Ranger Widow Booted From Rumsfeld Book Signing
August 29, 2011
Knight Ridder/Tribune|by Kirsten Joyce
SEATTLE — A military widow from Yelm who contends the Army is not providing enough care for Soldiers returning from combat confronted former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to “vent” her feelings — and got escorted out of the building where [...]
Note: On Economists View blog, I saw an interesting comment which followed an article decrying the lack of gravitas in Republican Presidential candidates:
Sarah said in reply to sherrykochmail…
Yeah? Well, show me the third party I can vote for- the one that backs impeaching the Supremes that appointed a president, approved the Patriot Act [...]
Show of Force: Images From the Abu Dhabi Arms Fair By Noah Shachtman on Wired.com August 19, 2011 |
IDEX is a little like Black Friday—except that all the Christmas presents explode. With the show under way, soldiers from around the world cram into the entrance hall, hoping to be among the first [...]
The birth of free Libya
(via The Economist – Aug. 24th, 2011)
“After a six-month struggle, Libya’s rebels have seized power. We look at Tripoli in rebel hands and, in a second article, at the new people now in control
WESTERN governments could hardly have hoped for a better finale. Libyans themselves finished [...]
Ich bin ein car-burner
(via The Economist – Aug. 2011) Once a burning firestarter is placed against a tire, it takes a few minutes for a car to ignite, giving the arsonist plenty of time to escape. That is one reason why police are clueless about who is behind a rash of car-burnings that is [...]
Is the SEC Covering Up Wall Street Crimes? A whistle-blower claims that over the past two decades, the agency has destroyed records of thousands of investigations, whitewashing the files of some of the nation’s worst financial criminals. By Matt Taibbi on RollingStone August 17, 2011 8:00 AM ET
“Imagine a world [...]
HP considers quitting while it’s ahead by Henry Leineweber, Resource Recycling – Aug. 2011
“Hewlett-Packard, the leading producer of PCs in the world, dropped a bombshell on the electronics industry this past week, saying it is discontinuing its fledgling phone and tablet products, and will explore the possibility of selling or spinning off its PC [...]
(by Richard @ Bizmarts: Aug. 2011)
In these difficult economic times you probably have seen, or heard about a company that broadcasts their “need” for sales people, sales agents, customer service associates, independent contractors, part-time help, work-at-home, or some other phrase that sounds encouraging, but on closer inspection, does not include a real “job” at [...]
Note: The L.A. Times had an article about this – comparing the ceremonies involved in each wedding, and came to the shocking conclusion…
(Kardashian made about $17 million by getting married – the other ceremony cost about $34 million)
…perfume anyone ???
Commentary: GOP’s attack on EPA ignores air, water safety Carl Hiaasen | The Miami Herald
last updated: August 24, 2011 06:30:37 AM
Dutifully following their Tea Party scripts, most of the Republican presidential candidates have declared war on the Environmental Protection Agency. They claim that the economy is being smothered by regulations designed to keep [...]
The Average Cost of a U.S. College Education* A comparative look at the average annual cost of higher education
By U.S. News Staff – Posted: August 24, 2010
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the difference between tuition and the net cost less financial aid at public two-year colleges is not that significant, [...]
Amazon, Dropbox, Google and You Win in Cloud-Music Copyright Decision By Ryan Singel on Wired.com August 22, 2011 |6:47 pm |Follow @rsinge
The disk drives powering Dropbox, Amazon’s Cloud Drive, and Google Music likely issued a small sigh of relief Monday, after a federal court judge found that the MP3tunes cloud music service didn’t violate [...]
Pirate-Fighters, Inc.: How Mercenaries Became Ships’ Best Defense By David Axe on Wired.com – August 23, 2011
It was a normal morning in April last year. Normal, that is, by the crazy standards of the fishermen, ship’s crews, navy sailors and Somali pirates plying their dangerous trades on 2.5 million square miles of lawless [...]
Drug Czar’s Office: ‘We Can’t Legalize Marijuana Because Some People Abuse Prescription Drugs!’ Wait, What? Posted by Paul Armentano at 10:55 am – August 23, 2011
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi
What can I say? I’m flattered. David Mineta, deputy [...]
How Risky Is It, Really? Why our fears don’t always match the facts. Statistical Numbing: Why Millions Can Suffer and We Don’t Care The way we perceive risk makes mass death more likely Published on August 15, 2011 by David Ropeik in How Risky Is It, Really? in Psychology Today
Four year-old Khafra was [...]
Note: One of the best ways of preserving your herbs past their growing season is to simply pack them in a jar with sea salt.
hmm…this should work well for culinary herbs; but I wonder what happens if you burn NaCl dried herbs…are the fumes..ah…harmful if inhaled?
(by Liz Dwyer on GOOD.IS – August 2011)
It’s no secret that American students are being crushed by student loans. We’re on track to cross the $1 trillion mark in total student debt, exceeding household credit card debt, sometime later this year. That sounds pretty insane, but thanks to our colleagues at The Atlantic [...]
A Sales Tax on Wall Street Transactions By NANCY FOLBRE
Nancy Folbre is an economics professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Most of us pay state and local sales taxes on most things we buy, and most casino gambling is subject to state taxes ranging from up to 6.75 percent in Nevada to 55 [...]
UBS to cut 3,500 jobs Atlanta Business Chronicle – by Carla Caldwell , Morning Call Editor
Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2011, 5:04am EDT
Swiss bank UBS AG said Tuesday it will cut 3,500 jobs worldwide to help save 2 billion Swiss francs ($2.5 billion) annually by the end of 2013, reports The Associated Press.
Less-educated Americans turning their backs on religion.
(Contact: Daniel Fowler – firstname.lastname@example.org – Aug. 2011)
LAS VEGAS — While religious service attendance has decreased for all white Americans since the early 1970s, the rate of decline has been more than twice as high for those without college degrees compared to those who graduated from college, [...]
(by Cord Jefferson on GOOD.COM)
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After the burning comes the thinking. In the wake of London’s recent riots, which ultimately left five people dead and cost the British economy an estimated $650 million, politicians, sociologists, and average citizens are poring over charts and graphs and data sets in an [...]
by Dylan C. Lathrop
Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free—especially when the milk is so aesthetically pleasing? That’s the question the Huffington Post confronted yesterday after a minor controversy erupted when it asked designers to submit ideas for a new logo for its politics section.
I can understand [...]
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Everything Wrong With Our Country’s Sex Ed Debate, in One Infuriating Video Nona Willis Aronowitz Associate Editor
August 18, 2011 • 1:00 pm
It’s rare when a three-minute conversation can reveal so much about our culture. In this clip, a Texas Tribune reporter asks Texas governor and presidential hopeful Rick Perry why [...]
Now here’s another reason….
by Jonathan H. Adler • August 19, 2011 8:51 am
The Guardian reports on a scenario analysis conducted by several scientists considering possible scenarios resulting from contact with alien life forms. The analysis covers many basic scenarios, such as basic communication or the possibility of disease transmission from physical contact, but [...]
Can the Middle Class Be Saved?
(by Don Peck – via The Atlantic – Aug. 2011)
“The Great Recession has accelerated the hollowing-out of the American middle class. And it has illuminated the widening divide between most of America and the super-rich. Both developments herald grave consequences. Here is how we can bridge the gap [...]
Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s prosecutors may drop attempted rape charges – latimes.com.
Note: Let me get this straight. She was a maid working in the hotel? where Strauss-Kahn was staying.
He says she agreed to have sex with him; but he didn’t agree to pay her.
She said he forced her to have oral sex with him. [...]
Who’s Behind The New Yorker’s “Official” Story Of The Raid That Killed Bin Laden? By Russ Baker, WhoWhatWhy.com
Posted on August 17, 2011, – Printed on August 19, 2011
(Original New Yorker Magazine Article Available Here)
The establishment media just keep getting worse. They’re further and further from good, tough investigative journalism, and [...]
Why Civilian Control of the US Military Is Deeply Threatened By Conn Hallinan, AlterNet Posted on August 18, 2011, Printed on August 19, 2011
For decades the U.S. military has waged clandestine war on virtually every continent on the globe, but, for the first time, high-ranking Special Operations Forces (SOF) officers are moving out of [...]
Sachs: The Great Failure of Globalization Jeff Sachs:
The great failure of globalization, by Jeffrey Sachs, Commentary, Financial Times
I’ve watched dozens of financial crises up close… Neither the US nor Europe has even properly diagnosed the core problem, namely that both regions are being whipsawed by globalization.
Jobs for low-skilled workers in manufacturing, and [...]
The Tech of TV News Might Make It Easier for Pundits to Lie
By Alexis Madrigal via The Atlantic
Aug 17 2011, 4:33 PM ET 2
Communication technologies affect the rate at which people lie, and remote television studios may actually encourage deception
People lie a lot. But the rate at which we lie [...]