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Poverty train

Laura live at Monterey:

Don’t dream it’s over

Crowded House:

Tell her this

Del Amitri:

Gee

I wonder why we’re having so many tornado outbreaks:

A “high-end, life-threatening” tornado outbreak is likely on Saturday from Texas northeastward to Iowa, with Kansas and Oklahoma at the greatest risk for powerful tornadoes, and another area of heightened risk in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, according to theStorm Prediction Center (SPC).

Cities under the greatest tornado threat include Oklahoma City, Okla., Omaha, Neb., and Wichita, Kan. That National Weather Service forecast offices in those two cities have preparedmultimedia forecast briefings to discuss the tornado threats in greater detail.

The SPC, which is part of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), issued a rare “high risk” outlook for severe weather more than a day in advance for a swath of Oklahoma and Kansas, with a “moderate risk” covering a broader area from Texas to Iowa.

Supergirl superlove mix tape

Charli XCX has a great mix of her favorite girl artists:

Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Britney Spears – Piece Of Me
Fleetwood Mac – Little Lies
Siouxsie and The Banshees – Hong Kong Garden
Mariah Carey – Like That
Bjork – There’s More To Life Than This
Spice Girls – Say You’ll Be There
Azealia Banks – Fuck Up The Fun
Blondie – Atomic
Hole – Jennifer’s Body
Kate Bush – Hounds Of Love

Caine’s arcade

Link:

This is the story of a nine year old boy named Caine who built an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his father’s used auto part store. A dollar gets you four plays, and two dollars gets you a five-hundred turn FUN PASS. Business was slow until independent filmmaker Nirvan Mullick spotted the arcade and plotted to change Caine’s life forever. Watch the short film and if you feel as weepy and joyous as I did, head over to his newly established scholarship fund. And can I just say, what an amazing dad to support, encourage, and allow his son to pretty much overtake his storefront for the sake of fun and creativity.

And to end on a wonderful note, people donated over $125,000 for Cole’s scholarship fund.

I have to thank Joe, my social network friend, that is mostly offends to me with his sexist posts, who is still is in a 8O’s style “hair band” to point out that this stupidity.

I have just learned that a “brown” googie that does not have a haircut is not just not acceptable.

Joe disagrees. In some ways I guess he is a feminist, or just a guy.

Here is the article from Jezebel.

Good news, ladies! Society has discovered another new thing that’s wrong with you, which means another opportunity for you to make yourself more attractive for your man. Score! Turns out, the color of your vagina is gross and everyone hates it. So bleach that motherfucker. Bleach it right now!

***Sigh***

Jessica’s daily affirmation

This is wonderful:

Alive again

by Susie

Via Boing Boing:

In this outtake from Alive Inside, we meet an elderly man who’s been in a nursing home for 10 years, and who is disengaged, listless and unresponsive to his environment. Then he is exposed to music from his earlier life, and is instantly transformed, engaging with the people around him. Oliver Sacks provides commentary in the clip, which is inspirational and amazing at the same time.

Unemployment numbers

Well, I figured it was still bad even though hiring is picking up a little bit, but I didn’t know it was this bad:

More people have jobs in America this month than they did last month, so says the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

But the headline unemployment rate of 8.3% isn’t the whole story.

It’s not that there wasn’t positive news. The addition of 243,000 new jobs far exceeded economists’ expectations for an increase of 150,000. It was the seventh straight month of increases of 100,000 or more.

And yet buried in the BLS report are numbers that paint a different picture.

One of the main reasons the rate dropped, in fact, is because the BLS stopped counting nearly 1.2 million people as part of the labor force.

That’s a record. It puts the labor force participation rate at a 30-year low of 63.7%, significantly below the long-term average of 65.8%.

While it’s true the official number of unemployed fell from 13.1 million in December to 12.8 million, it helps when you simply don’t include 1.2 million in the equation.

“This is not a fundamentally positive way to see the unemployment rate fall,” Jason Schenker, president of Prestige Economics, said in an email to clients.

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