It is all about the dirt.
For years I’ve kept a big garden, and supplied family members as well as neighbors with assorted fresh and tasty veggies. Last year, one thing and another, I scaled way back to just tomatoes and cucumbers and in consequence my brother decided to put in a vegetable garden of his own.
Things went OK for his tomatoes but not for anything else, and so I’ve offered to work with him and start over this spring – a twofer, teaching little brother while scratching my gardening jones in some one else’s yard and on someone else’s dime. Read more about Putting in a vegetable garden, from the ground up
Nobody on this planet hates the insurance industry worse than I do. Once in a great while, though, even a blind hog can find an acorn. The laws of physics do not give a flying damn how cool or how green your ego wants your ultralight hypermileage vehicle to be. Read more about Rethink those small lightweight cars, eh?
I'm used to Rush Limbaugh and Republicans despising the academics, but I don't generally see a reason for biotech companies having an aversion to academic researchers.
On Thursday of last week I noticed a job announcement on Craig's List for an "In-vitro Biology Research Associate II" that seems to have changed from then until today. I was actually surprised at the difference and struck by the emphasis of the new posting, that on "non-academic" and "non-hospital" experience. Here is the Craig's List posting and the Acucela announcement, that has the latest version: Read more about Academics need not apply
Why is Obama enamored of this technical fix? It baffles me. All I can think of, when I hear "electronic medical records," is that it's a way for the insurance companies to deny me care more efficiently.
Obama's speech at GT:
[OBAMA] The fourth pillar of the new foundation is a 21st century health care system where families, businesses, and government budgets aren't dragged down by skyrocketing insurance premiums.
How about everybody in, nobody out, single payer and save $350 billion dollars? The 20th century is just fine with me if it works!
MoveOn.org has a form designed to make you praise Obama's corporatist, Massachusetts-style health-care plan (such as it is).
Why not use this form to urge support for HR 676? Read more about Tell MoveOn about single-payer
Since the Troubled Asset Relief Program was launched in October, banks bolstered by capital infusions have boosted charges on a wide range of routine transactions, hiked rates on credit cards and continued making loans criticised as predatory by consumer advocates.
The TARP funds are intended to open lending spigots and make it easier for people to borrow money.
Last week, for example, Bank of America told some customers that interest rates on their credit cards will nearly double to about 14 per cent. The bank, which got $US45 billion ($62.6 billion) in capital from the US Government, also is imposing fees of least $US10 on a wide range of credit-card transactions.
Citigroup, another recipient of government cash, is trying to entice customers to borrow at high rates.
“You could get $US5000 today,” Citigroup's consumer-finance unit wrote in fliers mailed to customers. The ads don't disclose that the loans often carry annual interest rates of 30 per cent ... Citigroup has received $US50 billion in capital from taxpayers, and the US government will soon own as much as 36 per cent of the company's common stock.
You know what I think we need? A mandate. Read more about Bailed out banks charge us 30% interest to lend us our own money
If you thought Black's truthtelling with Bill Moyers was incendiary, read his latest interview in Barrons. Just like his interview on Moyers, it's about as easy to excerpt as, say, an artillery barrage (and quite a contrast to spread-the-blame-around weak tea like this.) Herewith: Read more about The problem with Bill Black? He never says what he really feels. Not.
It's definitely night time for the economy, so why isn't the dog barking? Curious! Read more about So where's the #Krugman column on Bill Black and accounting control fraud at the banks?
Just came back from a two hour Thai massage in Hong Kong, and afterwards spent some time hanging out talking with the Thai women who work in the place about the events in their country. Yeah, I know this is a variation on the "taxi driver interview" that so many lazy journalists work to death. Still, the masseuses come from the rural NE of Thailand, have worked their way out of rural poverty into small business. They're representative of an important slice of the current Thai conflict.
Anyway, their consensus: it's a mess. "The red shirts can't win. The yellow shirts can't win. Something has to change." Read more about Thai massage