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Lara Logan is my hero

“In an interview with 60 Minutes’ Scott Pelley, CBS reporter Lara Logan recounted the day she was sexually assaulted by a mob of 200 to 300 men while covering the protests in Egypt.” In aftermath of Lara Logan’s attack, CPJ … Continue reading

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It’s time that this country began to tax fairly and invest wisely

Rep Becerra does the math: “TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY…WHAT ELSE COULD $60 BILLION A YEAR DO FOR AMERICA? Every year, the Bush tax cuts on income above $250,000 cost the rest of us about $60 billion. That includes interest … Continue reading

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Bernie Sanders is right

But what is to be done within the present system? Not much.

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Why I bow down to Kelly S. Taylor

And not just because she has the coolest doctorate in the world: “Understand that I’m not trying to throw off on cheerleaders. I’m just saying that the common perception outside Texas is that cheerleaders are powder-puffs. Texas cheerleaders are not … Continue reading

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Los Angeles Lakers cure cancer!

Raise the dead, transmute waste water in to premium unleaded, and bring about world peace simply by winning something. Seriously, my neighbors are on four corners of a nearby major street waving Laker banners, screaming in ecstasy, and drivers, which … Continue reading

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Chase Bank does something I approve of

You know, I don’t like Chase Bank, but I like what they did for this mural: “Meanwhile, one of Sheets’ mosaics just got a pricey facelift. Chase Bank, which now owns the former Home Savings chain, recently spent six months … Continue reading

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5 Immigration Myths Everyone Should Know

Are myths. “1. Immigrants take jobs from American workers. “Although immigrants account for 12.5 percent of the U.S. population, they make up about 15 percent of the workforce. They are overrepresented among workers largely because the rest of our population … Continue reading

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B. Franklin gets a new look

“As if that weren’t enough, the U.S. Treasury went all out and made a blockbuster release video for the new $100 bill.” Even the New $100 Bill is Going 3D, Mashable, April 21, 2010 And I wish I had more … Continue reading

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The sad truth about the 80s

And why we live the way we live now: “Something is profoundly wrong with the way we live today. For thirty years we have made a virtue out of the pursuit of material self-interest: indeed, this very pursuit now constitutes … Continue reading

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Betty Bowers Explains the Mormons

The fabulous Betty Bowers says it all and better than I ever could.

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Grayson Bill Opens Up Medicare To Anyone Who Can Pay For It

“Congressman Alan Grayson (FL-8) today introduced a bill (H.R. 4789) which would give the option to buy into Medicare to every citizen of the United States. The ‘Public Option Act,’ also known as the ‘Medicare You Can Buy Into Act,’ … Continue reading

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The Luckiest Dog in LA

“‘Whether he got scared by the thunderstorm and jumped the fence, we don’t know,’ he (Animal Control Officer Justin Guzman) said. The dog was never really swept away, but managed for the most part to maintain his footing on a … Continue reading

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Moral hazard: “…selling a car with faulty brakes, then buying an insurance policy on the buyer of those cars.”

“Phil Angelides, chairman of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (and former California Treasurer [yay!]), saw a used-car salesman at work after listening to the pugnacious, arm-waving Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs (GS.N) describe his firm’s pre-meltdown practices. “‘I’m just going … Continue reading

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Mikio Naruse’s When a Woman Ascends the Stairs

When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (Onna ga kaidan wo agaru toki) is jaw-droppingly brilliant, and how sad it’s the only Mikio Naruse film Netflix has on hand. Get more, Netflix, I know they’re out there. Just fyi: don’t read … Continue reading

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A New Year’s Resolution: Buy from Better World Books

Free shipping on anything at Better World Books. Factored into my usual book buying, this means better prices than you-know-who, too. And, most of all, each purchase supports global literary. So please look them over. My one regret is that … Continue reading

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Mofo Grief! Weapon Brown #100

Part cyborg, all blockhead. Jason…I…you…um… I love these comics. Buy them. You’ll be glad you did. The first Weapon Brown, before Blockhead’s War, has a Christmas story in it.

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Lilo and Stitch is a masterpiece

I have been blessed to have not seen a Disney feature animation since Jungle Book, and as far as I knew I wasn’t missing anything. I was missing this: I can’t believe Disney made this. It has Elvis songs in … Continue reading

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High School Music Students Rock

“They’ve recycled cans, baked cookies, hawked magazines, written letters and, in one case, even sold barbecue-flavored crickets. “‘They tasted like Cheetos but with legs,’ said Brenda Llamas, a 13-year-old trumpet player from Pacoima Middle School. “With proposed state budget cuts … Continue reading

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Japanese solutions for modern people

You know you want to know, so just click on the images. No one ever has to know you did. It will be your secret. (via Furies Publishing)

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Our Arnold helps the poor get poorer

Fuck California: “Consider this partial list of the governor’s proposed cuts to health and humans services: · Elimination of the CalWORKs program; · Elimination of the Healthy Families Program; · Eliminating certain Medi-Cal state-only programs; · Elimination of community based … Continue reading

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Michelle Howard: American Hero

“While the facts surrounding the kidnapping and rescue of the Maersk Alabama Captain Richard Phillips have been widely reported, less well-known is that ship which saved him was commanded by a black woman, Rear Admiral Michelle Howard. “Howard received the … Continue reading

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That’s Furies, not Furries

Furies Publishing (working title: 3 Girl Group) is just in the begin to beginning stages and trying to raise a little money. Please go over and click on their Google Ads or drop them a donation (the donation button is … Continue reading

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Three cheers for Sherwin-Williams

“Carson Joseph said he had struggled to find steady work since being released from prison four years ago, and when he graduated from a new job training program last week he hoped it would finally give him ‘a step up … Continue reading

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Iowa is now cooler than California

“DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – The Iowa Supreme Court cleared the way for gay marriage in the state on Friday by declaring a law that limits marriage to a man and a woman unconstitutional. “The ruling makes Iowa the third … Continue reading

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Go for it, House o’ Reps!

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Moving with unusual speed, the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed legislation to recoup most of the $165 million in retention bonuses paid to American International Group Inc employees. “Responding quickly to public outrage over … Continue reading

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What’s good about Los Angeles

“This is the second blog in a series in which young artists talk about the art they created on city traffic control boxes as part of our effort to beautify East Hollywood, Thai Town, and Little Armenia. LA Commons — … Continue reading

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I hate electronic billboards

I hate all billboards, really, but I really hate the electronic ones. So I really like this: “Assemblymember Mike Feuer is introducing a statewide moratorium on electronic billboards, and I am fully supporting this effort. “Electronic billboards are cluttering our … Continue reading

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I Ching online

Mahabarb knows about the coolest things. Here’s my reading from Wengu – Book of Changes. 61. 中 孚 Chung Fu / Inner Truth: “Nine at the beginning means: Being prepared brings good fortune. If there are secret designs, it is … Continue reading

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Please help Tim DeChristopher pay for that land

“Tim DeChristopher announced Wednesday afternoon that he would pay the U.S. Bureau of Land Management $45,000 to hold the 13 lease parcels he won in a Dec. 19 sale. His aim is to fend off drilling at least until President-elect … Continue reading

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Tim DeChristopher – Defender of Nature

Disrupter of Wickedness Stupidity bushco: “Just before Christmas, an economics student in Utah figured out a way to help the environment by messing up the mechanics of an auction. The Bush administration had Bureau of Land Management auction offer a … Continue reading

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