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Judicial nominations

Republicans still doing their best to prevent any openings from being filled. Rule of law!

Love affair

kd lang:

Don’t let me down easy

Kim Richey:

Reflecting light

Sam Phillips:

After all these years

T-Bone Burnett:

Oh look

In the UK, they can steal your online photos!

Oy

So I made myself run some errands this morning before I would allow myself the luxury of watching All My Children while I worked. (It’s online now.)

It was about 15 minutes into the story when MY FUCKING MONITOR BLEW. Now, I got my money’s worth. It’s a used Dell I bought for $90 five years ago, so I’m not exactly bitter. But there’s $138 I didn’t plan to spend this month.

I spend an hour online looking for a good deal and found one on Amazon. Okay, I figure I can use my laptop in the meantime, right? Wrong. I spent an hour trying to hook up my keyboard and get it to work, the same keyboard I was already using with my laptop for months. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear it was a Mercury retrograde.

Avian flu

The roulette wheel is spinning…

AFP – There is no evidence that the deadly H7N9 bird flu has yet spread between humans in China but health authorities must be ready for the virus to mutate at any time, a top US virologist has warned.

Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said officials in China had studied more than 1,000 close contacts of confirmed cases and not found any evidence of human-to-human transmission.

“That is powerful evidence because if you had a thousand contacts with someone with the flu you would be pretty sure some of them would have been infected,” Fauci said in an interview with AFP.

Nevertheless, Fauci cautioned that authorities needed to be ready for the possibility of the virus mutating and spreading between humans.

“It’s unpredictable as are all the influenza. One of the things we need to be concerned about is this might gain the capability of going human-to-human which up to this point has not happened and is somewhat encouraging news,” Fauci said.

“But we still need to be very prepared for the eventuality of that happening.”

Compare and contrast

In America, this guy would sob on a few talk shows, collect a fat insurance check and then be recruited by the GOP to run for Congress. Think I’m kidding? Let’s see what happens to the owner of that Texas fertilizer factory:

(Reuters) – Bangladeshi lawyers and protesters chanted “hang him, hang him” on Monday as the owner of a factory building that collapsed last week killing nearly 400 people was led into court dressed in a helmet and bullet-proof jacket, witnesses said.

The drama came as rescue officials said they were unlikely to find more survivors in the rubble of the building that collapsed on Wednesday, burying hundreds of garment workers in the country’s worst industrial accident.

Heavy cranes were being used to lift huge concrete blocks from the wreckage of Rana Plaza, where 385 people are now confirmed to have been killed. The building housed factories making clothes for Western brands.

(h/t DUI Lawyer David Benowitz.)

Mortgage interest deduction

They’re still talking about eliminating it — and replacing it with a tax credit that would no longer apply to second homes.

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