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Occupy Philly

As you know, Comcast is one of my very favorite examples of corporate personhood!

About 25 members of the Occupy Philadelphia protest staged a sit in at the Comcast Building this afternoon.
Police have arrested seven men and two women.

Some of the protesters reportedly got into the lobby of the tower at 17th Street and JFK Boulevard.

About 20 others linked arms on the sidewalk outside, chanting slogans and singing a song about solidarity to the tune of La Marseillaise.

One slogan was “Hey, hey, ho, ho, corporate personhood has to go.”

Occupy Philadelphia said in a tweet the protest was in solidarity with a 99-minute general strike called in support of the Occupy Oakland protest, where police have clashed with demonstrators.

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Hypervigilant

So the waitress at the diner refilled my tea last night and like a dummy, I drank it. I fell asleep about 1 but was wide awake at 4 p.m.

I figure hey, I’ll read a little until I get sleepy again and proceed to thumb through a magazine. Suddenly, out of the corner of my eye, I see something sizable crawl up and then go between the folds of a curtain. Being the hypervigilant sort that I am, my body responds with a MASSIVE hit of adrenaline and I never get back to sleep.

So that’s probably why I’m not all that interesting today.

Still think handgun insurance is a bad idea? Suppose this Georgia woman had been shot. This is exactly the kind of crazy stuff for which actual victims should be able to sue. Some critics have pointed out that you can already file a claim against someone’s homeowner’s insurance — but not everyone owns a home. If this handgun owner knew his mandatory insurance premiums would go up dramatically if his grandkids got hold of his gun, he might have been a little more careful. Right, grandpa?

A 10-year-old Aiken trick-or-treater pulled a gun on a woman who said she would take his candy on Halloween.

According to a police incident report, the 28-year-old victim told authorities she recognized some boys from her neighborhood while they were trick-or-treating about 6:30 p.m. Monday near Schroeder and George streets and jokingly told them she would take their candy.

One 10-year-old in the group of about 10 juveniles responded with “no you’re not …” and then pointed a 9 mm handgun at her.

According to Aiken Public Safety Lt. David Turno, the clip was not in the gun at the time, but the boy did have a loaded clip in his possession.

The boy’s brother, also 10, told authorities he also had a gun. The second weapon was recovered Tuesday morning.

I’ve always been adamant about letting kids wander in a house with guns. My father-in-law kept a loaded handgun in his bedside table, and refused to take the bullets out while we were visiting. That’s why my kids were never allowed to stay overnight with their grandparents. (I was “overreacting,” my mother-in-law told me. “Better safe than sorry,” I told her.)

This post is written as part of the Media Matters Gun Facts fellowship. The purpose of the fellowship is to further Media Matters’ mission to comprehensively monitor, analyze, and correct conservative misinformation in the U.S. media. Some of the worst misinformation occurs around the issue of guns, gun violence, and extremism, the fellowship program is designed to fight this misinformation with facts.

Greece

Kevin Drum explains the latest banking mess.

When Barack Obama took office, it was almost embarrassing to watch so many otherwise intelligent people rejoice at the notion that he could do good and yet remain closely allied with the corrupt banks that had wrecked the economy. Most people know better now, but does Obama? More here.

Oakland general strike

Livestream:

Watch live streaming video from occupyoakland at livestream.com

Airport scanners and cancer

Told ya. Pro Publica:

On Sept. 23, 1998, a panel of radiation safety experts gathered at a Hilton hotel in Maryland to evaluate a new device that could detect hidden weapons and contraband. The machine, known as the Secure 1000, beamed X-rays at people to see underneath their clothing.

One after another, the experts convened by the Food and Drug Administration raised questions about the machine because it violated a longstanding principle in radiation safety — that humans shouldn’t be X-rayed unless there is a medical benefit.

“I think this is really a slippery slope,” said Jill Lipoti, who was the director of New Jersey’s radiation protection program. The device was already deployed in prisons; what was next, she and others asked — courthouses, schools, airports? “I am concerned … with expanding this type of product for the traveling public,” said another panelist, Stanley Savic, the vice president for safety at a large electronics company. “I think that would take this thing to an entirely different level of public health risk.”

[…] Research suggests that anywhere from six to 100 U.S. airline passengers each year could get cancer from the machines. Still, the TSA has repeatedly defined the scanners as “safe,” glossing over the accepted scientific view that even low doses of ionizing radiation — the kind beamed directly at the body by the X-ray scanners — increase the risk of cancer.

Go read the whole sorry tale of how this happened and why.

Upper Big Branch Mine

Rep. George Miller gave this powerful speech on the floor of the House this morning. Go read it.

General strike

Even the Men’s Warehouse?

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