Our pets have become yet another victim of the poor economy. Though, a few are questioning whether some people are using the economy as an excuse:
Behind boarded doors of foreclosed homes, in Dumpsters and in parking lots are an unprecedented number of abandoned dogs and cats. Their owners, desperate and broke, have left the animals to die without food or water. Real estate agents and landlords are finding the once-beloved family pets in vacated houses all over Metro Detroit.
It's even cooler when your fellow Michiganders dominate in the robotics part of it:
Metro Detroit students took home first place at a national robotics competition today in Atlanta.
Huron Valley Schools in Milford earned the top prize along with alliance members from Illinois and California. They edged out an all-Michigan alliance comprised of Utica Community Schools, Berkley High School and Oakland County Area Schools—showcasing southeastern Michigan’s impressive engineering skills—in the FIRST Robotics Competition Championship at the Georgia Dome.
LONDON (AFP) – Israel's military is preparing so it could launch major aerial attacks on Iranian nuclear sites if ordered to by the new government, a British newspaper said on Saturday, quoting Israeli defence and intelligence sources.
"Israel wants to know that if its forces were given the green light, they could strike at Iran in a matter of days, even hours," an unnamed senior defence official told The Times.
"They are making preparations on every level for this eventuality. The message to Iran is that the threat is not just words."
I think; it doesn't do, to project too much. Alongkorn Parivudhiphong in The Bangkok Post
Finally it came to an end ... I am talking about hit series Sab Poo Saa (Cursed Apparel), which concluded last Wednesday. The talk of the town since its debut in February, the series revolves around a string of vendettas of a female ghost and her obsessions with unrequited loves from her last life.
[T]he last episode - fraught with fears and tears - gave me the "eureka" moment, when I started to see some similarities between this popular soap and the political situation.
Missed this one on McClatchy's Warren P. Strobel back in March, but I thought I'd quote it; it looks like Obama made a good choice:
I've been fortunate (or foolish) enough to have covered and traveled with five secretaries of state over the last almost 20 years (yikes!): James A. Baker III, Warren Christopher, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and now Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Obama promises to show us the money. But only the federal budget and not not the trillions that went to the banksters. The Federal budget is our money; and the bankster's got our money. So why not transparency for both?
NOTE As always, the first thing to go is the writing. SusanG: Read more about Bollocks from Kos
Medicare Advantage Sellers Trick Elderly Into Giving Up Benefits
Read it and then send the link on to whoever you think would be interested. Read more about Plague of deception on the part of the Medicare Advantage sales
UPDATE: contact the ways and means committee at:
House Ways and Means Chairman Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) announced that the Committee will hold another hearing in a series on reforming the health insurance market.
The hearing will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22, and will focus on strategies to reform the health insurance market to ensure greater accessibility and affordability.
AUGUSTA, Maine—The Maine Nurses Association says registered nurses from throughout the state will be joined by physicians, patients and health care activists Monday at a legislative hearing on a single-payer health care bill sponsored by Democratic Rep. Charles Priest of Brunswick.
SB 810 passed the Senate Health Committee on a party line vote. The bill next heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Rahm to Bibi: "[There will be] two states for two peoples, and it doesn't matter to us at all who is prime minister."
I left my rubber waders at my other computer, so I hesitate to post on I/P, but this is interesting. From MidEast Peace Pulse:
Yedioth Achronoth, the largest circulation daily in Israel, reports today that President Obama intends to see the two-state solution signed, sealed and delivered during his first term.
Rahm Emanuel told an (unnamed) Jewish leader; "In the next four years there is going to be a permanent status arrangement between Israel and the Palestinians on the basis of two states for two peoples, and it doesn't matter to us at all who is prime minister."
In contrast, U.S. Sen. Brown told the admittedly sympathetic crowd gathered Friday morning that he has always supported a single-payer system but that wasn't likely to happen during this Congress. So, he said, he's campaigning for the next best thing: The mix between private and public health coverage.
"The plan we write will deal with the uninsured and underinsured," Brown said.
Let's look at Obama's two tech appointments. As it turns out, both are health care technocrats. Bloomberg:
Obama also named Aneesh Chopra, Virginia’s secretary of technology, as his chief technology officer to “help the country meet its goals from job creation, to reducing health care costs, to protecting the homeland.”
The good news on Chopra. TechPresident's a little breathless:
A few quick observations about this choice. First, it looks like very good news for the transparency movement, as well as those of us looking for an open-minded leader willing to experiment with new forms of collaborative governance. For example, back in early 2007, under Chopra's leadership, Virginia was one of the first states to move, with Google's help, to make its state websites more searchable and thus more accessible to ordinary citizens. The state has also been in the forefront of efforts to create robust web services tracking the giant government stimulus spending package enacted by Obama, and as fed-watcher Christopher Dorobek points out, Chopra is well aware of and supportive of citizen-led watchdog efforts like Jerry Brito's StimulusWatch.org. ...
Under Chopra (and it must be mentioned, his boss Governor Tim Kaine), the state also launched a highly interactive website that collected more than 9000 suggestions from residents on how the stimulus monies might be spent. "Relative to calls and letters, it's fairly safe to say this is probably a tenfold increase in civic participation by allowing people to click on a button, submit their ideas and engage with their governor," Chopra told a local paper back in March.
I think Chopra's got a big, big blind spot here, which I'll get to in a moment. Now let's look at Chopra on health care. Here's a video (via The 463) of Chopra before the Congressional Internet Caucus conference in September 2008. The health care stuff starts at 24:00 minutes in: Read more about Obama's Tech Appointments: Aneesh Chopra (CTO) and Jeffrey Zient (CIO) both health care technocrats