Elizabeth Goitien explains "Why Surveillance Won't Prevent Cyber Attacks." Long story short: a cyberattack that would "bring America to its knees" is so hard to pull off as to be unlikely, and successful cyberattacks work mostly because corporations haven't embraced encryption, stronger passwords, and multifactor authentication. In that context, claiming you need more power to spy on Americans because of cyberattacks sure sounds like a bait-and-switch.
To celebrate Scott Walker's official entry into the Presidential race, Alice Ollstein presents this admirably compact survey of the wreckage Mr. Walker has wrought as Governor of Wisconsin. Key takeaway: under Mr. Walker, Wisconsin lurches from one budget crisis to the next, and his solution is always to take from the people, never from corporations. "Fight and win for Americans" my ass -- he could only beat a weak Democrat, though that's, you know, a distinct probability.
And John Nichols at The Nation reminds us that Mr. Walker has also basically killed the weekend, by repealing the law (because that's what budgets are for, after all!) guaranteeing that retail and factory workers get "24 consecutive hours of rest for every seven-day stretch." Should be a bumper sticker: Unions gave us the weekend; Scott Walker took it away. Think Democrats will run ad after ad pummeling Mr. Walker for killing the weekend? Just kidding: these are Democrats we're talking about, after all.
ProPublica finds the widely-used blood thinner Coumadin causing deaths and injuries in nursing homes. The problem? Coumadin really has to be monitored very, very carefully -- ever have a relative on Coumadin suddenly show up with a black eye after not having been in a fight? Then you know. The article cites the coordination problems between doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and labs as a source of the problem, but I also suspect Coumadin doesn't get monitored very well at understaffed nursing homes by underpaid workers.
Ho hum, the uninsured rate in America has fallen nearly seven percentage points from its pre-healthcare.gov high of 18% to 11.4% now. That's only down three percentage points from the first quarter of 2008, but it's still impressive. How will Republicans run against that? By cherry-picking the high figures from, say, mid-2013, I would think. Ted Cruz did something similar about Hispanic unemployment just last week, as you may recall.
Finally, Benjamin Dixon unfurls 11 glorious paragraphs about the "Christian Persecution Complex." Key quotation: "they have convinced themselves that not being able to force through law their faith onto others who do not wish to willingly abide by it is in itself a form of persecution. So the fact that they cannot persecute non-believers to them is persecution. The oppressor can no longer oppress and therefore he believes he is oppressed." And then we get to actual oppression of Christians elsewhere on Earth (i.e., beheadings), and it rises to an awesome fury. Read the whole thing -- but skip the comments; they'll just anger up the blood.