|69 years ago today (9-02-45) Japanese Foreign Minister reads surrender documents before signing.|
Iowa poll shows GOP is desperate enough to give Mitt Romney another shot in 2016 (Politicus USA).
20 jokes that are so bad they're actually funny (Tickld).
Here's how many ridiculously hot days your city will have in the future (Mother Jones).
They need food too? National Guard in Texas contacts food bank to ask about food and gas because they haven't been paid (Chron).
TOPICS TO JUMP START THAT NEXT CONVERSATION
Health care spending in America is slowing, with Medicare now spending $1,000 less per beneficiary than the Congressional Budget Office projected four years ago (NY Times).
Ecuador: WikiLeaks cables show how U.S. used 'democracy promotion' to push corporate interests (Green Left Weekly).
White Privilege: An insidious virus that's eating America from within (Salon).
As court fees rise, the poor are paying the price (NPR).
The expanding world of 'poverty capitalism' (NY Times).
With the exception of one developed country (need a hint?) clear majorities in every highly developed country say you can have strong moral values without believing in god (Salon).
THE MEEK STILL NOT INHERITING THE EARTH
More workers claiming wage theft (NY Times).
One of the best op-eds on immigration that I've read (Houston Chronicle).
Michael Brown's mother laid flowers where he was shot - and police crushed them (Mother Jones).
WHY OUR MARKETS ARE STILL IN TROUBLE
Chris Christie's donors profit from transferring New Jersey's pensions to Wall Street (Politicus USA).
Market socialism, again ... Government selling distressed FHA-backed loans to private "vulture squads" that will make a killing by kicking out distressed homeowners and renting homes back to - you guessed it - the growing number of people who don't own homes (Wall Street Insights & Indictments).
The Institute for Energy Research, which aggressively opposes any effort to curtail oil and gas tax breaks, was founded and is funded by Charles Koch (Nation of Change).
How HFT is effectively legalized insider trading, and why it will continue even as banks high frequency trading desks leave (Wall Street Insights & Indictments).
U.S. operations in Iraq cost $7.5 million per day (The Guardian).
NATO planning rapid-deployment force of 10,000 troops to counter Russia (RT).
OUR SEX CULTURE
Sex drive-in hailed as a success after a year-long experiment in Zurich (The Guardian).
The untold story of how a culture of shame perpetuates abuse (The Guardian).
Years of rape and 'utter contempt' in Britain (NY Times).
Worth the read ... An interesting biography of Earl Warren's life (M. Dean Sutton).
Study blows the lid off of the Republicans big lie by revealing that Citizen's United helps GOP win political races (Politicus USA).
10 Supreme Court rulings - before Hobby Lobby - that turned corporations into people (Mother Jones).
Smart social policies in Finland, dumb ones in the U.S. (Nation of Change).