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Back to the ER

Hopefully they’ll just take the damned thing out.

Love in vain

Mick and the boys:

John Pilger

Great interview on journalism and war.

It’s a liberty walk

Even a teenaged pop star knows things are unequal in this country. Miley Cyrus:

Damn

Sometimes the universe displays a wicked sense of humor:

ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) — A trio of wealth managers from Greenwich, one of the most affluent towns in America, claimed a Powerball jackpot worth more than a quarter of a billion dollars Monday off a $1 ticket.

Greg Skidmore, Brandon Lacoff and Tim Davidson came forward as the winners of the $254.2 million jackpot and the trustees of The Putnam Avenue Family Trust, which they formed to help manage the money after Davidson bought the winning ticket at a Stamford gas station.

A lawyer who spoke for the group at a news conference said they contacted him immediately after the Nov. 2 drawing and came forward after making plans for the money. He said the trust will take the after-tax lump sum of $103,586,824.51 cash and a significant amount will go to charity.

“Obviously, everybody is extremely excited,” said Jason Kurland, the group’s attorney. “These numbers are huge. This is going to benefit many people.”

Newt Gingrich, scumbag

Not news, I know. Just another example of a Republican reaching into the past for “new” ideas. In this case, Newtie argues in favor of child labor.

Call Mr. Lee

He’ll know the code is broken.

Gov. Brownback, you really do suck

Great story out of Kansas regarding attempts to intimidate Emma Sullivan, an 18-year-old high school girl who insulted wing-nut Gov. Sam Brownback in a message to her Twitter friends. I’ve written a letter of apology on her behalf. More here.

Conspiracy theory

Yeah, I’d say the Times bends over backwards to insist there was no conspiracy in the Kennedy assassination. I still don’t believe it was Oswald acting alone. If it was, why did they get Arlen Specter to lie about the magic bullet?

The Times lies to us about so many things “for our own good.”

Woo hoo

I remember this judge, he’s one of the good guys:

NEW YORK — A federal judge in New York has struck down a $285 million settlement that Citigroup reached with the Securities and Exchange Commission, citing a need for truth about the financial markets.

Judge Jed Rakoff rejected the settlement Monday. The deal would have imposed penalties on Citigroup even as it allowed the company to deny allegations that it misled investors on a complex mortgage investment. The SEC has accused the bank of betting against the investment in 2007 and making $160 million, while investors lost millions.

The judge wrote that there is an overriding public interest in knowing the truth about the financial markets. He set a July 16 trial date for the case.

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