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Fukushima

Still spewing outrageously high levels of radiation!

Bend over, unemployed

You’re about to get screwed by the Republicans again. Gee, I wonder if Senate Dems will enable them?

WASHINGTON — After some encouraging signs that Republicans might cooperate with them, the two House Democrats trying to give the long-term jobless extra weeks of unemployment benefits are dismayed the GOP has instead moved a bill that could take benefits away.

Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Bobby Scott (D-Va.) want to give the long-term unemployed another 14 weeks of unemployment insurance. In aremarkable April meeting, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) encouraged them to work with Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, which oversees unemployment insurance.

Instead, Camp is pursuing a bill that would give states the option to spend federal unemployment dollars on paying down debt instead of paying for extended unemployment benefits.

“Instead of acting on our bill to extend aid to unemployed workers who have exhausted their benefits, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Camp wants to gut unemployment benefits and deny millions of jobless workers the means to help make ends meet,” Lee and Scott said in a statement. “As we face an unemployment rate of 9 percent nationwide, an unemployment rate for teenagers three times as high as the national average, and an economy where there are 4.4 unemployed workers for every available job opening, it is simply wrong to propose a bill that would further penalize unemployed workers across the country.”

Camp’s office declined to comment. Ways and Means will vote on Camp’s bill on Wednesday.

Liz Cheney

She’s like one of those annoying little dogs, the ones that shit all over your lawn and the owners won’t pick up after them. (The owner, in this case, the Sunday shows that continue to invite her on as a guest.)

I do wish this woman could find a more productive way of working out her obvious daddy issues than singing the praises of torture.

Fracking

Okay, so what excuse will they come up with this time to justify polluting our water? Because the way things are going, a clean water supply is going to be scarcer than oil:

For the first time, a scientific study has linked natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing with a pattern of drinking water contamination so severe that some faucets can be lit on fire.

The peer-reviewed study, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, stands to shape the contentious debate over whether drilling is safe and begins to fill an information gap that has made it difficult for lawmakers and the public tounderstand the risks.

An antique bed

I get sentimental about the strangest things. Today I’m giving away the antique bed that used to belong to my friend Dave’s grandmother, and then my mother, and then me. Letting go of it makes me a little verklempt.

There’s a little white spot on the headboard from a couple of years ago, when I suffered through several days of fevers that were so high, I’d hallucinate. I’d wake up dripping with sweat and my head pressed against the headboard.

It was an imposing piece and I always meant to refinish it, but the reality of living in a small second-floor apartment means it’s just not practical. So I put it on Craigslist, and someone should be here to pick it up this afternoon.

I’m starting a new chapter in my life and I’m changing my surroundings to reflect that. So this well-used and much-beloved item goes off to a new home, where I hope it will again be loved and appreciated.

Bandwidth caps

Why it’s a joke, especially for AT&T.

Deep thought

Suddenly everyone in my city has dogs the size of cats.

Visual thinking

I’m a visual thinker. Are you?

Breaking news

Newt to announce his candidacy Wednesday — on Facebook and Twitter. What a gift!

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