Archive for July 26th, 2011

The story of the shadow legislature called ALEC

| July 26, 2011 | 1 Reply
The story of the shadow legislature called ALEC

Deep corporate pockets have been drafting “model legislation” designed to put corporate profits before the health, welfare and political influence of ordinary people. Keith Olbermann discusses ALEC with John Nichols, Washington Correspondent with The Nation:

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One way to deal with too much stuff

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One way to deal with too much stuff

At Occasional Planet, Gloria Bilchik explains how ReUseit has offered her a way to get rid of lots of stuff.

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The deficit dispute

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The deficit dispute

I don’t claim to have the expertise to cut through all of the yelling about the deficit. I do have some instincts, though, and many of those instincts were reinforced in a recent article by Arianna Huffington:

What’s more, these extended, deadline-pushing theatrics are utterly unnecessary. There was no reason an agreement on the long-term deficit had to be coupled to raising the debt ceiling. The latter dates from the days of World War I, and has been raised, routinely, dozens and dozens of times. It was raised 18 times under Reagan. It was raised seven times under George W. Bush.

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How to pray at a car race

| July 26, 2011 | 4 Replies
How to pray at a car race

Apparently, this is how one opens an automobile race with a prayer:

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Even-handed collective bargaining

| July 26, 2011 | 2 Replies
Even-handed collective bargaining

Here’s a comment I noticed at Reddit.com: “Why is ok for football players to collectively bargain, but if teachers do it, it’s frowned upon?” Why, indeed?

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