- Today's comic by Matt Bors is Let's Be Cops!
- Worst comeback try ever:
Former Rep. David Rivera (R-FL), "who served in Congress from 2011 to 2013, officially lost his hapless comeback bid Tuesday, falling short in the Republican primary election in Florida's 26th district," National Journal reports.
"It may have been the worst congressional comeback attempt of all time. Rivera lost the nomination, but he dominated the headlines. Throughout the race, he faced questions about his role in an alleged 2012 campaign finance scheme, sparred with the media, and even briefly suspended his campaign for unclear reasons--only to restart it just two weeks before the election."
- Avoiding NSA- and Snowden-related discussions online:
When the Snowden leaks dropped last year, some feared that the reveal widespread state surveillance would be followed by a clamping down on transparency efforts. A new Pew Research poll suggests that the effect is more in line with Kafka than Orwell, however: the threat of ubiquitous surveillance may have resulted in a self-imposed cooling effect on online discussion.
According to report, which is based on a survey of nearly 2,000 Americans' willingness to discuss the surveillance state on- and offline, 86 percent of Americans reported being "very" or "somewhat" willing to discuss NSA-related issues in offline scenarios, but only 42 percent of social media users were willing to discuss it online.
Moreover, of the 14 percent of Americans unwilling to discuss Snowden or the NSA, virtually none—0.3 percent—said they would turn to social media as an alternative to face-to-face discussion.
- See how a dozen presidential press briefers have evaded questions for 21 years:
BuzzFeed analyzed more than 5,000 press briefings since the beginning of the Clinton administration in 1993, looking for “weasel phrases” such as “I can’t comment on,” “I’m not aware [of/that/etc.],” and “I don’t know.” (For more details, see the methodology at the bottom of this post. Counting weasel phrases is, of course, an imperfect measure of evasiveness. It does not, for example, capture idiosyncratic methods of misdirection.)
- See Hurricane Katrina disaster photos transformed into recovery.
- Girls challenge sexist dress codes:
When Haven Middle School in Evanston, Illinois banned leggings and yoga pants, 13-year-old Sophie Hasty spearheaded a petition to reverse the ban. The Evanston Review reported that a horde of young girls showed up wearing leggings in protest, holding signs that read, “Are my pants lowering your test scores?” In a letter to the Haven administration, parents wrote, “Under no circumstances should girls be told that their clothing is responsible for boys' bad behaviors. This kind of message lands itself squarely on a continuum that blames girls and women for assault by men. . . If the sight of a girl's leg is too much for boys at Haven to handle, then your school has a much bigger problem to deal with.”
- Folks seem to love to cite the "epidemic" that is black on black crime. But maybe it's time White Americans take a look in the mirror: According to the most recent FBI homicide statistics, the United States is plagued by anepidemic of white-on-white crime. In 2011, the most recent year for which data is available, 83 percent of white murder victims were killed by fellow whites. And we're not even talking about overall crime here, this is straight-up murder.
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- On today's Kagro in the Morning show: GunFAIL roundup. Greg Dworkin & Joan McCarter on Obama foreign policy, the disappearing ACA issue, secret Gop groveling before the Kochs & a proposed climate accord. Reminder: teachers & students heading back to class may be armed!
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