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Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Sunday Morning News

Posted by on Sun, Apr 6, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Dollar Diplomacy: Hey look, Boeing is going to export spare airplane parts to Iran.

Obama Taking Executive Action on Equal Pay: Hurrah! Two executive orders will a) stop contractors from retaliating against employees who share salary information with each other and b) force them to report wage data, including disparities along racial or gender lines, to the government.

Not Too Late to Apologize: For the Iraq war, South African apartheid resister Desmond Tutu points out. Violence has surged in Iraq this year and today, at least 11 people were killed in attacks by gunmen.

Bullshit On One Side: In his column today titled "Fanaticism on both sides of gay-rights issue," the Seattle Times' Danny Westneat attempts to draw an equivalency between bigoted Boy Scouts and the Mozilla Foundation, which forced out its CEO for being bigoted.

But Wait, There's More From Our Beloved Conservative Daily! Dominic dismantles the editorial board's opposition to Proposition 1—vote for it, people—which would fund Metro buses that nobody ever relies on to get to work or anything.

Breaking the 2 Degrees Celsius Ceiling: The UN's new climate change report says temperatures are on track to rise to levels that would "sharply raise risks to food and water supplies and could trigger irreversible damage, such as a meltdown of Greenland's ice."

Great News! One outlet has it on deeply authoritative record that increasingly, men are being pressured into accepting realistic standards—unretouched photos, fewer rail-thin models—of female beauty.

Twentieth Anniversary of Genocide in Rwanda: The country's long-serving head of state, Paul Kagame, accused France last month of a "direct role ... in the political preparation of genocide and participation in its execution." Kagame has his own critics, including Paul Rusesabegina, the hotel manager made famous by the movie Hotel Rwanda. Hear Rusesabegina reflect on the genocide on where Rwanda stands today here.

Keeping the Pressure On: Immigrants and their supporters held rallies across the country yesterday demanding President Obama advance immigration reform and stop a record-breaking spree of deportations. NPR walks us through the border—the cranky landowners, the Border Patrol agents, the vibrant people who live on both sides, and the people who risk everything to make it across—here.

The rivalry that keeps on giving:


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Phoebe in Wallingford 1
The trouble with executive orders is that they can be rescinded by a future president on a January 20th before the inauguration parade is over.
Which is a good thing, actually, regardless of the executive order. We are not a monarchy.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on April 6, 2014 at 10:07 AM · Report this
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Dr. Z 3
@2 run along to your Bund meeting.
Posted by Dr. Z on April 6, 2014 at 10:45 AM · Report this
Boeing doesn't build airports, generally. I think you'll find it's going to be selling airplane parts, instead.
Posted by csw on April 6, 2014 at 11:01 AM · Report this
Startlingly average models goes in with the lifestyle of 150 sq. apodments, transit-only travel, and no-meat dining. They can't feed us any more. The first step is taking everything away, gradually.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on April 6, 2014 at 1:43 PM · Report this
That Sounders v Timbers game was INSANE! If Oba had hit that last redirect.... oh man... I'd have had a real heart attack
Posted by JonCracolici on April 6, 2014 at 2:13 PM · Report this

David Letterman retiring...

Here's why that's important.

Before YouTube, there was David Letterman. Right now, there are one hundred thousand guys in baseball caps, showing funny animal tricks, sitting at desks talking to the audience, setting up pranks, and posing as phony something-or-other so hapless city folk can fall into their joke.

But Letterman did all of that, by himself, during the mid-80s. Did people do that before Letterman? Yes. Maybe even ones you know, or are acquainted with. But Letterman put it on the TV four nights a week.

For a time, after college, the only thing I wanted to do was rush home to watch Late Night. Why? Because it had that nothing-matters zaniness of college...before relationships set in, and people expect you to make money or be's all just sitting around watching TV and making fun of people. That's what Dave offered.

Today, there are so many, many Daves. But back then. There was Letterman.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on April 6, 2014 at 2:18 PM · Report this
sperifera 8
Before Supreme Ruler of the Universe, there was just plain old John Bailo. Neither ever really mattered, but it looks like they'll outlast Letterman. (le sigh)
Posted by sperifera on April 6, 2014 at 7:56 PM · Report this

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