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June 1, 2015
Ok, now the fun starts... Today was Move-in Day at the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge, or as I like to think of it, the World's Greatest Science Fair For Adults. I wrote yesterday that the Garage ...
Dave Adams 06/01/2015 1
How about some good news out of Arizona?
Over the last week, local and national news stories, including a handful of my diaries here, have focused on the anti-Islam protest at the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix. Our TV screens were ...
Mother Mags 06/01/2015 10
Open thread for night owls. Anthony Russo: a whistleblower on torture who should not be forgotten
When the news first came out that the United States had tortured suspected terrorists, there were three responses: Some Americans said, good, they deserved it; some were shocked and appalled; some ...
Meteor Blades 06/01/2015 32
Sci. News Mag. Publishes Error
On page 6 of the 16 May 2015 issue of SN published for Society for Science & the Public , the venerable staff printed the article, Debate continues over 103's place in periodic table: New ...
PriceRip 06/01/2015 42
Who saw THAT coming? Phoenix mosque protest organizer sets up GoFundMe account
See a pattern here? Do or say something that's batshit crazily offensive, like refusing to serve pizza to a gay couple, then complain when the not-insane world says nasty things about you and ...
Mother Mags 06/01/2015 46
Midday open thread: Dissing Charles Darwin; celebrating Jeff Davis; trying BP executive
Today's comic by Tom Tomorrow is Privacy talk :
Meteor Blades 06/01/2015 44
Supreme Court protects hijab wearers in the workplace
Samantha Elauf, denied a sales job at an ...
Adam B 06/01/2015 149
Abbreviated pundit round-up: Now it's Hillary, Bernie, Martin; domestic spying corrodes democracy
Doyle McManus at the Los Angeles Times writes— Bernie Sanders: Why the guy who won't win matters : Sen. Bernie Sanders, the self-described socialist who kicked off his presidential campaign on ...
Meteor Blades 06/01/2015 116
Open thread for night owls: Missing statistics make evaluating our criminal justice system harder
Matt Ford at The Atlantic writes The Missing Statistics of Criminal Justice : After Ferguson, a noticeable gap in criminal-justice statistics ...
Meteor Blades 05/31/2015 71
The Inoculation Project 5/31/2015: STEM Activities & Books
Solid science education is the best inoculation against ignorance.
nomandates 05/31/2015 15
Pamela Geller calls for Phoenix mosque to be investigated, site of Muhammad cartoon contest
Friday night approximately 500 demonstrators faced off at the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix. While more than 800 people RSVP'd on the anti-Islam Facebook page to say they would attend, about ...
Mother Mags 05/31/2015 29
Dave's DRC Dispatch-May 30, 2015
May 30-my first official blog entry from the DARPA Robotics Challenge. First, I have to tell you that the Challenge hasn't started yet. It doesn't really take place until next Friday and Saturday, ...
Dave Adams 05/30/2015 2
Sarah Haider: Islam and the Necessity of Liberal Critique
Update (2)- full transcript of the speech below the fold. Please listen to Sarah Haider on the timid response of liberals to the problems posed by Islam. My opinion is that absent a liberal ...
Arun 05/30/2015 47
Agriculture
I spent over 30 years of my life working in agricultural biology. Mostly this was in biological control of insect pests and weeds. At the same time I followed my interests in the evolution, life ...
Desert Scientist 05/30/2015 95
This week at progressive state blogs: Monica Wehby returns; Gov. LePage pretends on income tax
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 ...
Meteor Blades 05/30/2015 15
Spotlight on green news & views: Hot Alaska; Hot India; Hot Pacific; Doomsday clock adjusted
Red-Earred Slider. See Lenny Flank's photo diary . Many environmentally related posts appearing at Daily Kos each week don't attract the attention ...
Meteor Blades 05/30/2015 20
Written in Bone: Ambulocetus
The whales are the largest animals that have ever lived on earth. But the huge marine whales evolved from a small animal about the size of a large dog. And these earliest whales had four legs and ...
Lenny Flank 05/30/2015 12
Open thread for night owls: And now for a bit of feline delight
It's Friday, so forget politics for three minutes and watch these felines have a blast in a cardboard cat maze. Notice they can't even herd themselves. Best part after 2:05.
Meteor Blades 05/29/2015 121
I Declare June 27th to be Draw Thomas The Tank Engine Day!!
Inspired by these leather-clad patriots and their masterstroke of wit and satire, I was ready to fly to Arizona, go to a mosque, and get my sacrilege on. I had my crayons all set to draw some stick ...
ThaMothership 05/29/2015 9
LiveBlog & Live Stream - The Phoenix Mosque Cartoon "protest" 102 degrees @ 6:15pm PT RWNJ Cosplay
So along with Sons of Anarchy stars at Comicon in Phoenix, some cosplay will occur with RWNJs in 30 minutes, as Jon Ritzheimer tries for his 15 minutes of fame. Unfortunately, the bar designated ...
annieli 05/29/2015 25
Midday open thread: Arctic ice at record low; Sandy victims blame Christie; Bush and the coal barons
Today's comic by Mark Fiore is Mitch McConnell and Snuggly the Security Bear Beg to Spy :
Meteor Blades 05/29/2015 28
Those guys who boosted the 'surge' in Iraq? They're eager to do it again
Explosions in late 2014 variously described as an ISIL truck bomb or a U.S. airstrike in the town of Kobane on the Turkish-Syrian border. ...
Meteor Blades 05/29/2015 98
Armed bikers draw cartoons of Muhammad at an Arizona mosque. What could go wrong?
Let's hope nothing does go wrong, but so far more than 500 800 people have RSVP'd to attend a Muhammad cartoon drawing contest in Phoenix on Friday, similar to the contest in Garland, Texas . That ...
Mother Mags 05/28/2015 429
Open thread for night owls: Too many of the people in Washington do not rep those who elected them
Blast from the Past . At Daily Kos on this date in 2014 — Texas legislature gives 1.5 million poor residents the finger :It's not enough just to ...
Meteor Blades 05/28/2015 97
EPI: Government's state jobs report for April shows recovery still plodding
Click here and scroll briefly for an interactive version of this map.
Meteor Blades 05/28/2015 2
Obama releases statement on Clean Water Rule and the right is freaking out
Diarist RockyMtnHigh has written about the Clean Water Rule's long history. The EPA and the U.S. Army Corps released ...
Walter Einenkel 05/28/2015 4
Midday open thread: Is rent out of reach? Col. Graham retiring; Cubans not keen on Marco Rubio
Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is Introducing Louis 'Flash' Maltby :
Meteor Blades 05/28/2015 14
Income inequality reflected in mental health statistics, according to new study
A new study from the Centers for Disease Control— Serious Psychological Distress Among Adults: United States, 2009–2013 —confirms what common sense and the experts have long told us: The ...
Meteor Blades 05/28/2015 19
Could Jeb Bush's time on boards of corporations with legal troubles become a 2016 focus?
Busy, busy, busy. Ron Green at the Associated Press has taken a look at all the corporate and non-profit boards and advisory boards Jeb Bush has served on since he ...
Meteor Blades 05/28/2015 24
As a Floridian...This hating on us because of Scott needs to stop !!We don't deserve the putdowns !
This will not be well received by some at all. I am standing up for we liberals who are stuck with Rick Scott and Republican legislators. In all of the years I have been here I have never said ...
Vetwife 05/27/2015 462
Nebraskan lawmakers override Gov. Pete Ricketts's veto to abolish state death penalty
State Sen. Ernie Chambers finally won his 38-year battle to get Nebraska's death penalty repealed. With Wednesday's override vote in its one-house legislature, Nebraska ...
Meteor Blades 05/27/2015 121
Spotlight on green news & views: Shooting a black rhino for fun; extreme rainfall; protesting Shell
Check out OceanDiver's post . Many environmentally related posts appearing at Daily Kos each week don't attract the attention they deserve. To help get more eyeballs,
Meteor Blades 05/27/2015 19
Texas & Alaska Floods: El Nino & Hot Oceans Start a Year of Hellish Weather. It Will Get Worse.
There's too much heat in the oceans. Way too much heat. Hot water has surged across the equator in the Pacific and a deep pool of very hot water is building off of Mexico's west coast. Tropical ...
FishOutofWater 05/27/2015 177
Pluto starts to show its face
What Hubble sees when it looks at Pluto: Computer models based on Hubble images: What New Horizons is seeing:
atana 05/27/2015 92
Midday open thread: Drug cartel builds CCTV network; 'clickbait' enters dictionary; microbead ban
Today's comic by Matt Bors is Reasonable measures :
Meteor Blades 05/27/2015 18
Big media's sneering, dismissive coverage of Bernie Sanders is a plague on democracy
The media are more interested in ...
Meteor Blades 05/27/2015 337
Obama's EPA steps up for Clean Water
It has been a long time coming, but the EPA and Corps of Engineers have issued their final rule on what waters are protected under the Clean Water Act - helping ensure that the headwater, ...
RockyMtnHigh 05/27/2015 15
Rick Scott and the possibility of a Presidential Run ! Don't laugh.
I wrote a diary last week about how Scott in ...
Vetwife 05/27/2015 22
Open thread for night owls. Cole: Kaplan's call for renewed imperialism in Middle East is boneheaded
Let's have some more cakewalks, 'kay? Robert D. Kaplan recently wrote a piece (behind a paywall) saying it's time to bring imperialism back to the ...
Meteor Blades 05/26/2015 53
Sanders makes run official: If people 'fight back, there is nothing that can’t be accomplished'
In a speech peppered with introductory "brothers and sisters," Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday made official his entry into the primary battle for the Democratic presidential nomination framed by ...
Meteor Blades 05/26/2015 395
Livestreaming Bernie Sanders's official announcement of his candidacy for the Democratic nomination
You can watch it Live now. Why Bernie matters: A 2016 primary run by Bernie ...
Meteor Blades 05/26/2015 226
Midday open thread: Democrats and climate change; perpetual war; Sanders to make it official
Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Pro-life, Boko Haram style :
Meteor Blades 05/26/2015 34
Most House Republicans stand with President Obama on fast-tracking, most Democrats still against
Fighting it to the end. Thanks to 14 Democrats joining all-but-five Senate Republicans in approving fast-track trade legislation last week, it's now up to the House, which is where most close ...
Meteor Blades 05/26/2015 94
Open thread for night owls. On Memorial Day, remember: 'They didn't fall, they were pushed'
Flag-draped caskets on their way back from Iraq to the United States. Ray McGovern writes— Remember This on Memorial ...
Meteor Blades 05/25/2015 49
Midday open thread: Middle East needs imperialism? Emissions controls to slash coal; Kincannon flips
Today's comic by Tom Tomorrow is The bad intelligence : What you may have missed on ...
Meteor Blades 05/25/2015 18
Original Americans forgotten on Memorial Day
The All-Nations Native American Veterans Memorial in Jefferson, Oregon [This is an edited and updated reprise of an essay first written for Memorial Day in 2010.] My ...
Meteor Blades 05/25/2015 56
Abbreviated pundit round-up: Young people getting shafted on pay; the real first Memorial Day
E.J. Dionne Jr. at The Washington Post writes The right’s political correctness : Accommodating right-wing primary voters poses real risks to the party in next year’s elections. Its candidates’
Meteor Blades 05/25/2015 50
Open thread for night owls. A reprise: 'Lies, Damned Lies, a Searchable Database of Lies'
Meteor Blades 05/24/2015 71
The promise of NewSpace
Ceres as revealed by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on May 4, 2015, from a distance of 8,400 miles (13,600 kilometers). The bright spots may be water ice. We throw a lot of terms around here on Daily Kos, ...
DarkSyde 05/24/2015 101
Sanders: Campaign coverage should focus on issues instead of outrage, gossip and Facebook comments
Meteor Blades 05/24/2015 177
Empirical versus Theoretical
On page 198 Problems of Empiricism: Volume 2: Philosophical Papers 1985. Paul Feyerabend describes a quote attributed to Einstein from a lecture in Prague in 1920: If the observations of ...
PriceRip 05/24/2015 60
Eternal Life: Pros and Cons - Would Heaven Be All It's Cracked Up to Be?
I was sitting on the couch channel-surfing with my mom one afternoon when she stopped on Long Island Medium , a self-professed psychic who supposedly puts the living in contact with the dead. ...
SecularSchoolTeacher 05/24/2015 98
Sea Star Loss is Mussels Gain
Note that the video above was shot on May 8, 2015, set to Debussy's Clair de Lune, by the YouTube user NorthOlbo who makes wonderful pieces about the British Columbian coast. Check him out. The ...
MarineChemist 05/24/2015 11
Filastin: Soldier pays the price for criticizing the Israel army
This is a roundup of news related to Palestine with a particular focus on grassroots action and peaceful civil disobedience in the Occupied Territories and within the borders of Israel proper. We ...
subir 05/24/2015 8
The Inoculation Project 5/24/2015: Human Circuits!
Solid science education is the best inoculation against ignorance.
belinda ridgewood 05/24/2015 16
Regression to the mean question for biologically-trained.
In commenting on another poster's misunderstanding of Regression to the Mean, I recalled a question on that subject that I have had before. My understanding is that Dalton expected that ...
Frank Palmer 05/23/2015 15
Faux Pause, appendix
This is just a short appendix to my post from yesterday , wherein I described fraud being perpetrated by the likes of Monckton and Watts in convincing low-information types that global warming (aka ...
OutOnALimb 05/23/2015 2
This week at progressive state blogs: Gov. Kasich plays the suckers; Gov. Bryant writes a dumb op-ed
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 ...
Meteor Blades 05/23/2015 9
Meanwhile, Rick Scott Became Socialist (no, seriously)
The teaparty darling who hates all things Obama has allowed his hatred to go so far that he is parting with his core ideology. Florida's healthcare crisis is sinking us. Scott refuses to accept ...
SemDem 05/23/2015 13
Ceres: spots' spectrum similar to ice
The famous spots, imaged on May 16 from a distance of 7,200 kilometers. Pixels in this image are 700 meters wide. Christopher Russell, principal investigator for the Dawn Mission, says the ...
atana 05/22/2015 30
Monckton and Watts inadvertently reveal global warming "Pause" to be clumsy fraud
The idiot climate denialist website http://wattsupwiththat.com, run by the idiot climate denialist Anthony Watts , is fond of running graphs proclaiming NO GLOBAL WARMING FOR ‘XX’ YEARS ‘X’ ...
OutOnALimb 05/22/2015 69
A switch was flipped and now southern peninsula Antarctic glaciers are rapidly melting.
Scientists have discovered that the ice shelves of South Antarctica, located in the Bellingshausen sea , are in rapid melt. This new study follows reports that the remnants of Larsen B should ...
Pakalolo 05/22/2015 76
USDOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory Revises U.S. Wind Energy Potential Map in All 50 States
The U.S. Department of Energy revises wind energy potential map for the entire U.S. and which shows the areas of the United States evaluated with increased (or new) wind energy potential with ...
LakeSuperior 05/22/2015 6
Glyphosate use before Roundup ready crops use and abuse
There is a basic misunderstanding being presented as the truth re glyphosates use before roundup ready crops came to market . The claim is that glyphosate was used on crops for 20 years before ...
indycam 05/21/2015 16
Early research shows promise in treating Down syndrome and similar disorders using cancer drugs
Down syndrome and Fragile X syndrome are the most prevalent ...
Walter Einenkel 05/21/2015 7
Jeb Bush declares 'ISIS didn't exist when my brother was president,' gets mugged by reality
Jon Perr 05/20/2015 198
The very real and decisive GMO scientific consensus
Over and over, I've read comments on the internet (obviously, my first mistake) that there is no scientific consensus about GMOs, or genetically modified organisms (generally crops or food), and ...
SkepticalRaptor 05/20/2015 286
Editor of American Chemical Society's Journal Environmental Science & Technology Gets a New Sofa
These musings by the Editor in Chief of the American Chemical Society's publication, Environmental Science & Technology, are a worthy read for those interested in the interaction between science, ...
LakeSuperior 05/20/2015 8
Community Quilt for Gordon20024
CelticLassie's quilt. Please keep her and her family in your thoughts... It is a shock when you learn that a friend has cancer. Gordon20024 recently learned that he does. He is a person who is ...
Sara R 05/19/2015 70
The Viking Mars Mission
In October 1957, the Soviet Union launched the first satellite, Sputnik. Over the next 20 years, the Space Race saw the USSR and the USA compete in a series of space spectaculars as each tried to ...
Lenny Flank 05/19/2015 23

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