2010 steel recycling rate returns to normal
By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling
The recycling rate for scrap steel made a return to historic levels, according to a recently-released report by the Steel Recycling Institute (SRI).
According to the trade group, the overall recycling rate for “North America’s most recycled material” — steel, that is — [...]
Taxing the Kindness of Strangers
Foster parents like us willingly pay a heavy price. The GOP wants us to pay more.
By Benjamin J. Dueholm – Nov/Dec. 2011 – The Washington Monthly
Photo: Nishant Choksi
One day in the summer of 2009, during a walk alongside a neighborhood creek with my wife and our [...]
The Good: Billy Crystal, the J.C. Penny ads with Ellen DeGeneris – especially the “Old West” segment
The Bad: the Robert Downey Jr segment which was dumb, and just didn’t work at all
The Ugly: Angelina Jolie from her emasculated body, to her stance, to her slathered on lipstick, yuck.
The Curious: what happened in [...]
The Despoiling of America
By Katherine Yurica
With Editorial and Research Assistant Laurie Hall
February 11, 2004
The First Prince of the Theocratic States of America
It happened quietly, with barely a mention in the media. Only the Washington Post dutifully reported it. And only Kevin Phillips saw its significance in his [...]
From physics: the granular convection principle
From psychology: the RWA results for authoritarianism
From sociology: the SDO principle
From biology – medical: (no links detected)
From political science: exiting the 60′s, – the failures of government structures, – historical change, – the role of money in political action
From the wingnuts own propaganda: ‘man [...]
Note: An interesting article on Google+ – about who is the parasite
CBO Confirms US Corporations Pay Mere Fraction of Statutory Tax Rate; Revenues Reach Historic Low February 3, 2012 11:15 AM | Permalink |
According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report released on Tuesday, the overall corporate tax rate (corporate receipts as a percentage of domestic economic profits) in 2011 dipped to 12.1 percent, [...]
Note: With the increase in the number and spread of RFID chips in passports, credit, and debit cards, here is some info that might save you some time, money, and aggravation.
As stated, you don’t have to get esoteric with shielding for your plastic – here’s a cheap, easy to implement solution using duct tape, [...]
Note: Following are photos of political ladies from the last half-century.
Mrs. Gingrich II Mrs. Reagan II Mrs. Santorum Mrs. Eisenhower Ms. Coulter Mrs. Truman Ms. Malkin Mrs. Roosevelt Mrs. John McCain II Mrs. Kennedy Mrs. Reagan I Mrs. Johnson Mrs. Palin Mrs. Carter Mrs. Nixon Mrs. Clinton Mrs. Bush Mrs. Obama Mrs. Bush [...]
Note: If you have any artistic abilities at all, and you’ve ever thrown a pot -you will empathize with this photo.
To others it’s something else.
(from “My Escape from Slavery” by Frederick Douglass) – (1817?-1895) “Anguish and grief, like darkness and rain, may be depicted; but gladness and joy, like the rainbow, defy the skill of pen or pencil. During ten or fifteen years I had been, as it were, dragging a heavy chain which no strength of mine could [...]
Patagonia Bucks the Trend of Encouraging Consumers to Shop, Shop, Shop December 5, 2011 | Jeffrey Hollender | on eMagazine
Patagonia recently featured an ad in The New York Times that encouraged consumers not to buy.
Having not broken my obsession with the print version of The New York Times, I was thrilled to [...]
(Note: The following comes directly from Conservapedia Website)
Hall of Fame
Conservative scholar Clinton Rossiter names Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, John Marshall, Daniel Webster, John C. Calhoun, Elihu Root, and Theodore Roosevelt to the “Conservative’s Hall of Fame,” with John Adams as the greatest of American conservatives.
Periodically a conservative has been elected [...]
Note: The following verbatim description comes from: Conservapedia Website
“A conservative is someone who adheres to principles of personal responsibility, moral values, and limited government, agreeing with George Washington‘s Farewell Address that “religion and morality are indispensable supports” to political prosperity.
Former President Ronald Reagan said, “The basis of conservatism is a desire for [...]
February 20, 2012 10:46 PM
California Dreamin’ California rejects top rate tax increase, removes all state funding for CA libraries.Funding cut for “literacy programs, InterLibrary Loans, and miscellaneous expenses such as librarian training programs and books.” Library Journal goes into more of the technicalities.(Note: And the following commentary gives the reader a good idea [...]
(re: The West Wing episode: “The Benign Prerogative“)
On Jan. 14, 2004: The West Wing showed President Bartlett, just before the State of the Union address, deciding whether to veto a popular piece of legislation because it contains an amendment limiting judicial discretion in sentencing (he decries the “war on judges” being waged by some [...]
(by James Fallows in The Atlantic – Mar 2012 Edition)
As Barack Obama contends for a second term in office, two conflicting narratives of his presidency have emerged. Is he a skillful political player and policy visionary—a chess master who always sees several moves ahead of his opponents (and of the punditocracy)? Or [...]
(via Atlanta Business Chronicles – Feb 2012) David Quinn · Founder & Managing Director at IP UtiliNET
Large public firms are less agile than smaller innovative firms that are staffed with local talent. Regulation such as e.verify applied by the counties for all businesses causes locally innovative business models to be less likely to succeed [...]
Ken Robinson, the Man with the $16 House, Took SMU Law Students to School This Week (via The Dallas Observer – by Leslie Minora Photo by Leslie Minora Ken Robinson lectures SMU law students on his first-hand experience with adverse possession.
? The property rights law of adverse possession is normally a dry topic, a [...]
Climate Change Vulnerability Index 2012
Legend Extreme risk * High risk * Medium risk * Low risk * No Data Rank Country Rating 1 Haiti Extreme 2 Bangladesh Extreme 3 Zimbabwe Extreme 4 Sierra Leone Extreme 5 Madagascar Extreme Rank Country Rating 6 Cambodia Extreme 7 Mozambique Extreme 8 DR Congo Extreme 9 Malawi [...]
Leak Offers Glimpse of Campaign Against Climate Science By JUSTIN GILLIS and LESLIE KAUFMAN – N.Y. Times – Feb. 15th, 2012
Leaked documents suggest that an organization known for attacking climate science is planning a new push to undermine the teaching of global warming in public schools, the latest indication that climate change is becoming [...]
The Rights of Conscience Inalienable;
and therefore Religious Opinions not cognizable by Law:
Or, The high-flying Churchman, stript of his legal Robe, appears a Yahoo
John Leland (1791)
“There are four principles contended for, as the foundation of civil government, viz. birth, property, grace, and compact. The first of these is [...]
Note: There is no end to the proliferation of bogus quotes attributed to responsible people by those with a Evangelical Christian agenda.
For example this quote attributed to President Washington:
As any student who has mastered Logic 101 knows well, this argument is in the form of “an appeal to authority”. That is, if [...]
Note: By law, everyone in the U.S. is subject to the requirement of filing Federal and State Income Tax Reports, so obtaining an electronic report of one’s transactions with providers for a calendar year should not be difficult – but it is.
Recently I attempted to obtain a CSV file showing all my transactions with [...]
(via The Ad Contrarian website: Feb. 10th, 2012)
“…For years I have been trying to figure out what makes a good ad person better than an average ad person. There are some people who are just better at it than others.
They seem to have an intuitive understanding of what’s going to work and what’s [...]
Money and Morals By PAUL KRUGMAN Published: February 9, 2012
Lately inequality has re-entered the national conversation. Occupy Wall Street gave the issue visibility, while the Congressional Budget Office supplied hard data on the widening income gap. And the myth of a classless society has been exposed: Among rich countries, America stands out as the [...]
My Journey from Iraq to Working on Wall Street to Occupying Wall Street By Derek McGee, The Nation Posted on February 12, 2012, Printed on February 13, 2012
The following article first appeared in the Nation magazine. For more great content from the Nation, sign up for its email newsletters.
In late September 2001, I [...]
Why climate hawks should care about birth-control access by Brad Johnson – Feb. 10th, 2012
By Brad Johnson
Cross-posted from ThinkProgress Green.
Any morally acceptable pathway to prevent catastrophic global warming includes broad access to affordable birth control for the world’s women. The conservative war on birth control is a war on women’s [...]
What a drag it is getting old “Kids are different today” I hear ev’ry mother say Mother needs something today to calm her down And though she’s not really ill There’s a little yellow pill She goes running for the shelter of a mother’s little helper And it helps her on her way, gets [...]