September 2011


Anybody out there(or staff) like my input to this forum? Encouragement needed!



Tomorrow is payday, and according to some conservatives, I'm not supposed to go to the bank and collect the stipend SSI sends each month.

Living on less than 10 grand a year is a challenge. Squeezing a utility bill load and food for myself and three dogs out of this leads to a monthly introspection of what is important. Can't even operate a motor vehicle, so it's Shank's Mare or the bus.

A Letter To Berkshire Hathaway Employees, 1955


"May 17, 1955

To Our Employees:

You are still idle after four weeks of strike because your Union has refused to accept our offer of a new contract. Your Union has so far refused to face up to the question of how to save your job and the other textile jobs in New England which are being destroyed by competition from Southern Union as well as non-Union mills.

Fair Banking

Not to slam Democratic talking points, but if politicians really wanted "redistribution of wealth" how about considering something like Amortization reform; that is,if you have paid 30% of the term you should own 30% of the house & if the bank still owns 96% of the house then let them pay 96% of the property tax. They have had it so good for so long.

Deregulation: Socializing the cost of negative consequences of business operations.

The People incur the full cost of the businesses operations above and beyond that reflected in the firm's operating expenses.

Deregulation is just a tool in efforts to concentrate wealth.

Old Lady Abused by Miami Water Company

The Old Lady Benevolent and Protective Society noted in the evening news that an old lady in Miami, a mere slip of a lady, had her water shut off by the water company in Miami, Florida when she couldn't pay a bill they sent her for $933 for one month's usage. Because the meter was found to be functioning correctly, by the water company, they cut her off, as her $200 per month in social security income could not possibly cover the bill.

Water company workers suggested a leaky toilet was the problem, but the plumber said, "No way."

Report Finds Abuse and Neglect and Private Psychiatric Hospital

A new report alleges incidents of abuse at a Chicago psychiatric hospital owned by a for-profit company. Some staff members have abused or physically harmed patients and delayed in getting them medication at Hartgrove Hospital. The report was part of a six-month investigation done for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services by the University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Psychiatry, which also worked with the ACLU of Illinois to conduct reviews of local psychiatric hospitals as a result of a consent decree reached in the case of B.H. v.

soup and nutts

First it was Cheeney w/ Hallibuton - Now it is Obama w/ solar industry

It’s as if Solyndra never happened. The Obama Administration is giving $737 million to a Tonopah Solar, a subsidiary of California-based SolarReserve. PCG is an investment partner with SolarReserve. Nancy Pelosi’s brother-in-law happens to be the number two man at PCG.

Washingtin D.C. needs an enema.

Teaching Role of Gov't in 2012 Campaign

Teaching the Role of Government in the 2012 Campaign

Hey, Thom! While listening to your third hour today, I got inspired to call the White House comment line re: your assertion that the country needs to have a conversation about the Commons and the role of government, including your question "Why even create a government at all?" The woman who took my comment got really excited and urged me to write to the White House AND the 2012 campaign office about it. Here's what I said:

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Why the Media isn’t Covering Citizens United

Americans have always been skeptical of corporate power. In fact, this country was founded by a revolt against the biggest corporation of its day - the British East India Company.

You know how conservatives are always going on about how the Boston Tea Party was an example of America’s anti-government roots?