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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Thursday Morning News

Posted by on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 8:47 AM

US Jobless Claims: At five-year low.

The Second Pot Legalization Forum: Weigh in or just listen to other people talk about how it should be implemented tonight at 6 at City Hall.

Trouble With the Boring Machine: But we were promised no tunnel trouble!

UN Inquiry: Are US covert drone strikes that kill civilians war crimes?

The Voice of Charlie Brown Goes to Jail: For felony counts of making criminal threats (in Charlie Brown's voice?!) and stalking. The sentencing judge used the bwah-bwah-nonsense loudspeaker.

The Tallest Tower in 20 Years in Seattle: To start going up in the fall at Fifth and Columbia.

Also in Architecture: Do you see Spam in the proposed Sodo arena design? It wears the color of sidewalk vomit of a Sunday morning.

15,000 Crocodiles Have Escaped from a Farm: In flooding northern South Africa.

Obama Taps Mary Jo White, a Former Prosecutor, to Head the S.E.C.: Said to be sending a "strong signal" that Wall Street needs reforming. Believe it when you see it.

Seattle Is Having an Essentially Snowless Winter: And probably will continue that way.

The Ten Booker Prize Finalists: The list of authors includes Lydia Davis and Marilynne Robinson.

The Graffiti at the WTC Under Construction in NY: It will soon be covered over.

Carbs: How domesticated were domesticated.

82-Year-Old Bioethicist Says Fat-Shaming Will Work: If only people would start doing it. In a culture like this one, where acceptance of fat is so overwhelming, it's just soooo difficult to know whether shaming would work.

Love Is: Micro-moments of positivity resonance.

Video Hits Twitter: Plus, how to make steak tartare, told in six seconds.


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Original Andrew 1
I wonder if people who are so enthusiastic about drone strikes will still be as supportive once the Chinese start blowing Americanized Texan radicals to smithereens in 2026.
Posted by Original Andrew on January 24, 2013 at 9:16 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 2
Hurry up and open a Pot-R-Us store!
Posted by Pope Peabrain on January 24, 2013 at 9:23 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 3
I suggest we start with Michael Moore shaming him on his morbid obesity.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on January 24, 2013 at 10:23 AM · Report this
Geez, Jen Jen, of course US jobless claims are at an all-time low, with the longest recorded unemployment ever, such claims can't be temporarily renewed again and again!!!

That should be arithmetically obvious to even the most mentally challenged.

By any chance, Jen, are you a member of the Central Command's domestic propaganda program?…

Online Persona Management Services (creation of the false consensus by CentCom under the NDAA which authorizes domestic propaganda [Please pay attention to her comment on Joseph Alsop, whom she doesn’t mention was the cousin of Kermit Roosevelt, CIA.])
Posted by sgt_doom on January 24, 2013 at 10:25 AM · Report this
Come on, American culture shames fat people CONSTANTLY!
Posted by jzimbert on January 24, 2013 at 10:27 AM · Report this
Said to be sending a "strong signal" that Wall Street needs reforming.

On Brock Obomber's latest nominee to the SEC:…

BANZAI7 BROKEN NEWS--According to an unnamed White House source, at 2:30 Eastern Swindle Time today, this afternoon, shortly hereafter, whereupon, etc., the President will announce the nomination of no-nonsense former organized crime prosecutor Mary Jo White, to be appointed next Chairwoman of the SEC.

Ms "White", who is yet another "white" collar criminal defense partner of yet another well known "white" shoe Wall Street firm, Debevoise & Plimpton, is well known for leading the prosecution of notorious NYC "white shoed" crime boss John "Dapper Don" Gotti pictured below with capo di crappo John Cortizoni.

This at a minimum is sure to send Wall Street some kind of strong signal. White?

And, from commenter, dexter_morgan: Wait, isn't she the one that DEFENDED Ken Lewis, JPMorgan, and Morgan Stanley's board?

Next thing you know, President Obama will be appointing a guy named Jack Lewcifer to the Treasury --- oh wait, too late . . . .
Posted by sgt_doom on January 24, 2013 at 10:41 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 7
@1 no, because by then Texas will be a different country, and we in Ecotopia will probably watch it on our holo glasses.
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 24, 2013 at 10:44 AM · Report this
keshmeshi 8
Still, Callahan, a former smoker, argued that public shunning of those who lit up led to plunging rates of cigarette use. People were asked to smoke outside and told directly or indirectly that their “nasty” habit was socially unacceptable.

What a dipshit. Shaming smokers was an attempt to push back against the longstanding cultural belief that smoking makes you look cool. Does this idiot think that our culture lauds the obese?
Posted by keshmeshi on January 24, 2013 at 10:46 AM · Report this
That's the Booker International Prize, which is different from the Booker Prize. The former is only a few years old, is given every 2 years ,and open to all.

The yearly Booker Prize (which is the one that made Rushdie, Barnes, Ondaatje etc famous) is yearly, only open to writers from the British Commonweath, and had been going on for 40 or so years.
Posted by el_cano on January 24, 2013 at 11:21 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 10

It's time we started enforcing the laws that already exist.

We need a Heavy Hitter, to restore confidence in the market.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on January 24, 2013 at 11:24 AM · Report this
dirac 11
Meanwhile the Democratic Party is not done stabbing its own constituency in the back. Silent filibuster lives on.
Posted by dirac on January 24, 2013 at 11:42 AM · Report this
Daddy Love 12
"Trouble With the Boring Machine: But we were promised no tunnel trouble!"

Yes, it's too bad their quality control standards are so high that they'll catch a one-fifth-inch misalignment. I'm sure it's a harbinger of disaster.
Posted by Daddy Love on January 24, 2013 at 11:57 AM · Report this
Daddy Love 13
Are "Americanized Texans" free radicals ?
Posted by Daddy Love on January 24, 2013 at 11:58 AM · Report this
Sandiai 14
Te'o is on Katie right now. 4:32 eastern time. "After the commercial, we'll hear from Te'o's girlfriend Lenay" (a voicemail, I think).
Lenay calling on her first day of chemo. Blah Blah Blah, "I love you."

Te'o says, "That sounds like a woman, right?"
I have to get back to work. You guys will see it in 3 hours or so. Te'o says it was all a prank by that friend of his. Katie keeps calling him a liar because he missed all these oportunities to either see her and confirm her existence, and then later when he knew "Lenay" was lying he perpetuated the lie for months.
I'm just confused now.

Posted by Sandiai on January 24, 2013 at 1:47 PM · Report this

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