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Open thread for night owls: Excerpts from the latest Harper's Index

Seattle Storm’s forward Breanna Stewart shoots over the Dallas Wings forward Azura Stevens on July 14, 2018. Players collectively get 20 percent of the Women’s National Basketball Association’s revenue while male players for the NBA get half its revenue.

Here are some excerpts for the November Harper’s Index:

  • Estimated number of voters purged from Georgia’s voter rolls from 2008 to 2012: 750,000
  • From 2012 to 2016: 1,500,000
  • Percentage of white US Congress members that Amazon’s facial recognition software matched incorrectly with mug shots: 4
  • Of non-white Congress members: 10
  • Percentage of California homeowners who have earthquake insurance: 13
  • Percentage change from 2000 to 2017 in US consumer spending on music: +25
  • Percentage of US music-industry revenue that is received by musicians: 12
  • Portion of NBA revenue that goes to players: 1/2
  • Of WNBA revenue: 1/5
  • Chance a cohabitating US adult says their sex life has been impacted by their partner’s bedtime phone use: 1 in 3
  • Percentage of Americans with incomes over $1 million whose tax returns were audited in 2012: 12.1
  • Whose returns were audited last year: 4.4
  • Percentage of the US population with incomes under $150,000 who have “no interest” in joining the upper class: 57

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“I am not so simple as not to know that it is better to eat good meat, be well, and sleep quietly with my women and children, to laugh and be merry with the English, and being their friend, to have copper hatchets and whatever else I want, than to fly from all, to lie cold in the woods, feed upon acorns and roots … and to be so hunted that I cannot rest, eat, or sleep, and so, in this miserable manner, to end my miserable life; and, Captain Smith, this might soon be your fate too, through your rashness.”
             
 ~~Powhatan (Wahunsenacawh) This was part of a speech the father of Mataoka (Pocahontas) made to Jamestown’s Captain John Smith in 1609, just before the outbreak of the First Anglo-Powhatan War.

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On this date at Daily Kos in 2016Trump fact-checker explains why it matters how many lies Donald tells, not just how big they are:

The Toronto Star’s daily tally of Donald Trump’s lies has become a phenomenon in recent weeks. It adds something new to the fact-checking routine we’d all become accustomed to, in which one or two Trump lies were singled out for fact-checking but others were let slide. Daniel Dale, who is responsible for the tally, has given Politico a fascinating account of how he came to the project. The poor guy used to cover two prolific liars in Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his brother Doug, and started keeping a tally of their lies. When he was reassigned to U.S. politics and encountered, in Trump, his “third once-in-a-lifetime liar,” he decided to repeat the tactic. Here’s why he thinks it’s a worthwhile project:

My first day making a Trump lie list, September 15, I counted 12 false claims. Among them: Trump falsely claimed again to have opposed the Iraq War, falsely claimed that Clinton’s campaign invented the phrase “alt-right,” falsely described his rocky visit to a church in Flint, Michigan, falsely claimed his poll numbers with black voters were skyrocketing and falsely claimed Hispanic poverty has worsened under the Obama administration.

As Dale acknowledges, it’s not likely to change any minds, due to “the limited power of truth to reach people who are sure they already know it.” But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth having reality on the record when it comes to the campaign to be president of the United States.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Trump goes over the top at a rally, again. Gop conspiracy theories get still loonier, and as always, they have a pipeline right to the top. James O’Keefe is still at it. Armando, who we hardly even know, addresses the farce of the courts, and how it got this way.

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