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Foreshadowing

By Susie
Just last week, Hidden City Philadelphia warned that this property in East Kensington was in danger of being burned down.

On Monday, a massive fire at the property claimed the lives of two firefighters.

Learn the rest of this sorry story here.

Risky

So the good news is, not being able to afford dental care has an upside!

A study published Tuesday in the American Cancer Society journal Cancer reported a link between certain kinds of dental X-rays and the most common brain tumor, one that is almost always benign but can still be debilitating.

The study found at a general level that people with meningioma were more than twice as likely as people without the brain tumor to have had a bitewing X-ray sometime in their life. For a bitewing X-ray, the patient holds the film in place by biting down on a tab.

The exposures to dental X-rays in the study took place in the 1960s, when dental X-rays delivered higher doses of radiation than today’s do. The study compared the self-reported dental X-ray histories of 1,433 adults who had been diagnosed with the tumor with 1,350 who had not.

The study also found an association between the less commonly used panorex X-rays, which are taken outside the mouth and deliver a panoramic view of the full set of top and bottom teeth, and meningioma risk.

People who reported having had a panorex exam before they turned 10 were 4.9 times as likely to develop meningioma as those who had them at any other time, and those who had had them most frequently (but not necessarily at that young age) were about three times as likely to do so as those who had never had a panorex exam.

‘Paternalistic entitlement society’

As part of his strict fitness regime, exercise fanatic Chris Christie does pushups on the Wailing Wall.

I think Gov. Christie is hoping to become Mittens’ VP, but that would require national amnesia and more than just verbal energy on his part.

NEW YORK — Gov. Chris Christie said the country is becoming a “paternalistic entitlement society” this morning in a speech at a conservative conference headed by former President George W. Bush.

Just in case you didn’t know, Chris Christie was a Wall St. lobbyist with zippo prosecution experience who rather coincidentally, became the U.S. Attorney in N.J. only after he, his wife and brother bundled together a large cash contribution to George Bush. I’d euphemistically say he shot to the top of the appointee list, but he wasn’t even on the list until he coughed up the cash. Why, some people even say he bought the position! One might infer a certain sense of entitlement there — but then, that’s why Carl Jung was a genius.

Addressing Bush and other national Republicans, Christie said he hasn’t seen a less optimistic period in the country in his lifetime.

“Government’s telling them stop dreaming, stop striving, we’ll take care of you,” he said at a theater at the New York Historical Society. “We’re turning into a paternalistic entitlement society. That will not just bankrupt us financially, it will bankrupt us morally.”

I wonder if giving fat government contracts to your friends will bankrupt them morally? Nah! Not in Bizarro Republican World! And I’m sure it had nothing to do with your brother not being prosecuted, either.

“We’ll have a bunch of people sitting on a couch waiting for their next government check,” Christie said.

More friends of yours, Governor? And from what I hear, you’re the one who’s sitting on a couch – or being driven in a limo, because you can’t walk to your kid’s ball field. (And let’s not forget, taking helicopter rides to meet with Republican donors!)

And Governor, there would be a lot fewer New Jerseyans sitting on the couch if you hadn’t been posturing and preening over turning down a train tunnel project that would have relieved a lot of congestion. Turns out your reasons were, like so much else about you, all bluster.

Christie and Bush kicked off a day-long conference on pro-growth tax policy run by the President George W. Bush Institute, a group that Bush said allows him to engage in public policy issues behind the scenes.

Speakers throughout the day include Steve Forbes, Congressman Paul Ryan, Karl Rove and several governors. In addition to Bush, Henry Kissinger was in the audience for Christie’s 30-minute speech.

Steve Forbes, who worked hard for every cent he has by selecting Very Lucky DNA; Lyin’ Paul Ryan, who only passes as a Republican intellectual in Beltway circles because in the valley of the blind, the one-eyed man is king; Karl Rove, war criminal; and Henry Kissinger, Nobel Peace Prize-winning war criminal. Yes, these are the role models to which more Americans should aspire — at least, in the World According To Chris.

Worst farm bill ever

If only someone would do something!

I’m alright

by Susie

Kim Richey live:

by Odd Man Out
Paul Osterman writes: “Clearly the United States is the outlier. It is not surprising that the U.S. poverty rate substantially exceeds that of other developed nations.” More here.

He’s a runner

Laura:

Nukes

So here’s the situation: We can’t trust the for-profit power companies not to cut corners, and we can’t assume the public power companies have the funds to run things safely.

Maybe there’s some safer way to generate power?

Virtually Speaking tonight

Tuesday, April 10 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Tuesdays |Dave Johnson talks with Joshua Holland, editor and senior writer at AlterNet and author of The 15 Biggest Lies About the Economy: And Everything else the Right Doesn’t Want You to Know About Taxes, Jobs and Corporate America Plus the latest from the Z Files. Follow @dcjohnson @JoshHol  Listen live and later on BTR

Gone

Little Ricky. Boo hoo.

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