May 27, 2005

dKos Digest

I'm going through the bookmarks in my browser, the ones in the folder that's dated from the day I last posted a big link roundup, and around half of them are from Daily Kos. So instead of putting them into an enormous paragraph in the middle of another post, they get their own.

Diane takes us to the front lines of the war in Iraq with a picture essay about 100 names that you won't hear this memorial day.

Irfo alerts us to the fact that 2004 was the second biggest year for rainforest destruction. On the bright side, at this rate we'll all have to be walking around with oxygen tanks, and our sweet, silver-haired grandmothers will have plenty of company.

Petewsh61 says that the director of the Fish and Wildlife Service for the Southwestern US has mandated the use of out of date genetic studies for species protection efforts, allowing in many cases for subpopulations to be ignored. Here in WA State, such efforts include the push by many conservatives to lump wild and hatchery raised salmon together to boost the reported salmon population. Never mind that hatchery raised fish tend to a) outcompete wild fish for food, and b) die of starvation because they eat too much, too fast, and deplete any environment where the food isn't as plentiful as it was in their hatchery. Don't let them try this in your state.

Teacherken pans out a Boston Globe interview with Richard Clarke. Good reading on terror and security issues.

Pragmaddict with an outline of Ralph Reed's gambling problem, which is to say his problem with taking money from one group of casino owners to lobby against another group of casino owners on the grounds of a moral objection to gambling.

Jerome a Paris on the debt to China.

Marthature would like you to be aware of the Demcard, a credit card that pays percentages to the state Democratic party organizations of your choice out of a group of participating swing-state parties.

Crazymoloch notes that the Family Research Council thinks cervical cancer is an appropriate punishment for having sex. But guys, what if a woman remains chaste and faithful all her life and then her husband screws around and brings something home to her anyway? It happened to an elderly woman of my acquaintance during the Roaring Twenties, when her husband brought a case of syphilis home that rendered her sterile, and made her go to a public clinic for treatment while he went to a private hospital. Infection with HIV by unfaithful partners happens to women all across Africa, and is one of the largest threats to their health. Diseases don't care whether or not someone is faithful, they do not offer reprieve for the chaste partners of complete jerks, they do not suspend sentence for rape victims and they're willing to infect even the innocent children of infected women. This issue should be a no-brainer, but at the least, it's sure a powerful moron detector.

Fjohnson highlights a poll showing that high school students think that the First Amendment goes 'too far.' Dude!?

Dino points out an interview with Howard Dean on the filibuster deal, the party's relationship with African American voters, and other issues.

Magorn, a Maryland native, takes a look at the failure to notify the president during the plane scare at the capital and notes that Bush's bike ride took place within a stone's throw of a US Army base and the NSA headquarters.

Racerx notes that affordable Freedom of Information Act requests may be history in light of a new court ruling.

London Yank on the propaganda war against Venezuela's Hugo Chavez.

TeresaInPA reminds the Kos community of an interesting fact about pro-choice women: we outnumber everybody else, dismiss us at your peril.

Soonergrunt, an Iraq war veteran, describes the righteous smackdown he and a friend of his on leave from Iraq delivered to a loudmouth praising the war in the line for the new Star Wars movie.

RichRandal on the oil-for-food kickbacks pocketed by Bush's in-laws.

Lapin points out that a federal judge has ordered the release of further Abu Ghraib pictures.

Kos talks about growing sentiment towards shutting the Guantanamo Bay detention facility down, a sensible proposal that even a shallow twit like Thomas Friedman grasps.

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