Money has always been a factor in politics, but we are seeing something new in the no-holds barred flow of seven and eight figure checks, most undisclosed, into super-PACs; they fundamentally threaten to overwhelm the political process over the long run and drown out the voices of ordinary citizens. We need to start with passing the Disclose Act that is already written and been sponsored in Congress - to at least force disclosure of who is giving to who. We should also pass legislation prohibiting the bundling of campaign contributions from lobbyists. Over the longer term, I think we need to seriously consider mobilizing a constitutional amendment process to overturn Citizens United (assuming the Supreme Court doesn’t revisit it). Even if the amendment process falls short, it can shine a spotlight of the super-PAC phenomenon and help apply pressure for change.
President Obama on Reddit answering the question “What are you going to do to end the corrupting influence of money in politics during your second term?” from Redditor suzmerk.
The Mars Curiosity Team Lives on Martian Time During Their Mission
|Indeed:||Since the Martian Day is 24 hours, 40 minutes, 40 [seconds] longer than an Earth day, do the JPL scientists and engineers live their lives on Martian days to stay in sync?|
|CuriosityMarsRover:||Yes. All of the operators (engineers, scientists, drivers, planners) live on Mars time, by shifting the schedule +40 minutes each day. This is order to maximize the efficiency of each sol. MB|
|biznatch11:||Is that difficult to get accustomed to? Do you have to reprogram your alarm clock every day or do you have a special alarm clock that runs on Mars time?|
|CuriosityMarsRover:||It is a bit painful....we re-program our alarm clocks every day.|
Reblogged from Newsweek
It was strange. I kept looking at all the different zeros hoping one of them would explain what was going on. It was fun. It was… dirty.
OMG, Louis CK is doing a Reddit AmA right now! (Above is his answer to: “Can you describe the moment when you checked your Paypal and saw that Live at the Beacon Theater had made a million dollars.”)
Two common misconceptions about GW Bush: one that he was stupid; the other that he was a “nice guy.” He was shrewd, sharp, skeptical. He could be very hard on people: remember, he was the man his father used to fire John Sununu as White House chief of staff.
Our columnist David Frum is hosting AmA on Reddit right now. The above is his answer to, “What was Bush like behind the scenes?” Go ask your own!
I’ve reported on Kony for a few years now, and what always disturbs me is speaking to the victims. It’s incredibly sad and most of them are very traumatized. Some of them, it should be said, have been brutalized not just by the LRA but by the armies of DRC, Sudan, and Uganda as well, so they’ve been doubly or triply victimized. They have awful stories of having to kill people by force, or be killed, of witnessing rapes, mutilations, beatings, torture. etc. And hearing small children say these things is always very disturbing.
Scott Johnson, a reporter who followed the Ugandan Army’s hunt for Joseph Kony, is hosting an AMA. The above is his answer to the question “Was there anything that really made you upset or distressed which you saw when you got over there?” asked by redditor Wolfhunters. He wrote a piece for this week’s Newsweek.