In what's billed as "the first of a new fortnightly investment column", Heather Connon writes in the UK Guardian online that
While you may it find it galling to buy shares in BP when it is polluting thousands of miles of fragile coastline, if you are looking for a solid long-term investment
you should buy BP stock as an excellent growth investment. Apart from her immorality promoting people buy out plummeting shares from the BP stockholders who literally own their Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, her economics are blatantly wrong.
Over at Slashdot (the huge blog for geeks that is for tech what Daily Kos is for politics), they're discussing the secret telco cartel PowerPoint presentation describing how they're fighting Net Neutrality by hiring the astroturf orgs that started and perpetuate the Tea Party "movement". Here I point out why you, Daily Kos reader, should go engage the Slashdot crowd on this issue of critical mutual importance...
The problem in American labor is not that there isn't enough work to do, or money to pay for it. It's that management, either private or public, is not connecting the two.
Note: on Meteor Blades' recommendation, I have converted my comment in MB's frontpage story into this diary. Please read it and discuss how to fuse two problems into a grand solution...
NB: I revised this diary, as discussed in a thread in its discussion below.
I received an email being forwarded around sent by a doctor who just returned from an emergency mission to Haiti. It tells of not just the natural catastrophe there, but the manmade chaos reigning in the aftermath. Of course this huge disaster means things are out of control, but some of the failures of the people and organizations now "in charge" are really unacceptable. And familiar, from the aftermath of Katrina. Even though many of us hoped that we'd come a long way past that kind of failure. Read the letter...
We started Obama's presidency with every issue obliterated by the financial collapse in full swing. Other epochal issues like wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the connected torture and universal wiretapping crimes, the underlying political corruption of the Justice Department - every pressing issue obliterated. Even healthcare, the deeply problematic issue affecting everyone, and one of the top threats to the Federal budget, was second to the financial collapse.
Obama should have used that immediate power over the finance industry, with something like 3/4 $TRILLION in his hand to distribute or withhold, when he had the chance. Instead, he's holding back, and we're not getting any satisfactory version of anything.
Yesterday I posted "Bring a Gun to a Gang War" in the diary "Dear Eugene Robinson: Never take a knife to a gun fight". That diary was complaining about accidentally watching Liz Cheney, Dick Cheney's oldest daughter, easily defending her sicko father's war crimes. The diarist had awoken watching the softball forum run by Joe "Schmoe" Scarborough (and Mika Brzezinski, the daughter of Carter's Secretary of State Zbigniew Brzezinski, who started the mujahideen war that blew back on us so badly) shown mornings on MS-NBC. The media people questioning her, including Eugene Robinson who's one of my favorite TV talking heads, treated her as if she didn't have some deeply vested interest in (more) lying to protect her family's longstanding racketeering. In this diary, I present that point for discussion, and recommend how to properly treat these hideous criminals when they have the nerve to strut around in public like normal people.
People will be talking and arguing for years about why "we" went to war in Iraq. Lots of us, especially most of us on Daily Kos, went to war only because our country went to war, dragging us along with it despite everything we could do to stop it. But lots of us Americans went to war as hard as they could, each for their own reasons. I put out there a whole bunch of reasons now clear, even though at least most of them were clear to many of us even before we raced into this greatest error in American history. Let's kick them around, and add more, to the list. Because I don't see how anything has changed, despite all we've now seen, that would make it any less likely we'll do it again, as soon as we have another chance. Or maybe you can tell us why we won't...
I wrote a long comment "No Opposition Arguments Sucks" in response to clammyc's essential diary "All of your arguments suck", which is about Republicans having lost their credibility to complain about Democratic appointments and performance. I want to present in my own diary my response for further discussion, without hijacking clammyc's diary.
Because an even bigger problem with Republicans than their obstructionism is their disappearance, from an adversarial political system that requires credible opponents to prevent runaway power from looking "not as bad as that hellhole across the aisle". That duopoly sticks us with endless excuses to govern badly, which fueled Republicans' steamroller to the bottom.
So here's just why Americans can't afford to merely lose Republican opposition, though they have lost their power to credibly oppose Democrats. And what we can - and must - build to replace them, while they scramble to value less than zero instead of recreating themselves credibly.
Join me for the next step beyond gloating over Republican extinction...
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It's too early to tell whether President Obama will take action derived from what he hears when he listens. But he's already doing an excellent job of listening, and his campaign seemed to listen enough to Americans to get us to holler back with a recordbreaking vote count for his election.
So I was pleased to use his transition team's formal government website for taking suggestions. I submitted a whole list of suggestions for Obama to implement my visions for America, and you can submit your vision, too. Here's my list from today...
I received a copy of the viral email going around ("Subject: Nov election Notice" in my version) that warns people that selecting "Straight Democratic ticket" on their voting machine will invalidate any separate vote cast for Obama, resulting in no vote for Obama.
I do not know if that is even true, nor do I see any official support from anyone that it is.
Here's what I did to deal with it, though I don't think the problem is even being addressed, let alone solved...
As mentioned by Meteor Blades in a postscript to last night's "Open Thread for Night Owls, Early Birds & Ex-Pats":
Jewish Army trainee in Ga. says he was beaten, harassed after instructors used anti-Semitic slurs
Reading the reported details of the attack, its prologue in his harassment by by his drill sergeants, and the other context, the anti-Semitism seems the "garden variety" we (unfortunately) expect from Georgians. Not (necessarily) an institutionalization of it by the military, as I was worried we might see now that fake "Christians" have remade much of the military along their apocalyptic lines that require Jews as human sacrifices to bait a "messiah" to appear in Jerusalem (or something).
Of course, Georgia's baseline bigotry is as unacceptable and disturbing as it's ever been. Especially as years pass with so many chances to change are blown, so many other examples of Dixie changing its tune prove that Georgia, like most other places, can get past such self-defeating inhumanity.
But this story does have two (so far, at least) special warnings: