Photo Credit: Hanoi, Vietnam by Bo via 350.org
“Endless thanks for all who made #movingplanet so…moving. I dare you to look at the photos with a dry eye.” -Bill McKibben via twitter
Friends, don’t ever be fooled into thinking nothing’s happening. There are protests and demonstrations, not just on Wall Street, but all over the world and on the environmental front too. These demonstrations are held locally, this means no one has to hop in a car and go to Washington D.C. to protest, you do this in your neighborhood, hop on the internet, then share your images and experience with others.
On Saturday, September 24 writer Bill McKibben’s 350.org in partnership with hundreds of organizations around the world held over 2,000 events in over 175 countries for Moving Planet and they’ve got pics of children all over the world to prove it! Continue reading
It is impossible to buy a toaster that has a one-in-five chance of bursting into flames and burning down your house.
But it is possible to refinance your home with a mortgage that has the same one-in-five chance of putting your family out on the street.” ~Elizabeth Warren
While SFSG was away the White House snuck off and hired Harvard’s Elizabeth Warren, the consumer’s champion. Continue reading
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Israel had begun letting Apple’s iPads into the country starting Sunday. For 2 weeks their customs wasn’t allowing them into the country based on fears the iPad would interfere with other wireless devices.
20 confiscated iPads will finally be released. Most of us will be waiting a lot longer for our iPads than those getting their confiscated iPads back. After weeks of intentional infliction of iPad envy on others by people like the extra infatuated PBS host Charlie Rose many hoped iPad news would die down…and maybe hoped the prices would drop.
Now that Charlie Rose and his iPad have finally gotten a room Continue reading
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One thing that bothers me about getting emails from MoveOn.org is that they’re so needy. They always need money! Maybe that makes sense because they are a non-profit, progressive, public policy advocacy group and political action committee. They’ve managed to do a lot online and now they’re looking to get bodies out to this protest they’re having on Wall Street on Thursday.
Side note: I’ve taken a pic on that Wall Street bull before when I was a kid. It was cold and a little creepy, kind of like Wall Street itself in my opinion.
Here’s what MoveOn.org sent me:
“Right now politicians in Washington are making critical decisions about our economy: Are they going to let the big banks off the hook for ruining our economy or are they finally going to rein them in? Continue reading
Look at him. Isn’t he lovely? I think this year a few more persons out there than just Michelle Obama will have President Barack Obama as their Valentine this year.
For those who care about that sort of thing President Barack Obama’s job approval rating is 50% in the most recent three-day Gallup Daily tracking, from Jan. 29-31. I don’t know about you but I’ve never seen a Gallup rep with a clipboard or gotten a call from these people. Who cares about that anyway?
Our president is dreamy though isn’t he? Tall, dark and handsome. Loves his wife, kids and that little dog of theirs.
Covert war with Pakistan what? Getting rid of Van Jones who? How can we think about things like this when our new president is such a fox…and he loves us, right? Continue reading
Photo Credit: “5th Avenue” by Tracy Collins
The jobless rate in the United States for October has hit 10.2%. For some reason people are only just now deciding to calculate the number of unemployed persons working part time jobs who would rather be working fulltime jobs and those who have given up on looking for work.
Why are they so late? These are the only kind of numbers anyone should be dealing with in the first place because it gives a much more accurate picture of what is going on now.
According to the NY Times:
“In all, more than one out of every six workers â€” 17.5 percent â€” were unemployed or underemployed in October. The previous recorded high was 17.1 percent, in December 1982.”
Sadly, I wonder if these numbers are coming out now to show some type of incompetence on President Obama’s part. One op ed even called for President Obama to stop blaming Bush and get us out of this mess. Whoever wrote that op ed has a job so how much could I possibly care what they have to say about that.
It’s ironic all of this celebration of NY State with Jay-Z, Alicia Keyes, the Yankees and the complete disconnect between all of that and the people. My adventures in unemployment land have been numerous with my last bout of unemployment in NY State being the most, shall we say exciting. Continue reading