- Today's comic by Tom Tomorrow is Let's talk about Gitmo:
- This is what you missed at Daily Kos on Sunday:
The Walmart heirs should save Detroit, by Jon Perr
Latinos/Hispanics checking the 'white' box on the census won't make them Republicans, by Denise Oliver Velez
Ukraine and Europe: A historical perspective, by Ian Reifowitz
The new Obama? 'I make absolutely no apologies' is what we need now, by Egberto Willies
Daily Kos Elections Power Rankings: The U.S. Senate—six months to go, by Steve Singiser
- Prime Minister Abe vows Japan will resume whaling:
While Abe didn't exactly clearly state what his strategy would be, his comments are notable because they acknowledge that Japanese whalers killing the name of "scientific research" was really just a means of supporting the commercial whaling market.[...]
"It it regrettable that this part of Japanese culture is not understood," Abe said today.
- Feds rush to get supplies to border-crossing kids being held in Arizona warehouse:
Unaccompanied children entering the United States at almost double the rate of last year are testing the limits of Department of Homeland Security capacity, as some 1,000 minors who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border on their own were transferred to an Arizona “warehouse” that has not been used to hold people in years, according to the Associated Press. The children — including pregnant teens and a 1-year-old with diarrhea — are sleeping in plastic containers and haven’t showered in ten days, according to the Honduras consul to the United States, who visited the site.
The Obama administration declared an “urgent humanitarian situation” this week, and is now ordering thousands of toilets, cots, and other basic provisions for the thousands of migrant children in federal custody. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson declared “a level-four condition of readiness” in the Rio Grande Valley in May after seeing a McAllen, Texas Border Patrol facility overcrowded with children earlier this month.
- Militarization of police departments continues:
During the Obama administration, according to Pentagon data, police departments have received tens of thousands of machine guns; nearly 200,000 ammunition magazines; thousands of pieces of camouflage and night-vision equipment; and hundreds of silencers, armored cars and aircraft.
The equipment has been added to the armories of police departments that already look and act like military units. Police SWAT teams are now deployed tens of thousands of times each year, increasingly for routine jobs. Masked, heavily armed police officers in Louisiana raided a nightclub in 2006 as part of a liquor inspection. In Florida in 2010, officers in SWAT gear and with guns drawn carried out raids on barbershops that mostly led only to charges of “barbering without a license.”
- Burying the digging machine after it digs:
London's property bubble has got people energetically expanding their property, digging out sub-basements—and the insane bubblenomics of London housebuilding are such that it's cheaper to just bury the digger and abandon it than to retrieve it. London's accumulating a substrate of entombed earthmoving machinery.
A new solution emerged: simply bury the digger in its own hole. Given the exceptional profits of London property development, why bother with the expense and hassle of retrieving a used digger – worth only £5,000 or £6,000 – from the back of a house that would soon be sold for several million? The time and money expended on rescuing a digger were better spent moving on to the next big deal.
The new method, now considered standard operating practice, is to cover the digger with “hardcore”, a mixture of sand and gravel. Then a layer of concrete is simply poured over the top. Digger? What digger? The digger has literally dug its own grave – just as the boring machines that excavated the Channel Tunnel were abandoned beneath the passage they had just created.
- Harry Reid sells his Nevada home in Searchlight:
The Democratic Majority Leader sold his home, 110 acres and water rights to Nevada Milling and Mining for $1.7 million. The deal closed Friday.
Reid was born in the dusty town 60 miles south of Las Vegas, where his father worked in the mines.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show: More shootings, again. VA Dem jumps ship. Greg Dworkin collects the best Bergdahl reading. Latest trouble-making gun accessories. AL voters bringing guns to the polls. Your corporate theft news roundup!
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