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Breaking Bad ends in August. Are you excited too?

Thanks for your patience with the recent Firedoglake outage. You can bet it was frustrating & upsetting to all of us on the staff, especially since it was entirely out of our control.

But at least our lives aren’t as bad as the poor, miserable creatures in tonight’s video selection — oh the humanity (or perhaps felinity)!

I’m a big fan of Breaking Bad, which concludes starting in August. Vulture has a lengthy interview with creator Vince Gilligan about the end of the series. The part of the article generating the most buzz is the way he calls out haters of wife Skyler White:

[W]ith the risk of painting with too broad a brush, I think the people who have these issues with the wives being too bitchy on Breaking Bad are misogynists, plain and simple. I like Skyler a little less now that she’s succumbed to Walt’s machinations, but in the early days she was the voice of morality on the show. She was the one telling him, ‘You can’t cook crystal meth.’ She’s got a tough job being married to this asshole. And this, by the way, is why I should avoid the Internet at all costs. People are griping about Skyler White being too much of a killjoy to her meth-cooking, murdering husband? She’s telling him not to be a murderer and a guy who cooks drugs for kids. How could you have a problem with that?

I think something similar happened with Betty Draper on Mad Men especially in the early seasons — I find January Jones to be an extremely capable actress but she catches a lot of flak for being the moralizing response to Don’s lothario, and in general I think she gets criticized because she makes us uncomfortable — her characterin many ways represents the silent victims of patriarchy.

And did you know there’s now a phone app which helps you fight the Koch Brothers and other corporate bad guys at the supermarket? It’s called “Buycott.” From Forbes:

You can scan the barcode on any product and the free app will trace its ownership all the way to its top corporate parent company, including conglomerates like Koch Industries. 

Once you’ve scanned an item, Buycott will show you its corporate family tree on your phone screen. Scan a box of Splenda sweetener, for instance, and you’ll see its parent, McNeil Nutritionals, is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson JNJ +1.3%.

Even more impressively, you can join user-created campaigns to boycott business practices that violate your principles rather than single companies. One of these campaigns, Demand GMO Labeling, will scan your box of cereal and tell you if it was made by one of the 36 corporations that donated more than $150,000 to oppose the mandatory labeling of genetically modified food.

According to Twitter, Buycott is a victim of its own popularity — if you try it out, give them a few days to work out growth problems!


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Kit OConnell

Kit OConnell

Kit O’Connell is a gonzo journalist and radical troublemaker from Austin, Texas. He is the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Shadowproof. Kit's investigative journalism has appeared in Truthout, MintPress News and