- Today's comic by Matt Bors is Illegal infants:
- These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook June 24:
California Senate Backs Constitutional Amendment Overturning 'Citizens United', by David Harris Gershon
22 States Have Restricted Voting Rights, by StewartAcuff
Court decides public health supersedes religious beliefs about vaccines, by SkepticalRaptor
- Scott Brown still talks about his old pickup but never drives it.
- Charles P. Pierce's devastating piece on the United States of Cruelty:
We cheer for cruelty and say that we are asking for personal responsibility among those people who are not us, because the people who are not us do not deserve the same benefits of the political commonwealth that we have. In our politics, we have become masters of camouflage. We practice fiscal cruelty and call it an economy. We practice legal cruelty and call it justice. We practice environmental cruelty and call it opportunity. We practice vicarious cruelty and call it entertainment. We practice rhetorical cruelty and call it debate. We set the best instincts of ourselves in conflict with each other until they tear each other to ribbons, and until they are no longer our best instincts but something dark and bitter and corroborate with itself. And then it fights all the institutions that our best instincts once supported, all the elements of the political commonwealth that we once thought permanent, all the arguments that we once thought settled—until there is a terrible kind of moral self-destruction that touches those institutions and leaves them soft and fragile and, eventually, evanescent. We do all these things, cruelty running through them like hot blood, and we call it our politics.
- How the Iraq war was and continues to be gamified.
- Crappy for-profit college chain going out of business:
Headquartered in California, Corinthian operates more than 100 for-profit colleges under three brands: Heald College, Everest (which includes Everest College, Everest University and Everest Institutes), and WyoTech.
The company argues that it enrolls students who aren't certain to succeed and graduates them at a higher rate than community colleges. But that comes at a much, much higher cost with lackluster results in the job market.
If you're arguing against for-profit colleges, there's a good chance Corinthian is your go-to example.
- RIP: Eli Wallach dies at 98:
Eli Wallach in "Baby Doll"
His first love was the stage. Mr. Wallach and Ms. Jackson became one of the best-known acting couples in the American theater. But films, even less than stellar ones, helped pay the bills. “For actors, movies are a means to an end,” Mr. Wallach said in an interview with The New York Times in 1973. “I go and get on a horse in Spain for 10 weeks, and I have enough cushion to come back and do a play.”
- Alabama prison doctors' average case-load is 1,648 patients:
The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of the prisoners in its custody. Inspections of 15 Alabama prisons, interviews with well over 100 prisoners and a review of thousands of pages of medical records, depositions and media accounts – as well as the policies, contracts and reports of the department and two major contractors – lead to one inescapable conclusion: Alabama’s prisons violate federal law protecting people with disabilities and the U.S. Constitution’s ban on “cruel and unusual punishments.”
- Yikes and a half! Another reason not to eat bananas.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin & Joan McCarter round up primary results, crappy GDP numbers, NN14, the "no-fly list" ruling, Detroit's water crisis, filibuster follies, the anniversary of Wendy Davis' TX filibuster, and SCOTUS news. Plus a BIG GunFAIL.
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