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  • Please join me today as I host another edition of Ask Me Anything (about Daily Kos) at 12:30 PM PT.
  • What's coming up on Sunday Kos ...
    • America always pays the price for Republicans' offsetting penalties, by Jon Perr
    • Anti-union astroturf group is not watching out for your best interests, by Mark E Andersen
    • What if the 200+ kidnapped girls were white, by Denise Oliver Velez
    • Protest is speech: Eich, Hirsi Ali, Sterling, Rice and Obama, by Armando
    • Pulling back the curtain on Sam Brownback's Kansas financial meltdown, by Ian Reifowitz
    • Mission Accomplished – The ‘Tea Party’ won, by Egberto Willies
    • Republican fundraising off Benghazi proves craven political intent, by Dante Atkins
    • The Daily Kos Elections gubernatorial power rankings: Inaugural edition, by Steve Singiser
  • Oh, please, please, please let it be true:
    "A diamond is but a rock until it undergoes intense pressure and heat. Steel is purified by intense heat. We cannot seek to live a life where our goal is to go from one oasis to another. Sometimes we have to cross a desert in order to develop inner strength. Many are asking me to consider a huge undertaking. If God had not placed a challenge before me and closed one door, perhaps a new mission would not be possible." —Former Rep. Allen West, in a blog posting that right wing sites are interpreting as his acknowledgement that he is considering a run for president.
  • White House 6.3-kilowatt array being installed.
    After long wait, White House installs solar panels: Politico notes that "Three decades after Ronald Reagan had Jimmy Carter’s solar panels tossed into the energy dustbin, the White House has finished putting sun-powered electricity back on top of the executive mansion in a small but symbolic gesture ..." Nothing "back" about it. It's true that solar panels have finally been placed atop the White House again. But unlike the 6.3-kilowatt array the Obama administration has added, the panels installed during Jimmy Carter's term did not generate electricity, they heated water (which Politico notes several paragraphs further along).

    Pressure from environmental advocates to put new solar panels on the White House began in 2010, but the installation didn't get underway until last August.

    The really important news is that the administration has secured agreements from more than 300 private- and public-sector entities to install 850 megawatts of solar electricity capacity. That would boost the nation's total installed solar capacity by more than 6 percent, to almost 14,000 megawatts. In addition, some 500,000 more efficient outdoor lighting poles are being installed in several cities. All told, the White House says efficiency gains it is securing will save $26 billion in savings by government, consumers and businesses along withcarbon reduction of about 380 million metric tons.

  • "You're on (Diet) Coke ad campaign ended:
    Diet Coke is pulling their latest ad campaign just three months after introducing it in North America. The ad: “You’re on. Diet Coke.” The way it’s easy to read the ad: “You’re on Coke.” Oops!
  • Nissan's affordable electric Leaf shooting for range of 185-miles per charge? The Leaf currently has a range of 84 miles per charge.
  • Chickasaw use internet to try to save their language: The last monolingual speaker of Chikashshanompa, the language of the 57,000-member Chickasaw tribe died in December. Now the tribe is trying the same doesn't happen to its language. But just a handful of Chickasaws under 35 speak that language with conversational confidence.
    Capitalising on the connected age, the tribe is working to keep its culture, language and oral traditions alive by funding initiatives such as the Chickasaw Nation Video Network.

    The online TV channel consists of six channels and over 1,500 videos of oral history, culture, customs and ancient legends and is active on social media, with thriving communities on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

  • Heinz knowingly sold dangerous dog food laced with rubber, lawsuit claims:
    Heinz knew that processed sheep lungs it sold to a pet food company were adulterated with rubber that could choke dogs, a shareholder of Natural Balance Pet Foods claims in court. [...]

    In his lawsuit, Magliato claims the multinational food company was aware that rubber rings designed to seal the esophagus of slaughtered sheep had become stuck in internal organs after sheep were slaughtered and their lungs processed.

  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show: Mitt backs minimum wage hike. Feds probe Cowchella militia. UberX drivers protest execs' squeeze. The open carry protesters too crazy for Open Carry Texas. Bonkersghazi developments. "Entrepreneurs Are The New Labor."

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