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London – Abbey Road

8 August, 1969 – 11:2x am

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8 August, 1969 – 11:30 am

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and somewhat later:

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September 27, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Texas Proposes To Steal Children’s School Money For Oil Tax Breaks

Via: Wonkette

Haha, what do gigantic bloodthirsty oil companies love more than gazillions of dollars in tax breaks?

Gazillions of dollars in tax breaks that children must pay for, with their lunch money dimes and schoolbooks and sad faces.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (which sounds about as real as a Texas Commission on Banning Jesus) is studying the possibility of forcing ailing Texas schools to return tens of millions of dollars in property taxes to their friendly neighborhood oil refineries, who claim they are owed all this money as a tax refund on emissions-reducing equipment they were forced to buy. Someonehas to pay for these public health upgrades, and it’s sure not going to be a bunch of billion-dollar oil companies.

THIS IS AMERICA FOR GOD’S SAKE!

The AP reports:

Three commissioners appointed by Gov. Rick Perry may grant some of the nation’s largest refineries a tax refund of more than $135 million — money Texas’ cash-strapped schools and other local governments have been counting on to help pay teachers and provide other public services.

The property tax refund would mean more pain for some communities after a year in which state lawmakers grappled with a $27 billion shortfall and slashed spending on public schools by more than $4 billion. Nearly half the refund would be taken from public schools, and those in cities where the refineries are based would be hurt most.

Blah blah and the oil company spearheading this insanity, Valero Energy, also donated$147,895 to Rick Perry, that is how these stories go, who even needs children because you cannot burn them up and make them into oil, what good are kids.

http://wonkette.com/453748/texas-weighs-proposal-to-steal-childrens-school-money-for-oil-tax-breaks#more-453748

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photo: Velero Energy Corp. refinery at Corpus Christi, Texas

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September 27, 2011 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons, Perry | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

In a ‘Time of Raises and Bonuses’

Via: Huffington Post

A little over two years ago, Floyd Kelly, then an associate at Walmart, transferred from one company store in Washington State to another. Although Kelly had worked full-time for years, he says that after the switch his hours dropped to part-time.

Ever since then, he’s been trying desperately to claw his way back to a 40-hour week.

“I’ve been trying to transfer into other full-time positions for over two years now,” says Kelly, who now works at Sam’s Club, which is owned by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. “But everywhere I’ve contacted, they told me all they have is part-time.”

For Kelly and other retail workers like him, the difference between full-time and part-time in this economy is the difference between eking by and slowly going under. In Kelly’s case, the reduced workweek means:

– a paycheck that’s about two-thirds of what it used to be

– a less reliable schedule

– no sick days and no vacation days

– keeping roommate(s) at age 50, just so he can cover rent.

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Hours are the new bonus,” Gleason says. Many employers “don’t look at the cost of declining quality in customer service, or what the unpredictable scheduling does to a worker’s mentality. It’s really a divestment of the workforce through scheduling.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/23/underemployment-retail-workers-part-time_n_977784.html

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September 27, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

David Bowie

“People are so fucking dumb.

Nobody reads anymore, nobody goes out and explores the society and culture they were brought up in.

People have attention spans of 5 seconds and as much depth as a glass of water.”

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Perhaps a little harsh; perhaps not.

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David Bowie, born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947) is an English musician, actor, record producer and arranger.

A major figure for over FOUR DECADES in the world of popular music, Bowie is widely regarded as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s, and is known for his distinctive voice and the originality of his work.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Bowie

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September 27, 2011 Posted by | celebs | , | Leave a comment

Stealing from a vet, isn’t something I normally do; but hell, the dude is dead!

Via: Smoking Gun

A Wisconsin cemetery worker allegedly removed a valuable Fender guitar from the casket of a 67-year-old Army veteran who died last week and had told family members that he wanted to be buried with the instrument, which was his “pride and joy,” according to court records.

Steven Conard, a 39-year-old grounds worker at the Allouez Catholic Cemetery, was arrested Saturday and charged with felony “theft from person or corpse.” Conard, who plays in a band, reportedly confessed to stealing the Fender Telecaster when confronted at his Green Bay home by Brown County Sheriff’s Department deputies.

“This isn’t something I normally do,” Conard said, according to a Circuit Court criminal complaint. “I just have a respect for fine musical instruments (and the dead, not so much).”

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/guitar-stolen-from-casket-764310

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note: The alledged cream-colored guitar was recovered from Conard’s alledged living room, where the alledged instrument was on the floor alledgedly “in plain view.”

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September 27, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I hate when this happens!

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September 27, 2011 Posted by | gif | | Leave a comment

6 Ways the Rich Are Waging a Class War Against the American People

Via: Alternet

There hasn’t been any organized, explicitly class-based violence in this country for generations, so what, exactly, does “class warfare” really mean? Is it just an empty political catch-phrase?

The American Right has decided that returning the tax rate paid by the wealthiest Americans from what it was during the Bush years (which, incidentally, featured the slowest job growth under any president in our history, at 0.45 percent per year) to what they forked over during the Clinton years (when job growth happened to average 1.6 percent per year) is the epitome of class warfare.

Sure, it would leave top earners with a tax rate 10 percentage points below what they were paying after Ronald Reagan’s tax cuts, but that’s the conservative definition of “eating the rich” these days.

I recently offered a less Orwellian definition, arguing that real class warfare is when those who have already achieved a good deal of prosperity pull the ladder up behind them by attacking the very things that once allowed working people to move up and join the ranks of the middle class.

But there’s another way of looking at “class war”: habitually vilifying the unfortunate; claiming that their plight is a
manifestation of some personal flaw or cultural deficiency. Conservatives wage this form of class warfare virtually every day, consigning millions of people who are down on their luck to some subhuman underclass.

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You can read the rest of the article including details of the SIX ways, HERE:

http://www.alternet.org/economy/152512/6_ways_the_rich_are_waging_a_class_war_against_the_american_people/?page=1

1. Registering the Poor to Vote is ‘Un-American’

2. Unemployment Benefits Have Created a ‘Nation of Slackers’

3. You Can’t Really Be Poor if You Have a Color TV!

4. Food-Stamps: ‘A Fossil That Repeats All the Errors of the War on Poverty’

5. ‘The Main Causes of Child Poverty Are Low Levels of Parental Work and the Absence of Fathers.’

6. Taxing Working People Less Than the Rich Is ‘Perverse’

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September 27, 2011 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons, Palin, Perry, Romney, Ron Paul, Santorum, teabaggers, We Are the 99 Percent | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Eh, heh heh, yeah.

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September 27, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Been down so long it looks like up to me

‘Wire Factory, Closed – Cortland, NY 3500-5000 Jobs Lost’

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Via: Atlantic Wire

Economic recovery is going so poorly that the Rust Belt represents a beacon of hope, reportsThe New York Times.

“In New York, areas around long-struggling  upstate cities like Buffalo and Rochester are recovering faster by some measures than the New York City metropolitan area,” writes Michael Cooper. “And the rate of recovery in Rust Belt areas around Youngstown and Akron, two Ohio cities that were hit hard, has outpaced that of former boomtowns like Colorado Springs and Tucson.”

Before the real estate bubble burst, the Sun Belt prospered while blue collar towns died slow depressing deaths. Things have changed, continues Cooper: “The once-booming South, which entered the recession with the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, is now struggling with some of the highest rates, recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show.”

And the rest of the country is slumping, too. While it might seem hopeful that Rust Belt cities are “recovering faster by some measures,” these cities never had booms from which to bust.

 If Manhattan looks bad compared to Buffalo, things really, really bad.

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2011/09/cities-never-boomed-are-doing-better-bust/42964/

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‘Wick Wire abandoned, jobs shipped overseas, and burned to the ground’

 

http://www.americadeclines.com/wick_wire.html

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September 27, 2011 Posted by | U.S. Cities | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment