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Baby Panda Meets Mom For The First Time



The Taipei Zoo is celebrating its newest resident, a one-month old giant panda nicknamed Yuan Zai. The little cub was born to parents Yuan Yuan and Tuan Tuan in July and is the first panda ever born in Taiwan.

There are less than 1,600 pandas left in the wild and the animals are especially hard to raise in captivity. Pandas have a very small breeding window and when cubs are born they're highly susceptible to disease and smothering by their much larger mothers.

Take a look at some more photos of the little cub below:



MORE:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/13/baby-panda-taipei-zoo_n_3749487.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

not a read, BUT a really cool graph!


– Bill McBride creates this “animation of the U.S population distribution, by age, from 1900 through 2060,” demonstrating the gradual aging of the US population.

“In 1900, the graph was fairly steep, but with improving health care, the graph has flattened out over the last 100 years… Watch for: 1) the original baby bust preceding the baby boom (the decline in births prior to and during the Depression). Those are the people currently in retirement. 2) the Baby Boom is obvious. 3) By 2020 or 2025, the largest cohorts will all be under 40.”

http://wonkwire.rollcall.com/2013/08/14/chart-of-the-day-300/

Today, Bradley Manning Apologized. In a Just World, the U.S. Would Be Apologizing to Manning.

“I want to be a better person, to go to college to get a degree and to have a meaningful relationship with my sister, my sister’s family and my family,” he said.

He shared that he wanted to be a “positive influence in their lives” just as his aunt, has been to him.

“I know that I can and will be a better person,” Manning concluded. “I hope you can give me the opportunity to prove not through words but through conduct that I am a good person” and can “return to a productive place in society.”



http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2013/08/14/bradley-manning-pleads-with-judge-to-allow-him-to-return-to-productive-place-in-society/
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/08/14/1231292/-Today-Bradley-Manning-Apologized-In-a-Just-World-the-U-S-Would-Be-Apologizing-to-Manning

Bennett: "The Far-Right Brothers"

Texas cops raid farm commune when mistaking tomato plants for marijuana

Texas cops raid farm commune when mistaking tomato plants for marijuana

Police in Arlington, Texas are being criticized for their tactics during a drug raid on a local farm that came up empty while allegedly damaging both the property and the crops.

“They can’t even tell the difference between tomato plants and a marijuana drug cartel,” farm resident Quinn Eaker told KXAS-TV. “That’s just really bad intel.”

Eaker said to KXAS that he and several residents at the “Garden of Eden” sustainability garden were handcuffed at gunpoint by officers during the Aug. 2 raid, which also involved a SWAT team, after an undercover officer and helicopter surveillance allegedly gave authorities probable cause to believe there was marijuana being grown on the premises.


“They came here under the guise that we were doing a drug trafficking, marijuana-growing operation,” owner Shellie Smith told WFAA-TV. “They destroyed everything.”




http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/08/14/texas-cops-raid-farm-commune-when-mistaking-tomato-plants-for-marijuana/

On August 14, 1935, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act




On August 14, 1935, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, bringing the modern welfare state to the American people and providing the nation’s poor long-desired old age insurance.

Social Security proved immediately popular, even if AFL leaders grumbled. Despite the fact that union members loved Social Security, it was only the emergence of the CIO and the success the rival federation had in wrapping itself in progressive New Deal policy that moved AFL leaders to accept that Social Security might not destroy voluntarism. By 1938, the AFL joined the CIO in promoting expanded benefits. Republicans tried to make repealing it an issue in the 1936 elections. That didn’t work out so well for them. The plan was not implemented until the Supreme Court decided its constitutionality in Helvering v. Davis in 1937. Social Security meant something very real for the nation’s elderly. For instance, Roy Acuff had a hit off of his song about Social Security, “Old Age Pension Check:”


more pics, info, links:
http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2013/08/this-day-in-labor-history-august-14-1935

Here Are All Of The Nations That Incarcerate More Of Their Population Than The U.S.

No country incarcerates a higher percentage of its population than the United States. At 716 per 100,000 people, according to the International Centre for Prison Studies, the U.S. tops every other nation in the world.



MORE:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/13/incarceration-rate-per-capita_n_3745291.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

'We Lend $$$ We Don't Have-To Kids Who Can't Pay It Back & Train Them For Jobs That No Longer Exist'



Almost No One Voted in New Jersey - turnout will be well under 10% of registered voters

Almost No One Voted in New Jersey

Daily Beast: "Barring a miracle where tens of thousands of votes appear out of the ether (and in New Jersey that can't be entirely ruled out), turnout will be well under 10% of registered voters in a statewide race that received national media attention."

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/08/14/cory-booker-wins-but-almost-no-one-votes.html
http://politicalwire.com/archives/2013/08/14/almost_no_one_voted_in_new_jersey.html

Wife Coroborates with reporters: CIA Director Brennan Was Michael Hasting's Next Expose Project

By Kimberly Dvorak
Created: Mon, 12 Aug 2013 10:51:00 PST
Updated: Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:08:27 PST
CIA DIRECTOR BRENNAN CONFIRMED AS REPORTER MICHAEL HASTINGS NEXT TARGET

This week Elise Jordan, wife of famed journalist Michael Hastings, who recently died under suspicious circumstances, corroborated this reporter's sources that CIA Director, John Brennan was Hastings next exposé project (CNN clip).

Last month a source provided San Diego 6 News with an alarming email hacked from super secret CIA contractor Stratfor’s President Fred Burton. The email (link here) http://www.wikileaks.org/gifiles/docs/1210665_obama-leak-investigations-internal-use-only-pls-do-not.html was posted on WikiLeaks and alleged that then Obama counter-terrorism Czar Brennan, was in charge of the government's continued crackdown or witch-hunt on investigative journalists.

After providing the Stratfor email to the CIA for comment, the spymaster's spokesperson responded in lightning speed. Two emails were received; one acknowledging Hastings was working on a CIA story and the other said, “Without commenting on information disseminated by WikiLeaks, any suggestion that Director Brennan has ever attempted to infringe on constitutionally-protected press freedoms is offensive and baseless.”

The emails also prompted a phone from CIA media spokesman Todd Ebitz. He said they were saddened by Michael’s death and reiterated their position that they had a cordial working relationship with the investigative reporter.

http://www.sandiego6.com/story/cia-director-brennan-confirmed-as-reporter-michael-hastings-next-target-20130812
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