- Today’s comic by Matt Bors is Rolling back the clock:
- What’s coming up on Sunday Kos …
- Where were the Bishops when Troy Davis died, by Dante Atkins
- Book review: The Hockey Stick and the Climate Change Wars, by DarkSyde
- Why we must win the Wisconsin recalls, by Chris Bowers
- Restaurant industry screws women, while $ 2.13 tipped worker minimum
wage makes it worse, by Laura Clawson
- You don’t own me, by Mark Sumner
- A quick guide to the scientific consensus on Climate Change, by Laurence Lewis
- Is your neighborhood integrated, by Denise Oliver Velez
- Crushing student debt, now approaching $ 1 trillion, is making it tough for young would-be home-owners to qualify for mortgages. That’s not the only drag on the economy from the “student-loan debt bomb.”
- Virgil H. Goode Jr., the former Virginia congressman who has been making noises about running for president on the Constitution Party ticket since November 2010, has filed to do so with the Federal Election Commission. The move would cement the anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim libertarian-leaning Goode’s second party switch. He was a Democrat until he became a Republican in 2002, becoming the first member of that party to represent his district since 1889. Goode challenged the swearing in of Muslim Rep. Keith Ellison in 2006 because he took the oath of office on a Koran owned by Thomas Jefferson. He lost his seat to Tom Perriello in 2008.
- “Geckskin,” using the amazing holding properties of Gecko feet, will attach your flat-screen to the wall without any screws. Or your refrigerator
- The need for cash in the payroll tax-cut deal means there will be an auction of the broadcast spectrum in the next one to two years, a move The New York Times calls a “generational shift in the country’s media landscape.”
The deal will push President Obama’s broadband agenda and result in faster connections for smartphones, iPads and other Internet-connected mobile devices. It allows the FCC to free the use of more unlicensed spectrum and permits the commission to ensure more competition. It also drops a House-passed provision that would have limited the FCC’s authority to set licenses conditions—such a net neutrality provisions—on auctioned spectrum.
- Right-wing billionaire Charles Koch told a Kansas reporter Thursday that he, his brother and employees of their energy-and-chemical conglomerate have received hundreds nasty e-mails, including some that made death threats.
Charles Koch authorized employees to reveal the contents of hundreds of e-mails that the Kochs and employees have received in the last year, some of them containing death threats. “I hope you all DIE,” one e-mail, received last year, said. “You people are ruining our country, and all for $ $ $ .” “Choose your expiration Date, Brothers…” said another. “The Koch brothers will DIE!!!!!” said another.
There were hundreds more — some from Wisconsin, where the Kochs were accused of aiding Gov. Scott Walker in his disputes against unions. Most of them were signed with what appear to be real names, many contained obscenities, and some Koch employees said these messages had made them nervous.
- Bring back Pat Buchanan, Andrew Sullivan says.
- Loan guarantee rules too strict, says Chrysler, as the company joins GM in refusing backing from the federal Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program.
“While we were continuing to work with Chrysler to come to an agreement, we are pleased that they are capable of achieving their business goals without Department support,” said DOE spokesman Damien LaVera. “The company’s decision to move forward without this loan reflects the tremendous financial turnaround that Chrysler and its workers have achieved in the past three years.”
- If you’re going to dream about things for President Obama to do in his second term, dream BIG, writes Les Leopold, the executive director of the Labor Institute and Public Health Institute in New York.
Midday open thread
Posted by admin on February 17th, 2012
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