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  • Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is The storied, omnipotent God-Man:
    Cartoon by Ruben Bolling - The storied, omnipotent God-Man
  • Prisoners in their dotage behind bars:
    America’s inmates are aging. Nationally, the number of prisoners over age 55 nearly quadrupled from 1995 to 2010, eight times the pace of growth for the total prison population, according to a recent Human Rights Watch report. From 2007 to 2012, while the overall New York State prison population decreased by 11.6 percent, the elderly prisoner population increased by 27.7 percent, according to the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Service (DOCCS). Due to long sentences handed out in the 70s and 80s, American prisons now serve as quasi-nursing homes, albeit lacking the long-term care we associate with geriatric facilities.
  • Massive honeybee die-off could mean disaster for farmers...and the rest of us.
  • Sigh. So many NJ Democrats aim for own feet:
    New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie leads among women, and even more among men, as he rolls over State Sen. Barbara Buono, his Democratic challenger for reelection, 58-30 percent according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

    Buono leads 57-30 percent among Democrats, while Christie leads 91-4 percent among Republicans and 66-22 percent among independent voters. He leads 62-27 percent among men and 56-34 percent among women.

  • Most Americans would like to die before they turn 100. Luckily for them, most of them will:
    A recent issue of National Geographic came with a stunning headline: “This Baby Will Live To Be 120.”

    Most Americans, it turns out, would not like to be the aforementioned baby. [...]

    Instead, most Americans identified the “ideal” lifespan as somewhere between 79 and 100 years old. Just 4 percent of those surveyed saw an ideal lifespan as stretching beyond 120 years.

  • Too good to be true. Chocolate may deter Alzheimer's:
    A new study finds that people who drink two cups of cocoa a day have better blood flow to the brain, and better memory.

    For a while now, there’s been some thought that flavanols in chocolate are what make the difference. Though in this latest test, they gave people either high-flavanol or low-flavanol cocoa, and both groups had better blood flow to the brain after the experiment.

  • PPP shows creationism still big in Georgia:
    Georgians across party lines believe in creationism over evolution. The overall numbers are 53/29—it's 70/17 with Republicans, 43/33 among Democrats, and 46/40 with independents.
  • Goats take over landscaping duties at Historic Congressional Cemetery.
  • Lasting impact of tar sands oil spill has split Arkansas community:
    "There was a real good sense of community in Mayflower before all this happened. And now it's like everybody picked a side. A lot of people, unless somebody drops dead and a doctor said, 'The oil spill is what caused it,' they're not going to believe it. They think a lot of us are just troublemakers, and that's just not the case."
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, East Central Indiana's Summer of #GunFAIL. A fourth child is accidentally shot by a family member since mid-June. The most recent of them from a family that "practiced gun safety." Not unlike some other recent cases. It happens. The bulk of the show, however, was given over to continuing discussion of the Snowden/NSA saga. Armando joins in for a bit as we finished up the reading of Jay Rosen's "Toobin principle" piece and other concurrent writing, to take a deep dive into some of what's wrong with our surveillance regime and what might be our misplaced faith in the system's ability to address abuses.

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