From Publisher’s Weekly: Although last fall was known for its “embarrassment of riches,” this fall’s title selection is plenty strong as well. “I feel great about the fall—the momentum is already here. I see tons of stuff about the end of the book is nigh, but I keep selling books,” says Sheryl Cotleur, buying director […]Read More..
When Anthem Blue Cross announced its controversial premium increases in California recently, the insurer claimed, “a carrier must be able to receive actuarially sound rates.” So it is remarkable that “progressive” San Francisco State Senator Mark Leno, a single payer health care advocate, recently introduced eleventh hour legislation codifying Anthem Blue Cross’s “actuarially sound” defense […]Read More..
When you think about it, Alan (“Tits”) Simpson is the ideal jester to deflect attention from the bigger joke — the fiscal reform commission itself. The problem is less Simpson’s dopey comments and more the idiocy of the rest of the commission. Given what is happening to the real economy in the real world, the […]Read More..
Sam Coleman U.S. EPA, Region 6 1445 Ross Ave. Dallas, TX 75202-2733 Via email: [email protected] August 27, 2010 Re: Documentation of continued dispersant spraying in near shore and inland waters from Florida to Louisiana (despite contrary claims by USCG and BP) and documentation that dispersants made oil sink Dear Mr. Coleman, During the August 25 […]Read More..
Admiral Allen announced today that BP’s fishing job being undertaken on their Mississippi Canyon Block 252 well has been called off due to total failure. You’ll recall that I disagreed with the procedure when it was announced on the 21st, believing it was unwise and risky. After now attempting to fish out the drill pipe […]Read More..
Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske, along with five previous drug czars (including gambling addict William Bennett), have an op/ed in today’s Los Angeles Times condemning California’s Prop. 19.Given that the Drug Czar is required by law to oppose any and all efforts that would seek to legalize marijuana — including “any study … relating to the […]Read More..
Well, just when I thought my ‘Banks Siding Against the Customer in Bank Fraud‘ story couldn’t get any more shocking — it did. I had assumed that when I posted the account this week of how WaMu and now Chase were apparently systematically stonewalling customers — myself included — who had experienced bank fraud, I […]Read More..
The Progressive’s Guide to Raising Hell takes you into the “no holds barred” world of activism and campaigning. Your guide is master tactician, consumer advocate and political street fighter Jamie Court. He says the first step of any political battle is to get mad—the last step, never let go. What you do in the meantime, […]Read More..
I’ve written before about my attempts to build a haystack that looks like one in a Claude Monet painting (see links at end of this post). This year I came close, as you can see by the two pictures. The distracting blue plastic at the base of my Monet will eventually be put over the […]Read More..
Local currencies are, in effect, “mindful money.” – Rob Hopkins, from the Foreward I was very excited to get a copy of Peter North’s new book, Local Money. Here in Los Angeles our local Transition group just piloted a LETSystem, so the financial and currency discussions were fresh in my mind. I wish I had […]Read More..