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  • Today's comic by Matt Bors is Clues scarce in search for news:
    Cartoon by Matt Bors - Clues scarce in search for news
  • Animated map shows bomb runs on Laos during Vietnam War:
    Between 1964 and 1973, the United States dropped around 2.5 million tons of bombs on Laos. While the American public was focused on the war in neighboring Vietnam, the US military was waging a devastating covert campaign to cut off North Vietnamese supply lines through the small Southeast Asian country.

    The nearly 600,000 bombing runs delivered a staggering amount of explosives: The equivalent of a planeload of bombs every 8 minutes for 9 years, or a ton of bombs for every person in the country—more than what American planes unloaded on Germany and Japan combined during World War II. Laos remains, per capita, the most heavily bombed country on earth.

  • Secret Service agents sent home from European trip: Whatever the reasons for the early return trip, it occurred before President Obama's arrival in The Netherlands on Monday. At least in one case, a night of excessive drinking was at issue. The agent was found passed out in a hotel hallway Sunday.
    The incident is another headache for an agency that has come under criticism since several agents were caught visiting prostitutes ahead of a presidential trip to Cartagena, Colombia, two years ago. The service adopted stricter rules for agents’ behavior after the incident, including barring agents from drinking 10 hours before duty.
  • Dan Snyder's #Redskins Panic: hurriedly creates "Original Americans Foundation" - without checking acronym (OAF)! http://t.co/...
    @KeithOlbermann
  • Infowars operative gets a verbal heave-ho from Rhode Island state senator:
    Here’s another episode in the adventures of Infowars “reporter” Matt Bidondi, the Alex Jones functionary last seen on Yr Wonkette being told to “keep runnin’ your pissflaps” and to “drink a dick, dude,” by an Irate Boston Man after last year’s Boston Marathon bombing. This time around—just this last week, in fact— poor Mr. Bidondi was being victimized by Rhode Island state Sen. Josh Miller in the Rhode Island capitol building. Miller, who supports several pieces of gun-control legislation, was approached by Bidondi, who very calmly shouted “The Second Amendment shall not be infringed, you people need to understand that!” And then Miller smiled and replied “Go fuck yourself.” (We liked the aide or photographer or whoever who leaned over and repeated the line. Nothing like having a good toady on your staff, as Yr Editrix is well aware.) Needless to say, the gentle souls at Infowars are shocked and hurt by Miller’s incivility.
  • McCain mocks moves against Russia that he suggested:
    “I’m sure that that has got to reduce Vladimir to tears, that he’s not going to be able to be in the G-8,” Mccain said on Fox News on Tuesday, according to Media Matters. “Take over part of a country and you don’t get to go to the next meeting in some wonderful European capitol.”

    But just a few weeks ago, McCain himself was calling on Russia to be expelled from the G-8, telling PBS’s Charlie Rose that he would first sanction Russian officials’ bank accounts and ability to travel—which Obama has done. “Then, obviously, I would look at other areas. You know, throw them out of the G-8, of course. It should be the G-7,” he said.

  • Chevron starts its own "news" website in Richmond, Calif. Oil giant's creation greeted skeptically in working-class community:
    The Standard is the brainchild of Sam Singer, a San Francisco public relations guru known for managing crises and mending damaged reputations. He hired former San Francisco Examiner reporter Mike Aldax in early December to start assembling stories for the website, which went online in January.

    The effort was sensitive enough that when a Chronicle reporter asked about the Standard in mid-December, Singer said Chevron had not yet decided whether to pursue the project. The Standard's first stories appeared online two weeks later.

  • U.S. coal shipments exports greenhouse gas emissions:
    Thanks to the natural gas boom, carbon dioxide emissions dropped in the United States. But those emissions savings were probably completely undone thanks to U.S. coal exports.

    That’s the finding from new research by CO2 Scorecard, which looked at how the U.S. coal industry increase its exports in order to deal with the rise of natural gas in the nation’s power market.

  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter round up ACA news: sign-ups, "fatigue" & more court challenges. Blue slip reform & the SG nomination. As the administration floats NSA reform, how much snooping is your email provider doing?

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  •  Gawd I Remember Frank Blair on "Today Show" (6+ / 0-)

    in my early 60's grade school years reading the morning news pre Vietnam that so often mentioned "LAY- oss."

    It seemed to go on for a long time.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 12:03:58 PM PDT

  •  "The Standard is the brainchild of Sam Singer" (4+ / 0-)
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    "The Standard is the brainchild Brainfart of Sam Singer"

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 12:09:09 PM PDT

  •  The day that wasn't quite.... (2+ / 0-)
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    An errand trip for today got nixed because I can't find my envelope of forms to take up to my accountants.

    On happier news, I got my CD of ELO's The Night the Light Went on in Long Beach. It's not available as a download on Amazon or iTunes.

    Can any wise and helpful Kossack identify the Classical songs quoted throughout this? Thanks!

    Although, I have a suspicion that one may be actually by Raymond Scott....

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 12:10:40 PM PDT

    •  Heard some Bach in there (1+ / 0-)
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      but can't think of the actual titles.

      Nice cover of Day Tripper -- might have to go looking for a download somewhere (I've grabbed a few freebees, mostly of stuff not available through commercial channels); could be someone's uploaded it.

      There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by Cali Scribe on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 12:32:44 PM PDT

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      •  Don't tell anybody (0+ / 0-)

        But http://keepvid.com/

        The one I thought may be Scott, but this here says he based it on Mozart. So don't get your education from old cartoons....

        I found the envelope which turned out to be a ring binder with less tax stuff in it than I though it had. :\

        "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

        by Stude Dude on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 12:40:18 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Also, (4+ / 0-)
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    sex worker prices higher in Netherlands than in Colombia - making welshing on payment more difficult for advance team planning

    Whatever the reasons for the early return trip, it occurred before President Obama's arrival in The Netherlands on Monday. At least in one case, a night of excessive drinking was at issue. The agent was found passed out in a hotel hallway Sunday.

    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 Mar 26, 2014 at 12:12:32 PM PDT

  •  Don't Believe Global Warming is Caused by Humans? (5+ / 0-)

    Wonk Wire notes that 10,883 out of 10,885 scientists disagreed with you last year.

    Link

    Nice pie chart goes along with this.

    And no Sarah is not one of the two.  Sheesh, she barely got out of college.

    The highest form of spiritual practice is self observation with compassion.

    by NCJim on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 12:13:17 PM PDT

    •  Who™? n/t (3+ / 0-)
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      Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

      by JeffW on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 12:47:41 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  they're all in on the conspiracy! [n.t] (1+ / 0-)
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      "Labor was the first price, the original purchase - money that was paid for all things" -- Adam Smith

      by HugoDog on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 01:21:32 PM PDT

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    •  Minor nit... (2+ / 0-)
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      It's 10,853 of 10,855 peer-reviewed scientific studies, not scientists.  (The Salon article which was the source for the Powell's been doing this a while, and has this to say:

      Combining this result with my earlier studies (see here and here), over several years I have reviewed 25,182 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals. Only 26, about 1 in 1,000, in my judgment reject anthropogenic global warming. I describe my methodology here.

      Instead of coalescing around a rival theory to anthropogenic global warming, the rejecting articles offer a hodgepodge of alternatives, none of which has caught on. The dissenting articles are rarely cited, even by other dissenters. A groundswell this is not. The 26 rejecting articles have had no discernible influence on science.

      I think the fact that it's 10k studies in 2013 (25k over several years), and I suspect that many of them have more than one scientist per study, actually increases the weight of the evidence.

      ...and, yes, the accompanying pie chart is awesome.

  •  How about SPLC? (2+ / 0-)
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    http://washingtonexaminer.com/...

    Right Wing pundit wants to blame SPLC for an individual's attack on the Family Research Council.

    Censorship is rogue government.

    by scott5js on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 12:15:25 PM PDT

  •  some Infowars guy ran around my neighborhood (3+ / 0-)
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    and placed stickers on every single stop sign.

    does this happen everywhere?

  •  Climate Change not Caused by Human activities? (1+ / 0-)
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    Wonk Wire notes that 10,883 out of 10,885 scientists disagreed with you last year.

    Link

    Nice pie chart too.

    And no Sarah is not one of the two.

    The highest form of spiritual practice is self observation with compassion.

    by NCJim on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 12:17:03 PM PDT

  •  I read the headline as .... (4+ / 0-)
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    McCain (again) flips his lid, thereby exporting greenhouse gases.

  •  Why does the media still take McCain seriously? (5+ / 0-)
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  •  Stop calling him 'just' Senator Josh Miller (1+ / 0-)
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    That man is a Saint and a Hero.

    http://jasonluthor.jelabeaux.com/

    by DAISHI on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 12:21:37 PM PDT

    •  Agreed, he is one of the truly good guys (0+ / 0-)

      He (along with Art Handy) is one of the reliable votes on environmental issues, economic justice, marriage equality, etc. etc. And the restaurant he owns in downtown Providence, Local 121 (a former speakeasy), serves top-notch locally-sourced food. I hope some of you ate there when you were here for NN12.

      He did apologize for the X-rated language -- but not, I hope, for the sentiments behind it.

  •  Bejoobers. Perusing this confirms the belief (4+ / 0-)
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    with which I awoke this AM -- I must be living in BizarroLand. Big thanks for the KO "OAF" remark though, for the gigantic belly laugh.

    Dance lightly upon the Earth, Sing her songs with wild abandon, Smile upon all forms of Life ...and be well.

    by LinSea on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 12:22:51 PM PDT

  •  A narrow ruling on contraception mandate? (1+ / 0-)
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    Justice Roberts suggested that the ruling on the mandate could be narrowed to only exempt closely held, S corporations as opposed to publicly owned corporations.  

    I think Breyer seemed open to that.

    Could that work? Would there be a rush of companies filing as S corporations to avoid the mandate?

    link.

  •  Just what IS the deal with the Secret Service now? (2+ / 0-)
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    Passed out in a hotel hallway like a freshman frat boy whose brothers just fixed him up with an escort for the first time?
    Soon AFTER the Service instituted new rules about drinking?
    Was the Service this lame in ye olden days?
    Possibly but I suspect not.
    Maybe the WH should hire the Hell's Angels.
    Or some Black Muslims.

  •  OAF indeed! Great catch, Keith. (5+ / 0-)

    Snyder just keeps digging deeper, thinking he can bury racism with his money.

    stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

    by Mother Mags on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 12:28:07 PM PDT

  •  There is an "irresistable" tourist attraction in (1+ / 0-)
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    the Netherlands....aka red light districts...
    and while you're at it...pot is also legal...infact an-all-you-can-pot world...

    Whatever the reasons for the early return trip, it occurred before President Obama's arrival in The Netherlands on Monday. At least in one case, a night of excessive drinking was at issue. The agent was found passed out in a hotel hallway Sunday.

    "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis, 1935 --Talk of foresight--

    by tuma on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 12:36:00 PM PDT

  •  Why not call his foundation "redskins Foundation" (6+ / 0-)

    since it is such a term of respect, as Synder claims it is

  •  McCain EXISTS to flip his lid. (1+ / 0-)
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    That's what he was doing (in a manner of speaking) on the Forrestal when he caused the fire (IMHO - unsupported) -- gunning his engines in front of someone.

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 12:43:13 PM PDT

  •  Well, Microsoft will show ME... (4+ / 0-)

    ...I got another "update" this morning for XP. Now, Security Essentials will continuously show my computer as "Potentially Unprotected", until I upgrade. Oh, and there are legacy programs I use that would work under XP Mode on Windows 7 Pro, but apparently that will be unsupported in the near-future, too.

    Anyone who thinks Bill Gates is a Democrat is delusional. He not only has dinner with David Koch, he looks at his consumer base the same way the Koch Bros. do. And don't tell me he's retired, because he gets money from his stock holdings, just like Mitt Romney does from Bain Capital.

    Damn the 1% to Hell!

    /rant off

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 12:45:08 PM PDT

    •  You have my sympathy (2+ / 0-)
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      I am still grappling with a Quicken upgrade that screwed up my years of data, and has suddenly decided to show all the closed accounts from 15 years ago (and my ex-husband's 401k) as if they were live. It reminded me why I only upgrade once every 10 years or so.

  •  Keith Obermann asks the question that Dan Synder.. (3+ / 0-)
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    ..still has zero answer to: How come the actual racial epithet the Washington NFL team name isn't used in any of the dialogue explaining why the name isn't a pejorative derogatory slur?

    He can't. And Snyder's inability to answer that is as much a symbol of the bigotry as the symbolic new OAF organization is - trying to convince people that the bigotry can be separated out if only one doesn't think of it as bigotry, but just a name the Native Americans should be proud of if only they would learn and accept it as Snyder insists that they should

    In his statement, Snyder said that through speaking to tribal communities about the team name, he learned that Native American communities have "genuine issues they truly are worried about, and our team's name is not one of them."
    It sort of reminds me of the southern re-enactor folk (and other groups) who claim to be merely expressing their pride of the south trying to put forth that the Civil War wasn't about slavery.  

    It seems this kind of effort is at the heart of the republican party. Convincing people to ignore facts, and to abandon their own truths, even about themselves and against their own interests, and simply believe the world works the way republicans dream it should be. With everyone in their proper place in the hierarchy of the GOP with the 1%ers on top deciding how it is.

    Thx MB

  •  April Ryan says Obamacare has surpassed 6 million (3+ / 0-)
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    enrollees already.

    From an anonymous source, not confirmed by the admin.

    Ryan is a member of the WH press corps, so she probably has her sources.

    Still, will be interesting to see if this is confirmed or not.

    link.

  •  That Laos bombing video is stunning. (2+ / 0-)
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    Just when I sometimes have a twinge of sympathy for LBJ...never any for Nixxie...reminders like this of the astounding brutality of the war ON Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam wash that all away.

    Thanks for the link to the Mother Jones story and the book on which it is based.

    Sharing that!

    Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

    by willyr on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 01:01:58 PM PDT

    •  I still am amazed that with all that bombing.... (2+ / 0-)
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      that the Ho Chi Minh trail was not disabled. Apparently, Nixon, LBJ, Westmoreland and whoever else were amazed too and kept trying for however many years to keep dropping the bombs.

      No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.

      by Magster on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 02:25:07 PM PDT

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  •  Infowars operative gets a verbal heave-ho (0+ / 0-)

    Welcome to the NorthEast you crazy Texas Asshole!

  •  GHG savings undone also by methane leaks (3+ / 0-)
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    http://www.novim.org/...  

    "Thanks to the natural gas boom, carbon dioxide emissions dropped in the United States. But those emissions savings were probably completely undone thanks to U.S. coal exports. "

    Natural gas is mostly methane (CH4), which is a MUCH more potent greenhouse gas than CO2.

    It has a short atmospheric half life, so its warming impact is front-loaded in the first couple of decades.  Over a century, CH4 is estimated to be 20 to >30x as potent as CO2, but over two decades, 70 to >100x.

    Unfortunately, the next two decades are about all the time we have left to dramatically reduce greenhouse emissions before runaway positive feedbacks kick in.  Those feedbacks notably include
    1) emission of huge amounts of methane now frozen in permafrost, as the permafrost becomes not so perma, and
    2) increased absorption of solar energy, especially in the arctic, as highly reflective ice and snow melts, revealing darker, energy absorbing land and water.

    There's no such thing as a free market!

    by Albanius on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 01:19:12 PM PDT

  •  Re John McCain: (4+ / 0-)
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    McCain mocks moves against Russia that he suggested
    McCain is truly a tragic figure. His persistent and acrid disparagement of Obama and his policies since losing to the president in 2008 show him to be petty, mean-spirited, and déclassé.  His behavior these six years have, to my mind, outweighed the respect he once justifiably commanded as a war hero.
  •  McLame won't be happy till we're a smoking radioac (0+ / 0-)

    tive hole in the ground so he can "nany-nany, I told you so!", and he'll do whatever warmongering he has to in order to maek it happen.

    He wanted to make Sarah Palin VP.  Why ever would we give a shit what he thinks after that?

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