Links for Monday, August 15th, 2011: Riots, Spending, Banning Ourselves to Prosperity, others….

August 14, 2011
  1. Synopsis: According to Darcus Howe, London youth are rioting because of police brutality and harassment in the form of racially motivated stops and searches. Howe calls it “an insurrection of the masses of the people.”

  2. Stirring images of wanton destruction in London. The youth there are also fed up with the brutality and suspicionless searches apparently perpetrated by historic London furniture stores and jewelry stores (note sarcasm).

  3. The situation in London.

    An “insurrection of the masses of the people” would have directed its retaliation against aggressive government forces, not uninvolved third parties.

  4. Written by an assistant professor of economics and finance, this paper lauds self-service bans at gas stations in New Jersey and Oregon, citing numerous benefits such as improved safety, reductions in certain business costs, environmental benefits, public support, and job creation.

    Needless to say, I disagree. My comments are too lengthy to post in this roundup, but look forward to a short feature in the near future.  Read the rest of this entry »


Links for August 1, 2011: Debt Stuff; A Block of MoJo; others….

August 1, 2011
  1. Hitting a debt limit is not the same as defaulting.

  2. Failure to raise the debt ceiling need not entail default; but it would still ding Uncle Sam’s credit rating.

    A more in depth discussion on the limit vs. default issue. I have not yet fully evaluated it.

  3. This is how Congress has been behaving for quite some time. Creditors may start to call soon.  Read the rest of this entry »


Links for May 17, 2010: The Real Drug War, Fiscal Irresponsibility, Fun with Gold, others….

May 16, 2010
  1. But despite all the anger the raid has inspired, the only thing unusual thing here is that the raid was captured on video, and that the video was subsequently released to the press. Everything else was routine. … Raids just like the one captured in the video happen 100-150 times every day in America.

    According to Montgomery, when the couple’s neighbors inquired about the raid, they were told that the SWAT team had merely conducted a drill, and no shots were fired. When neighbors learned from the family that this was a lie, they began writing to the department and the Daily Tribune to demand answers. When the couple discovered the police had videotaped the raid, they requested a copy of the video. Montgomery said in her email that the copy they were initially given had no audio, and the incriminating (to the police) portions of the video had been removed.

    On February 23, the Daily Tribune published its first story on the raid. The paper made its own request for the SWAT video, which the police department initially denied. On April 20, Jonathan Whitworth pleaded guilty to a single charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. He wasn’t even charged for the minor amount of marijuana in his home (marijuana for personal use has been decriminalized in Columbia). He was issued a $300 fine. On April 27, the Daily Tribune made a formal request for the video, which it received on April 30, with full audio and with no visuals removed.

    This is the war on drugs: Blatant terrorism, shameless deception, and desperate cover-ups. It happens in cities across the nation every day. I’m ready to end this madness whenever you are.   Read the rest of this entry »


Links for May 10, 2010: Orwellian tax amnesty ad, National debt up a cool tril since last fall, Lynne Abraham pooh-poohs new Philly marijuana arrest policy, others….

May 9, 2010
  1. Pennsylvania’s Department of Revenue has already shed the pretense that its residents do not live in an Orwellian State.  The voice should have gone on to say: “Ignorance of the law is no excuse, Tom. You know you have a civic duty to understand and abide by Pennsylvania’s Personal Income Tax Code. We’ve even put it online for you.”

  2. Former Philly DA Lynne Abraham: "Welcome to Philadelphia, Light Up a Joint."

    The national debt is pushing $13,000,000,000,000. Since the beginning of last November, the federal government spent has $1,000,000,000,000 more dollars that it did not have. I tell you, this health care bill had better take a huge-ass chunk off of the deficit, and fast.

  3. Hey, that’s great, Lynne. Just let us know when we can expect to receive your annual $3,000,000 donation to pay for the adjudication of these small-time dope smokers. Read the rest of this entry »


links for 2010-02-06

February 7, 2010
  1. TrueMajority.org | Aggressive Progressive: Fix the Budget, Fix America

    I agree here with Drew Hudson that we should cut the defense budget, as we should cut the budget everywhere else. By "restarting the economy", I hope he means returning that money to the American taxpayers.

  2. Link TV | Dean's Beans Blog: Lords of the Ring: Who Determines the Price of Coffee?

    If nobody is willing to pay the farmers their production costs, then what does that say about the market's need for coffee? What will happen—what should happen—is that is that farmers will and should give up making coffee and find something else to do to provide for themselves. It's not easy to say to a large swath of South Americans: "Well, look, your coffee culture is obsolete. International traders are no longer willing to pay for what you do." But if that's the reality, then so be it. Part of the equation is: who is selling coffee at below the cost of production, and why? If big international coffee corporations are making a killing selling coffee, and if they actually want to survive, then they will do well not to bankrupt their suppliers. They should consider offering the farmers enough for the crop so that the farmers can keep their businesses going. The farmers should consider another line of work if nobody is willing to offer them enough to keep their business going. Read the rest of this entry »