- Today's comic by Tom Tomorrow is Corporations are religious people:
- Here is what you missed on Sunday Kos:
Pre-registering young people to vote: A key strategy for 2014 and 2016, by Denise Oliver Velez
Poverty shot up last decade, but 'poverty areas' grew even more, by David Jarman
Being an American citizen is complicated, by Egberto Willies
- Former U.S. Sen. Alan Dixon of Illinois dead at 86:
Dixon, a Democrat, also served in the Illinois House of Representatives and the State Senate, as well as state treasurer and secretary of state before he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1980. His career there came to a shocking halt in 1993 after he was defeated in a three-way Democratic primary by Carol Moseley Braun. [...]
Last year, Dixon published a memoir titled, “The Gentleman From Illinois: Stories From Forty Years of Elective Public Service.”
- Forget blue and red. New theory discusses states' "tightness-looseness":
[Jesse R.] Harrington and [Michele J.] Gelfand measure a state's tightness or looseness based on indicators such as the legality of corporal punishment in schools, the general severity of legal sentences, access to alcohol and availability of civil unions, level of religiosity, and the percent of the population that is foreign. But really, that's just the beginning of their analysis. After identifying which states are "tighter" and which are more "loose," the researchers then trace these different outlooks to a range of ecological or historical factors in the states' pasts (and in many cases, lingering into their presents). For as the authors write, tighter societies generally have had to deal with "a greater number of ecological and historical threats, including fewer natural resources, more natural disasters, a greater incidence of territorial threat, higher population density, and greater pathogen prevalence."
That applies nicely to the United States. The "tight" states, it turns out, have higher death rates from heat, storms, floods, and lightning. (Not to mention tornadoes.) They also have higher rates of death from influenza and pneumonia, and higher rates of HIV and a number of other diseases. They have higher child and infant mortality. And then there's external threat: the South, in the Civil War, was defending its own terrain and its own way of life. Indeed, the researchers show a very strong correlation between the percentage of slave owning families that a state had in the year 1860, and its "tightness" measurement today.
- You think your commute is bad?
- Troubled, ultra-expensive F-35 runs into more trouble: Already plagued by massive cost overruns and scathing critiques about its flaws, an F-35 blew up on the runway last month and the entire fleet of 97 have been grounded until the Pentagon fully investigates the explosive failure of the plane's single Pratt & Whitney engine. So far, the F-35 is still scheduled for its international debut this month at the U.K.'s Farnborough Air Show.
- Iowa GOP locked out of Twitter, Facebook and own website after fired officials change passwords on the way out the door:
Apparently one of the Republican party leaders who lost his job changed the passwords to the Iowa GOP's Twitter account, Facebook page and website on his way out the door, leaving the new leaders a bit hamstrung. [...]
In the last few months, GOP activists aligned with Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad banded together to clean house at the Republican Party of Iowa headquarters, and recently ushered out the last of the party leaders installed in 2012 by Ron Paul liberty-movement backers. The new central committee members made no secret of the fact that they were likely to hire new staff members and a new chairman who could rebuild confidence in the party.
- BBC wants more accuracy in its reports, so it won't give air time to climate change deniers anymore.
- On today's encore performance of the Kagro in the Morning show it's the 7/9/13 episode. Spitzer reenters politics. Greg Dworkin has OR cannabis news, the Canadian train derailment & conservative push to kill the immigration bill. In NYC, the .1% goes slumming with the 1%
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