Now it’s time to VOTE!

We interrupt this koscar VOTING diary for a special dk20a announcement THIS FRIDAY, MAY 20Cheres and JeersVirtual 20th Anniversary Party via zoom 4:00 PM PDT / 6:00 PM CDT / 7:00 PM EDT to rsvp: click here to send a kosmail to christopher reeves If you were at the 10th anniversary celebration during Netroots Nation … Read more

McBath Asks Questions No Republican Dares Answer About Abortion

Rep. Lucy McBath (D-GA) provided searing commentary on the latest assault on reproductive rights (of women, mind you – no one limits a man’s reproductive rights) during a Congressional hearing about the latest flurry of hate-filled forced birth laws sweeping the nation . While most Republicans (all white men) spent their allotted time asking absurd … Read more

Sen. Ron Johnson says he’s never heard of the great replacement theory he touts. Let’s roll the tape

On Tuesday, when asked by Wall Street Journal Reporter Lindsay Wise about Republicans’ endorsement, both explicit and implicit, of the “great replacement theory”—a vile fever dream that was all over the Buffalo shooter’s manifesto—RoJo feigned innocence, saying, “I’ve never heard of it, okay? I don’t know what you’re talking about. They’re just making this crap … Read more

US Is Number One – In Billionaires Hiding Money

A global index published Tuesday ranks the United States as the world’s leading perpetrator of financial secrecy, citing the country’s refusal to share key information with the tax authorities of other nations and its status as a generous tax haven for foreign oligarchs, rich executives, and other elites. The ranking comes despite US President Joe … Read more

Hermes Birkin Handbags, NFTs, Trademark Law, and Rothschild (but not Controlling the Weather)

From Hermes Int’l v. Rothschildan opinion issued today by Judge Jed Rakoff (SDNY): Around December 2021, defendant Mason Rothschild created digital images of faux-fur-covered versions of the luxury Birkin handbags of plaintiffs Hermes International and Hermes of Paris, Inc. (collectively, “Hermes”). Rothschild titled these images “MetaBirkins” and sold them using so-called “NFTs” (non-fungible tokens), explained … Read more

The state killing of Vicky Hernández is reminder we must do more to protect LGBTQ asylum-seekers

Hernández’s murder by the state and anti-trans persecution in Central America should also serve as a clarion call for our nation’s leadership to strengthen, not decimate, the US asylum system. The Blade reports that more than 400 LGBTQ people have been murdered in Honduras since the year Hernández was killed. Washington state Sen. Emily Randall … Read more