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Gov. Corbett shuns disability activists

What a worm. He wouldn’t even talk to them? I forgot, his office is only for rich people:

Activists asked Tom Corbett to talk about his draconian cuts to services for the disabled. Instead of acting like an adult and discussing their issues with them he sent out the capital police to make sure they didn’t go into his office. For several hours the activists held a sit-in and chanted outside the governors office with promises of being back after the legislative break.

PA’s Gas Company Protection Agency

The think that stinks is the filthy Corbett Administration in PA:

Something stinks around a Marcellus Shale wastewater reservoir operated by Range Resources in Amwell, Washington County, according to local resident’s lawsuit, but a state inspector said administrators told him to ignore complaints.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in Commonwealth Court in Harrisburg by Beth Voyles, states that John Carson, a Department of Environmental Protection field inspector, said superiors in Harrisburg and the southwest DEP regional office in Pittsburgh told him he was not permitted to accept any complaints, investigate or file any citations against Range for noxious odors allegedly coming from the reservoir known as the “Yeager impoundment.”

The court case comes as the DEP struggles with news reports about procedural changes that require field inspectors to get approval from administrators in Harrisburg before issuing violation notices to Marcellus Shale drilling operations or other state agencies.

The lawsuit asks the court to force the DEP to accept and investigate Ms. Voyles complaint, take water, soil and air samples and issue notices of violation if warranted.

Civil liberties?

Ah hell, we weren’t using them anyway, right?

You may think you understand how the Patriot Act allows the government to spy on its citizens. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) says it’s worse than you’ve heard.

Congress is set to reauthorize three controversial provisions of the surveillance law as early as Thursday. But Wyden says that what Congress will renew is a mere fig leaf for a far broader legal interpretation of the Patriot Act that the government keeps to itself — entirely in secret. Worse, there are hints that the government uses this secret interpretation to gather what one Patriot-watcher calls a “dragnet” for massive amounts of information on private citizens; the government portrays its data-collection efforts much differently.

“We’re getting to a gap between what the public thinks the law says and what the American government secretly thinks the law says,” Wyden tells Danger Room in an interview in his Senate office. “When you’ve got that kind of a gap, you’re going to have a problem on your hands.”

What exactly does Wyden mean by that? As a member of the intelligence committee, he laments that he can’t precisely explain without disclosing classified information. But one component of the Patriot Act in particular gives him immense pause: the so-called “business-records provision,” which empowers the FBI to get businesses, medical offices, banks and other organizations to turn over any “tangible things” it deems relevant to a security investigation.

“It is fair to say that the business-records provision is a part of the Patriot Act that I am extremely interested in reforming,” Wyden says. “I know a fair amount about how it’s interpreted, and I am going to keep pushing, as I have, to get more information about how the Patriot Act is being interpreted declassified. I think the public has a right to public debate about it.”

Fucking commie.
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Master class

Eric Clapton on how he gets his distinctive sound (h/t Karl):

Eric Clapton interview and guitar demo 1968 from Robb Navrides on Vimeo.

Lil red car

Rev. TJ McGlinchey is not only a great songwriter and performer, he’s the nephew of someone I went to eighth grade with!

Suspended

Ed Schultz, for calling Laura Ingraham a right-wing slut.

Sy Hersh

This is pretty damned interesting.

Obladi Oblada

What can YOUR kid do? LOL

Fire

Even though I was three miles away, I could see the dark black plume of smoke. Something near my house was on fire.

As I finally drove down my street, a thick haze of smoke hung like fog. I asked my neighbor what happened. “I don’t know, it’s some industrial site near the river,” she said.

Then the UPS driver showed up to make a delivery, and he filled us in. It was a computer recycling plant, and the stuff stored outside on pallets caught fire from someone smoking. “Oh swell,” I said. “All that toxic plastic in the air.” No wonder my eyes were burning.

Despite the half-dozen or so industrial sites near the river, there are no fire hydrants down there, the driver told us. “They had to come up here to fill their trucks, and they called for a pumper truck to pull water from the Delaware River,” he said.

My entire neighborhood just stinks and my head hurts — in a different way than it did this morning.

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