- Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is A formula for inequity, told in four generations:
- Initial claims for jobless compensation fall to 304,000.
- Out of state visitors account for 44% of recreational marijuana purchases in Colorado:
Total marijuana demand in Colorado, where the nation's first recreational pot shops opened in January, is estimated at 130 tons this year, a study for the state's revenue authority said this week.
A day after Washington became only the second state to allow recreational sales of the drug to adults, the report release on Wednesday said the projected demand in Colorado was much higher than anticipated.
- Here's one way to wind up on the NSA watch list:
Last week, German journalists revealed that the National Security Agency has a program to collect information about people who use privacy-protecting services, including popular anonymizing software called Tor. But it's not clear how many users have been affected.
So we did a little sleuthing, and found that the NSA's targeting list corresponds with the list of directory servers used by Tor between December 2010 and February 2012 – including two servers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Tor users connect to the directory servers when they first launch the Tor service.
That means that if you downloaded Tor during 2011, the NSA may have scooped up your computer's IP address and flagged you for further monitoring. The Tor Project is a nonprofit that receives significant funding from the U.S. government.
- 204 years of Supreme Court decisions that turned corporations into people.
A new 1.1-MW solar array built by REC Solar atop the future Miami-Dade IKEA
store opening this summer in Sweetwater, FL.
- Don't touch that button: A study at three Toronto hospitals published in the journal Open Medicine found that "The prevalence of colonization (with bacteria) of elevator buttons was 61 percent." On flushing handles and other toilet surfaces, it was 43 percent.
- An encounter with police in Charleston, South Carolina, has left another black teen dead. Multiple witnesses, all refusing to give their names, told the same story that 19-year-old Denzel "Jaba" Burnell was shot in the back of the head by an officer while Burnell was kneeling with his hands behind his back. Team Blackness also discussed a new study that revealed men would rather electrocute themselves then be alone with their thoughts, new insight on feminism from Fox News, and a Texas city that wants to ban undocumented children, because 'Murica!
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- On today's encore Kagro in the Morning show, it's the 7/12/13 podcast: Sharknado; Monte Frank of Team 26; where4art's e-mail on Spitzer, and; the big, final installment on the 1975 nuclear/constitutional option showdown, featuring an extra bonus hour!
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