess how this one turns out, by Ian Reifowitz
  • Mayor implies homeless live on streets by choice: Temecula Mayor Maryann Edwards wants to stop enabling the homeless, a population contingent she plans to "eliminate" in the wealthy California community. She developed her plan on her own without talking to single homeless person, she says. In a verified email, she wrote that “Homeless people panhandling on the off ramps are homeless by choice.” Edwards also chastised charitable people, “People will know that by giving food, money, or temporary shelter to a homeless person, they are actually enabling the homeless person to continue to live in the creek and use heroin.” On the contrary, 94 percent of homeless people in a San Francisco survey said they used money they begged for food, with 44 percent admitting they also used some of the money given to them for drugs or alcohol. Only 3 percent said they didn't want shelter.
  • Childbirth-related deaths rise in U.S.:
    The U.S. is one of only eight countries to see an increase in childbirth-related deaths since 2003, according to a study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. While maternal mortality has dropped by 3.1% in developed countries (and 1.3% globally) since 1990, it increased by 1.7% in the U.S during the same time period.

    More than 18 mothers died for every 100,000 live births in the US in 2013, which is more than double the rates in Saudi Arabia and Canada, and more than triple that in the UK. The biggest increase occurred in women aged 20-24: While only 7.2 women died for every 100,000 births in 1990, that age group saw a mortality rate of 14 per 100,000 in 2013. Now the US is ranked at 60 out of 180 countries in the measures of maternal death (where a lower number indicates fewer deaths).

  • Tennessee becomes first state to imprison women for pregnancy outcomes: A woman can now be prosecuted and incarcerated if a fetus or newborn is harmed by her use of illegal drugs.
  • Tracking your origins a thousand years back by ignoring race:
    A new “GPS” for your DNA can track your where your ancestors lived a millennium ago, and much more accurately than previous methods—down to the exact village in some cases. [...]

    According to their study published this week in Nature, the tool has traced DNA origins with 98 percent accuracy, while previous methods were often off by 700 km, which is a whole different country in some parts of the world. But when researchers applied their GPS-based approach to over 200 Sardinian villagers, they were able to place a quarter of them in their villages of genetic origin, and the rest within 50 km.

    The increased accuracy of the new model is based on a simple, if controversial, assumption made by the study authors: that race doesn’t exist.

  • EDF backs Lindsay Graham without a hint he'll do anything positive for the environment:
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is not exactly what you’d call an environmentalist. His lifetime score from the League of Conservation Voters is a paltry 12 percent. Lowlights include voting for an amendment sponsored by Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) that would “prohibit further greenhouse gas regulations for the purposes of addressing climate change.” He has also voted for approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, against clean energy tax credits, and against putting a price on carbon pollution. And that’s just in the last couple of years.

    Now, as Graham seeks reelection to a third term this fall, Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), is cohosting a fundraiser for Graham’s campaign on behalf of Environmental Defense Action Fund, the group’s 501(c)(4) arm.

    EDF's argument for supporting him is that some Republicans are needed to push bipartisan legislation. But as Grist's Ben Adler points out, both carrots and sticks are needed in politics and EDF doesn't seem interested in using the latter with Graham.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show Greg Dworkin adds 2¢ on jobs & Benghazi, says Christie's still toast, the partisan divide on race is growing & previews his E.J. Dionne interview. Ireland dares to "look backward" on Gerry Adams. Tech pushes back but seeks immunity.

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  •  Frist?! (3+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, Aunt Pat, Ellid

    That wanker came up in a comment thread today. A rush of nostalgia (or was that nausea) made me post this comment.

    GOP 2014 strategy -- Hire clowns, elephants, and a ringmaster and say "a media circus" has emerged and blame Democrats for lack of progress. Have pundits agree that "both sides are to blame" and hope the public will stay home on election day.

    by ontheleftcoast on Fri May 02, 2014 at 12:03:22 PM PDT

  •  Srsly, EDF? n/t (9+ / 0-)

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

    by JeffW on Fri May 02, 2014 at 12:05:15 PM PDT

    •  EDF is the new WTF. n/t (6+ / 0-)

      GOP 2014 strategy -- Hire clowns, elephants, and a ringmaster and say "a media circus" has emerged and blame Democrats for lack of progress. Have pundits agree that "both sides are to blame" and hope the public will stay home on election day.

      by ontheleftcoast on Fri May 02, 2014 at 12:09:37 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Let's be clear about something here.... (3+ / 0-)
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        ontheleftcoast, VTelder, JeffW

        EDF, as an organization, does mostly excellent environmental and natural resources protection work.

        They are not my favorite national environmental organization, but they are clearly a high quality policy, environmental science and litigation outfit that accomplishes a great deal.....and the public's trust in a clean environment would harmed without EDF's participation and involvement.

        Progressive Democrats who cooperate and network with national environmental groups, however, cannot ignore something like the Fred Krupp-Lindsay Graham kiss....because Graham is part of and votes with the republican machine in Congress that wants to take this country back to "Pre-Senator-Muskie" days....

        So, the EDF-Lindsay Graham embrace does deserve pushback to EDF from Democrats.   Doing some Daily Kos organizational political surgery without an anesthetic on EDF's Lindsay Graham decision ----  is an appropriate part of progressive Democrat's organizational behavior modification therapy on EDF that is quite appropriate under the circumstances.

        •  Snark is wasted on the serious. (1+ / 0-)
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          Chillax (NO! that can't be in my dictionary as a valid word!) I was just using a meme to poke fun at their rather bizarre embrace of Graham. Though in all honesty they might be embracing him to stick a dagger in his back. What conservative would want, or even admit to, an endorsement from the EDF or any pro-environment group?

          GOP 2014 strategy -- Hire clowns, elephants, and a ringmaster and say "a media circus" has emerged and blame Democrats for lack of progress. Have pundits agree that "both sides are to blame" and hope the public will stay home on election day.

          by ontheleftcoast on Fri May 02, 2014 at 01:27:54 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  You can let Fred Krupp know (1+ / 0-)
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          that this is one person who will no longer support EDF.

          (When I hear Graham's name I always think of Jon Stewart, batting his eyes, fanning himself and saying, "Oh pshaw" in his best LG imitation.)

          I'll go on FB and tell Fred myself that it's "Bye-bye for me.

    •  Just my opinion (3+ / 0-)
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      Aunt Pat, LakeSuperior, JeffW

      because I've been practiciing enviro law for over 20 years and my law professor worked for EDF.  EDF does good work but it is comprised mainly of the creme de la creme of moneyed and educated folks.  That isn't necessary a negative but it does explain their cozying up to a creep like Lindsay.

      " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

      by gchaucer2 on Fri May 02, 2014 at 12:27:27 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  They've always favored the carrot over the (0+ / 0-)

      stick, so to speak, I've pretty much given up on them.

      That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

      by enhydra lutris on Fri May 02, 2014 at 01:15:25 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  WTF EDF (5+ / 0-)
    Now, as Graham seeks reelection to a third term this fall, Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), is cohosting a fundraiser for Graham’s campaign on behalf of Environmental Defense Action Fund, the group’s 501(c)(4) arm.

    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 Fri May 02, 2014 at 12:08:06 PM PDT

  •  Your Pro-Equality Primary Voter Guide for NC (1+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat

    Just saw this.

    Equality NC Action Fund, Equality NC's political action committee (PAC), is proud to announce our endorsements for the 2014 primary election, May 6, 2014. For the 2014 election cycle, Equality NC Action Fund evaluated candidates using multiple factors, including responses to an LGBT issue-based questionnaire, candidate interviews, public position statements and past voting records.
  •  What the hell? (4+ / 0-)

    Does Graham have pictures of Krupp horizontal dancing with a member of an endangered species?  This is reminiscent of the NAACP's planning to fete Donald Sterling.

    "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing" - Edmund Burke

    by SueDe on Fri May 02, 2014 at 12:10:31 PM PDT

    •  This is America. First you buy access, then you (3+ / 0-)
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      Galtisalie, Aunt Pat, LinSea

      buy consideration, then you buy friendship, then you get bought out by the Kochs and retire to Bimini.

      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 Fri May 02, 2014 at 12:17:35 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Graham fundraiser could be awkward (3+ / 0-)
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    ontheleftcoast, Aunt Pat, VTelder

    But if it were me, I'd do it.

    "Ladies and gentlemen, fellow environmentalists, there's no rationale for it, but Lindsay Graham would like your support anyway. Thanks"

    [mic drop]

    "Milton Friedman's misfortune is that his policies have been tried."

    by el fuego on Fri May 02, 2014 at 12:16:34 PM PDT

  •  When would Scalia retire? (1+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat

    Don't we need to keep a Democratic majority in the Senate? Don't we also need votes from GOP Senators who are not completely under the thumb of the Right Wing?
    Can we have a better talking point against originalism.? I do not really like talk about "a living Constitution." Didn't George W. Bush believe in a living Constitution that lives to give him emergency powers in case of an attack on the World Trade Center or a fire in the Reichstag? You can tell him we do not live under the Weimar Constitution.
    I would say our Bill of Rights has some very broad and generic language and it has taken centuries to accept its full implications. The Ninth Amendment speaks of unremunerated rights. On the whole, the Bill of Rights is a bill of limitations on the power of government, not a bill of entitlements.

    Censorship is rogue government.

    by scott5js on Fri May 02, 2014 at 12:16:49 PM PDT

  •  Just sayin' (1+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat

    That whole imprisoning mothers for in-utero substance harm:  I've read an intriguing theory that everything you ever scratched your head over, watching W in action, is explainable as fetal alcohol syndrome.

  •  If you have forty minutes (1+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat

    I am always looking for videos to waste some time watching.  

    If you want to see a funny debate between a libertarian professor and Sam Seder, check my diary.  

    The mind reels


    by otto on Fri May 02, 2014 at 12:25:48 PM PDT

  •  Bundy:US Constitution can solve all world problems (1+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat

    "All of the problems of this world, other countries and their domestic, religious and government problems, and their battles between each other, can be really solved by following our constitution."

  •  EDF responds to my email to them. (10+ / 0-)

    I said I was appalled to learn EDAF was supporting Susan Collins and fundraising for Lindsey Graham. I said it was truly disgusting and asked where the PAC money came from.

    The answer I received today said, "In our opinion, clean air and public health aren't partisan issues and every Senator who acts on that deserves all of our thanks."

    I wrote back and asked where the money came from.

    What a bunch of crap.

  •  Didn't Lindsay Graham try to work on gh gas before (2+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, Mindful Nature

    some snit with the WH?  I read something about a blown opportunity to work with him.

    AT TODAY'S OPEN THREAD, PROOF WILL BE PROVIDED ON HOW I AM BEING "CONSTANTLY CALLED OUT" ON DAILY KOS FOR BEING BAD. Moreover, the dossier on my activities during the Bush administration will have an appendix concluding that I am Wrong.

    by Inland on Fri May 02, 2014 at 12:33:13 PM PDT

  •  Childbirth-related deaths. (4+ / 0-)
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    Ellid, Meteor Blades, LinSea, Metric Only

    I read the linked article from USA Today.  A quote:

    "That's all the more reason for women planning a pregnancy to see their doctor before they conceive, says Siobhan Dolan, a medical advisor to the March of Dimes and professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York."

    The U.S. has the highest rate of unintended pregnancy in the developed world.  Unless academics are willing to address the political and religious obstructions to women's medical care needs, such advice is essentially useless to working poor and indigent women.

    Don't look back, something may be gaining on you. - L. "Satchel" Paige

    by arlene on Fri May 02, 2014 at 12:33:36 PM PDT

  •  A few final snippets on Scalia's (2+ / 0-)
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    Meteor Blades, LinSea

    screwup from Power Engineering Magazine....I hadn't seen that the Supremes allowed Tony to make a correction after the fact:

    Soy Bean Aphids -- watch out:

    More followup on Deepwater Horrizon disaster by Coast Guard:

    Worker exposure at Hanford:

    Electric utility holding company in Texas goes bankrupt on Rick Perry's watch -- the horror!

    Republic of China not playing nice
    on wood flooring and wood bedroom furniture:

    Environmental Assessments; Availability, etc.:
    Kern River Transmission and Mojave Pipeline Company, LLC; Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Line No. 1901 Replacement Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues

    EIS No. 20140125, Final EIS, FRA, CA, California High-Speed Train
    (HST): Fresno to Bakersfield Section High-Speed Train,
    Review Period
    Ends: 05/27/2014, Contact: Stephanie Perez 202-493-0388. Revision to
    the FR Notice Published 04/25/2014; Correcting Lead Agency from FHWA to FRA.

    National Emission Standards:
    Revisions to National Emission Standards for Radon Emissions From Operating Mill Tailings

    Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Determination of Attainment of the 2006 24-Hour Fine Particulate Matter Standard for the Pittsburgh-Beaver Valley Nonattainment Area

    Critical change in North Dakota air pollution control requirements affecting oil/gas industry  [this notice is
    a relaxation on minor source permit requirements for oil/gas industry]

    Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: 2013 Cellulosic Biofuel Standard

    How to shut down a Wisconsin nuclear plant:

    Occupational health and the global harmonization of the classification and labeling of chemicals

  •  What is it with... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...conservatives' love/hate relationship with "choice?"

    Temecula Mayor Maryann Edwards...wrote that “Homeless people panhandling on the off ramps are homeless by choice.”
    Never mind that she talked to none of them; her supposition forms part of the basis of her determination to "eliminate" them from her community.

    So how is it that "choice" is so important if something like commerce or religion is involved, but is an indictment if sexual activity, reproduction or, apparently, homelessness is?  

    Well never mind, really. The answer is clear: the only "choice" they respect is their own arbitrary one to approve or disapprove of this, that or the other thing.

  •  fox has benghazi (0+ / 0-)

    cnn has the missing plane (oh by the way georesonance is a complete scam and hoax. nothing they say they can do is remotely possible).

    msnbc is msnbc.

    so absurd.

    Dawkins is to atheism as Rand is to personal responsibility. uid 52583 lol

    by terrypinder on Fri May 02, 2014 at 12:46:09 PM PDT

  •  Fred Krupp (2+ / 0-)
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    Galtisalie, VTelder

    Fred Krupp (head of EDF) is the worst. EDF and their fully subsidized and owned "grassroots" group Moms Clean Air Force are backing Susan Collins against Shenna Bellows, who (you know) would vote for a climate bill.

    EDF is a joke. They have always been on the right of the environmental community, and it looks like they aren't even trying to pretend that they care about the environment.

  •  Maybe there's a lot of deadthreading today. (0+ / 0-)

    I guess nobody's showing up for the prosecution.  Whadda shock.

    Schedule permitting, PROOF WILL BE PROVIDED ON HOW I AM BEING "CONSTANTLY CALLED OUT" AND "UNIVERSALLY RECOGNIZED" FOR BEING BAD. Moreover, the dossier on my activities during the Bush administration will have an appendix concluding that I am Wrong.

    by Inland on Fri May 02, 2014 at 01:40:16 PM PDT

  •  ROFL- Temecula is a "wealthy" community? (0+ / 0-)

    That's news.  It used to be a hick rural wide spot along the highway.  Maybe it's growing pains went to its head.

    My Karma just ran over your Dogma

    by FoundingFatherDAR on Fri May 02, 2014 at 01:56:40 PM PDT

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