It's a well-known fact that reality has a strong liberal bias...
Is This Your Hat?
2 years ago
Earlier this week one of my best sources claimed to have explosive new information for me.See what's missing? Like details, research, supporting evidence and documentation?
It took all week for us to finally get together, but last night we finally sat down for an amazing conversation. And what I heard made my jaw drop.
According to my source Sarah is finished with Todd and has decided to end their marriage.
She has purchased land in Montana (I wonder whose donations paid for that?), and may be considering moving herself and the children as far away from Alaska as she can get.
I read somewhere that the fact that our seniors are all covered by medicare really makes health care reform difficult. When the most reliable voting bloc already has their coverage paid for by the state, all the Republicans have to do is peel off a few other haves and convince the old folks that Obama wants to euthanize them.Now, actually, this gives me a great idea. If the Blue Dog-pubblekin coalition does manage to block substantive health care reform, perhaps we should just allow them to have what they want: complete free-market health care. Given that the US government covers better than half the health care costs in the country, I'll bet the seniors would love them some progressivism real quick. And I would love to be a CIA wiretapper listening in on a senator duking it out with his private insurer: "Whaddya mean, you have reason to believe my gonorrhea was a 'pre-existing' condition?"
Portland was no slouch when it came to records. Those three days -- Monday's 103, and Tuesday and Wednesday's 106 degree highs -- were all records for the dates.Our local paper... not so much. The lead story was the "controversy" over whether to use the officially designated, National Weather Service thermometer, which read 108 as the high Wednesday, or an unofficial reading of 110 from another site. Corvallis' all time high is 108, so I guess that makes it a big deal- did we set a new high or not? The second story was on an unsuccessful attempt to fry an egg on the sidewalk. Today's report is simply the highs, the forecast high for today, and a note that the NWS has issued a fire alert for the central coast range. (BTW, I think our high today- and it's starting to come down- was 91. Average for the date is 83)
Tuesday and Wednesday also clocked in as the all-time hottest average daily temperatures ever in Portland.
The average temperature on Tuesday was 90 degrees; and on Wednesday it was 89 degrees, making them, according to the National Weather Service, the hottest full calendar days on record.
The records were set because of the unusually warm nights, mostly in the lower to mid-70s. The 86 degree daily average high on Monday puts it in a tie for fourth with a bunch of other dates.
Other Portland records during the heat wave:
-- Top two hottest three day periods in Portland: Average temperature of 88 degrees Monday through Wednesday; and 86.7 degrees Tuesday through Thursday.
-- July 2009 also looks like it will go down at the second hottest month on record for Portland. The hottest July, with an average temperature of 74.1 degrees, happened back in 1985. The average temperature through Thursday is 73.4 degrees.
-- If the highs reach 90 degrees today through Sunday in Portland, the city will break it's all time record for consecutive days at or above 90 degrees with 9, breaking the old record of 8 consecutive days, which occurred on the 8 days ending on August 19, 1967.
For the first time in generations, people are challenging the view that a free-market order – the system that dominates the globe today – is the destiny of all nations. The free market's uncanny ability to enrich the elite, coupled with its inability to soften the sharp experiences of staggering poverty, has pushed inequality to the breaking point.(...)
Proponents of neoliberalism are indifferent to this history and dismiss the notion that "another world is possible" that could alleviate grinding misery and poverty around the world. But in opposition to the contemporary individualistic system of capitalism, evidence of a new global movement dedicated to social justice and human rights has sprung from the ashes of the past. Just in the past decade, we have witnessed the expansion of worker insurgencies, peasant and indigenous uprisings, ecological protests, and democracy movements.(...)
People are inherently cautious and take extraordinary action only when they have little to lose and something to gain. The current economic crisis has pushed more people into poverty and despair than at any time since the early 20th century, to the point where alternatives to the current system can be considered.This is a topic I've been discussing with friends for years. The trend of concentration of wealth among the very richest has been accelerating for decades, with a slight respite during the Clinton years. The impoverished have become much more so, and median wages have fallen with respect to inflation-adjusted dollars. During the 1970's, CEO wages were typically 40 times that of the average worker; that number is now around 500. Service wage jobs typically start at minimum wage, and top out, after years of experience, at a dollar or two higher than that. Even highly-demanding jobs, in terms of work, experience and training, are sickenly underpaid... as a beginning teacher, with a degree in geology, a masters in science education, and years of work experience, my salary was 18K. People are pissed.
Eric Holder must decide whether to pursue Bush administration lawyers and one sitting federal judge who set the legal stage for officially sanctioned torture and other degrading practices that violated fundamental principles of international law. As Mr. Holder wrestles with this decision, he must consider the gold standard set by his predecessor Robert Jackson at Nuremberg.(...)
(...)His [Jackson's] opening statement set the tone for the trials:
"That four great nations, flushed with victory and stung with injury, stay the hand of vengeance and voluntarily submit their captive enemies to the judgment of the law is one of the most significant tributes that Power has ever paid to reason.... We must summon such detachment and intellectual integrity to our task that this trial will commend itself to posterity as fulfilling humanity's aspirations to do justice."
The lawyers Holder may pursue advised President Bush that the Geneva Conventions and the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, ratified by the American government, could be ignored. They further argued that acts that America had in the past called torture had now miraculously ceased to be torture. Such positions put those advisers well outside even the furthest boundaries.This has been my position for some time, but the column puts it more eloquently than I cold hope to.
I put up a blog post on this issue on Saturday (July 25).
Do you also want viewers to "make up their own minds" regarding the non-existent controversy regarding the spherical nature of the earth? Or will you allow the "Some say..." phrase to be used to re-ignite that debate as well?I have mixed feelings about MoveOn; I joined pretty early, I think spring or summer of 2000, in the run-up to that election. But I get awfully sick of their constant "Can you chip in?" begging. No, I can't. The suggested minimum amounts are most often more than I spend to stay alive for a day. Furthermore, I have no way to get money to you, short of paying extra for a money order and mailing it. And you provide no way for me to tell you that- that every time one of your little begging notes shows up in my inbox, it breaks my heart a little further.
It's "reporting" such as that of Dobbs that has driven me from television news completely. And people wonder why "traditional media" can't compete.
WASHINGTON — The federal government isn't prepared for a potential outbreak of swine flu this fall, a Government Accountability Office report released to Congress concluded Wednesday.
Furthermore, said the GAO, Congress' nonpartisan investigative arm, federal agencies haven't addressed nearly half of the 24 recommendations it made last month.
In part because of warming and the retreat and thinning of Arctic sea ice in summer, this northern sea route is slowly becoming a reality. Russian vessels have long hauled ore and oil along the country’s sprawling northern coast, but no commercial ships under other flags have passed between Asia and Western Europe. Now, a German company, the Beluga Group of Bremen, has a ship poised to make what appears to be the first such trip, an 8,000-mile shortcut compared with alternate routes.The first commercial shipping through the Arctic will apparently take place this summer.
That's not high by Death Valley standards, of course; that California desert town hit 122 degrees on Sunday. Ultimately, Portland's temperature spike could prove to be meteorological much ado about nothing. Understandably, people from hotter states are inclined to scoff when Oregonians complain about the heat. In some ways, it's a summer reprisal of last winter's debate over whether Portland should be better prepared for extremely low temperatures.From an op-ed in OregonLive, titled perversely, "Counteracting the Cold." Still 102, but it's been feeling cooler. I've been a little confused... it was starting to feel cooler even as the temp rose to 104. But I just noticed the dewpoint has fallen to 56 from the 64 degrees it was when I posted the screen capture earlier.
The answer is similar, too: We're not prepared because we don't often have to be prepared. But the fact that Oregonians are not acclimated to hot temperatures multiplies the risks when such weather arises. So it was impressive to see the city of Portland and Multnomah County both reacting swiftly, over the weekend, to counteract the heat.
In 2000, Lin re-emerged in the public life with a book Boundaries. Also in 2000, she agreed to act as the artist and architect for the Confluence Project, a series of outdoor installations at historical points along the Columbia River and Snake River in the state of Washington. This is the largest and longest project that she has undertaken so far.Though the article doesn't say so, a number of those installations are also in Oregon, and from time to time I read articles about her project in Oregon papers. Here are some articles about Confluence: One Two Three Four, and a map of the individual installations.
This article does not aim to mention every single pub in the UK, or every one with an unusual name, but delves into the history of pub signs, the stories behind them and examines some of the interesting names I discovered in the course of my research.And some very interesting stories and histories there are. For example, "Ye Olde Trip to Jersualem" was founded in 1189, and claims to be Britain's oldest pub. Some pubs may date back to the Roman Empire, but have been rebuilt. Pretty Amazing.
Here's how the proposed surcharge would actually work. There would be:I guess they don't teach about marginal rates and arithmetic in the Columbia MBA program. Which is kind of funny, as they certainly taught the former in the introductory econ classes here at this little backwater state school, and pretty much expected you to have mastered the latter.
• an additional 1% tax on income between $350,000 and $500,000. Thus, if someone makes $500,000 per year, they would pay an extra 1% of $150,000, or $1,500.
• an additional 1.5% tax on income between $500,000 and $1,000,000. Thus, if someone makes $1,000,000 per year, they would pay an extra 1.5% of $500,000, or $7,500.
So under this proposed law, someone making a million dollars per year wouldn't pay $54,000 more in taxes. They'd pay $9,000 (ie, $1,500 + $7,500), or 0.9%.
(Now, it is true that someone making $10 million per year would pay an additional $495,000. That would consist of the extra $9,000 on the first million plus 5.4% ($486,000) on the next $9 million.)
Because nothing shows the true cuteness and sweet side of Hello Kitty — and the love and happiness she brings to all — as 50,000 volts of electricity streaming through your body:From Hello Kitty Hell. This is being reported in a few places as a real product; Neatorama tells us it isn't. Which, actually, renews my faith in humanity just a little.
For Potter it was a dreadful realisation that healthcare in America had failed millions of poor, sick people and that he, and the industry he worked for, did not care about the human cost of their relentless search for profits. "It was over-powering. It was just more than I could possibly have imagined could be happening in America," he told the ObserverIn this article from The Guardian, Potter confirms, from an insider's perspective, everthing we already know about the "health care" industry.
Potter resigned shortly afterwards. Last month he testified in Congress, becoming one of the few industry executives to admit that what its critics say is true: healthcare insurance firms push up costs, buy politicians and refuse to pay out when many patients actually get sick. In chilling words he told a Senate committee: "I worked as a senior executive at health insurance companies and I saw how they confuse their customers and dump the sick: all so they can satisfy their Wall Street investors."
All of this doesn’t necessarily mean that socialized medicine, or even single-payer, is the only way to go. There are a number of successful health-care systems, at least as measured by pretty good care much cheaper than here, and they are quite different from each other. There are, however, no examples of successful health care based on the principles of the free market, for one simple reason: in health care, the free market just doesn’t work. And people who say that the market is the answer are flying in the face of both theory and overwhelming evidence.That's the concluding paragraph, but the rest is well worth the few minutes it takes to read.
Oswald Bastable said...Here's another example.and another...
I don't like Mondays, either.
Kathleen Fisher said...
My favourite posts are the ones that make me gasp in horror at your audacity first, then uncontrollably giggle for the rest of the day!