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|Silence Games: Welcome to Daily Koch - A New Low for a Formerly Liberal Blog.
Forgive me if others have already discussed this, but I wasn't aware that Markos had lost his fucking mind and declared Daily Kos a Texas-style free-fire zone until I became a target and was cut off ...
|"Dollar-u-Akbar!" Cry of the GOP Budget Hostage-Takers.
Well, we knew it would come to this. Republicans failed to win the Presidency twice in the '90s, so they settled for trying to impeach the one we did elect. They couldn't win the Presidency in ...
|Ted Cruz Threatens to Blow Up Statue of Liberty Unless We Cut His Taxes
In a stunning escalation of the federal government shutdown confrontation, Republican Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has vowed to blow up the Statue of Liberty unless President Obama agrees to his Party's ...
|Getting to Know Your Solar System (40): Iapetus
Saturn's outermost major moon, Iapetus (pronounced eye-ap-et-us ), would be considered bizarre anywhere else in the solar system. Ironically, it's one of the more normal worlds compared to its ...
|What I Want the President to Say Re: Shutdown
I realize it's always a delicate balance for a President of the United States to both tell the hard truth and maintain the integrity of an office that's supposed to represent the entire country, but ...
|Awesome HD Vid of Yesterday's SpaceX Launch
This is just a brief follow-up to my diaries yesterday and the day before about the SpaceX Falcon 9 v. 1.1 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, in case you haven't been following it. I came ...
|SpaceX New Rocket Launch Perfect Success & On-time (w/Videos) (UPDATE: Relight Partial Success)
The new Falcon 9 v. 1.1 successfully launched into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California this morning, right on the dot at 9 am PDT as planned, delivering the Canadian Space Agency's ...
|Historic SpaceX Launch Scheduled for Tomorrow Morning (+Sweet Rocket Pics)
The maiden flight of a new, highly advanced and powerful SpaceX rocket is scheduled for tomorrow morning at 9 am PDT from the Vandenberg launch range in California. The new rocket, called the ...
|Meet The Worst Serial Killer in US History
Saxet Testa had been infamous in his neighborhood for belligerent, violent behavior for nearly his entire life. Peers and acquaintances described him as an arrogant, selfish person with a short ...
|Breakthrough in Quantum Physics May Do Away with Space-Time, Lead to Ultimate Theory
Via Slashdot, I came by this article describing an apparently major breakthrough in quantum physics at Harvard, Princeton, and Cal Tech, allowing particle calculations that are normally incredibly ...
|Nothing Stops OWS From Re-forming As it Should Have Been
No mic checks, no drum circles, no "jazz fingers," none of that irrelevant counterculture horseshit that dazzles the left-wing imagination and makes everyone else yawn and pick Comic Con instead: ...
Random but non-obvious things I think will happen. Eventually. Perhaps. 1. Mormonism will become the dominant religion of the US. I hope not, but it's one of the few religions that seem ...
|"Because the Web Tells Me So": Why the "New New Left" is Probably Not Going to Save Us
There was a nice piece up recently called The New New Left Is Coming discussing the hopes for a resurgence of progressive values from the maturing of Millennials into political life. There are ...
|The Internet is "Humanity's Nervous System." But What if Humanity Isn't Human?
I've read a fascinating bit of analysis , broadly about the phenomenon of NSA surveillance and missionary whistleblower crusades from Manning to Snowden, and I have nothing to add on the specifics ...
|Getting to Know Your Solar Your Solar System (39): Titan (Vol. 5)
Saturn's largest moon Titan is by far the strangest place in the solar system: An unimaginably frigid world with a thick, opaque atmosphere where the clouds rain liquid natural gas, the "rocks" and ...
|F*ck Public Perception and F*ck "Blowback." What is the RIGHT decision re: Syria?
Who would we be if we were Syrians? What side would we be on? With what combination of frustration, hope, and fear would we be seeing the deliberations in the West? I know the answer in my case, ...
|SpaceX Grasshopper Rocket Does Impressive Lateral Flight
Previous flights of the Grasshopper were already awesome, but now they're starting to seriously play around with this rocket and make it look easy. They're basically throwing around something the ...
|Elon Musk Unveils Hyperloop Ultra-Rapid-Transit Conceptual Work
His Awesomeness, Elon Musk, has unveiled conceptual work on his ultra-rapid-transit concept known as the "hyperloop." The full 57-page work is available in PDF form on the Tesla Motors website, ...
|Institute A Maximum Prison Population?
As diaried on the Rec List , Attorney General Eric Holder is recognizing the long-building consensus that mandatory minimum sentencing for nonviolent drug crimes is producing an ineffective, unjust, ...
|Things You've Probably Never Seen
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|Unusual Ways to Always Be Learning
For curious people with active minds, some activities are obvious: Reading new books, seeing new movies, trying different food, etc. But there's an echelon above the obvious where you can take ...
|Inverse Moral Epigrams of the GOP
Don't shit where you eat. GOP: Shit where someone else eats. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. GOP: Do unto others before they do unto you. We hate those whom we wrong. GOP: ...
|Richard Dawkins is Right About Islam, And Everyone Knows It
Sometimes an issue serves as a value check on what you really stand for: Do you actually support something of inherent worth, or do you merely oppose some specific thing you find personally ...
|Feeling' Like A Chump on a Stick
I had a little bit of surplus cash squirreled away from abstaining from the finer things in life - soda, non-tap water, etc. - so I did a few things with the surplurs, like my most recent little ...
|SpaceX Photos Show New Rocket Features
It looks like SpaceX is still on track for the debut launch of its drastically upgraded Falcon 9 from its new facility at Vandenberg on September 5th, and there are now photos showing some of those ...
|Pricktionary: A Glossary of Republican Terminology
It's hardly a revelation that the language Republicans speak isn't exactly English. In fact, it's not even really a language so much as an incoherent stew of meaningless emotional button-pushing ...
|Getting to Know Your Solar System (38): Titan (Vol. 4)
Saturn's largest moon Titan is by far the strangest place in the solar system: An unimaginably frigid world with a thick, opaque atmosphere where the clouds rain liquid natural gas, the "rocks" and ...
|The Most Disturbing Image Ever
Like, seriously. What is the most cosmically, viscerally disturbing image ever? Not "horrifying" and over-the-top, but not obvious, subtle stuff either. Just grotesquely disturbing down to your ...
|The Terminator Corporation: Expanded Thoughts on The "Anti-Company"
Sometimes we liberals make things more complicated than they need to be, just for the sake of reflecting our own thinking. At times we have to stand back and say, "No, it really is not that ...
|Asimov or Clarke: Who Bears the Crown of Progressive Science Fictions's Grand Master?
I'm in the mood for a nerd melee, so I would like to pose this question: Which Science Fiction Grand Master best represents the grandeur, the inspiration, the creativity, the excitement, and the ...
|Diet Koch: Proposing a Business Whose Sole Purpose is to Make the Kochs Poor
Boycotts are one way to deal with out-of-control oligarchs, as are lawsuits, criminal investigations by honorable officials, and public education about their influence in politics. But there is one ...
|Love is the Sweetest Revenge Against People of the Lie
I don't know what it is about liars that makes my blood boil - that has always made my blood boil, for as far back as I can remember in life. When someone would say something false, even ...
|Whoever Posts the Best Joke About Republicans, I'll Donate $20 to The Charity of Their Choice
Rules of the contest: 1. I don't care if joke is original, but if multiple people post the same one it'll be first-come, first-served. 2. One joke per entry comment . Don't forget to mention ...
|Four Words the People Must Learn to Say Again: "You Have No Right"
Over the past few decades, American culture has gravitated away from concepts of political morals and toward more of a sense of personal relationship between people, between citizens and their ...
|Thoughts on "Non-Human Persons"
As reported in a Rec Listed diary today, India apparently just created an unprecedented new category of legal entity with little fanfare - the "non-human person" - in banning the practice of holding ...
|Aborted Genius: Brilliant TV Shows that Died Young
It's easy to dismiss entertainment-related commentary as frivolous when there are so many more immediate considerations, but I've been moved enough by some movies and TV shows to understand that ...
|If the Wrongly-Foreclosed Burglarized Banks in Retaliation, They'd End up In Jail
I started composing this before Laura Clawson's Rec Listed diary was posted about this story, and published briefly without knowing about it. So I've unpublished it and rewritten it with only the ...
|Why Not Engineer Animals with Human-level Consciousness?
Thanks to War on Error for bringing this story to our attention: Basically, scientists are proceeding with plans to develop genetic chimeras (pronounced Kye-mare-uhs) with human brain cells, and ...
|Dear Steve King: There are 100 Psychopaths in the GOP for Every Moral Republican
Yes, illegal immigration is a crime - basically trespassing or crashing a party. It's a dick move if there are viable alternatives, but somehow I find it hard to feel angry that someone who lives ...
|Big Bear Lake (California) Day Trip Photos
I've been meaning for a while to drive to Big Bear Lake , but the car needed some downtime. Turns out it performed better than I did in the 7100+ foot altitudes the road reached (well above where I'...
|New "Blue Dot" Image of Earth Taken by Cassini from Saturn
There's really nothing to say about this other than, cheers to a future where someone someday sees this with their own eyes: We're all in that picture. Every one of us.
|Online FOIA Tool to Streamline Document Requests
There's a Wired article up now about a project by the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) to develop a FOIA request tool to streamline the process, provide resources, and eventually allow ...
|Totally Non-Confrontational, Positive Meta Diary (NOT Snark)
The best, and ultimately only constructive approach to analyzing an administration's policies is through primary sourcing: Read or watch remarks from public officials or official documents directly ...
|No Place for Unprincipled Fauxgressives
The reason 9/11 Truthers aren't welcome on Daily Kos is because what they bring to the table is poison: They ignore all arguments contrary to their cherished conspiracy theories, treating their ...
|Overlong Work Hours Lead to Unprofessional Conduct
The concept of professionalism sounds abstract and insubstantial, but we all depend on it in our daily lives: We depend on the police to take their jobs seriously and not abuse their authority; we ...
|Zimmerman Sues Martin Family for Trayvon Stealing His Bullet (Snark)
Like many patriotic 2nd Amendment heroes, George Zimmerman was a victim of a common problem: A black man stole his bullet. We've all seen it before: A black man walks down a sidewalk without ...
|DARPA's Terminator Robots
For the moment, DARPA - that Shiva-like organization that has provided such wonders as the internet and such horrors as killer drones - insists that its humanoid robots are designed solely for ...
|Baseball Bats: The Self-Defense Weapon of Choice for Men Comfortable with Their Penis Size
Maybe I'm a barbarian at heart, or maybe I've just never lived in a place big enough that a violent intruder could attack me at a distance. But the baseball bat in my closet provides me with all ...
|Jim Carrey's "Cold Dead Hand" is Much Deeper Than Mere NRA Satire
First, watch the video, even if you've already seen it (embedding disabled): http://youtu.be/N0Wn3Eey6dY Discussion and analysis below.
|Stasi, Gestapo, or KGB: Which Murderous Totalitarian Agency is America Most Like? You Decide!
Like all participants in the Demonizing America for Freedom Tour, I think violating internet privacy is tantamount to mass-murdering totalitarianism. And since you're a loyal, decent, freedom-...
|Kositarians Strike Again: ODS Quasi-Godwin Attack on the Rec List
Last week, Edward Snowden accused the German government of being one of the multitude of international governments engaged in promiscuous electronic spying against their own people and those of ...
|The Path to Abortion Victory
1. Provoke the other side . Constantly. Women who have the courage of their convictions about abortion and are willing and able to bear the expense and risk should make a spectacle of having them,
|My Sharknado Meme Bandwagon Offering: What if it really happened?
Could a sharknado theoretically occur? Well, if there were a substantial number of sharks swimming in shallow waters right where a powerful waterspout touched down, then it would be physically ...
|The Trivia Principle of History
What do the following things have in common? Homeric poetry. Chariot racing teams. Science. Soccer. Comic Con. Facebook. They were all originally trivial pursuits that evolved into vehicles of ...
|Reflections on Activism
These are just some general musings that I have no illusions about being original, but it seems to me there are six stages of how the political and social establishment relates to a grassroots mass ...
|Sh** or Get Off The Pot
No one for whom a critical, nationwide issue is personally real will demand guaranteed success in advance before even trying to address it: That is not a realistic demand to make under the best of ...
|New Video of SpaceX Sci-fi "Grasshopper" Rocket Released - Over 1000 ft Hover Flight in June
There has never been a science fiction movie or TV show explaining the one overwhelming obstacle we face today to a spacefaring future: The impractical economics of having to build an entirely new ...
|Literal Translation of Snark Considered Controversial on Daily Kos
This snark , which led to some of the silliest and most WATB-ish comments I've ever seen this side of an NRA rally, is translated in literal declarative statements as follows: 1. Add some value to ...
|Noun, Verb, Police State
Insert truthy expository paragraph full of self-gratifying fear chum to the throbbing forehead-veins who've migrated from Infowars to Daily Kos over the past few months. Doesn't really have to be ...
|Thank you, Daily Kos! I Am Inspired! Change.org Petition Passes 100 Votes (Now at 114)
It has been a confusing and bumpy first few days on a road that will last years. But despite a general sense of skepticism, and even a little bit of Libertarian- or Conservative-oriented hostility ...
|There is No Third Way: Throw Them Off The Bench Before They Throw You Out of the Voting Booth
Americans can forgive ourselves for having been taken by surprise by the Supreme Court's ruling thirteen years ago in Bush v. Gore (2000): The case was precipitated by an extremely unlikely ...
|Roberts Court Strikes Down Liberals' Right to Breathe: Daily Kos Counsels Patience
In a ruling observers are describing as "breathtaking," the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 this week that Wisconsin's recently-enacted law against breathing by liberals - the Defense of Patriotism in ...
|Is There a Website for Liberal Activists Somewhere?
A website like Daily Kos where it's more acceptable to be against gun control or spew Infowars conspiracy theories than to call for the impeachment of Antonin Scalia is fun and all, but is there a ...
|The Declaration of Indefensibleness
We The People of the Supreme Court majority, in order to form a more perfect Republican electoral strategy, establish obedience, insure the futility of dissent, provide for the common degradation, ...
|Google Maps Street View As a Free Substitute for Real Travel
For the past several years, I've spent odd hours wandering roads here and there around the world in Google Street View. It's strange, but you can really get a thin kind of travel experience from it -
|Second Space Age Kicks in the Womb
There is almost too much to report in this area without a National Georgraphic-level glossy magazine, but two of the most important areas are worth focusing on indvidually: The Planetary Resources ...
|Point-by-Point Rebuttal of Objections to Impeaching Roberts Five
First off, I'm very happy with the discussion to my most recent VRA/SCOTUS accountability diary, When SCOTUS Rules in Favor of the NSA, Will You Call for Impeachment Then? . There were a lot of ...
|When SCOTUS Rules in Favor of the NSA, Will You Call for Impeachment Then?
We were all heartened that Edward Snowden's leaks cleared the "standing" catch-22 obstacle to the ACLU lawsuit challenging NSA domestic spying, thereby allowing it to proceed. Unfortunately, there ...
|My Crystal Ball Sees Into the Future of VRA...
I see...the current Congress utterly refusing to pass any fix... Every state of the Union (err, Confederacy too) run by Republican state governments massively disenfranchises minority voters in ...
|Another Snapshot of Daily Kos Priorities: HA HA HA HA HA-(gag)
I really wanted to believe the people who responded skeptically to my earlier look at Dkos meta-priorities regarding the VRA ruling, and specifically brought up the substantial number of Voting ...
|Shocker: Media Continuing to Bury VRA Story
On Thursday, I reported the sudden and bizarre absence of VRA stories in major media websites little more than a day and a half after the story broke: Media Burying Voting Rights KKKourt Ruling with ...
|The Divine Right of Judges
Sometimes it's a little disconcerting to realize that an idea you thought was obvious may actually be ahead of its time - or that the people around you, whom you respect, may be behind the times. ...
|An Ideal 21st Century America
My previous musing on moral economics got me thinking about what we should aim for as a society, and I realized that this is something we haven't done in a long time: Articulate a clear picture of ...
|Can We Agree That The Following Should be Free in a Civilized Society?
1. Healthcare 2. Public education, including job training, college, and postgraduate. 3. Public transit 4. Residential water 5. Residential heat 6. Residential electricity 7. Legal aid 8. ...
|Bush-era Democratic Cowardice / Denial Reemerges in Face of VRA Ruling
If you simultaneously had a conscience, a brain, and a set of (at least psychological) balls between 2001 and 2008, you were a deprecated minority even among rank-in-file Democrats. You were the ...
|BREAKING: Exclusive Footage of KKKourt Five Discussing VRA Ruling
Videos have come to light showing John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Anthony Kennedy, and Samuel Alito describing their rationale in striking down key provisions of the Voting Rights Act ...
|Lawbreakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo
Lawlessness is never more arrogant, dangerous, and inexcusable than when it occurs from the courts: The very institutions we depend upon to be guardians of our rights in the face of official crime, ...
|"Europa Report": A Beautiful, Semi-Realistic, Slightly Disappointing New Sci-fi Movie
I've been irritated with science fiction films of the past few years for their lack of vision, lack of imagination, and lack of respect for the wonders of the actual universe. They've always been ...
|If the President Had Done What SCOTUS Just Did with Partisan VRA Ruling
Quite a few folks don't seem to understand that the Supreme Court ruling on VRA, which I'm calling KKKourtgate, wasn't just a legitimate exercise of authority toward negative ends - that it was in ...
|A Snapshot of Daily Kos Priorities
In my diary about the virtual media blackout of the Supreme KKKourt's VRA ruling, I came to a painful realization that it wasn't just the major media. I started counting the front page, Community ...
|Media Burying Voting Rights KKKourt Ruling with DOMA Bait-and-Switch; Change.org Petition Updates
I thought it was a little odd that the Supreme Court would hand down two massively significant and contradictory civil rights decisions within hours of each other: The ruling illegally striking down ...
|Proposing a "Northern Strategy" for 2014
No issue is easier to demagogue than a totally legitimate one, and that's what we've been handed by the Roberts KKKourt's ruling obliterating core enforcement mechanisms of the Voting Rights Act. ...
|Condemning the VRA Ruling May be Crucial to African-American GOTV in 2014
The response in Washington to the Roberts KKKourt's arbitrary and lawless attack on the Voting Rights Act has been muted, to say the least. President Obama said he was "disappointed" by it, thus ...
|(Repost from 2012) Supreme Court 5-4 Rules Constitution Unconstitutional
[Sometimes reality seems to proceed directly from snark, and I thought this bit of it from last year needed to be reposted given the recent VRA decision. Basically, SCOTUS has ruled 5-4 that the ...
|KKKourtgate: Constitutional Crisis, Day 2. Change.org Petition Updates.
In a move that Supreme Court analysts are calling the " death knell " for key enforcement provisions of the Voting Rights Act, and civil rights activists are calling "devastating," the Supreme Court ...
|Change.org Petition to Reject Lawless, Partisan SCOTUS Ruling and Impeach Court Majority (Updated)
I've never done this before as an actual originator of a petition, so you'll have to forgive me if the results are amateurish. Perhaps I should have waited and left it to more seasoned activists, ...
|Partisan SCOTUS Attack on Civil Rights Aimed at 2014 GOP Victory
Ever since the 2000 presidential election, Republicans have used the Supreme Court of the United States as their Fixer when the American people disobey them at the polls. We chose the "wrong" ...
|I Just Signed A Bunch of Petitions In This Horrible Police State America
In fact, I've kind of been doing that since forever. Surprisingly the Secret Police have never contacted me about it or attempted to dissuade me from my activities, nor have the regular police. ...
|If MLK Had Acted Like Snowden
"Wait, what? You expect me to actually remain in the South while I speak about segregation, where I might be arrested, beaten, or worse? What are you, crazy? I'm supposed to just hand myself over ...
|New Coke Kos: DKos Now a Libertarian Website
When intelligent, fact-based policy positions degenerate into default cheering for any asshole who pisses off the government, no matter the details of their actions, that's when you are no longer a ...
|Snowden Pisses Away Moral Authority to Get Revenge on US: Aligns with Literal Police States
Sometimes I just can't imagine what goes through people's heads. Edward Snowden came into the public eye with an apparently impeccable moral premise: That universal, perpetual, and warrantless ...
|Anatomy of Hate: Dissecting ODS Comments
Apparently the civic incompetence and pathological personal obsession lampooned in my earlier diary, Obama Derangement Civics , was even more pronounced than I'd thought. Not so much in the diaries ...
|Obama Derangement Civics
Like many people, I had thought the three branches of the United States federal government were Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. Silly me. Fortunately I've learned a great deal from the ...
|UK Equivalent of NSA Tapping Undersea Telecom/Internet Cables
The British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has been revealed in a Guardian article to be tapping the fiber optic cables that carry most of the world's internet and telecom information.
|Options and Solutions to NSA Spying
I've criticized the general lack of substantive thought on the NSA issue, whose discussions have mostly been concerned with rhetoric, hyperbole, and knee-jerk ideological shibboleths rather than ...
|Google-ad Supported Diary Decrying NSA Spying #4,718,112
Like most true progressives, I am shocked, shocked by media reports that the NSA is spying on American internet and telecom traffic. While it had been reported at times over the past decade, a ...
|Obama SAVED the US Economy - Running Away From that Record Would be Suicidal in 2016
Sometimes I honestly don't know what goes through people's minds when they say things like this . Democrats win when we effectively communicate the truth to the public, and we can't do that if we'...
|Question for Gun Owners: Do you Have a Portable Defibrillator in Your House?
There are debates about the efficacy of firearms in deterring or stopping crime, but we'll leave those for another time. Granting the theoretical value of having a gun in the home, provided it's ...
|Fear Goggles 2: The Ickening
As I described earlier, in Fear Goggles: See the World as a Republican Sees It , scientists are bravely plumbing the absolute abyss of the human psyche in order to study the Republican perspective. ...
|I Think it Is Personal with These Bastids
Something always troubled me about how the Star Trek characters Spock and Data were constantly expressing bafflement at human emotion and illogical cultural mores: Logic would have long ago educated ...
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