- Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Cartoon: Russia, land of tolerance:
- GM's new CEO will make half what her predecessor did:
n December, General Motors (GM) made headlines for picking Mary Barra to replace Dan Akerson as its new CEO. That meant she would not only be the first woman at the helm of the carmaker, but any global carmaker.
But while she may have shattered that glass ceiling, her pay is another story. Looking at the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Elizabeth MacDonald notes that Barra will be paid $4.4 million in total compensation, which includes a base salary of $1.6 million. Akerson, on the other hand, made an estimated $9 million, with a $1.7 million base salary and $7.3 million in stock. That means Barra will make less than half of what he made. In fact, Akerson will continue to make more as her, as GM will pay him $4.68 million as an outside senior adviser.
Worse, Barra comes to the job with an outsized amount of previous experience. She’s been with the company since 1980 and was most recently serving as senior vice president of global product development. Akerson, on the other hand, came into the role without a background running a car company, previously serving as a managing director of private equity firm The Carlyle Group, although he has been on GM’s board since 2009.
- Did you know that the national language of the United States is English? Oh, you didn't? That's because we don't have a national language. Which is why it was so fun to watch the ignorance come out in response to the Coca-Cola Super Bowl commercial "It's Beautiful," which showed shots of different people while "America the Beautiful" played in multiple languages. Because seriously? America isn't a monolith. Just like Richard Sherman isn't a thug. On today's show #TeamBlackness discusses why the Oakland police don't like liberals and why Bill O'Reilly should show a little respect.
- These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook Feb. 3:
25 Images of Markets "Regulating Themselves", by akadjian
Karl Rove becomes irrelevant as funders abandon him, by Lefty Coaster
- “Kill me. I can’t live like this. Just fucking kill me, put us both out of our misery”: A ferocious story about the impact of war-caused traumatic brain and PTSD.
- Human Rights Watch releases video of anti-gay attacks in Russia.
- Private junkets on the rise:
"Lawmakers and their staff broke a record for taking the most privately funded trips since 2007, when reforms came into effect after a major lobbying scandal. In 2013, members of Congress and their staff made nearly 1900 trips costing $6 million, breaking the record for the most privately sponsored travel since rules were tightened in 2007. By comparison the previous post-reform high was 2011, when privately financed travel cost $5.8 million for 1600 trips."
- Here are photos of a few of the 270 or so Keystone XL protests across America Monday.
- Cyborg cockroach slaves generate their own power:
We already know how to direct the insects by hacking their antennae—RoboRoach kits let any kid with a smartphone have a go at making a remote-controlled roach cyborg. Turning them into data collectors is just a matter of adding an appropriate sensor backpack; we recently saw insect-mounted sensors on the likes of honeybees who can map their own movements.
But powering cockroach-mounted sensors for any time is more of a problem, and that’s where this fuel cell comes in. Where batteries are heavy and need recharging, the cell makes its own fuel from the cockroach’s own body fluid. The insect’s blood lymph contains trehalose, a type of sugar that is taken up into a miniature “tank” inserted in the cockroach via a permeable membrane. You just have to make sure the roach is well-fed so supplies are maintained.
- Rain returns to California, but...:
The incredibly dry conditions brought about by the [Ridiculously Resilient Ridge] mean that much of the San Francisco Bay Area has been drier than Death Valley over the past six months or so–and perhaps even drier than parts of the northern Sahara Desert. At a recent press conference detailing the unprecedented measures currently being undertaken in response to California’s exceptional drought, a Department of Water Resources official claimed that California would need to receive heavy precipitation every other day between now and the beginning of May to eliminate the existing precipitation deficit.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, the Christie saga continues, with former aides taking the 5th and refusing to comply with subpoenas. Greg Dworkin joins us to talk about that, the new Republican threat to the ACA's "risk corridors," and Arkansas Republicans' attempt to boot 85,000 people back off their new-found health care coverage. Next, a little background on the Bridgegate contempt mechanics. A look at the House's super-important floor business for today, the "Sportsmen's Heritage And Recreational Enhancement Act." And Elizabeth Warren backs a new proposal to let the US Postal Service offer basic banking services.
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