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Class warfare

Hey, and guess what? The rich aren't dying. But everyone else is. The less money you make, the faster you age, and the sooner you die. New Scientist:

People from lower socio-economic groups are more likely to die earlier than people in non-manual jobs from heart attacks, strokes and cancer. Unhealthy habits such as lack of exercise, excess weight, smoking and poor diet account for around a third of these deaths.

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Stupid headlines

WaPo:

In Mideast Strife, Bush Sees a Step To Peace

No, Bush sees mideast strife the same way that the Republicans see everything--as a way to win, or get close enough to steal, the next election. Read below the fold...

Goodnight, moon

Well, somebody had to post on the Middle East.

I couldn't think of a thing to say; I'm glad Shystee did. Read below the fold...

Veto Kabuki

Sure, Bush, increasingly desperate to hold onto his deluded base, actually pulled out his Mighty Veto Pen and mightily vetoed a bill. Read below the fold...

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Ritter and McGovern in Philly--Be There!

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As I said, I'm running this a couple times before Saturday for maximum exposure. My husband, our friends, and many fine grassroots organizing folks have worked hard to make this happen, and it promises to be wonderful. If you live in the Philly area or within a few hours drive, get there! Read below the fold...

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Semi-Random Blog Comment of the Day

In the comments section (bold added by moi) regarding Digby's post Moral Boundries:

How is it possible that Bush can blather on about his reverence for life and his entire audience - including the press - doesn't just puke at the hypocrisy? We already know, as Derelict points out, that once a baby is born, they don't give a fuck about it. Now we also know - in case we were having trouble quantifying it -that American embryos bound for a garbage dumpster qualify as sacred life, whereas innocent civilians in Iraq and now Lebanon (since we appear to be co-sponsoring that destruction)are worth absolutely nothing.

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Shooting Things in the Face Again

This is probably an entirely insignificant story. You are excused in advance for not reading it, but god damn if I can let it go without any notice whatsoever. It's just such a quintessential "Bush Appointee Sleaze" tale...sort of like Mike "Mustang" Brown but with the only casualty being a decrepit old buffalo rather than thousands of dead people in New Orleans.

Sound interesting after all maybe? Read on. Read below the fold...

Republican quote of the day

Republican congresscritters are doing the walkback on Iraq. But you can't take the Republican out of a Republican: Read below the fold...

Pizza

Ordering a pizza in the Bush Panopticon. Brilliant!

"I show your National Identification number as 3.1415 [mumble, mumble] Is that correct?" Read below the fold...

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For the Children of the Middle East

Being a bleeding heart liberal, I felt I just had to sing an acapella version of Pete Seeger's "Where Have All the Flowers Gone"--this audio is the result of that desire. It's a reminder of all the loss that is buried in our world. Read below the fold...

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Dead Children Equations

Via Shake's Sis, our Ambassador to the UN John "I am the Walrus" Bolton:

…"I think it would be a mistake to ascribe moral equivalence to civilians who die as the direct result of malicious terrorist acts," he added, while defending as "self-defense" Israel's military action, which has had "the tragic and unfortunate consequence of civilian deaths".

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Studs Terkel Wins Peace Prize

No, alas, not that Nobel one....yet. Turns out there's a growth trend in peace prizes, one of the more promising developments of our current dark age. Via the Chicago Tribune:

Chicago-based writer and oral historian Studs Terkel has been awarded the first Dayton Literary Peace Prize, an outgrowth of the Dayton Peace Prize that commemorates the 1995 agreement that ended the war in Bosnia. Read below the fold...
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Off to see the Wizard ...

Or take some more Texas Forest Service classes. How are y'all's Community Emergency Response Teams coming along? Or even your getaway kits, for the last-minute weekend escape?

'Cause trust me, kids -- the days of real vacations are as dead as the days of the 40 hour workweek, health insurance, and old-age pensions that paid enough you weren't eyeing the cat's food ... fun piece of news on NPR's Marketplace this a.m. == the sole and only US transportation manufacturer nowadays posting a profit is ... Harley Davidson. They're selling like hotcakes overseas, and planning a dealership in China. Read below the fold...

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SLUDGE REPORT

GAY TERRORIST STEM CELLS ATTACK MINIMUM WAGE, RAISE OIL PRICES, SMACK ELDERLY CHRISTIANS DOWN HARD, CAUSE GLOBAL IMMORALITY, GIVE RUSH LIMBAUGH A HICKEY...(developing)
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CONDOLEEZA RICE TO CONTINUE ON AS SHE ALWAYS HAS: SUCKING UP TO POWER, SAYING WHATEVER IT TAKES TO KEEP HER IN TIGHT, AWKWARD CLOTHING, ENDLESSLY HUMMING SOME GOD AWFUL POP RADIO TUNE Read below the fold...

Bush Declares "Mission Accomplished" Again

Isn't it wonderful? Problem solved, they say, so cure not needed. From the AP via AJC:

Free credit monitoring for veterans whose personal information was stolen has been withdrawn, the Bush administration said Tuesday, because the laptop containing their data has been recovered. Read below the fold...

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