- Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Get well gifts for the unvaccinated:
- The second of six straight weeks with Tuesday primaries is upon us, and tonight, voters in Nebraska and West Virginia head to the polls. All of the interesting contests are on the Republican side, and the winners of the open-seat GOP primaries for governor and Senate in the Cornhusker State will be the heavy favorites in November. Join us at Daily Kos Elections when polls start closing at 7:30 PM ET for our liveblog, and check out our preview of all the key races here.
- U.S. considering end of crude oil export ban:
Despite increased oil production, crude—or unprocessed—oil exports are currently banned, with few exceptions, but U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said that overseas sales might soon be allowed as domestic stockpiles hit record highs.
“The issue of crude oil exports is under consideration,” Moniz said at a press briefing after attending the 5th annual Clean Energy Ministerial in South Korea. “A driver for this consideration is that the nature of the oil we're producing may not be well matched to our current refinery capacity.”
- Oil spills rose 18 percent in 2013:
The number of spills reported at oil and gas production sites shot up nearly 18 percent last year, even as the rate of drilling activity leveled off.
There were at least 7,662 spills, blowouts, leaks and other mishaps in 2013 in 15 top states for onshore oil and gas activity, according to an EnergyWire analysis of state records. That's up from 6,546 in the states where comparisons could be made (EnergyWire, July 8, 2013).
That adds up to more than 20 spills a day.
Many of the spills were small. But their combined volume totaled more than 26 million gallons of oil, hydraulic fracturing fluid, "fracking" wastewater and other substances. That's the same volume as what gushed four years ago from BP PLC's ruptured Gulf of Mexico oil well in 11 days.
- Even when Neil deGrasse Tyson on "Cosmos" mentions Christian beliefs positively, the fundamentalists have a fit:
Michael Faraday was introduced this week to millions around the globe for his contributions to science, many of which benefit us all today in our everyday lives. Faraday was a devout Christian, and Tyson mentioned this, but as David Klinghoffer of the Discovery Institute points out:
“Faraday's faith is mentioned at the beginning but implicitly dismissed as having anything to do with his science. Cosmos shows us his impoverished family saying grace at the dinner table and explains that he 'took [their] fundamentalist Christian faith to heart. It would always remain a source of strength, comfort and humility for him.' That's it—nothing more than a warm blanket on a cold night.”
Tyson is not lying or misrepresenting Faraday here. Faraday was a great scientist who knew how to check his faith at the lab door and study the actual data in front of him.
- Jackie Kennedy's letters to priest offer insight. The previously unpublished letters to Fr. Joseph Leonard of Dublin during a 14-year correspondence will be auctioned soon. In a July 1952 letter:
She described with great excitement how she was in love with “the son of the ambassador to England,” but expressed concern he might prove to be like her father, John Vernou Bouvier.
“He’s like my father in a way—loves the chase and is bored with the conquest – and once married needs proof he’s still attractive, so flirts with other women and resents you. I saw how that nearly killed Mummy.”
- H R Giger, known for his "Alien" design, dead at 74: He died after a fall at his Zurich home on Monday.
Born in 1940, Giger was best known for his 'Xenomorph' alien in Scott's sci-fi horror masterpiece for which he won a visual effects Oscar in 1980.
He studied architecture and industrial design in Zurich and was known for creating strange dreamscapes. [...]
Giger described his style as "biomechanical."
- Netflix streams faster in Canada:
If you’re in the US and your Netflix stream keeps freezing while you're binge-watching House of Cards, rest assured: Canadians are enjoying it faster.
According to Netflix’s latest ISP speed index—which for the first time included Canada’s results—Canadians stream videos at an average pace of 2.52 Mbps, compared to Americans who watch videos at an average of 2.33 Mbps.
But both countries fell significantly below most European countries, like the Netherlands, which streamed video on average as high as 3.49 Mbps, while Costa Rica lagged in last place streaming at a lowly average pace of 1.18 Mbps. In general, countries in the Americas ranked behind European ones.
- Anti-Defamation League survey finds only 54% of people worldwide have heard of the Holocaust:
The ADL Global 100: An Index of Anti-Semitism surveyed 53,100 adults in 102 countries and territories in an effort to establish, for the first time, a comprehensive data-based research survey of the level and intensity of anti-Jewish sentiment across the world. [...]
Only 54 percent of those polled globally have ever heard of the Holocaust. Two out of three people surveyed have either never heard of the Holocaust, or do not believe historical accounts to be accurate.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin rounds up Gop collapse on climate change, voter fraud & ACA repeal. What not to do with your camel. Grayson for Bonkersghazi committee? Greenwald's new book on NatSec Gone Wild. You had one job, Snapchat!
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.
You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.
Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?
navajo, LakeSuperior, BeninSC, JeffW, ericlewis0, annieli, Mr MadAsHell, FarWestGirl, enhydra lutris, whaddaya, OldDragon, Eric Nelson, a2nite, belinda ridgewood, aresea
Diary Recommended By
Recommended by Meteor Blades
- A teacher at a Rhode Island charter school has been put on administrative leave after sending a ...2 comments 3 Recs
- 4 comments 11 Recs
- Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) It's kind of hilarious watching the ...139 comments 106 Recs
- There's an old Monty Python sketch in which a "Face the Press" interviewer grills the Minister for Home Affairs: "You claimed that you would build 88,000 million, billion houses a year in the ...4 comments 16 Recs
- I just finished George Marshall's book Don’t Even Think about It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change . The timing could not be more ironic for I also read this diary by ...46 comments 24 Recs
- Precinct Organizing Support Sought My county's Precinct Organizing Committee is planning a "train the trainers" session in July. I'm working with a couple of folks to track down good hands-on ...34 comments 11 Recs
- Texas' state Senate districts (click to enlarge) In a move that election law expert Rick Hasen characterizes as "surprising," the Supreme Court ...73 comments 34 Recs
- Today, Battleground Texas' Legal Director Mimi Marziani sent a letter formally notifying Texas Secretary of State Carlos H. Cascos that Battleground Texas is prepared to file a lawsuit if the ...36 comments 172 Recs
- Hey KTK peeps! It's me again, signing on from Austin where it is sunny and...oh wait it looks like it might rain again tonight after all. Was that thunder in the distance AGAIN? Maybe it was just ...110 comments 74 Recs
Meteor Blades's Tags
- Abortion (12434)
- Afghanistan (11509)
- Anti-War (1998)
- Antiwar (383)
- Bill Moyer (12)
- Climate Change (25091)
- Community (91397)
- Cranky Users (302)
- Daily Kos Photo Cooperative (16)
- DK4 (1686)
- Ecology (2398)
- Economy (56285)
- eKos (12468)
- Environment (46336)
- FNN&V (20)
- Gulf Watchers (1196)
- International (15149)
- Jobs (12493)
- Labor (28736)
- Libya (4270)