Midday open thread: Secret Service fail, birth control for teens, and disappearing wildlife

Posted by admin | Posted in Politics | Posted on 30-09-2014-05-2008


  • Today’s comic by Jen Sorensen is March of Doom:
    Cartoon by Jen Sorensen - March of doom
  • The Secret Service’s image is taking a serious hit, and rightly so:

    The man who jumped the White House fence this month and sprinted through the front door made it much farther into the building than previously known, overpowering one Secret Service officer and running through much of the main floor, according to three people familiar with the incident.

    An alarm box near the front entrance of the White House designed to alert guards to an intruder had been muted at what officers believed was a request of the usher’s office, said a Secret Service official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

    Okay, the usher’s office doesn’t look great here, either.

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending IUDs or progestin implants as birth control for teens, who currently tend to use condoms.
  • Depressing and frightening:

    About 3,000 species of wildlife around the world have seen their numbers plummet far worse than previously thought, according to a new study by one of the world’s biggest environmental groups.

    The study Tuesday from the Swiss-based WWF largely blamed human threats to nature for a 52 percent decline in wildlife populations between 1970 and 2010.

  • Game of Thrones goes western.
  • Epic meltdown, live-tweeted.
  • Jews are responsible for wall-to-wall carpeting? So says the most repulsive record ever made, apparently.
  • I guess you have to see it to fix it:

    According to polling by the Public Religion Research Institute, the percent of American who say that the criminal justice system treats black people unfairly rose by 9 percentage points in just one year.  In fact, every category of person polled was more likely to think so in 2014 than in 2013, including Republicans, people over 65, and whites.

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  • On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: WH intruder updates. Greg Dworkin brings Mike Pence hype, enterovirus news & ISIS polls. AFP back at their voter suppression tricks. Senate Rs threaten nuke option redux. Cops can’t ditch military gear. Guns in restaurants. ATM neutrality!

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