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Tuesday Toon Roundup 1- Yep, Trump is a Republican


















Toon: What Americans Really Hear



(after a classic Far Side Cartoon)

Slowpoke Toon: Natural Gasbags

Grooveshark co-founder Josh Greenberg found dead at 28

Source: digitaltrends



Grooveshark’s 28 year-old co-founder Josh Greenberg was found dead last night in his Gainesville, FL apartment. According to The Gainesville Sun, there was “no evidence of foul play, injuries, or drugs.” Both his mother and his girlfriend were shocked, as Greenberg had no known health problems and was looking forward to starting new projects.


Greenberg’s tragic death came just two-and-a-half months after Grooveshark was forced to cease operations due to copyright infringement at the end of April. In a settlement with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group, the company “ its computer servers of all the record companies’ music, surrendering ownership of its website, mobile apps and intellectual property” according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).”

Greenberg launched the service with co-founder Sam Tarantino when they were freshmen at the University of Florida in 2006. A precursor to Spotify, Apple Music and others, the free music streaming service had an estimated 40 million monthly users and 145 employees in Gainesville, Florida and New York City in its prime. Universal Music first sued the company in 2010 in a copyright infringement lawsuit. The service was shut down after facing up to $736 million in statutory damages.

Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/music/grooveshark-co-founder-josh-greenberg-found-dead-at-28/

Nate Silver: Donald Trump Is The World’s Greatest Troll

“A troll,” according to one definition, “is a person who sows discord … by starting arguments or upsetting people … with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.”

The goal of the troll is to provoke a reaction by any means necessary. Trolls thrive in communities that are open and democratic (they wouldn’t be invited into a discussion otherwise) and which operate in presumed good faith (there need to be some standards of decorum to offend). Presidential nomination contests are highly susceptible to trolling, therefore. Access is fairly open: There’s no longer much of a filter between the campaigns, the media and the public. And it’s comically easy to provoke a reaction. How many times between now and next November will we hear that a candidate’s statement is “offensive,” whether or not it really is?

Trolls operate on the principle that negative attention is better than none. In fact, the troll may feed off the negative attention, claiming it makes him a victim and proves that everyone is out to get him.

Sound like any presidential candidates you know?

There’s a notion that Donald Trump’s recent rise in Republican polls is a media-driven creation. That explanation isn’t entirely wrong, but it’s incomplete. It skims over the complex interactions between the media, the public and the candidates, which can produce booms and busts of attention. And it ignores how skilled trolls like Trump can exploit the process to their benefit.

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http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/donald-trump-is-the-worlds-greatest-troll/?ex_cid=538fb

Sanders to push $15 minimum wage bill

By Tim Devaney - 07/20/15 02:34 PM EDT
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is pushing new legislation to raise the minimum wage for all workers to $15 an hour.

The Democratic presidential candidate, who has made addressing income inequality a centerpiece of his campaign, will introduce the minimum wage bill Wednesday. Sanders has long called for a $15 minimum wage, but this is the first bill he is introducing to do so.

Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) will join Sanders at the press conference Wednesday, and are also expected to introduce identical legislation in the House.

It’s believed to be the highest minimum wage that has ever been proposed by legislation in Congress.

“The simple truth is that working people cannot survive on the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, or $8 an hour or $9 an hour,” Sanders said recently. "If people work 40 hours a week, they deserve not to live in dire poverty.”

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http://thehill.com/regulation/legislation/248517-bernie-sanders-to-push-15-minimum-wage-bill

Chicago fires investigator who found cops at fault in shootings

A Chicago investigator who determined that several civilian shootings by police officers were unjustified was fired after resisting orders to reverse those findings, according to internal records of his agency obtained by WBEZ.

Scott M. Ando, chief administrator of the city’s Independent Police Review Authority, informed its staff in a July 9 email that the agency no longer employed supervising investigator Lorenzo Davis, 65, a former Chicago police commander. IPRA investigates police-brutality complaints and recommends any punishment.

Davis’s termination came less than two weeks after top IPRA officials, evaluating Davis’s job performance, accused him of “a clear bias against the police” and called him “the only supervisor at IPRA who resists making requested changes as directed by management in order to reflect the correct finding with respect to OIS,” as officer-involved shootings are known in the agency.

Since its 2007 creation, IPRA has investigated nearly 400 civilian shootings by police and found one to be unjustified.

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http://www.wbez.org/news/city-fires-investigator-who-found-cops-fault-shootings-112423

TX Gov. Greg Abbott Caves to Conspiracy Groups by Vetoing Bipartisan Mental Health Bill

By Allen Clifton


When current Republican presidential candidate and former Texas governor Rick Perry announced he wouldn’t run for re-election in 2014, many Democrats in the state (and around the country for that matter) rejoiced in the news.

I was not one of those people.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a fan of Rick Perry – not even close. I think he’s a complete idiot and he was an absolute embarrassment to the state of Texas for many years. But as bad as he was, I knew his replacement was going to be far worse. It was known for quite some time that current Governor Greg Abbott was likely going to be Perry’s successor – and Abbott is a whole different bag of crazy.

It was Abbott who gave legitimacy to asinine conspiracy theorists when he ordered the Texas Guard to monitor the military during a training exercise most commonly known as “Jade Helm” that’s currently taking place across the southwestern United States. It’s still unconscionable for me to sit here and think that the Governor of Texas pandered to people who honestly believe this training exercise was really a plot by the Obama administration to invade Texas, declare martial law and confiscate guns.

And now it seems he’s caved to the Church of Scientology and several radical conspiracy groups when he vetoed a bipartisan mental health bill that would have given doctors the ability to detain mentally ill patients for up to four hours who pose a danger to themselves and others.

Read more at: http://www.forwardprogressives.com/tx-gov-greg-abbott-caves-conspiracy-groups-vetoing-bipartisan-mental-health-bill/

Red States 'Feel The Bern' as Populist Message Resonates

Senator's populist message is catching on in Republican-heavy areas, with Arizona bringing his biggest crowd yet
by Nadia Prupis

On his latest round of campaign rallies this weekend, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) drew three more huge crowds in support of his populist message. And while this has become a common occurrence these days for the senator, who is running for president in the 2016 election as a Democrat, the most recent turnouts are particularly significant because he is on a red-state swing.

In Arizona and Texas, massive crowds—including his biggest one yet—showed up to see Sanders speak on economic and inequality issues. And he didn't shy away from criticizing the Democratic Party for 'turning its back' on people in conservative states.

In Phoenix on Saturday, Sanders spoke to roughly 11,000 people, which, according to the Washington Post, was his largest turnout so far. He focused on income inequality and noted the importance of populist participation in the election.

"Somebody told me people are giving up on the political process," Sanders said. "Not what I see here tonight."

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http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/07/20/red-states-feel-bern-populist-message-resonates

Rachel Dolezal’s True Lies



For a time this summer, it seemed all anyone could talk about was the N.A.A.C.P. chapter president whose parents had “outed” her as white. The tornado of public attention has since moved on, but Rachel Dolezal still has to live with her choices—and still refuses to back down.
BY ALLISON SAMUELS
PHOTOGRAPHS BY JUSTIN BISHOP

It’s safe to say that Rachel Dolezal never thought much about the endgame. You can see it on her face in the local-TV news video—the one so potently viral it transformed her from regional curiosity to global punch line in the span of 48 hours in mid-June. It is precisely the look of a white woman who tanned for a darker hue, who showcased a constant rotation of elaborately designed African American hairstyles, and who otherwise lived her life as a black woman, being asked if she is indeed African American.

It is the look of a cover blown.

At first, as I watched Dolezal’s story rise from meme to morning show, I wasn’t completely sure what to think, or particularly sure how much I cared; there are, obviously, a host of more crucial issues facing black America. But despite my initial reluctance to even acknowledge Dolezal’s presence in the national conversation, she slowly began to win my attention. There have been women over the years who’ve spent thousands upon thousands of dollars for butt injections, lip fillers, and self-tanners for a more “exotic” look. But attempting to pass for black? This was a new type of white woman: bold and brazen enough to claim ownership over a painful and complicated history she wasn’t born into.

After making calls to what felt like everyone in black America, I was able to get a hold of Dolezal’s e-mail and cell-phone information, and we began a friendly month-long correspondence. We spoke on the phone and exchanged e-mails as events quickly shifted the nation’s focus from Dolezal’s fantastical story to an actual tragedy in Charleston. Eventually, I visited her in Spokane, Washington, where she had been voted head of the local N.A.A.C.P. chapter in November 2014, the crucial, profile-raising step on her rapid ascent in the city’s black community. Throughout our exchanges, as the cameras moved on to their next assignments and public interest waned, she has simultaneously defended the identity she has carefully crafted and insisted that she deceived no one in creating it.

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http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/07/rachel-dolezal-new-interview-pictures-exclusive
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