April 13, 2014
"It’s like watching a grand partisan experiment play out in real time. Those who live in states led by Democratic policymakers are more likely to see greater access to medical care, a higher minimum wage, easier opportunities for unionization, and a variety of other progressive measures, from environmental safeguards to investments in education. Those who live in states led by Republican policymakers are more likely to see largely the opposite, increasing higher rates of uninsured and lower minimum wages.

We talked last November about the Minnesota/Wisconsin case study: two neighboring states of similar sizes, similar populations, and similar demographics, one of which went “bluer” in 2010, while the other went “redder.” The consequences are fairly easy to see.

But now a different picture is coming into sharper focus: the same dichotomy on a national scale."

The minimum wage and the blue/red divide (via smdxn)

"Minnesota/Wisconsin case study: two neighboring states of similar sizes, similar populations, and similar demographics, one of which went “bluer” in 2010, while the other went “redder.” The consequences are fairly easy to see."  

April 12, 2014
adeyami:

CEO:Avg worker pay

I haven’t verified this statistic, but if you have a problem with it let me know. I will absolutely adjust it to the truth.   — cbg

adeyami:

CEO:Avg worker pay

I haven’t verified this statistic, but if you have a problem with it let me know. I will absolutely adjust it to the truth.   — cbg

(via smdxn)

April 12, 2014
Report: NSA used Heartbleed bug to gather intelligence

shortformblog:

womaninterrupted:

breakingnews:

Bloomberg News: The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said.

More updates on the Heartbleed bug.

Is anyone surprised about this?

The most obvious follow-up ever.

almost too nonplussed to react/reblog.  this is happening.  - cbg

(via quickhits)

April 11, 2014
azspot:


Daryl Cagle


If you think the government already has serious, serious issues in serving the people, just wait… these 5 cartooned shills just made things worse by an order of magnitude.  it won’t take long before everyone feels this ruling in some disturbing way.  we are quickly becoming a first world country with the governmental infrastructure and integrity of Uganda.  

— cbg

azspot:

Daryl Cagle

If you think the government already has serious, serious issues in serving the people, just wait… these 5 cartooned shills just made things worse by an order of magnitude.  it won’t take long before everyone feels this ruling in some disturbing way.  we are quickly becoming a first world country with the governmental infrastructure and integrity of Uganda.  

— cbg

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April 11, 2014

-teesa-:

3.6.14

Aasif Mandvi interviews Fox Business commentator, Todd Wilemon.

this whole segment is amazing: Third World Health Care - Knoxville, TN  

(via reallyfoxnews)

April 10, 2014

fastcompany:

Never Bike In The Dark Again With These Fender-Mounted Lights

this is a long time coming.

(via racer00j)

April 10, 2014
"Now, unless you believe that the earth is actually flat, set on pillars, and that a solid sky dome holds the waters above from careening down upon us, then you don’t really believe Genesis 1 literally. Yes, there are flat-earth creationists who do believe these things and, at least, they are consistent. But if we’re going to be realistic and consistent, we have to acknowledge that the writer’s worldview is not our worldview. Most of us do not believe that the earth is flat and the sky is a dome. Most of us know that the earth is round and rotates around the sun. If that’s the case, then we have to acknowledge that Genesis 1 is not a scientific description of the earth. It is a theological one. We don’t have to become flat-earth creationists to accept the theology the writer is communicating—that God created the earth and everything in it."

Reading Genesis 1 “Literally” (via azspot)

can’t wait for the day science and spirituality realize they are not at odds, but to the contrary, inseparable.  

can’t wait for the day the bible can be tossed about with the same reverence shared of Aesop’s fables— great moral story, bro, but far, far from”HOLY”.

love the stories of Jesus, the man was an epiphany, but the rest of the bible is nothing but trouble.  Jesus, God, Vishna, Shivawhoeva, are not found without, they are found within.  I tried finding a book that should be worshiped if there was one, just looking for a composition of Jesus’ deeds.  apparently I was beat to it by a man named Thomas Jefferson, by a few hundred years:  The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazarethaka The Jefferson Bible.  whereby the life and morals of Jesus of Nazareth were cut and paste from a bible into a consolidated book— the rest of the bible scrapped.  brilliant, mr. jefferson.  ”Christianity” is about the love and life of but one man, Mr. Christ—the rest of it is just a mess of murder and enslavement and an account of ancient social hierarchies which no longer apply and make the world a more miserable, rather than better, place when put into today’s context with the mandatory leap of “faith” modern Christianity demands.  the bible just makes a mess of the place, this here earth.  

of course, nobody with any damn sense believes the earth is flat, or that a guy made a boat to carry a pair of every species of the planet on while the earth miraculously flooded into a tiny island of an ark.  I was 5 when I looked an adult square in the eye when he said a whale swallowed a boy, toted him around in his stomach for a few days and spat him out on shore, and could not believe the man was serious, but he said, “It’s true.”  nobody with any real sense believes these things, but when it’s all or nothing as is required of today’s Christianity, people will believe some crazy, crazy stuff to keep in “good faith” with the scripture. let it go.

I can’t wait for the day, that Christianity is dominated by Christians, and the bible is finally decoded— spoiler: it’s just a bunch of ancient peoples trying to make sense of the damn world with the wits and tools they had.  pick out the life and morals of Jesus of Nazareth and see the rest of it for what it is.  science and religion are not enemies, but science and dumb faith cannot be reconciled.  ”miracles” and “the supernatural” are a-ok by me, we haven’t even reached the base-camp of science’s everest we have yet to go.  but all the tales explicitly or implicitly condoning the suffering of any people at all, can fuck the fuck right off.  I can do without those bits, and so can you..  or do you really believe the earth is flat and the sky a painted dome?  of course not.

  — cbg

(via azspot)

April 10, 2014
azspot:

Jen Sorensen: Get your words’ worth with John Roberts

absurd’s the word. — cbg

azspot:

Jen Sorensen: Get your words’ worth with John Roberts

absurd’s the word. — cbg

(via liberalsarecool)

April 10, 2014
Can't We Just Say the Roberts Court Is Corrupt?

The Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission was not about aggregate limits on individual campaign donations to candidates in federal elections. The case was about what constitutes a bribe, how big that bribe has to be, and whether an electoral system can be corrupt even in the absence of a legally demonstrable cash payment to an office holder or candidate for an explicitly specified favor. The Roberts court, or five of its nine members, adopted the misanthrope’s faux-naïve pose in ruling that private money in politics, far from promoting corruption, causes democracy to thrive because, money being speech, the more speech, the freer the politics. Anatole France mocked this kind of legal casuistry by saying “The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.”

(Source: azspot)

April 10, 2014
"The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds"

Dalai Lama (via chronicillnesspanda)

the only success that matters.  

(via evitrron)