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People of California – Yes on Prop 46

“It’s estimated that only 8 percent of California doctors check the database before writing a prescription for a controlled substance. New York and Virginia recently required mandatory checks of their CURES-type databases, reducing doctor shopping in those states by 75 … Continue reading

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Old neocons never die

The Obama administration keeps them around for some reason. “Where’s H L Mencken when we need him? No one ever lost money underestimating the mendacity of the Pentagon/NATO/CIA/State Department system. Especially now, when Ukrainian policy seems to have been subcontracted … Continue reading

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Droning us out

“Yesterday, as a task force of 125 officers, some riding Snowcats in the rugged terrain, continued their search, it was revealed that Dorner has become the first human target for remotely-controlled airborne drones on US soil.” Man hunt for ex-soldier … Continue reading

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Misanthropy anyone?

“The Skidelskys have an exalted conception of leisure. They say that the true sense of the word is ‘activity without extrinsic end’: ‘The sculptor engrossed in cutting marble, the teacher intent on imparting a difficult idea, the musician struggling with … Continue reading

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Dark Knight Rises

“Dark Knight” was better. Better pacing, better story, which makes it the best of the trilogy. I might change my mind when I see DKR again, but I have no desire to see it again, unlike DK, which I paid … Continue reading

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People of Los Angeles County

Did you know there’s a very useful Citizens Guide to (LA) County Services 2012-2013? No? Well, neither did I until I found it at PalosVerdes.com. It’s full of useful information, such as the freaking address of the county seat in … Continue reading

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Prometheus

Meh. I think Ridley Scott has too many yes-people around him for his own good. And the screenwriter really ought to learn something about human anatomy because that craziness kept un-suspending my disbelief.

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This is why Wall Street is doomed

And maybe the whole stupid economy as we know it. “Just to play a concise version of the parlor game that went around the stock markets, Facebook’s market value at $104bn – with $3.7bn of profits – would have made … Continue reading

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“…invalidated the choices they and their wives had made…”

“A group of researchers from several universities recently published a report on the attitudes and beliefs of employed men, which shows that those with wives who did not work outside the home or who worked part-time were more likely than … Continue reading

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Welcome to the wonderful wonderland of California politics

“The state’s ethics watchdog agency on Thursday dismissed allegations against Assemblyman Chris Norby (R-Fullerton) that he misused campaign funds to pay for a motel stay in Orange County for personal benefit. “The state Fair Political Practices Commission overruled its chief … Continue reading

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People of America – your tax dollars at work

Keeping the internet safe so Hollywood can make more money by making more crap. “The U.S. government recently shut down file-sharing giant Megaupload. The shut down of the site caused millions of its users and fans lonely days and broken … Continue reading

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In Praise of Scan Girls

Crossposted from J LHLS. Please comment there, if you are so inclined. Yeah, I read a few scanlations, but I also buy the printed English version if it’s licensed and published, and if I just can’t stand it, I’ll even … Continue reading

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The perils of the unprepared

She might not be a Moonie, but she’s definitely an idiot. “Reporter: No, actually, because when Reagan came in later on, things actually changed. “Brown: No, Reagan came before me. Reagan came after my father and then I came after … Continue reading

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RENATIONALIZE THE POST OFFICE NOW!

Did you know postal rates go up again on 1/22? No? Neither did I until last Friday (grrrrr). Renationalize the Post Office! No raises or bonuses for upper management until postal prices are halved! Bring back Sea Mail! Seriously, the … Continue reading

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I hate Reagan, episode 69,468 squared

If this chart doesn’t make you see red, there’s something wrong with you: “The following chart tells the story. It shows inflation-adjusted GDP per capita and median family income from 1947 (the earliest year for which the income data are … Continue reading

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*()$%_@#_@&

“After failing to get enough votes for passage of a last-minute, $1-billion tax package, Gov. Jerry Brown Friday night accused some legislators of bowing to special interests at the expense of California taxpayers. “Brown had proposed ending a provision that … Continue reading

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Okay, sucker, now I’m mad

“There are more and more wrinkles in the troubling saga of the former Goldman Sachs VP hired by Issa to protect Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street firms from accountability on the Hill. It now looks as though he was … Continue reading

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Google: Evil, Greedy or just Obtuse?

“But last year Schmidt, who has been Google’s chairman since 2007 and until earlier this year also served as its CEO, approached Jared Cohen, a 28-year-old wunderkind at the US state department’s policy planning unit, to take the company’s approach … Continue reading

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Clarence Thomas is a disgrace to the SCOTUS

And should be removed from it. “This relationship is deeply conflicted because Crow’s financial and political interests are frequently before the Supreme Court. Nonetheless, Crow continues to bestow endless gifts and favors on Thomas or fund matters of serious interest … Continue reading

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Well, this is embarassing

“Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced last week that he wouldn’t approve a Dodgers television deal with Fox Sports that reportedly was worth up to $3 billion. That left McCourt cash-starved and facing the prospect of missing the team payroll this … Continue reading

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Another email trojan

“For many weeks now the spammers behind one particular malware family have been fighting a running battle to keep their malware-hosting domains in place for a campaign that we have been calling ‘NACHA Spam’.” ACH payment email, CyberCrime & Doing … Continue reading

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Heroines and the men they love (alas)

“And she was lucky to get her man at all. Often women who stray from more traditional female territory have a tough time romantically. Jo in Little Women, everyone’s favourite tomboy, does not marry Laurie; her beautiful, spiteful little sister … Continue reading

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Crash Taxes! Coming to your city soon!

“‘Sacramento, with nearly half a million residents, soon could be the largest city in California to do so. The City Council has scheduled a vote next month to establish what it’s calling a ‘fire cost recovery charge.’ The fee would … Continue reading

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Random Roundup

Kim Jong-Il Looking at Things and does he evah. (I really should stay the hell away from Tumblr blogs) Obama: What happened to the guy named Obama who wanted to lift the cap on Social Security contributions? L.A. Unified project … Continue reading

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Google + Karl Rove = EVIL squared x infinity

“Why are a small group of Silicon Valley companies paying for a cynical attack ad? After all, Google’s slogan is ‘Don’t be evil.’ How else can we describe the politics that brings together tobacco and oil money to do a … Continue reading

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Kamala Harris for CA AG

Kamala Harris for CA AG Because Cooley doesn’t plan to give back $13,000 received during prosecution of oil company “Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley on Saturday said he has no plans to return $13,000 in contributions to his … Continue reading

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This is what’s wrong with capitalism, episode 6,846

1,700 workers are out of luck. “‘Strong demand for our services resulted in higher volumes and better revenue per shipment at FedEx Express and FedEx Ground,’ said Chairman, President and CEO Frederick Smith. ‘This increased demand comes from improved global … Continue reading

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Paging, President Clinton. Paging, Presdident Clinton

Get your ass to California and stumpin’ for Jerry Brown, like, now. “The source cited in a Meg Whitman advertisement said Saturday that his claim that taxes were higher after Jerry Brown’s two terms as governor was inaccurate. “‘… I … Continue reading

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Bloglines is no more after September 30

Dammit.

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Will do to CA what she did to HP

Which was not good: “‘Q: You cut jobs at HP, you know what it’s like to cut jobs, you made tough choices – so are you saying that you want to go to Washington, DC to cut jobs? Is that … Continue reading

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