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  • Today's comic by Matt Bors is Illegal infants:
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  • 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"
    A self-styled journeyman actor, the versatile Mr. Wallach appeared in scores of roles, often with his wife, Anne Jackson. No matter the part, he always seemed at ease and in control, whether playing a Mexican bandit in the 1960 western “The Magnificent Seven,” a bumbling clerk in Ionesco’s allegorical play “Rhinoceros,” a henpecked French general in Jean Anouilh’s “Waltz of the Toreadors,” Clark Gable’s sidekick in “The Misfits” or a Mafia don in “The Godfather: Part III.” [...]

    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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  •  Corinthian used to be a (4+ / 0-)

    good elite 8-12 prep school and Heald/WyoTech used to be reputable private trade schools, but as with most profit-driven expansion schemes the entrepreneurs fail to understand both the market and the commodity form they're selling

    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.

    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 25, 2014 at 12:07:37 PM PDT

  •  I got called out today (3+ / 0-)

    No, not in a pie fight, and not personally. But one of those diaries that slides quickly down the list into oblivion on a busy news day grabbed me and quite rightly said: "You're part of the problem."

    It's no new message, but it's one that's been giving me twinges anyway: change doesn't come from joining fellow partisans to toss insults at the world's malefactors; it comes after many fail, after many risk all and lose all, not in outrage, but in working to change the hearts of the very ones we claim to despise.

    Plenty of old hands here have scars to show that they took this to heart long ago. Today was the day for it to shake me up, though. If the topic speaks to you through my poor summary, please read.

  •  "Another" reason not to eat bananas? (6+ / 0-)

    What? We're anti-banana now? I missed that memo.

    Did the apple lobby get to you?! The cantaloupe cartel?!

    How about I believe in the unlucky ones?

    by BenderRodriguez on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 12:10:32 PM PDT

    •  When you pry it out of my cold, dead hands!!! (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      BenderRodriguez, milkbone

      Any group with the word "Patriot" in its name, probably isn't.

      by Senor Unoball on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 12:16:32 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  The perfect food and I'll just look (2+ / 0-)
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      BenderRodriguez, jnhobbs

      a little more closely before grabbing mine.

      "Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.: Maya Angelou

      by PsychoSavannah on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 12:27:17 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  better eat them while you can . . . (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        historys mysteries

        There is currently a fungus called "Panama disease" that is wiping out the commercial banana crop all over the world. That's the problem with monoculture. Over 95% of all bananas sold are of just one variety, the Cavendish--and since bananas are sterile and can't reproduce, every Cavendish banana in the world is an identical clone of every other. One banana gets sick, they ALL do.

        It is very possible that in another 10-15 years, the familiar "banana" will be entirely gone. If anything survives, we'll be eating smaller tarter bananas with orange flesh, instead of the creamy yellow banana we all know and love.

        (The banana plight is even worse for Africa, where bananas replace potatoes, wheat, corn and rice--none of which grow well in Africa--as the staple food crop. In many areas of interior Africa, people get up to three-fourths of their total daily caloric food intake from bananas.)

        In the end, reality always wins.

        by Lenny Flank on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 01:13:31 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  *head desk* (0+ / 0-)

          This is an urban legend that's been making the rounds for several years.   It is nowhere near as bad as your post would make it seem.

          http://www.snopes.com/...

          This isn't freedom. This is fear - Captain America

          by Ellid on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 01:17:13 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  alas, Snopes is wrong on this one (0+ / 0-)

            The fungus has already spread to Africa and has been found in South America:

            http://www.independent.co.uk/...

            The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will warn in the coming days that the presence of TR4 in the Middle East and Africa means “virtually all export banana plantations” are vulnerable unless its spread can be stopped and new resistant strains developed.

            In a briefing document obtained by The Independent, the FAO warns: “In view of the challenges associated with control of the disease and the risk posed to the global banana supply, it is evident that a concerted effort is required from industry, research institutions, government and international organisations to prevent spread of the disease.”

            In the end, reality always wins.

            by Lenny Flank on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 01:23:49 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  Thanks for the correction (1+ / 0-)
              Recommended by:
              Lenny Flank

              This isn't freedom. This is fear - Captain America

              by Ellid on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 02:36:25 PM PDT

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              •  there is some effort right now to use genetic (0+ / 0-)

                engineering to insert disease-resistant genes from wild species of banana (which are alas not suitable for cultivation) into either the Cavendish or something close to it. But that runs into difficulty because many countries have banned the sale or import of genetically-modified foods, so there's not enough remaining market for it for the big companies to bother with doing it. They'll just switch to another crop, and the banana will die out.

                It won't have much effect in the US (we'll just put blueberries on our Corn Flakes instead). But it will wipe out a large portion of the developing world's agrarian economy, and it will cripple the staple food production in much of Africa.

                In the end, reality always wins.

                by Lenny Flank on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 03:27:00 PM PDT

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    •  radioactive potassium (1+ / 0-)
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      BenderRodriguez

      Do not ask me what this means.

      It follows that the additional radiation exposure due to eating a banana lasts only for a few hours after ingestion, namely the time it takes for the normal potassium contents of the body to be restored by the kidneys. The EPA conversion factor, on the other hand, is based on the mean time needed for the isotopic mix of potassium isotopes in the body to return to the natural ratio after being disturbed by the ingestion of pure 40K; which was assumed by EPA to be 30 days.[9] If the assumed time of residence in the body is reduced by a factor of ten, for example, the estimated equivalent absorbed dose due to the banana will be reduced in the same proportion.

      The human body contains about 2.5 grams of potassium per kilogram of body mass,[12] or 175 grams in a 70 kg adult. (Not all of this potassium is 40K, though.) The amount of naturally-occurring potassium decay in humans is therefore less than 175 g × 31 Bq/g ≈ 5400 Bq of radioactive decays, constantly through the person's adult lifetime.

      I don't know what's worse, the getting older or the getting wiser. -- G. Callen.

      by OLinda on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 12:39:54 PM PDT

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    •  Surely You Remember (2+ / 0-)
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      BenderRodriguez, JeffW
      A beautiful bunch o' ripe banana
      (Daylight come and me wan' go home)
      Hide the deadly black tarantula
      (Daylight come and me wan' go home)
      even if you're not Shirley.

      "A famous person once said, 'You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.' But as I once said, "If you don't teach them to read, you can fool them whenever you like." – Max Headroom

      by midnight lurker on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 02:23:58 PM PDT

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  •  2 brand new posts (2+ / 0-)
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    annieli, Gooserock

    "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 25, 2014 at 12:12:20 PM PDT

  •  Republicans Invading Cleveland? (1+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock

    I saw it announced that Cleveland and Dallas are the final 2 left standing to host the 2016 RNC after KC and Denver were eliminated.

    Going to Texas seems dumb because they know they are going to carry that state.

    Yet I can't for the life of me see a hoard of Republicans descending on Cuyahoga county to hold a convention.

    For the sake of the city I hope we get it as it would be a great economic boon for us with all the visitors and national exposure, but it just doesn't seem right.

    •  Nation's Poorest City (Or Was Before NOLA Drowned (5+ / 0-)

      so I'm not sure if it still tops).

      Seems an appropriate location. Cleveland was "Best Location in the Nation" back in the Republicans' Holy 1950's, before becoming the first major city to elect a Blah mayor. I'm sure they can find a venue to keep the city's large blue and African-American citizenry safely locked out.

      They can tour the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and call to re-outlaw the Beatles, tour the Flats and call for the remaining businesses to be outsourced, and on an afternoon break stage a Cuyahoga River re-ignition protest against the Clean Water Act and EPA's existence. They'll have to provide their own flammable pollution however, the river's run out of it.

      Then maybe drive by the Municipal Light Plant that Dennis Kucinich saved from privatization in the 1970's, that's still publicly owned.

      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 25, 2014 at 12:29:26 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  We need the money & the white supremacists (0+ / 0-)

      can behave for a week.

      I'll take the suckers money in a heart beat. We're nice even to monsters.

      I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

      by a2nite on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 03:32:26 PM PDT

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  •  Eli Wallach (2+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, coloradorob

    You left out the iconic roll in the "Good, the Bad and the Ugly"  RIP Eli

  •  Malia Obama headed west for college? (2+ / 0-)
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    annieli, historys mysteries
    While President Obama was busy delivering a commencement address to UC Irvine graduates the other day, his older daughter, Malia, was spotted touring UC Berkeley with friends.
    {snip}

    “The White House has really low-keyed this,” our source said. “She came with a couple of friends (and) they did the regular tour, and probably some extra stuff.”

    We hear Malia also found time to visit Stanford, which another president’s daughter, Chelsea Clinton, attended.

    http://blog.sfgate.com/...

    My Karma just ran over your Dogma

    by FoundingFatherDAR on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 12:13:21 PM PDT

  •  Yes We Have No Bananas (3+ / 0-)
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    Wildthumb, OLinda, milkbone

    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 25, 2014 at 12:15:29 PM PDT

  •  I wish to complain about the weather (4+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, OLinda, tb mare, JeffW

    Up here in my little corner of western Canada, we just can't seem to find summer. We are about to head into an extra-long weekend. As July 1, our national holiday more or less equivalent to July 4, is on Tuesday, many Canadians will take Monday off and make it a 4-day weekend.

    So the weather forecast here has the high daily temperature topping out at no more than 20C from now until at least Tuesday.

    20C = 68F.

    Summer's here, and we can't even muster a measly 70F for almost a week at a time.

    Get me the hell out of here.

    I just want to live somewhere warm. Is that so wrong?

    by lotac on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 12:18:42 PM PDT

  •  Fess up: How many of you read "Corinthian" and (11+ / 0-)

    thought of the immortal Ricardo Montalban?

  •  Anyone like Ted Rall... ? (1+ / 0-)
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    gchaucer2

    ... didn't think so.

    Listen to The After Show & The Justice Department on Netroots Radio. Join us on The Porch Tue & Fri at Black Kos, all are welcome!

    by justiceputnam on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 12:26:14 PM PDT

    •  Wow -- that will be (1+ / 0-)
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      justiceputnam

      an interesting fleshed out story since Sirota broke a big Christie scandal (among the many).  Not that I'm a fan but that was sort of huge.

      Ted Rall?  Hahahahahahahaha!  Not sorry.

      " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

      by gchaucer2 on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 12:43:42 PM PDT

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  •  In Alabama's defense (3+ / 0-)
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    jnhobbs, sow hat, milkbone

    We're "deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs" of everyone, not just prisoners.

    Roll down the window and let the wind blow back your hair.

    by Lisa in Bama on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 12:37:35 PM PDT

  •  By God that Pierce column is good (4+ / 0-)
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    tb mare, RadGal70, here4tehbeer, a2nite

    Now I know why he makes a living writing and I dont.

  •  Surprised I haven't seen this anywhere on Daily... (1+ / 0-)
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    historys mysteries

    Surprised I haven't seen this anywhere on Dailykos, but Senator Flake's son was apparently responsible for letting 20 dogs die at a boarding facility in Arizona. The owners were told that the dogs would be allowed to run free, but instead they were kept in a 10 by 10 (or 8 by 8) room where they died of heat exhaustion. Would provide a link, but don't know how to post one with my smart phone.

  •  Alabama prisons outsource all their (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    tb mare, historys mysteries

    medical service needs to for-profit companies like Corizon. State and Local Correctional Healthcare Privatization Update

    Alabama: The Alabama DOC renewed its inmate health care services contract with Corizon in November 2012. The three-year, $224.7 million contract is expected to save the state almost $24 million in health care costs for its 25,000-inmate correctional system.
    It's good to have a lot of prisoners for the Health Care Service industries ... and then treat them like animals... to make a good profit.

    Fits into the cruelty theme that was written about to the core in the Esquire piece by Charles Pierce. It's that what produces hate and self-destruction.

    We know a hell of a lot, but we understand very little. Manfred Max-Neef

    by mimi on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 12:57:39 PM PDT

  •  reL for profit colleges (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    it's kind of sad the US no longer has the huge system of public technical schools it once did. Almost all are privitazed. Thaddeus Stevens College in PA is almost all alone.

    Dawkins is to atheism as Rand is to personal responsibility. uid 52583 lol

    by terrypinder on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 12:59:01 PM PDT

  •  I'm skeptical of the "scorpion in the banana" (2+ / 0-)
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    tb mare, milkbone

    story . . . .

    Bananas USED to be shipped to the US in big bunches straight from the tree, which often led to all sorts of hidden things like spiders, scorpions and snakes. But they are no longer--they are now processed into individual bunches and packed right at the plantation. I think any scorp would likely have been found and removed during packing. And bananas are sprayed heavily (and refrigerated during the trip) so I doubt any scorpion could survive it. And most scorpions don't bother to pinch you when they're defending themselves--they just zap you with the stinger.

    And though it's hard to tell from a photo of a squished scorp, that sure looks to me like a Centruroides bark scorpion, which is native to the US.

    So color me skeptical.

    In the end, reality always wins.

    by Lenny Flank on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 01:05:38 PM PDT

  •  brilliant (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    historys mysteries

    Charles P. Pierce's devastating piece on the United States of Cruelty:

  •  Stupid anti-vaxxers or gun nuts which are more (0+ / 0-)

    of a menace?

    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 03:29:14 PM PDT

  •  WyoTech (0+ / 0-)

    My son graduated from Wyotech's Diesel Tech school and had companies calling him before he finished his final term. He graduated in December and was working full time by February.

    For-profit companies for higher learning have the same problems as for profit charter schools. It's a shame about WyoTech, their program was really good from what I saw.

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