Michael Jackson bodyguards recall craziness of protecting him (The Telegraph).
This 31-year old is tearing apart the conservative Heritage Foundation (New Republic).
Restaurant bans tipping. Here's what they do instead (The Daily Meal).
States with stand your ground laws have seen an increase in homicides (ABA Journal).
We now know the price of ignorance. It's $99.95 ... for a one year subscription to the Sarah Palin Channel (Nation of Change).
RACE IN AMERICA
10 things to know about Ferguson (Alternet).
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa): Since Ferguson rioters are all of the same 'continental origin,' racial profiling is not a concern (Right Wing Watch).
Nation's top civil rights attorneys say discriminatory Jim Crow voting laws abound (Popular Resistance).
Pretty much forgotten because of events in Ferguson: African-American holding a toy rifle in a Walmart in Ohio is shot down by police (Business Insider).
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
BBC staff told to stop inviting cranks on to science programs (The Telegraph).
Debunking the right's enduring myth: The truth about Richard Nixon and the fight to overturn the 1960 election (Salon).
Solution to Iraq quagmire is peace with Iran, says ex-Colin Powell advisor (Alternet).
Economic inequality, not just wages at the bottom, needs to be addressed (Washington Post).
Three charts that will make your right-wing relatives and friends heads spin (Alternet).
There's another mammoth global trade deal to think about, TISA (Nation of Change).
WHEN THE VOICES IN THEIR HEADS WIN
Rick Wiles: "Ebola could solve America's problems with atheism and homosexuality" (and those who have had abortions and use pornography) since they're "not protected by God" (Right Wing Watch).
Rick Perry won't back away from Obama border conspiracy theory, where he claims President Obama is orchestrating the surge of immigrants arriving at our borders (Huffington Post).
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's wife, Judy, thinks "it's really scary" that "they don't want you to have the right to be a Christian" (Right Wing Watch).
When an extremist Christian fundamentalist gets to run a whole state this is what happens (Alternet).
Report: Majority of Americans don't want to immediately deport refugee children (National Memo).
Republican turns on party, blow up its crock of nonsense position on refugee kids (Salon).
CALIFORNIA DROUGHT NEWS
California's Lake Oroville, today and 3 years ago (NBC News)
Water is bottled and shipped out of drought-ridden California (Nation of Change).
U.S. drought monitor, California (National Drought Mitigation Center).
California reservoir levels (California Department of Water Resources).
Folsom Lake before and after shot (Business Insider).
How ISIS ended up stocked with American weapons (Alternet).
The carnage of capitalism in education, medicine, and globalization (Alternet).
How the American university was killed, in 5 easy steps (Op Ed News).
It's official: Too big to fail is alive and well (EconoMonitor / L. Randall Wray).
20 remarkable facts about Stephen Colbert (Salon).