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  • Minnesota house ponders matching its popular and electoral votes: If the legislature passes a proposal to allocate Minnesota's electoral votes in a presidential election to the winner of the nationwide popular vote, the state would become the 10th to join a multistate compact pushed by the National Popular Vote. The compact goes into effect when states with a total of 270 electoral votes join the pledge. Minnesota has 10 electoral votes, which, added to those already pledged, would bring the total to 142, 53 percent of the tally needed.
  • Almost four-fifths of Americans drive to work alone:
    According to new data from the Census Bureau, 600,000 Americans have commutes to work that are longer than 90 minutes and 50 miles. But those workers with longer commutes are far more likely than other workers to either use public transit or carpool. In fact, nearly 4 in 5 workers who work outside of the home drive to work alone
  • Military "justice" overturns rape conviction of lieutenant colonel.
  • Hurricane Sandy hit the poor worst:
    Forty-three percent of the 518,000 households in New York and New Jersey asking for federal aid after Superstorm Sandy reported annual incomes of less than $30,000, according to the study from the affordable housing financing firm Enterprise Community Partners.
  • Comic artist refuses to illustrate Superman story by rabidly anti-gay writer.
  • Critical part of Keystone eco-assessment done by firms with deep oil-industry ties:
    The State Department's recent conclusion that the Keystone XL pipeline "is unlikely to have a substantial impact" on the rate of Canada's oil sands development was based on analysis provided by two consulting firms with ties to oil and pipeline companies that could benefit from the proposed project.

    EnSys Energy has worked with ExxonMobil, BP and Koch Industries, which own oil sands production facilities and refineries in the Midwest that process heavy Canadian crude oil. Imperial Oil, one of Canada's largest oil sands producers, is a subsidiary of Exxon.

  • ACLU probes nationwide police militarization investigation
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has launched a nationwide campaign to assess police militarization in the United States. Starting Wednesday, ACLU affiliates in 23 states are sending open records requests to hundreds of state and local police agencies requesting information about their SWAT teams, such as how often and for what reasons they're deployed, what types of weapons they use, how often citizens are injured during SWAT raids, and how they're funded. More affiliates may join the effort in the coming weeks.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin brought us the latest Q-Poll on gun issues, plus the latest on United Physicians of Newtown and "Team 26," biking from Newtown to DC to raise awareness. Latest in #GunFAIL, including a recent Dear Abby column (sent in by BIPM) on the subject. A new CR in the House and a judicial filibuster in the Senate. WA state R  legislator says bicyclists create a CO2 problem. Record high corporate profits vs  record low household income, plus how tax expenditures could more than cover the sequestration cuts they're imposing on us instead. So "balanced!"

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  •  thoughts on being a caregiver (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Lying eyes, annieli, blueyedace2, rebel ga

    offered as a gift freely given, in this post

    peace

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 12:01:22 PM PST

  •  Sometimes words are simply insufficient (4+ / 0-)

    but it was all I had to respond after reading something today

    I write about it here

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 12:02:38 PM PST

  •  Crisis developing in Syria (5+ / 0-)

    20 UN peacekeepers captured by government forces.

    •  captured by rebels - not gov't forces (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      blueyedace2, DRo, rebel ga
      A young man, who claimed to be part of the "Martyrs of Yarmouk" brigade, appeared in a video saying the convoy would not be released until Syrian government forces withdraw from the Syrian village of Jamla, located near the occupied Golan Heights.
    •  I put this on 3 of my diaries and posting it (0+ / 0-)

      in order to help Purple Mountain Institute. It really is a great charity for at risk and disabled youth, as well as our Veterans.

      I got a message from Kossack DaNang65 asking me to put this info on a recent diary.

      As many know, I always go the extra mile for good people. So i put it here too, since this is an open thread.

      DaNang; (Bob), is asking Kossacks to vote for the Purple Mountain Institute, the 501 (c)(3) nonprofit that conducts the Mindful Veterans Project (MVP).

      They are competing for a free exhibition hall booth at the upcoming Netroots Nation13 Convention and need your vote.

      Hall Contest Voting Scroll down to Purple Mountain Institute and click Like.

      Purple Mountain Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
      EID# 31-1733820

      Purple Mountain Institute/Contact

      Programs

      Purple Mountain Institute (PMI) was established in 1999 with a mission to develop and/or deliver experiential learning programs to enhance well-being.

      Animal-facilitated programs offered to at-risk youth, veterans, and developmentally disabled participants include Hiking with Goats, Hoods in the Woods, and Horse Sense.

      In 2008 PMI launched the Mindful Veterans Project (MVP) to teach mindfulness skills to veterans, active duty, reserves, national guard and their immediate families, free of charge.

      Brought To You By That Crazed Sociologist/Media Fanatic rebel ga Be The Change You Want To See In The World! Gandhi

      by rebel ga on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 02:29:00 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  don't tug on Superman's cape, it's Spandex (8+ / 0-)
    Chris Sprouse, the comics artist who’s drawn everything from Batman for DC Comics to the Dark Horse adaptation of the Star Wars Expanded Universe novel Splinter Of The Mind’s Eye, has announced that he will withdraw from illustrating Orson Scott Card’s Superman story for DC, on the grounds that the furor around Card’s grotesquely anti-gay advocacy made it impossible for the story to stand on its own

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013

    by annieli on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 12:03:50 PM PST

  •  anyone know why audiobooks from amazon (5+ / 0-)

    don't play on Apple products?

  •  excellent article on police militarization (5+ / 0-)
    It was during the Reagan administration that the SWAT-ification of America really began to accelerate. Reagan (and a compliant Congress) passed policies encouraging cooperation and mutual training between the military and police agencies. The president set up joint task forces in which domestic cops and soldiers worked together on anti-drug operations. And, with some help from Congress, he nudged the Pentagon to start loaning or even giving surplus military gear to law enforcement agencies. Subsequent administrations continued all of these policies -- and a number of new ones.

    After Reagan, new federal policies provided yet more incentive for militarization. In 1988, Congress created the Byrne grant program, which gives money to local police departments and prosecutors for a number of different criminal justice purposes. But a large portion of Byrne grant money over the years has been earmarked for anti-drug policing. Competition among police agencies for the pool of cash has made anti-drug policing a high priority. And once there was federal cash available for drug busts, drug raids became more common.

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013

    by annieli on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 12:08:18 PM PST

  •  It's bad when the government mandates (7+ / 0-)

    health insurance but it's f'ing awesome when they mandate guns.

    NELSON, Ga. —
    Every homeowner in a local town could soon have to own a gun or break the law. It's a controversial new plan for the city of Nelson.
    Something tells me that David Waldman's GunFAIL series will have many, many dispatches from the town of Nelson, GA in the not too distant future.

    Conservatives seem to believe that the rich will work harder if we give them more, and the poor will work harder if we give them less. E.J. Dionne

    by blueyescryinintherain on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 12:08:20 PM PST

  •  Today's sputtering screed: (4+ / 0-)

    If congressional 'Pubs won't do the work for which they were hired, then, damn it, put 'em to work doing something!

    Republicans represent both sides: the insanely rich and vice versa.

    by Crashing Vor on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 12:11:02 PM PST

  •  Huh. I've only read Orson Scott Card in (4+ / 0-)

    short story collections. I've never bought his novels. I can take him or leave him.

    Now I'll just leave him.

    I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

    by Gentle Giant on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 12:14:02 PM PST

  •  FAIL (2+ / 0-)
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    ontheleftcoast, viral

    My award for FAILest Wikipedia page:
    Deserts of Poland

  •  Some pretty pics... (8+ / 0-)




    here.

    No one knows what it's like, To be the bad man, To be the sad man, behind blue eyes....

    by blueyedace2 on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 12:14:30 PM PST

  •  Pls fix headr: NATIONAL pop vote, not "its" (1+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock
    Minnesota house ponders matching its popular and electoral votes:
    is misleading: the proposal is to deliver MN electors to NATIONAL popular  vote winner, NOT to "Its" popular vote, which would be a step in the wrong direction,  handing some blue state electors over to GOP.

    There's no such thing as a free market!

    by Albanius on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 12:19:06 PM PST

  •  Apropos of nothing in this diary: (6+ / 0-)

    God rest you, Alvin Lee, phenomenal guitarist for Ten Years After and a great solo artist as well.

    I have said I will not visit the Hall of Fame in Cleveland until he is at least nominated. If they induct him post mortem, I will make the trek.

    Lee's skills and expression with the guitar place him among the greats- with Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix- you know the pantheon.

    Fortunately, I have droves of his work on all formats. He will live on through his music.

    68 years old. Complications from surgery. He was still playing as well at 68 as he did at Woodstock in '69.

    Rock on, Alvin. Thanks for the awesome music.

    I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

    by Gentle Giant on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 12:20:06 PM PST

  •  Santa Clara Valley Audubon still needs your help! (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    lanshark

    I need more support for a fund-raiser I'm doing for 'em.

    Money raised goes to great programs like getting impoverished elementary students out of the classroom and into marshland, where they can learn about the importance of this vital habitat not only for birds, but for its ability to filter pollution and help prevent flooding.

    Money raised helps fund programs that protect endangered species such as Burrowing Owls.

    Money raised helps my local Audubon Society continue to do some pretty great work.

    Can't you help out even a little bit? I know that most people seeing this have an extra $10 or $20 you can throw into the kitty.

    Here's the deal. My wife and I are doing a "Birdathon" fundraiser on April 20. Essentially, we go out and count birds for a morning, and donors can either pay per species seen or in a lump-sum. Donations are, of course, tax deductible.

    You can find more information on the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society website.

    To make it easy, however, this is all you have to do: Go to this Sponsor a Team Member page and use the pull-down to select the name of my wife, Carolyn Straub.

    From there, you can use a credit card or PayPal account to make a donation in her name.

    The kids need your help, Audubon needs your help, I need your help! Please donate whatever amount you can, because it all helps, and it all goes to a very good cause.

    If you have any questions, ask here or send me a Kosmail.

    Thanks!

    Please proceed, governor

    by Senor Unoball on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 12:21:11 PM PST

    •  I have an extra few bucks (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Senor Unoball

      (milk in my coffee rather than cream).  I'll check out the website.  Thank you for the info and thank you for the work you do, particularly with kids who are unlikely to get the opportunity any other way.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 01:34:51 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Sadly, this isn't surprising (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Senor Unoball

    The number of right wing lunatic and hate inspired groups is increasing massively. California now leads the pack in terms of the number of them.

    These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people... -Abraham Lincoln

    by HugoDog on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 12:26:00 PM PST

  •  not another storm for new england (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Ender, annieli, JeffW

    i hate winter

    •  How Did it Hit Chicago, New England and the Mid (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      JeffW, aaraujo

      Atlantic but it missed s. Lake Erie? It's 43 and dry here.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 12:50:33 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  What's the deal with those Taboola ads (0+ / 0-)

    showing up on diaries even if you're a subscriber?

    Not just annoying, but bad for DK's customer reputation.

    The thing about quotes on the internet is you cannot confirm their validity. ~Abraham Lincoln

    by raboof on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 12:38:55 PM PST

  •  In 2010 the original Keystone pipeline (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    viral, Ender, JeffW

    opened to move tar sands oil (diluted bitumen) from Alberta, Canada to Illinois.  After the first year of operation, the National Resources Defense Council staff conducted a review of the operation of the pipeline.  The first few lines of the review are devastating; the details are worse regarding descriptions of the operation contained in the remainder of the report.

    The first Keystone tar sands pipeline, constructed less than a year ago, has sprung its twelfth leak, spilling up to 2,100 gallons of raw tar sands crude oil in Kansas on May 29th when a pipeline fitting around a pressure transmitter failed. This comes just three weeks after a broken pipe fitting on Keystone resulted in a 60’ geyser of tar sands crude, spewing 21,000 gallons in North Dakota.  Surely this appalling record of spills should send a message to the State Department as it goes through the permitting process for a second tar sands pipeline – Keystone XL – by the same company that we need better pipeline safety assessments and regulations in place before building another tar sands pipeline through sensitive U.S. lands and waters. We have an agency that handles pipeline safety – the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). They should be making the assessment of the safety of diluted bitumen pipelines a priority.

    The brief operating history of the Keystone pipeline provides more evidence that our conventional pipeline design regulations are inadequate for pipelines moving corrosive raw tar sands, or diluted bitumen, at high pressure. After all, the company claims that Keystone I was built with “state of the art” design features and was predicted to spill no more than once every seven years. We’re now at twelve leaks in less than a year of operation.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 12:41:07 PM PST

  •  Minnesota Ponders Something Else (0+ / 0-)
    Minnesota house ponders matching its popular and electoral votes: If the legislature passes a proposal to allocate Minnesota's electoral votes in a presidential election to the winner of the nationwide popular vote, the state would become the 10th to join a multistate compact pushed by the National Popular Vote.

    No, Minnesota isn't pondering matching its popular and Electoral Votes. That would mean the state would split its Electoral Votes, corresponding to how its popular vote is split among the candidates. That's what Republican-governed states that vote for Democratic candidates are trying, to carve off some EVs for Republicans in states that Republicans lost (but none for Democrats in states Democrats lost).

    Minnesota is pondering matching its Electoral Votes to the nation's popular vote. So only the nationwide popular vote winner would get Electoral Votes. If that takes effect once 270 EVs worth of states have agreed, then the Electoral College is a meaningless quirk of an unamended 18th Century Constitution. Not the Republican plan to win in 2016 and forever after.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 02:24:59 PM PST

  •  Hillary Clinton: Ecocider (0+ / 0-)
    Critical part of Keystone eco-assessment done by firms with deep oil-industry ties

    I hope that when Clinton runs for president again in 2016 that you all remember how her State Department sold out our future to these oil corps. Just in time for her to resign so she could lie about being responsible for it.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 02:29:18 PM PST

  •  Rhetorical question (0+ / 0-)
    State Sen. Evie Hudak responded to criticism Tuesday about comments she made to a rape victim who testified against a bill banning concealed-carry weapons from college campuses.
    In a prepared statement, Hudak, D-Westminster, said she "didn't mean to be insensitive," adding, "I'm glad I had the opportunity to offer (the victim) a sincere apology in a private conversation."
    Hudak's statement came after hours of criticism on social media and questions from journalists about an exchange Monday between Hudak and Amanda Collins, 27, of Reno, Nev.
    Collins, a victim of rape, testified against House Bill 1226 before the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee on Monday. She told the committee that had she been permitted to use her concealed-carry permit and carry her gun on campus, the incident may have ended differently.
    Hudak disagreed.
    "I just want to say that, actually statistics are not on your side even if you had a gun," Hudak said during the hearing. "And, chances are that if you would have had a gun, then he would have been able to get that from you and possibly use it against you."

    video: http://bcove.me/...
    Read more: Colorado Sen. Evie Hudak responds to criticism over comments to rape victim - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/...

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013

    by annieli on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 02:41:46 PM PST

  •  Hagel needs to clean out the Air Force brass (0+ / 0-)

    the article in the link was appalling.  

    I am horrified but not surprised that this was an Air Force scandal, that branch of the service seems to have a poisonous cancer, they represent the Todd Akin secret fraternity of the US Military - virulent, fundamentalist, anti-women, anti-gay.  

    "Out of Many, One Nation." This is the great promise of the United States of America -9.75 -6.87

    by Uncle Moji on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 03:47:48 PM PST

  •  Maybe this link should have been posted. (0+ / 0-)

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