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Midday open thread: Rising death toll in Iraq, getting rich by avoiding regulations

4 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Iraq: Now and Zen: These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook June 23: 50% of Germany's electricity produced by solar in one hour on June 6, also achieves grid parity, by HoundDog Physicist...Show More Summary

Podcast: Dahr Jamail on ISIS, Maliki & How the US Has Fueled a Growing Regional War

What is being reported in the news is that in the past day or two the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has advanced and taken control of more towns in western Iraq, including a strategic border crossing. But where did ISIS come from? What has made this militant group so strong?

Will Durst: How To Watch The World Cup

In which our intrepid correspondent flops for football. Now read this:Will Durst: Glasswipes (Apr 26, 2014) Will Durst: Cold War 2 (Mar 20, 2014) Will Durst: 50 Shades Of Cool (Mar 14, 2014) Will Durst: It’s Not The Hate, It’s The Stupidity (Feb 27, 2014) Will Durst’s 2014 Political Animals Awards (Feb 24, 2014) Will […]

Midday open thread: Location, location, location!

4 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is "Making a point": From the Department of Who Knew, Rick Perry edition: “I’m more Jewish than you think I am,” he told me. “I read the part of the Bible that said the Jews are God’s chosen people.” Where...Show More Summary

Did Anti-Gay Spokesman Mat Staver Lie to Congressional Committee?

It seems that Liberty University's Mat Staver's recent testimony in front of a Congressional committee has become more than he bargained for.

Will Durst: Crow Medium Rare

In which our intrepid correspondent tests the limits of the irony setting. Now read this:Brat Works To Scrub His Record (Jun 12, 2014) How Brat Thinks (Jun 11, 2014) Brat Doesn’t ‘Have A Well-Crafted Response’ To Whether There Should Be A Minimum Wage (Jun 11, 2014) Brat’s Stunning Victory Highlights The Fringe Elements Of The […]

Podcast: Max Blumenthal on BDS, the American Left & His Work on Israel

There is no more “peace process” between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Secretary of State John Kerry’s attempt at a framework agreement failed. Liberal Zionist groups like J Street have nothing left to challenge Israel over building settlements except for the growing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, according to journalist Max Blumenthal.

Will Durst: Phone Zombies

In which our intrepid correspondent waxes poetic on his love hate relationship with a piece of technology. Now read this:House Passes Bill Legalizing Phone Unlocking (Feb 26, 2014) Bill Gates To Step Down As Microsoft Chairman (Feb 4, 2014) New iPhone For June Release (Jan 21, 2014) You Can Now Use The Internet To Brush […]

Midday open thread: ADP says 179,000 private jobs created in May, Arctic sea ice 3rd lowest for May

5 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Today's comic by Matt Bors is How to draw President Obama: These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook June 3: New silent wind turbine could generate half of a homes electric needs, says company The Archimedes, by...Show More Summary

Podcast: The Troubling Revolving Door Between the US Government & Human Rights Watch

While the prominent human rights organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW), engages in some excellent work, especially on drones and autonomous killer robots, there are agendas pursued by the organization in certain countries that appear to conflict with their commitment to advancing human rights.

Will Durst: Kochocracy

In which our intrepid correspondent gets a bit wound up. Now read this:New Book Tells Koch Brothers’ Secrets (May 17, 2014) Al Gore Explains Climate Change Denial. It’s Very Simple (May 13, 2014) Harry Reid: Koch Bros Are ‘Main Causes’ Of Climate Change (May 7, 2014) Koch Bros Finally Find Tax They Support–On Solar Energy […]

Faith Leaders Pressure GOP States To Expand Medicaid: ‘This Is A Moral Issue’

"One thing that is clear in the Bible is that Jesus was in the health care business." The post Faith Leaders Pressure GOP States To Expand Medicaid: ‘This Is A Moral Issue’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Will Durst: Welcome To The Real World

In which our intrepid correspondent offers up some unsolicited advice which may very well come in handy. Or not.

Podcast: Who Would Be Responsible if an Autonomous Killer Robot Committed War Crimes?

One of the biggest issues with killer robots is when a human is no longer in the loop. Who or what would have command and control over it? Would it be a sergeant, a manufacturer or some other government official? Who would face product liability if it commit crimes? Would the programmer of the robot be at fault?

Will Durst: Do The Benghazi Boogie!

In which our intrepid correspondent greases up his knees to do the new dance rage. Now read this:Eleanor Clift: Chris Stevens Wasn’t Murdered In Benghazi (May 14, 2014) This is How You Respond To A Dumb Conspiracy Theory About Hillary Clinton (May 13, 2014) Allen West: Focus On Nigerian School Girls Is Distraction From Benghazi […]

Georgia Senate Frontrunner Touches Republicans’ Third Rail, Suggests Raising Taxes

"I was never able to turn around a company just by cutting spending," he said. The post Georgia Senate Frontrunner Touches Republicans’ Third Rail, Suggests Raising Taxes appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Podcast: Fighting Immigration Detention ‘Bed Quotas’ Which Contribute to Record Number of Deportations

Every year, 34,000 beds in private prisons, federal prisons or even local, county or state prisons have to be occupied by the bodies of immigrants in the process of deportation. This has contributed to the record number of deportations of immigrants under President Barack Obama.

Will Durst: Blackish/Whitish

In which our intrepid correspondent gets a little racy surprised we aren’t beyond all this.

Randi Rhodes Knows What’s Wrong With Liberal Radio

Air America was supposed to be the answer to conservative talk radio. It was all wrong on so many levels. Randi Rhodes, one of the most talented broadcasters of any political stripe who, sadly, is giving up her syndicated show, offered a smart debriefing of what went wrong. Liberal radio isn’t as  big as conservative radio for […]

Podcast: Who Are the Dead Special Operations Forces Picked Up After Drone & Air Strikes in Yemen?

One week ago, multiple air strikes, including possible drone strikes, in Yemen were reported. An escalation in counterterrorism operations took place with many alleged “militants” being reported killed but the names of them were not announced. Show More Summary

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