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Neil Irwin at the WonkBlog quells my fears of a corporate takeover:

Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, is buying The Washington Post. He’s paying $250 million, of his personal funds (we aren’t becoming part of Amazon, in other words, but rather employees of a stand-alone company that Bezos owns).

First things first: Nothing about Wonkblog changes, so far as we know. We’ll be here tomorrow, and the next day, and after the transaction closes in around 60 days, bringing you the latest news and analysis of everything that matters in the worlds of domestic and economic policy.

This was not a day any of us on the staff of the Washington Post saw coming. But it is also a shift into a form of ownership that makes a lot of sense given the realities of the business we find ourselves in. I anticipate that large quantities of brown liquor will consumed at the Post Pub tonight.

In other news, I got my free trial of Amazon Prime in preparation for Breaking Bad next week.

Categories: News Tags: amazon, breaking bad, buy-out, corporations, Jeff Bezos, journalism, media, Neil Irwin, news, The Washington Post, WaPo, wonkblog

Jonathan Banks, better known as Mike the Hitman from Breaking Bad, plays an awkward teenage boy in this sometimes creepy and sometimes sexist period PSA from almost 40 years ago.

^screenshot creepy doctor, not Mike.

“I got my first period today.”

“So what’s the big deal?”

“It means that blood is flowing out of my uterus!”

“Oh.” Mike looks confused and disgusted.

Later, when swimming plans go awry do to a thunderstorm, Johnny (Mike) asks his girlfriend with all earnestness (10:16), “Do you think your period could be causing the rain?”

Hilarious video. Ah, high school in the 70s. Ah, Mike from Breaking Bad.

Fun fact:  Aaron Paul, otherwise known as Jesse Pinkman, was cast as that rebellious punk kid in 90s cereal commercials.

Categories: Pop-culture, things that amuse me Tags: 1974, Aaron Paul, blood, breaking bad, creepy, Jonathan Banks, menstruation, mike ehrmantraut, period, PSA, video, youtube

Aw yeah.

Season 5 premiere of Breaking Bad will be on Sunday, July 15 at 10 PM on AMC.

This is a good year for TV.

Categories: Pop-culture Tags: 2012 TV, AMC, breaking bad, breaking bad trailer, methamphetamine, season 5