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"Any visit to Washington DC will prove" that Neanderthals did not vanish.

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Neanderthals are alive and well in Washington DC as you can see in this Los Angeles Times letter to the editor, one of the few places remaining where our voices matter:

Re "The human race is part Neanderthal," Jan. 30

Your article was very interesting except for one slight error: You state that about 30,000 years ago the Neanderthals mysteriously vanished except for some minuscule DNA that might still be around.

Wrong. Any visit to Washington will prove my point.

Please correct this.

Marvin Biers

Tarzana

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McDonald's advises their employees to not eat at McDonald's

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McDonald's don't eat our food

Memo to businesses, specifically McDonald's: Profiting off of unhealthy products is not the best way to boost your image or inspire confidence, nor is it good for your customers. However, if you insist on doing so, please note that advising your own employees against ingesting the very product that they are selling is confusing, idiotic, contradictory, laughable, and not good for their morale... or your bottom line.

Oh, and one really awesome way to keep your employees healthy and well-fed is to pay them decent wages.

Via Yahoo:

A McDonalds website providing resources to its employees advises against eating hamburgers, fries and sodas. CNBC first noticed the latest in a series of strange pieces of advice provided by the fast food company to its employees. "While convenient and economical for a busy lifestyle," McDonalds says of its primary product, "fast foods are typically high in calories, fat, saturated fat, sugar, and salt and may put people at risk for becoming overweight."

It goes on: "In general, people with high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease must be very careful about choosing fast food because of its high fat, salt, and sugar levels."

Oops. Excellent advice, but... oops.

As you can see from the graphic above, A.D.A.M., Inc. is providing this oh, so wise guidance. Who the heck is this A.D.A.M. we speak of?

A.D.A.M., Inc. is accredited by URAC, also known as the American Accreditation HealthCare Commission (www.urac.org). URAC's accreditation program is an independent audit to verify that A.D.A.M. follows rigorous standards of quality and accountability. A.D.A.M. is among the first to achieve this important distinction for online health information and services. Learn more about A.D.A.M.'s editorial policy, editorial process and privacy policy. A.D.A.M. is also a founding member of Hi-Ethics and subscribes to the principles of the Health on the Net Foundation (www.hon.ch).

As the Yahoo piece notes, A.D.A.M. isn't saying that healthy food is non-existent in restaurants like McDonald's, but it is presenting a "challenge" to them. And then the piece goes on to make an excellent point:

[T]he bigger question seems to be how McDonald's employees would be able to afford healthier food on the wages they earn slinging burgers.

ding ding dingPlease link over to read the last paragraph, because it is a splendid reminder of how Mickey D treats its employees.

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PhotOH! Dep't. of Class Acts: Anthony Weiner ends campaign (and career) by flipping off reporter

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Yesterday I posted a video of the most cringe-worthy interview in recent memory. That bizarre interview was conducted by Lawrence O'Donnell who managed to make his subject, Anthony Weiner, seem almost sympathetic.

Almost.

It was the perfect cap to an increasingly embarrassing series of increasingly creepy examples of Weiner's increasingly bizarre behavior.

Or so I thought. Leave it to Gracious Anthony to utterly demolish an already classless image.

Via The Hill:

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) ended his campaign for New York City mayor by giving a reporter the middle finger through his car window Tuesday night.

Weiner was caught on camera gesturing at local NBC reporter Shimon Prokupecz, who had been covering the candidate’s primary Election Day watch party.

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Poll-itics: Americans' confidence in Congress at lowest ever, for any institution on record. Ever.

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dear gop you are woefully out of touch

Gallup congress all time low

Gallup:

Americans' confidence in Congress as an institution is down to 10%, ranking the legislative body last on a list of 16 societal institutions for the fourth straight year. This is the lowest level of confidence Gallup has found, not only for Congress, but for any institution on record. Americans remain most confident in the military, at 76%.

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Maybe if there were less obstruction and more legislation for jobs, education, civil rights, and regrowth instead of against women's reproductive rights, privacy and health services, their approvals would rise.

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"What a sad caricature our democracy has become."

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Today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "Deficit extremists, blind to data, are doing active economic harm," Column, June 12

It is so refreshing to read Michael Hiltzik's explanation of how Congress' ill-timed obsession with deficit reduction actually retards economic growth. Other priorities, especially job creation, deserve much greater emphasis.

But Hiltzik makes another valuable point that merits wider discussion: With current interest rates so low, this is an ideal time to start digging ourselves out of our backlog in infrastructure maintenance.

In its "2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure," the American Society of Civil Engineers gives America a "D+" for the state of our dams, levees, roads and schools, among others. Just one of many distressing examples: The National Park Service struggles with an $11 billion maintenance backlog.

To create jobs, grow the economy and remedy this shameful underfunding, we need investment in infrastructure now.

Grace Bertalot

Anaheim

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Re "A restrained state budget," Editorial, and "A longer day in court," June 13

Shame on the governor, the Legislature and, frankly, The Times' editorial board. The dismantling of the California legal system, our third branch of government, continues with the new proposed state budget. Your editorial makes no mention of our courts, where citizens wait too long for justice.

The California courthouse infrastructure, especially in Los Angeles County, was built from decades of prudent decisions, and now many locations are being closed down. We have a transportation infrastructure built over decades with billions of dollars. Would we shut down the 5 Freeway through the Grapevine to save money? Of course not; that would be stupid and silly.

So is the closing of our courthouses.

Clayton Anderson

San Clemente

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Re "Warning on greenhouse gases," June 11

The International Energy Agency, "an independent research group established by the world's most-industrialized nations," has sounded a warning on the perils of climate change if greenhouse gas emissions remain unchecked. The lying, greedy conspiracy of climate scientists has obviously gotten to them.

Congress remains uninterested, but a miraculous reversal in interest would suddenly manifest if only the scientific community could outmatch the fossil fuel industry's kickbacks to lawmakers loyally blocking any action. What a sad caricature our democracy has become.

Wendy Blais

North Hills

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John Oliver to sub for Jon Stewart: Congress on guns "most pathetic thing I've ever seen in politics anywhere in the world."

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(Martin Crook / Associated Press)

John Oliver will be sitting in Jon Stewart's "Daily Show" chair this summer while Stewart is off directing his first feature film. The Los Angeles Times has a good article up about this:

"The goal is just don't have this building on fire when he returns, like one of those high-school-party-gone-wrong movies. You know, the parents are out of town and then they come home and it's just the smoking remains of what used to be their home," he jokes. "That's the worst-case scenario."

Nobody can fill Stewart's shoes, but John Oliver is a smart, likable, hilarious, and very capable choice for the job. And you just know he's feeling as intimidated as hell.

As I read the Times piece, this quote stood out:

[T]he truth is he seems more interested in the carnival of dysfunction that is American politics than a sitcom or film career.

"Congress never loses its capacity to disappoint you. You'd think it would have bottomed out, then there's something like the gun control thing, which is the most pathetic thing I've ever seen in politics anywhere in the world," he says.

Right. On. Target.

By the way, Oliver's wife, Kate Norley, was a combat medic in Iraq, so those 900,000 military veterans waiting to receive disability benefits hold deep meaning for him:

"Veterans' issues are quite close to my heart. I find it quite hard to talk about, actually," he says, briefly blinking back tears. "Anything with veterans seems like the least you can do, or at least one step more than the least thing."

He will do great while Jon Stewart is away. In fact, he already is doing great.

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Dep't. of Duh: The Bush tax cuts did not work

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Some posts don't really need to be written, but what the heck; occasionally it's entertaining to state the obvious. Yet sometimes stating the obvious still doesn't penetrate thick Republican skulls.

And thick Republican skulls refuse to allow even the simplest, most basic facts entrance into what's left of their Republican minds (assuming they didn't lose them completely decades ago).

One of those simple, obvious facts made its way into WonkWire at Roll Call in a very short piece that ends with this quote from Bruce Bartlett, an American historian whose area of expertise is supply-side economics and who writes for the New York Times, Financial Times, Fiscal Times, and Tax Notes magazine. He served as a domestic policy adviser to President Ronald Reagan and as a Treasury official under President George H. W. Bush.

Ready?

“It is hard to find even a reputable conservative economist willing to say anything good these days about President Bush’s tax and economic policies.”

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And yet, despite fewer identifying themselves as economic conservatives, the stubborn GOP insists on clinging to their austerity, tax breaky ways, because, to quote W's own mother, they still, stunningly, somehow believe that...

"This is working very well for them."

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