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Hillary Clinton’s emails: Why it doesn’t matter what’s in them

September 2, 2015
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Fox News Fox News Forum
by Paul Goldman  

"The State Department released a new batch of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails Monday evening, totaling many thousands of pages. Her defenders will be searching through the electronic missives to find vindication, her critics parsing every key stroke to prove wronging, at least politically. The former first lady's strongest backers, aligned with the Democratic Party, believe the email controversy is based on partisanship, not principle. They believe she is being subjected to a double standard. Her most dogged attackers, aligned with the Republican Party, say the real truth is the opposite, that she is the one benefiting from a double standard, claiming anyone else would have been forced to quit the presidential race. What then is the truth about her emails?" (08/31/15)

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Bernie Sanders lays down 2016’s new electoral math

September 2, 2015
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John Nichols The Nation
by John Nichols  

"Democratic candidates for president flew to the Twin Cities last week to make their pitches to members of the Democratic National Committee. They did not come to debate (a missed opportunity highlighted by Martin O’Malley, in a fiery speech decrying the DNC’s constricted debate schedule) but to sell themselves to the men and women who devote their waking hours to figuring out how to elect Democrats. For Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner and a veteran of DNC gatherings going back to the 1970s, the point of the visit was to reinforce traditional understandings of electability. For Bernie Sanders, a longtime independent who has emerged as Clinton’s most serious challenger for the party’s 2016 nod, the point was to expand the understanding of who is and who might be electable." (09/01/15)

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Superheroes no more

September 2, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"A little girl named Laura was sent home with a note because she had brought a Wonder Woman lunchbox to school. (The website The Mary Sue first reported the story, from a post on the social media site Imgur.) In the letter addressed to Laura’s parents, the school explained: 'The dress code we have established requests that the children not bring violent images into the building in any fashion: on their clothing, backpacks and lunchboxes. We have defined ‘violent characters’ as those who solve problems using violence. Superheroes certainly fall into that category.' You know who else falls into that category? George Washington and all the Founding Fathers. It also includes Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and every other U.S. president, including Barack Obama.” (08/31/15)

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How capitalism turns love into addiction

September 2, 2015
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Reuters Reuters
by Lynn Stuart Parramore  

"Can something as basic as love become an addiction? Artists have always said so. Now, scientific researchers find that intense preoccupation with a love object lights up the brain with chemicals in ways that can be as compelling as shooting up. But unlike the pipe, the blackjack table or the online escort service, intense romantic attachments are a culturally sanctioned mode of escape. Members of Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (there are 21 live meetings in New York City this week alone), celebrity confessors like Alanis Morissette and a growing number of researchers indicate that the pursuit of love has never been so agonizing." [editor's note: When I wrote songs regularly, my big challenge was to write a non-dysfuncitonal love song. IIRC, I penned about two of them over 20 years - SAT] (08/31/15)

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Study: Lack of sleep may quadruple your chances of getting sick

September 1, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"A UCSF-led study backs up what centuries of moms already knew. If you don’t get enough sleep, you’re more likely to get sick. Four times more likely, to be exact. Researchers found that people who slept six hours a night or less were four times more likely to catch a cold when exposed to the virus than those who slept seven hours a night or longer. 'It didn’t matter how old people were, their stress levels, their race, education or income. It didn’t matter if they were smokers,' said Aric Prather, assistant psychiatry professor at UCSF and lead author of the study. The study, considered the first to use objective sleep measures to connect people’s natural sleep habits and their risk of getting sick, appeared online and in the September issue of the journal Sleep." (08/31/15)

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What Bernie Sanders has already won

September 1, 2015
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Dave Johnson Our Future
by Dave Johnson  

"When Sen. Bernie Sanders initially began running for president, his hope was to 'trigger the conversation' about the way the economic and political system is rigged by the billionaires and their corporations. He wanted to begin a movement around a vision of how the country could be run for We the People instead of a few billionaires and their giant corporations, and give that movement momentum. That was the idea; start a movement out of a campaign that could get a 'for-the-people' message out. All the people he brought in would take it from there." [editor's note: Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't this the original strategy of the Libertarian Party? Launch a movement using elections as the platform? - SAT] (08/31/15)

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Canadian economy enters recession

September 1, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"The Canadian economy has entered recession, official figures have shown. Gross domestic product (GDP) fell by an annualised rate of 0.5% between April and June. That follows a contraction of 0.8% in the first quarter, meaning the economy has seen two consecutive quarters of negative growth, the usual definition of recession. The data will be a blow for prime minister Stephen Harper, who faces elections on 19 October. The economy is expected to dominate the election debate." (09/01/15)

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OK: University of Tulsa cleaning up small radiation spill at research campus

September 1, 2015
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"The University of Tulsa is working to clean up what it is calling a minor spill of a radioactive chemical on its research campus and is having 21 people who may have been exposed to the cesium-137 undergo medical checks, school officials said on Tuesday. The spill by Tracerco, a subsidiary of British chemical company Johnson Matthey that was contracted by the university, is believed to have occurred last fall but Tracerco did not notify the school about it until Aug. 25, the university said. Tracerco spilled a small quantity of cesium-137, a radioactive isotope often used in research, in a restricted building on a campus that houses research equipment, according to Steadman Upham, the university’s president." (09/01/15)

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Pope to allow priests to forgive abortion during Holy Year

September 1, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Pope Francis will give all priests discretion during the Roman Catholic Church's Holy Year to formally forgive women who have had abortions -- the Argentine pontiff's latest move towards a more open and inclusive church. In Church teaching, abortion is such a grave sin that those who procure or perform it incur an automatic excommunication, which can only be lifted by designated church officials. However, from Dec. 8 to Nov. 26, during an extraordinary Holy Year or 'Jubilee' on the theme of mercy, all priests will be able to do so if the women repent 'with a contrite heart,' the pope said in a letter published by the Vatican on Tuesday." (09/01/15)

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MO: Students protest transgender classmate’s use of girl’s locker room

September 1, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"Nearly 200 students walked out of a Missouri high school on Monday because Lila Perry was changing in the girl’s locker room. While Caitlyn Jenner and other transgender celebrities have been greeted with almost universal acceptance, the road has been far rockier for transgender individuals such as Perry, the 17-year-old senior who is navigating new terrain at Hillsboro High School. 'It wasn't too long ago white people were saying, 'I don't feel comfortable sharing a bathroom with a black person,' and history repeats itself,' Perry told Fox2." (09/01/15)

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KY: Clerk cites “God’s authority” over SCOTUS on gay marriage

September 1, 2015
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"Rowan County, Ky., court clerk Kim Davis has for months defied the United States Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage, citing Biblical principle. On Tuesday, she took her decision to hold 'God’s authority' above the law of the land to the next level, in a bold move defying the Supreme Court directly. A day after her legal options ran out as the Supreme Court declined to take up her appeal, Ms. Davis denied the marriage license of James Yates and Will Smith Jr., saying they’d have to wait 'a long time' for the piece of paper that bestows the benefits of marriage upon eligible couples." [editor's note: This story is just stupid; as a government official, she has no more right to do this than the mayors & governors had to block government-school doors 60-odd years ago. Comply or resign are her only options - SAT] (09/01/15)

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Big Apple Versus Big Toilet

September 1, 2015
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Debra J. Saunders Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders  

"Why is New York so much cleaner than San Francisco? It's a question you hear all the time, even as some New Yorkers swear that Mayor Bill de Blasio's lighter approach to law enforcement has undone some of the gains made under former Mayors Rudy Giuliani and Mike Bloomberg. I spent three days walking at least 5 miles daily in Manhattan last week. The one time I was accosted by a strong whiff of urine, it was from horses in Central Park." (09/01/15)

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The beginning of the end of the Republican Party

September 1, 2015
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Fox News Fox News Forum
by Erick Erickson  

"The beginning of the end of the Republican Party has started. On Friday, I told you the Republican Party is dying. Then, yesterday, Ross Douthat in the New York Times echoed my key point. Mine was that the Republican leaders in Washington would see the decline of Donald Trump as proof that they need do nothing to change. Like the Bourbons of France, they’d forget nothing and learn nothing. ... Yes, exactly. The Republican Party is dying because the GOP in DC has gone corporate and K Street. They attack any Republicans who dare hold them to their promises. They’ve gone to war against Heritage Action for America, Club For Growth, the Madison Project, etc. They’ve blackballed any political consultant who does work for outsiders." [editor's note: Gee, and I thought it was because they'd stopped learning economics, and become even more clueless on social-liberty issues - SAT] (08/31/15)

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A plan for American cities to free themselves from Wall Street control

September 1, 2015
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In These Times In These Times
by Saqib Bhatti  

"In August 2014, the Los Angeles City Council debated whether to call for the renegotiation of the city’s financial deals. A report by the labor-community coalition Fix L.A. found that the city had spent more than twice as much on banking fees in fiscal year 2013 as it had on street services. To try to balance its budget, Los Angeles had enacted hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts over the previous five years. City jobs had been slashed by 10 percent, flood control procedures had been cut back, crumbling sidewalks were not repaired and alleys were rarely cleared of debris. Sewer inspections ceased entirely; the number of sewer overflows doubled from 2008 to 2013." (08/31/15)

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Here’s how we can reverse wage stagnation

September 1, 2015
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The New Republic The New Republic
by Thomas Kochan  

"As Labor Day approaches, we are likely to hear from a growing chorus of political, religious, academic, labor and business leaders who agree 'America needs a raise' to reverse three decades of wage stagnation and rising income inequality. But this consensus that something needs to be done has yet to produce a clear narrative or strategy for what to do. Getting there requires an agreement on what norms should guide wage growth, an understanding of the causes of wage stagnation and policies to address these causes in ways consistent with today’s economy and workforce." (08/31/15)

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Meet the man trying to bring Iraq back from the brink

August 31, 2015
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Reuters Reuters
by Mohamad Bazzi  

"On August 16, an Iraqi parliamentary report named Iraq’s former prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, among dozens of officials responsible for the collapse of security forces and the fall of Mosul to Islamic State militants last summer. In his eight years as premier, corruption thrived and Maliki repeatedly purged the Iraqi security forces of those he suspected of disloyalty. Iraqis now hope that Maliki and other officials will stand trial and be held to account for why militants were able to capture the northern city with so little resistance. (Maliki dismissed the parliamentary investigation as 'worthless,' and he blamed Mosul’s fall on a conspiracy by Turkish and Kurdish leaders.)" (08/31/15)

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World to Fed: We’re prepared for the rate hike, so don’t delay

August 31, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Central bankers from around the world are telling their American counterparts that they are ready for a U.S. interest rate hike and would prefer that the Federal Reserve make the move without further ado. In private and in public at last week's global central banking conference in Jackson Hole, the message from visiting policymakers was that the Fed has telegraphed an initial monetary tightening and, following a year-long rise in the dollar, financial markets globally are as ready as they can be. The powerful group gathered at the end of a roller-coaster week in markets in which the Dow tanked by 1,000 points on Monday on concerns of a slowdown in China but recovered to trade higher by the end of the week. Remarks by Fed officials that liftoff could come in September were blamed by some for that volatility." (08/30/15)

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NASA’s self-healing “Terminator” material: Two seconds to seal a hole

August 31, 2015
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"Scientists at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) say they have created a novel material that 'heals' itself, and can seal up a hole in two seconds. According to a press release from the American Chemical Society, the discovery could lead to greater safety for astronauts living in space, whose environment swarms with potentially deadly projectiles moving at speeds up to 22,000 miles per hour. A team of researchers from NASA and the University of Michigan collaborated to conduct a study to create the material, publishing their findings in the journal ACS Macro Letters." [editor's note: For no discernible reason, the headline and lead both read "bullet hole;" I changed it to match the story - SAT] (08/31/15)

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Jonathan Kozol on what’s wrong with healthcare & education

August 31, 2015
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Jeff Bryant Our Future
by Jeff Bryant  

"I don’t think anyone who read Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools by Jonathan Kozol would easily forget it. It took me, a child of the leafy suburbs of affluent North Dallas, to a place that was unimaginably cruel and dehumanizing, where schools go without basic needs, such as heat, textbooks, running water and functioning bathrooms; where there are holes in the floors and ceilings, dead rodents and roaches in classrooms, plaster falling from walls into the hallways, and sewage invading the lunchroom. ... Kozol has always been a rebel against authoritative orthodoxy, so well demonstrated when he, much earlier in his career as a classroom teacher in a school for disadvantaged kids, was fired for reading poetry by Langston Hughes to his students. In Kozol’s newest book, he takes aim at a much different target: our dysfunctional healthcare system." (08/31/15)

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A new battery revolution to change our lives

August 31, 2015
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"It’s probably safe to say that freshman chemistry rarely ranks among college students’ most memorable courses. An overcrowded lecture hall teems with 18-year-olds with chins propped on palms. Eyelids droop at the mere mention of Planck’s constant or Bohr’s model of hydrogen. Yawns abound. So when Donald Sadoway began teaching introductory chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge in 1995, he wanted to liven things up. Sure, he still lectured on the properties of atomic arrangements in crystalline and amorphous solids, but he did it an unusual way: He peppered his presentations with chemistry jokes only an MIT undergrad would understand and wove literature and art into the rigid lines and squares of the periodic table." (08/30/15)

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Report: OPEC ready to talk amid falling oil prices

August 31, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, feeling the heat when it comes to falling oil prices, says it is now ready to talk to other big producers. OPEC 'stands ready to talk to all other producers,' the oil cartel writes in its monthly OPEC Bulletin. 'But this has to be a level playing field. OPEC will protect its own interests.' While the article, headlined 'Cooperation holds the key to oil's future,' does not spell out how the discussion would go, the focus would clearly be on how to moderate production levels in a way to drive up prices, which fell below $40 a barrel this month." (08/31/15)

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Ukraine crisis: Deadly anti-autonomy protest outside parliament

August 31, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"One national guard member has been killed and over 100 injured in violent protests outside Ukraine's parliament, the interior ministry said. Clashes between nationalists and riot police erupted after MPs gave initial backing to reforms for more autonomy in the rebel-held east. Some in the crowd lobbed what police said were live grenades at officers protecting parliament. The reforms are part of a peace plan to end fighting in eastern Ukraine." (08/31/15)

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HI: Thieving Honolulu cops destroy $575,000 in firearms rather than auction them off to the people they stole the money from to buy them with

August 31, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"Second Amendment advocates are firing away at a decision by Honolulu officials to destroy $575,000 worth of perfectly good handguns in a move one critic called the 'height of anti-gun stupidity.' Some 2,300 Smith & Wesson 9 mm handguns, including at least 200 that are brand-new and in unopened boxes, were issued to the city’s police department. But with the 2,200-member force upgrading to lighter and less expensive Glock 17s, the guns were set to be permanently holstered. While it is customary throughout the country for departments to auction the guns to law-abiding citizens, including the police who once carried them, or donate them to another department, Honolulu opted to destroy them." (08/31/15)

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Majority of gun victims know their assailant

August 31, 2015
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The New Republic The New Republic
by Yvonne Ashley Kouadjo  

"The tragic deaths of WDBJ journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward on Wednesday morning were unusual in only one respect: that the fatal shooting was broadcast on live TV and videotaped by the gunman. In every other way, the Virginia shooting was one of America's all-too-familiar acts of gun violence, so common that they rarely make national news. In the last 72 hours, 77 people (and counting) died by firearm. Gun deaths are expected to surpass automobile deaths for the first time this year. The banality of gun violence: it's so pervasive it's invisible. Because of the unique way the Virginia shooting played out on social media, it has rightly received widespread coverage and reignited the national conversation on gun control (a conversation held last month, and the month before). But Parker and Ward are just two of the many victims of gun violence." [editor's note: The majority of other violent crime victims know their assailants, too. And yet I don't see the "gun control" idiots suggesting mandatory waiting periods on friendships, requiring permits to conceal relationships, etc. - TLK] (08/28/15)

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Assange stays indoors, fears CIA drone attack

August 31, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange fears he will be sent to the United States, where he could face the death penalty, and even worries that he will be targeted by a CIA drone. Assange, who faces extradition to Sweden on rape charges and has been holed up at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012, said in an interview with The Times Magazine that things have become so dangerous that he cannot even poke his head out of the embassy’s balcony doors. 'There are security issues with being on the balcony; there have been bomb threats and assassination threats from various people,' he said during the interview. Assange did, however, appear on the balcony of the embassy building with the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the American civil rights activist, who visited Assange for more than an hour during a stop in London on August 21." (08/30/15)

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