- Today's comic by Matt Bors is Fear of a black victim:
- These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook August 19:
90-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor, Hedy Epstein, Arrested in Ferguson Protest, by David Harris Gershon
- Rick Perry gets his mugshot taken, then goes out for ice cream:
But what's next for the longest-serving governor in Texas history isn't so glib: Perry's high-powered and pricey legal team will now quickly try to extinguish the case against him, which includes two felony charges stemming from his veto last summer of state funds for public corruption prosecutors.
An arraignment is scheduled for Friday, but Perry doesn't have to be present — and he's already planning to be in New Hampshire that day to court GOP voters as he mulls another White House run.
- Has the Internet contributed to making airline flights take longer?
The icing on the cesspool that is air travel circa 2014 (American edition) is that it's not even fast anymore. Sure, it's faster than its competition, but the competition is a rail system-qua-punchline forced to pad already slow long-distance schedules with extra hours of travel time to account for oil train traffic jams. Oh, and the bus. Have you taken a Greyhound cross-country? So, yeah, that's the state of things: prolonged misery on every front.
On the air travel front, there's all the bonus time spent dealing with security and luggage scans and whatever new thing there is by the time you read this, but actual travel times are getting longer too, like from airport A to airport B. This effect is described in a new paper in the The Review of Economics and Statistics, which describes the increased times as an intentional cost-cutting move on the parts of airlines.
- $21,000 bag of casino cash falls off roof of N.J. armored car.
- Inequality and web search trends:
This summer, The Upshot conducted an analysis of every county in the country to determine which were the toughest places to live, based on an index of six factors including income, education and life expectancy. Afterward, we heard from Hal Varian, the chief economist at Google, who suggested looking at how web searches differ on either end of our index.
The results, based on a decade of search data, offer a portrait of the very different subjects that occupy the thoughts of richer America and poorer America. They’re a glimpse into the id of our national inequality.
- Another proposed coal terminal terminated:
In a blow to the struggling U.S. coal industry, yet another proposed coal export terminal on the West Coast has been turned down. “Oregon has rejected Ambre Energy’s plan for barging coal down the Columbia River to be exported to China, the fourth Northwest shipment terminal project to bite the dust,” reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. “The denial of a dock permit by the Oregon Department of State Lands leaves just two proposals on the table, the Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point north of Bellingham, [Wash.,] and the Millennium Terminal at Longview, [Wash.,] on the Columbia River.”
- Conspiracy theorist GOP foe of Oregon's Rep. Pete DeFazio wants people to mail him their pee:
"My name is Art Robinson," read one of the mailers he sent to 500,000 Oregon residents in March. "I am a scientist who has lived and worked in Josephine County for 34 years. My colleagues and I are developing improved methods for the measurement of human health. Please consider giving us a sample of your urine."
Robinson is a scientist, and that's part of the problem. For the last three decades, when he's not running for office, the Caltech-educated chemist has run a research non-profit out of a family compound in the mountain town of Cave Junction, near the California border. In a monthly newsletter called Access to Energy, Robinson has used his academic credentials to float theories on everything from AIDS to public schooling, to climate change (which he believes is a myth). In perhaps his most famous missive, Robinson once proposed using airplanes to disperse radioactive waste on Oregon homes, in the hopes of building up resistance to degenerative illnesses.
- Ferguson, Missouri. It's all we can think about at the moment. There's the gross incompetence of the police that started it all. There's the huge divide between what the mainstream media is covering and what the people who are actually on the ground are reporting. There's the sadness and frustration of the people of Ferguson. Team Blackness continues to report as the story unfolds and also discusses a man in Texas who has been in prison for 34 years but hasn't actually been convicted, a Brooklyn resident who received a $125,000 settlement after being arrested for filming a stop-and-frisk incident, and how an ER visit to bandage a finger cost a man $9,000.
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- On today's Kagro in the Morning show: Ferguson vs. open carry stops. What role do the cameras play? Top MO Republican political operative calls Ferguson voter drive "disgusting," because politics. Google data finds two Americas. The "don't challenge me" click-bait cop.
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