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  • Sky News reporter apologizes for picking through child's luggage at Malaysian plane's crash site:
    At the weekend I got things wrong. If there was someone to apologise to in person, I would. While presenting Sky's lunchtime coverage of the flight MH17 disaster, I stooped down to look at a piece of debris. It was a child's suitcase. I put my hand inside and lifted up a water bottle and a set of keys. As I did so my mental circuit-breaker finally engaged and I apologised instantly on-air for what I was doing. [...]

    Other journalists, some well known broadcasters, were handling belongings and speaking to camera. In a place without rules, I foolishly took that as a precedent.

    And so during that lunchtime broadcast I stood above a pile of belongings, pointing to items strewn across the ground. Out of the corner of my eye I spotted a pink drinking flask. It looked familiar. My six-year-old daughter, Kitty, has one just like it.

  • Chuck Schumer calls for end of partisan primaries: Because, you know, the oligarchy wouldn't rule and we'd all get along if we just moved toward the center.
  • NBC analyst Tom Dungy says he wouldn't have drafted openly gay Michael Sam: The comments in an interview with the Tampa Tribune drew fire after Dungy, the well-loved former NFL coach said he wouldn't have drafted Sam not because he thinks the man shouldn't be allowed to play but because of "I wouldn't want to deal with all of it [...] It’s not going to be totally smooth […] things will happen.’’ He didn't specify what things. And he immediately got blasted on Twitter where he is normally quite active in tweeting to his half-million followers.
  • Fox News, MSNBC, CNN all take hits in satisfaction survey: The annual American Customer Satisfaction Index found that the three cable channels saw a decline in satisfaction of people reading their websites while USA Today rose. Fox took the worst hit at -7 percent, with CNN at -4 percent, while MSNBC was at -3 percent. USA Today was up 4 percent and The Huffington Post was up 1 percent.
  • Idaho activists for gay and gender rights get their day in court: Some 110 protesters were arrested during nine of 15 silent protests at the state capitol. They sought to add four words to the state's anti-discrimination laws: "sexual orientation" and "gender identity." Idaho's law doesn't protect gays and transgenders from losing their jobs or housing because of discrimination. Most of the charges were for misdemeanor trespassing. But the overall costs for bail, court costs and fees total about $20,000. Of those sentenced Monday, all had been arrested at least twice during the protests. In addition to a token fine of $10 to $70, the protesters were ordered to perform community service of 10 to 70 hours, depending on how many times they had been arrested.
  • New study shows the cost of putting beef on your table: Compared with dairy, poultry, pork and eggs, it takes 28 times more land and 11 times more water, creates five times more greenhouse gases and six times more reactive nitrogen (from fertilizer) to raise equivalent amounts of beef. The reason? Raising cattle for food is inefficient. Cattle raisers must feed the animals many calories to produce a single calorie of edible beef.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin discusses the latest ACA doomsaying flop, GA-Sen, Schumer's op-ed backing "top-two" open primaries & the still-imaginary Elizabeth Warren candidacy. Also: listener comments, Halbig news & more on Iceland's "Best Party."

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  •  Well, poop. (6+ / 0-)
    ompared with dairy, poultry, pork and eggs, it takes 28 times more land and 11 times more water, creates five times more greenhouse gases and six times more reactive nitrogen (from fertilizer) to raise equivalent amounts of beef.
    I still have ham and eggs at least.

    "The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.”" -- Paul Dirac

    by Rikon Snow on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 12:14:01 PM PDT

    •  Odd (2+ / 0-)
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      It's odd that dairy, which mostly comes from cattle, is listed as less costly than beef, which comes from cattle.  Maybe because we don't butcher a cow each time we get milk.  

      Besides-what do we do with all the male calves born to all those female cattle so they can give milk?  They've got to go somewhere; we may as well raise them and butcher.

      I see they used all three methods of feeding, and included costs of growing the feed.  I could see this being true for feedlot grown cattle.  I'm...not so sure for grass fed.

      Also, what is their definition of "edible beef"?  Is it the carcass after skinning and dressing? Is it the standard cuts that go to market from a single animal?  Most grocers don't come close to carrying all the various parts of a whole beef.  We use a much higher percentage of pork, even more of chicken, and all of the dairy and eggs (well, except for the eggshells-and I'm not going to eat them!).

      I'm still going to side-eye it.

      To the left, to the left....

      by CWinebrinner on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 01:10:00 PM PDT

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    •  flawed methodology for beef costs (4+ / 0-)

      I was unimpressed with the authors' inadequate consideration of the environmental costs of range-fed vs feedlot-fed beef production. To justify their desired results, they used figures that assume most beef is raised in feed lots. Yet most of the beef in my part of the US (west Texas) is raised on un-irrigated pastureland that is unsuitable for conversion to cultivation. The authors make only a rather vague and lame attempt to dismiss this.

      I Refuse to Believe Corporations Are People Until Texas Executes One

      by desert rain on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 01:11:18 PM PDT

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      •  Yes (1+ / 0-)
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        I thought this was a bit odd myself.  I wonder where they got their figures from on that score.  

        I know feedlots turn out more beef by the numbers (assuming one calls that beef; I don't), and if that is what they are focusing on, I can see why they think it's ecologically unsound.  But grass feed beef is much more sensible, and tastes better, too!

        To the left, to the left....

        by CWinebrinner on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 01:54:00 PM PDT

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  •  I read Schumer's op-ed. (5+ / 0-)
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    It's all conjecture, but I wonder if his proposal wouldn't have the following (generally positive) effect:

    1) cutting the legs out from under the extreme right wingers.
    2) little to no effect on Democrats, who are already not too far from the middle.

    If that happened, and the overall Republican population of the House moved toward the center, that might not be a bad thing, assuming it didn't elect more Republicans overall of course.

    It won't happen anyway, but Schumer is right about the fact that in Republican primaries, a very small percentage of voters have an outsized effect, which echoes throughout the Republican Congressional delegation. But who knows, really?

    •  I think it's a bad idea (7+ / 0-)

      Our parties aren't as polarized as the voting population is. People vote on issues, and there are no moderates when it comes to something like abortion or  war. Issues are highly divisive. Getting rid of partisanship will just result in guys like Shumer getting elected who piss everybody off and make everything worse.

      Small varmints, if you will.

      by aztecraingod on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 12:34:15 PM PDT

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    •  Schumer points out Louisiana (4+ / 0-)
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      ...Louisiana, for chrissakes, as a model for how open primaries moderate politicians.

      Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað

      by milkbone on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 12:37:32 PM PDT

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    •  I was a pollworker ... (5+ / 0-)

      ...at the 2012 NY Presidential primary in my Upper West Side District.  Three (3) Republicans voted that day.  So, a fringe group of Republicans is calling their shots, but Schumer compares apples and oranges.  What he wants is to keep the money in place.  His program would marginalize Progressives as well as Tea Party hacks as long as the airwaves and the Party Bosses are controlled by Wall St., Houston and San Diego.

      It's a gimmick.  What we need is real reform:  publicly funded elections, public control of the airwaves and the internet, and weekend or all-day voting, among other things.

      Cut the crap, Schumer!  We need fully-funded public education and Civics classes, paid for with the 15% hike in capital gains you scuttle every budget cycle.

      "... all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you." --Mark 11:24

      by november3rd on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 01:27:03 PM PDT

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    •  Agree half with you, Ian (0+ / 0-)

      A "top-two" primary system might not affect Democrats as much in majority- or mostly-Democratic districts, but the notion that a non-partisan primary will keep extreme right-wingers out of political office is, IMO, wishful thinking in the extreme. As I wrote to the NYT, the "polarization" of politics stems from the electorate, not the electoral process: Sen. Schumer seems to have the idea that open primaries will inevitably lead to simple extremist-vs-moderate election choices: in reality, in all too many districts, the "final" ballot choice will more likely end up being between one nutty winger, and an even nuttier winger: how this will help to moderate political "polarization" is beyond me.

  •  Dungy couldn't "Deal" with a gay in the NFL (11+ / 0-)

    But he's Ok dealing with a dog killer coming back?

    If there were a Liberal Media, there wouldn't be a republican party.

    by ComradeAnon on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 12:19:35 PM PDT

    •  There's all kinds of sideshows... (6+ / 0-)

      ...that come with being a professional sports coach, and Sam's being on your team is probably very low on the stress-o-meter.

      Certainly less than a player being arrested or a quarterback controversy....

      You can't spell "Dianne Feinstein" without "NSA".

      by varro on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 12:37:53 PM PDT

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    •  I hate to say it, because I've always liked him (5+ / 0-)

      But it seems to be another disappointing case of a 'highly principled and religious man' cherry-picking the parts of the Bible that re-inforce his own prejudices. Doubly so because he's someone who's had to deal with prejudice in his own life. Triply so because he's a high profile, respected broadcaster who has a lot of influence in the sports world.

      "What could possibly go wrong?" - United States Supreme Court Justices

      by Fordmandalay on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 12:41:23 PM PDT

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    •  I wouldn't be surprised if he still (0+ / 0-)

      isn't personally opposed to gay relationships, let alone marriage.  My daughter's club soccer team had a main concession stand at Tampa Stadium when Dungy was coaching.  It didn't take much time being around him to realize that his religiosity is very evangelical...

    •  FYI (0+ / 0-)

      I believe it is Tony Dungy not Tom.

    •  So, Dungy, a former African-American coach, (1+ / 0-)
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      disagreed with Branch Rickey bringing Jackie Robinson up to the Dodgers back in the day because he had to "deal with it?" (and segregation was often justified on Cafeteria Christian grounds as well).

      Yeah, sometimes that first step is a toughie.  But a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

      "The truest measure of compassion lies not in our service of those on the margins, but in our willingness to see ourselves in kinship with them." Father Gregory Boyle, Homeboy Industries

      by Mr MadAsHell on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 02:00:25 PM PDT

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  •  Yes, it takes less land to raise chicken, but have (7+ / 0-)

    you seen those buildings that house tens of thousands of chickens, all crammed together? They are enough to turn your stomach.

    Given the environmental impacts, it's better to eat chicken than beef, but please, if at all possible, try to get chicken that is raised in humane conditions.

    •  It may be because I'm in the midwest but I have (2+ / 0-)
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      a clear alternative for both eggs and chicken for non-factory-farmed.  I have free range eggs produced on Amish farms and plenty of non-antibiotic, non-factory chicken.

      Pork, not so much, unfortunately.  I have to buy that in the gourmet section.

      I know many could not afford and I couldn't if I was feeding a family, but it's just me and the cat.

      "The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.”" -- Paul Dirac

      by Rikon Snow on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 12:50:43 PM PDT

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  •  this is getting some play on sports talk radio (2+ / 0-)
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    and

    the argument has several premises:

    Sam's overall potential (7th round) and not having yet made the team

    Sam's desire to be a role model

    Dungy's support for Michael Vick's rehabilitation

    Dungy's support for Ssm with the following condition resembling NIMBY hypothetical "not in my locker room"

    The framing of the distraction meme "disruption in the locker room"

    ---------------------------

    The real problem is of course in terms of Dungy's religious affiliations

    (his Indiana Family Institute affiliation and his expressed opposition to gay marriage) http://www.indystar.com/...
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    NBC analyst Tom Dungy says he wouldn't have drafted openly gay Michael Sam: The comments in an interview with the Tampa Tribune drew fire after Dungy, the well-loved former NFL coach said he wouldn't have drafted Sam not because he thinks the man shouldn't be allowed to play but because of "I wouldn't want to deal with all of it [...] It’s not going to be totally smooth […] things will happen.’’ He didn't specify what things. And he immediately got blasted on Twitter where he is normally quite active in tweeting to his half-million followers.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 12:22:45 PM PDT

    •  Sam's problem is that he doesn't fit in... (2+ / 0-)
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      ...to football society.

      He's a tweener - not big enough to play defensive end, but not fast enough to play linebacker.  He's going to have to make his position in the pros, and probably pay his dues on special teams for a while.

      The Rams see something in him to draft him in a late round rather than sign him as a free agent.

      You can't spell "Dianne Feinstein" without "NSA".

      by varro on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 12:42:50 PM PDT

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  •  and the news from TNsanity (3+ / 0-)
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    Dr. Rep. Scott Desjarlais (R of course), the serial patient molester, the pro-lifer who told one of his wimmin to get an abortion, has just been heartily endorsed by the NRA, with an A rating.  His fundraising has been dismal up to this point and we all thought he'd lose.  Once again, I stand corrected.  I live in hell.

    Nothing pithy here

    by sow hat on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 12:23:21 PM PDT

  •  the long fuse on NewsCorp's mental circuit-breaker (1+ / 0-)
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    As I did so my mental circuit-breaker finally engaged and I apologised instantly on-air for what I was doing. [...]

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 12:28:17 PM PDT

  •  In San Antonio, Texas, Ivy Taylor was elected (3+ / 0-)
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    interim mayor as former mayor, Julian Castro exited to take over as HUD secretary. Ms Taylor is the first black woman to hold the position in the city.
    In September 2013 the new mayor (Then, District 2 rep) voted against a non-bias ordinance which forbids discrimination against LGBT citizens.
    Here is a write up of the time.

     http://www.mysanantonio.com/...

    And here's hoping it all works out.

    Free Will is the only moral law.//If you have to explain snark, it's because it isn't working on one end or the other.

    by franklyn on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 12:36:22 PM PDT

  •  Getting rid of partisan primaries (0+ / 0-)

    has been a bit of a wash for CA. I cannot say I have noticed much difference. I think the independent redistricting is more important. Gerrymandering is a real problem, much more so than primaries. If you have gerrymandered districts, then it doesn't really matter what kind of kook the majority nominates. That's really the driver.

    If we are thinking about making electoral changes, though, I think having a single 8-year term for POTUS is worth discussing.

    Voting is the means by which the public is distracted from the realities of power and its exercise.

    by Anne Elk on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 12:36:30 PM PDT

  •  why open primaries sucketh (3+ / 0-)
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    First of all one must realize that fewer people vote in primaries than in general elections.  

    Then understand that this system effectively eliminates third parties from being on the general election ballot which in turn reduces voter exposure to information in the lead up to the election and limits choice.  

    It also allows for more triangulation.. ie persons of one party voting to upset other party favorites.   And Big Money is also more apt to play a role at the primary level to help insure that whichever the top two are...they are Big Money inclined.

    If we were to change something:
    Better would be an instant runoff in general elections so people can vote first for who they want and secondly vote the best of two evils.

    And in the final analysis...gotta get that bribery money out of our political system and the media.

    "When wealth rules, democracy dies." Me

    by leema on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 12:41:31 PM PDT

  •  Ironic afternoon (1+ / 0-)
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    I finally got Windows 7 to authenticate on the Mac Pro. A wee bit of dyslexia meets presbyopia meets 3 point type on the busy blue Messysoft sticker made this a little interesting.

    Then after installing some straggling Bootcamp drivers, I got into dark humor territory by having the Mac blue screen... :p

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 12:43:30 PM PDT

  •  Does it bother anyone else (1+ / 0-)
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    that NPR describes the Palestinan casualties in the present invasion/incursion/whatever-the-hell-it-is, as "militants"?

    Am I the only one who thinks that's a pretty loaded choice of language in the face of a foreign military force?

    We can't think our way into a better way of living. We have to live our way into a better way of thinking. Claude AnShin Thomas

    by DaNang65 on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 01:10:31 PM PDT

  •  Proposed Presidential Permit (0+ / 0-)

    gas pipeline to Mexico from Texas:

    http://www.gpo.gov/...

    today's federal register

  •  Field report from GA: challenges at polls (3+ / 0-)
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    It was weird.

    I moved in March 2013. I did a change of address with the USPS. In addition, I went to the county seat to voter registration to change my address. (Yes, I did that in person, because it was only fifteen miles away, and I wanted to know if my precinct would change.)

    This last April, I had to renew my driver's license and went through Georgia's "secure ID" program, which meant that I had to produce my birth certificate. (Charge to residents, about $20.)

    I voted in municipal elections in 2013 (Sunday alcohol sales). I voted in the primary.

    TODAY, though, I was told that I had changed my address and that my ballot would be challenged until I filled out a form. As I filled it out, another person had the same thing happen. Now, as I say, I actually did all this at the appropriate time.

    I'm betting that someone is laying the groundwork for calling foul later. (On the Democratic ballot there was only one vote to cast.)

    "for all the murders, rapes, and thefts,/ Committed in the horrid lust of war,/ He that unjustly caus'd it first proceed,/ Shall find it in his grave and in his seed." -- Webster, "The White Devil," IV i 8-12.

    by The Geogre on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 01:59:48 PM PDT

  •  Schumer (2+ / 0-)
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    Fuck Chucky Schmucky Schumer -- darling of Wall Street -- and his idea to further ensure domination of the one-percenters (really, more like .0001 percenters) who own him at the expense of democracy (such as it is here).

  •  Snake River Sockeye Salmon (0+ / 0-)

    endangered species recovery plan,  comments due September 19th:

    http://www.gpo.gov/...

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