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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Saturday Morning News

Posted by on Sat, Feb 16, 2013 at 8:06 AM

The Fun Is Over in Russia: A small army of workers has been dispatched to Russia's Ural Mountains to begin cleanup after Friday's meteor strike. The crew, numbering in the thousands, is facing shattered windows, metorite fragments, and an undoubtably large supply of broken vodka bottles.

Clean Energy!: Just kidding! A vintage World War II storage tank at Washington's Hanford nuclear power plant is leaking 150 to 300 gallons of radioactive waste per year.

After a Long and Dysfunctional Relationship, America Struggles to Get Its Stuff Back from Afghanistan: $28 billion worth of stuff.

Bombs: A bomb blast killed 20 people purchasing vegetables at a market in Pakistan. Another blast, this time a suicide attack, killed a top intelligence officer in Iraq.

The Naked Truth: Police are vexed by a string of "crimes" at Seattle's Green Lake Park. The incidents, which range from the alleged assault of an autistic teenager to suspected suicide attempts, only have one thing in common: The suspects were completely naked.

Herman Cain Joins Fox News: 9-9-9!

For the Love of Michael: Illinois representative Jesse L. Jackson allegedly spent $750,000 of his campaign funds on celebrity memorabilia. If convicted, it's not yet clear what will become of Congressmen Jackson's $4,600 fedora, which was once worn by the late Michael Jackson.

If You Masturbate, You'll End Up Robbing Banks: At least you will if you're the alleged Handsy Bandit.

State Senators to Enjoy Annual Crab Feed: But first, they are launching a “Rodney Tom Retirement Project" aimed at "showing the door" to Washington State senator Rodney Tom and replacing him with a real Democrat. The ambitious project is reaching out to all 48th District democrats and asking for $5 donations.

 

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As seriously as I take the idea / reality of naked mentally ill men attacking teenaged girls who are enjoying a walk around green lake.... the photos are hilarious in a slapstick sort of way: http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattle911/wp-…
Posted by jnonymous on February 16, 2013 at 8:17 AM · Report this
julie russell 2
@1...yep. Just spewed coffee out my nose
Posted by julie russell http:// on February 16, 2013 at 8:30 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 3
I wonder if any deaths have ever been recorded as a direct result of a meteor strike? Since the temperatures are so low and all the windows have been blown out of so many homes, we may see the first.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on February 16, 2013 at 8:49 AM · Report this
pragmatic 4
That tank at Hanford was for nuclear weapons manufacturing during and after WWII, not part of a power plant.
Posted by pragmatic on February 16, 2013 at 9:14 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 5
Wrong link on Handsy Bandit.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on February 16, 2013 at 9:34 AM · Report this
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@5 Here is the right link to the masturbating bandit:

http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattle911/201…
Posted by PaulBarwick on February 16, 2013 at 9:48 AM · Report this
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Sounds like someone is selling bath salts somewhere around Greenlake. If you see one of these naked people running around, steer clear or you might get your face eaten off.
Posted by tacomagirl on February 16, 2013 at 10:22 AM · Report this
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An interesting study out of Rutgers:

"Study finds three in four Americans touched personally by great recession"

http://www.heldrich.rutgers.edu/sites/de…

And,

"If You Masturbate You'll End Up Robbing Banks:.."

Makes sense when one considers Gov. Wanker of Wisconsin!

Posted by sgt_doom on February 16, 2013 at 10:41 AM · Report this
TheRain 9
It wasn't just the 48th LD that got the Retire Tom email; I got it over here in Eastern Washington, too.
Posted by TheRain on February 16, 2013 at 10:50 AM · Report this
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And further news affecting the American worker:

"Top 10 Users of H-1B Guest Worker Program are Offshore Outsourcing Firms

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/02/15/t…

There are two reasons these firms hire H-1Bs instead of Americans: 1) an H-1B worker can legally be paid less than a U.S. worker in the same occupation and locality; and 2) the H-1B workerlearns the job and then rotates back to the home country and takes the work with him. That’s why the H-1B was dubbed the “Outsourcing Visa” by the former Commerce Minister of India, Kamal Nath.

http://www.epi.org/people/ron-hira/
Posted by sgt_doom on February 16, 2013 at 11:18 AM · Report this
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I live in Rodney Tom's district and sent his office a message: Even if I happened to be completely on-board with what you are doing--which I'm not--how does sponsoring bills that only affect Seattle come under the heading of "representing your constituents?" For whatever reason, we don't live in Seattle, Sen. Tom. What Seattle does inside its borders is of no consequence to Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland, Medina, or Clyde Hill. Stop sticking your nose where it doesn't belong and actually do what the residents of your district asked you to do: Represent us and the interests we express. You can start by looking at who we wanted for President and for Governor; that should give you an idea. (Oh, as a parting aside: The largest single employer in your district is in favor of the Seattle sick-leave law)
Posted by dawyv on February 16, 2013 at 1:11 PM · Report this
sperifera 12
@3 - It is a conflictive topic, but here's one view on it:

http://www.oberlin.edu/faculty/bsimonso/…
Posted by sperifera on February 16, 2013 at 2:35 PM · Report this

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