From the WaPo:
Some of the top leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives had considerable holdings in major financial corporations that needed billions of dollars in taxpayer bailouts last year, according to annual financial disclosure reports lawmakers released today.
Read all that here.
Then a piece I happened on in the LA Times while looking for something about the impending collapse of California. Even bigger, this foreshadows the impending collapse of the world as we know it:
Though most Americans have never heard of it, Ug99 -- a type of fungus called stem rust because it produces reddish-brown flakes on plant stalks -- is the No. 1 threat to the world's most widely grown crop.
The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico estimates that 19% of the world's wheat, which provides food for 1 billion people in Asia and Africa, is in imminent danger. American plant breeders say $10 billion worth of wheat would be destroyed if the fungus suddenly made its way to U.S. fields.
Read all this one here.
But California is collapsing. From the WaPo, the story that sent me to the LA paper:
The Obama administration has turned back pleas for emergency aid from one of the biggest remaining threats to the economy -- the state of California.
A good decision as long as it lasts. I imagine it will last about two weeks. Read the whole story here.
And, I just tried to watch a documentary about Fox News and the pimp job they did for that rat-faced frat boy who sat in the White House for eight years, but I got so angry I quit on it. Plus, there's a shredded mockingbird in the front yard, and I wouldn't trade one mockingbird for all the cats in Calhoun County. I am afraid it was the bird who sang from the low perch in the front corner of the yard. Cats are vermin.