…one more thing.

Starting today, I’ve decided to change the title of my Friday posts to one that fits the end of the week, and sometimes that “one more thing” on my mind. This week, I’m getting a bit weary of the NSA scandal, so let’s look at one (or several) more things going on, just in case you missed them.

Seems North Carolina is the new Wisconsin these days.

North Carolina is the new Wisconsin, but not for the reasons McCrory alleges. Like in Wisconsin, a homegrown grassroots resistance movement has emerged—and grown rapidly—to challenge the drastic right-wing agenda unveiled by Republicans in the state.

Rupert Murdoch and wife Wendy Deng are splitting after 14 years and two children

…the announcement of the end of his third marriage caught watchers of the 82-year-old media mogul by surprise. Wendi Murdoch had been seen as a key player in the News Corp empire, a woman who was more than a match for the Game of Thrones plotting that dominates the media family.

Think You Know All About Distracted Driving? Think Again, Says AAA
Lots of good information in this article, along with several additional resources in a sidebar! Those of you with young drivers in the household especially might want to look over the additional resources.

Hands-free technologies might make it easier for motorists to text, talk on the phone, or even use Facebook while they drive, but new findings from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety show dangerous mental distractions exist even when drivers keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.

Calling all history buffs!

This Fourth of July is the 150th anniversary of the Battle Of Gettysburg, the pivotal event of the Civil War, the largest battle ever contested on this continent. In keeping with the anniversary, [Esquire] invited serving Army officer, military historian, keen observer, and longtime friend of the Politics blog Bob Bateman, to contribute regular dispatches about the Gettysburg campaign, the long series of maneuvers, counter-maneuvers, blind chances and lucky breaks that led up to the epic (and largely accidental) collision of the two armies in a small Pennsylvania college town. Knowing my friend, you will find your assumptions challenged, and some modern parallel drawn, and you will come away from this project knowing a little more about the battle, the people who fought it, and the country that it produced.

The first installment is here. I am not in any sense a “history buff” but the three so far have been fascinating reading, bringing the events of that time very much to life.

Pigs fed GMO grains suffered higher rates of intestinal inflammation than those fed a non-GM diet, according to a new peer-reviewed long-term feeding study. In pigs eating genetically modified crops, the average rate of severe stomach inflammation was nearly three times as high as that for other pigs (32 percent vs. 12 percent). Among male pigs eating a GM diet, the rate of severe stomach inflammation was four times higher. Warning: pig stomach pictures!

The results indicate that it would be prudent for GM crops that are destined for human food and animal feed … to undergo long-term animal feeding studies preferably before commercial planting, particularly for toxicological and reproductive effects.

The Supreme Court ruled today that naturally occurring genes, including two genes linked to breast and ovarian cancer, BRCA1 and BRCA2, cannot be patented. Interview with a plaintiff, Emily Bazelon, is here.

Quoting our own Tejanarusa:

The plaintiff explains that she couldn’t afford the breast cancer gene test on her own, her insurance only covered it if done by a lab contracted with the insurance co., and Myriad (the loser losing company) wouldn’t let them have the patented test because they owned the patent on the cancer-causing gene.

I think that’s enough more things for this morning. As always, OT is welcome at Over Easy — even if you want to talk about the NSA!



I retired from the University of Notre Dame in the Office of Information Technology in 2010. I'm divorced, with two grown children and 8 grandchildren. I'm a lifelong liberal and a "nonbeliever."