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Common household remedies request

I have a ton -- well, two large Chock-Full-'O-Nuts cans-full of coffee grounds. Would I be better off dumping them right on the garden, or should I dump them in the quasi-compost heap that seems to be developing from Halloween pumpkins and dead leaves?

My sense is right on the garden, and get it started rotting right away.... Read more about Common household remedies request

Migrant construction workers strike in Dubai

This sounds like the real Dubai story to me.

Odd, then, that financial stories are obscuring it. Read more about Migrant construction workers strike in Dubai

Film at 11: Money can't buy happiness

Health Day:

Psychological therapy may be much more effective at making people happy than getting a raise or winning a lottery prize, suggests an English study.

Researchers analyzed data on thousands of people who provided information about their mental well-being and found that the increase in happiness from a $1,329 course of therapy was so significant that it would take a pay raise of more than $41,542 to achieve an equal boost in well-being.

To the ice floes!

Nice to see the Dems make sure elders don't lose their homes and starve. Oh, wait...

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"They have no place to go"

Wrong. Steve Singiser, front-paged at The Obama 527 Formerly Known As Daily Kos:

QUESTION: In the 2010 Congressional elections will you definitely vote, probably vote, not likely vote, or definitely will not vote?

The results were, to put it mildly, shocking:

Or entirely expected. Read more about "They have no place to go"

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RE: Peter Orzag

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Calvin J at FDL

Orzag was part of the Hamilton Project. One of Pete Peterson’s pet projects.
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Why America needs to go back to taxing the wealthy

By Dave Johnson

Special to the Mercury News

Back when it took time to make a fortune, business people had to rely on the health of the greater community to nurture their own enterprises. They had to think and act long-term. They had to carefully build solid businesses that satisfied their customers. They had to hold on to workers because their experience was valuable.

Meanwhile, the roads and bridges used by their trucks were kept in repair, our schools provided excellent education to their potential employees, and our courts were well funded to properly enforce contracts. Businesses and communities depended on each other to do well.

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The poll that needs to be done

Polling the enthusiasm gap really tells only a small part of the story. Someone should commission a poll that asks the following questions:

Would you consider voting for a Green Party candidate or some other lefty third party?

Would you consider voting for a Tea Party candidate or some other right wing party?

The answers to those questions would be a major wake up call to those who think this is just a Republican/Democratic universe. Read more about The poll that needs to be done

Authoritarian followership

BooMan's been reading Plouffe's campaign memoir, The Audacity to Win*, and his post is too delicious not to quote: Read more about Authoritarian followership

Obama refuses to sign landmine treaty

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AP:

The Obama administration has decided not to sign an international convention banning land mines.

State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said Tuesday that the administration recently completed a review and decided not to change the Bush-era policy.

[...]More than 150 countries have agreed to the Mine Ban Treaty's provisions to end the production, use, stockpiling and trade in mines. Besides the United States, holdouts include: China, India, Pakistan, Myanmar and Russia.

Denmark gets power to preventatively arrest people at climate change summit

"We're not removing your right to protest. We're just removing your right to protest when it matters."

Guardian:

The Danish parliament today passed legislation which will give police sweeping powers of "pre-emptive" arrest and extend custodial sentences for acts of civil disobedience. The "deeply worrying" law comes ahead of the UN climate talks which start on 7 December and are expected to attract thousands of activists from next week.

Intel developing chips to go in people's brains

Physorg:

Intel believes its customers would be willing to have a chip implanted in their brains so they could operate computers without the need for a keyboard or mouse using thoughts alone. The implant could also be used to operate devices such as cell phones, TVs and DVDs.

The chip is being developed at Intel's laboratory in Pittsburgh, USA. It would sense brain activity using technology based on FMRI (Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging). The brain sensing chips are not yet available, but Intel research scientist Dean Pomerleau thinks they are close.

Stimulus that was so "urgently needed" goes mostly unspent

CNS News:

The GAO reported that of the $787 billion in spending authorized by the Obama stimulus plan, only $173 billion (or 22 percent) had been spent by Sept. 30, 2009, the end of the fiscal year. Of this $173 billion, only $47 billion (or 25 percent of the 22 percent) went to contracts, grants or loans for projects. The rest of the money went to federal entitlement programs such as Medicaid and to immediate tax relief.

We're financing the banks so they can charge us more money

McClatchy:

An upcoming review of nearly 400 credit cards by the Pew Trusts Safe Credit Cards Project found that interest rates increased by a median of 2 percentage points in the first half of the year, even though it was cheaper for banks to lend money because the federal target funds rate — the rate banks use for loans to each other — fell by at least three-quarters of a point.

What's wrong with this picture?

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