Even faker than the Economics Nobel Prize ginned up by a Swedish bank.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak ("Woz") told Bloomberg Business News that the garage was "something for us to feel was our home." Read more about Los Altos Garage as Birthplace of Apple is ... a Myth!
(Cross-posted with permission of the author from New Economic Perspectives)
Here’s a summary of the plan Bernie Sanders has set out, along with my comments (in italics).
1.) We need a major investment to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. $1 trillion investment to create 13 million decent paying jobs and make this country more efficient and productive.
Agreed, but let’s not settle for a mere 13 million jobs. We need twice that. And, of course, the “price tag” is irrelevant—so long as we create useful jobs that pay living wages, we can “always afford” to pay for them. By creating jobs we are not just investing in infrastructure, but we are also investing in our people, enhancing their participation in our society and providing them with the means to support their families. We can always afford that. Read more about A TWELVE STEP PROGRAM TO RESTORE PROSPERITY: THE BERNIE SANDERS PLAN
I saw this at Eschaton. Presumably it's part of the great "Whither Democrats?" conversation after the mid-terms debacle:
A dirty hippie reply to ALEC launches this week.
and so naturally I rushed over to "State Innovation Exchange" and found this, which I've helpfully annotated:
If you think you're looking at Democrat trade dress -- the blue, blue, blue, the round logo, the red, white, and blue (so much more tasteful to crop the flag in the logo, rather than crudely waving it), the sans serif font -- you'd be right (though we'll get to how exactly we can be 100% sure of that in a minute). Read more about State Innovation Exchange (SiX): Another "progressive" roach motel?
I have a life you know.
Anyway I was part of this conference at the U.N. before they cleaned all the smoke off the walls and after the thrill of sitting in actual Ambassador chairs (Zimbabwe!) it was time for our box lunch (that's what they call a stale ham and cheese sandwich, a bag of potato chips, and a rather decrepit looking apple when they stuff it in a box).
Fortunately the soda was fresh and they had some club which was good enough for me before I went all low sodium (remember to order seltzer) because I don't much like the sweet stuff. Read more about Why Jane Curtin Hates Me
President Obama's remarks to the Business Roundtable on Trade raise alarm bells for us all, and suggest that he is still pushing his pro- 1% agenda for all it is worth. Perhaps it would be better if Congress just treated him as a lame duck from here on in. Here are a number of statements from his talk and answers to questions, and my comments on them. Read more about A Credibility Problem?
It's complete. The 4 Senate Dems who blocked the public option -- Lieberman, Nelson, Landrieu, Lincoln -- are gone 4 yrs later. Worth it?
— Adam Green (@AdamGreen) December 7, 2014
Gov. Peter Shumlin intends to propose a combination of an employer payroll tax and an income-based contribution to finance single-payer health care, according to sources with knowledge of the plan.
The Inquisitor (not sure about the source, but they look like they could get a quote right):
The healthcare law has been considered President Obama’s signature domestic achievement, though Mary Landrieu tried using that to her advantage in a recent interview with a tea party radio host.
Senator Bernie Sanders just released his “Economic Agenda for America.” While that agenda is certainly more progressive than the talk we hear from Democrats, and certainly is progressive in its expression of generalities. It is not nearly sufficiently progressive in its specifics.
Here's a commentary on it.
1. We need a major investment to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure: roads, bridges, water systems, waste water plants, airports, railroads and schools. . . . A $1 trillion investment in infrastructure could create 13 million decent paying jobs and make this country more efficient and productive. . .
We certainly do need to re-invent our infrastructure. But a $1 Trillion program would only begin to scratch the surface, and won't solve the problem. The estimates of how much we have to spend to do that are roughly $3.6 Trillion. So, why isn't Senator Sanders proposing that? Read more about The Economic Agenda for America: A Commentary
In New York, the demonstrations have taken on a familiar feel and are similar to those happening in other major cities. They generally start at a central location, mainly in Manhattan, as the workday ends.
Protesters eschew preplanned routes, calling them cattle drives.
"Cattle drives." New language! Where'd that come from? Not Rev. Inc., for sure! Read more about Wildcat marches: Another novel non-violent protest tactic from the Fersusonians
I know, clickbait headline, but I read it anyhow. They missed one:
#40. No hydrocarbons to extract.
So we may come out of all this with our water and soil intact, assuming the local notables don't fill up the state with landfills. Read more about "39 Reasons Living In Maine Ruins You For Life"
Which I identify with, because of our fight against landfills up here in the Great State of Maine. Will Bunch:
The now-81-year-old retiree recalls a brochure for the new Eastwick community from the developer Korman Homes that showed kids playing and sliding down the steep hill in back of the development, pushing "how much fun it would be for the children."
But it wasn't long after moving in that the Reids weren't able to open their window on a warm night because of the noxious odor of burning garbage - and they realized the fumes were coming from that hillside in the cheerful brochure, a disposal site that the locals called Heller's Dump but was officially known as the Clearview Landfill.
(At this point, we can say "Boy, were they stupid!" We could also say, "They were trusting." After all, this was many years ago... I'll skip the horrors of the landfill (it was a really bad one, with a cancer cluster) to get to this paragraph: Read more about Fighting a landfill in Eastwick, PA
(Yes, I think "debacle" is fair to say when you publish a story on rape culture with poor sourcing and undisclosed agreements with the sources used, thereby enabling messengers to be shot and real problems minimized. Just ugh. What were they thinking?)
Anyhow, here are portions of a Taibbi twitter thread on that topic. Here's the one that caught my eye:
@RoryKoller The fact-checkers really did have an issue with the Vampire Squid line -- squids don't have "blood-funnels"
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) December 6, 2014
The thread begins: Read more about Taibbi on the Rolling Stone/UVa debacle