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I had this burning pain in the middle of my wrist that made it difficult to type, so I went to the chiro today.

“Where does it hurt?”

“Right here,” I said, pointing to a spot between my wrist and hand.

He grabbed my arm, cracked the bones and made everything hurt. Then he grabbed my fingers and pushed them all the way back toward my hand. “Don’t you stretch your hands?” he said.

“Not like that,” I said, shaking my hand. But the pain was gone.

Institutional legitimacy

What Marcy says.


One of the things that bugs me about Christie is that he also does some good stuff (like this), so we know he’s not stupid – just incredibly political – and not in a good way.


It’s an absolutely gorgeous late-summer day, with nary a cloud and only 77 degrees. I was thinking what a perfect day — and then I remembered the weather was just like this on 9/11. Weird thing to remember…

The death of bin Laden

Investigative reporter Russ Baker has been marginalized because he’s dared to ask questions “real” journalists aren’t supposed to touch (like who really killed Jack Kennedy).

Now he’s writing about the many holes in the official version(s) of the death of bin Laden. Fascinating:

This may sound too technical for your taste, but the takeaway point is that fundamental realignments are afoot in that vast, massively-funded, powerful and secretive part of the US government that is treated by the corporate press almost as if it does not exist. The tales of internal intrigue that we do not hear would begin to provide us with the real narratives that are not ours to have.

If this were an actual democracy, we could talk about why bin Laden was killed on sight. But that wouldn’t be appropriate under the circumstances, right?



The movie:

Happy – A Documentary Trailer from Wadi Rum Films on Vimeo.

I was just thinking last night that my life was very happy right now. (Except for the ever-present money worries.) But other than that, I’m enjoying myself. How about you? What makes you happy?


Disability “on the verge of insolvency,” according to AP, because of the flood of people filing because there are no jobs.

The disability program is also being hit by an aging population — disability rates rise as people get older — as well as a system that encourages people to apply for more generous disability benefits rather than waiting until they qualify for retirement.

What was all that about social costs?


Wonder when we’re going to start drug-testing the banksters for their welfare checks?

Citigroup Inc. (C) and Bank of America Corp. (BAC) were the reigning champions of finance in 2006 as home prices peaked, leading the 10 biggest U.S. banks and brokerage firms to their best year ever with $104 billion of profits.

By 2008, the housing market’s collapse forced those companies to take more than six times as much, $669 billion, in emergency loans from the U.S. Federal Reserve. The loans dwarfed the $160 billion in public bailouts the top 10 got from the U.S. Treasury, yet until now the full amounts have remained secret.

Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke’s unprecedented effort to keep the economy from plunging into depression included lending banks and other companies as much as $1.2 trillion of public money, about the same amount U.S. homeowners currently owe on 6.5 million delinquent and foreclosed mortgages. The largest borrower, Morgan Stanley (MS), got as much as $107.3 billion, while Citigroup took $99.5 billion and Bank of America $91.4 billion, according to a Bloomberg News compilation of data obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests, months of litigation and an act of Congress.

“These are all whopping numbers,” said Robert Litan, a former Justice Department official who in the 1990s served on a commission probing the causes of the savings and loan crisis. “You’re talking about the aristocracy of American finance going down the tubes without the federal money.”

Don’t be silly! We don’t let bankers go down the tubes, only poor people. Geeze.

Japanese Chernobyl

The affected area is probably even bigger than this, if past pronouncements from Japan are any guide:

TOKYO — Broad areas around the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant could soon be declared uninhabitable, perhaps for decades, after a government survey found radioactive contamination that far exceeded safe levels, several major media outlets said Monday.

The formal announcement, expected from the government in coming days, would be the first official recognition that the March accident could force the long-term depopulation of communities near the plant, an eventuality that scientists and some officials have been warning about for months. Lawmakers said over the weekend — and major newspapers reported Monday — that Prime Minister Naoto Kan was planning to visit Fukushima Prefecture, where the plant is, as early as Saturday to break the news directly to residents. The affected communities are all within 12 miles of the plant, an area that was evacuated immediately after the accident.

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