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    Cartoon by Ruben Bolling -- 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.
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  • 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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  •  in-sanity. (4+ / 0-)
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    dinotrac, LinSea, rhutcheson, dharmasyd

    no foolin'.

    TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes? -- Addington's Perpwalk.

    by greenbird on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 12:01:49 PM PDT

  •  Ski trip, Park City UT or Beaver Creek CO? (8+ / 0-)

    I bet legal weed makes a lot of travel decisions these days.

    "The poor can never be made to suffer enough." Jimmy Breslin

    by merrywidow on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 12:04:29 PM PDT

  •  I suppose it would be pointless to remind (5+ / 0-)

    those on the right screaming about these children being sent away to save them of the Bible story of Baby Moses.

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 12:05:20 PM PDT

  •  The article about Colorado's pot purchases says... (5+ / 0-)

    The article about Colorado's pot purchases says that 44% is out of state in Denver only but statewide 90% is from in state buyers. Or am I reading that wrong?

  •  Wait Wait Don't Tell Me at Red Rocks tonight (0+ / 0-)

    If you're still thinking about getting tickets, use code LASTMINUTE.  They sent me that to share.  I'm just annoyed I won't be getting $10 off per seat the way the late comers do.

  •  the hilarious thing about Tor is how many (2+ / 0-)
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    here4tehbeer, maryabein

    within anonymous stated it was doubleplus good and not like that evil google.

    (Google is indeed evil.)

    I actually did download Tor in 2011 but never found a use for it.

    Dawkins is to atheism as Rand is to personal responsibility. uid 52583 lol

    by terrypinder on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 12:08:25 PM PDT

  •  grammar police (2+ / 0-)
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    dinotrac, LinSea

    "men would rather electrocute themselves then be alone with their thoughts"

    or are they saying that men are okay being alone with their thoughts only after electrocution?

    you can shit on my face but that doesn't mean I have to lick my lips

    by red rabbit on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 12:16:47 PM PDT

    •  Fewer thoughts to sort out after electrocution. (4+ / 0-)

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 12:25:00 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  the first is correct (0+ / 0-)

      I read the study in question. Most people have a tough time being alone with just their thoughts and not much else was the  conclusion. The study was pretty fascinating, because it was across all age groups and a pretty wide swath of society, not just we overcoddled and overstimulated Millenials. People would rather get shocked by static electricity than be alone. It's an interesting look at how humans think.

      Dawkins is to atheism as Rand is to personal responsibility. uid 52583 lol

      by terrypinder on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 12:57:05 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Not just alone, the rules were that you couldn't (0+ / 0-)

        do anything at all.  Trust me, it can get quite painful sitting perfectly still for very long without being able to shift your position to get more comfortable or even blink.  Your eyes dry out and you start getting muscle cramps and such.

        You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

        by Throw The Bums Out on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 02:06:41 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Funny thing about Tor (1+ / 0-)
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    is that it actually makes the contents of any packets sent LESS secure.  Those packets have to be relayed through a number of Tor servers, and anyone can run a Tor server.  All they need to do is save the packets as they pass through, and they can peruse the contents at their leisure.

    You can bet the NSA runs more than a few Tor servers to facilitate data collection.  

    All Tor is good for is hiding one's IP address from the target address - assuming the NSA isn't running the first server in the chain that you're browser interacts with.

    "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

    by Subterranean on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 12:17:11 PM PDT

  •  I think we can take those unemployment claims as (1+ / 0-)
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    good news.  The number of jobs has caught up with (maybe even exceeded by a scoonch) the level around 2007, so initial claims levels is apples to apples.  Nobody's going to confuse it with the Clinton economy, but...what the heck?

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 12:22:15 PM PDT

  •  Obama's untold spy was caught (1+ / 0-)
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    President Obama was not told that a German intelligence employee was arrested for spying for the U.S. until the news became public. The White House is now trying to determine who in the Central Intelligence Agency has been failing to relay information to the president. (Obama didn’t even know until after his phone call with Chancellor Merkel.) On Wednesday, German authorities investigated another possible spy for the U.S. and searched his Berlin-area apartment. No arrests have been made, but the person in question worked for the “military field,” according to German publications. German and U.S. relations were already under tension due to the Snowden leak last year, which revealed the NSA had spied on Merkel. Regarding this potential spy bust, the spokesman for the German chancellor said “If the accusations are proven true, then it is a very serious course of events which stands clearly in opposition to what the chancellor understands as trustworthy cooperation between services and from partners.”

  •  Solar array on IKEA is cool, but sooooooo many (6+ / 0-)

    connectors to tighten with that silly allen wrench thingie.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 12:28:18 PM PDT

  •  Re: elevator (and other public) "buttons" -- (2+ / 0-)
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    maryabein, Eric Nelson

    If concerned about contagion, an elbow works just fine.

    Dance lightly upon the Earth, Sing her songs with wild abandon, Smile upon all forms of Life ...and be well.

    by LinSea on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 12:36:54 PM PDT

  •  Police get away with murdering a black teen again (2+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson, The Dead Man

    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 12:43:11 PM PDT

  •  Also from Alex Park @ Mother jones.. (3+ / 0-)
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    LinSea, gchaucer2, The Dead Man

    ..with this very informative time line of corporations taking on more personhood legal protections/civil rights:
    10 Supreme Court Rulings—Before Hobby Lobby—That Turned Corporations Into People
    ..Alex Park points to another danger to limited liability of incorporation:

    incorporation’s basic purpose is to create a distinct legal entity, with legal rights, obligations, powers, and privileges different from those of the natural individuals who created it, who own it, or whom it employs.
    That separation is what legal and business scholars call the "corporate veil," and it's fundamental to the entire operation. Now, thanks to the Hobby Lobby case, it's in question. By letting Hobby Lobby's owners assert their personal religious rights over an entire corporation, the Supreme Court has poked a major hole in the veil. In other words, if a company is not truly separate from its owners, the owners could be made responsible for its debts and other burdens.

     - emphasis added

    ..after reading the time line in the first article and how much power mixed with how much protection from legal recourse  that corporations have accrued over the years, it sounds like a very good thing that the latest Scotus "conservative" majority may have hoisted their own petard on this Hobby Lobby activism

    Thx MB

  •  commercial solar is a big tipping point (3+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, LinSea, Eric Nelson

    when companies can do the math and see a clear
    ROI, they will dive in with both feet.

    that's why i'm optimistic it will grow so fast.

    Corporates will invest to get returns

  •  Do corporations have a right to life? (1+ / 0-)
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    Since corporations have citizenship and legal protections under the 4th and the 14th amendments of the Constitution, can they be summarily dissolved/killed?
    Does 'personhood' have equal standing in America?
    Shouldn't humans have the same rights as corporations?
    Doesn't the unequal treatment of this county's citizens violate the 14th Amendment?
    Do corporations go to heaven?

    The Church of glb3, Inc., your sins are my salvation.

    by glb3 on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 01:03:31 PM PDT

  •  My husband was one of those buyers. (0+ / 0-)

    He was in Denver on business and phoned me sounding for all the world like a 9 year old boy who just hit his first home run: "Guess what I just did! I walked into a store and bought some weed!"

  •  The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) (0+ / 0-)

    is approaching its recurring review conference.

    The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists explains:

    Every five years the parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) gather in New York to review progress and challenges related to the treaty. Every time, the five nuclear weapons states and permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, their non-nuclear allies, and the non-aligned non-nuclear countries that have renounced possession of nuclear weapons debate often argue about whether or to what extent the obligations under the treaty’s Article VI are being met...

    The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty community is facing a dilemma. After decades of reductions from Cold War nuclear warhead levels, that trend appears to be slowing, and all the nuclear-armed states are busy modernizing their remaining nuclear arsenals for the long haul. There is no indication that any of the nuclear-armed states are planning to give up nuclear weapons in the foreseeable future. On the contrary, all speak of the continued importance of nuclear weapons to national and international security...

    After decades of focusing on reducing nuclear arsenals, how is the NPT community going to deal with the slowing of nuclear reductions and the apparent determination of all the nuclear-armed states to modernize their nuclear forces for the long haul?

    Either we should get serious about reducing our nuclear arsenals, or we should abandon enforcement ot the treaty and admit that we only ever intended to prevent other countries from getting nuclear arms.

    Play chess for the Kossacks on Join the site, then the group at

    by rhutcheson on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 01:19:06 PM PDT

  •  It makes me mad that I travel through Colorado ... (0+ / 0-)

    It makes me mad that I travel through Colorado frequently for my job, sometimes get laid over for days at a time, yet I can't partake in pot smoking because my job, and the federal regulations that go along with it, require me to submit to random testing, YET, I can go to the bar at the truck stop (yes some truck stops have bars), get drunk off my ass, sleep it off for a few hours and then drive away. Something is wrong about this.

  •  44% CO Weed Demand = Not Just Out of Staters (0+ / 0-)
    Out of state visitors account for 44% of recreational marijuana purchases in Colorado

    No they don't. The linked article says:

    Total marijuana demand in Colorado [...] is estimated at 130 tons this year
    [...] the projected demand in Colorado was much higher than anticipated.

    More than 90% of it came from residents, while out-of-state visitors accounted for only about nine tons.

    9 of 130 tons is under 7%, not 44%.

    The article does say

    out-of-state visitors currently accounted for about 44% of retail sales in the Denver metro area, compared with about 90% in mountain resorts.

    Which is where I suppose the "44%" stat in the DKos link came from.
    The retail demand is derived primarily from out-of-state visitors and from consumers who previously purchased from the Colorado black and gray markets

    So "out of state" plus the obviously enormous amount of customers who used to buy illegal weed and now buy legal - but might still buy illegal too, since the article doesn't make that clear either.

    BTW, though there is no allocation in the article of demand between recreational and medicinal marijuana demand, the total demand all these stats describe are for both combined, not just recreational. The DKos link claim is really very wrong.

    And even the article's stats are dubious. How do they know that people really are from out of state? Marijuana buyers have spent generations learning to lie to The Man about themselves and their purchasing. Why should they trust The Man now? For instance, the government report the article is derived admits that previous reports (only months old) had substantially underestimated the demand in projections, while now there are new projections that could be completely wrong too.

    All the reporting here on everyone's part just seems to be blowing smoke up each other's stats.

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

    by DocGonzo on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 02:38:22 PM PDT

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