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  • Today's comic by Mark Fiore is I'm an Internet Company, I'm the Government:
    Still from 12/13/13 Mark Fiore animation.
  • What's coming up on Sunday Kos ...
    • Vladimir Putin is just the latest bully in the thousand-year struggle for Ukrainian nationhood, by Ian Reifowitz
    • Remembering Nelson Mandela and his fight for climate justice, by VL Baker
    • Auld Lang Syne: a walk down memory lane, by DarkSyde
    • Conned by Republicans as Democrats cede, by Egberto Willies
    • Winter solstice: the day the sun stands still, by Denise Oliver Velez
    • The case for a Democrat in every race, by Steve Singiser
    • Republicans, food stamps, and the permanent underclass, by Dante Atkins
  • Woolworths and Soweto Gospel Choir Flash Mob: Madiba Tribute:
    A South African chain store has laid on one of the most touching tributes to Nelson Mandela we've seen in the past week – and it was in the form of a flash mob.

    Woolworths teamed up with the Soweto Gospel Choir, who posed as shoppers and store workers at the Parkview store in Johannesburg.

    The choir then began an "impromptu" rendition of Asimbonanga [We have not seen him]

  • A handy chart to tell if you are being persecuted this holiday season.
  • These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook Dec. 12:
    Pope Francis: We Must Change An Economy In Which Poor Only Get "Crumbs", by TomP

    Pat Robertson: Letting Lesbians in Your Home Will Make Your Children Lesbians, by The Sheeping of America

    The Washington Post Has a New Monthly Columnist--And You Know Her!, by Dartagnan

  • Donald Trump just won't give it a rest:
    Real estate mogul Donald Trump pushed his birther views Thursday in a tweet about the death of Loretta Fuddy, the state Health Director of Hawaii who authorized the release of President Barack Obama's birth certificate in 2011.

    Fuddy was the sole fatality in the crash of a small plane carrying nine people on Wednesday. The Makani Kai Air plane she was on crashed into the ocean off the Hawaiian island of Molokai.

    How amazing, the State Health Director who verified copies of Obama’s “birth certificate” died in plane crash today. All others lived
  • So, like, are we, you know, really real?
  • Top GOP strategist had "hundreds" of child porn videos:
    The videos, Politico notes, “included a 28-minute portion of a file of a young girl who was raped in the woods by her ‘father.’”

    Federal officials reportedly had been investigating [Jesse Ryan] Loskarn for three years.

  • This is the worst time of year for adjunct professors:
    Near the end of every semester, college adjuncts are caught in a reverse Hunger Games. Instead of hoping against hope that they won’t be picked, adjuncts bead sweat and pray that their names will be selected. Being picked means you get to eat in the spring or fall. Not so lucky? Better start looking for a new source of employment.
  • CNN's Don Lemon keeps giving a climate-change liar a perch. Ironically, the show in question is called The 11th Hour:
    The CNN segment featured Marc Morano, who currently runs a climate skeptic website paid for by a fossil fuel-funded lobbying group, alongside the Sierra Club's Michael Brune and Earth Echo International's Philippe Cousteau. However, Morano commandeered the majority of the segment—at one point Lemon joked to Cousteau, "Philippe, you've got to be aggressive if you want to get in on these guys because they're really fired up about this." Morano, who previously made a living by feeding misleading talking points on global warming to Rush Limbaugh and Senator James Inhofe, used his CNN airtime to claim that the "most pro-child thing you can do" in poverty-stricken areas is to build coal plants—despite the fact that many countries are struggling with fatal levels of air pollution from those plants.
  • Former FBI agent missing in Iran was working for CIA:
    A retired FBI agent missing for seven years after disappearing in Iran was on an unauthorized mission for the CIA, according to an explosive new report on Thursday that contradicted the official explanation that he was on private business.

    A years-long investigation by the Associated Press alleged in extensive detail that Robert Levinson, who disappeared from an Iranian island resort in 2007, had been involved in an extraordinarily unusual intelligence operation initiated by three CIA analysts who did not officially have the power to launch such operations.

    It is not known whether he is still alive.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, we wove together a themed show today, starting with National Journal magazine's "The Return of the Welfare Queen," and held that up against the "Affluenza" story out of Texas. Armando joined in to link Hobby Lobby, tax breaks for passive income, the 1% versus the rest, etc. And from there, the Swiss proposal to adopt a national policy of a minimum guaranteed income. Contemptible socialism? Or an ultra-conservative "block granting" of welfare? Chait on the "The Heritage Uncertainty Principle." Also: the NYT smuggles Snowden documents, but is awesome when it does it, unlike Glenn Greenwald, who was clearly so communist-y.

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