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Thoughts on wage labor

[Sheesh, I thought this would be wildly controversial! I'm stickying this because I really do need feedback on it, partly on the diagram style. As in, does it work? --lambert]

I must apologize for not writing up Point 1 of the 12-Point Platform. I've been blaming myself for dithering, and in fact I have been dithering, but it finally dawned on me that "A Living Wage" isn't only a simple social justice matter, but the crux of all the points and reforms that must follow it. Why? Read below the fold...

healthcare.gov opens at midnight on the day of the government shutdown and lambert finds a bug

[And if you have your own experiences to share, and especially screen dumps, please add them in comments or contact me. Either Federal Exchanges, or state exchanges. I'm especially interested in Covered California! Thank you! --lambert]

Nice timing.

john.smith@gmail.com from Maine had a registration #FAIL at step 3. Here's the screen dump:

Read below the fold...

In the garden: Fungi and stumps

In the raking light of late afternoon:

Same: Read below the fold...

How deep is the alienation from Cuomo in New York?

Still aftershocks from the Teachout result in NY! The Albany Times-Union writes on Cuomo:

For someone as openly and imperially contemptuous of those who disagree with him, actually losing 31 upstate counties is a proper comeuppance.

It's one of those rare occasions when the voters have a chance to say "screw you" right back, and upstate certainly did that. ...

Read below the fold...

How Democrats sold out anti-fracking movements in PA (and CO)

Standard tactics. The Wrench:

First is an email exchange between myself and a representative from Food & Water Watch --an organization that claims to be anti-fracking but, in advocating for a moratorium that has no chance of becoming a reality, and in supporting the Democrat candidate for governor Tom Wolf who is avowedly pro-drilling, cannot make that claim with any force or consistency. 

Read below the fold...

Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden, and Julian Assange: Live in Concert in New Zealand

Impressive. (I've seen Greenwald and Snowden so far, and I assume Assange is coming. Also Kim Dot Com, who seems guilty of an annoying laugh, but not much else.)

In the garden: Goldenrod and bee

No frost yet! [crossed fingers]

OK, OK, "bee collecting nectar from flower." Nobody's taken that shot before! Read below the fold...

I couldn't stand it, and lit the wood stove tonight

True, it's only 47°F (going down to 38°F) and if this were February I'd scream with joy at how warm it is, but it isn't February. And it's 10 degrees below average. And I think I permanently broke my body's sense of what warm and cold are by staying in Bangkok. Read below the fold...

Tweet of the day: "We're an empire now, and when we act...

... we create our own reality" ("Unnamed aide" in Bush administration, widely know to be Karl Rove).

Annals of Looting

Business Insider:

O'Shaughnessy: "Fidelity had done a study as to which accounts had done the best at Fidelity. And what they found was..."

Ritholtz: "They were dead."

O'Shaughnessy: "...No, that's close though! They were the accounts of people who forgot they had an account at Fidelity."

BWA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!!!!!! Read below the fold...

Vivid article on water problems in California's Central Valley

NBC. Lots of good quotes:

“To shower, I use a cup, just like when I was in ‘Nam,” he said, stepping away from a stream of glistening neighbors, most of them just back from the fields. Some had dust on their ear lobes and deep in their wrinkles. None had a simple way to shower in town that night.

“We’re living in a third world country now,” he continued.

Or: Read below the fold...

Tweet of the Day (2): "Flexible labor markets"

Tweet of the day: Scottish Independence

Times visits Michigan, just can't understand why people aren't feeling the rebound!

I ploughed through the story, and there's only one key sentence:

56 percent said their family’s incomes were falling behind living costs — about where that sentiment was in 2008 — and 45 percent said they had experienced financial hardships like layoffs, inability to pay health care bills, or run-ins with debt-collection agents over the past year.

No money. That's for Detroit. This is for the country: Read below the fold...

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