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Andrea Mitchell's April Fools Joke

Watching the evening news I caught a report by Andrea Mitchell on the Nuclear Security Conference that is now being held, appropriately enough, on April Fools Day. It is obviously part of a PR effort to build international support for our shiny new war on ISIS. Read more about Andrea Mitchell's April Fools Joke

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 3/25/1911 -- 100+ Women Burned to Death Awakening the US Conscience to Labor Rights

Re-post from 3-18-2011.

[historical info taken from American Experience presentation and poetry from Jonathan Fink]

On April 5, 2011, 400,000 New Yorkers, 1 out of 10, showed up in the rain to mourn the deaths of 146 garment workers, mostly young immigrant women, who had died in the deadliest workplace accident in New York history. Read more about The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 3/25/1911 -- 100+ Women Burned to Death Awakening the US Conscience to Labor Rights

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Bernie Slanders: Arizona Edition

Dr. Jill Stein & the “Green New Deal” Recovery Plan for Ailing America

According to the Green Party’s 2016 Presidential candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, the Democratic Party cannot be trusted to defend the “interests of regular people.”

Stein declares:

“We need our own party, organized by, led by, and founded by, WE the people NOT the corporations!”

“My Power to the People Plan is for deep system change, from greed and exploitation of corporate capitalism to a human-centered economy: PEOPLE, PLANET, PEACE OVER PROFIT!”

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I Miss Vastleft Here

He Tweets:

vastleft (@vastleft)
3/12/16, 7:00 AM
Seeing a lot of "yay, people I hate didn't get to speak" stuff. What could possibly go wrong with this agenda?

Great minds think, and freely speak, alike:

Plea for Free Speech - Frederick Douglass

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Farage tag teams with Galloway for Brexit; when will Sanders tag team with Trump against TPP?

I had a slightly wild idea the other day. Both Trump and Sanders have credibly* come out against TPP, but both have been disappointments in terms of using their candidacies - with the attendant millions of dollars of free advertising that come with them - to really educate the public about TPP. Read more about Farage tag teams with Galloway for Brexit; when will Sanders tag team with Trump against TPP?

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The upcoming US Presidential election - where affordable health care and education are at issue, will not be able to fix the problems caused by ignoring the failure to exclude provision of health insurance and education services from the TISA negotiations

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To Hell in a hand basket in the Lexus Lane

Congestion pricing is the latest attack onthe commons.

The success of congestion pricing, and the neoliberal agenda more broadly, are predicated upon American citizens embracing the idea that access to rights, government services, and the protections owed citizens, should be granted in proportion to each individual’s ability and willingness to pay

Dr. Jill Stein as Savior Not Spoiler in 2016 Prez Election


Caught in an undertow of ever-escalating amorality, we, the American people, drift ever farther from the shores of a representative democracy.

For one more national presidential election, will we throw away another opportunity to rescue ourselves and our country, not to mention the rest of humanity as well as our very planet? Read more about Dr. Jill Stein as Savior Not Spoiler in 2016 Prez Election

Tweeting #JillStein



#JillStein: Green Party prez candidate: physician, her Green New Deal to eradicate unemployment & mitigate climate change!

#JillStein: Green Party prez candidate fighting ferocious corporate media blackout of her campaign for environment & economic/social justice.

#JillStein & Green Party can bring about paradigm shift from patriarchy win/lose, violence, competition to humanism of empathy, cooperation, partnership! Read more about Tweeting #JillStein

Replacing Scalia -- A historical perspective


In the modern era, there is no precedent for the Senate to hold up a Supreme Court nomination in an election year when a Supreme Court Justice dies

Since 1900, there have been only four Supreme Court vacancies in Presidential election years -- and only one vacancies arose from the death of a Justice.

Joseph Rucker Lamar died on 1/2/1916, and was replaced six months later (6/1/1916) by Louis Brandeis. Read more about Replacing Scalia -- A historical perspective

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Riskonomics: Reducing Risk by Killing Your Worst Ideas: My New Book


About 6 years ago I stopped posting at my All Life Is Problem Solving site, and shifted my blogging over to other sites devoted to economics and politics, often blogging under the handle letsgetitdone. But recently, I got the urge to finish some work I’d done in Knowledge Management, and I decided to complete a book presenting a Knowledge Management approach to the analysis and assessment of risk.

I’ve just done that and have published a kindle e-book with the above title, which of course, was my signal that I ought to be blogging here again. The following excerpt provides the book’s preface summarizing its rationale and contents. If you read this and are interested, you can buy it at Amazon, and, if you have not already done so, download the free kindle software that will allow you to read it. Here’s the preface.

Cover of Riskonomics
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Real Fiscal Responsibility, Vol. II: The Peterson Network, Inequality, and the Failure of Neoliberalism

This is how the mission of the President’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform was defined by the White House on February 18, 2010:

The Commission is charged with identifying policies to improve the fiscal situation in the medium term and to achieve fiscal sustainability over the long run. Specifically, the Commission shall propose recommendations designed to balance the budget, excluding interest payments on the debt, by 2015. This result is projected to stabilize the debt-to-GDP ratio at an acceptable level once the economy recovers. The magnitude and timing of the policy measures necessary to achieve this goal are subject to considerable uncertainty and will depend on the evolution of the economy. In addition, the Commission shall propose recommendations that meaningfully improve the long-run fiscal outlook, including changes to address the growth of entitlement spending and the gap between the projected revenues and expenditures of the Federal Government.

And here is what President Obama’s web site had to say about deficit reduction in 2012:

Right now, President Obama is working with leaders of both parties in Washington to reduce the deficit in a balanced way so we can lay the foundation for long-term middle-class job growth and prevent your taxes from going up.


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