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  • Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Iraq: Now and Zen:
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  • These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook June 23:
    50% of Germany's electricity produced by solar in one hour on June 6, also achieves grid parity, by HoundDog

    Physicist offers $10,000 to anyone who can disprove "man-made global climate change", by Lefty Coaster

    The Southern Liberal Resurgence That Has the GOP Scared, by mdmslle

  • Iraq death toll so far in June is more than 1,000:
    The UN human rights team in Iraq reports at least 757 civilians died in Nineveh, Diyala and Salahuddin provinces between 5 and 22 June.

    It adds that at least another 318 people were killed during the same time in Baghdad and areas in southern Iraq. [...]

    UN spokesman Rupert Colville said the figure "should be viewed very much as a minimum."

  • "Open carry" group postpones gun march in mostly black Houston neighborhood. The march in the city's Fifth Ward scheduled originally for this past Sunday was supposedly delayed because one organizer had a conflicting event. Now the group, Open Carry Texas, whose members flaunt their weaponry everywhere they choose.
    David Amad, a member of Open Carry Texas, told a blogger at the Houston Press newspaper that the group will use the extra time to communicate with Fifth Ward residents before the food drive is rescheduled.

    "If you go marching through the Fifth Ward like a bunch of stuffy old white boys carrying guns and spitting tobacco you'll get a bad response, but if you go in there talking to people like human beings and explain what you're doing, the response will be different," Amad said.

  • Dean Baker: The sharing economy and the mystery of the mystery of inequality:
    It shouldn't be surprising that a business can makes lots of money if it is exempted from the regulations that apply to its competitors. This is largely the story of Amazon's success. It avoided collecting sales taxes in most states for most of its existence. (The company claimed that its staff was too incompetent to figure out the appropriate tax rates.)

    The savings on sales taxes gave Amazon a dividend that has exceeded its cumulative profits since its inception by an order of magnitude. That has allowed the company to grow into one of the planet's largest retailers and made Jeff Bezos one of the richest people in the world.

    This is not supposed to happen in a market economy.

  • Quite the accomplished life, and some interesting relatives, too:
    Margaret A. Payne is survived by her brother Charles T. Payne and wife Melanie; her brother Jon V. Payne and wife Susan and friend Margery Duffey. She is also survived by nieces and nephews Richard Payne, Jon Allen Payne, Stacey Gray, Barack Obama and Maya Soetoro. She was predeceased by her sister Madelyn Payne Dunham and niece Stanley Ann Dunham.

    There will be no service. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.

  • Ecuador's last uncontacted tribe faces familiar promise of jungle oil.
  • Murdoch chief Rebekah Brooks acquitted:
    In another dramatic turn in a case that has transfixed Britain, Rebekah Brooks, the former head of Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper holdings in Britain, was acquitted on Tuesday of phone hacking and of other charges. Andy Coulson, a former tabloid editor and onetime head of communications for Prime Minister David Cameron, was found guilty on at least one count.

    The verdicts after a week of deliberations by a jury came after lengthy hearings into a scandal at the Murdoch news empire that shook the British police, news media and political elite, and forced the closure of a leading Murdoch-owned Sunday tabloid, The News of the World.

  • Senator Rand Paul is courting new demographics and plans to do so by introducing a bill to restore voting rights to the currently 5.85 million people disenfranchised due to prison time for minor drug offenses. A much-needed change. But let's not forget that Rand is also the guy who said President Obama wasn't black enough.

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  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show: MS runoff gets "poll watchers." Any open carriers? GA Gop-er latest to write Islam out of 1st A. Gimmetarians <3 regulating YOU. SYG cop shooting during a no-knock raid. Open Carry TX safety checks? "Adjunctification" of higher ed.

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  •  I going to make a big push (3+ / 0-)

    To get the MendelMax finally running tonight after weeks of Zeno steps.

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 12:05:46 PM PDT

  •  unlike Greensboro NC (1979) any "bad response" (6+ / 0-)

    gunfight will be trumped by TX LEOs

    "If you go marching through the Fifth Ward like a bunch of stuffy old white boys carrying guns and spitting tobacco you'll get a bad response, but if you go in there talking to people like human beings and explain what you're doing, the response will be different," Amad said.

    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 Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 12:09:10 PM PDT

  •  Rush sez: (1+ / 0-)
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    "Regulation is strangling business! Public education is failing our students!"

    Buzzwords work. For decades on end.

    "I feel a lot safer already."--Emil Sitka

    by DaddyO on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 12:15:56 PM PDT

  •  Rand Paul -- sometimes I love what he says (1+ / 0-)
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    Sometimes not.  Someone is schizo here -- is it me?

    You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

    by Cartoon Peril on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 12:16:27 PM PDT

  •  Iraq death toll (3+ / 0-)
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    drmah, fayea, OldGrandet

    I'm so old, I remember when Bush had made it ILLEGAL to count ANY Iraq civilian deaths or casualties. I remember it well.

    "I feel a lot safer already."--Emil Sitka

    by DaddyO on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 12:18:21 PM PDT

    •  Are they still doing the thing (0+ / 0-)

      where deaths in Germany (for example) don't count as a death due to the Iraq or Afghanistan wars, because while the soldier may have gotten wounded in I or A, that soldier got medevac'd to Germany and didn't actually die in the war zone?

  •  The hits just keep on coming. (3+ / 0-)
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    CS in AZ, Meteor Blades, Eric Nelson

    This week we learned that AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal frequently blogs under a screen name, and he says some pretty bigoted, ill-informed disgusting stuff. Each day more treasures are found. Now we find out he called for all Spanish language TV, radio and newspapers to be shut down.

    Arizona meet-up, July 27 in Phoenix. Meet Navajo! Send me Kosmail.

    by Mother Mags on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 12:24:01 PM PDT

  •  If I ever have the need to assess someone's level (2+ / 0-)
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    Meteor Blades, Eric Nelson

    of "blackness" (whatever the fuck that is) the last person I am likely to ask, besides Rush Limbaugh, is Rand Paul.

    "The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.”" -- Paul Dirac

    by Rikon Snow on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 12:29:51 PM PDT

  •  A member of the Huffington Post diaspora (1+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson

    has published an intro to Daily Kos:

    Learning the Ropes at Daily Kos: A Guide for New Members
    I hope yawl will climb aboard. ;o)
  •  I'll pass on Rebekah's little victory lap (1+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson

    Must be an interesting story why she was acquitted when she's clearly guilty as hell. And her hubby too.
    But the thought of watching her make the rounds of the talk shows with her entitled nose high in the air screeching "I told you little people, didnt I?  Dont you peasants get it!? Youre not ALLOWED to go after me! I know Tony Fucking Blair for God's sake! And by God, everyone involved in this is going to pay big time, I'll get you all, just you wait and see!" for the next week
    turns my stomach.

  •  Bit of an overstatment on Amazon (0+ / 0-)

    Lots of us are Amazon customers for reasons other than sales tax.  In fact I cant say that sales tax has ever been the main reason while I bought something online or before that through mail order.  Product availability is a much bigger issue for me.

    Ever lived in a rural area?  How about in a combat zone?  Amazon delivered to me in Iraq and Afghanistan and a few other nasty places I have lived.  Try being a Mac user in the mid 90s.  If you didn't live near a large CompUSA you had to order.  Need an ADB keyboard RIGHT NOW because you just spilled coke on one?  Too bad.  Better pay MacMall to overnight it to you.  I happen to use Pentax cameras.  You kow how many Pentax DLSRs or lenses are at Best Buy?  None.  Zero.  Local camera stores?  None.  Zero.  I spend thousands of dollars a year on camera gear but because the local B&M only wants to stock Canikon they miss out on my spending.  Amazon?  Hundreds of Pentax products and they get it to me in 48 hours.

    Want to know what got Amazon huge and Bezos rich?  Shipping.  You are telling me I dont have to drive across town, fight for a parking spot, wade through a store full of angry people, wait in the checkout line and then get a prostrate exam on the way out the door?  And I dont have to pay shipping?  hell yeah Ill buy $25 worth of stuff.

    Amazon didnt game the system, they offered better service.

    It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

    by ksuwildkat on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 01:50:58 PM PDT

    •  absolute right! (0+ / 0-)

      I live in Washington State, so we've always payed sales tax on Amazon goods. We live in a rural area, so we buy from Amazon because they have good prices and modest delivery charges. It started with books, but whenever we can't source something locally, our choice is to drive three hours and hope we find it, or buy it from Amazon and have it come right to our front door. Is anyone else old enough to remember the movie, The Harvey Girls? Well, for us, Amazon is "The Wells Fargo Wagon Is A Coming In".

  •  People get busy, they forget they have the baby, (1+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson

    it happens.

    The young inventor invented the E-Z Babysaver.

    Where can I buy one?

    I am only eleven, so instead of selling the EZ Baby Saver, I want to teach you how to make your own. You can make it yourself in fifteen minutes with rubber bands and duct tape. Using it properly is up to you!

    I wish these were standard equipment with all car seats.

    I think we might be hearing more from Andrew Pelham

    This might be a good fund raiser for school kids to raise money for their sports teams?

    Don't send a teddy bear to the Martinez family, they don't want you to intrude on their grief - send a postcard to a politician Not One More

    by 88kathy on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 02:15:46 PM PDT

  •  Statistics and Damned Lies (0+ / 0-)

    I don't recall run downs of those killed in Iraq over the past 2 years before this group came to the fore.  Did anyone care then?  Just because Richard (Little Dickie) Engel skips off to these battles, doesn't mean it is our concern.  

    Boycott WalMart; Boycott Papa Johns; and Boycott BP

    by truthronin on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 03:27:57 PM PDT

  •  Investigation Envy (1+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson

    Dear Darrell Issa, would you please investigate yourself?  And, would you please investigate the stalled (no suspect) murder investigation involving former representative Joe Scarborough?  (He should be on America's Most Wanted)

    Boycott WalMart; Boycott Papa Johns; and Boycott BP

    by truthronin on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 03:41:20 PM PDT

  •  Reid: Paul bill good tho Reid 2002 bill better (0+ / 0-)

    In The Root:

    Reid recalled that he introduced a similar bill in 2002 that ultimately did not pass, but he expressed optimism that Paul’s bill can go the distance. “I hope so,” he said, adding, “even though his bill doesn’t go as far as mine, I still think it is a really good piece of legislation.

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