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Why We Tolerate Government

I used to wonder why we, the people of the USA, tolerate our government.  Then I read this: “Front-running isn’t who’s getting the benefit; it’s who’s paying the price,” says Henning, noting that Madoff’s market- making customers expected the firm to obtain the best price available when buying or selling stocks. Instead, their interests were…

The Rightful Place

Today I received an email from the hivemind, saying, in part: In his first speech as President-elect last November, Barack Obama reminded us of the promise of “a world connected by our own science and imagination.”  He recently stated, “promoting science isn’t just about providing resources–it’s about protecting free and open inquiry… It’s about listening…

Amtrak Woez

Man decides to enter Amtrak “Picture Our Trains Contest.”  Man goes to boarding area and takes picture of train.  Man is told it is illegal to photograph trains.  Man is arrested after refusing to delete photo of train.   In Ann Arbor, heading for University of Chicago Overlooking the Bosque del Apache wildlife refuge The…

Prepared for the New Year?

This photo is one of Yahoo’s most emailed. (AP Photo/Detroit Zoo,Mark M. Gaskill)

Let us all savor the season and be appreciative of our good fortune.  I really mean that, although what I am about to say will lead some to think otherwise. Earlier this year, it was reported that thirty million Americans were receiving food stamps.  That is one out of every ten persons.   Last month,…

GlaxoSmithKline, also known — to old-timers — as  GlaxoWellcomeSmithKlineBeecham, has elected to halt all political contributions.  Almost.  The corporation itself will not make any contributions, after having made a total of $585,425 to candidates in the USA in 2008.  It will facilitate PAC activity by its employees. GlaxoSmithKline to halt political contributions LONDON (AP) —…

An Unbearable Tortuosity Of Logic

On 24 November 2008, the United Nations reported the outcome of the Human Rights Council’s Working Group On Right To Development. They held a vote on the question of whether people have a right to food. The United States of America voted against this: By a vote of 180 in favour to 1 against (United…

You Look So Pretty In That Red Dress

SAN ANTONIO – Betty Owen is 92 and after a stroke four years ago, needs a feeding tube and can’t walk. But she was determined not to miss Tuesday’s election. She arrived at her polling place on a gurney in an ambulance, where an election judge and support worker climbed aboard with an electronic voting…

I’m sure I am not the only one who was underwhelmed by the series of Presidential debates.  Here is what the candidates and the moderators forgot…

AIG Executive Excesses

Now we learn that AIG execs just spent $86,000 on a hunting trip. Oct 15th, 2008 | CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A handful of top executives from American International Group Inc. spent thousands of dollars during a recent English hunting trip, even as the New York-based insurer asked for an additional $37.8 billion loan from the…