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  • What's coming up on Sunday Kos ...
    • Pre-registering young people to vote: A key strategy for 2014 and 2016, by Denise Oliver Velez
    • Why that 'Worst President' Quinnipiac poll is catnip for right-wingers, but essentially meaningless, by Steve Singiser
    • Hobby Lobby: SCOTUS reserves right to establish state religion of its choice, by Dante Atkins
    • Poverty shot up last decade, but 'poverty areas' grew even more, by David Jarman
    • Hobby Lobby demonstrates that RFRA violates the establishment clause, by Armando
    • The Supreme Court deals a blow to poor women and the idea of the fair share, by Laura Clawson
    • Being an American citizen is complicated, by Egberto Willies
    • The proper business of government is not business, it is service to the common people, by Mark E Andersen
    • The doctrine of corporate separateness, or why the Hobby Lobby decision is an absolute farce, by Ian Reifowitz
  • These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook July 2:
    GOP College Chairman Slams Tea Party, Resigns, And Joins The Democrats - Here's To Our Youth!, by Leslie Salzillo

    Hobby Lobby wanted to block Doctors from even Talking to you about Contraception, by Vyan

    Draw, sucka! 2 guys with guns in Georgia find disagreement on 1st day of Guns Everywhere law, by xxdr zombiexx

  • NASA now studying climate from space. Five years ago, the rocket carrying the Orbiting Carbon Observatory—designed to study CO2 levels from space—malfunctioned and plunged into the ocean. On Wednesday, OCO-2 succeeded in getting into orbit.  
    The OCO-2 is a $462 million mission to study climate change from space for two years. The satellite will monitor fluctuations of CO2 in the atmosphere, making note of where the greenhouse gases are rising and falling the most. It will be able to track where CO2 is naturally being absorbed by plant life and ocean life and where it is peaking far past natural absorption.

    “It’s really the fate of carbon dioxide once it’s in the atmosphere that we’re trying to really put our finger on,” Michael Gunson, a scientist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said at a recent news conference. We’re already aware of what is producing the CO2, but NASA will now be able to track what’s happening with it.

  • Here's an interactive gauge of extinction courtesy of ProPublica.
  • The only academic with U.S. approval for her marijuana research has been fired:
    The University of Arizona fired a psychiatry professor this week whose research on medical marijuana and veterans was finally green-lighted by federal authorities in March after a years-long chokehold.

    Dr. Sue Sisley, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry who has been working for five years to get approvals for her study on medical marijuana for post-traumatic stress disorder, says she was fired after she advocated for a state bill that would have funded her research through the state’s medical marijuana revenue. That bill didn’t pass, but she says a university official asked her for an explanation of her political activity. [...]

    Sisley’s termination won’t just affect her career. It will also effectively terminate the U.S. marijuana research that received approval from federal authorities to use a legal supply of marijuana.

  • Occupy's Cecily McMillan released Wednesday after 58 days. Her incarceration on conviction of assaulting a plainclothes police officer during a protest in Zuccotti Park is over, but she still has five years of probation to serve because of a ludicrous prosecution. She obviously hasn't given up her activism:
    “On the outside, I had spent my time fighting for freedom and rights. On the inside, I discovered a world where words like freedom and rights don’t even exist in the first place. I walked in with one movement, and return to you a representative of another. That bridge right there, that divides the city from Rikers Island, divides two worlds—today I hope to bring them closer together. Crossing back over, I have a message to you from several concerned citizens currently serving time at the Rose M. Singer Center.

    “Incarceration is meant to prevent crime. Its purpose is to penalize and then return us to the outside world ready to start anew. The world I saw at Rikers isn’t concerned with that. Many of the tactics employed are aimed at simple dehumanization. In the interests of returning the facility to its mission and restoring dignity to its inmates, we, the women of Rikers, have several demands that will make this system more functional. These were collectively drafted for me to read before you today.

  • Candidates compete over who most backs fossil fuels:
    Politico has helpfully provided a roundup of Senate and House races in which environment and energy issues are a major factor. If you click on the video expecting to find that climate change is finally moving voters, you’re going to be disappointed. In all four races—the Louisiana, Kentucky, and Colorado Senate races and a West Virginia House race—the Democratic and Republican candidates are arguing over who is more supportive of fossil fuels.

    The only partial exception is Colorado: Democrat Sen. Mark Udall supports the state’s large natural gas sector—though his Republican opponent Rep. Cory Gardner claims he isn’t supportive enough—but Udall also calls for climate action. That’s because Colorado has a different political terrain than the others—it’s purple, not pure red.

  • Team Blackness discussed "monster nanny" of Upland, California, who refuses to leave the home of the family whose kids she no longer takes care of (this is why you don't get everything off of Craigslist, people), Georgia's new expansive gun rights laws, Katt Williams's latest kerfuffle, and a Fox News anchor who can't understand why women are so "hysterical" about the Hobby Lobby ruling.

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  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin rounds up job numbers, the Cochran press call & more. WND's Farah makes GunFAIL. The House quietly deletes lobbyist-paid travel reporting requirements. LePage's "sovereign citizen" pals. WaPo's on the "men's rights" confab.

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  •  To Cecily McMillan; don't feel bad, just LOOK at (4+ / 0-)

    All the arrests and severe jail sentences given to the Bundy Militia who aimed weapons at and threatened Federal law enforcement agents with assault and murder! nevermind

    "You owe your soul to the company store!" - United States Supreme Court Justices

    by Fordmandalay on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 12:08:24 PM PDT

  •  One would think (5+ / 0-)

    that Dr. Sisley could be offered a job by the VA, CDC or NIH to continue her research since she has already received the grant.  It would seem to be less expensive to do her research inhouse at a top notch science facility rather than idiotic place that presents itself as a university.

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

    by gchaucer2 on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 12:17:05 PM PDT

  •  I fervently hope the new 0CO2 satellite will (4+ / 0-)

    propel protective climate change actions in a big hurry.  

    the dog you have, is the dog you need. - Cesar Millan

    by OregonWetDog on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 12:18:45 PM PDT

    •  Three cheers for the OCO-2 Satellite (2+ / 0-)
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      rebel ga, OregonWetDog

      NASA's first mission dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide. For the first time we're going to have very high resolution, very sensitive images of where CO2 is concentrating and where is it being absorbed. It's going to show us the carbon cycle in detail we've never seen before. Many questions will be answered & many arguments will be put to rest.

  •  For some reason... (2+ / 0-)
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    Lize in San Francisco, rebel ga is not showing up in the "Recent Diaries" list over on the left, but I just posted a diary in which I talk about love of country, in several senses.

    Readers welcome, if you're so inclined.

    The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts. -Bertrand Russell

    by mftalbot on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 12:22:53 PM PDT

    •  Whoops - looks like there was just a lag. (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Lize in San Francisco, rebel ga

      Anyway, you're welcome to stop by.

      The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts. -Bertrand Russell

      by mftalbot on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 12:37:32 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  It's showing on Recent Diaries now. (0+ / 0-)

      I've had that happen to me a couple of times in the past, where my diary didn't immediately show up on the rec list. Sometimes it takes a few minutes to show up. I don't know why that happens. But I just looked and it's there now.

      Rec'd and tipped.

      Brought To You By That Crazed Sociologist/Media Fanatic rebel ga Be The Change You Want To See In The World! Gandhi

      by rebel ga on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 05:51:57 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  asked for an explanation of her political activity (3+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, Meteor Blades, rebel ga

    by a uni official?
    How about the classic "Fuck you" she explained?

  •  There are like a gazillion other countries out (0+ / 0-)

    there, many that really really like to dis the USA.

    So it's surprising that they too do not either support research on the medical benefits of marijuana.

    It kinda smacks of gross hypocrisy.

  •  the thing about poor women and the supremes (2+ / 0-)

    Honestly, how many hunting/fishing outings at 5 star resorts do you think those women can provide for a supreme court justice?

    Do you have any idea how much work is done behind the scenes on those junkets?

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 12:33:33 PM PDT

  •  Nanny Story (1+ / 0-)
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    Lize in San Francisco

    Who in heaven's name would think it was appropriate to pay someone no salary at all (besides room and board) for taking care of three children AND doing housework

  •  july 4Th - war (0+ / 0-)


    TV Guide Magazine:

    As a man who's seen many years of war, from Vietnam to Kosovo, do you think Hollywood generally gets it right?


    It's gotten better and better over time, especially in later films like Apocalypse Now, Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July and The Hurt Locker. Bits and pieces of all these movies they're showing on TCM really resonate.

    The question is, how do they hold up over all? But they all have a part to play and are, historically speaking, of great value.

    You can see in these films that we, as a people during WWI, were for the first time getting a real sense that war is pointless rather than glorious, and that nothing compensates for the danger and the death and the destruction that war brings.

    There is a lot of pain in these movies, real heartache. They aren't just entertaining and thrilling. They are part of the first effort to deglamorize war and to make us look into our hearts and question what we're doing.

    That's what films do best — help us reconnect with our humanity and remind us of what's truly important.

    Our political system is infected by “a pathological, democracy-destroying corruption” that is caused by the influence of Big Money. We cannot ignore this corruption anymore. ~ Lawrence Lessig

    by anyname on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 05:23:48 PM PDT

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