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    New silent wind turbine could generate half of a homes electric needs, says company The Archimedes, by HoundDog

    Sarah Palin wants Phil Robertson to run for president, by Christian Dem in NC

    Memphis Cotton Gin Boss threatens employees over drinking from 'White People' water fountain, by tmservo433

  • ADP says 179,000 new jobs were created in May: The payroll services company Automatic Data Processing reported on Wednesday a seasonally adjusted gain of 179,000 private-sector jobs for May. It reported 220,000 new jobs were created in April. ADP does not report on public-sector jobs and its estimated growth figures, despite a change in methodology in 2012, frequently aren't a close match with the private-job figures estimated each month by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For April, the BLS reported a gain of 288,000 new private and public jobs.
  • How "Born in the USA," age 30, made Springsteen a political figure.
  • Van Gogh's new ear:
    Sacrilege of the day, week, month, year, almost forever:  They have re-grown Vincent Van Gogh's ear, based on genetic material provided by a descendent, and put it on display, in Germany. "I use science basically like a type of brush, like Vincent used paint." Well, not exactly.

    This is one case where I really wish it turns out to be a hoax.

  • Orly Taitz loses bid for California attorney general post. Just three percent of the vote in Tuesday's primary.
  • Thank goodness Hillary Clinton has "moved on" regarding Lewinsky: People magazine tried to get Clinton to comment on Monica Lewinsky and the scandal that ensued during Bill Clinton's second term as president. No dice. Clinton said she had not read Lewinsky's essay last month in Vanity Fair and had "moved on."
    In the People interview, Mrs. Clinton discusses her life since leaving the secretary of state’s job last year: cleaning out her closets (“very calming”); doing yoga and aquatics (“not as much as I should”); and binge-watching the Netflix series “House of Cards,” a Washington-based political thriller.

    She said she was trying not to dwell on any decision about running for president in 2016. “With the extra joy of ‘I’m about to become a grandmother,’ I want to live in the moment,” she told the magazine. Her daughter, Chelsea, announced in April that she was pregnant and expecting her first child in the fall.

  • Quite the AP lede:
    The No. 1 thing Seattle police officers noticed Sunday at the East Precinct station was a fire in the alley. The next was No. 2.

    A man told officers he had just relieved himself and was burning the feces. He said he did not know starting a fire was illegal and thought he had done nothing wrong.

  • Arctic sea ice third lowest for May:
    Arctic sea ice extent for May averaged 12.78 million square kilometers (4.93 million square miles). This is 610,000 square kilometers (235,500 square miles) below the 1981 to 2010 average for the month. May 2014 is now the third lowest May extent in the satellite record.

    Ice extent was lower than average in the Barents and Bering seas.

  • #TeamBlackness discussed the dispute between Open Carry Texas and the NRA, why changing your name to César Chávez to win a Latino district is insane, how hurricanes with female names strike less fear in the hearts of men, and why the screenwriter of the movie Mandela needs to stop speaking and take all the seats.

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  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin & Joan McCarter discuss Bergdahl, primaries, reparations, how the Gop's still at sea on Obamacare, DKos GOV endorsements, MoDo on the weed & Scott Brown's shady deal. GunFAIL 2014 keeps up the pace.

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  •  Obama gets a bump in his approval rate (2+ / 0-)
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    Fabienne, JeffW

    up 2 points from yesterday.

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Forty-seven percent (47%) disapprove.

    "The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations." ~ Thomas Jefferson

    by Lefty Coaster on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 12:03:43 PM PDT

  •  I really wish this had been explained! (0+ / 0-)

    wrt to Van Gogh's ear:

    This is one case where I really wish it turns out to be a hoax.
    •  Its sort-of a hoax but maybe not entirely (1+ / 0-)
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      Roadbed Guy

      Note the caption that says 'technically alive'.

      If you think this story means they grew an actual ear in the lab, then its a hoax.

      If you think it means they fashioned a synthetic non-toxic platform or scaffold in the shape of an ear and it has human cells embedded in the mesh they cultured  from one of Van Gogh's distant relatives, well, it could be done.

      Is it art, in any case. Nope. And frankly, who gives a shit about one more piece of trash kitsch? Then again, what do I know.
      I still dont understand hedge fund managers paying tens of millions for Koon's freakin metal balloon dogs at the MET. Or the dead sharks in the formaldehyde.
      Except for the fact that the buyers are idiots and the gallery owners are venal greedheads, of course.

  •  more on the Ryan Chamberlain saga in SF (4+ / 0-)
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    Aquarius40, ferg, davidincleveland, JeffW
    Following the arrest of 42-year-old former San Francisco politico Ryan Chamberlain, officials from the FBI and SFPD detailed the bizarre situation that culminated in a three-day manhunt across the country. Meanwhile, friends of Chamberlain questioned whether the social media manager was actually capable of domestic terrorism.
    Before a federal magistrate in San Francisco this morning, Chamberlain was charged with one count of illegal possession of a destructive device — the alleged explosive materials that were found in Chamberlain's Russian Hill home when authorities served a search warrant there on Saturday.
    The discovery prompted a nationwide manhunt for Chamberlain, thought at the time to be armed and dangerous. After posting a time-delayed note online, Chamberlain tweeted a panicked update yesterday morning claiming none of the charges were true, but did not turn himself in to authorities.
    .....on Saturday FBI agents saw Chamberlain drive away from his apartment near Polk and Jackson streets with an unidentified woman. When Chamberlain returned on foot 30 minutes later, FBI agent Michael Eldridge confronted Chamberlain and invited him to talk at a nearby coffee shop. During a conversation at the coffee shop, Chamberlain "admitted that he was aware of the Tor network and that he sometimes played poker on ‘black market’ websites." (Tor is the same software for anonymous online activity that was used by alleged Silk Road drug kingpin Ross Ulbricht before his arrest in a San Francisco Public Library last October.)
    After the coffee shop meeting, Chamberlain was allowed to leave, but was tailed by surveillance crews who observed him speeding and driving recklessly. When the chase became a danger to public safety, agents backed off and Chamberlain's whereabouts were apparently unknown at the time the complaint was prepared.
    The search of his apartment then turned up the potentially explosive satchel bag. Agents X-rayed the bag and found it contained all the makings of a homemade, remote-detonated bomb crafted from a glass jar and packed with shrapnel. According to the affidavit, the bag contained:
    A screw top glass jar containing batteries and a powdery, green substance
    A model rocket motor lodged within the green powdery substance
    An ‘electric match,’ a common igniter for improvised explosive devices (“IEDs”)
    An assortment of ball bearings and screws believed to be intended projectiles
    A wire extending from the glass jar attached to the metal lid of the jar
    A circuit board, configured as a remote-controlled receiver.
    FBI agents believed the green powdery substance to be an explosive and the model rocket motors are commonly used to ignite the powder.
    An open laptop—apparently the one Chamberlain admitted he used to access black market websites—and a tool box containing, "apparent additional IED components similar to those used in the messenger bag device" were also found in the apartment. On Sunday, FBI officials announced their manhunt and described Chamberlain as armed and dangerous.
    As previously reported here, Chamberlain is in custody after hanging out at a bar in the Lower Haight and near the beach in Crissy Field. He is scheduled to return to court on Thursday morning and there are already conspiracy theories flying around. Chamberlain is charged with possession of an illegal destructive device and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 12:07:44 PM PDT

  •  MI: Ground zero for the GOP's civil war - CBS! (0+ / 0-)

    Now it's getting fun.

    Send this sucker to all your friends.
    Go buy popcorn.

    "Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed." -- Vaclav Havel

    by greendem on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 12:08:02 PM PDT

  •  CBS: MS - Ground zero for the GOP's civil war (0+ / 0-)

    Go buy popcorn!

    "Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed." -- Vaclav Havel

    by greendem on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 12:10:07 PM PDT

  •  If You're Over 50 I Hereby Ruin Rest of Your Day: (2+ / 0-)
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    Meteor Blades, SMWalt

    Read that story about the Seattle police and the #1 and #2, hearing in your mind's ear, Walter Cronkite.

    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 Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 12:10:57 PM PDT

  •  Last Code-Talker Dies (1+ / 0-)
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    Any group with the word "Patriot" in its name, probably isn't.

    by Senor Unoball on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 12:27:00 PM PDT

  •  Most radical Colombian political ad ever (1+ / 0-)
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    By the essentially conservative incumbent president, no less. "Would you give your children for the war?"

    Alas, it's scripted (there are photos of the rehearsals on his Flickr page) but still, imagine Obama doing this for our relatively small wars. The audience is, by design, well-dressed, urban, and white.

    Santos: Ma'am, do you have children?
    Woman: Yes, Mr. President.
    Santos: Would you give your children for the war?
    Woman: No.
    Santos: Sir, would you give your children for the war?
    Man: No, Mr. President
    Santos (to audience): Raise your hand, if you would give your children for the war. (Nobody.) So, who's going to fight this war? Other mothers are going to have the dead, the wounded, the mutilated? That's what we are saying to peasant mothers, to the poorest mothers, when we vote for war.  It's easy to fight a war with other people's children. No more war! No more war! (almost shouting) No more war!

    It's not the side effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love

    by Rich in PA on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 12:32:55 PM PDT

  •  Most radical Colombian political ad ever (0+ / 0-)

    By the incumbent, essentially conservative president, no less.  

    It's scripted (there are photos of the rehearsals on his Flickr page), but still, imagine Obama saying this about our relatively small wars.

    Santos: Ma'am, do you have children?
    Woman: Yes, Mr. President
    Santos: Would you send them to war?
    Woman: No.
    Santos: Sir, would you send your children to war?
    Man: No, Mr. President.
    Santos: Raise your hand if you would send your children to war. (Nobody).  So other mothers should bear the dead, the wounded, the mutilated?  The peasant mothers, the poorest mothers? That's what we are saying when we vote for war.  It's easy to fight a war with other people's children. No more war! No more war! (almost shouting) No more war!

    It's not the side effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love

    by Rich in PA on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 12:37:05 PM PDT

  •  Isn't it just wonderful that we are opening up all (0+ / 0-)

    of those free and clear Arctic shipping lanes?

    No more Titanics, that's what I say.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 12:40:07 PM PDT

  •  Question about the hurricane thing... (0+ / 0-)
    how hurricanes with female names strike less fear in the hearts of men
    I was actually perusing a lot of source material trying to obtain just this sort of clarification.  I saw nothing in the research data that explicitly indicated it was 'men' who made different decisions based on the gender of the hurricane name.  The data just indicated 'people', although I would definitely have expected some subgroups to have been quantified as well.  I'd love to see the link I couldn't find.

    Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations. - George Orwell

    by Wayward Son on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 12:43:06 PM PDT

  •  HA! Global warming is a myth! (1+ / 0-)
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    Meteor Blades

    From the "Arctic sea ice third lowest for May" article:

    Antarctic sea ice for May 2014 currently ranks as the highest May extent in the satellite record

    At least, that's how the wingnuts will share that article, while ignoring the science behind it (

    "He who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."

    by Hayate Yagami on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 12:50:46 PM PDT

  •  Holy shit - for an open thread with 16 (0+ / 0-)

    comments already, how this have been overlooked?

    Miley Cyrus’ Stolen Maserati Has Been Found

  •  I'm stunned by how just those three simple shapes (1+ / 0-)
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    are so identifiable as president Obama. And not in a demeaning way - in a classic "Mickey" or "Leno" or "Hitchcock" way.

    Like most good design, you get the basics right and the rest just falls into place.

    For my own safety, I had to assume you were a bad guy with a gun. Sorry.

    by here4tehbeer on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 01:06:10 PM PDT

  •  You say Orly Taitz got (0+ / 0-)
    Just three percent of the vote in Tuesday's primary.
    I say, three out of 100 voting Californians voted for this nut case?

    "Everybody has won, and all must have prizes." - Lewis Carroll

    by Dave1955 on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 02:51:48 PM PDT

  •  Please, please, please: the word is lead, not lede (0+ / 0-)

    Lede is pretentious and even this page's spell check doesn't know WTF it is. Makes as a much sense as writing hede © my words.

  •  The environmental news sucks :( (0+ / 0-)

    But I guess it's not so bad of a time for me to be looking for a job.

    Obama is the most progressive president in my lifetime.

    by freakofsociety on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 10:07:51 PM PDT

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