Category Archives: politics

Bank Transfer Day: November 5, 2011

Bank Transfer Day and an interview podcast with the founder, Kristen Christian. She’s with Los Angeles Federal Credit Union, which is open to any Los Angeles resident. They have walk-in branches or you can open an account via their website. … Continue reading

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I’m with Skippy!

From now on I, too, will be donating all my ad revenue to OWS.

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/Declare

You know I hate deregulation but if it can lead to innovative online financial instruments like these (like deregulation SHOULD), I might have to rethink my opinion. Note: As with ANYTHING you do with your money, do lots of research … Continue reading

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Tergiversation

“Là, avec « Occuper Wall Street », l’amertume et la colère suscitées par les tergiversations de M. Barack Obama, son centrisme, ses co mplaisances envers la finance, ont convaincu nombre des ses anciens électeurs que le système politique était non … Continue reading

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*()$%_@#_@&

“After failing to get enough votes for passage of a last-minute, $1-billion tax package, Gov. Jerry Brown Friday night accused some legislators of bowing to special interests at the expense of California taxpayers. “Brown had proposed ending a provision that … Continue reading

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Jerry Brown on the job

09/10/2011 update: In a statement, Brown said: “It’s unbelievable that so many politicians in Sacramento would choose to help cigarette makers and other out-of-state companies at the expense of California jobs.”. I think you mean “MORONS in Sacramento,” Jerry. Nice … Continue reading

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Okay, sucker, now I’m mad

“There are more and more wrinkles in the troubling saga of the former Goldman Sachs VP hired by Issa to protect Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street firms from accountability on the Hill. It now looks as though he was … Continue reading

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Jerry Brown vs. Corporate Taxzilla

Whoo-hoo! Jerry Brown is about to rock the state! In a good way. “Gov. Jerry Brown has a new tax proposal to sell the Legislature: raise levies on some large out-of-state corporations in exchange for new sales-tax exemptions for companies … Continue reading

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Redistricting – All the Rage

“Republican political consultant Dave Gilliard said Monday that he is working on a petition drive to overturn the state Senate lines — he wouldn’t say who’s hired his firm — and is looking into a referendum on the congressional district … Continue reading

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“Did I vote on your marriage?”

The most hilariously effective signs supporting gay marriage. And don’t forget the booming business divorce lawyers will be/are already doing, too.

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An overdue just law and recall insurance

“With the stroke of a pen, Governor Brown can start fixing California’s broken ballot-measure system this week. “A bill that would ban paying per-signature ‘bounty’ payments to petition signature-gatherers – Sen. Ellen Corbett’s SB 168, which my organization is sponsoring … Continue reading

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Tax Justice in Hawaiian shirts

The Amazon vs. California Taxes, Round 2.648: How dare Amazon use our messed up referendum for their own selfish gain. Well, okay, that’s all our referendum system is used for, but how dare Amazon use it for that. Geeze, that’s…that’s … Continue reading

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Oh, so that’s where all the wealth went

“Corporations saw their income rise by 400% from 2001 to 2008. The average growth in wages and income for everyone else in the state was about 25%. That’s unequal and unjust. “The corporations have our money, and it’s time we … Continue reading

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We should do this, too

“‘As a member of the EU and as a high-income country, despite current difficulties, Greece’s growth cannot be based on being a manufacturing hub for simple products produced with low wages. A high-quality tourism sector will remain central in Greece’s … Continue reading

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The internet is being filtered for you

Beware of Online Filter Bubbles, by Eli Parsier, TED, Long Beach 2011 It’s the ME! web now. Sigh. Algorithms have no editorial ethics or civic responsibility. Well, neither do Rupert Murdoch or Sun Myung Moon so we are well and … Continue reading

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As if it isn’t embrassing enough being a California girl

Skirmish breaks out on Assembly floor during budget debate, by Shane Goldmacher, LA Times, June 15, 2011 Sigh. It wasn’t even about the budget. It was about… um, something else.

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And I thought redistricting was dullsville

“In its Santa Ana meeting, the Redistricting Commission was asked by many people to keep Garden Grove with Westminster and separate both from Santa Ana, in part to allow the Vietnamese community to develop its future political influence. To its … Continue reading

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Ding Dong Bin Laden’s Dead

But I’m with Paul Krugman on it: Good, and good riddance. But it’s hard to see how it changes anything important. One man’s death doesn’t cure a sick world or the post-Bush dictatorship United States, which is still pretty sick. … Continue reading

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Liberals and Conservative have different brains

“Opposing political views may be linked to differences in brain structures, a new study suggests. “Researchers at University College London found that liberals tend to have a larger anterior cingulate cortex, while conservatives have a larger amygdala. “Based on what’s … Continue reading

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People of California

This is how Republicans spend your tax dollars: “On Monday, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a first-term Republican from San Bernardino County, stood on the north steps of the Capitol with seven other Republican Assembly members. Before being elected, Donnelly had been … Continue reading

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Our economy just doesn’t reward savers

“Letter from the CEO (of my credit union) “I’ve taken calls from members over the past several months looking to negotiate deposit rates. I can understand these calls right now; our deposit rates are at the lowest they’ve been in … Continue reading

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The Republican’s California of the Future

The near future if the CA Repubs don’t vote to extend the existing taxes for another five years. Oh well. Details.

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Tom Toles as R.D. Laing

“But people only want small cars when gas is expensive! And it wasn’t expensive before! Of course, we could have raised gasoline taxes and reduced the deficit. Reducing the deficit is the thing that everybody says they want more than … Continue reading

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Abolish the death penalty in CA and save $$$!

“In California, for example, a 2008 report showed that the $137 million annual cost of maintaining the criminal justice system would drop to just $11.5 million annually if the death sentence were abolished.” Illinois House Votes to End Death Penalty: … Continue reading

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Governor Brown Redux

Wow, everyone looks so happy. Except Governor Brown. “Brown took the oath of office at Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento on Monday, a few blocks from the Capitol. He will celebrate with an afternoon party at the California State Railroad Museum. … Continue reading

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Crash Taxes! Coming to your city soon!

“‘Sacramento, with nearly half a million residents, soon could be the largest city in California to do so. The City Council has scheduled a vote next month to establish what it’s calling a ‘fire cost recovery charge.’ The fee would … Continue reading

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Mr. Skelton regrets

“One thing should now be evident as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger packs up his office: It was a mistake to recall Gray Davis. “Davis didn’t deserve it. He had just been reelected the year before. He would have been out of … Continue reading

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Prop 13 on commercial property: destroyer of California

Well, one of the destroyers of California, but, no, I’m not kidding. “The failure to tax commercial property properly is anticompetitive. Companies which compete against each other have wildly different property taxes, not because of their location or value, but … Continue reading

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Only the very very rich matter in America now

Sigh. Why do the comics have to tell us this (again)? On the other hand, once we all know this is true, we can get on with breaking the U.S. into smaller and better countries. I really think that’s the … Continue reading

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2010 Census: dreams and realities edition

“The overall US population is 308,745,538. California’s population is 37,253,956, still the most populous state by far – Texas is in second place at 25,145,561. “California needs to keep pace and hold off Texas in the coming years – single-payer … Continue reading

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