I don't really mean to single out Gallup here. Well, I guess I do; but they're certainly not the only guilty party in the polling industry of doing what I'm about to rail against. Let's begin by stipulating that public polls cannot escape ideological and selection biases in how they frame questions and alternative closed end response choices. Nevertheless, if poll results are to be considered even minimally descriptive of public opinion, they must make a concerted effort to include multiple frames and not exclude response choices that go beyond the dominant ideology. After all what good are polls that channel opinion in pre-determined directions compared to those that allow respondents to express their own tendencies? Read more about Gallup Scores Another for the Plutocracy
As the United States Government approaches “running of money” to pay its bills, news articles and pronouncements by politicians about the debt ceiling dispute focus on several things. First, they talk about the dire consequences of defaulting on our obligations. Second, they talk about the need for spending cuts that will put us on a long-term path to balancing the budget, getting a Government surplus, and improving the debt-to-GDP ratio. Third, they talk about the debt ceiling preventing the Government from issuing further debt instruments to “fund” paying for its obligations. Read more about Brinksmanship On the Debt Ceiling
Does anyone even want to try and mess with the idiots at CBS and try to post any reasonable :-) questions there?:
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/05/0... Read more about "Ask President Obama a question about the economy"
A new class-action lawsuit takes aim at Apple, Google, Intel and other tech companies for allegedly "conspiring to suppress compensation of their employees."
From the lyrics:
Listen to the lies from the politician man
Saying that we live in a democratic land
One land for the rich, another for the poor
And if you try to change it, they'll nail you to the floor
For just under a decade, the GSCI remained a relatively static investment vehicle, as bankers remained more interested in risk and collateralized debt than in anything that could be literally sowed or reaped. Then, in 1999, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission deregulated futures markets. All of a sudden, bankers could take as large a position in grains as they liked, an opportunity that had, since the Great Depression, only been available to those who actually had something to do with the production of our food. ...
- Never Let 'Em See You Sweat
- Be Grateful It's Not Worse
- Fake It Til You Make It
- Be Thankful You Have A Job
These are how our cultural trends towards "individualism" are reinforced. To never rely on others, only yourself, and what you can accomplish.
The purpose of this is two-fold.
First of all, it helps to erase our history of solidarity, where we stood together against the forces that would bring us down, and overcame. It prevents us from remembering, that where we are now, is because of those who came before us. As has been so elegantly stated lately, those who control the past, control the present, and control the future.
Secondly, it prevents us from leaning on each other, from asking for help. It stops collective action, cold. It's why we as a culture, can look at a man holding a sign by the interstate, and feel nothing but scorn. Asking for help is a humbling experience, and we as a country, despise humility.
But in truth, asking for help is a radical act.
So let me be radical. And brave. And humble. Read more about Bootstrap Production Halted
It’s time we come up with a new handle for the Office of the Controller of the Currency. It is difficult to convey how shameless this regulatory-agency-turned-slut for the banking industry has become. It’s the Stage 4 disease version of where our government is heading at a rapid clip: officials masquerading as serving the public interest when they are uber lobbyists for the pet whims of their supposed charges.
[Originally posted at IndependentPoliticalReport.com, hence the somewhat dry tone about a campaign I actually have been slightly involved in. The Green Party of Philadelphia will also be nominating candidates for other offices this Thursday, and we've been keeping busy with fracking protests, a May Day event, a monthly dinner, among other things.] Read more about Update on Cheri Honkala's Green campaign for Sheriff of Philadelphia
Not having the intestinal fortitude to tolerate a "Facebook forum" with Obama, I missed this response. Comment by a blogger caught my eye;
"some people should just rent"? (When really, the outcome of ALL Versailles' policies is that ALL the "little" people will be renters, of everything.) Interesting that the truth slipped out, there. Gah. Read more about Obama's answer for struggling homeowners: "Just rent"
acceptance of students after graduation for higher learning, would YOU consider closing it? Of course not! Catherine Ferguson Academy in Detroit is the only school of its kind in the country, and has succeeded not only in giving teenage mothers their best chance to graduate from HS, but also provides day-care, parenting classes, and a host of support programs to give these young women the opportunity to learn and grow, and pursue self-actualization and post-HS learning. Read more about If there was a school in YOUR community with a 90% graduation rate, and 100%
(Author's Note: In December I posted a piece on Moody's threat to downgrade the US's Rating in International Bond markets. I argued that Moody's action was foolish. Today, Standard and Poor's actually revised the US ratings outlook from stable to negative, but continued its sovereign credit rating at ‘AAA/A-1+’. Read more about Standard and Poor's: Bring It On!