- Today's comic by Matt Bors is The path to citizenship:
- New Yorker: Obama's budget "represents a major dodge on climate change."
- Does this mean we will finally see some prosecutions? hahahahahahahahahahaha:
The sweeping, 577-page report says that while brutality has occurred in every American war, there never before had been “the kind of considered and detailed discussions that occurred after 9/11 directly involving a president and his top advisers on the wisdom, propriety and legality of inflicting pain and torment on some detainees in our custody.” The study, by an 11-member panel convened by the Constitution Project, a legal research and advocacy group [...] released on Tuesday morning. [...]
The use of torture, the report concludes, has “no justification” and “damaged the standing of our nation, reduced our capacity to convey moral censure when necessary and potentially increased the danger to U.S. military personnel taken captive.” The task force found “no firm or persuasive evidence” that these interrogation methods produced valuable information that could not have been obtained by other means. While “a person subjected to torture might well divulge useful information,” much of the information obtained by force was not reliable, the report says.
- Shocker! Bad information, not bad brain function, seen as source of bad decisions.
- Portugal runs on 70% renewable energy January-March 2013:
Wind turbines broke a record: Wind energy represented 27 percent of the total share, which is 60 percent higher than last year. This is 37 percent above average and good for the highest amount generated by wind in Portugal, ever.
- Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birmingham Jail letter written 50 years ago today:
My Dear Fellow Clergymen:
While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities "unwise and untimely." [...]
You deplore the demonstrations taking place in Birmingham. But your statement, I am sorry to say, fails to express a similar concern for the conditions that brought about the demonstrations. I am sure that none of you would want to rest content with the superficial kind of social analysis that deals merely with effects and does not grapple with underlying causes. It is unfortunate that demonstrations are taking place in Birmingham, but it is even more unfortunate that the city's white power structure left the Negro community with no alternative.
- Mississippi abortion clinic gets temporary reprieve: A federal judge has blocked an effort to revoke the license of Mississippi's only remaining abortion clinic.
U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III extended an injunction he issued several months ago, which blocks the state from closing the clinic while it tries to fulfill a 2012 state law.The injunction requires that Mississippi wait to take further action until the outcome of federal lawsuit is determined. The state law requires physicians at abortion clinics in Mississippi to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.
- 32 photos from Boston: NOTE: Some of these show blood and are otherwise extremely graphic.
Justin Bieber wrote an entry into a guestbook at the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam, saying he hoped the Jewish teenager who died in a Nazi concentration camp "would have been a Belieber" — or fan of his — if history were different.
- Kossacks, if you're lucky enough to be attending Netroots Nation 2013, don't miss the welcome party.
- Big-time "Swiftboat" donor dead at 80:
Bob Perry, a wealthy homebuilder and philanthropist who was among the nation's largest political givers, has died at his home in Nassau Bay, near Houston. He was 80. [...]
Perry was a major source of campaign cash for conservative candidates — a mega-donor over time to Texas Govs. George W. Bush and Rick Perry (no relation) and, of late, a $45,000 contributor to nascent Land Commissioner hopeful George P. Bush ... He was also a leading backer of Republican political action committees, causes and organizations like the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which questioned Vietnam veteran John Kerry’s military service when he was the Democratic candidate for president against Bush in 2004.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin, Armando & Meteor Blades join us for reactions to Boston. The cautionary reaction, urging people not to jump to conclusions. The many-layered question of terrorism as distinct from crime, and whether that's a real distinction. And the continuing issue some have with admitting there even is such a thing as domestic terrorism. Also: Senate procedure on the gun bill, amendment strategy, and what might go into Harry Reid's decision-making in handling it all. And of course, there was a little additional talk about the subject underlying that debate: the guns, and gun policy.
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