Category Archives: economics

Reason 9,819,956,056 California is messed up

Good work by the LA Times! “Orange County pension records show that convicted former Sheriff Michael S. Carona collected about $215,000 last year in retirement payments — and he was just one of more than 400 county pensioners who received … Continue reading

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Overcrowding at County Hospital

“Along with Molina, health department officials, physician and hospital trade groups and independent consultants all urged that the new hospital be built to hold 750 beds. Advocates said that capacity was needed to allow the county to provide life-saving care … Continue reading

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Zillionaires only

“Dollar for dollar the clear victor in (California’s) Tuesday’s statewide primary was United States Senate candidate Brian Quintana – a Hollywood Producer and Businessman. “Quintana spent a mere $100,000 to receive 253,243 votes which translates to $ .39 per vote. … Continue reading

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Unhappy Hipsters jumps the shark

By not reading their source material closely enough. So, Unhappy Hipsters, usually a very amusing site usually devoted to mocking pretentious twits with too much money that’s not making them happy and very strange architectural taste as well, labels this … Continue reading

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Gary Pierce thinks he’s Enron now

“A member of an Arizona board that oversees utilities has suggested that they cut power transfers to Los Angeles because of the city’s boycott in connection with the state’s anti-immigration crackdown. “Gary Pierce, a member of the Arizona Corporate Commission, … Continue reading

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PG&E = Satan (Vote No on Prop 16)

Vote no on Prop 16. We have enough problems.

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Who says California has a bad business environment?

It’s very nice to buy commercial property in California under the existing Prop 13 rules: “Liberal San Francisco Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, the man behind a legislative proposal to legalize marijuana, wants to close some of the loopholes in state tax … Continue reading

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5 Immigration Myths Everyone Should Know

Are myths. “1. Immigrants take jobs from American workers. “Although immigrants account for 12.5 percent of the U.S. population, they make up about 15 percent of the workforce. They are overrepresented among workers largely because the rest of our population … Continue reading

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B. Franklin gets a new look

“As if that weren’t enough, the U.S. Treasury went all out and made a blockbuster release video for the new $100 bill.” Even the New $100 Bill is Going 3D, Mashable, April 21, 2010 And I wish I had more … Continue reading

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Why voting is important, episode 55,646,846

“The election then. You’re probably already bored rigid with talk of it even though it’s not happening for another three and a half weeks. “You might be one of those non-voters, giving it all that ‘Yeah, doesn’t matter who you … Continue reading

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Disney Decisions

“This is pretty darn big… The Beat reports Marvel has left Diamond Book Distributors. Marvel had easily been DBD’s biggest account. No particular reason was given for the change, though DBD’s Kuo-yu Liang claims the distributor has been ‘prepared’ for … Continue reading

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The sad truth about the 80s

And why we live the way we live now: “Something is profoundly wrong with the way we live today. For thirty years we have made a virtue out of the pursuit of material self-interest: indeed, this very pursuit now constitutes … Continue reading

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Let’s have a Bitburg Day, too

“So, sure, let’s teach Reagan’s legacy. But front and center of that legacy is the AIDS crisis. He stood by as millions died, including some of his supposed friends from his movie days. Reagan’s inaction directly led to many needless … Continue reading

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CCSD outgrows 7 football fields

“Since organizers of Comic-Con said they have outgrown the San Diego Convention Center — the festival’s home since the 1970s — L.A. and the city of Anaheim have launched campaigns to lure the celebration of comic books and pop culture.” … Continue reading

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Lest we forget the real Reagan administration

And the real Reagan: “Ronald Reagan destroyed unions…cut the budgets for education, EPA, poverty programs, etc…engaged in a public policy initiative aimed specifically at screwing over the poor…advanced the prison-industrial complex….hollowed out the Federal government to the best of his … Continue reading

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Edsel vs. Hummer

“The Edsel is a case in point, and it proves that even if you plant a want, herald its spontaneous creation, and rush to fill it, it won’t grow without proper nourishment…We consumers ought to be more careful when polled … Continue reading

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Grayson Bill Opens Up Medicare To Anyone Who Can Pay For It

“Congressman Alan Grayson (FL-8) today introduced a bill (H.R. 4789) which would give the option to buy into Medicare to every citizen of the United States. The ‘Public Option Act,’ also known as the ‘Medicare You Can Buy Into Act,’ … Continue reading

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Moral hazard: “…selling a car with faulty brakes, then buying an insurance policy on the buyer of those cars.”

“Phil Angelides, chairman of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (and former California Treasurer [yay!]), saw a used-car salesman at work after listening to the pugnacious, arm-waving Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs (GS.N) describe his firm’s pre-meltdown practices. “‘I’m just going … Continue reading

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California still sinking

“In his interview with NBC’s David Gregory, Schwarzenegger dodged a question about what he would do if the federal government does not come up with extra money to help plug the state’s $20-billion budget gap. “‘I never really think so … Continue reading

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A New Year’s Resolution: Buy from Better World Books

Free shipping on anything at Better World Books. Factored into my usual book buying, this means better prices than you-know-who, too. And, most of all, each purchase supports global literary. So please look them over. My one regret is that … Continue reading

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You get some shoes, a little rice…

The groom is nervous He answers twice. It’s really thrilling That he’s so willing To make some whoopie. “The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has approved an increase in the cost of a marriage license to $90 from $70. … Continue reading

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The Public Option (s/b Medicare for all, but oh well)

Not all of us need the Public Option.

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Universal Healthcare (Medicare for All) – well, d’uh!

Blue Shield canceling policies illegally? The hell you say! But they do. Burden of proof on the consumer not the insurer! Noooo! Yes. Private insurance even fucks over conservatives, but only if they’re dying. It’s so obvious, America, it hurts: … Continue reading

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Capitalism: A Love Story

So there IS something to look forward to.

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Stadium Healthcare

“INGLEWOOD, California (Reuters) – Inside an aging sports arena, where rows of dental chairs and a hospital smell have replaced the former Los Angeles Lakers basketball court, thousands of Americans are seeking free healthcare. “Hundreds were turned away just on … Continue reading

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Cash for clunkers value

Update below, they’re not all buying Ford Escapes. Yay! “DETROIT (Reuters) – The punishing four-year decline in U.S. auto sales may have reached a turning point this week — just as Michael Papa handed over the keys to his 1996 … Continue reading

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1966

Was the world really a better place then? I wonder. You just don’t see PSAs like this anymore.

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Arnold Bucks are baaack

“‘State controller John Chiang warned today that if legislators and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger fail to come up with a budget-balancing package in the next week, he would begin paying California’s bills with IOUs on July 2.’” (via Calitics) Y’know, this … Continue reading

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How to be manly

“It’s Man Monday here at Deals Of The Day and we’ve got a whole host of bargains that will help you feel like a rugged, rough, tough, todger-waving bloke. Just like that Jason Statham, that David Walliams or er, that … Continue reading

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At least 35,000 people depend on the State of California to stay alive

“People with HIV or AIDS and their providers rallied at the State Capitol today to oppose the governor’s proposed budget cuts to a variety or programs which literally keep people alive. During the public comment period of Conference Committee, people … Continue reading

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