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One more reason to turn off your cell phone

Slight Paranoia:

Sprint Nextel provided law enforcement agencies with its customers' (GPS) location information over 8 million times between September 2008 and October 2009. This massive disclosure of sensitive customer information was made possible due to the roll-out by Sprint of a new, special web portal for law enforcement officers.

If they know where you are...

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Obama takes the unity pony out for a drag

From the peroration of Arthur's great post, let me highlight this particularly dangerous quote from Nobel Peace [But Later, Much Later] Prize winner Obama's Latest Greatest Speech EVAH: Read more about Obama takes the unity pony out for a drag

Krugman calls his shot for 2010


Start with the short-term economics. What we’re in right now is the aftermath of a giant financial crisis, which typically leads to a prolonged period of economic weakness — and this time isn’t different. A bolder economic policy early this year might have led to a turnaround, but what we actually got were half-measures. As a result, unemployment is likely to stay near its current level for a year or more.

Listening to the Afghanistan speech?

Me neither. Open thread.

NOTE 30,000 at a million bucks per.

Ya know, it's at times like this that I think of the question the truck driver asked in the PA -- dread word -- primary, about the Clinton era: "Which part didn't you like? The peace? Or the prosperity?" Because right now, we've got neither. Read more about Listening to the Afghanistan speech?

The people who are asking these questions are the ones shoving you under the bus

The parties -- let alone the "progressive" access bloggers -- are just lackeys. Here's the question:

In some influential circles, these questions are now asked: What’s wrong with high levels of inequality in general, and with having very rich bankers in particular.

What do you mean, "we"?

"Are you embarrassed easily?"

"Hello, I'm Karl Gruber... ". Film at 11: Obama administration assumes banksters have a sense of shame. Seriously, is it really possible for the administration make it more insultingly obvious that nothing will be done to keep people in their homes?

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Excellent Dubai photos

Wretched excess, combined with thievery.

And billions of dollars chasing a stupid idea. Why on earth build a mall with an ice rink in the middle of the desert? How on earth can that possibly make any sense?

NOTE Yeah, it doesn't make any sense in, say, Dallas, either, but that's another story. Or not. Read more about Excellent Dubai photos

Golden Sacks buying guns in fear of populist uprising


Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) -- “I just wrote my first reference for a gun permit,” said a friend, who told me of swearing to the good character of a Goldman Sachs Group Inc. banker who applied to the local police for a permit to buy a pistol. The banker had told this friend of mine that senior Goldman people have loaded up on firearms and are now equipped to defend themselves if there is a populist uprising against the bank.

Ooooooh, I bet the banksters are skeered!

Treasury threatens servicers over slow mortgage modifications

Hear any of 'em threatening suicide or the end of the world? No? Then the Treasury threats are meaningless. Quelle surprise.
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Afghanistan? Why not Mexico?

Step 1: "We admitted we were powerless over insurance companies, that health reform had become unmanageable"

Superb step-by-step from Ellen of the Tenth on how the Dems sent health care reform down the crapper. Go read.

My creation

Thanks, "progressives"! Read more about Step 1: "We admitted we were powerless over insurance companies, that health reform had become unmanageable"

So, Democrats, how's EFCA coming?

At EdWize, 2009-11-30, the state of play:

If workers keep their mouths shut, their noses clean and stop busting chops and bucking their bosses, they will, if management sees fit, be paid fairly so that, provided they are not ingrates or spendthrifts, they will do just fine being one paycheck ahead of eviction and the need to forage through dumpsters to find sustenance for their sick kid who is medically unattended because his parent’s employer is no believer in investing in cost-ineffective luxuries like health insurance.

In memoriam Tanta


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