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Read Neal Gabler’s essay in today’s New York Times before you jump on Facebook to tell friends what your cat had for dinner and how much you hate Mondays.

Shut up and let me go

Ting Tings:

So I saw this piece in The Hill with the headline “Al Gore for president.” And I thought hmm, not my favorite choice but a smart guy with good ideas, not exactly brave but certainly ballsier than Obama, although who isn’t. But then I read the lead — “Let me be the first to propose a national movement to draft Al Gore for president in 2016…” — and thought whoa, what is wrong with the Democratic Party?

Thank you friends

Big Star:

Virtually Speaking tonight

Sunday, Aug 14 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific | Virtually Speaking Sundays | “Our Media Not Theirs” | Joan McCarter and Cliff Schecter consider developments of the week, highlighting issues neglected or misrepresented on the Sunday morning broadcasts of traditional media. Joan is the highly regarded Senior Policy Editor and regular contributor to Daily Kos. Cliff is a campaign strategist, political commentator and principal at Libertas LLC, a full spectrum political and corporate communications company. | Listen live and later on BTR

Shangri-La

God, I’d forgotten how piercing this song is. Ray Davies:

Hungary

Destroys Monsanto GMO corn fields.

Hurry up

And let our fraudulent paperwork go through!

Aug. 12 (Bloomberg) — Bank of America Corp. Chief Executive Officer Brian T. Moynihan met Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner to press for a settlement of probes tied to the industry’s shoddy foreclosure practices, said two people with direct knowledge of the event.

Moynihan, 51, also met Aug. 10 in Washington with Federal Reserve governor Daniel Tarullo, said the people, who declined to be identified because the discussions were private. A settlement among banks, state attorneys general and the Department of Justice would enable lenders to resolve delinquent loans and in turn allow the U.S. housing market to recover, Moynihan told the officials.

“In the states where foreclosure can take place you’re seeing the system unclog and move through,” Moynihan said during in an Aug. 10 conference call hosted by mutual fund manager Bruce Berkowitz. “That’s different than states where foreclosure is going through very slowly.”

Underground

Ben Folds Five:

Do-nothings

The White House is filled with cynical fools — a very bad combination.

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