FAIR takes the "liberal" media to task for rarely bothering to ask why undocumented children come mainly from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Spoiler alert: bad American policies -- including "free" trade, the "war on drugs," and interfering in Central American nations on behalf of their elites -- have empowered the gangs these kids run from. Eagerly awaiting the right-wing trolls and their WHYZ DOEZ YOU HATEZ TEH AMURIKAZ!!!!! comments, because it's always amusing to see nominal "conservatives" conveniently forget to start with the man in the mirror.
Philip Bump in the Washington Post discusses how Democrats and Republicans raise their campaign cash, at least in their respective parties' Governors Associations. Long story short: most RGA donors are corporations and organizations, and most DGA donors are individuals -- but most RGA money comes from individuals, because individuals who give to Republicans give a lot more money than individuals who give to Democrats. I include that last tidbit so you may defend against that inevitable moment when Karl Rove gets up on TV and says Republicans raise more money from people than Democrats do. It's not like his "liberal" media interrogator will stand up for you, after all.
California shuts down 11 oil/gas injection sites, and orders a review of over 100 more, because toxic fracking chemicals may have made their way into drinking water aquifers. In the middle of a lengthy drought, no less! Who could have predicted that? Also at the heart of the problem: California's decision to designate some aquifers too polluted or too deep to use as drinking water and thus OK for fracking pollution. Who could have predicted that fracking waste would spread to non-polluted, shallower aquifers?
The Tampa Bay Times's PunditFact finds that Fox/Fox News's on-air "talent" gets the facts wrong more than any other news network. NBC/MSNBC is a close second -- though that's partly because of right-wingers coming on NBC/MSNBC and making absurd claims, a rather more pronounced phenomenon than the reverse scenario is on Fox. CNN is a distant third, but I figured that was because their "on-air talent" doesn't say dumb things so much as they let politicians say dumb things; PunditFact's study specifically excludes statements made by politicians, so we may never know for sure. One thing I do know for sure: cable news sucks.
Right Wing Watch excerpts a World Net Daily interview with two of the actors in a putative thriller called Persecuted, concerning the persecution of Christians that could happen in the most Christian country on the planet -- Fred Thompson and Gretchen Carlson, perhaps you've heard of them. Ole Fred instructs us that the film is "realistic certainly to the extent that these things are possible," versus the realism of the impossible, I suppose. And note to Ms. Carlson: the Bill of Rights is not a religious document, the filing of a lawsuit isn't evidence of much of anything, and five anecdotes in one breath doesn't make an argument more persuasive.
Finally, an international research team injects the FGF1 protein into diabetic mice and finds that it reverses the symptoms, without side effects. One dose reversed symptoms for several days; several doses over a month essentially cured the mice -- without the bone loss or fat deposits in the liver that accompany other diabetes drugs. Let's figure out how it works, let alone how it might work in humans, but it's exciting news.