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Happy birthday, Joni!

I forgot

To watch the press conference with the latest Herman Cain accuser. This one is a registered Republican — even better, a tea bagger. Says Cain tried to push her face in his lap in the front seat of a car (I guess to show her how similar her mouth is to his wife’s?) and when she resisted, said, you want a job, right?

Sounds like a pretty classic case she’s got there.

So I went to the gym today

I was a little depressed to find out just how little I can do (only about 75% of what the trainer wants), but on the bright side, I really like my trainer (a Latina from Brooklyn) and I’m determined to get back to where I was before all this mess started.

Blogging will not be as frequent as a result, but I hope you’ll all hang around, anyway!

Shot for filming

This Seattle protester was shot by a cop for filming them. Watch:

Most Americans are strongly in favor of higher taxes on the rich and many other common-sense measures that David Leonhardt’s article either doesn’t mention or carefully downplays. More here.

Student loans

I was just saying to someone the other day that I’m surprised Occupy isn’t spending more time on repealing the bankruptcy reforms. This is only one of the many reasons that’s a good idea.

Austerity

It’s because all of a sudden, Americans just decided to be slackers! If only they’d pull themselves back up by their bootstraps… well, if they had bootstraps left…

WASHINGTON (AP) — New census estimates show the number of Americans living in poverty is higher than previously known – reaching a new level of 49.1 million, or 16 percent.

The numbers released Monday are a new supplemental poverty measure aimed at providing a fuller picture of poverty of America. They are higher than the official 2010 poverty rate of 15.1 percent, or a record 46.2 million, that was reported in September.

Much of the increase in the new measure comes from rising everyday costs, such as out-of-pocket medical expenses, that aren’t factored into the official rate. Americans 65 or older had the biggest poverty jump – 15.9 percent, versus 9 percent under the official formula.

And then there were four

Another women alleges sexual harassment by Herman Cain. Press conference at 1:30pm EST.

Hah

What a crazy, un-American idea! Let the people vote on the super committee austerity plan? What is this, Greece? Ha!

Jimmy Breslin

On Occupy Wall Street and the media:

I am starting the day reading the paper while I’m walking to the subway to go downtown to cheer a new gathering of the Wall Street protesters. The entire city is just starting to be convinced that these crowds are going to change things and forever. Just follow the numbers and energy of the people.

Still, the people you thought would be first to tell the country all about this are news people. But they have stayed seated in the office. These desks in a warm office save some newsmen from going out to the site where they would have to get cold and push through the crowds of protesters. That is work — and they are not so busy at that.

Instead, they’re telling another kind of story.

The New York Post had a front-page headline on Thursday for the city:

“Enough! Post Editorial. Mr. Mayor, it is time to reclaim Zuccotti Park — and New York City’s dignity.”

The paper’s ownership comes out of Australia and LondonEngland. The owner is Rupert Murdoch, who is friendly with New York politicians who fall down when they get a glimpse of his money.
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