- Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is The information roadway of olde:
- These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook May 14:
Cliven Bundy's Thugs: 'We Had a "Bead On The" Feds With Intent to Kill Them', by TeamSarah4Choice
- Boy saved by mixed martial arts cat gives interview: Both four-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo and Tara, the family cat who rescued him from a dog attack Tuesday, proved to be shy fidgety but adorably cute on videotape. John Aravosis says:
[O]ne of the readers noticed that the cat basically body-blocked the dog. So I went and looked back at the original video from the homeowner’s security camera, and put in slow-motion, and you can see the cat basically attack the dog head-on, then turn sideways and slam it. It’s pretty amazing.
- Initial compensation claims fall sharply again:
For the week ending May 10, seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment compensation fell to 297,000, down 24,000 from the previous week's revised level of 321,000. Not since seven years ago this week has the level been this low. For the comparable week of 2013, first-time claims were 355,000. The less volatile four-week running average was 323,250, down 2,000 from the previous week's revised average. For the week ending April 26, the people receiving compensation totaled 2,705,019, a decrease of 127,674 from the previous week. For the comparable week of 2013, there were 4,835,833 people making claims bin both state and federally funded compensation programs. Thanks to Republican ideological intransigence and garden-variety hypocrisy, the federal program expired in December and has not been renewed since, cutting off nearly three million Americans who were already (or would by now be) receiving compensation checks for being unemployed for 27 weeks or more.
- Donald Sterling opens yap again, calls Obama "flippant". At a press conference last month in Malaysia, in response to what he called Sterling's "incredibly offensive" racist remarks, President Obama made a bullseye comment not the least bit flippant: “When people—when ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk. And that’s what happened here.”
“I think that was such bad judgment on his part to make a flippant comment from Malaysia,” a voice that is purportedly Sterling’s says in another series of audio recordings published Wednesday by the Daily Mail.
“He’s a good guy, and I like him, I just think everybody wants to get into the act, is that it?” Sterling added.
- Study finds brain differences in young adult football players:
College football players with and without a history of concussions have less volume in the hippocampal region of the brain that relates to memory and emotion, according to a study published Tuesday by the Journal of the American Medical Association. Moreover, the number of years of playing experience was inversely related to hippocampal volume and reaction time. [...]
"Other studies have evaluated the effects on older athletes, such as retired NFL players, but no one has studied 20-year-olds until now -- and the results were remarkable and surprising," said Patrick S.F. Bellgowan, director of cognitive neuroscience for LIBR and a faculty member at TU. "Our next step is to assess what caused this difference in hippocampus size."
- TransCanada says new offers for pipeline easement won't be as lucrative. But they have said that before:
The company behind the Keystone XL pipeline has a message for Nebraska landowners resisting the project: the sweet financial offers are going, going, gone.
The latest round of offers for easement deals expired Tuesday and, according to TransCanada Corp., future ones will be less lucrative.
- 10,000 gallons of oil spills in northeast Los Angeles.
- AP, Guardian, three others sue over Missouri's execution drug secrecy:
The lawsuit argues that under the first amendment of the US constitution the public has a right of access to know “the type, quality and source of drugs used by a state to execute an individual in the name of the people”.
It is believed to be the first time that the first amendment right of access has been used to challenge secrecy in the application of the death penalty.
- What does your last name say about your likely political party?
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin notes jobs, Abramson ouster & Christie insisting he's not toast. Elections roundup & the immigration puzzle. Gun nuts target women. Disparaging trademark denied. Impact on DC football? Armando weighs in.
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