Yes, it does seem that the powers that be, restless after a few months without war, are now methodically prepping us for another one. While I do not pretend to know exactly what’s going on in Ukraine, I know enough about my own country and its craven media establishment to be deeply suspicious. Robert Parry:

Between the anti-Russian propaganda pouring forth from the Obama administration and the deeply biased coverage from the U.S. news media, the American people are being prepared to accept and perhaps even cheer a massacre of eastern Ukrainians who have risen up against the coup regime in Kiev.

The protesters who have seized government buildings in ten towns in eastern Ukraine are being casually dubbed “terrorists” by both the Kiev regime and some American journalists. Meanwhile, it’s become conventional wisdom in Official Washington to assume that the protesters are led by Russian special forces because of some dubious photographs of armed men, accepted as “proof” with few questions asked by the mainstream U.S. news media.

While the U.S. news media is treating these blurry photos as the slam-dunk evidence of direct Russian control of the eastern Ukrainian protests – despite denials by the Russian government and the protesters – the BBC was among the few news agencies that provided a more objective assessment, noting that the photos are open to a variety of interpretations.

However, in Official Washington, the stage is now set for what could be a massacre of Ukrainian civilians who have risen up against the putschists who seized control of Kiev in a Feb. 22 coup that overthrew elected President Viktor Yanukovych. The violent putsch was spearheaded by neo-Nazi militias, some of which have now been incorporated into Ukraine’s National Guard and dispatched to the front lines in eastern Ukraine.

If the slaughter of the eastern Ukrainian protesters does come, you can expect Official Washington to be supportive. Whereas the Kiev protesters who seized government buildings in February were deemed “pro-democracy” activists even as they overthrew a democratically elected leader, the eastern Ukrainian protesters, who still consider Yanukovych their legitimate president, are dismissed as “terrorists.” And, we all know what happens to “terrorists.”

The local fight to save the Chesapeake Bay goes national

USA, Maryland - Annapolis, Chesapeake Bay Bridge

As you already know, I love the Chesapeake Bay. I remember how the waters were far too frequently too tainted for swimming, and how a moratorium on construction in the watershed brought the bay back to life. Now the contamination is creeping back, and of course big business will have its way:

So, in 2009, the Obama administration stepped in with an executive order, requiring the EPA to use a provision of the Clean Water Act to put together the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint. The Blueprint would set a “Total Maximum Daily Load,” or TMDL, an upper limit for the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment pollution that can enter the Bay each day. The plan reduced nitrogen and phosphorus loads by about 25 percent and sediment loads by 15 percent from 2009 levels (though the exact goals vary by state).

The six states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed — Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia — as well as Washington, DC, submitted proposals to meet those TMDL deadlines by 2025. If they missed those deadlines, the EPA would take action against them. For the first time, regulators had an enforceable plan for reducing pollution in the Bay.

But then monied interests made their voices heard.
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Battle of who could care less

I’ve got this great idea
Why don’t we pitch it
To the Franklin fucking Mint?
Fine pewter portraits of
General Apathy and
Major Boredom.

Ben Folds Five:

It was just my imagination, running away with me


So I woke up this morning, the day after my double migraines, and my head hurt. This is new, I’ve never had pain in my head the day after a migraine. I noticed it got a lot worse when I moved, or coughed, or did much of anything. It doesn’t feel like a headache, it feels like someone hit me in the head with a blunt object and it’s throbbing. Oh no, I have a brain tumor! I thought. This is the end. Now I have to write a will. (This is the part of being a writer that I hate — I read too much, plus I can fall into an imaginary reverie over just about anything.)

I asked Mr. Google: “head hurts day after migraine”. This is how I learned about the postdrome phase of migraines, which is all new to me.

What are the symptoms?

  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating/confusion
  • Dizziness/lightheadedness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Decreased energy
  • Mild head pain/sore feeling in the area where a migraine was
  • Euphoria OR depression

Fun Fact: Migraine postdrome has only been studied since 2004, so much additional research is needed.

Pull yourself up by the bootstraps, damnit

Waiting for the train, at the 96th Street station
And it’ll all be fine!

The stress of growing up in a poor and unstable household affects children as young as 9 years old on a genetic level, shortening a portion of their chromosomes that scientists say is a key indicator of aging and illness, according to a study released Monday. The researchers say their findings are the first that document this type of genetic change among minority children and make a strong case for the importance of early-childhood intervention in vulnerable communities.

Researchers examined the DNA of a small group of 9-year-old African-American boys who had experienced chronic stress as a result of growing up in families with poor socioeconomic status. They found that the boys’ telomeres were shorter than those of boys the same age and ethnicity who came from advantaged families.
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