US unemployment falls (la dee da): "There are still major issues in the job market, however. The number of long-term unemployed – those jobless for 27 weeks or more – was unchanged in February at 4.8m. These individuals accounted for 40.2% of the unemployed. The unemployment rates for teenagers (25.1%), black people (13.8%), and Hispanics (9.6%) remained high and showed little or no change."

But where is our Hugo Chavez? "What is in fact taking place is economic pillage with the full cooperation and facilitation of Mr. Obama and his administration. From banker bailouts to stolen homes, incarceration for profit, student loan penury, wars for oil, profit extracting sick-care and social insurance cuts, class war was launched and is being fought from above."

Illinois taxpayer dollars at work: "Sangamon County’s re-formed drug team made its first arrests Wednesday, following a search of a suspected drug house in the 300 block of South Livingston Avenue. Braxton Buchanan, 24, and his mother, Michelle Buchanan, 46, both of the 300 block of South Livingston, were arrested. The county’s tactical team served a search warrant about 6 a.m. Inside the house, deputies allegedly found about 400 grams of marijuana, $877 in cash and drug paraphernalia, Sheriff Neil Williamson said."

Happy international women's day: "In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National Woman's Day (NWD) was observed across the United States on 28 February. Women continued to celebrate NWD on the last Sunday of February until 1913."

Climate change is here and it's accelerating and it's our fault: "The chances of the world holding temperature rises to 2C – the level of global warming considered 'safe' by scientists – appear to be fading fast with US scientists reporting the second-greatest annual rise in CO2 emissions in 2012."

And because someone mentioned it yesterday in comments, here's the bathroom scene from The American Astronaut: