I managed to borrow the rototiller today, so I could bust up the sod on my lawn and turn it over and plant.
It's a modern day ox! Hard to imagine plowing a furrow with no gasoline power, eh? And I can see that it's not a romantic thing to be a peasant, not at all.
So let's hope this growing our own food thing doesn't go too far.... Read more about Rototiller
This essay opens with a long list of disappointing actions taken and promises broken by the Obama administration in its first very few months. Of course there were indications of this and warnings given, but few of these received any broad coverage and most people believed they were voting for real change and had real hope. It is difficult to accept there will be little change and admit to loss of that hope. Read more about Paul Street writes about "Age of Obama as a Potentially Teach-able Moment for The Left"
I'm not usually this pessimistic about life in Texas, but we're subject to the whims of a once-every-two-years House and Senate at the State level. Like any State, we're also at the mercy of the monied interests.
“This is like a shell game, moving hazardous toxic PCBs from one sensitive location to another,” said Dr. Neil Carman, a chemist with Sierra Club’s Lone Star chapter. “We are concerned about contamination of the Ogallala Aquifer and other aquifers in this dry region of Texas that needs to protect and conserve water for drinking and agricultural uses.”
China is the biggest foreign owner of U.S. Treasury bonds. U.S. data shows that it held $768 billion in Treasuries as of March, but some analysts believe China's total U.S. dollar-denominated investments could be twice as high.
"Chinese assets are very safe," Geithner said in response to a question after a speech at Peking University, where he studied Chinese as a student in the 1980s.
His answer drew loud laughter from his student audience....
I'm shocked. Greg Palast:
Here's the scheme: Rattner is demanding the bankruptcy court simply wipe away the money GM owes workers for their retirement health insurance. Cash in the insurance fund would be replaced by GM stock. The percentage may be 17% of GM's stock - or 25%. Whatever, 17% or 25% is worth, well ... just try paying for your dialysis with 50 shares of bankrupt auto stock.
Yet Citibank and Morgan, says Rattner, should get their whole enchilada - $6 billion right now and in cash - from a company that can't pay for auto parts or worker eye exams.
AP provides a fine example:
Obama wants legislation that would hold down costs, guarantee choice and extend coverage to the 50 million Americans who don't have it now.
This is nuts.
Obama's talking like people want a choice of insurance companies. That's nuts.
What people want is their choice of doctors. Read more about The "guarantee choice" talking point in the health care debate
NPR's ombudsman reprimands Davidson for incivility to Warren, when the real issue is lousy reporting and sexism
Here's the NPR ombudman's report on the Planet Money meltdown where Adam Davidson assaulted Elizabeth Warren (see the amazing transcript). Civility is always the ultimate value for any Versailles courtier, and Alice Shepard does not disappoint: Read more about NPR's ombudsman reprimands Davidson for incivility to Warren, when the real issue is lousy reporting and sexism
[Wednesday, June 1? Why, that's today! --lambert]
So says the Single Payer Action blog and it's thanks to activists like you.
After months of proclaiming that single payer is off the table, Senator Max Baucus (D-Montana) has invited five key single payer advocates to meet with him in Washington, D.C. this week.