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  • Today's comic by Matt Bors is Mission Accomplisher-er:
    Cartoon by Matt Bors - Mission Accomplished-er
  • March-May was hottest on record: The Japan Meteorological Association said the March-May period was the hottest in 120 years of record-keeping, and also that May was the hottest on record. And this before warming from El Niño hits.
  • NASA is researching supersonice passenger jets that don't go boom (as much).
  • Conservatives dish up Obama conspiracy to destroy Phil Mickelson:
    At the end of May it was reported that the FBI and SEC were investigating whether Mickelson and bigwig sports gambler and golf course owner Billy Walters had engaged in insider trading using secret knowledge obtained from billionaire investor Carl Icahn. The initial leaks suggested that Icahn may have given advance warning to Walters in 2011 that he was planning a takeover of Clorox, which Walters relayed to Mickelson so he could buy stock in the company right before its value soared.
    Right-wing blogs have transformed this into a plot by the administration against Mickelson because he spoke against high taxes for millionaires. Through a spokesperson, Mickelson told Mother Jones magazine that he had never implied a political motivation or any other kind for the investigation.
  • Study: Early musical training makes for better brain "sharpness":
    A controlled study using functional MRI brain imaging reveals a possible biological link between early musical training and improved executive functioning in both children and adults, report researchers at Boston Children's Hospital. [...]

    Executive functions are the high-level cognitive processes that enable people to quickly process and retain information, regulate their behaviors, make good choices, solve problems, plan and adjust to changing mental demands.

    "Since executive functioning is a strong predictor of academic achievement, even more than IQ, we think our findings have strong educational implications," says study senior investigator Nadine Gaab, PhD, of the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience at Boston Children's. "While many schools are cutting music programs and spending more and more time on test preparation, our findings suggest that musical training may actually help to set up children for a better academic future.

  • Americans are shockingly—and dangerously—ignorant politically.
  • After a seven-year run, National Public Radio has decided to cancel Tell Me More, which was hosted by former ABC News anchor Michel Martin and discussed issues of race, identity, faith, gender, and family and attracted a passionate, diverse fanbase.  It all comes down to the whole if a tree falls in the forest, or say, a fantastic show on race and current events like #ABlackShow on Free Speech TV comes out, and no one hears it/financially supports it, does it really make a sound/impact?

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  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show: Greg Dworkin's rounds up the kitchen sink spin on Benghazi. The Affordable Care Act has acted to make care affordable. R*dsk*ns news breaks! Joan McCarter chats about Idaho agri-business, Gop in disarray, and Raul Labrador's flops.

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