- Today's comic by Tom Tomorrow is The Droney memo:
- This is what you missed on Sunday Kos ...
Third-party candidates are polling unusually well this year, by dreaminonempty
Sugar, slavery and subtlety, by Denise Oliver Velez
What every American should know about veterans and their health care, by Mark E Andersen
How about sidewalk-counseling the conservative movement, by Dante Atkins
Pew typologies go much deeper than 'liberal' and 'conservative,' by David Jarman
Religious freedom frauds, by Jon Perr
Daily Kos Elections Power Rankings: The States (Late June Edition), by Steve Singiser
- Two hawks have a plan that would wreck any nuclear agreement with Iran:
A major tenet of their strategy is to maintain restrictions on Iran's oil exports and limit what the government can do with its oil revenues.
As it stands, Iranian oil revenues are accumulating in escrow accounts thanks to a 2012 law passed by Congress called the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act. Iran can only spend these escrow funds on certain goods in countries which buy its oil. In their paper, Mark Dubowitz and Richard Goldberg say "none of these escrowed oil funds" should be repatriated back to Iran until the country ceases being a "state sponsor of terror."
- Atrios suggests ridiculing to deal with anti-abortion protesters:
Anyway, what I'm getting at is... maybe counter-protesting should bring on the funny. "This guy has a tiny penis -->" t-shirts. Gay men's a capella choirs serenading them. That sort of thing.
The point is that comedy is a good tool, and what a typical anti-abortion protester nut hates most is the idea that his authoritah is being undermined. Point and laugh and they might just scamper away.
Obviously the problem is turning these spaces into bigger circuses than they already are. I don't want to do that. There are women trying to get needed medical care who don't need any of this shit, from the left or the right.
Still...they hate to be laughed at.
- But will mockery really make a difference to fanatical crusaders?
Atrios has an interesting post about tactics to deal with the crazies who picket abortion clinics, suggesting that humor and ridicule might be a good tool to employ against them. He might be right that, to use his example, a gay a capella choir serenading picketing nuts would cut short a protest or two. But I also think that these nuts are very tough to crack, for a few reasons.
First, they are already pariahs and self-imagined martyrs. I don’t watch a lot of Fox News, but I don’t remember the last time I’ve heard about them doing a puff piece lauding the bravery and commitment of the assholes who picket Planned Parenthood, because at a human level it’s quite an ugly business to bully a helpless young woman who’s following through on the toughest decision of her life.
- Nation editor suggests neocon Bill Kristol join Iraqi army. On ABC News "This Week" Sunday, Katrina Vanden Heuvel stuck it to Kristol over Iraq:
"I have to say, sitting next to Bill Kristol, man — I mean, the architects of catastrophe that have cost this country trillions of dollars, thousands of lives. There should be accountability," she said on ABC's "This Week."
“Because this country should not go back to war," Heuvel continued. "We don’t need armchair warriors, and if you feel so strongly, you should, with all due respect, enlist in the Iraqi Army.”
- Report: Clean energy investment could create a $12 billion market:
Off-grid renewable energy is one of the cheapest, most effective ways to get electricity to the 1.3 billion people around the world who lack it, the Sierra Club argues in a new report.
The report looked at how energy access can be delivered more cost-effectively to the people around the world that need it. The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that the world must invest $640 billion over 20 years to ensure global energy access, which is 300 to 500 percent higher than current energy access investments. But the Sierra Club argues that many essential energy services can be delivered more cheaply than the IEA estimates. According to the report, a $500 million investment in energy access will be needed over the next two to three years, and that investment will spur a clean energy services market for the poor valued at $12 billion annually.
- B.C. carbon tax cuts pollution and boosts economy. The tax reduced pollution by 20 percent by cutting consumption:
The carbon tax’s environmental accomplishments are certainly noteworthy, but many people are even more excited about how the economy has responded. While the levy is the highest of its kind in the world, the regional economy has still continued to grow on pace with, and in the last couple of years slightly faster than, the rest of the country. Researchers from Sustainable Prosperity caution that saying the tariff has led the economy to grow would be pure speculation. But just showing that a carbon tax doesn’t flat-line the economy is remarkable, considering that for years, vested interests have been claiming such a measure would cause economic collapse.
- Curiosity has now been roving for a year, a Mars year, on the red planet.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin sets the mood with The Onion on Hobby Lobby. Blackwater blockbuster. Facebook's crazy experiment. Crucial robot body double news. More gun show GunFAIL. Armando breaks SCOTUS news on Hobby Lobby and Harris.
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