279. Will California become Americas first failed state? | World news | The Observer

October 7, 2009 § Leave a comment

The trend is not good. This may well be what happens. Then?

Will California become Americas first failed state?Los Angeles, 2009: California may be the eighth largest economy in the world, but its state government is issuing IOUs, unemployment is at its highest in 70 years, and teachers are on hunger strike. So what has gone so catastrophically wrong?

via Will California become Americas first failed state? | World news | The Observer .

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260. Entangled Giant gary wills.

September 16, 2009 § Leave a comment

Read the article that gets us here.

Nonetheless, some of us entertain a fondness for the quaint old Constitution. It may be too late to return to its ideals, but the effort should be made. As Cyrano said, “One doesn’t fight in the hope of winning” (Mais on ne se bat pas dans l’espoir du succès).

via Entangled Giant – The New York Review of Books.

254. Editorial – A Threat to Fair Elections – NYTimes.com

September 8, 2009 § Leave a comment

This may be one of the most important decisions of the court.  It will be interesting and frightening.

The Supreme Court may be about to radically change politics by striking down the longstanding rule that says corporations cannot spend directly on federal elections. If the floodgates open, money from big business could overwhelm the electoral process, as well as the making of laws on issues like tax policy and bank regulation.

The court, which is scheduled to hear arguments on this issue on Wednesday, is rushing to decide a monumental question at breakneck speed and seems willing to throw established precedents and judicial modesty out the window.

via Editorial – A Threat to Fair Elections – NYTimes.com.

253. on Van Jones: Obama Sells Us Out to Political Terrorist Glenn Beck & His Lynch Mob

September 8, 2009 § Leave a comment

I tend to agree with what i know about this, that firing VanJones without supporting him is just wrong and a continuos part of Obama’s centrtist tendency even if th ecenter is way over there.

Per my post and announcement last night, here’s the clip of my CNN debate with David Frum about the Van Jones affair this morning. Notice that Frum has no answer for the obvious double standards. Somehow, nobody gets fired for lying us into Iraq, Tim Geithner keeps his job after tax evasion and gift scandals, Republican congresspeople remain credible while championing the “birther” lunacy – but Van Jones must be fired for carelessly signing a petition years ago, which he later apologized for.

via Open Left:: CNN Debate on Van Jones: Obama Sells Us Out to Political Terrorist Glenn Beck & His Lynch Mob .

252. From Sweden: The climate deal we need

September 7, 2009 § Leave a comment

The Tallberg forum has a dymposium getting ready for the Copenhagen 2009 meeting.

The Copenhagen climate conference in December 2009 is one of the most important negotiations in modern history. The challenges and obstacles that face the negotiators are daunting. These stem partly from the overwhelming complexity of the subject matters involved (ranging from climate science and ecosystem interdependencies to the intricacies of financial instruments and legal frameworks), but also from the conflicts of interests and opposing positions. The agenda for the Copenhagen summit may be climate change, but the outcome of the negotiations will have far-reaching implications for managing other sustainability-related challenges.

via The climate deal we need .

251. The Way We Think

September 7, 2009 § Leave a comment

How do we get humanity from being expansive and exploitative and successful to some form of creativity, development without growth, still successful but more stress on gardening the environment and relationships and art,  and contained by something like what farmers called “husbandry” (which comes from “house boundary” in the 1200’s?) (now to manage, esp. with prudent economy, to use frugally; conserve: to husband one’s resources.)

To this end we have just launched a new initiative,

http://mahb.stanford.edu

We talk a lot about thinking but not so  much what to think about. The content helps arouse thinking and its seriousness, because there is something worth thinking about.

via The Way We Think Item 1 “The Way We Think: America’s Unfinished Revolution”.

241. Corporate free speech? Since when? – The Boston Globe

September 5, 2009 § Leave a comment

This case, coming before the Supreme Court, is going to be crucial for who owns the future.

The Obama administration will defend the restraints on the grounds that corporations are different from individuals. “Corporations are artificial persons endowed by the government with significant special advantages that no natural person possesses,’’ solicitor general (and former Harvard Law School dean) Elena Kagan has written.

via Corporate free speech? Since when? – The Boston Globe.

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