On that Breaking Bad type beat.

Happening in the World: Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party has proposed to allow five female lawmakers on its all-made board meetings, permitted they do not speak and submit opinions afterward. This proposal comes after sexist comments and resignation from Tokyo Olympics Chief Yoshiro Mori, an LDP member, and has renewed attention to the alienation of Japanese women in political life and economic participation. (BBC)

Happening in the US: Mayor Tim Boyd of Colorado City, a small west Texas town, has resigned after lashing out at his constituents in a widely-circulated Facebook tirade. Boyd admonished residents for complaining about the cold weather and poor conditions, writing, “No one owes you or your family anything… Sink or swim, it’s your choice!” The deadly Arctic blast, which has knocked out power across the state, has left citizens without heat, electricity, or running water in below-freezing temperatures. (The Washington Post)

Happening in NYC: The Drug Enforcement Administration and NYPD released a statement detailing the bust of New York City’s first-known meth lab on Wednesday. The Bronx drug raid seized an active meth lab across the street from a public elementary school. According to law enforcement, it is rare and extremely dangerous to discover such a lab in a densely populated area like New York City due to toxic fumes and volatile chemicals. Agents seized 22 pounds of methamphetamine, 45 grams of heroin, and 2,000 undetermined pills. (NBC New York)

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Cover Song of the Week: “Sweet Jane” by Cowboy Junkies (originally by the Velvet Underground) 

gov’t chamber via Flickr