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Thoughts on wage labor

[Sheesh, I thought this would be wildly controversial! I'm stickying this because I really do need feedback on it, partly on the diagram style. As in, does it work? --lambert]

I must apologize for not writing up Point 1 of the 12-Point Platform. I've been blaming myself for dithering, and in fact I have been dithering, but it finally dawned on me that "A Living Wage" isn't only a simple social justice matter, but the crux of all the points and reforms that must follow it. Why? Read below the fold...

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Bait and switch: Key MNsure company pulls out

The big news today in Minnesota is the withdrawal of PreferredOne from the state ACA exchange, MNsure. Nearly six in ten patients chose it this year, presumably because it had the lowest prices nationwide. But it won't be offered on the exchange next year -- so patients will either have to do without the tax credits that made it so affordable, or switch to an insurer with a higher premium. Read below the fold...

Tweet of the day

UK bookie already paying out on "No" vote for Scottish Independence

Globe and Mail:

Polls say the outcome of the Scottish independence vote is too close to call, but gambling company Betfair is already paying out more than £100,000 ($179,000) to customers who backed a “No” vote.

The referendum on Thursday when voters in Scotland decide whether to split from the United Kingdom has attracted record levels of interest from British gamblers.

Bookmakers sometimes pay out early on sports events when they consider the result a foregone conclusion, judging that the publicity they generate is worth the risk should there be a surprise turnaround.

“We’ve decided that ‘No’ is most likely to be the winning vote in 3 days’ time, so we’ve put our money where our mouth is,” online betting specialist Betfair said
on Tuesday. The offer applied only to bets placed with Betfair’s sportsbook – the smaller part of its business where the company sets the odds itself. Read below the fold...

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Sunday Train: Reflections on a visit to the East Coast

Cross-posted from The Sunday Train ~ apologies for the jet-lag induced cross-posting delays

Your intrepid sustainable energy and transport reporter was recently required to engage in some official business with an overseas consulate located in New York city, and in order to be able to afford to sit and wait as the wheels of bureaucracy as long as might have been required, obtained lodgings in a relatively cheap motel in New Brunswick and took the NJ Transit Northeast Corridor train back and forth. This week's Sunday Train is a collection of scattered observations made along the way. Read below the fold...

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Fracking isn't bad for you?

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The New York Times reports a study (recently published in the prestigious 'Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences'), claiming that hydraulic fracturing or 'fracking' is not per se a cause of contaminated water. Instead, contamination is said to arise from leaks in the wells used to recover the gas, which has been liberated by the fracking process. Read below the fold...

In the garden: Fungi and stumps

In the raking light of late afternoon:

Same: Read below the fold...

How deep is the alienation from Cuomo in New York?

Still aftershocks from the Teachout result in NY! The Albany Times-Union writes on Cuomo:

For someone as openly and imperially contemptuous of those who disagree with him, actually losing 31 upstate counties is a proper comeuppance.

It's one of those rare occasions when the voters have a chance to say "screw you" right back, and upstate certainly did that. ...

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How Democrats sold out anti-fracking movements in PA (and CO)

Standard tactics. The Wrench:

First is an email exchange between myself and a representative from Food & Water Watch --an organization that claims to be anti-fracking but, in advocating for a moratorium that has no chance of becoming a reality, and in supporting the Democrat candidate for governor Tom Wolf who is avowedly pro-drilling, cannot make that claim with any force or consistency. 

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Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden, and Julian Assange: Live in Concert in New Zealand

Impressive. (I've seen Greenwald and Snowden so far, and I assume Assange is coming. Also Kim Dot Com, who seems guilty of an annoying laugh, but not much else.)

In the garden: Goldenrod and bee

No frost yet! [crossed fingers]

OK, OK, "bee collecting nectar from flower." Nobody's taken that shot before! Read below the fold...

I couldn't stand it, and lit the wood stove tonight

True, it's only 47°F (going down to 38°F) and if this were February I'd scream with joy at how warm it is, but it isn't February. And it's 10 degrees below average. And I think I permanently broke my body's sense of what warm and cold are by staying in Bangkok. Read below the fold...

Tweet of the day: "We're an empire now, and when we act...

... we create our own reality" ("Unnamed aide" in Bush administration, widely know to be Karl Rove).

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War on Terror, rhymes with Yogi Berra

As he once wryly observed, ‘Prediction is difficult – especially about the future’, and this admonition would seem particularly fitting in light of the war on terror’s crooked course thus far.

As the US again assembles a 'coalition of the willing' for the purpose of fighting a war in the Middle East, there are other Yogi quotes which come to mind… Read below the fold...

Annals of Looting

Business Insider:

O'Shaughnessy: "Fidelity had done a study as to which accounts had done the best at Fidelity. And what they found was..."

Ritholtz: "They were dead."

O'Shaughnessy: "...No, that's close though! They were the accounts of people who forgot they had an account at Fidelity."

BWA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!!!!!! Read below the fold...

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