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Late Night: The Endless Gothic Summer

In Southern California, it feels as if summer is a sun-proof vampire, immortal, a never-ending gothic summer of drought and car chases, punctuated by shootings, stabbings and beatings, heartbreak and horror.

When We Look Into Their Eyes . . .

"They left the body in the street. Dictators leave bodies in the street. Petty local satraps leave bodies in the street. Warlords leave bodies in the street. A police officer shot Michael Brown to death. And they left his body in the street." It's a brutal message, it's always been a brutal message---your life has no value, it means nothing. Show More Summary

Putin, Poroshenko and Merkel Meeting in Minsk

Ukraine disintegrated into civil war partly over disagreement about whether to join the European Union's economic integration program, the Eastern Partnership, or to join Eurasia's new Customs Union (CU). Today, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia will hold CU talks in Minsk, and Ukraine's President Poroshenko is expected to attend. Show More Summary

How Many Tanks Can We Take Back Before The Next Ferguson?

I recently suggested that we noodle on some methods to de-militarize the police. I wanted to figure out methods that would actually have people look at publicly available communities’ inventory of equipment and demand they get rid of unnecessary items and equipment that is not designed for a police force, but an occupying army.

Studies Confirm Huge Wealth Loss of Middle Class

Three recent studies using different data sets and methodology show the horrendous losses inflicted on what used to be the middle class by the Great Crash. In March, Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman presented a preliminary report onShow More Summary

Aunt Who Witnessed Fatal Police Shooting in Kansas Recounts What Led to Death of Mentally Ill Teen

In Kansas, Ottawa police shot and killed Joseph Jennings, an 18-year-old who was mentally ill, on August 23. At least two officers on the scene were well aware that he suffered from seizures and had responded to a call one day ago to take him to the hospital to pump his stomach after he tried to overdose on drugs and kill himself. Show More Summary

Satire: NSA Quits Spying on Americans Out of Disgust

Citing an endless river of filth, vacuous conversations, idiotic Tweets and endless cat videos, the NSA announced it is “freaking done” with spying on Americans.

New York Times Won’t Endorse Gov. Cuomo in the Democratic Primary

While New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) is still the big favorite to win both the primary and the general election, he received a powerful rebut Tuesday when the New York Time editorial board choose not to endorse anyone in the Democratic primary.

Burger King Buying Tim Horton’s, Will Avoid Paying US Taxes

If you needed another reason to avoid Burger King restaurants, besides the food, there is the recent move by the fast food firm to relocate its corporate headquarters to Canada after acquiring Tim Hortons Inc. for roughly $11 billion. Show More Summary

Obama Defenders Will Never Let the Filibuster Myth Die

The most annoying and ultimately destructive defense of President Obama's legislative record is to constantly cite the filibuster myth. It is the argument that poor weak Obama couldn't do anything without 60 votes in the Senate. The latest in a long line of examples comes from Jonathan Chait's criticism of Cornel West.

Americans Support Government Not Paying Ransom for People Kidnapped by Militants

The recent killing of James Foley has raised issues about the United States' policy to not pay ransom, but the vast majority of the public continues to support the basic position.

Right Wing’s Latest Target: Poor Children Who Need Food

While Wall Street takes hundreds of billions in taxpayer money with a permanent bailout guarantee and the Pentagon can not account for a trillion dollars and remains inauditable, the reactionaries have a new target for their outrage over government dependency - poor children who need food.

Has Medical Marijuana Saved Lives By Reducing Prescription Opioid Overdoses?

The new paper in the JAMA Internal Medicine looked at opioid overdoses from 1990-2010. It found that "states with medical cannabis laws had a 24.8% lower mean annual opioid overdose mortality rate compared with states without medical cannabis laws."

Live Blogging: 2014 Emmys

It's the 66th annual Emmy Awards and there are some big changes. The show is broadcast live on the West Coast, with Seth Meyers as the host. GLAAD points out that "..this year's Emmy nominees included openly gay actors Jim Parsons, Jesse...Show More Summary

US Begins Reconnaissance Flights Over Syria, Obama Still Supporting Fantasy

Now that ISIS has been labeled an "imminent threat" the Obama Administration is moving to expand its bombing campaign against the group from Iraq into Syria. Pentagon officials said Monday evening that President Obama approved the use of manned and unmanned reconnaissance flights over Syria last weekend. Show More Summary

The Roundup

- The Syrian government stated it would welcome any partnership with the U.S. or the U.K. to fight IS - The NSA has its own search engine, although it's for looking up the information on us it obtained from mass surveillance - It looks like the fast-food chain Burger King is seeking home in Canada in order to avoid taxes in the U.S., with help from Warren Buffett


One could literally put up post after post on the tragic stupidity of Paul Wolfowitz (still getting paid to utter his ever-erring pie whole)…and I guess I will take part.

Late, Late Night FDL: Clouds

Prince - Clouds The Purple One has two albums that will be released soon...

Late Night: Bryson Andres, Secrets

You can tell the self-taught Bryson Andres loves what he’s doing

Mayor of Dellwood, Which Neighbors Ferguson: Setting an Example for How to Build Community

When the killing of Mike Brown by a Ferguson police officer led to individuals damaging businesses, Reggie Jones, the African-American mayor of Dellwood, was concerned that what was happening would spill over. In fact, the St. Louis suburb’s border is only two blocks from the QuikTrip that was set on fire on August 9, the day of Brown’s death.

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