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It’s time for public banks

| February 9, 2014 | Reply

The state-owned Bank of North Dakota (BND) is a model for Los Angeles and other cities, counties, and states . . . [It] is a major money-maker for North Dakota, returning about $30 million annually in dividends to the treasury – not bad for a state with a population that is less than one-fifth that of the City of Los Angeles. Every year since the 2008 banking crisis, the BND has reported a return on investment of 17-26%. Like the BND, a Bank of the City of Los Angeles would provide credit for city projects – to build bridges, restore lakes, and pay bills – and this credit would essentially be interest-free, since the city would own the bank and get the interest back. Eliminating interest has been shown to reduce the cost of public projects by 35% or more.

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Secrets of happy couples

| February 9, 2014 | Reply

What are the secrets of happy couples? I found this well-crafted infographic on Lifehacker.

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Creationist questions translated

| February 9, 2014 | Reply

Following the so-called debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham, many of Ham’s creationist followers wrote out questions to prove their case. This page a Imgur translates those questions for those who might be perplexed that they are being asked.

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Exclusive interview of Edward Snowden by German Television

| February 7, 2014 | Reply

Fascinating interview of Edward Snowden by German Television Channel NDR.

As reported by Jay Syrmopoulos, this interview of Edward Snowden was largely ignored by the U.S. corporate media.

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Ken Ham’s Lack of Wonder

Ken Ham’s Lack of Wonder

| February 7, 2014 | 1 Reply

By now, I’m sure, many people know about the debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham.  Only 9% of respondents apparently saw Ham as the winner.  Of course that won’t be the end of it. 

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No rest for the weary

| February 6, 2014 | Reply

I found this quote by the Dalai Lama on FB:

Dalai lama

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Search for her former self

| February 6, 2014 | Reply

What happens when a person forgets who they are, but the new version become an excellent writer? The result is an article well worth reading. I found this true story to be captivating.

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Fix for Sisyphus

| February 6, 2014 | Reply

I liked this cartoon. It hits a deep issue, I think.

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Elizabeth Warren: Obama filling federal bench slots with corporate attorneys

| February 6, 2014 | Reply

Barack Obama is seeking only skin-deep diversity when he chooses judicial nominees. 70% of judicial nominees come from the corporate sector and only 3.6 percent of the president’s nominees have a background in public interest organizations. Elizabeth Warren is concerned:

“Power is becoming more and more concentrated on one side,” she said. “Professional diversity is one way to insulate the courts from corporate capture.”

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