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    Cartoon by Ruben Bolling - The tale of ye olde inter-nets
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    Grand Rapids to Koch Brothers: Oh No You Don't!, by ScottyUrb

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    Level 3: "[US ISPs are] deliberately harming the service they deliver to their paying customers.", by Technomancer

  • Heritage Foundation gets into the news biz: Under the leadership of Jim DeMint, the hoary old foundation is becoming more partisan and more dedicated to reaching a younger audience. One aspect of that will be The Daily Signal, a digital news service that it says will be devoted to straight news (cough-cough) coverage.
    The site aims to rectify the conservative perception that mainstream news slants to the left. “We plan to do political and policy news,” says Lysaught, “not with a conservative bent, but just true, straight-down-the-middle journalism.”
    Straight down the middle between the tea party and the Republican Party.
  • Initial applications for unemployment compensation fall: After two weeks of significant increases, initial applications for unemployment compensation fell sharply for the week ending May 3 to 319,000. That was down 26,000 from the previous week's revised figure. For the comparable week of 2013, 332,000 initial claims were filed. The less volatile four-week running average was 324,750, up 4,500 from the previous week's revised average. Total claims for the week ending April 19 were 2,832,693, an increase of 10,353 from the previous week. In the comparable week of 2013, there were 4,866,804 people claiming compensation in state and federally funded programs. The year-over-year decrease was due to the failure of Congress in December to renew the federal program for long-term unemployed Americans. More than 2.6 million people who were receiving or would receive federal compensation for being out of work 27 weeks or more found themselves getting nothing the past four months.
  • Half a million California kids go to school near fields sprayed with toxic pesticides:
    A new report released by the California Department of Public Health has found that a staggering 505,141 schoolchildren go to school within a quarter of a mile of crop fields sprayed with the top 10 most hazardous chemical pesticides, the top five of which are specifically fumigants. Latino schoolchildren are 91 percent more likely to attend schools next to these highly hazardous fields than their white peers.
  • Report: Journalists on average are older, less male, less well paid, more politically independent, and more depressed about their profession than previously.
  • Sixty-nine years ago today:
    Here is VE-Day celebration in Times Square NYC--today 1945, after German surrender:  #AP http://t.co/...
    @BeschlossDC
  • Richard Sherman says "R*dsk*ns" name shows NFL not concerned with racism: Asked if he thought NFL commissioner Roger Goodell would have done what NBA commissioner Adam Silver did in banning L.A. Clippers' owner Donald Sterling over recorded racist remarks, the Seahawks cornerback expressed doubt.
    Asked if Goodell would have banned an owner for life, Sherman told Time: “No I don’t. Because we have an NFL team called the R*dsk*ns. I don’t think the NFL really is as concerned as they show. The NFL is more of a bottom line league. If it doesn’t effect their bottom line, they’re not as concerned.”

    He went on to say that he hoped Sterling’s racism would help the conversation about whether Washington should change its name.

  • Boost minimum pay to $10.10 and 4.7 million working moms would get a raise:
    In honor of Mother’s Day, we thought it would be appropriate to point out a gift millions of moms would appreciate: an increase in the minimum wage. About 22 million moms are working in the United States today. Over one-fifth of all working moms would get a raise if we increased the minimum wage to $10.10. That’s 4.7 million moms and their families who would see an increase in wages with that modest minimum wage increase.

    And, not to be left out, 11.6 percent, or 2.6 million, working dads would also see a raise if we increased the minimum wage. That’s over 7 million parents who would see an increase in wages.

  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin brings news from the Bonkersghazi committee: it's a trial! Tom Edsall's "Supreme Injustice" sets the table for the day. And, "Fear the Camel!" How's that for a teaser? Plus Jane Meyer's look at "Ronald Reagan's Benghazi."

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  •  another "fair and balanced" news network, huh (7+ / 0-)

    (yawn)

    In the end, reality always wins.

    by Lenny Flank on Thu May 08, 2014 at 12:02:09 PM PDT

  •  Freedom of speech (3+ / 0-)
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    dinotrac, Lenny Flank, Eric Nelson

    Does the text of the First Amendment include an exception concernng Holocaust denial? I have looked at the First Amendment many times and have not seen such an exception.
    Now turn to Russia Today. There is a news story from California, of all places, where in one school there was a big controversy when a teacher had students argue the issue of Holocaust denial. There were many adults who thought this issue should not be debated. The story went on to list European countries where Holocaust denial is outlawed.
    Now why would Russia Today be interested in something in the far-off land of California? A safe guess is that they want to support one exception to free speech and open the door to many others.  Then the Russian state can legitimize censorship that more directly enhances its specific interests. Certainly the Russian regime has enacted an exception against glbt rights. This happened under encouragement by some in the American Right Wing, such as Scott Lively. The latter are losing their cultural war at home so they are exporting it to places like Russia and Africa, and could use these countries as beachheads to make a comeback here.

    Censorship is rogue government.

    by scott5js on Thu May 08, 2014 at 12:05:18 PM PDT

    •  First Amendment has no content-based exceptions (1+ / 0-)
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      scott5js

      It's bad to shout "Fire!" in a crowded theater, but you can shout "Fire!" out on the sidewalk.

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      by dinotrac on Thu May 08, 2014 at 12:07:19 PM PDT

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    •  "freedom of speech" does not mean public schools (0+ / 0-)

      get to teach idiotic crap.

      "Wrong" is "wrong", free speech or not. And schools should not teach crap that is "wrong".

      In the end, reality always wins.

      by Lenny Flank on Thu May 08, 2014 at 12:33:41 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  'Fire' in a crowded theater (0+ / 0-)

      That was cited by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. in US v Schenck. He really just said his example showed there could be exceptions. The exception at issue in this case was opposition to World War I. How many kossaks have opposed the wars in Vietnam and Iraq? Holmes in another opinion said "the First Amendment protects the speech we hate." He had a way of saying good things but selling them out in actual decisions.
      I can justify the 'fire' exception because the speech is an intrinsic part of a larger act, a crime or tort. Same goes for "Give me your money or I will blow your head off." In the 'fire' exception there is also an element of fraud.
      Now for Holocaust denial. Many countries outlaw it, but is anti-Semitism not just driven underground? World War II did much to discredit anti-Semitism in the United States, and it receives strong rebuff when it appears.
      I took a tour a few years ago of Auschwitz. I took in an impression of it without digesting details. Later I read a book about the issue of Holocaust denial and I thought, "Suppose someone told me Auschwitz was a fraud. What could I offer as a witness?" So if I ever go back I will be interested in verification. Btw on the same trip I saw the Occupation Museum in Riga, Latvia. About another species of tyranny.

      Censorship is rogue government.

      by scott5js on Thu May 08, 2014 at 12:42:51 PM PDT

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  •  "Even the liberal Heritage Foundation…" (0+ / 0-)

    /Doocy

    Ain't no such things as halfway crooks.

    by here4tehbeer on Thu May 08, 2014 at 12:06:37 PM PDT

  •  Sacks and Violets in My Neighborhood (4+ / 0-)
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    tampaedski, wintergreen8694, JeffW, LinSea

    The more famous VE Day photo:

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu May 08, 2014 at 12:07:52 PM PDT

  •  solution to recalcitrant someones ? (0+ / 0-)

    i would spill beans on my dog, if this were presented to me as a 'mixer'-greaser make-em-speak kinda scary thing ... and don't laugh: so would YOU.

    TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes? -- Addington's Perpwalk.

    by greenbird on Thu May 08, 2014 at 12:11:09 PM PDT

  •  FAIL! (0+ / 0-)

    Daily Signal, huh?
    Lets see what Wikipediasays on the subject, shall we?

    Here is a good cover from Signal magazine.  Lets all wish Heritage the best of luck, eh?

    Schadenfreude anyone?

  •  Facebook (1+ / 0-)
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    enhydra lutris

    I respectfully request that, if you post a link to a FB page, you label it up front as such

    many of us do not wish to participate in the invasion of our own privacy any more than absolutely necessary

    Stand up before its too late.

    by pnchad on Thu May 08, 2014 at 12:23:24 PM PDT

  •  This really oughta be good. (2+ / 0-)
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    wintergreen8694, JeffW
    “We plan to do political and policy news,” says Lysaught, “not with a conservative bent, but just true, straight-down-the-middle journalism.”
    They cant open their holes without lying and cheating and attempting to deceive people such that they support stupid shit that is contrary to their actual interests.

    Will probably be a great success in this country.

    I hope they have the foresight to have regular Bigfoot finding updates.

    That sells ad space.

    Legal means "good".
    [41984 | Feb 4, 2005]

    by xxdr zombiexx on Thu May 08, 2014 at 12:26:24 PM PDT

  •  So what? (0+ / 0-)

    ODNI Requires Pre-Publication Review of All Public Information

    That's what I thought initially, because after, I would have been fired by any of my private-enterprise employers for talking to the press about anything related to the business or my activities in it

    But then, in those privately-owned concerns I probably would not have been justified in refusing to answer questions from representatives of the shareholders...

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    by rhutcheson on Thu May 08, 2014 at 12:30:09 PM PDT

  •  R*dsk*ns (0+ / 0-)

    I must have missed this part, but is the word "Redskins" now supposed to be redacted?

    •  I think it's a great idea to do so..... (0+ / 0-)

      It's a good way to protest the ridiculous insensitivity of the NFL on this issue--just never say or write the name.

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      by candid psychiatrist on Thu May 08, 2014 at 12:57:34 PM PDT

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      •  Maybe so (0+ / 0-)

        Dan Snyder will change the name as soon as he can put a dollar value on his brand damage. So anything that contributes to that is probably helpful.

        •  He's going to suffer brand damage either way (0+ / 0-)

          The Redskins have been around for 70-80 years.  They have very loyal fans.  They will be crushed when the name is changed.

          That said, I do think it's a matter of when, not if.  While I find the whole thing a little overblown (it's not intended as a slur anymore than "Fighting Irish" is), you can't stand in the way of political correctness.  Not in this century.

    •  Only by those concerned about racism and (0+ / 0-)

      being offensive/insensitive to others.

      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 Thu May 08, 2014 at 01:22:54 PM PDT

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    •  That's up to you. My reasons for doing so... (3+ / 0-)
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      Eric Nelson, JeffW, LinSea

      ...are political and personal.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Thu May 08, 2014 at 02:23:15 PM PDT

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  •  They would get a raise. (0+ / 0-)

    If they're not laid off or fired first.

    :) the above thoughts come from a crazy mind. ;)

    by Shreve on Thu May 08, 2014 at 12:47:33 PM PDT

  •  So the white supremacist Heritage foundation.. (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    ..is now planning to target children as the new voice of the Teabaggers

    Heritage Foundation Launching (Yet Another) Right-Wing News Site - Greg Mitchell on May 8, 201

    Just what the world needs, right, after The Daily Caller and The Blaze and the various Brietbart outlets, not to mention NRO (and I could go on)? But today comes the announcement: On June 3, the Heritage Foundation will launch another conservative website, The Daily Signal, that purportedly will balance or subvert the complete and noxious left-wing control of all reality-based news.

    Don’t worry, there will also be an opinion section partly aimed at the kiddies who find Fox and The Wall Street Journal too fuddy-duddy.

    While it's a bad thing to have more propaganda out there posing as "News". This may have a silver lining to it.
    According to Joshua Green @ Bloomberg business news, This is DeMint's teabaggers getting their own "news" outlet, which means the GOP establishment will either get futher swallowed by the extremist RWNJ's or they'll be forced to finally recognize that they must become more moderate (head left iow's) or face almost certain marginalization as a political party

    I'm hoping on the latter so we can end corpo pollution like this as the normal business practice of poisoning the people (& children) with the least power to defend themselves

    Thx MB

  •  What will hertitage foundation news do (0+ / 0-)

    that Fox News doesn't already do It sounds like a waste of resources, but I suppose with the money to burn these groups have, why not?

    Just another underemployed IT professional computer geek.

    by RhodeIslandAspie on Thu May 08, 2014 at 07:12:25 PM PDT

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