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The ongoing Gulf disaster

Interesting stuff, Corexit. BP used it to “disperse” its spilled oil, but the Gulf ecosystem continues to become sicker. On the menu today, eyeless shrimp.

What mortgage fraud probe?

By Odd Man Out

I’m wondering if Eric Schneidermann has become another victim of the DOJ body snatchers:

According to Mike Gecan and Arnie Graf of the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation, part of the nation’s largest network of multi-faith community organizations, President Obama’s mortgage fraud task force — which was announced during this year’s State of the Union and is headed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneidermann (D-NY) — still has “no office, no phones, no staff, and no executive director…”

… A recent report showed that mortgage foreclosure scams have spiked 60 percent in 2012, while the nation’s biggest banks continue to sit upon a slew of fraudulent mortgage documents. A recent investigation of foreclosures in San Francisco found that nearly all of them had legal problems or suspicious documents, prompting the city council to suggest a foreclosure moratorium.

Beginning to See the Light

Some people work very hard
But still they never get it right…

By Odd Man Out

“The stars are matter, we’re matter, but it doesn’t matter.” — Captain Beefheart

For years laymen have felt puzzled by the concept of “dark matter,” an unscientific term scientists use to describe the invisible substance that supposedly accounts for 83 percent of the matter in the universe. So it was less than comforting to read yesterday that scientists were and still are as puzzled as the rest of us. More here.

What we’re up against

So Matt Cartwright, a real progressive, is running against fracking backer Rep. Tim Holden, and the Blue Dogs and their lobbyist friends are pouring cash into the race (backing the fracker, of course). The ads attack Cartwright for supporting a public option:

The spot also portrays Cartwright as an opponent of President Barack Obama, saying that he “even put down President Obama on health care reform. More yelling. Less cooperation. Blaming President Obama. That’s the worst of Washington. That’s Matt Cartwright.”

Would it surprise you to learn that one of the lobbyists represents the health insurance lobby? Of course not.

Occupy Afghanistan forever!

by Odd Man Out
The notion that aging has its bright side — the getting of wisdom — is an absurd falsehood that persists because it’s too depressing to acknowledge that there is no bright side to the gradual deterioration of mind and body.

From Raw Story:

Ensuring a long-term US military presence in Afghanistan beyond 2014 will be a key to success or failure in the war against Taliban insurgents, Republican Senator John McCain said Wednesday.

McCain, an outspoken critic of President Barack Obama’s planned withdrawal of most US troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, said a security accord with Kabul would have a transformative effect on the war.

“The strategic partnership would make clear to the Taliban that it cannot wait us out and win on the battlefield,” he said in speech at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a Washington think tank.

Ten years of pointless, budget-busting war is not enough for McCain. I can only guess his hawkish stubbornness has to do with the fact that he fought and became a POW during the Vietnam War years. The U.S. had to withdraw from that fiasco, but we’ll “win” this fiasco, goddamn it, even though it’s unclear who and what we’re fighting.

The mustache of understanding

Wanker of the Decade.

Husbands and wives

I always liked Roger Miller and thought he was a great songwriter:

More than a whisper

Nanci Griffith:

Those words we said

Kim Richey:

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