- Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is How to make soccer a popular sport!:
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- 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:
- 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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