Ed Yong at The Atlantic writes—It Will Take Millions of Years for Mammals to Recover From Us. In less than 130,000 years, humans have sawed off the most evolutionarily distinct branches from our family tree: The story of mammals is one of self-destruction. They first arose roughly 200 million years ago, and after eons spent scurrying in the shadow of the dinosaurs, they finally cut loose and evolved into a breathtaking variety of shapes and sizes, including the largest creatures to ever exist. And after all that, it took barely 100,000 years for one relatively young member of the group—us—to bring everything crashing down. Throughout our existence, humans and other hominins have hunted other mammals, first for meat, and then for pelts, trophies, trade, and more. Since the last Ice Age, more than 300 species have gone extinct, including mammoths, woolly rhinos, and thylacines. A quarter of the remaining 5,500 species are endangered, thanks to one species: us. A sobering new study by Matt Davis at Aarhus University throws these losses into stark relief. He estimated how long it would take for mammals to evolve enough new species to replace the ones that we have eradicated. And his most realistic answer is somewhere from 3 million to 7 million years. That’s at least 10 times as long as we have even existed as a species. We have inflicted such grievous wounds on our own family tree that the healing process can’t possibly happen “on any kind of time scale that’s relevant to humans,” Davis says. TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES QUOTATION “An Indian is an Indian regardless of the degree of Indian blood or which little government card they do or do not possess.” ~~Wilma Mankiller, principal chief of the Cherokee Nation (1985-1995) TWEET OF THE DAY xWarren clearly took the DNA test to prove Trump & his cult wrong. If I were her, I would not have taken it. I learned long ago there is no talking to these people. They have blind allegiance for Trump. Now they will say her test results are not enough.— Ruth H. Hopkins (@RuthHHopkins) October 15, 2018 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2008—Post debate thoughts: In Isaac Asimov's 1955 book «Franchise», a supercomputer chooses a «voter of the year» to decide the fate of the election. Then, that person answers a series of questions which the computer uses to decide the results of the election. Joe Sixpack thought he had hit the jackpot, but unfortunately for him, the fictional «Joe the Plumber» got the gig. Or at least, that's what I learned from John McCain, in between his angry outbursts and snorting. On substance, I actually thought McCain had his best performance thus far, when not distracting with his weird facial expressions and snorting. But still, Obama is on another level altogether. Perhaps if Romney or Giuliani was the nominee these would be fairer contests, but it's not even close. And while McCain seemed better prepared than in the previous debates, tonight was also the wingnuttiest McCain has looked all campaign. All the veneer of being a moderate was stripped away as he derisively tossed aside the notion of «health of the mother». The notion was a insult to his sensibilities! Not that it matters. There was nothing here tonight that would change minds. Given that Obama has already broken 50 percent nationally and in the key battleground states, and that significant percentage of voters have already cast their early votes, McCain needed to radically transform the shape of the race. That means a homerun performance coupled with an Obama collapse. Neither happened. LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin reminds us there's an election coming. Trump hands the Middle East to Jared, and the Sauds are killing people like it's free. Republicans pine for the segregated days of yore, back before politics was invented. Boom! History-ed! x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!)
Minnesota’s Senate race may not be drawing much attention for being competitive—polling shows Sen. Tina Smith, appointed to replace Sen. Al Franken, is comfortably in the lead—but the Republican nominee there is yet another headline-worthy example of what a racist garbage party Republicans are. State Sen. Karin Housley compared Michelle Obama to an ape in a 2009 Facebook post, Huffington Post reports, writing of Obama’s meeting with Queen Elizabeth II that: “Michelle is soooo far from cool. Don’t we expect our First Ladies to at least stand up straight? (And my dear sister, know the proper etiquette and DO NOT TOUCH THE QUEEN!),” Housley wrote on her Facebook wall. In the comment thread on her post, Housley said the chimpanzee in the 1951 film “Bedtime for Bonzo,” starring then-actor Ronald Reagan, likely had better posture than Mrs. Obama. “I do miss Nancy Reagan. Ronald even more. Speaking of Bedtime for Bonzo, I think even that chimp stood up straighter than Michelle,” Housley wrote. “Uh-oh, someone is going to make a comment.” Yes, Housley went with the time-tested racist trope of comparing a black woman to an ape. At other points on Facebook, she also mean-girled Hillary Clinton’s figure and clothing, raved about Sarah Palin’s hotness, criticized how then-President Barack Obama pronounced “Pakistan,” and used the word “queer” in 100 percent middle-school fashion. All class, this woman. Wikipedia lists her age as 54 years, but she seems to combine the extremes of adolescent brattiness and mid-20th century tastes (posture and Bedtime for Bonzo, really?) all in one extremely unappealing, racist package. The Republican Party of 2018, ladies and gentlemen. Disgusting as always. Get out the vote: Join the MoveOn text team. Still fired up? Can you give $3 to help elect Democrats to the Senate in Nevada and Texas?
Donald Trump is ramping up his hysterical attacks on Democrats—but, as the prospect of Democrats winning the House gets closer, Trump is also hinting he would work with them. “There’s a chance that we’ll get along and get along well. We have a lot of things, like infrastructure, that they want and that I want,” the president said. Some Democrats are making receptive noises: “Clearly, the administration might be able to move to do some infrastructure work with us,” [Rep. Richard] Neal said. Trump’s infrastructure weeks have been such a resounding success that Democrats should definitely get right in the middle to soak up all the glory, said no one ever. Democrats should work with Trump to the exact extent that the most cynical person on earth believes they can get results on Democratic policy priorities—because policy priorities do matter. But that means no adopting a Trump privatization plan and calling it infrastructure investment, for example, even if it wins media praise for bipartisanship. And never ever forget that the first rule of dealing with Donald Trump is never trust him, never believe anything he says. GET OUT THE VOTE for Democrats. Just click here, enter your zip code, choose the event that works best for you, and RSVP to attend. And while you're at it, can you give $1 to each of these amazing House candidates?
The following stories are examples of this week's Election Roundup of 65 down ticket stories covering Sunday 10/7 through Saturday 10/13. (FL-Gov) DeSantis rally: Black opponent will pick judges that will rule against people «who look like us» by SemDem Most candidates construct a basic platform to run on, or some type of vision for their state. Not Ron DeSantis. He’s based his entire campaign on riding Trump's coattails. After a long spell of nonstop racism, I guess he’s given up and decided to go all in with running on white fear. At a campaign stop in Cape Coral, Ron DeSantis had the Lee County GOP Chair, Johnathan Martin, give a pep talk. He noted, correctly, that three Florida Supreme Court Justices will be retiring soon. The theme was if you let ...(ahem)… certain people pick judges, they'll come after you: “What’s in the statute book no longer matters. That doesn’t matter. What you look like matters. We know how the Democrats play the game. If you look like one of us, you don’t get the benefit of the doubt. If you are a Republican, if you worked too hard and just make more money than they think you should have, you don’t get to play by same rules in our constitution.” (KY-06) Mention of KY-6th Congressional District as Possible Bellwether for Midterms. by Merlin1963 Sometimes he can be irritating, but Steve Kornacki mentioned on “All In with Chris Hayes” that a possible bellwether for the House in this midterm election is KY-6th Congressional District. As a reminder, this race is between Tea Party Republican Congressman Andy Barr and Democrat Amy McGrath. The KY-6th went double digits for Trump in 2016, but the race between Barr and McGath is labeled a “toss up.” It’s a district that has a more liberal city in it, Lexington, but Lexington is surrounded by rural Kentucky counties. However, McGrath defeated Lexington Mayor Gray in the Democratic primary this year with help from the those same rural counties. Because the polls close relatively early in KY, this district is literally going to be one of the first reported. (TX-Sen) Hilarious Anti-Ted Cruz Ad Uses Sonny Carl To Explain When To Kick Ass! by Seashells Sonny Carl is an actor with a Texas drawl who’s played many character parts over the years including a local Texan explaining his state in Richard Linklater's dark comedy film «Bernie». While Beto isn’t going negative, the “Fire Ted Cruz” PAC steps up to the plate. An anti-Ted Cruz group is poking fun at the senator's «Tough as Texas» slogan by pointing out how he cozied up to Donald Trump despite the abuse the president heaped on him during the 2016 campaign. The ad, released Monday by Fire Ted Cruz PAC and cut by Austin director Richard Linklater, uses the actor who explains Texas' cultural geography in Linklater's film Bernie. «I mean, come on,» says Sonny Carl Davis, in character as the same small-town Texan he plays in Bernie. «If somebody called my wife a dog, and said my daddy was in on the Kennedy assassination, I wouldn't be kissing their ass. You stick a finger in their chest and give 'em a few choice words. Or you drag their ass out by the woodshed and kick their ass, Ted. Come on. Ted.» Sunday 10/7 - Saturday 10/13 Stories: (65) Senate: (16) posts, (10) states House: (22) posts (12) states (20) districts State and more: (22) Polls: (5) Rescues since 2006 (13,200) Welcome to Election Roundup, formerly known as Election Diary Rescue. Look for this down ticket collection every Monday through the election. The Roundup team has compiled and linked down ticket stories since 2006. Archives Election Roundup gives down ticket stories a second chance for exposure and hopefully encourages people to write about contests that interest them, knowing their stories from the previous week will be listed every Monday. The ER team scans every DK post and republishes applicable stories to our Election Diary Rescues list which only contains down ticket work. We have been republishing since early this year so there is a wealth of writing there, please enjoy. Format and Tags Writers can help the ER team and readers by identifying the race in the beginning of the title like this: (NY-Sen) (FL-14) (GA-Gov) (AZ-StSen) (MN-StHs-07). Readers will be scanning a list of stories and this standard method of quick identification is really helpful. This edition of Election Roundup was made possible by the following: eeff, Jax Dem, Joieau, zentrainer, turbonerd and randallt. Click below for the collection, thank you for reading and writing! Roundup List
With Election Day three weeks away, we’re rolling out our newest tool to help keep tabs on the large playing field that will determine control of the House: a spreadsheet that sums up the independent expenditures made prior to Monday by the four largest groups involved in House races. With this data, you can see which contests the major players think are competitive, and how much money they’ve devoted to each one, so far. Before diving in, there are several important things to be aware of: This sheet only covers expenditures made by the DCCC, the House Majority PAC, the NRCC, and the Congressional Leadership Fund (HMP and CLF are both super PACs). Many other organizations have spent millions on House races. However, these other groups are largely focused on the same set of races as the Big Four, so looking at what the top four groups are doing gives us a good sense of the battleground while avoiding information overload—though there can be exceptions, since priorities don't always sync up perfectly even among entities supporting the same side. Even if a district hasn’t seen much or any third-party money come in yet, it could still get added to this list before Election Day. By the same token, seats can change hands even if there’s little or no outside spending—for all their access to polls, analytics, and other data, these groups are by no means infallible in predicting which races will be the most competitive. It also only covers past expenditures, which outside groups are required to report to the FEC. It does not account for upcoming spending, including TV ad reservations. Those are generally only available in (often fragmentary) media reports. It’s generally a safe bet, though, that most of these races will see continued spending all the way through Election Day. Some, however, will get triaged (or have already been), which we keep track of separately. Not all dollars are created equal. If you spend $1 million in Minneapolis, that will buy a lot more ads than the same amount spent in New York City, where advertising is much more expensive. The sheet does not include spending on special elections or primaries, or districts where total outside spending from the Big Four groups is less than five figures. New independent expenditure reports keep rolling in all the time (groups generally have to file them within 48 or 24 hours of actually spending their money), and the pace will only quicken as we approach Election Day. We’ll therefore update our chart each Monday and note any key developments.
It's an obvious conclusion that, in the United States, having health insurance of some kind is a prerequisite for getting regular health care, but it's a point that has to keep being made over and over and over again. So there's another report that Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) forced the Trump administration to do, finding that in states that did not expand Medicaid, low-income people are much more likely to forgo getting medical care than in the states that have expanded. The Governmental Accountability Office and the National Center for Health Statistics worked together on the report, finding that nearly 20 percent of low-income people in the non-expansion states say they did not seek needed medical care in the past 12 months because they couldn't pay for it, compared to 9.4 percent in expansion states. In addition, 8 percent of people in non-expansion states said they either skipped prescription medication doses or took less than prescribed to stretch it out, compared to 5 percent in expansion states. For people with chronic conditions—asthma, diabetes, heart disease—that's potentially dangerous. More people in non-expansion states reported not being able get the dental care they needed; 11 percent compared to about 6 percent in expansion states. Wyden explains why this matters right now. «States around the country have an opportunity to expand Medicaid to more people; these findings help show why it's a winning proposition for states and the millions of Americans currently left out,» he said. It also happens to be relevant to the midterm elections this year. Medicaid expansion is directly on the ballot in Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah where voters are taking matters into their own hands since their elected officials won't do it, and in Montana where voters will decide on keeping that state’s expansion. The issue is also prominent in gubernatorial races in states that haven't expanded: Florida, Georgia, and Wisconsin. It's important particularly in those states, but in the races for Congress, as well. The administration is intent on gutting Medicaid, and has had a GOP majority that's been anxious to help. We need a Democratic Congress as an ally in the fight to keep the program running as intended throughout the country. Boiling with anger at Republicans? Get revenge by volunteering to get out the vote for Democrats. Click here, enter your zip code, choose the event that works best for you, and RSVP to attend. Help now to elect Democratic governors with your $3 donation.
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Much like the past two seasons, the Golden State Warriors will begin the 2018-19 NBA season as the heavy favorites to win the championship (-195 on Bovada). While it seems inevitable that the Warriors will three-peat, the NBA is still going to make them play out the season…and who knows? Maybe the Warriors have bad injury luck, or maybe the DeMarcus Cousins experiment throws off their chemistry or maybe Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson’s impending free-agency decisions distract the team just enough to allow a hungrier team to catch them by surprise. As the league stands today, there are seven other teams that can make a legitimate argument that they could win the title if the Warriors falter: Boston Celtics (+500), Houston Rockets (+850), Los Angeles Lakers (+1,000), Toronto Raptors (+1,400), Philadelphia 76ers (+1,600), Oklahoma City Thunder (+3,000) and Utah Jazz (+7,500). Yardbarker’s «The case for» series travels from H-Town to Oracle Arena, where the Warriors hope to “go out with a bang” during the team’
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