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Harry Potter for all occassions (especially stupid ones)

“Liu wrote: ‘If militarism is like the haunting Voldemort of Japan, the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo is a kind of horcrux, representing the darkest parts of that nation’s soul.’” Japan hits back at China over Voldemort comparisons, by Justin McCurry, … Continue reading

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House and Senate Nay votes on the budget and temporarily raising the debt ceiling tonight

Are these people insane? Senate Nay Votes Name Party State Vote Lee, Mike Republican Utah Nay Johnson, Ron Republican Wisconsin Nay Cornyn, John Republican Texas Nay Crapo, Mike Republican Idaho Nay Cruz, Ted Republican Texas Nay Enzi, Michael Republican Wyoming … 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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I wasn’t going to say anything about Aaron Swartz’s suicide

But Susie Bright brings it, nails it, and tells it: I Have Something to Say about Aaron Swartz’s Suicide and the Special Way the US Justice Dept Hounds People to Death. Just read it, please. If the DOJ wants to … Continue reading

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Republivandals villains all

“The key thing to remember — and what the GOP hopes you won’t understand — is that raising the debt ceiling only empowers the president to spend money that he’s authorized to spend by Congressional legislation; nothing more. Conversely, a … Continue reading

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Ew. Worse than I thought.

“Romney, on the other hand, is a perfect representative of one side of the ominous cultural divide that will define the next generation, not just here in America but all over the world. Forget about the Southern strategy, blue versus … Continue reading

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Too many guns are too easy to get

“The suspect in the mass shooting at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater screening of the new Batman film early Friday had colored his hair red and told police he was ‘the Joker,’ according to a federal law enforcement source with … Continue reading

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The shadow of football in Pennsylvania

“Records provided to AP by Long in December show that after Matt Sandusky attempted suicide in 1996, his probation officer wrote, ‘The probation department has some serious concerns about the juvenile’s safety and his current progress in placement with the … Continue reading

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This week in pedophilia

David E has the roundup. I don’t particularly like Graham Greene because he has such a nasty way of telling the truth that he got his publisher sued into bankruptcy. This bothers me on many levels, including that the lesson/warning/seriously … Continue reading

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Mitt Romney, he just lies about stuff

(via) I don’t want this man to be president of the United States. I don’t care about anything else, but if I did, it would be this: Mitt Romney is lying about stuff now Mitt Romney doesn’t care that he … Continue reading

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Wikipedia: the sorrow and the pity

“For the past 10 years I’ve immersed myself in the details of one of the most famous events in American labor history, the Haymarket riot and trial of 1886. Along the way I’ve written two books and a couple of … Continue reading

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SOPA dope is bad news for everything anyone cares about

“I’m a world-class nerd. But that doesn’t mean I understand the nuts and bolts of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), an internet censorship bill on which the House Judiciary Commitee held hearings today.” The Stop Online Piracy Act and … Continue reading

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America puts on skis to step on a slippery slope

“Armed with a search warrant, Nelson County Sheriff Kelly Janke went looking for six missing cows on the Brossart family farm in the early evening of June 23. Three men brandishing rifles chased him off, he said. “Janke knew the … Continue reading

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UC Davis is never going to live this down

Nor should they. (bow down to this photographer, Louise Macabitas, who doesn’t have a site I can link to) “Hundreds of students and faculty members at UC Davis gathered Monday in the campus quad to protest the use of pepper … Continue reading

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Just call the cops

“Based on my experience at the four universities, administrative decisions on a range of matters are often based on the “best interest of the university,” not necessarily the individuals involved. That seems to make sense, considering that everyone employed by … Continue reading

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Bank Transfer Day: November 5, 2011

Bank Transfer Day and an interview podcast with the founder, Kristen Christian. She’s with Los Angeles Federal Credit Union, which is open to any Los Angeles resident. They have walk-in branches or you can open an account via their website. … Continue reading

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3 million jobs for 14 million unemployed is tragically absurd

“Labor Secretary Hilda Solis on Thursday announced a partnership with Facebook designed to connect the jobless with companies that are hiring. The Social Jobs Partnership will aggregate a variety of existing, but often little-known, job-search services on a new Facebook … Continue reading

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The Moral War Started in the 70s

“I’m referring, as you might guess, to what happened during Monday’s G.O.P. presidential debate. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Representative Ron Paul what we should do if a 30-year-old man who chose not to purchase health insurance suddenly found himself in … 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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Keep throwing money at it, Rupert

“Even as the flames of the scandal begin to edge closer to Mr. Murdoch’s door, anybody betting against his business survival will most likely come away disappointed. He has been in deep trouble before and not only survived, but prospered. … Continue reading

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The internet is being filtered for you

Beware of Online Filter Bubbles, by Eli Parsier, TED, Long Beach 2011 It’s the ME! web now. Sigh. Algorithms have no editorial ethics or civic responsibility. Well, neither do Rupert Murdoch or Sun Myung Moon so we are well and … Continue reading

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Kind of insane

“In February 2010, I was contacted by attorneys representing famed New York photographer Jay Maisel, the photographer who shot the original photo of Miles Davis used for the cover of Kind of Blue. “In their demand letter, they alleged that … Continue reading

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Mayerson learns a new expression: bot herder

“And what about the guilty party here – the Optima bot? Well, it first appeared at the end of 2010 on the Russian-speaking cybercrime black market and quickly achieved popularity. Apart from DDoS attacks, the bot’s functionality includes downloading other … Continue reading

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Godspeed Gabrielle Giffords

Please survive and be okay. Otherwise I have no words for this horror. David E does, so please read them.

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Only the very very rich matter in America now

Sigh. Why do the comics have to tell us this (again)? On the other hand, once we all know this is true, we can get on with breaking the U.S. into smaller and better countries. I really think that’s the … Continue reading

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Why nature utterly freaks me out (episode #16,492)

Ew. Wonder if this will ever start happening to humans. If it hasn’t already and I just don’t know about it. Ew.

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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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Soon we won’t even be able to say “Thank God for Mississippi”

“California is winning a race to the bottom and our children are paying the price. The report finds that, when compared to other states, California ranks: • 50th in student to teacher ratios, with 21.3:1 compared to a national average … Continue reading

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Reason 9,819,956,056 California is messed up

Good work by the LA Times! “Orange County pension records show that convicted former Sheriff Michael S. Carona collected about $215,000 last year in retirement payments — and he was just one of more than 400 county pensioners who received … Continue reading

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Overcrowding at County Hospital

“Along with Molina, health department officials, physician and hospital trade groups and independent consultants all urged that the new hospital be built to hold 750 beds. Advocates said that capacity was needed to allow the county to provide life-saving care … Continue reading

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