- Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is Lucky Duck in "State of Denial":
- These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook April 23:
BREAKING: Jury awards $3 million in first fracking case, by TXsharon
IRS Targeted Progressive Groups MORE than Tea Party, by ericlewis0
- Whistleblowers pay a big price:
"Part of the purpose of doing what they've been doing for the last several years, is to destroy you," the ex-NSA mathematician and decorated Navy veteran Thomas Drake says in [the film] Silenced. [...]
f you become a whistleblower, "You have to mortgage your house, you have to empty your bank accounts," Drake says. The only work he could find, eventually, was as an Apple store clerk. Though every single one of the major charges were eventually dropped—following a piece on Drake in the New Yorker and a 60 Minutes segment, it should be noted—the toll of his whistleblowing was clear. Drake estimated that the charges had cost him over a million dollars in legal fees and lost work. He was ostracized and condemned by his peers. It was emotionally devastating, too; the charges, Drake implies, led to a painful separation with his wife.
- Mapping the hourly wage needed to cover modest housing:
Emily Badger and Christopher Ingraham show "what you’d need to earn per hour, working a 40-hour week, to cover the kind of housing that the federal government considers modest in your county."
“Mapped in finer detail than by state, several geographic patterns are clearer. No single county in America has a one-bedroom housing wage below the federal minimum wage of $7.25 (several counties in Arkansas come in at $7.98).”
- Apple says 94 percent of its corporate facilities are now powered by clean energy.
- Even allowances are plagued by gender gap. Seventy percent of boys vs. 60 percent of girls say they get an allowance.
But unfortunately, it’s not likely because boys do more chores. One study found that girls do two more hours of housework a week than boys, while boys spend twice as much time playing. The same study confirmed that boys are still more likely to get paid for what they do: they are 15 percent more likely to get an allowance for doing chores than girls. A 2009 survey of children ages 5 to 12 found that far more girls are assigned chores than boys.
And it’s not just that boys are more likely to be paid by their parents, but they also get more money. One study found that boys spent just 2.1 hours a week on chores and made $48 on average, while girls put in 2.7 hours to make $45. A British study found that boys get paid 15 percent more than girls for the same chores.
- Compensation claims rise eight percent: For the week ending April 19, seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment compensation rose to 329,000, up 24,000 from the previous week's revised level. For the comparable week of 2013, the number was 343,000. The less volatile four-week running average rose to 316,750. For the week ending April 5, the total number of people claiming compensation was 2,922,187, down 85,245 from the previous week. For the comparable week in 2013, 5,065,908 persons claimed compensation from state and federal programs. Most of that one-year decrease is a consequence of the failure of Congress to renew the federal emergency unemployment compensation program in December.
- Giant iceberg breaks away from Antarctica:
One of the largest icebergs on the planet, about six times the size of Manhattan, has separated from an Antarctic glacier and is floating out towards open ocean. The iceberg is named B-31, and is roughly 255 square miles (660 square km). Its estimated maximum thickness is 1,600 feet (487 meters). Last Fall, it broke off from the Pine Island Glacier. Researchers have been watching it drift away since then, via satellite.
- Food industry says people won't eat GMO products if they're labeled:
Big food manufacturers and the biotech industry that produces the seeds for genetically engineered crops contend that mandatory labeling of products containing ingredients derived from those crops — also known as genetically modified organisms, or G.M.O.s — will be tantamount to putting a skull-and-crossbones on them.
- White House spokesman denies Rolling Stone claim on Keystone XL—sort of:
The White House didn't offer an official response when POLITICO asked about yesterday's Rolling Stone piece (http://rol.st/... ) saying that two unnamed administration sources say President Barack Obama "all but decided to deny the permit for the pipeline." But White House spokesman Matt Lehrich later wrote on Twitter: "Tip for reporters: nobody who knows POTUS' thinking on Keystone is talking and nobody who is talking knows." He also offered the standard White House statement that the pipeline decision is in the hands of the State Department and will be "made on merits."
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Cliven Bundy, ladies & gents! Greg Dworkin parses the Kaiser polling, then sets the agenda for the day with Harold Pollock's "Pre-Occupied with Medicaid Expansion." It's Occupy vs. "Moral Mondays." And are we an oligarchy yet, or what?
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