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Rob Portman's Corporate Money Tree

Rob Portman (R-OH) U.S. Senate | MAPLight.org - Money and Politics:
"Squire Sanders and Dempsey $104,100
American Financial Group $76,302
Jpmorgan Chase and Company $59,599
Procter and Gamble $58,270
Metlife Incorporated $54,100
General Electric $49,710
Sullivan and Cromwell $44,650
Nationwide $43,550
Fidelity Investments $43,300
Elliott Management $41,185"

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Boehner should resign

Disaster Aid Hangs In Balance Of House Dust-Up : NPR: "On Wednesday night, something dramatic and unexpected happened on the House floor: A measure that was supposed to pass failed, 195-230. It was a temporary funding measure to keep the government operating for another couple of months. It also included $3.7 billion in urgently needed disaster assistance funds."

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Please let the GOP know

Poll: Public Doesn't Want Medicare, Social Security Cuts: "The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, which is launching a massive "No Cuts" campaign, said 70 percent of voters polled by Lake Research Partners and American Viewpoint oppose the idea of including Social Security and Medicare cuts in any proposal by the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction."

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Why the China parent achievement mania?

Letter from China : The New Yorker: "Running beneath America’s curiosity about Chinese parenting is the question of where the emphasis on achievement originates. After all, in the land that dedicated itself to a Confucian sense of accommodation and acceptance, followed by the Socialist suppression of the individual, when was there time to focus on getting ahead? "

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Philanthropy should invest in creating democracies

Most everything else is an invitation to non-profit lassitude and foundation busy work. Democracies put the onus for solving problems on all the people. Nothing makes for progress more simply and effectively. Philanthropies create problems by suggesting that they can somehow overcome conditions created by despotic governments. This leads in my view to benign genocide pure and simple. When I was at Unicef I thought as much looking at the same stats year in and year out.



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You would think science would help us a bit given the mess we are in environmentally

Bionic bacteria may help make new drugs, biofuels: Artificially enhanced bacteria capable of producing new kinds of synthetic chemicals: "A strain of genetically enhanced bacteria developed by researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies may pave the way for new synthetic drugs and new ways of manufacturing medicines and biofuels, according to a paper published September 18 in Nature Chemical Biology."

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Obama will do what Obama does and it will be the right thing at the right time

Angry Black Man: Obama Is One Now:

Characterization is a curse. Everyone is a spectrum. The people to watch out for are the Perry and Bush sorts who seem to be almost automatons and do not deviate from the character they project. If you have not gone from happy and conciliatory to dark and uncompromising in a single day, you will not understand. The rest of us can see the President whole cloth, across the spectrum, and we can appreciate his own self-knowledge. He is playing rope-a-dope and very few realized it and fewer still expected him to come out swinging.

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Both Triadic Philosophy and Pattern Language share a marginal status

Both Triadic Philosophy and Pattern Languageshare a marginal statusin a world that has processed everythingthrough the colander of corporate methodology, extracting ever-growing profits and endangering the  globe and her people
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Veblen is on the money

ShortFormContent at Blogger: The concerted adulation of matter-of-fact:

The concerted adulation of the matter of fact has proceeded apace since Veblen's time. And design and most everything else has followed in virtual lock step. Veblen celebrated independent thought and the instinct to workmanship and would doubtless regurgitate at such remnant of both as now exist. The values that can counter the idolization of the matter of fact are four in number - non-idolatry to pave the way for independence of mind, helpfulness to consider how enabling is our uniformity in almost all things, democracy to suggest everyone have an equal voice in all matters and tolerance to ward off the lethal effects of transgressing these values.
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The concerted adulation of matter-of-fact

Thus Thorstein Veblen in a oddly contemporary key:
"The Church, the court, the camp, the drawing-room, where
these elder and perhaps nobler virtues had their laboratory and playground, have grown weedy and gone to seed. Much of the apparatus of the old order, with the good old way, still stands over in a state of decent repair, and the sentimentally
reminiscent endeavors of certain spiritual "hold-overs" still
lend this apparatus of archaism something of a galvanic life. But that power of aspiration that once surged full and hot in the cults of faith, fashion, sentiment, exploit, and honor, now at
its best comes to such a head as it may in the concerted
adulation of matter-of-fact."

http://socserv2.socsci.mcmaster.ca/~econ/ugcm/3ll3/veblen/higher

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Lethal Traffic Pollution

Study: Traffic Pollution May Boost Your Risk of Heart Attack – TIME Healthland:
"Exposure to high levels of traffic pollution may boost your risk of heart attack, according to a new study published on BMJ.com.

But the study found that the risk was transient, lasting one to six hours, and that rather than increasing overall risk of heart attack, exposure to pollution appeared to precipitate cardiac events in people who were already at higher-than-average risk."

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Tangled web

No End in Sight for a Family’s Agonizing Guessing Game - Truthdig: "Soon, the Army declared the death “noncombat related” and essentially closed the case, saying it was the result of an accident. But for the McBeths, there was no closure. They pressed for justice, and eventually arrests were made. However, those arrests did little to satisfy the family, which believes that the Army has been covering up a more serious crime by undertaking prosecutions of lesser charges."

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The President should kill the pipeline period

House pipeline bill would delay new safety measures | The Washington Independent: "As the President considers whether to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, a Republican bill in the U.S. House of Representatives would prohibit regulators from implementing safety rules recommended by the National Transporation Safety Board."

Enough nonsense already.

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President reaffirms national emergency

Message from the President to Congress regarding the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Persons Who Commit, Threaten to Commit, or Support Terrorism | The White House: "The crisis constituted by the grave acts of terrorism and threats of terrorism committed by foreign terrorists, including the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, in New York and Pennsylvania and against the Pentagon, and the continuing and immediate threat of further attacks on United States nationals or the United States that led to the declaration of a national emergency on September 23, 2001, has not been resolved. ... I have determined that it is necessary to continue the national emergency ... "
I would say that Congress is a national emergency. Not to mention the Supreme Court.



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Supreme Court Complicit in Georgia injustice

Ga. executes Davis; supporters claim injustice - Yahoo! News: "Davis was scheduled to die at 7 p.m., but the hour came and went as the U.S. Supreme Court apparently weighed the case. More than three hours later, the high court said it wouldn't intervene. The justices did not comment on their order rejecting Davis' request for a stay"

Would we expect anything less evil from the Court who gave us George W. Bush and Citizen's United. Another reason to reelect Obama and create the basis for just decisions again by reducing the power of essentially kept Justices.

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Does solastalgia cut it

When Words Fail: Does a Warming World Need a New Vocabulary?: "In Albrecht’s studies, solastalgia is partly the result of feeling powerless to stop environmental damage. “So when people respond with a form of activism,” he says, “whether it's joining a social protest movement or planting trees, that negates the solastalgia.” This idea lines up with research by psychologists such as Stephen Post, who have found that volunteering, giving, and getting involved in community lowers stress levels. It seems that taking responsibility for environmental problems might actually make people more able to cope with them."
Is this the tip of a renaming iceberg?

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Sounds like an admission to me

Google's Schmidt, Senators bicker over whether links were 'cooked' | ZDNet: "The early fireworks appeared when Sen. Michael S. Lee (R-UT) produced data that showed that Google’s owned and operated properties often were among the top links. Schmidt said that Google aimed to give answers quickly and sometimes engineering dictated that a stock quote from Google Finance was faster than the “10 links answer.” That rationale from Schmidt also applied to Maps and other areas."

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