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  • Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Buffer zone buffoonery:
    Cartoon by Jen Sorensen - Buffer zone buffoonery
  • Blackwater death threat raises questions about State Department heavyweight:
    Eye-opening new revelations about the private security firm formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide and its cozy relationship with the State Department are raising new questions about a senior Foggy Bottom bureaucrat who has found himself in Capitol Hill's crosshairs before—and seems certain to now do so again.

    On Sunday, The New York Times reported that Patrick Kennedy, the State Department's current under secretary for management, led a review of the private security firm in 2007 after its guards fatally shot 17 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad's Nisour Square. Kennedy's review, however, failed to reference a scathing State Department memo on the contractor completed just weeks earlier that found the company had systematically overcharged the government. The memo also alleged a senior Blackwater executive in Baghdad threatened to kill the State Department auditor behind the memo.  At the time, Kennedy dismissed questions about early warnings of Blackwater misconduct.

  • Federal judge blocks Colorado coal mine on global-warming grounds:
    A federal judge has blocked a coal project in the wilds of Colorado because federal agencies failed to consider the future global-warming damages from burning fossil fuels.

    U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Johnson's decision halts exploration proposed by Arch Coal that would have bulldozed six miles of roads on 1,700 untrammeled acres of public land.

    When the agencies touted the supposed economic benefits of expanded coal mining in the Sunset Roadless Area, Johnson ruled, they should also have considered any global-warming costs.

  • Is Reuters enabling ISIL by using sympathetic freelancers?:
    Back in March, we and others, including the NYT Lens Blog and the NPPA, questioned the ethics of Reuters using unnamed freelancers in Syria. With the agency relying on photographers who were also sympathizers of the Free Syrian Army, we challenged the authenticity of at least one widely acclaimed photo story (Were the Reuters “Boy in a Syrian Bomb Factory” Photos Staged?) and another series of photos embellished with props as propaganda for the anti-government rebels (The Dysfunctional Guitar: More on the Reuters Syria Photo Controversy). Given the agency’s blanket denial following these allegations and their refusal to consider any bias or compromise in their editorial practices, we voiced concern, also, for future ethical compromises. [...]

    And once again, Reuters has been coming up with sensational and exclusive imagery that its competitors lack. If there is no shortage of videos and screen grabs of ISIS in action, an organization turning heads not just for military momentum and its cinematic and social media propaganda acumen, Reuters—has been the only outlet—once again, though unnamed stringers, related to the militant’s capture and control of the city of Mosul over the past three weeks—to procure exclusive images.

    As I mentioned, nobody has this kind of access.

  • Children should be vaccinated, period:
    That's what a project that screened more than 20,000 scientific titles and 67 papers on vaccine safety concludes this week. The review appears in the latest edition of the medical journal Pediatrics.
  • Why are some people more yummy to mosquitoes?
    [T]he identification of skin bacteria as playing a role in one’s attractiveness to mosquitoes provides a clue. Among the aforementioned carboxylic acids that alert mosquitoes to our presence are several short-chain and medium-chain fatty acids that are associated with body odor. Sweat itself is odorless until bacteria act on it to make it stink. Bacteria, by metabolizing our sweat, are essentially sending up a red flag to tell mosquitoes we’re here.

    Yet another component of human odor is genetic. Although some theorize that individuals mosquitoes find unattractive simply produce less in the way of attractants, an alternative theory asserts that they produce components that interfere with mosquitoes’ ability to find their hosts. In fact, a 2008 study identified five such chemicals produced by humans found unattractive to mosquitoes.

  • Ann Coulter gets red-carded. But at least she's wormed her way  back into the limelight for a few minutes.
  • Remember when Mitt Romney explained to all of us that corporations are people, too? Apparently the Supreme Court is in agreement. In a serious blow to women's reproductive rights, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that for-profit employers with religious objections do not have to provide contraception coverage under Obamacare. So not only are corporations people now, but they also have religious preferences. We can't wait until they have the right to marry.

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  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin rounds up Hobby Lobby commentary. SCOTUSBlog ≠ SCOTUS. What's so "narrow" about it? Gun show GunFAIL updates. Responsible gun owner so law-abiding, he'll disobey a new law mandating responsible shooting, for freedom.

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  •  This week at progressive state blogs: (13+ / 0-)
    Every Saturday at 8 a.m. Pacific Time, I post This Week at State Progressive Blogs. This consists of excerpts from bloggers around the nation publishing news and views at venues like Plunderbund, Texas Kaos, Taking a Left Turn in South Dakota, Calitics, My Left Nutmeg, Cottonmouth, Uppity Wisconsin, Left for Alabama, Rural and Progressive, Raging Chicken Press, blue nc, Blue Virginia, Blue Oregon, Blue Hog Report and a multitude of others. You don't have to put up with commentary from me in this series. It's all about these guys and gals. Stop in while you eat breakfast. Or lunch. And if you know of a progressive state blog you think I should be reading, please drop off a comment with its link. If it's your blog, don't be shy. Self-promotion is A-Okay.
    state blogs,Juanita Jean's
    Appalachian Voice state blog
    Mudflats blog

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 11:22:45 AM PDT

  •  You said: (4+ / 0-)
    So not only are corporations people now, but they also have religious preferences. We can't wait until they have the right to marry.
    We already have corporations in marriage through mergers and acquisitions, something that individual people cannot do.
  •  Less than 1 hr to go! (3+ / 0-)

    My stomach is in knots

  •  Ann Coulter: nothing but spitballs (6+ / 0-)
    “The Ann Coulter trolling on soccer is so weak,” tweeted Business Insider Executive Editor Joe Weisenthal. “A big lump of jokes we’ve all made. She’s lost her fastball.”

    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 Jul 01, 2014 at 12:05:28 PM PDT

  •  Sarkozy arrested (5+ / 0-)
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    aaraujo, Meteor Blades, OLinda, JeffW, Albanius
    It’s like in a good French political thriller: ex-President Sarkozy is involved in so many scandals that they blur again the boundaries between the various scandals.
    Political rank games in Paris, campaign donations from dubious dictators, terror in revenge for lack of bribes, intercepted phone calls and a corrupt Prosecutor – the numerous scandals of Nicolas Sarkozy provide enough material for several French films, in which the decadent bourgeoisie weaves their intrigues and can rest… assured, no one is brought to justice.
    Sarkozy is not the first French President, who is deeply involved in several scandals. However, he is the first 2 b taken by police in custody. Up to 48 hours-long the 59-old can b held by the anti corruption police in Paris’ suburb of Nanterre.
    Sarkozy is supposed 2 have tried to exert influence on ongoing investigations. Though tough alone and sufficient for swift justice, this accusation was merely the tip of the iceberg and started a mudslide. Without the Libya affair, investigators had probably never noticed how Sarkozy tried to persuade a prosecutor to a courtesy. And without the Bettencourt affair, Sarkozy would have never triggered this attorney. Sounds complicated? Here’s an overview of the scandals of the former “président bling-bling”, as Sarkozy was called due to his inclination to the world of the rich.

  •  Blackwater (aka Xe aka Academi) (5+ / 0-)
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    DRo, annieli, tb mare, JeffW, kfunk937

    is the government's own protection racket, with all ethical nuance of the Sicilian Mafia.

    American Presidents: 43 men, 0 women. Ready for Hillary

    by atana on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 12:16:58 PM PDT

  •  I dreamt that the USA won the World Cup (2+ / 0-)
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    am I nuts?

  •  Ohmygawd, corporations marrying? (4+ / 0-)
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    DRo, JeffW, wintergreen8694, kfunk937

    Next thing you know there will be "same corp" weddings"

    Humor, it's the only thing saving my sanity right now.

    You better brace yourselves for a whole lotta ugly comin' at you from a neverending parade of stupid. - Motormouth Maybelle, Hairspray 2007 -

    by FlamingoGrrl on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 12:23:00 PM PDT

    •  Americans Give All Corps Wedding Gifts (0+ / 0-)
      So not only are corporations people now, but they also have religious preferences. We can't wait until they have the right to marry.

      Corporations already marry right now. They merge under contracts that are exactly equivalent to marriage. There are all kinds of tax breaks and other advantages given to them when they do - as marriage between humans.

      Though I suppose "merger" isn't "marriage", the way "civil unions" aren't. I expect the rightwing orgs that trot out "civil rights" for all kinds of oppression will demand the "separate but equal" terms of mergers should just be "marriage", once they've stopped talking about the "war on marriage" they've substantially lost.

      What is really scary is when corporations get the "right" to vote. A corporation will be elected president, and others fill Congress, when billionaires register enough to outweigh the human voters in the country.

      "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

      by DocGonzo on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 01:55:59 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Also too (0+ / 0-)

        Now that corporations are officially people, with rights that formerly were inherent only to individual actual real people, I decided to look through the Bill of Rights. I'm thinking it's time for an enterprising corporation to test the judicial waters by amassing a few choice weapons - just in case those pesky employees act up by joining a union or something. Surely they have the right to keep and bear arms ...

  •  The mosquito article (2+ / 0-)
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    is written by Jill Richardson. Maybe Kossack Jill Richardson, aka OrangeClouds115?

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

    by OLinda on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 12:26:25 PM PDT

  •  Funny, skin bacteria have the opposite effect on (1+ / 0-)
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    me. Nothing like the smell of old socks to kill one's motivation, no matter how late it gets in the bar.

  •  That climate change ruling could be huge (6+ / 0-)

    I'm definitely going to be watching that moving forward.

    The plummeting price of coal has already stabbed Appalachian coal through the heart.  This kind of regulatory obstacle could be just what we need to rein in Western coal out in Wyoming/Montana.

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 12:27:50 PM PDT

  •  THIS IS AMAZING (1+ / 0-)
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    I don't know how to embed videos, if you do . . . please . . .

    this link

    Justice Ruth Bader's Ginsberg's dissent in Hobby Lobby set to music!  Wow.

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

    by Rikon Snow on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 12:29:51 PM PDT

  •  Mosquitos love me. (3+ / 0-)
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    If there's a mosquito within 10 miles, it will find me. Even in Arizona this year with out hottest, driest past couple of months in decades, I still get bit by mosquitos. I'm just one big yummy mosquito magnet.

    Corporations, which should be the carefully restrained creatures of the law and the servants of the people, are fast becoming the people’s masters. -- President Grover Cleveland, 1888

    by edg on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 12:31:20 PM PDT

    •  Next time i go camping can i bring you? (3+ / 0-)
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      My own personal pest strip!

      •  Why not? (1+ / 0-)
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        I was at a barbeque last summer and people were telling me they were amazed how there were no mosquitos. That's because they were all biting me!!

        Corporations, which should be the carefully restrained creatures of the law and the servants of the people, are fast becoming the people’s masters. -- President Grover Cleveland, 1888

        by edg on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 12:43:52 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Me too (0+ / 0-)

      my now-ex-husband used to bring me along on hikes, I think, more because I was the mosquito-magnet than because he enjoyed my company.

      I've read that eating no sugar (and more garlic) can make you less attractive to mosquitos, but either I still have too much sugar in me or the mosquitos really don't care. I also read somewhere long ago that mosquitos find menstruating women particularly attractive, but I'm long done with that and it doesn't seem to matter either.  

  •  Corporations... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...can already marry.  It's called a merger in some quarters.  

    I'm not always political, but when I am I vote Democratic. Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World

    by boran2 on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 12:37:41 PM PDT

  •  CO story will get plenty talk radio and the judge (1+ / 0-)
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    will probably get attacked.

    so limbaugh, on plenty of CO talk stations, reiterates that global warming is a hoax, with an attack on NOAA, which has big offices in the boulder area. many employees live in the area and some of them are probably CU grads

    so the main station that puts limbaugh on, 850 kOA in denver, which reaches or used to reach 28 states at night, broadcasts CU buffaloes games.

    this same pattern of schools shitting on their own mission statements in exchange for a few thousand in licensing rights is happening in probably 100 or more communities in the country. and many of those stations depend heavily on being able to put those sports mascots on their megaphones.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 12:38:08 PM PDT

  •  Coulter reveals her whole schtick is by design (0+ / 0-)

    Her soccer article is one of the funniest pieces I've read in quite a while.  Ann Coulter pokes fun at so many aspects of the American soccer culture, and having been a soccer Dad, I couldn't help but laugh out loud.  If I knew her as a friend, and debated politics with her on a somewhat regular basis, I'd tell her "bravo".

    But with this piece, she blows her cover a little bit.  Fox News fans are alarmed by it because they think she's a serious political pundit (and a lot of them are probably part of the soccer parent culture).

    Her mission is to get under Liberals' skin.  That's all.  In that, she achieved the objective this time - and without really insulting anyone.

    West. No further west. All sea. --Robert Grenier

    by Nicolas Fouquet on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 12:56:06 PM PDT

  •  It's essential that you continue using Facebook (1+ / 0-)
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    Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

    by DRo on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 01:06:52 PM PDT

  •  Friends, a practical suggestion... (2+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson, kfunk937

    ...should you find yourself spending time with an elderly relative in the throes of pneumonia, please wear a mask.

    Calamity Jean spent time with her father week before last, as he was beginning his journey to the Great Beyond, and no good deed going unpunished, contracted the summer cold that precipitated her father's fatal bout of pneumonia. The same thing happened to her brother's wife. And, of course, I cought it from Calamity Jean. She's feeling better, but I wonder if I will have to wear a mask at my father-in-law's funeral on Thursday.

    I really hate summer colds...

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 01:31:29 PM PDT

  •  If persons, per Hobby Lobby, can opt out of (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, kfunk937

    expenditures they don't approve of, can stockholders (such as pension funds) demand cash rebates in lieu of their proportion of corporate political & lobbying expenditures they consider against their religious and/or moral values?

    Or does the right to opt out only apply to corporate (ie incorporeal) persons?


    There's no such thing as a free market!

    by Albanius on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 01:39:49 PM PDT

  •  More bagger crime... (2+ / 0-)
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    DRo, kfunk937

    ....Alleged white supremacist shoots cop, carjacks man in Vancouver, Washington.

    Fortunately, the officer survived, and the bagger was arrested.

    You can't spell "Dianne Feinstein" without "NSA".

    by varro on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 03:04:17 PM PDT

  •  It strikes me, not being a lawyer, that the (0+ / 0-)

    Supremes have done more damage to equality than to protecting two people's profit margin, I mean faith.

    Not only are some women being treated unequally but they are being treated unequally and their religion is being discriminated against by two people.  I believe I read that Hobby Lobby has 1500 employees.  Considering the level of pay for non commission sales clerks and the dominance of women who do the types of crafts that HL caters to, there are approx. 1000 women who's faith, health, and equal protection have been subverted while the Supremes establish that a claimed interpretation of a 2000 year old dogma that is really only about 1000 years old addresses unscientifically proven claims about when life begins, much less what "life" actually is.

    Some how that don't seem to balance the rights of one side with the other very well. One side is damaged and one side is based on voodoo claims and gets to make more money while discriminating against women.

    The decision also opens the flood gates for lots more voodoo, and that is a very bad weapon for men like Scalia, Thomas, and Roberts to have in their hands.

    I'll quote Roberts and the owners of HL  "...just stop discriminating."

  •  When Coulter comments about (0+ / 0-)

    things like the World Cup, liberals would be well-advised NOT to take her bait.

  •  My Threads Are Open (0+ / 0-)

    Keep pouring it on Rush Limberger's sponsors, we can beat this huge turd.

    We will be needing volunteers to man the clinics which still provide services for women.  We need to do the work of forming a barrier between the whack jobs and women who need help.  Get there before church lets out.  The supreme "court" just legalized violence for people who carry around baby dolls covered with ketchup.

    Why did the press, and most importantly the police, drop the 2001 investigation of the murdered staff worker in the office of then US Congressman Joe Scarborough?  The female staffer was supposedly working alone at night and died from "natural causes" sustaining severe head trauma in the process.  This smells as bad as Rush Limberger's panties.

    Why was there no investigation into what was up when Tea Bag weirdos in Mississippi were recently caught locked in the courthouse with election ballots-yes ballots?  How does anyone know the ballots were not tampered with?  One of these goobers later committed suicide.  Or, did he? Paging Darrell Issa!!!!

    Is Senator Lindsey Graham a war-mongering version of Jim Nabors?

    When Ronald Reagan placed over 200 Marines in Lebanon, and his defense department big shots Cheney, Rumsfeld, Oliver North and agreed with the United Nations that the Marines should not be issued live ammunition, was he being soft on terrorism, being oblivious, or had he already began wearing diapers around the White House?

    How soon will Scott Walker be going to jail?  Is there any way to make these federal charges so Walker and Chris Christie could be cell mates?

    Boycott WalMart; Boycott Papa Johns; and Boycott BP

    by truthronin on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 07:58:40 PM PDT

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