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Stephen Curry’s good deeds earn him visit with President Obama



WASHINGTON — Stephen Curry was invited to the White House and was shuttled all around the 18-acre complex for reasons more far-reaching than basketball.

But while the Warriors’ point guard continued his lives-altering fight to prevent malaria, he also managed to take some notes that might come in handy if he leads his franchise to its first NBA title since 1975.

“I found the room where the ceremony takes place, so I’ll be able to lead (the team) right there,” Curry said after a “big-eyed” day on which he met President Obama, got a behind-the-scenes tour of the White House, and addressed a crowd of movers and shakers in the nation’s capital.

Curry got a 30-minute tour, which was highlighted by some couch-cuddling with the first dogs, Bo and Sunny.

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http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Curry-meets-Obama-tours-White-House-6101475.php

The paradox of a government that cavalierly kills people but prevents assisted suicide

By TED RALL

I have never understood why society tries to prevent people who want to die from doing so.

As a young Catholic, I was told that suicide was a sin. My priests couldn't explain why. Besides, assuming that the suicide attempt is successful, you're dead. Who's going to shake you down for penance?

But assisted suicide -- helping someone kill himself or herself, typically to bring an end to a painful terminal illness -- is illegal in most of the United States, including California. But a proposed bill could change that.

"California's new legislation is modeled on Oregon's, making assisted death available to those 18 or older who are diagnosed with a terminal illness that is expected to result in death within six months, provided they are mentally capable of making healthcare decisions. The proposal would go further, giving pharmacists and physicians legal immunity in such deaths," Patrick McGreevy reports in The Times.

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http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-rall-assisted-suicide-government-intervention-20150225-story.html

How Stephen Hawking, diagnosed with ALS decades ago, is still alive

On April 20, 2009, a moment arrived that doctors had foretold for decades. Stephen Hawking, a scientist who overcame debilitating disease to become the world’s most renowned living physicist, was on the cusp of death. The University of Cambridge released grim prognoses. Hawking, diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at the age of 21, was described as “very ill” and “undergoing tests” at the hospital. Newspapers ran obituary-esque articles. It seemed time was up for the man who so eloquently explained it.

But, as is his custom, Hawking survived.

Hawking shouldn’t be able to do the things he now does. The 73-year-old shouldn’t be able to deliver meditations on the existence of God. He shouldn’t be able to fret over artificial intelligence or humanity’s capacity for self-destruction. And he most definitely shouldn’t be able to attend the BAFTAs — Britain’s academy awards — settled inside the wheelchair that has carried him for decades, expressing admiration for a recent biopic that paid homage to his struggle. But yet, he is. And he does.

It’s difficult to overstate the lethality of ALS, the condition with which Hawking lives. The disorder can befall anyone. It first brings muscle weakness, then wasting, then paralysis, ripping away the ability to speak and swallow and even breathe. The ALS Association says the average lifespan of someone diagnosed with the condition is between two and five years. More than 50 percent make it past year three. Twenty percent make it past year five. From there, the number plummets. Less than 5 percent make it past two decades.

And then there’s Hawking. He has passed that two-decade mark twice — first in 1983, then in 2003. It’s now 2015. His capacity for survival is so great some experts say he can’t possibly suffer from ALS given the ease with which the disease traditionally dispatches victims. And others say they’ve simply never seen anyone like Hawking.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/02/24/how-stephen-hawking-survived-longer-than-possibly-any-other-als-patient/

Strange light patches on dwarf planet Ceres have scientists perplexed



A dwarf planet is shining two bright lights at a NASA spacecraft right now, and our smartest scientists are unsure what they are.

As bizarre as that sentence sounds, that's the situation with Ceres — the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, officially designated as a dwarf planet (the same category as Pluto).

NASA's Dawn spacecraft is approaching Ceres ahead of a March 6 rendezvous. The picture above was taken February 19, from a distance of just under 29,000 miles, and shows two very shiny areas on the same basin on Ceres' surface.

Previous Dawn images from further away showed a single light on Ceres, which was just as mysterious. Then, to the amazement of every astronomy geek, the one light turned out to be two — reflecting roughly 40% of the light hitting them.

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http://mashable.com/2015/02/25/strange-lights-dwarf-planet-ceres/

Democrat proposes carbon cash: $1,000 for every American

A leading House Democrat is laying out a new approach for the party to controlling carbon pollution that ultimately could return as much as $1,000 to every legal U.S. resident.

The money would come from auctions of pollution permits to oil, coal and natural gas producers.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, a Maryland Democrat whose name has come up as a potential replacement for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco should she retire, introduced the legislation Tuesday as a marker for Democrats heading into the 2016 presidential election, when he said he expects climate change to play a prominent role.

Several Bay Area Democrats signed on as co-sponsors, including Contra Costa County freshman Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, Rep. Barbara Lee of Oakland, and San Jose Reps. Mike Honda and Zoe Lofgren.

The cap-and-dividend scheme is modeled on Alaska’s Permanent Fund, which shares the state’s oil royalties with every resident. Last year, every Alaskan — children included — received a check for $900. In some recent years, payments have been twice as high.

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http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Key-House-Dem-proposes-carbon-cash-1-000-for-6101720.php

Tennessee Rep. Butt (R, naturally) Says We Need an NAAWP



A high ranking House Republican contends there isn’t enough support for white people in this country.

“It’s time for a Council of Christian Relations and a NAAWP in this Country,” reads a comment posted by House Majority Floor Leader Sheila Butt on Facebook last month.

The Republican floor leader posted the comment on Jan. 27 on the Facebook page of Cathy Hinners, who operates Daily Roll Call, a website critical of Muslims in America and specifically in Tennessee. The comment, obtained by Pith, was deleted and later replaced with, “We need groups that will stand for Christians and our Western culture. We don’t have groups dedicated to speaking on our behalf.”

Butt’s comment was posted in reaction to a link to an open letter by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a national civil rights and advocacy organization, about 2016 Republican presidential candidates embracing Muslim Americans

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http://www.nashvillescene.com/pitw/archives/2015/02/25/rep-sheila-butt-says-we-need-a-national-association-for-advancement-of-white-people

Alabama facing Budget Crisis too!

Alabama's government - and by that I mean your government - is in serious financial trouble.

The state budget that pays the freight to put state troopers on the roads to help protect us, that pays the cost to keep criminals behind bars, that pays the cost to provide the only real medical care the poor and sometimes the old in Alabama receive, is in deep trouble.

How deep? The immediate hole is about $260 million. But the real hole, the deeper one in long term cost is $700 million.

The deep red ink is threatening the very ability of the state to meet basic services, such as allowing you to renew your driver's licenses in a timely way. More seriously, it threatens to make state prisons - already in crisis due to overcrowding and years of sexual abuse by some guards of female inmates - even more dangerous for inmates and yes, correctional officers. And critical health services provided through Medicaid could face cuts that could likely result in the sick becoming sicker.

But don't worry. Republican members of the Alabama House of Representatives have come up with a plan. Kinda.

They want to reinstitute electrocuting death row prisoners should the current practice of lethal injection be ruled unconstitutional or if the poison drugs needed to carry out the killings are unavailable. Who knew "Yellow Mama"--the nickname given long ago to Alabama's electric chair--could be used to help solve a budget crisis.

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http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/02/alabama_has_serious_budget_pro.html#incart_most-commented_news_article

Thursday TOON Roundup 4- The Rest


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Thursday TOON Roundup 3- O'Liely and Mr. Terror

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Thursday Toon Roundup 2- Terror at the Mall








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