- Today's comic is Super-fun-pak comix: Phil Collins, and more! by Ruben Bolling:
- The deadline to submit a panel proposal for Netroots Nation 2013 is this Friday, Feb. 8. Got an idea you want to propose? Click here (www.netrootsnation.org/proposals) to submit an idea for a panel, training or Screening Series session. Netroots Nation is June 20-23 in San Jose. If you haven't yet registered, click here.
- All those old white dudes in Congress look the same, don't they?
- This is big of Ireland:
Ireland has officially recognised the state's guilt in the "enslavement" of more than 30,000 women, most of whom were sent against their will into church-run institutions where they received no pay, no pension and no social protection.
Labelled the "Maggies", the women were sent to the Magdalene laundries where they worked for nothing, serving in some cases "life sentences" simply for being unmarried mothers or regarded as morally wayward.
- Gud idea four newzpapers to get rid off teh copyeditorss, isnt' it?
Copy editors have been sacrificed more than any other newsroom category. Nearly a third of the copy editors who were working for American daily newspapers in 2007 are no longer employed in those positions today, according to an American Society of News Editors’ survey of 985 publications. [...]
“No media executive wants to be the one to say, ‘We’re reducing content,’ that we’re giving people less,” says Beazley. “So, they’re less likely to cut (reporters) than they are to cut the editorial function. If they see fat, that’s where they’re going to see it, because they think they can get away with it.”
The question is, can they? Copy editors may be the last line of defence, protecting newspapers’ greatest virtue and most important selling point — credibility. But copy editors are little noticed outside the newsroom. Even the Newseum, Washington, D.C.’s 250,000-square-foot journalism museum, doesn’t make a single mention of copy editing.
- Um, yea us?
The U.S. federal prison population has increased almost 790 percent since 1980 from about 25,000 inmates to 219,000 in 2012, according to a new Congressional Research report. Federal prisons make up the largest component of a U.S. prison system that dwarfs all others in the world. The agency tasked with providing policy analysis to Congress attributes the spike to a host of tough-on-crime reforms that include draconian mandatory minimum sentences, the elimination of parole for any federal crime committed after 1987, and increasing enforcement by federal officials[.]
- Wait—who wants to indoctrinate our kids?
A Republican state senator in Idaho on Tuesday introduced legislation that would require every high school student in the Gem State to read Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged," The Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Wash. reported. [...]
"That book made my son a Republican," [John] Goedde said to laughs.
- Go read this story of how Megan Phelps-Roper, the granddaughter of Fred "God hates fags" Phelps, left her family's church. It's amazing.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, new issues polling round-up from Greg Dworkin, including new data on gun policy, with some surprising breakdowns along age lines. Next, Steven Andrew, aka DarkSyde, with amazing science news, plus the fascinating tale of his own recent heart attack and recovery! Then, a few words about Republican drama queen Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and his penchant for national security hyperbole. Finally, GideonAB, with a wide-ranging discussion of grassroots support for progressive leaders, campaign finance reform & more.
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