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Guardian.UK: Household incomes rose in 2015 for first time in eight years, US Census says.

Household incomes in the US finally broke free of the recession in 2015, rising for the first time since the Obama election, the Census Bureau announced on Tuesday, but they still remained below levels before the recession.” As I’ve been saying repeatedly ... the Administration and the media have been hooting and hollering about ‘recoveries’ for years now. We’re still NOT back. Hurts worse in the poorer states (NM being one).

09/13/16 • 08:01 AM • EconomicsHome & LivingPolitics • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Dazed: A British artist is stranded on a boat in the open Pacific.

One of the more bizarre stories you’ll read this month. Make some time. Nothing really earthshattering, but still ... an artificial ‘connected’ no-(wo)man’s-land. It must be like suspended animation.

09/13/16 • 07:47 AM • ArtsEconomicsTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Bill Moyers: We, the Plutocrats vs. We, the People.

So what brought on that spasm of rebellion?  They simply couldn’t see beyond their own prerogatives. Fiercely loyal to their families, their clubs, their charities and their congregations — fiercely loyal, that is, to their own kind — they narrowly defined membership in democracy to include only people like themselves.” So many parallels to the privileged classes vs. the third estate in the French Revolution. History repeats.

09/12/16 • 07:36 AM • EconomicsHistoryHuman RightsPolitics • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

WaPo: Democrats wonder and worry - Why isn’t Clinton far ahead of Trump?

It’s going to be the craziest 60 days we’ve ever seen in politics. I’ll say it again. Obamacare’s cost increases go live on November 1. One week before election. Hillary better have a fix long before, or else she could lose this with her current slim margins. Back-pocket election. Many things can happen in between, but that could end up being the nail in the coffin.

09/10/16 • 06:36 PM • EconomicsHealthHome & LivingPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: The Partisan Winds Aimed at Kansas’ Court.

Upon taking office in 2011, Mr. Brownback promised to succeed with “a red-state model” of the trickle-down myth that big upper-bracket tax cuts somehow promote economic growth. Instead, revenues plummeted, resulting in an education funding crisis that threatened schools with closings.” This cause-and-effect has been known since 1984. That it still gets rolled out every election - and voted for - boggles anyone with a shred of common sense. Trickle-down has never worked. Not once. Remember this quote? “If you feed the horse enough oats, some will pass through to the road for the sparrows.” No sh-t.

09/09/16 • 06:16 PM • EconomicsPolitics • (5) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: A Big Blast in North Korea, and Big Questions on U.S. Policy.

IMHO, sanctions have not worked for decades. This should have been realized and restrategized ages ago.

09/09/16 • 10:24 AM • EconomicsHistoryHuman RightsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Tax Justice Network: The Bahamas tax haven - a (re-)emerging global menace?

Of note.

09/09/16 • 08:19 AM • EconomicsHuman RightsLawPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Men’s Journal: Exercising Saves You Money — Here’s Exactly How Much.

The researchers broke the subjects out by the number of cardiovascular risk factors they had (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, age, even income), and among the overall healthiest, folks who didn’t work out sunk an additional $500 into health care.

I was shocked, when trolling the ACA’s database. They consider “medium” use to include *19* prescriptions during a one-year period. I haven’t taken a prescription med in 20 years; if I can alter diet or increase exercise, I do it. Genetics helps too, no question. And my age is increasing, so it’s only a matter of time. But sheesh. Is the average person really taking that many drugs?

09/09/16 • 07:48 AM • EconomicsHealthPhysical Fitness • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: Ecuador Begins Drilling Oil in a Pristine Corner of the Amazon.

This is the worst imaginable place to be drilling for oil.” With oil prices where they are, insane. Humankind continues to operate as parasite on this poor planet.

09/08/16 • 08:06 AM • EconomicsEnvironmentalPoliticsTravel • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BillMoyers: Why a Single-Payer Health Care System is Inevitable.

Health insurers spend lots of time, effort and money trying to attract people who have high odds of staying healthy (the young and the fit) while doing whatever they can to fend off those who have high odds of getting sick (the older, infirm and the unfit). As a result we end up with the most bizarre health-insurance system imaginable: One ever better designed to avoid sick people.” My italic emphasis.

08/24/16 • 08:52 AM • EconomicsHealthHome & LivingPolitics • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Tax Justice Network: Corporate tax cuts - why the old analyses don’t stack up any more.

Of particular note.

08/24/16 • 07:22 AM • EconomicsHome & LivingPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Atlantic: The Plight of the Overworked Nonprofit Employee.

These responses expose a gap between the values that many nonprofits hold and the way they treat their own staffs. There’s no doubt that nonprofits today face serious financial difficulties and constraints, but do they have no choice but to demand long, unpaid hours of their employees? Putting questions of fairness aside, is their treatment of their workers limiting their effectiveness?

08/24/16 • 07:13 AM • EconomicsHuman RightsSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Mashable: You’ll soon be able to register a .blog domain.

Jeez, the early-access price. Vanity, thy name is .blog?

08/23/16 • 03:11 PM • EconomicsInternetWeblogs • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican: Tensions soar as more and more drifters call national parks home.

I’ve not encountered this. Yet.

08/22/16 • 07:57 AM • EconomicsEnvironmentalHome & LivingNatureSanta Fe Local • (6) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Atlantic: The Difficult Math of American Health Care.

At the end of the day, who has health insurance in the U.S.? It’s people on Medicare and Medicaid, who don’t pay the full cost of their coverage because the government picks up most or all of it. It’s people on employer-sponsored plans, who tend not to realize they pay the full cost because they get large (though declining) subsidies from their employers. And it’s people who buy Obamacare policies, many of whom don’t pay the full cost because they get subsidies, and many of whom place a high value on insurance because they know they are sicker than average.” Those are the people who say it’s great. The rest of us are stuck with absolute useless, expensive insurance - enforced by law.

08/19/16 • 10:07 AM • EconomicsHealthPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

TechDirt: With Republicans Backing Away From TPP, Does It Still Have Any Chance?

So, you have both candidates claiming to be against TPP, but for weird reasons, and no one believing the Dem candidate, while no one quite understanding the GOP candidate. Meanwhile, the sitting President continues to push for the TPP even as the only two people likely to have his job in a few months insist they won’t support it.” Yes, it’s this bad in America right now. The confluence of media/politics/reality is just a regurgitated mess.

08/18/16 • 04:07 PM • EconomicsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

FishbowlNY: NY Times to Shutter NYT Now App.

Not esp. surprising. Another app I can erase.

08/18/16 • 09:58 AM • EconomicsNews • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

naked cap: ObamaCare Death Spiral Accelerates as Aetna Pulls out of the Exchanges.

The [insurance company] dropouts also undermine a key promise of the law: multiple insurers would compete for consumers’ business each year, and the power of the market would control costs and raise quality. Instead, the opposite is happening.” My italic emphasis.

08/17/16 • 10:34 AM • EconomicsHealthHome & LivingHuman RightsPolitics • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

naked cap: Will Elizabeth Warren Stymie Clinton’s Pro-Big Finance Campaign Promises?

The Warren-istas understand that the Republicans are likely to have just around half of the Senate, and are likely to retain control of the House. The bad news, for Ms Warren’s supporters, is that new laws will be hard to pass. The good news is that the existing laws, including Dodd-Frank and the SEC’s governing legislation, already give future appointees all the authority they will need.” Why she would have been wasted as VP.

08/17/16 • 10:18 AM • EconomicsHome & LivingPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Nat’l Post: If the gig economy is booming, why is ‘freelance’ still a fail?

As companies become less loyal to workers – creating work conditions most favourable to the Patrick Batemans of the world – people are pushing back and setting their own wages, hours and terms of employment.

08/16/16 • 09:59 AM • EconomicsGeneralHome & Living • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Atlantic: Aetna to Withdraw From Nearly 70 Percent of Its Obamacare Exchanges.

Back when UnitedHealth was the only insurance company bailing out, it was easy to dismiss as just one company trying to boost its bottom line. But when all five big insurers are bleeding money, it’s clear you’ve got bigger problems.” Looks like the media wants to make it a talking point. We’ll see if any candidate takes the bait, or that it survives the news cycle.

08/16/16 • 09:58 AM • EconomicsHealthNewsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vox: This certainly doesn’t look good for Obamacare.

And it’s fair to say that at this point, Obamacare is going through a major test of its viability. It relies on private insurers to willingly participate, and it is not clear they want to keep participating — or at least it is not clear that enough of them want to keep participating to create the nationwide coverage and competition Obamacare envisions.” As I’ve said, Dems know it’s broken ... but don’t want to fix it until after they win in November. Any mention in a debate will be a tamp-down, de-escalate response.

08/16/16 • 09:16 AM • EconomicsHealthPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BillMoyers: Why Trump Is In Youngstown.

While they cheer for Trump’s promise to build a wall and exclude Muslims, they forget that in the 1920s several towns in the Mahoning Valley, including Youngstown, elected mayors and city councils who were openly affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan and who won their elections by fomenting fear and resentment of Catholic and Jewish immigrants who, they warned, could not be trusted because of their allegiance to the Pope or to Bolshevism and would drive down wages.” Those who do fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it.

08/15/16 • 02:37 PM • EconomicsHistoryHuman RightsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Atlantic: A Conservative Entitlement Program for Paid Family Leave.

... now a Republican-backed research group is going significantly beyond those plans and suggesting the kind of solution conservatives have rejected for years: a new entitlement program for the working poor.” Perhaps another sign of a more wide-ranging political ideology course-correction, to return to (what I consider) ‘center’ philosophies. We’ve been so far rightward for so long ... only those who can remember McGovern seem to recall what a real Democrat was. Don’t even start me on what a ‘moderate Republican’ used to be.

08/15/16 • 08:01 AM • EconomicsHome & LivingHuman RightsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF Reporter: Federal Land Grab.

The Republicans cut the funding, therefore management personnel. So now they cry ‘Federal mismanagement’! Own a mirror, Repubs? Bullshit. Leave it in Federal hands. Put more managers in the local areas. States’ll destroy our resources.

08/12/16 • 07:39 PM • EconomicsEnvironmentalHistoryPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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