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Monday Murder Mystery: 2015 Agatha & Edgar Award winners
On April 29th, in New York City, the Mystery Writers of America announced the 2015 Edgar Award winners. A Monday Murder Mystery (MMM) diary with all of the nominees can be ...
Susan Grigsby 05/04/2015 7
You probably don't want to hear this but California is using water left from fracking to water crops
Yes, it's the waste water left over from fracking. The fracking liquid that contains chemicals we don't know about. This is the kind of idiocy posing as one solution to the California man-...
VL Baker 05/04/2015 26
Sanders tells Stephanopoulos: America needs a 'Political Revolution' for Working Families
Thank you ABC News and and George Stephanopoulos for giving a Progressive Candidate a forum, on your national "Political Viewpoints" show. More please . Sen. Bernie Sanders Says America Needs '...
jamess 05/03/2015 192
Chuck Todd gives "his take" on Sanders' Candidacy
Instead of interviewing the Vermont Senator on his Sunday "Politics" show, instead of asking his Pundit Panel what they thought of the Sanders' Candidacy, Chuck Todd took it upon himself to single-...
jamess 05/03/2015 195
The OPOL Report: Fake change in a new box edition
Look, I don't know what we're supposed to do about our bullshit political system but it seems to me that it must start with facing up to the facts. Believing that this time, someone is actually ...
One Pissed Off Liberal 05/03/2015 147
The New York Times tackles my heritage and city
José Martí and cigar workers on the steps of V.V. Ybor's factory, 1893 Imagine my surprise this morning, when my usual ...
VL Baker 05/03/2015 3
Sanders wants to Help Workers -- in a way that might Surprise you
Besides standing up against Trade Deals that end up exporting American Jobs; Besides calling for more equitable Tax rates on the Wealthy, that will reduce the dangerous and growing gaps in Income ...
jamess 05/02/2015 156
Research Rewind: Forward, Boy Commandos!
The end is near. By this I mean that I'm entering the home stretch of this year's six week long experiment in reprinting old diaries as I lurch grimly toward Kalamazoo. The paper is partially done,
Ellid 05/02/2015 23
You Can't Read That!
You Can’t Read That! is a periodic post featuring banned book reviews and news roundups. YCRT! Banned Book News I linked to an earlier story on this in a previous YCRT! diary, but here's more ...
pwoodford 05/02/2015 6
Books Go Boom!   Dai Sijie's 'Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress'
This book review is slightly long - but I crammed it full of thought, feeling, experience and imagination. Then I lovingly planished the prose until it flowed smoothly. This diary has sandpipers vs.
Brecht 05/01/2015 66
From Oakland to Baltimore. Labor & Community Against Police Terror on May Day.
A simple tweetpic essay. from the 510 to the 410 pic.twitter.com/3EhcbjcnWw — m4rg1n4L (@marg1nal) May 1, 2015 Putting the final touches on chalk art at Oscar Grant Plaza before the march ...
jpmassar 05/01/2015 6
Donations for Bernie roll-in at Presidential levels
The average donation was $43.54. put another way: $1.5 million in 24 hours! Windfall at Bernie's : Sanders raises $1.5 million in 24 hours by Dan Merica, CNN, cnn.com -- May 1, 2015 [...] "...
jamess 05/01/2015 24
Christie Tweets his Innocence
Talk about turning some damning news into a ray of sunshine. Several of them, if you count the number of frenetic Tweets. First the crux of the "bad news" for Chris Christie announced today ... ...
jamess 05/01/2015 90
This is what Denial of Due Process looks like: The Baltimore Detainees
One class of citizens gets swept up and crammed into "holding cells" -- denied the basic America Right of knowing why they're being held. (the other class, is doing the "sweeping" ...) They are ...
jamess 05/01/2015 10
Kevin Drum Makes A Connection In The Freddie Gray Case
Kevin Drum may be undergoing some intense medical treatment, but a Washington Post article made his day. Freddie Gray’s life a study in the sad effects of lead paint on poor ...
xaxnar 05/01/2015 1
Victory! Fracking defeated in Florida!
I've been working on this Florida issue, so happy to spread the news that even in Florida with enough work and fantastic allies we can accomplish the almost impossible. How we did it was with ...
VL Baker 05/01/2015 4
Krugman Hits One Out of the Park Again
Paul Krugman's May 1 column in the New York Times states the devastatingly obvious: Ideology and Integrity . ...Nonetheless, many in the news media will try to make the campaign about ...
xaxnar 05/01/2015 108
Books In My Life: The Lure of Murder
The other day, I was perusing our Netflix watchlist for movies to stream as well as the Recently Watched list and then all the Because You Watched This, You Might Like This suggestions, and I turned ...
Phoebe Loosinhouse 05/01/2015 9
Must See TV: Alan Grayson on TPP
Hat tip to Gaius Publius over at Digby's Place for posting about this. Alan Grayson has a video that must be seen. In 9 minutes, Grayson blows away all the BS about the 'Free Trade" benefits. GP ...
xaxnar 04/30/2015 26
Major Defeat for Rick Scott: Judge orders Google to turn over data on Gov. Rick Scott’s e-mail
A serious defeat for FL Governor Rick Scott. The Miami Herald has the breaking news In a major defeat for Gov. Rick Scott, a California judge on Thursday ordered Google to turn over the computer IP ...
VL Baker 04/30/2015 20
Hillary's OK with the Bernie Competition
As she tweeted today, Hillary Clinton welcomed Bernie Sanders to the Democratic race for President in 2016. In an unexpected sign of respect Clinton even echoed those Issues, that she actually ...
jamess 04/30/2015 68
Write On! Cheez-Its and Genre
Hello, writers. Write On! has returned now to the 8 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Pacific timeslot that we had previously. I hope that will be more convenient for the West Coast folks. I mentioned last week ...
SensibleShoes 04/30/2015 108
The Only Chart You Need To Pick a President
I was born in 1979. It's a year that many economists have now found to be a turning point. From the end of the Great Depression until the year I was born, American productivity and prosperity ...
greywolfe359 04/30/2015 27
Self-publishing 101: How and why to copyright your book
I just received my official copyright notice so I thought I'd take a minute today to talk about copyrighting. The process itself is relatively easy but some of the questions along the way were a ...
akadjian 04/30/2015 18
Dear Bill Gates, Will you lead on climate change?
We've tried everything else, it's time to ask a member of our own oligarchy if he will lead us in humanities greatest challenge. The Gates Foundation has done many good things including helping to ...
VL Baker 04/30/2015 8
Baltimore riots flared up in a poisonous, toxic environment. Literally.
The Baltimore riots need to be dissected to the root causes. The Media seems to be portraying the rioters in a strictly stereotypical negative cast which neglects any study into why it is that ...
VL Baker 04/30/2015 7
Bernie 2016: Volunteer link, Issues Page, petition to end Citizens United, Donate, etc.
Join the Campaign or Sign up to Volunteer for specific tasks or Sign up for Updates . To donate: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/lets-go-bernie Stand with Bernie We are at a moment of ...
distraught 04/30/2015 131
We Over-Militarize the Police to What End?
When are we going to have a "War on Stupidity" ... ? [ - pg 16 - ] “The detection and countering of the production, trafficking, and use of illegal drugs is a high-priority national security ...
jamess 04/29/2015 17
Bookflurries-Bookchat: Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction
Welcome to bookchat where you can talk about anything...books, plays, essays, and books on tape. You don’t have to be reading a book to come in, sit down, and chat with us. There are often ...
cfk 04/29/2015 87
CA Governor Brown comes out swinging; calls for more aggressive state climate goals
How do you like me now? California Governor Jerry Brown is feeling the heat, ...
VL Baker 04/29/2015 12
John Kerry: Climate leadership needs to come from mayors & citizens in lieu of government commitment
Remember Arctic Ice? There's less of it every year. Extraordinary words coming from our Secretary of State who seems to be hitting his stride. He seems born to the job and his passion for the ...
VL Baker 04/29/2015 4
Why No One Should Have Been Surprised About Baltimore - And Where To From Here?
So, one more commentary on Baltimore tonight. I'll keep this short. If you want some background on the relationship between the Baltimore Police and the community, The Baltimore Sun had ...
xaxnar 04/28/2015 7
Demand More Police Accountability
If more citizens don't demand more Police Accountability, it will likely never happen. Here are a few reasons why Police need to be held MORE Accountable: Police brutality calls for transparency ...
jamess 04/28/2015 6
Appetite For Blather: Indigo Kalliope: Poems From the Left
You have no one but you to blame if you cannot hear the sky. When the air is jelled and cloying, the phone book will not open. Soil packs too hard for fingernails, too soft for pails and shovels. ...
ruleoflaw 04/28/2015 14
David Brooks is a Fun Read Today
WTF!?!! You may ask. Well, Brooks is displaying the art of projection , taking all one's faults and flaws, and projecting them onto others. It's a psychological defense mechanism - but it's ...
xaxnar 04/28/2015 16
Chipotle to stop serving genetically altered food
There are a lot of urgent issues out there today but when we win a small victory we need to acknowledge it because they are too few and far between. Having a large corporate food industry entity ...
VL Baker 04/27/2015 26
The Lusty Meatless Monday
Who knew that the easiest and most effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (pdf) to slow the worst effects of climate change could also be your simplest route to a lusty, sexy you. It ...
VL Baker 04/27/2015 9
Tom Sawyer ejaculates! And when word meanings change
I was startled to find not one, but two ejaculations on the pages of “Tom Sawyer.” And here I wasn’t even sure the 139-year-old Tom has been through puberty. I wondered if perhaps I’d ...
8days2amish 04/27/2015 10
Beware of Family Foundations that may be "Up to No Good"
Expect to hear a LOT about Family Foundations that were started by some Politicians named Clinton. DON'T expect to hear a lot about Family Foundations that are operated by Libertarian Billionaires ...
jamess 04/26/2015 33
LGBT Literature: We Are Everywhere (and a call for writers)
LGBT Literature is a Readers and Book Lovers series dedicated to discussing books that have made an impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. From fiction to ...
Chrislove 04/26/2015 14
Update & Thank You from Youffraita
Hey all, if you were around last Wednesday, Youffraita got some bad news about being evicted from her apartment on very short notice. Thanks to belinda ridgewood's diary , Youffraita got some needed ...
not a lamb 04/26/2015 20
A Photo from Baltimore.
Photo : If ever a photo should exist to explain how we feel every day, from the moment we arise til we fall asleep. pic.twitter.com/m9hdWJ6TrU — The Real Segun Idowu (@RevrendDoctor) April 26, ...
jpmassar 04/26/2015 94
On Tweaking the Macro Mechanics of a Global Free Trade Engine
Besides all the political wrangling, there are some serious "nut and bolts" issues behind International Trade Agreements, that always seem to get lost whenever we attempt to rebuild this engine. ...
jamess 04/26/2015 5
The Failure of Privatization
Sell Yosemite! Dump the Post Office, the prison system, education, Social Security!! Conservatives have been pushing this agenda for decades, insisting that private ownership would increase ...
T C Gibian 04/26/2015 11
Research Rewind: Around the World With Clueless Tourists
A month from now, my captivity will all be over. That's because I'll have, God willing, finished my paper, driven out to Kalamazoo with Ysabel, delivered my paper, become part of the new troika in ...
Ellid 04/25/2015 34
O'Malley: Let us Read it. Let us strengthen our Economy here at Home.
O'Malley sounds like a Progressive advocate to me. Check out his direct and straight-forward answers, the good Governor recently gave NPR: Transcript : NPR's Full Interview With Martin O'Malley npr.
jamess 04/25/2015 123
Another TPP "Benefit" -- 'Putting a Price Tag on Life'
As the article says, this is another " TPP perk " that will be tough for the Un-wealthy to swallow. Because THAT's what holding our global economy back -- the epidemic damage that "generics" ...
jamess 04/25/2015 57
The Hubble Space Telescope: 25 Years and Counting
There has been a lot of attention on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) this week, including posts here at Daily Kos. I'm going to try to make this one worth your time. I've been putting together ...
xaxnar 04/24/2015 28
It's long past time to take away Obama's flying death robots
Back in 2013, in the aftermath of his murder of Americans Anwar al-Awlaki and his 16 year old son, when Mr. Obama was trying to justify his arrogated powers to incinerate people with his fleet of ...
joe shikspack 04/24/2015 379
He Could Have Been the Greatest Kossack There Ever Was. This is His Story. (Poll)
Had he lived in our times, he (we'll call him Bill) could have been a prominent blogger on Daily Kos. In fact, given his way with words and unique ability to coin new phrases, I'm sure he'd have ...
JekyllnHyde 04/23/2015 131
Write On! Waking up.
Hello, writers. Write On! is returning now to the 8 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Pacific timeslot that we had previously. I hope this will be more convenient for the West Coast folks. Lately, for various ...
SensibleShoes 04/23/2015 49
The Future of the Middle Class: Slumlords, sharecroppers, and racist vigilantes
In case you missed it, the billionaires' final solution to the problem of the American middle class (as created by FDR) has been underway since the 2008 crash. For six centuries there has been a ...
arendt 04/22/2015 23
Bookflurries-Bookchat: Gripping Adventures
Welcome to bookchat where you can talk about anything...books, plays, essays, and books on tape. You don’t have to be reading a book to come in, sit down, and chat with us. My readers are ...
cfk 04/22/2015 81
Kossack Emergency: Youffraita needs transportation in PA!
Our long-time community member Youffraita just found out she is getting evicted TOMORROW (Wednesday 4/22) because her apartment has been condemned. I do not have details -- as you might guess, she's ...
belinda ridgewood 04/21/2015 191
Indigo Kalliope: Poems from the Left: April's 3rd Tuesday & almost missed it again
Tired, slept late, darn near missed it again, it's a little late and thrown together, but it's here. Had no idea what I was going to write about when i went to bed. Here's what came out: A little ...
Kit RMP 04/21/2015 5

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