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|Research Rewind: Forward, Boy Commandos!
The end is near. By this I mean that I'm entering the home stretch of this year's six week long experiment in reprinting old diaries as I lurch grimly toward Kalamazoo. The paper is partially done,
|Kitchen Table Kibitzing, 5/2/15
I missed this during the workweek and now find myself with a little more hope we’ll transcend the darkness of hate and fear to step foot in the lightness of love and acceptance... another small ...
|This week at progressive state blogs: Lynch and the power of black women, SD polygamists seek water
This week in progressive state blogs is designed specifically to focus attention on the writing and analysis of people focused on their home turf. Let me know via comments or Kosmail if you have a ...
|This week in the war on workers: Death on the job
This week, in honor of Workers Memorial Day, the AFL-CIO released its Death on the Job report. Some facts: In ...
|Kansas as a Microcosm of Regressive Taxation in America
One of the less reported trends in America over the past 20 years or so is the indirect establishment of a flat tax, when one aggregates federal, state and local taxes. This has been accomplished by ...
|House seeking to slash spending on Earth science
Hard to believe there were times when either political party regularly distinguished itself and alternately embarrassed the entire nation when it came to science. Or that for a few brief shining ...
|Spotlight on green news & views: Super El Niño forms, oil & gas drilling damage, wind power soars
Three tropical cyclones churned the waters around Australia on March 11, 2015, including Pam, one of the strongest storms ever in the region.
|You Can't Read That!
You Can’t Read That! is a periodic post featuring banned book reviews and news roundups. YCRT! Banned Book News I linked to an earlier story on this in a previous YCRT! diary, but here's more ...
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There is great excitement in some corners of the space exploration community this week, as several NASA people opened up a discussion with engineers and others outside the agency over a mysterious,
|KVIE will broadcast episode one, Pilgrims and Tourists, May 2, 11 pm
Broadcast Premiere of Four-Part Film Series, STANDING ON SACRED GROUND Timed with Asian-Pacific American Month KVIE broadcasts start May 2— Series Debuts on WORLD Channel Beginning Sunday, May ...
|Open thread for night owls: FAIR takes on economist pundit who disappeared economist critics of TPP
At Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, Jim Naureckaswrites NYT Lets Economic Pundit Disappear TPP’s Economist Critics : The New York Times (4/24/15) handed its readers an exploding cigar this ...
|Books Go Boom! Dai Sijie's 'Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress'
This book review is slightly long - but I crammed it full of thought, feeling, experience and imagination. Then I lovingly planished the prose until it flowed smoothly. This diary has sandpipers vs.
|Both CVS and Mondawmin Mall should sue Baltimore Police
Short diary here. As has been pointed out in diaries here and an article at Mother Jones , the evidence strongly suggests that the Baltimore City Police Department intentionally instigated the ...
|California's low wage workers are making less than they did in 1979
UC Berkeley released their study of low ...
|Baltimore's curfew hits service workers and small businesses hard
If you work something close to a 9-5 schedule, a 10 p.m. ...
|DOT issues oil-train rules. Industry objects. Other critics say rules too weak and deadline too slow
Oil train derailment Feb. 15 near Mount Carbon, West Virginia. The Obama ...
|Midday open thread: Tesla home battery unveiled, 1 in 6 species at risk, where's Aaron Schock?
On Saturday at 8 AM PT, the tech team will be moving Daily Kos from its current web host to Amazon's Web Services. We'll be taking the site down for an estimated one to three hours while we move our ...
|Why Syria needs an earthquake
The earthquake that struck Nepal killed around 6,000 people and displaced nearly half a million. It was a horrible humanitarian crisis that justifiably got the world's attention. If only ...
|Books In My Life: The Lure of Murder
The other day, I was perusing our Netflix watchlist for movies to stream as well as the Recently Watched list and then all the Because You Watched This, You Might Like This suggestions, and I turned ...
|Gold Rush Journal Week 44
James White was a 21 year old farmer from Quincy, MA. In 1849 he sailed from Boston around Cape Horn to San Francisco and the gold diggings of California. In all he spent 6 months at sea and a ...
|Open thread for night owls: A condensed look at what Bernie Sanders thinks on some issues
What Bernie Sanders thinks , as compiled by Andrew Prokip at Vox. I've included paragraphs on five subjects, with only subheads for the rest: Move to a single-payer health care system The ...
|Thawing permafrost could boost global warming in more ways than one
Rapidly thawing Arctic permafrost and coastal erosion on the Beaufort Sea, Arctic Ocean, near Point Lonely, AK. Photo Taken in August, 2013 Power plants and automobiles burning fossil fuels and ...
|CA Kossack aitchdee: Struggling to Make It to SSDI
This is a followup diary to the one I posted last week ,
|Write On! Cheez-Its and Genre
Hello, writers. Write On! has returned now to the 8 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Pacific timeslot that we had previously. I hope that will be more convenient for the West Coast folks. I mentioned last week ...
|Daily Kos Labor digest: Port truck drivers explain why they're striking
Here's more on the strike. In other news: University of Chicago nurses narrowly avert a strike . Here are all the ...
|Wind energy association's first-quarter report offers reasons for optimism
The American Wind Energy Association has released its report for the first quarter of 2015, and it's quite encouraging. Indeed, for those of ...
|How does South Gate, California seize more money than cities 10 times its size?
That's against the law, officer. Civil forfeiture laws have been covered here before. John ...
|Midday open thread: Who asked leniency for Petraeus? Initial claims for jobless comp at 15-year low
Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is Doonesbury's Charlie Hebdo problem :
|Self-publishing 101: How and why to copyright your book
I just received my official copyright notice so I thought I'd take a minute today to talk about copyrighting. The process itself is relatively easy but some of the questions along the way were a ...
|Chances of ending federal executions diminished with Eric Holder's departure
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|House GOP foriegn policy backlash
Three days ago the House Armed Services Committee inserted a controversial provision into an Iraqi aid bill. Republican war-policy writers are demanding that the United States recognize Kurdish ...
|Bernie Sanders will run on the issues, not the nonsense
[UPDATE] Thanks @HillaryClinton . Looking forward to debating the big issues: income inequality, climate change & getting big money out of politics. — Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 30, ...
|Screw $10.10, Democrats now pushing for a $12 minimum wage
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|Marco Rubio sought 'leniency' for Corinthian Colleges last year
For more than a decade, Corinthian Colleges, Inc. has been the target of lawsuits and state and federal investigations for its deceptive marketing, falsification of employment placement rates and ...
|Super El Nino Likely as Huge Warm Water Wave Hits West Coast, Extreme Marine Die Off Developing
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|Open thread for night owls: Martin Luther King Jr. quotes the traditional media won't cite
M.L. King arrested in 1958 in Montgomery, Alabama, for "loitering" outside a courtroom where there was a hearing for his friend Ralph Abernathy, founder of the Southern Christian Leadership ...
|Bookflurries-Bookchat: Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction
Welcome to bookchat where you can talk about anything...books, plays, essays, and books on tape. You don’t have to be reading a book to come in, sit down, and chat with us. There are often ...
|Spotlight on green news & views: Cities engage on climate change, anger translator, extreme weather
Many environmentally related posts appearing at Daily Kos each week don't attract the attention they deserve. To help get more eyeballs, Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the ...
|Tunnel opponents to respond to Governor Brown's "BDNoCP" Fiasco
Restore the Delta expects Gov. Brown to roll out the latest iteration of his Delta tunnels project as soon as tomorrow. They will be there to respond. Here is the media advisory: Tunnels Opponents ...
|Baltimore: Baseball with no fans
They should just cancel this series and make it up later!! Playing in front of a empty house makes no sense!! - Frank Thomas, HOF For the first time in Major League Baseball history, fans were ...
|Midday open thread: GDP growth 0.2%, Nevadans back 'net metering' that boosts rooftop solar
Today's comic by Matt Bors is Satire to die for :
|Senate kills amendment that would have made Iran agreement a treaty. Condoleezza Rice helps
Condoleeza Rice says the Iran deal is "classically an executive agreement and doesn't need to be a treaty... " The Senate voted 39-57 Tuesday night for an amendment that would have required the ...
|CA Governor Brown comes out swinging; calls for more aggressive state climate goals
How do you like me now? California Governor Jerry Brown is feeling the heat, ...
|Starbucks brand 'Ethos' water comes from drought-stricken California
Starbucks acquired the Ethos water brand 10 years ago. According to Starbucks , "Ethos® Water was created to help raise awareness" about water access and works to "provide children with access to ...
|Open thread for night owls. Reich: Why so many Americans feel powerless
Robert Reich writes Why So Many Americans Feel So Powerless : As I travel around America, I’m struck by how utterly powerless most people feel. The companies we work for, the businesses we buy ...
|Daily Kos Labor digest: Massachusetts takes over city's schools despite protest
Despite the hundreds of community members who turned out Monday to protest and testify against a state takeover of schools in Holyoke, Massachusetts, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary ...
|ACTION NEEDED: Where California Goes, the Nation Goes...
Hi all! I know, long time, no hear. I'm still ...
|Dept. of Ed gives dreadful advice to Corinthian students: Transfer to other for-profit colleges
One of Corinthian Colleges' for-profit campuses. The drawn-out collapse of Corinthian Colleges was completed Sunday with the company's announcement that 28 of its campuses would be immediately ...
|Appetite For Blather: Indigo Kalliope: Poems From the Left
You have no one but you to blame if you cannot hear the sky. When the air is jelled and cloying, the phone book will not open. Soil packs too hard for fingernails, too soft for pails and shovels. ...
|Bernie Sanders To Announce Presidential Run (as a Dem)
Senator Bernie Sanders is running for President. From Vermont Public Radio : VPR News has learned from several sources that independent U.S. Sen. Bernie ...
|A Walk on the Beach (Photos): Street Prophets Coffee Hour
Welcome to the Tuesday edition of the Coffee Hour at Street Prophets. This is an open thread where we can discuss what’s happening in our lives, what we’ve been working on, and our opinions on ...
|Bumble Bee Foods faces charges for worker killed in pressure cooker
Here's something you may find less than appetizing after reading this story. What does it take for criminal charges to be filed in a workplace death? ...
|Midday open thread: Seminal R.I. wind farm starts construction, federal R&D spending keeps falling
Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is To protect and to sever :
|Senate global warming deniers scheme to undermine Obama and wreck any Paris 2015 climate pact
Sen. Jim "Snowball" Inhofe, (R-Kochland) wants to wreck Obama's efforts on the Paris 2015 climate agreement. While right-wingers in Congress await the results ...
|How Apple single-handedly lays waste to conservative ideology||kos||04/28/2015||358|
|Democrats push for higher wages for Senate janitors and cafeteria workers
Days after Senate janitors and cafeteria workers walked out to protest low wages, and after one janitor's homelessness made news, ...
|New study forecasts big increases in extreme weather from human-caused global warming
More of these will be part of global warming's impacts, scientists predict. The name of the study by Erich M. Fischer and Reto Knutti is a mouthful—
|Trumka: 'Will our candidates listen' to workers' concerns in 2016 race?
AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka The union movement is beginning its traditional campaign season dance with Democrats, in which union leaders push Democratic candidates to make working ...
|Cartoon: To protect and to sever
(Click to enlarge) Follow Jen on Twitter at @...
|California's Automatic Voter Registration Bill Advances
Last night, a California Assembly panel approved a proposal to automatically register Californians to vote when they get a driver’s license. The bill was introduced in the Assembly by ...
|Genital Assessment Yunit for PPPA
Last week, a ballot initiative (15-0019) was proposed, which would award cash to citizens for policing transgender bathroom use. Based on a comment I made last week , I decided to go to the Privacy ...
|Big Money interests dumped $21.8 million into Yes on Prop. 1 campaign
The recent admission by the Brown administration that it could use money from Proposition 1, the water bond, to pay for "habitat mitigation" linked to the construction and operation of the massive ...
|Tom Sawyer ejaculates! And when word meanings change
I was startled to find not one, but two ejaculations on the pages of “Tom Sawyer.” And here I wasn’t even sure the 139-year-old Tom has been through puberty. I wondered if perhaps I’d ...
|LGBT Literature: We Are Everywhere (and a call for writers)
LGBT Literature is a Readers and Book Lovers series dedicated to discussing books that have made an impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. From fiction to ...
|Update & Thank You from Youffraita
Hey all, if you were around last Wednesday, Youffraita got some bad news about being evicted from her apartment on very short notice. Thanks to belinda ridgewood's diary , Youffraita got some needed ...
|not a lamb||04/26/2015||20|
|Research Rewind: Around the World With Clueless Tourists
A month from now, my captivity will all be over. That's because I'll have, God willing, finished my paper, driven out to Kalamazoo with Ysabel, delivered my paper, become part of the new troika in ...
|This week in the war on workers: The scary GOP plan for transportation funding
There are 61,000 structurally deficient bridges in the United States, and this is what congressional Republicans want to do to transportation funding:
|Gold Rush Journal Week 43
James White was a 21 year old farmer from Quincy, MA. In 1849 he sailed from Boston around Cape Horn to San Francisco and the gold diggings of California. In all he spent 6 months at sea and a ...
|Mountains (Photo Diary): Street Prophets Saturday
Mountains have always been an important part of my life: they are magnificent to look at and sometimes fun to hike in. Join me below the great orange peak for a photo excursion into a recent ...
|Teacher explains how standardized testing is hurting her first graders
A New York teacher has written a remarkable letter to Diane Ravitch explaining how the focus on standardized testing is hurting her students. Her first-grade students . Even though these kids won'...
|The economy is increasingly rigged against workers with less education
It probably won't come as a surprise that less-educated American workers have been struggling to make a living in recent years, but the ...
|aitchdee Update: Progress Made, Help Still Needed in CA
I last wrote in January about the troubles of long-time kossack aitchdee -- you can see that diary here . Since ...
|California Assembly votes unanimously to rename famed tunnel after Robin Williams
A sweet gesture from the California Assembly: The California Assembly on Thursday unanimously approved a bill to rename the Waldo Tunnel after late ...
|Scott Walker and Chris Christie show off the GOP's job-creation chops
Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) Republicans have been itching to show how much better ...
|He Could Have Been the Greatest Kossack There Ever Was. This is His Story. (Poll)
Had he lived in our times, he (we'll call him Bill) could have been a prominent blogger on Daily Kos. In fact, given his way with words and unique ability to coin new phrases, I'm sure he'd have ...
|Write On! Waking up.
Hello, writers. Write On! is returning now to the 8 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Pacific timeslot that we had previously. I hope this will be more convenient for the West Coast folks. Lately, for various ...
|Daily Kos Labor digest: Wage theft, expendable workers, and taking on the chain||Laura Clawson||04/23/2015||2|
|Broadcast Premiere of Four-Part Film Series, STANDING ON SACRED GROUND
Below is the press release regarding the national broadcast premier of Standing on Sacred Ground, a four-part documentary series, eight years in the making, on Indigenous struggles over sacred sites.
|Taco Bell brings 6,000 tacos to Capitol Hill in annual lobbying event
Don't say the fast food industry never did anything for all that it gets from Congress, like a low minimum wage and support in the industry's efforts to keep workers from organizing unions or ...
|UPDATE: Hoo-Boy. If you thought the immigration debate was ugly now, just wait...
I had read something about this a week or so ago but I didn't really think about the implications at the time. Now that I've read it...I can't for the life of me figure out why it hasn't gotten ...
|Senator McGuire introduces legislation to forever ban oil drilling off California coast
At an Earth Day press conference at the State Capitol, Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) announced the introduction of legislation, Senate Bill 788, to forever protect the coast of California from ...
|Bookflurries-Bookchat: Gripping Adventures
Welcome to bookchat where you can talk about anything...books, plays, essays, and books on tape. You don’t have to be reading a book to come in, sit down, and chat with us. My readers are ...
|BREAKING: Rep. Adam Schiff Now Reading Armenian Genocide Victims' Names
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) is currently performing what we in the Jewish faith call a mitzvah. Despite the Administration's shameful continued appeasement of glorified Holocaust denial from the Turkish ...
|Japan's PM Not Amused By Radioactive Drone
One of those fun 4-propeller remote control drones was found Wednesday morning on the roof of the Prime Minister's residence and administrative office complex in central Tokyo. It was discovered by ...
|Judge approves NFL concussion settlement
A federal judge has approved ...
|For Earth Day, fight global warming denial that hurts women
On March 25 I introduced legislation that would recognize the disparate impact that global warming will have on women. Specifically, I cited women with limited socioeconomic resources who might be ...
|GOP US Rep. Steve Knight To Constituent: If You Touch Me Again, I'll Drop Your Ass
The US Congress is just full of GOP macho men, it seems. Among them is California Representative Steve Knight of CA's 25th District. From ...
|Man beaten by San Bernardino County Sheriff deputies gets huge settlement in a hurry
San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies were caught by a camera on a news helicopter severely beating Francis Jared Pusok after ...
|Bigots propose bounty on transgender people using public facilities
A group calling itself the Privacy for All coalition has filed what they call the Personal Privacy Protection Act for consideration as a ballot initiative in California. The PPPA is indeed all ...
|How Much Radioactivity Are We Exposed to While Sampling Seawater for Fukushima Radioisotopes?
The purpose of this diary is to introduce a brief, informal movie made while using a Geiger Counter in the laboratory today. This diary is part of an ongoing effort to communicate what the ...
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