This may or may not be news to anyone here, but it was news to me. At last night’s Chicago screening of his documentary film, “The Big Uneasy,” during the Q&A after the movie, Harry Shearer provided more detail regarding something he’s been tweeting about recently.

He said that reaction from the Obama administration to Army Corps of Engineers whistleblower Maria Garzino’s exposure of faulty levee pumps has been nonexistent – with one exception.

According to Shearer, the only word from the administration has come from former deputy press secretary Bill Burton, who said about Garzino, “What do we have to do to make her shut up and go away?”

On a lighter note, when Shearer was asked whether he feared repercussions similar to those suffered by the whistleblowers covered by the film, he said, “I thought about it. And I figured, what can they do, tell me I can’t be Mr. Burns anymore?”

Stronger Than Dirt Pete Moss is one of the many aliases used by a Tom Long of Chicago, Illinois (not to be confused with other Tom Longs of Chicago or elsewhere). Tom was active in xerox zine culture from the late ’80s through the early ’00s under the Colicky Baby Records and Tapes imprint, and several examples of Tom’s mail art periodicals are filed deeply and safely away at the University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections Department in Iowa City and the Museum of Modern Art Library in New York City. Every so often he posts things at http://colicky.blogspot.com.

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