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  • Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Quiz time: First Amendment:
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  • Finally! Top PR companies say no to climate deniers:
    Some of the world’s top PR companies have for the first time publicly ruled out working with climate change deniers, marking a fundamental shift in the multi-billion dollar industry that has grown up around the issue of global warming.

    Public relations firms have played a critical role over the years in framing the debate on climate change and its solutions – as well as the extensive disinformation campaigns launched to block those initiatives. [...]

    Companies include WPP, Waggener Edstrom (WE) Worldwide, Weber Shandwick, Text100, and Finn Partners.

  • But there are exceptions: PR giant Edelman helps the American Petroleum Institute promote climate denial with a boatload of carefully crafted propaganda and slick websites designed to fight EPA regulations, support the Keystone XL pipeline, reduce taxes and expand drilling on public land. Edelman took in $52 million from API last year.
  • LinkedIn coughs up millions in back overtime wages and damages:
    LinkedIn agreed to pay nearly $6 million [in] back overtime wages and damages to employees after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation found the company violated federal labor laws.

    The Labor Department said in a statement released Monday that LinkedIn violated the Fair Labor Standards Act, and “failed to record, account and pay for hours worked in a work week.”[...]

    Federal law requires companies pay covered employees at least the minimum wage for up to 40 hours a week and time and a half for extra hours worked. LinkedIn agreed to pay the $3.3 million in back wages and $2.5 million for compensatory damages to 359 employees in Illinois, Nebraska, New York, and its headquarters in California.

  • President Obama, who barely mentioned climate change during the 2012 re-election campaign, now sometimes sounds almost like a climate hawk.
  • James Brady, Reagan press secretary, dies at 73: Brady was the most seriously wounded of the people, including President Reagan, shot in March 1981 by John Hinckley, the mentally disturbed would-be assassin whose muddled thinking led him believe he could impress actress Jodie Foster.
    Reagan, a couple of paces from his limousine, was hit, as were a Secret Service agent and a District of Columbia police officer. But it was Mr. Brady, shot in the head, who was the most seriously injured. The bullet damaged the right section of his brain, paralyzing his left arm, weakening his left leg, damaging his short-term memory and impairing his speech. Just getting out of a car became a study in determination.
    Brady and his wife Sarah became single-minded advocates of gun restrictions after the attempted assassination. Over the decades, Brady regained most of his cognitive and speaking abilities.
  • Political polarization isn't just for Washington anymore:
    There was a time when the states and governors were the ones working across the aisle, getting things done. But state capitals have become more nationalized and polarized, so now the LAST bastion of bipartisan work is taking place in cities and counties. The states should no longer be viewed unilaterally as the “better than Washington” ideal. Basically, many state capitals have become “Washington-ized.” Brownback’s troubles also are a reminder that in one-party states like Kansas, political parties can only hold them so long before ideological cracks start to form. In addition, governors -- at the least -- are supposed to be unifiers of their party. And when they aren’t, that’s when political trouble happens.
  • Team Blackness discussed Busta Rhymes's shilling for Toyota, independent media spaces, Google Play's new Bomb Gaza game, and the GOP's worry about the "War on Whites."
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  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, My Parents Open Carry is a real book & The Onion didn't write it. McDonald's to franchisees: to make more $, pay workers less. Armando on GMO labeling, Glocks vs. Docs & the 1st Amendment. KSU prez takes pay cut to give others a raise.

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  •  Not enough signatures in Houston (12+ / 0-)

    The City Secretary has announced that petitions to get a referendum to overturn the new Equal Rights Ordinance did not get enough valid signatures. Having a referendum would require 17,269 signatures and only 15,249 were found acceptable.
    This is a broad non-discrimination ordinance but the controversy was over how it would benefit gays and, especially, transgender people. Opponents claimed it would allow men to enter women's rooms if they wore dresses, and molest fellow users. Actually there is already another ordinance dealing with that matter.
    It has reported that 55,000 signatures had been turned in. There are several reasons a signature would not be accepted. The signer may not have been a voter registered in Houston. If the voter registered on the same day as signing that signature would not be valid.
    This is a victory for Mayor Annise Parker and for glbt organizations.

    Censorship is rogue government.

    by scott5js on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 12:06:07 PM PDT

  •  Turmoil in the US Markets (5+ / 0-)
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    BvueDem, librarisingnsf, GreyHawk, DRo, mayim

    Sounds like CNBC is groping for answers.

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

    by JML9999 on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 12:07:11 PM PDT

    •  S&P sez... (5+ / 0-)

      The economy is sluggish because of income inequality.  It also makes the economy subject to radical swings, because there is no moderating middle class.  Their solution is better education - but don't raise taxes to pay for it.  Idiots.

      “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” - John Steinbeck (Disputed)

      by RichM on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 01:10:07 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  May we look forward to polarized local government? (9+ / 0-)
    ...ALEC has generated an offshoot that will bring ALEC's legislation-shaping tactics to cities, counties, towns and even 'villages' across the United States.

    .... corporations will pay big bucks to become members of the ALEC spin-off, then these 'members' will be brought into closed-door 'committee meetings' with elected officials from the cities, counties, towns and villages.  The attending elected officials will be presented with ALEC-like products to take back to their council chambers.

    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 12:08:49 PM PDT

    •  The LA water main break is a WakeUP Call (8+ / 0-)

      What do Dem mayors do?

      Property taxes (as a % of property) are higher than ever.

      Sales and use taxes have increased dramatically over the past decade.

      Yet, the median wage has stagnated.

      And infrastructure needs more funds.

      You can't target the working and middle-class anymore.

      So what do you do?

      Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project.

      by PatriciaVa on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 12:28:23 PM PDT

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      •  Depends who you ask (3+ / 0-)
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        I think ALEC's answer to the question is "privatize", and "the free market will sort it out".

        “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

        by Catte Nappe on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 01:12:01 PM PDT

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  •  Tks for the enviro updates! If Burson Marsteller (4+ / 0-)
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    actually abides by the rules of its parent company, the UK-based WPP, as reported in The Guardian's article, that will be big news. Burson Marsteller (BM) is among the worlds worst, in its history of support for tobacco companies, big oil, nuclear energy, etc.

    Let's hope this marks as big a change as it sounds like, on the surface. (Lots of room for smaller PR firms to jump in and touch what others won't, but also harder for them to have the same impact as the big ones.)

    •  Hrm, not so fast. Burson Marsteller hasn't agreed. (0+ / 0-)
      However, Fiona McEwan, a spokeswoman for [WPP], said the 150 companies within WPP [which includes BM] made their own decisions on clients and would not rule out campaigns opposing regulations to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
      Burson-Marsteller was secretly behind the latest public relations ploy by Peabody Energy Corporation (aka Peabody Coal) the largest coal company on Earth.

      BM didn't respond to the CIC's survey.

      BM's revenues in 2012 were $454 million.

      As The Guardian summarized Burson Marsteller's work:

      "The world's biggest PR company was employed by the Nigerian government to discredit reports of genocide during the Biafran war, the Argentinian junta after the disappearance of 35,000 civilians, and the Indonesian government after the massacres in East Timor. It also worked to improve the image of the late Romanian president Nicolae Ceausescu and the Saudi royal family. Its corporate clients have included the Three Mile Island nuclear plant, which suffered a partial meltdown in 1979, Union Carbide after the Bhopal gas leak killed up to 15,000 people in India, BP after the sinking of the Torrey Canyon oil tanker in 1967 and the British government after BSE emerged. In the past few years it has acted for big tobacco companies and the European biotechnology industry to challenge the green lobby and counter Greenpeace arguments on GM food."
  •  Rand (runaway man) Paul is not alone (9+ / 0-)

    By now, the video of Paul's version of  The Great Escape has gone viral, as have the lame excuses that his Paulian deniers raised in response.

    What you probably didn't know is that Rand is not the only one escaping.

    Bruce Rauner, the TeaBuggered billionaire who is trying to buy the governorship of Illinois, was caught hiding assets in the Caymen Islands. We always suspected that he did more than torture and abuse nursing home residents in order to make his billions.

    Anyway, once his tax evasion scheme became known, Rauner pulled Rand Paul, and escaped to his multi-million dollar hideaway inMontana.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 12:12:33 PM PDT

  •  Hey, what happened to Tom Tomorrow yesterday? (3+ / 0-)
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    Tom Yesterday?

    I noticed I had not seen TT when I saw the Jen Sorenson cartoon today (good one today!). I looked back and there is no diary by TT this week.

    I can haz This Modern World?

  •  Live in Oregon? (2+ / 0-)
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    We'll be voting on whether to implement a Top 2 primary here this November. Democratic activist Carla Hanson republished her 2008 post about why we should oppose it at BlueOregon, that she'd written the last time we voted on it.

    I posted something here a few days ago about why even if you think you might be open to Top 2, Democrats should still oppose this ballot measure in particular. This isn't just a Top 2 primary, it also changes other laws in a way that could hurt Democrats.

    We no longer ask if a man has integrity, but if he has talent. - Rousseau, Discourse on the arts and sciences

    by James Allen on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 12:31:22 PM PDT

  •  Bruce Rauner is a vulture capitalist. (3+ / 0-)
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    As many of you know, Bruce Rauner is the billionaire Republican nominee for governor of Illinois. I was curious as to how he came by so much money. He did it the same way as Mitt Romney.

    Bruce Rauner is an American businessman who is the chairman of R8 Capital Partners, and former chairman of the private equity firm GTCR, based in Chicago.

    Bruce Rauner was born in Chicago and grew up in Deerfield,[1] a suburb of Chicago. His father was a lawyer and senior vice president for Motorola.

    One can always tell when a Republican is taking Viagra because he gets taller.

    by shoeless on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 12:36:16 PM PDT

    •  Bruce Rauner is hiding from the media in MT (0+ / 0-)

      And raising funds with Liz Cheney's closest fiends and fishing partners.

      What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

      by agnostic on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 02:49:23 PM PDT

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  •  Really? (0+ / 0-)
    [Obama] now sometimes sounds almost like a climate hawk.
    It not what he says, but what he does. And last I checked he was bending over backwards to allow coastal blasting that will damage the environment and sea fauna to search for oil.
  •  Girl, three shot by five-year-old playing with gun (0+ / 0-)

    Colorado girl in critical but stable condition after incident that took place in the backyard of a home in Pueblo

    Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

    by DRo on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 12:45:38 PM PDT

  •  NASA reports 'impossible' space engine (2+ / 0-)
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    Apparently this is for real; NASA has tested a thruster that uses the energy of sub-atomic particles that pop into and out of existence through quantum physics! Here's the article;

    This is beyond freaky.

    "What's it all about? You know what I mean." - Alfie

    by Fordmandalay on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 01:33:24 PM PDT

  •  Sorry to hear about Brady. (0+ / 0-)

    And hoping that maybe the PR firms are picking up on a real change in the climate ;-)

    A bit of a dreary, rainy day here (so wish I could send some rain out to CA....), which likely contributes the outlook in the diary I just posted :-(

    The worst sin - perhaps the only sin - passion can commit, is to be joyless. (Gaudy Night, Dorothy L. Sayers)

    by mayim on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 02:15:53 PM PDT

  •  Funny that Edelman is mum on climate deniers. (0+ / 0-)

    I know somebody who used to intern there, and her job was keeping track of environmental groups and animal rights groups for some of their clients.

    They were one sleazy operation.

  •  Anyone see the "Inglorious fruits and vegetable... (0+ / 0-)

    Anyone see the "Inglorious fruits and vegetables" campaign against food waste in France?

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