Saturday, July 04, 2015

Solar Impulse is Real

"At the controls, André Borschberg has...broken the record for the longest solo flight ever. By remaining airborne 3 consecutive days and nights, producing its own power with solar energy, Solar Impulse 2 has proven that Bertrand Piccard’s vision of reaching unlimited endurance without fuel was not  a crazy dream."
This is not a crazy dream at all. It's a magnificent reality now. The video shows past ages running on foot, pedaling on wheels, accelerating, propelling from internal-combustion engines to aid this landing in the new age.


Friday, July 03, 2015

Bernie Sanders


“They may have the money but we have the people,” Sanders told the crowd in Madison on Wednesday. “And when the people stand together, we can win.”

Friday, June 26, 2015

Gay Liberation Day


Imagine the president of the United States commending the courage of individuals who came out. I never dreamed such a possibility. When I was a kid it seemed too late for me, personally, to be hopeful in the pursuit of happiness. In order to love you've got to let your heart out of lock-down, don't you? I couldn't do that. But I could do this. I could join in the cause to make things better for those who come after us. I never dreamed I'd see this day.


Friday, June 19, 2015

Fast-Track Democrats


The red votes from Indiana were all for Obama's fast track on the secret trade deals.

The Red-Vote Democrats in the House were all from other states:

Terri Sewell (AL-07) Susan Davis (CA-53) Sam Farr (CA-20) Jim Costa (CA-16) Ami Bera (CA-07) Scott Peters (CA-52) Jared Polis (CO-02) James Himes (CT-04) Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) Mike Quigley (IL-05) John Delaney (MD-06) Brad Ashford (NE-02) Gregory Meeks (NY-05) Kathleen Rice (NY-04) Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) Kurt Schrader (OR-05) Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) Jim Cooper (TN-05) Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15) Eddie Johnson (TX-30) Henry Cuellar (TX-28) Beto O'Rourke (TX-16) Gerald Connolly (VA-11) Donald Beyer (VA-08) Rick Larsen (WA-02) Suzan DelBene (WA-01) Derek Kilmer (WA-06) Ron Kind (WI-03)

Friday, June 12, 2015

Buy American

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to repeal a law requiring meat to be labeled to indicate its country of origin. Or, as Charles P. Pierce puts it:
During the debate, the indefatigable Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut made the quite salient point that, in his rush to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the president repeatedly has emphasized that the terms of that agreement will not impinge on existing American law. DeLauro pointed out how that was happening with the country's Country of Origin labeling law, which went down yesterday. Last October, the World Trade Organization got the ball rolling by ruling against the United States at the behest of Canada and Mexico. The law no longer exists. These are not coincidental events. So, no, the WTO itself didn't repeal the law. It subcontracted the job out to one of its ancillary institutions, the United States Congress. Oh, brave new world, which has such nausea in it.
From what we've learned about the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) deal, it will be against the rules for the USA to encourage its citizens to "buy American." We have enough collective savvy to figure out where mystery meats originate and we have enough collective savvy to figure out how to coordinate viral shopping. We do not have to be total dumb shits.

While it's still legal, I exercise my freedom to say, "Buy American."




Friday, June 05, 2015

Inequality Gilded and Moldy

Somebody pointed out somewhere that blatant inequality has been the norm in the USA through most of its history. The thriving middle class was in the 1950s. Anyhow, here, Thomas Piketty reviews a new book by an economist who proposes ways "to reduce British inequality and poverty from American levels to European ones."


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Friday, May 29, 2015

Elizabeth Warren for President

Ready for Warren

"For more than 30 years, starting with Ronald Reagan, the Republican leadership latched onto an idea it called 'trickle-down economics.' And then they got to work. They attacked wages, they attacked pensions, they attacked health care, they attacked unions, they attacked education, they attacked science, they attacked financial regulation, they attacked all the pieces that had built America's great middle class coming out of the Great Depression. Why?"