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Late Night FDL: Way Out Weather

Steve Gunn – Way Out Weather Every now and then I like to mix it up with some newer musicians…! What’s on your mind tonite…? Go to Source : Late Night FDL: Way Out Weather

Open thread for night owls: ‘The new American slavery’

Working as crayfish peelers, the two women claimed pay was as little as $4 an hour. Jessica Garrison: The police brought the women, who were both in their twenties, to the station house. McGee told them they couldn’t leave West’s farm without permission, warning that they could wind up [...]

HPV vaccine shown to be safe and effective, again

The Human Papillomavirus, one of the few cancer vectors we can eliminate from the planet. Image courtesy of Laboratory of Tumor Biology and Bad Astronomy. When it comes to vaccines, Gardasil gets more hype and misinformation than most. Because it conveys resistance to deadly forms of ut [...]

House approves cutting workplace protections for VA workers

The House voted Wednesday to cut workplace protections for Department of Veterans Affairs employees and extend their probationary period, making it easier to fire new staffers. The “VA Accountability Act of 2015” was approved with a 256 – 170 vote, largely, though not strictly, along  [...]

Wednesday Night Open Thread

Another day spent on computer issues. Here's an open thread, all topics welcome, while I catch up. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Go to Source : Wednesday Night Open Thread

Windows 10 Upgrade Fever

I do not like upgrades, but there were so many positive things being said about the new Windows 10, and my 6 month old desktop was having so many problems and freezing so often, I decided to see if it would work. Last night, it didn't work…. [[ This is a content summary only. V [...]

Photo courtesy of Stop The TPP-Hawaii (March 14, 2015 Waikoloa Marriott) Trade ministers will be met in Maui with a colorful demonstratio [...]

For Democrats, there’s no right answer on Planned Parenthood

The surprise of today’s Republican press conference on Planned Parenthood came when one of the freshman class’s stars praised Hillary Clinton. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa.) described how undercover videos had found the family planning group’s executives coldly discussing [...]

This Map Shows What San Francisco Will Look Like After Sea Levels Rise

Developers in the booming San Francisco Bay Area are busy planning everything from much-needed new housing to sports stadiums and gleaming tech campuses. But according to a new report just published by the San Francisco Public Press, many of these construction projects sit on land suscept [...]

Cartoon: I HEART USA?

I HEART USA? No way. We have become numb to the constant mass shootings in the U.S. When will people just  admit that they really don’t care about this country anymore? Can it be characterized in any other way than a complete surrender to the scourge of gun deaths in the US? A [...]

No, Liberals Did Not Ignore or "Censor" the Planned Parenthood Sting Videos

I don’t have the fascinated love/hate relationship with Camille Paglia that a lot of my artsier colleagues seem to have; I mainly recall her for a bizarre and hostile 1996 take on Hillary Clinton entitled Ice Queen, Drag Queen (one of those pieces that seems to have disappeared from [...]

Opposition to Iran Nuclear Deal Just Keeps Getting Weirder and Weirder

The congressional hearings into the Iran nuclear deal continue apace. Steve Benen points us today to this lovely exchange between Sen. Lindsey Graham and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter: Graham: Does the Supreme Leader’s religious views compel him over time to destroy Israel and at [...]

Donald Trump doesn’t just do nastygrams

Donald Trump is well-known among journalists for the occasional nastygram — writing his thoughts (which often involve plenty of invective) on a printout of a story and sending it to the reporter . Our own Ben Terris wrote about this phenomenon recently: Trump has a long and stor [...]

Department of Health and Human Services/Wikimedia Commons I commented at the beginning of today’s Lunch Buffet that conservatives l [...]

Ohio grand jury indicts university police officer for murder

The New York Times is reporting, A University of Cincinnati police officer was indicted on murder charges on Wednesday in the fatal shooting of a driver this month. In the indictment handed down by a grand jury in Hamilton County, the officer, Ray Tensing, is accused of killing the drive [...]

Does the press slice and dice the electorate too finely?

  The press often seems to go overboard in analyzing the voting preferences of tiny segments of the electorate. We’re always looking for how a candidate’s statements might affect, say, the tall, left-handed, bespectacled, high school graduate, Evangelical Latino women [...]

House Republicans move to put down one-man insurgency

On Tuesday evening, shortly after making the first proposal in 105 years to depose a sitting House Speaker, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said he wanted to start a “family conversation” about Republican leadership. By Wednesday, it was clear that such a conversation would not be  [...]

Here’s Your Reminder Donald Trump’s Two Sons Are Also Big Game Hunters

On Tuesday, an American dentist admitted to paying $50,000 to hunt and kill Cecil the lion, a beloved animal and popular tourist attraction in Zimbabwe. News of the killing sparked swift condemnation on social media, with many calling for Walter Palmer to be extradited to Zimbabwe to stan [...]

The Supreme Court is viewed more unfavorably than ever before. That’s a very bad thing.

The Supreme Court is increasingly seen as just another partisan player in our politically-charged world, according to new numbers released by the Pew Research Center today. Forty eight percent of people have a favorable opinion of the Court while 43 percent have an unfavorable one. Th [...]

Scott Walker’s Philly Screwup Wasn’t Ordering American on His Cheesesteak

Scott Walker’s bid for the Republican presidential nomination took him Monday to Philadelphia, where he—like many campaigners before him—took on the unexpectedly complicated task of placing the appropriate cheesesteak order in front of a gaggle of reporters. In a bid to avoid one local co [...]