Wednesday morning in the bunker

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Suining public baths in China's Sichuan province.

Misc

From Is Google Making Us Stupid?: “The Internet is chipping away my capacity for concentration and contemplation.” (Nicholas Carr “The Shallows” ~ NPR)
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More than 27,000 abandoned oil and gas wells lurk in the hard rock beneath the Gulf of Mexico, an environmental minefield that has been ignored for decades. No one — not industry, not government — is checking to see if they are leaking. (AP)
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BP’s embattled CEO, Tony Hayward, flew to the wealthy emirate of Abu Dhabi to meet officials amid speculation the oil giant is looking to raise cash to cover clean up costs from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. (ThinkProgress)

Lake Pontchartrain, which has until now been free of oil from the BP spill, is now home to tar balls and an oil sheen. (CSMonitor)
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U.S. corporations are sitting on a lot of cash, but not spending it. If the U.S. government were to borrow some of the cash corporations aren’t spending, and spend it on, say, public works, wouldn’t this also create jobs? (Paul Krugman)

News / Politics

Het Laaste Niews is reporting that when authorities searched the home of the former archbishop of Brussels, Cardinal Godfried Danneels, they discovered a hidden cache of documents and photographs on notorious child sex killer Marc Dutroux — documents that Danneels was not supposed to have. (LGF)
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Charles Manson family acolyte Leslie Van Houten has been denied parole for the 19th time because she “still poses a risk to society,” California authorities said. (CNN)
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President Obama will use the congressional recess to bypass the Senate and appoint Harvard Professor Donald Berwick to[day] to oversee Medicare and Medicaid. (Boston.com)
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The Justice Department has decided to file suit against Arizona on grounds that the state’s new immigration law illegally intrudes on federal prerogatives. (WaPo)
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A 4-year-old girl taken from her Louisiana, Missouri front yard has been found alive 80 miles away near St. Louis. (MSNBC)
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