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Tomorrow

I’ll be making a tray of teriyaki chicken to take to a cookout. How about you?

Stoned soul picnic

Laura Nyro:

Grazin’ in the grass

Friends of Distinction:

September

Earth Wind and Fire:

Summer nights

From Grease:

Oxy

Is the worst fucking drug in the world, and it certainly has its hooks into my part of the city. Just about everyone you meet has a friend or family member who’s addicted.

What I want to know is, since narcotics are supposedly carefully tracked, where does it all come from? I know when I was an insurance fraud investigator, we routinely inspected pain clinics to see if they were pill mills. Are you telling me that the drug manufacturers can’t tell by the orders who’s pushing opiates for cash? Bullshit.

This is how the drug manufacturer who made Quaaludes was finally outed as in on the scheme. The amount they were manufacturing and selling was something like 500% higher than the number of tracked prescriptions. So why aren’t they tracking Purdue Pharma, too?

Just another way for Big Pharma to fatten the bottom line at the expense of everyone else.

Breaking news

Explosion and smoke from French nuclear power station. Fortunately, it was a building not connected to the reactors.

Bullshit

Wendell Potter calls it.

Compassionate Christie

“Community-based care” is a euphemism for “Let’s get these people off our budget and dump them into the counties who can’t afford to take care of them.”

But Gov. Christie is a “good” Catholic who cares about “life”. Just ask him!

‘We regret the release’

“But since we know that no one will ever hold us truly accountable and the federal government will absorb all the cleanup costs, it’s all good!”

UPDATE 10:30 a.m. : ExxonMobil will direct the cleanup efforts of the oil spill, said Duane Winslow, Yellowstone County director of disaster and emergency services.

“Exxon really is going to be the incident command,” Winslow said. All other agencies like state Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Environmental Protection Agency, will all monitor Exxon’s effort.

Officials in downstream communities have been notified of the oil spill, Winslow said.

UPDATE 9:30 a.m.: An ExxonMobil oil pipeline just east of the Laurel Bridge ruptured around 11:30 p.m. Friday, dumping oil into the Yellowstone River.

In a press conference Saturday morning, Yellowstone County and ExxonMobil officials said they don’t know yet what caused the break in the 12-inch pipeline or how much oil escaped into the river.

The pipeline runs below the Yellowstone riverbed. Emergency crews shut the pipeline down just before midnight, said Duane Winslow, Yellowstone County director of disaster and emergency services.

“Throughout the night, we’ve worked to determine what happened,” he said.

The oil slick started in Laurel and, with the speed of the river, had moved to Custer by about 9 a.m. A light sheen of petroleum can been seen along banks and in eddies all down the river between the two points.

“We regret the release,” said Pam Malek, a spokeswoman for ExxonMobil.

You don’t suppose it will turn out that Exxon cut maintenance on the pipeline to save money, do you? I mean, because that never happens. Why, it wouldn’t be in their self-interest, as the deregulation cheerleaders remind us!

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