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  • Today's comic by Matt Bors is Chelsea Clinton’s 2036 presidential debate with Ken Ham:
    Cartoon by Matt Bors -- Chelsea Clinton’s 2036 presidential debate with Ken Ham
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  • 74-year-old Tom Brokaw has bone cancer:
    NBC News veteran Tom Brokaw announced Tuesday that he was diagnosed in August with multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow.

    In a statement, published on NBCNews.com, Brokaw said he and physicians at the Mayo Clinic were very encouraged with his progress.

  • India's rising people-eating tiger population raises fears:
    Conflicts with humans are arising precisely in the handful of places where the endangered Bengal tiger population has rebounded thanks to careful conservation efforts, said Ullas Karanth, a wildlife biologist who runs the India program of the Wildlife Conservation Society.

    “These conflicts are the price of conservation success,” he said.

    At the turn of the 20th century there were 40,000 tigers in India, according to the country’s National Tiger Conservation Authority, but there are now just 4,000 in the wild, prompting a broad campaign to protect tigers and the fragile forests in which they live.

  • Judge sets Nov. 3 for trial in Boston Marathon bombing.
  • Is there also a you-must-wear-a-dress code?
    The good news is that in an effort to repair decades of gender inequality in the financial-services industry, Goldman Sachs is making a push to bring more female programmers into its ranks.

    The bad news is that the way the bank is wooing female workers is with nail files and vanity mirrors.

  • Millennials permanently scarred by financial crisis:
    What if the stereotypical characterizations of the most vehemently discussed generation are in fact way off base? That’s the conclusion of a recent report by UBS, which surveyed over a thousand 21 to 36 year olds. Apparently, perhaps as we’ve always liked to think, we’re simply misunderstood. We're actually conservative with our money, focused on personal success, and worried for our parents.
    Some mighty strange interpretations are presented regarding the result of that poll.
  • Foundation releases state-by-state info on solar jobs. There are some 50,000 more solar jobs than coal-mining jobs:
    Solar employment across the country grew by 20 percent to nearly 143,000 in 2013. Eighteen southern, Mountain and Midwestern states more than doubled their solar employment last year. California, Arizona, New Jersey, and Massachusetts account for half of all solar jobs in the U.S.

    Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, said the numbers released today back up what his organization has been saying all along. [...]

    “Today, solar is generating enough clean, reliable and affordable electricity to power more than 2 million American homes – with double digit annual growth expected for the foreseeable future.”

  • An unnoticed victim of the California drought: Farmworkers:No doubt everyone in California, and the other West Coast states suffering this drought, will feel the lack of water sooner rather than later. But towns like Mendota (pop.: approx. 10,000), will bear the brunt of it. One of the poorest towns in the poorest region in California, Mendota, Cantaloupe Center of the World, has a poverty rate of over 40 percent. It is also one of a handful of towns in Fresno County almost completely dependent on farming for its lifeblood.

    Off-season, by mid-February, idled workers are clearly anxious. Farmworkers and everyone else who waits out the winter for work (truckers, diesel providers, packing suppliers and the like) are nearing the end of the savings they squirrel away during the season. The season starts again in March, April at the latest, but no one knows who will get work when the season begins, or how much.

  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, under Snowpocalypse Watch, again, Greg Dworkin rounds up the Gop debt ceiling collapse, and triggers the Political Misrepresentation Early Warning System with the latest study on mammograms and cancer outcomes. Joan McCarter fills us in on pre-recess Congressional hijinx. TN legislature hates unions & loves small gov't so much, they'll use the gov't to force companies to hate unions. In KS, conscience clause for everybody! VA Senate votes to repeal mandatory ultrasound. Ad wars: Kochs vs. insurers. Christie plays for the base. More on Postal banking: what could President Obama be doing that so far, he's just... not?

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  •  KY sinkhole sucks in 8 'Vettes. (6+ / 0-)

    http://autos.yahoo.com/...

    The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., has long been a mini-Mecca for fans of America's most hallowed sports car. Early this morning, that museum suffered the catastrophe shown above, when a sinkhole in the Sky Dome opened up and swallowed eight rare Vettes, including two that belonged to General Motors.

    According to museum officials, the sinkhole began around 5:30 a.m. while the museum was closed, and within minutes had grown to about 40 feet wide and 25 to 30 feet deep. No one was injured, but the list of Corvettes spelunking in the hole includes two on loan from General Motors, a rare 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil that may have been the original show car.

    "Go well through life"-Me (As far as I know)
    This message will self-destruct upon arrival in the NSA archives in Utah.

    by MTmofo on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 12:35:15 PM PST

  •  Corporate 'pink' toolkit. (3+ / 0-)

    Used by women to help chisel their way through the glass ceiling.

    The bad news is that the way the bank is wooing female workers is with nail files and vanity mirrors.


    I’m not a big fan of vegetable gardens. Like my chickens, I prefer my salads to be cage free.

    by glb3 on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 12:35:53 PM PST

  •  3" in Concord, NC (3+ / 0-)

    so far, it's coming down pretty good, Nice big flakes

    http://www.flickr.com/...
    this was around 12:30 pm

  •  GO TIGERS ! n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    Rivers are horses and kayaks are their saddles

    by River Rover on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 12:40:49 PM PST

  •  what'll get me in the door (5+ / 0-)
    The good news is that in an effort to repair decades of gender inequality in the financial-services industry, Goldman Sachs is making a push to bring more female programmers into its ranks.
    The bad news is that the way the bank is wooing female workers is with nail files and vanity mirrors.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 12:43:04 PM PST

  •  3.3 million have signed up for Obamacare (4+ / 0-)

    private plans through Feb 1st.

    Looks to me like they could get to the 7 million goal, but it will be difficult. More likely, they  get solidly over 6 million, which I think is fine given the problems with the initial rollout.

  •  I have jury duty this month (8+ / 0-)

    it is emotionally draining stuff

    •  I sat on a federal jury (1+ / 0-)
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      and I was a lawyer!  Shocking that I was picked.  It is truly a fascinating experience.  Of course, I had a hilariously good judge, a really bad plaintiff's attorney and an ok defendant's attorney.  It was an excessive force case.

      One of the best things I ever did.  I was very impressed with how carefully the jurors went through the evidence.  I hope you have a good experience -- if you get picked.

      " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

      by gchaucer2 on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 01:51:32 PM PST

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  •  So heard the lawyers in the bombing case (1+ / 0-)
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    are upset that Nov 3rd is "too soon" and they won't have time to prepare their case. WTF?! Excuse me but this case didn't just drop in their laps and nearly nine more months from now is plenty of time to do their damn jobs. This is the kind of shit that creates lawyer jokes.

    Food processed to be nothing more than simple starches with two dozen flavorings and stabilizers added to make it appear to be food isn't "food". It's "feed" -- what you give to livestock to fatten them up for slaughter.

    by ontheleftcoast on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 12:49:49 PM PST

    •  Actually, I thought it was too soon. (0+ / 0-)

      granted, the defendant in criminal cases has a right to a speedy trial, but a case such as this one requires an enormous amount of preparation especially with expert witnesses.

      I've had civil cases that have taken longer.

      " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

      by gchaucer2 on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 01:53:08 PM PST

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  •  Living in a pine forest during an ice storm..... (6+ / 0-)

    First you lose your power for about five hours....then you hear the 'CRACK....BOOM' of falling limbs.....Yard is a mess.

    Limbs and needles still encased in ice though.....winter wonderland.

    •  give it a positive spin ... (1+ / 0-)
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      Eric Nelson

      at least you have the wood to make a fire to warm you up....

      My condolences. We are supposed to get it too tonight or tomorrow. I am just scared of losing electricity. Everything in my house is based on electricity, which gives me a heart attack each time I see my monthly bill and makes my butt freeze, each time I loose it.

      Sending you extra warm wishes to have a warmer winter wonderland soon.

  •  Indeed the UBS millenials rpt has very strange (3+ / 0-)
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    Meteor Blades, Boogalord, Eric Nelson

    ...conclusions that seem to include no allowance for the obvious skewing factors - age, stage of life, stage(s) of worklife, and the state of the market during millenials' life.

    IMO the poll data seems to indicate millenials are age appropriate, possess rational, reasonable reactions to the world they live in, and a lot like their predecessors at the same stages of life.

    •  Gee, it's news to me. (0+ / 0-)

      I'm 25 and all I ever hear about is how entitled we Millenials think we are to affordable schooling (nope), obtainable healthcare (nope), and a decent living wage (lol nope).

      You know, those things that older generations who label us as lazy enjoyed?

      •  Boomer here & I'm very optimistic about millenials (0+ / 0-)

        ...and even more so for the next generation - today's high schoolers. I'm excited by the native fluency in our information and knowledge based global sandbox and the organic sense of rapid change and diversity. You can catch up on history as you go along but the language, math, innovation and collaboration that I see is way ahead of where accomplished Boomers were at the same ages.  

        We're a huge nation and it's pretty gamey to generalize about a generation. The media's commerce and core business model is based on hyper-disordered hyper-preoccupations with hyper-exaggerated negatives - always has been. Don't fall for "public memes"  about youth or older generations - they're all BS built upon irrelevant,  insignificantly small kernels of dimly seen observation.

        I see a lot of high achieving youth I look up to. I suspect the best use of Boomer wisdom might be to let go, loosen the grip, to encourage handing off to younger people sooner and turn over the reins of society earlier than the WWII generation was ready, willing, or able to ever accomplish.

    •  Yeah, it's a bit weird to find us weird (0+ / 0-)

      I mean, how is it strange that we would be most similar to the WWII generation? Wasn't that predicted? And yes of course we put a third or less of our money in the stock market, you'd have to be a complete moron to invest more after what we just experienced for the last 5 years. Cash with no interest is better than betting and losing it all, a gamble is what the market is, let's not forget it. And yes, we make boring, low-risk choices. Guilty. I'm 25 and I pump money into my mutual fund Roth IRA instead of Bitcoin. Sorry if that offends anyone's sensibilities (eyeroll).

      Is fheàrr fheuchainn na bhith san dùil

      by bull8807 on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 02:01:35 PM PST

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    •  I'm trying to figure out (0+ / 0-)

      how they managed to define the upper age range of Millennials to be 36. I just turned 37 four months ago, and while I did "come of age" on Clinton's watch in what was at one point called the X/Y Cusp, overwhelming consensus has been that we late-70s babies are on the south side of the cutoff.

      But by their metric, someone born in 1977 is a Millennial.  In order to make it work, they had to shrink Gen X to a brief eleven year span, significantly shorter than any of the other generations they discussed.

  •  RE: Goldman's recruiting efforts (0+ / 0-)
    Historically, Goldman's nail-file faux pas ranks fairly low on the list of finance-industry gender offenses, and it's notable that the bank is making a special effort to recruit female programmers at all. They're clearly interesting in diversifying their ranks, as both a personnel move and a social statement.
    Uh, no.  IMO they're more interested in the money they'd save by paying them 30% less.

    Money should be treated like any other controlled substance; if you can't use it responsibly then you don't get to use it.

    by La Gitane on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 02:08:34 PM PST

  •  Extra Credit work on Zombie Reagan (0+ / 0-)
    MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Some Central Michigan University students are getting schooled in the undead this semester, thanks to a religion course that's exploring apocalyptic themes in biblical texts, literature and pop culture.

    Philosophy and religion faculty member Kelly Murphy says she always wanted to teach a course on apocalyptic literature, and she is a fan of AMC's TV show "The Walking Dead." The result is Murphy's class, which is called "From Revelation to 'The Walking Dead.'"

    "Thinking about the end and imagining life in a different way is something that humans have always done," Murphy said in a university release.

    Murphy's class will discuss biblical texts, review popular novels and watch clips from movies such as "Shaun of the Dead" and "28 Days Later." Students also will discuss hypothetical ethical and theological problems that people could encounter in a post-apocalyptic world.

    "The prevalence of apocalyptic stories in various media gives us a window into what people are worrying about, what they hope for and how they imagine they would react in the face of a cataclysmic event," Murphy said. "In the same way, we can read the Book of Revelation ... and learn what ancient Jewish and Christian groups were concerned about."

    Kevin White, a senior from the Detroit suburb of St. Clair Shores majoring in political science and religion, said it is important to incorporate popular culture into classroom settings because it helps to give students a way to connect with subjects of study.

    "Studying ancient biblical texts isn't most people's cup of tea," he said. "But, when you add zombies, it instantly becomes everyone's cup of tea."

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 02:17:58 PM PST

  •  Not to get all technical, but multiple myeloma (0+ / 0-)

    is not "bone" cancer.

    To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

    by UntimelyRippd on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 03:36:14 PM PST

  •  perhaps a right wing war on the sun. (0+ / 0-)

    i wonder how that will work

  •  "We apologize if..." (0+ / 0-)

    From the Goldman Sachs article:  "We are strong supporters of efforts to recruit and retain women in technology. We apologize if the gifts gave anyone offense."

    No, no, no, you idiots.  "We apologize if..." is not an apology.  An apology is an admission that you fouled up.  "We are sorry that our gifts gave offense."

    Bello ne credite, Americani; quidquid id est, timeo Republicanos et securitatem ferentes.

    by Sura 109 on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 08:53:52 PM PST

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