YOUR DAILY WEEKLY READER: bricked and mortared, taxed and spent, picked up by the BBC, bitches!

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THE END OF THE BRICK AND MORTAR ERA HURTS MORE EVERY DAY: On his last day as a company man, Marty Singer braced himself for the final drive to the office. It was Friday morning. The clock was ticking. But he couldn’t bear to go. So he answered another phone call. He tapped out another text. He composed another email. He sat down at his kitchen table and wept. At 10:30 a.m., he finally picked up his keys. ‘Be strong,’ he told himself. Then he walked out his front door, into a world without J&R Music. The ruby-red banners still adorn the well-known building near City Hall in Lower Manhattan. And on Friday, passers-by stopped to gasp, to take photos and to shake their heads at the news that the storied music and electronics store had closed after 43 years. No one seemed to notice the silver-haired man who slipped inside to say goodbye. This is a city filled with landmarks and institutions. Some of our favorites have their names carved in stone. Others live on in history books. But this column is about our flesh and blood institutions, the ordinary people who provide the pulse of the places we love. (via New York Times)

 

THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED

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THE POLITE BEAST HAS AWOKEN: “Charlie Crist didn't hold anything back Monday, delivering an aggressive denunciation of Gov. Rick Scott personally and politically, depicting him as an ethically suspect chief executive who doles out favors to big campaign contributors and doesn't understand or care about the lives and needs of average Floridians. ‘Governor Scott has led like this: embrace the ideological fringe, take care of his friends, bully his opponents, hide from the public and the press, and run from tough issues,’ said Crist, a former governor who's seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Scott in November. ‘It shouldn't come as a surprise,’ Crist said, running through what he sees as transgressions by the Republican governor. ‘He's already run ads that independent fact-checkers are calling misleading and false. But what does Rick Scott do? He keeps on running them because the truth means little to Rick Scott.’ Crist delivered the broadside before nearly 700 people gathered for a luncheon at the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches, a bipartisan group that attracts movers and shakers from the political, legal and business worlds in Palm Beach County. He received polite, but not extensive applause; at the end, less than half the audience stood to clap. Besides the tone, Crist's speech was unusual in that he put on his glasses and read a prepared text for the first two-thirds of the 23-minute speech. It's only the second time since Crist announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for governor on Nov. 4 that he's read his remarks, something he said later he did because he had a lot to say about Scott and wanted to make sure he got it all correct.” (via Sun-Sentinel)

 

OH, HEY, HAPPY TAX DAY, EVERYONE. WHERE’S YOUR MONEY GOING?: “As they put their tax returns in the mail today, some Floridians will join other people across the world for a Global Day of Action on Military Spending. According to Mary Zerkel, co-coordinator of the Wage Peace campaign for the American Friends Service Committee, 57 percent of all U.S. discretionary dollars go to the Pentagon, while critical human service needs such as education and health care are underfunded. ‘We all pay taxes because we want to have a safe and secure society for us all to live in, so we pay taxes to make sure that we have the things that we need as a community, but I think people are increasingly starting to reflect, 'Where are those hard-earned tax dollars going?'’ According to the National Priorities Project, in 2013 the average taxpayer in Florida paid more than $11,000 in federal taxes, with more than a third of it funding the military.  Zerkel said the sequestration process put caps on both domestic spending and the military budget. While human services suffered from the cuts, she said, money continued to flow to the military through the Overseas Contingency Operations Fund, which is exempt from spending caps. ‘While those wars are actually winding down, that amount of spending has actually gone up because what they're doing is they're transferring money from the base budget of the Pentagon on things like operations and equipment and they're putting it into this OCO, this Overseas Contingency Operation fund,’ she said.  Zerkel said billions of tax dollars are going to the Pentagon that could be used to strengthen communities and help those Americans in need of food or shelter. She said there is too much wasteful spending, including the F-35 warplane project, which cost $1.5 trillion, double the original price, and is ten years behind schedule.” (via Public News Service)

 

THE PART IN THE MOVIE WHERE OUR COVER STORY MAKES IT ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE POND TO THE BBC. NBD: “Some liberal bloggers claim to have found the face of expanding health care reform to the poor. Her name is - or was - Charlene Dill.  Ms Dill, a 32-year-old Florida mother of three with a history of heart problems, collapsed and died in a stranger's house while working as a vacuum cleaner salesman - one of her three part-time jobs.  Ms Dill had stopped taking prescription medication for her condition after she no longer qualified for Medicaid - the government health-care programme for the poor - because her yearly income of $9,000 was above the maximum amount to qualify for coverage.  On March 21, Ms Dill - who was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Florida when she was 18, estranged from her husband and on her own raising children ages 3, 7 and 9 - passed away. And now the painful question: Was her death preventable? Those who have spread word of her story argue that it was. You see, Ms Dill would have been covered by Medicaid if Florida had taking advantage of federal funding to expand the programme under the Affordable Care Act. Congress had intended for the expansion to be mandatory, but in 2012 the Supreme Court ruled that states could choose to opt out - and 21 states, thanks largely to Republican efforts, have done so. In those states, there is a gap in coverage for those who make too much to qualify for Medicaid but too little to receive insurance subsidies provided by the Affordable Care Act - a gap into which an estimated 5 million Americans fall.  Ms Dill was one of those Americans, and a number of left-wing writers argue that her death is at Republicans' feet. ‘Dill's death was not unpredictable, nor was it unpreventable,’ writes the Orlando Weekly's Billy Manes, who first publicised the story.” (via BBC) 

DILATE YOUR MIND

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