|Richard Nixon, 1957 ... President Nixon resigned 41 years ago today (8-8-74)|
Definitive proof that Bill O'Reilly has no idea what he's talking about when he talks about socialism (Salon).
Over 60 top ex-security officials urge Netanyahu to accept Iran deal (Forward).
How dirty is your air? This map shows you (Grist).
Donald Trump is America: Why the bloviating billionaire is the national embarrassment we deserve (Salon).
STUPIDITY WITH A SWAGGER
Spouting "stupidity with a swagger" ... The long history of political idiocy (NY Times).
Texas: Rep. Louie Gohmert says we should banish gays to an island (Ring of Fire).
GOP Rep. Steve King (R-NY) says same-sex marriage will lead people to marrying lawnmowers (Examiner).
Fox's Elisabeth Hasselbeck justifying the arrest of Sandra Bland: “What if, I mean, there are times, I’m sure, someone has, in the history of this land, used a cigarette against a police officer ...” (Ring of Fire).
Deja Vu: A look back at some of the tirades against Social Security and Medicare (John Light / Bill Moyers & Co).
LAW & SOCIETY
The race gap in America's police departments (NY Times).
Arizona drug tested welfare recipients over a three year period, and had one positive result ... over a five year period they had a total of three positive results (Mic).
Should prison sentences be based on crimes that haven't been committed yet (FiveThirtyEight).
POLICING FOR PROFIT & REVENUE
A history and overview of policing for profit ... 40 percent of 800 law enforcement agencies surveyed say civil forfeiture proceeds are a necessary budget supplement (Institute for Justice).
Civil forfeiture laws going too far? New Mexico thinks so, and stops cops from seizing money without a conviction (Al Jazeera).
Police shootings won't stop unless we stop shaking down black (and poor) people for more revenue (Mother Jones).
DARREN WILSON, ONE YEAR LATER
The New Yorker interview with Darren Wilson ... the man who shot Michael Brown has issues (The New Yorker).
Unemployed Darren Wilson living off donations, only shopping "with like-minded individuals - where it's not a mixing pot" (Salon).
ENERGY NEWS ... IS AMERICA SLIPPING?
Germany just got 78 percent of its electricity from renewable sources (Think Progress).
Spain got 47 percent of its electricity from renewables (Think Progress).
Meanwhile, the U.S. got 10 percent of its electricity from renewable sources in 2014, which means the petroleum, gas, coal and nuclear industries dominate our energy sector, still (U.S. Energy Information Agency).
WHEN MARKET PLAYERS GO BAD
Advisers' stock recommendations drag down clients' portfolios, study finds (WSJ).
Hung out to dry ... Trader jailed for 14 years over LIBOR rate-rigging (BBC).
Billionaire Nick Hanauer explains how higher wages creates jobs (Other 98).
This 1981 20/20 segment on rap music will make you smile, or cringe (Fusion).
How big corporations cheat public education (Nation of Change).
An interesting counterfactual ... What would our world look like if the Allied Powers had lost? Check out "The Man in the High Castle" (Business Insider).
The 1 percent declares war on Puerto Rico: The austerity push that unmasks neoliberalism (Salon).