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Feds sue Bank of America

For $1 BILLION. Here’s the lawsuit, basically for the frauds perpetuated by Countrywide Mortgage (which BoA now owns).

Blaming the victim

Obviously, this 16-year-old chose the wrong father.

Holy moley

A hurricane hitting the East Coast? In late October?

Bob Herbert

On the voter suppression scandals:

Paying taxes to your boss

I suppose there’s a certain elegance to Republican thinking. Instead of giving your tax dollars back in tax breaks, why not let your boss keep it?

Oh, and those services your money was supposed to pay for? Try not to think about it.

Must. Bang. Head. On. Desk.

Social Security

Another enlightening piece via the Columbia Journalism Review.


It’s really not hard to imagine human error in a case like this. It’s just that there’s a pattern. It’s almost always Republican election officials making these critical mistakes, and they always seem to happen in strategically important states and counties.

If only we had a Democratic-controlled DoJ that could investigate these cases. Oh, wait…

A Republican-run election board in a northern Ohio county sent out voting instructions to several precincts with the wrong date for Election Day and an incorrect description of the polling place location, leading state Democrats to suggest foul play in a presidential race that could be decided in a handful of states like Ohio by tiny margins.

Gee, ya think?

The Ottawa County Board of Elections sent a mailer to three precincts last week referring to Election Day as Nov. 8, instead of Nov. 6, and said their new voting place was in a building on the east side of the high school rather than on its west side.

The Ohio Democratic Party issued a statement saying, “This error is deeply troubling.” A party spokesman, Jerid Kurtz, said it was “paramount that voters not be misled” and asked the board not only to issue a correction but also to review all its correspondence with voters from the past year.

JoAnn Friar, director of the county’s elections board, said that the error was unintentional and that a corrected version was being edited and would be sent out promptly.

“We had three precincts changing polling locations from the high school gym to the new maintenance building, and the mailer we sent out had the wrong date,” she said. “Then in trying to give more precise directions, it said it was to the east of the high school, and it’s really to the west.”

She said she suspected that the first error was a result of substituting part of the text on last year’s form, which was stored in the computer and when Election Day was Nov. 8, without proofreading it. “We’re sorry for the inconvenience,” she added. “There was certainly no intention of trying to make it more difficult for the voters.”

Clean room

As I told my doctor, my habit of medical procrastination has paid off more often than not. Contaminated vials from that compounding pharmacy were sent to the Pennsylvania hospitals both my primary care and my physiatrist are affiliated with.

Chalk another one up for ADD!

Democracy is a memory now

But even so, this is just horrifying.

I mean, what could possibly go wrong? This article doesn’t mention where the company plans to inject their fracking waste, which is the practice that’s now associated with triggering seismic activity. As long as it’s legal under laws written back in 1979 doesn’t mean common sense has to enter into the decision to do what they want near a nuclear power plant. After all, if they do trigger an earthquake that damages the plant and contaminates the area, it probably won’t be the frackers who will pick up the cost of dealing with it. They’ll declare bankruptcy and walk away:

Chesapeake has a permit to frack one mile from the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station in Shippingport, Pa. Whether that is cause for alarm, experts can’t say.

But one thing is for sure — in the midst of the Marcellus boom, drilling companies are going to keep fracking, pockmarking the earth with their mile-deep wells, blasting away at the subterranean feature that is the Marcellus shale.

As the fracking continues, does anyone, driller or geologist, know what really lies beneath the surface? Does the improbability of seismic activity as a result of fracking become more likely as more wells are drilled?

The new permit granted to Chesapeake is located 1.06 miles from FirstEnergy Corp. nuclear facility in Shippingport. According to DEP records, the permit for an unconventional well was issued to Chesapeake on Oct. 3. Drilling has not yet started.
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