... utterly futile, it makes for great drama. [more]
Latest from Simmons:
"Watch for sharp rebound in oil and gas prices when supply drops outstrip demand."
C., ... counting on crazy future! :) [more]
Forgive and Forget?
"...if we don’t have an inquest into what happened during the Bush years — and nearly everyone has taken Mr. Obama’s remarks to mean that we won’t — this means that those who hold power are indeed above the law because they don’t face any consequences if they abuse their power." [more]
WASHINGTON -- The price tag of the economic-recovery plan sought by President-elect Barack Obama has risen to nearly $850 billion, as congressional Democrats nailed down details on a spending-and-tax-cut initiative that could be unveiled as soon as Thursday. .... [more]
There is no law that prevents Rubin from taking your money and spending it at the casino. He and Summers are now the law! Thanks, O-bomb-a!
Either you didn't like Rubin -- or you were him [more]
Girls Gone Wild CEO Joe Francis and “Hustler” magazine publisher Larry Flynt have said they will petition Congress for financial aid along the lines of what the Big Three auto makers are getting.
Francis said that he and Flynt are asking for $5 billion, and that they have sent letters to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Congress and their local Congressman, Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) with the proposal. [....]
... Francis said that if invited, he and Flynt would drive across the country in a hybrid vehicle to present their plans to Congress.
The press release noted that DVD sales and rentals for the adult industry have decreased by 22% in the past year, partially because people are turning more and more to the Internet for adult content.
"People are too depressed to be sexually active," Flynt said in the press release. "This is very unhealthy as a nation. Americans can do without cars and such but they cannot do without sex."[....]
Adult Entertainment Industry Wants a Bailout
'Tis the season for self-flagellation among the honest market strategists who admit they blew it last year, and self-delusion among most of the rest. [more]
... ignored it, or had difficulty grasping the meaning while reading. Dunno...
A Letter to America
by Margaret Atwood
Delivered: April 4, 2003
This is a difficult letter to write, because I'm no longer sure who you are. ...
... You're gutting the Constitution. Already your home can be entered without your knowledge or permission, you can be snatched away and incarcerated without cause, your mail can be spied on, your private records searched. Why isn't this a recipe for widespread business theft, political intimidation, and fraud? I know you've been told all this is for your own safety and protection, but think about it for a minute. Anyway, when did you get so scared? You didn't used to be easily frightened.
You're running up a record level of debt. Keep spending at this rate and pretty soon you won't be able to afford any big military adventures. Either that or you'll go the way of the USSR: lots of tanks, but no air conditioning. That will make folks very cross. They'll be even crosser when they can't take a shower because your short-sighted bulldozing of environmental protections has dirtied most of the water and dried up the rest. Then things will get hot and dirty indeed.
You're torching the American economy. How soon before the answer to that will be, not to produce anything yourselves, but to grab stuff other people produce, at gunboat-diplomacy prices? Is the world going to consist of a few megarich King Midases, with the rest being serfs, both inside and outside your country? Will the biggest business sector in the United States be the prison system? Let's hope not.
If you proceed much further down the slippery slope, people around the world will stop admiring the good things about you. They'll decide that your city upon the hill is a slum and your democracy is a sham, and therefore you have no business trying to impose your sullied vision on them. [...]
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Cheers, ... er, [b-burp, burp!]