Time magazine comes up with a way of discussing whistleblowers like Edward Snowden and mass murderers like the Fort Hood shooter in the same breath! Clever Time magazine! I suspect the message isn't really "the companies that handle security clearances have some explaining to do," but don't you little people think of exposing great wrongs done by our elites, or we'll come up with a clever way to call you a terrorist.
Has anything good come out of this latest budget/debt limit debacle? Yes, one thing: the Senate stripped out an extension of the so-called Farmer Assurance Provision in its continuing resolution. You remember the Farmer Assurance Provision? The one that would "assure" big corporations they could continue to plant genetically-modified seed while the USDA still mulled its approval, even if a court said they couldn't? Real law-and-order of Congress, right? Well, it's dead, though we don't know how much Frankenseed got planted in the meantime -- or how far the elements will carry it to other farms.
It's not all good news on the Frankenfood front, though -- Sens. Warren (D-MA) and Mark Udall (D-CO) have asked the FDA to finalize its GMO voluntary labeling guidance. Sounds good, right? Well, n.b. the word "voluntary," which does not mean "mandatory" no matter how often corporations tell you it does, and also n.b. that an FDA final rule could pre-empt state laws against GMOs, which would perhaps not coincidentally take the wind from the sails of the anti-GMO movement in Washington state and elsewhere. You'd hate to think Elizabeth Warren is learning how to sell out -- especially since all her well-received anti-bankster rants haven't actually resulted in new prosecutions or new laws yet.
Think Progress reminds us that, if our government shut down due to Republican intransigence, our national parks would be closed to the public, but open to oil and gas drillers -- at least, the ones who already have permits. Because, as we all know, corporations are so, so much more important to our government than its owners, the American people. No, right-wingers, I would not be "sorry" if energy corporations could no longer get access to public lands, because they always find excuses to drive prices up anyway.
Fox News bloviator suggests that no one in America was "ever" denied health care, and Media Matters comes up with a few Americans who have been denied health care. They'd have hit a home run if they'd mentioned the California woman who couldn't get Cigna to approve a liver transplant until mere hours before she died, but it doesn't take much to cut down an argument starring the words "no one" and "ever." Oh, and thanks, Bob Beckel, for agreeing with the numbnut; this is why no real liberals respect you.
Finally, because good news has to come from somewhere, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago has apparently come up with the first thought-controlled bionic leg, one so good it can actually transition seamlessly between walking on level ground and walking on stairs and slopes. Patient Zac Vawter has put in over three years of hard work testing and suggesting improvements for the leg; here's hoping many more like him can reap the benefits.