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  • Today's comic by Matt Bors is Fear of a black victim:
    Cartoon by Matt Bors -- 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

    Let's Not Let This Get Buried: Deported Children Being Killed After Being Sent Back., by jpmassar

    Study: 1 in 7 Americans Now Rely on Food Banks; GOP Responds By Cutting Food Aid, by Dartagnan

  • 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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  •  I'm very happy you guys have made (3+ / 0-)
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    gizmo59, gravlax, Gentle Giant

    a decision to make the front page as some have derisively called "DailyFerguson".

    Thank you.

    Dawkins is to atheism as Rand is to personal responsibility. Russia Today=FoxNews, Seralini=Wakefield. yadda yadda.

    by terrypinder on Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 12:17:42 PM PDT

  •  never in the right place at the right time (5+ / 0-)
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    Samer, a2nite, JeffW, Gentle Giant, Boris49
    $21,000 bag of casino cash falls off roof of N.J. armored car.

    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 Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 12:22:59 PM PDT

  •  In my recent air travel, (3+ / 0-)
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    I have been directed to the pre-check security line, which doesn't involve taking off shoes, revealing the contents of one's carry-on luggage, or removing all metal items from my clothing.  One doesn't even have to go through the x-ray backscatter thingee, a disappointment, since I fly commando in order to give the TSA a thrill.  Who knew that a DFH would ever be awarded pre-check status?

    -5.13,-5.64; GOP thinking: A 13 year path to citizenship is too easy, and a 5 minute background check is too burdensome. -- 1audreyrenee

    by gizmo59 on Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 12:25:34 PM PDT

    •  I don't fly much. (1+ / 0-)
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      I've never been checked other than my luggage being scanned.
      Went to FL from NY in 2005 with my wife, two sons and two of their friends. I didn't even have to untie my shoes or anything. All the rest had to take their shoes off and put all their shizzit in a tray.

      I've been told I look like a cop. Maybe that's it. Maybe I was profiled.

      Lead with Love. Forgive as a reflex.

      by Gentle Giant on Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 01:16:30 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Could the flight thing be more of a way (2+ / 0-)
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    to overestimate travel time so that the airline has more "on time" or "early" flights? A built-in time cushion?

  •  Can Ferguson LEOs be accused of domestic terrorism (0+ / 0-)

    or would a court never allow such a thing to be filed?

    Currently, too many appear to be presenting themselves as a clear and present danger to the public.

    My diary (at the link) has a poll - please chime in and leave a comment.

    •  If they DO constitute a "clear and present danger" (0+ / 0-)

      and if the citizens catch them on video behaving like that, and accuse them of domestic terror while on-camera, would any citizen be within his or her rights to simply "stand their ground"...?

      If such an event happened, and IF it made it to court with those charges of "domestic terror" intact, it could be earth-shaking.

      ...which is why I doubt it could ever make it into a (U.S.) court.

  •  SCOTUS halts same-sex marriage in VA. (2+ / 0-)
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    The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued an order that will stop same-sex couples in Virginia from being able to marry starting Thursday morning.

    The Supreme Court, responding to an application filed with Chief Justice John Roberts that he referred to the whole court, issued a brief of that puts the lower court ruling striking down the ban on hold until the Supreme Court decides whether it will hear an appeal of the case.

    "Go well through life"-Me (As far as I know)
    This message will self-destruct upon arrival in the NSA archives in Utah.

    by MTmofo on Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 12:34:23 PM PDT

  •  Rick Perry headline (0+ / 0-)

    reminds me of a Ramones song:

    Bonzo goes to Bitburg
    Then goes out for a cup of tea.

    “A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude.” —Aldous Huxley

    by ActivistGuy on Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 12:50:21 PM PDT

  •  What the heck happened in Ferguson? (0+ / 0-)

    I have made a number of posts here on Daily Kos about the incident in Ferguson where a white cop killed an 18 year-old black teen.  I'm surprised I haven't been HR'd for some of my presentations, and am thankful I haven't.

    My whole thought here is that none of us here know what truly happened in Ferguson in this incident.  We "believe" things and we read things that lead us to think that this was a horrible incident that could have and should have been avoided.  I'm one of those people that believe that.

    I am also very bummed out for the family of the cop and for the family of Michael Brown.  The cop's family has to be going through all hell...I hear they've left the state.  The Brown family is grieving and even though we all want to know what's going on, I hate it that the media is making their life more miserable than it would be had this not been a white cop killing a black teen that got the attention of our entire nation (and the world for that matter).

    Wish we could all just sit back and wait to see what happens with the grand jury and with the prosecution that will most certainly happen without the looting and burning and rioting.  But, that's not happening and it's not likely to stop happening.  

    What a tragedy for our country.  It's almost like when I was watching TV film takes in Selma and other places when there were race riots "back in the day".  

    •  When you say this: (0+ / 0-)
      Wish we could all just sit back and wait to see what happens with the grand jury and with the prosecution that will most certainly happen without the looting and burning and rioting.  But, that's not happening and it's not likely to stop happening.  
      it is dissonant with everything else in your comment.

      Effective activist-Democrats don't "...all just sit back and wait to see what happens..."  because taking such a posture in regard to the entirety of events in Ferguson would be an abdication of political stewardship and leadership to affect this present situation and what happens in the future in Ferguson.

      Daily Kos -- in doing what is it doing on the entire Ferguson matter --  is an operational area for Democrats to back up their own constituencies in Ferguson, MO in that red state.  

      Daily Kos doing what it is doing on the Ferguson matter is Democrat's method of holding federal, state and local elected officials, justice systems and news media to the appropriate standard of civility in governance, which is not being practiced in Ferguson, MO.

      DK should reject your 'sit back and wait to see what happens' mode of advice.

      •  Yeah...I get that Lake (0+ / 0-)

        I was talking more about "sitting back" from the rioting and looting and burning of businesses.  

        I do understand what you're saying and I know what you're saying about the Daily Kos constituencies and what they do to speak to issues like this one in Ferguson.  I have no agenda here and don't want to take away from what is being put here on Kos.  The VAST majority of the diaries are about this incident here and that's been true for many, many days now.  I follow Daily Kos a great deal.  I'm not your "normal" contributor here and I know I put myself at risk of being downgraded and receiving negative remarks to what I say.  Sometimes it's necessary to see presentations "outside the box" so to speak here.  I offer those up sometimes.  

        "sit back and wait and see what happens" didn't mean what you initially believed it meant.  Thanks for the response.

  •  In Oregon..... (2+ / 0-)
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    Environmental Law 360 is reporting this:

    "Oregon Rejects River-Based Coal Export Terminal Permit

    The Oregon Department of State Lands on Monday rejected Ambre Energy North America Inc.’s application for a river terminal needed to export coal to Asia, finding the company did not provide sufficient analysis of impacts on tribal fisheries."

  •  This Perry thing is embarrassing (0+ / 0-)

    And it may end up helping him.  Bad optics, bad policy.  Who's the Soviet political genius who thought indicting him was a good idea?

    Dumb, dumb, dumb.

    Proverbs 29:7 “The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.”

    by nightsweat on Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 12:59:33 PM PDT

  •  The report on web search trends (0+ / 0-)

    is mildly interesting but a better example of the invasion of our privacy

  •  Do you have an address for Art Robinson? (0+ / 0-)

    "Well, I'm sure I'd feel much worse if I weren't under such heavy sedation..."--David St. Hubbins

    by Old Left Good Left on Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 01:44:50 PM PDT

  •  Art Robinson has been an embarrassment (0+ / 0-)

    to the state of Oregon for years. His nuttery knows no boundaries.

  •  More U.S. coal to B.C.'s Roberts Bank (3+ / 0-)
    There is no doubt that rail traffic in the area [border cities Surrey, White Rock, Delta, B.C.] is on the increase. Roberts Bank in Delta is the single biggest reason — its business is booming, and there are plans for further expansion. Right now, coal and containers are being shipped overseas, almost exclusively to Asia, from the port.

    Business increases on the coal side are partially due to a lack of coal shipping facilities on the U.S. west coast. Plans for coal ports have run into opposition in many areas, and the campaign against a planned coal transhipping facility at Fraser Surrey Docks is symbolic of problems U.S. coal shippers are having.

    The U.S. government is also trying to reduce the amount of electricity generated by coal. Meanwhile, BNSF, which runs through White Rock, Surrey and Delta, is sending several coal trains a day to Roberts Bank.

    This is in the context of the Canadian Transportation Safety Board report on the Lac Megantic, QC, Bakken oil train crash and explosion which killed 47 people. The report found the American-owned rail company, MMA, had a culture which did not place safety first. It also faulted Transport Canada for not verifying MMA's compliance with safety procedures.

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