Midday open thread: Babs Siperstein died, an explosive potato, and journalism at its best

Today’s comic by Tom Tomorrow is Coffeebucks Man:

What you missed on Sunday Kos …

Lift Every Voice and Sing for Black History, by Denise Oliver Velez
13 ways it costs more to be poor, by David Akadjian
Yes, it is damn cold, but that does not mean climate change is not happening, by Mark E Andersen
Fund the wall or we kill the economy: GOP debt ceiling extortion returns, by Jon Perr
The measles virus is not a benign childhood disease, by Susan Grigsby
Donald Trump’s climate stupidity is a threat to the United States and the entire world, by Laurence Lewis
Just what is the true cost, risk, and benefit analysis of Medicare for all, by Frank Vyan Walton
Hey, Howard Schultz: We don’t need another unqualified, inexperienced billionaire as president, by Sher Watts Spooner
‘We must retrain people’s minds to be human first’: A pastor weighs in on Trump’s politics of fear, by Kelly Macias
The real and sinister reason billionaires want to be president, by Egberto Willies
Now is the time to modernize the government, by Chris Reeves
Happy 100th birthday, Jackie Robinson: a hero for Black History Month, and for every American, by Ian Reifowitz

Rest in peace:

Barbra “Babs” Siperstein, the first openly transgender member of the Democratic National Committee, died today, days after the “Babs Siperstein Law,” which allows individuals to change their gender identity on their birth certificate without proof of surgery, went into effect in New Jersey.


Caked in rust and mud, a World War I hand grenade was harvested with potatoes in France and shipped to a potato chip factory in Hong Kong — until a machine found that one was not quite like the others.

The bomb, a German-made device that was in an unstable condition, was defused by the Hong Kong police at the factory on Saturday using a “high-pressure water firing technique.”

What the …

After days of protest and growing outrage, inmates housed at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York have had power restored. […]

“Disturbing reports have surfaced that the federal government left more than a thousand prisoners without heat, hot water or electricity during subzero temperatures at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Prisoners in New York are human beings. Let’s treat them that way.”

Genius, pure genius:


Today’s front page of the The Times-Picayune print edition. #NOLA #WhoDatNation pic.twitter.com/5Oj5DUrxUe

— Robert Cohen (@kodacohen) February 4, 2019

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Greg Dworkin joins in our weekend roundup. Northam lingers, Trump staff and intelligence officials spill the beans, again. Another shutdown looms. WA measles outbreak. Gop judges pave the way for “calling someone racist is the real racism” holdings.

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