Brits Intercept Terrorists; US Ignores Victory | Files: Politics | Tags: , , ,

Yesterday an anti-terrorist sweep by the British police forces disrupted planned attacks against trans-continental airlines. The sweep, triggered by a warning from under-cover agents, netted over 20 would-be airplane bombers under government surveillance. It is understood that terrorists intended to board flights to the US with component liquids which could […]

Foreigners Teach Americans US History | Files: Politics | Tags: , , , ,

We should thank the million foreigners who took to the streets on May 1st: they remember what we’ve forgotten. On May 1 1886 Chicago labor unions went on strike for the eight-hour work day. This strike precipitated the Haymarket Massacre. Every May 1st there are demonstrations and marches all around […]

More on the Chinese Revaluation | Files: Politics | Tags: , , , ,

To start this off: I queried a passenger today — a Chinese fund manager — about when the Yuan is going to appreciate and by how much. His answer was uniquivocal: 5% in June. This is markedly different than what I’m reading in the US sources about more than 2% […]

April 15th Misdemeanors by TurboTax, H&R Block | Files: Politics | Tags: , ,

April 20th David Lazarus, a San Francisco Chronicle columnist, wrote that TurboTax and H&R Block online tax filing systems may violated California law. Both companies use webbugs and cookies to provide third-party marketers with information gathered while customers prepared and filed their tax returns. Enter Section 17530.5 of the California […]

Onion: Cost of Living Now Outweighs Benefits | Files: Politics | Tags: ,

Following on Tuesday’s post about a decline in real incomes for Americans, The Onion runs an article announcing that Cost of Living Now Outweighs Benefits. WASHINGTON, DC–A report released Monday by the Federal Consumer Quality-Of-Life Control Board indicates that the cost of living now outstrips life’s benefits for many Americans.“This […]

Drip, Drip Drip: Worker Pay Drops | Files: Politics | Tags: , , ,

The story’s number three on Blogdex: “Wages Lagging Behind Prices“. Worker pay raises trail inflation but the numbers obscure the severity, suggesting the problem is worse than it appears. The base of the LA Times the story is this: “For the first time in 14 years… growth in wages in […]

Patriot Act vs Comment Spam | Files: Geek Out, Politics | Tags: , , , ,

Blogs Canada suggests an interesting way to use the Patriot Act against blog comment spam: Dear System Administrator, One of your clients is defacing my website. It appears they are using an automated instrument to place ads on my site without my permission. This is hacking and that contravenes the […]

Theory: teen sex and homeland security | Files: Geek Out, Politics | Tags: ,

From David Stephenson’s blog: [T]here’s an important new study on networking behavior from the Ohio State Research Foundation with implications for a many strategies, including my “smart mobs for homeland security” one. As reported in the American Journal of Sociology. a team of sociologists […] mapped the romantic and sexual […]

Scorched Earth: Making the GOP Do What It Says | Files: Politics | Tags:

[Originally posted 09NOV2004 to the DailyKos Diaries.] I’ve been giving a lot of thought about how I would council the Federal Democratic Minority. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far: Return to the first principles of politics. If politics is the way a society distributes resources then political contest […]

Scorched Earth: Making the GOP Do What It Says | Files: Politics | Tags:

I’ve been giving a lot of thought about how I would council the Federal Democratic Minority. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far: Return to the first principles of politics.If politics is the way a society distributes resources then political contest is all about who takes from whom. The […]

A Ray of Sunshine | Files: On The Line, Politics | Tags: ,

The barrister writes: Just in case you thought you weren’t doing very well, Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard law professor and co-author of “The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Mothers and Fathers Are Going Broke,” wrote in 2003: “This year, more people will end up bankrupt than will suffer a heart attack. […]

Fahrenheit 9/11 Opens 6/25 | Files: Politics | Tags: ,

Dear Friends, I don’t usually forward jokes or campaigns or calls to action and the like. So this is an exception (hopefully forgiven because it’s original). Michael Moore’s documentary entitled “Fahrenheit 9/11” opens tomorrow, June 25th (the first showing in San Francisco is 12:01am). I want to encourage all of […]

More Flash Fun: www.bushgame.com | Files: Humor, Politics | Tags: ,

BushCo has enlisted the help of Voltron to rule the world, but real Americans like Hulk Hogan, fat ass He-Man and Mr T set out to capture Voltron’s tokens and return American to balance. Enlist the help of heros like Howard Dean and fight Big Bosses like Tom Ridge and […]