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Thu May 17, 2012 at 08:45 AM PDT

The Story of Walt

by The Pollster

Walt was my third cat. He had a long and happy life. I've told pieces of his story to friends over the years, but now I have put it all down in one place.

Follow me after the squiggle. It's a bit of a long story, but he did live for over 15 years.

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Hi All. On Sunday, April 1, I wrote a diary about my financial problems and my inevitable eviction from my apartment. Many of you came to my rescue with good advice, job search help, financial help, and a place to live.

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I love reading Lightbulb's diaries. This morning, s/he posted about juggling work and a healthy diet. I made a comment and mentioned that I'm in pretty serious financial difficulty. S/he (sorry, I don't know if you are male or female!) urged me to write about my woes. So, here I am.

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Well, not so much piracy as copyright infringement.

A few years ago, the company I worked for, Inkstop, suddenly closed its doors and didn't pay its nearly 500 employees our last three weeks' wages. I was one of the people who worked to organize us all. I used many methods, including Daily Kos, to gather us together. Of all the methods, Facebook was the most effective.

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I am a now former employee of a small ink-and-toner chain called Inkstop.  They closed their doors this morning, with no warning, to discuss "restructuring."  But today is payday and they didn't pay us.  

If you are a former employee, make sure you contact the state Department of Labor in the state where you work.  You need to file a claim.  I don't know if there are any civil actions we need to follow.  If anyone out there knows, please post it here.

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Without subjecting you all to the extended family dynamic that is my relationship with my father, I wonder what, if anything, I can do to decontaminate my father of his Fox-inspired delusions.

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Today on Meet the Press, lost in the Powell endorsement, was this little jem. Joe Scarborough railed against the Obama tax plan to offer more tax relief to people earning less than $200,000/year, and a modest (Reagan-era) tax increase to those making over $250,000.

To Joe, this is class warfare.  And we all know that re-distributing wealth to the neediest is "class warfare" but re-distributing wealth to the rich (via tax loopholes, tax breaks for buying a Hummer, and a capital gains tax below that of an income tax) is just fine and dandy.

Joe said that Obama wants to punish the rich:

"...but they start talking about economics, income redistribution, get--you know, taking from the most productive members of society and giving tax breaks to people who don't pay taxes.  This is what we're going to see."

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