• I don’t know what to think about the overall merits of this, but from the purely political perspective the Democrats should just keep saying in a united way to the Republicans: Pass A Bill. There is no need to enter into a public back-n-forth on the parts and pieces. There is no need to talk about emperors and tyrants. There is no need to debate the limits of executive power—that is all diversionary and wasteful.

    Both the Dems and Repubs have had ample time to work this out conventionally, and they didn’t. I seldom agree with the President on anything, but he is right about this. Pass a bill.

  • So what’s the point if they are capable of “losing” the digital files or tapes?

  • dude commented on the diary post Teachers & Children Last: California Trial Showcases the Corporate War on Public Education by Julie Gutman Dickinson.

    2014-02-20 16:43:00View | Delete

    The Governor of North Carolina and his Republican cohort in the state legislature have already stripped NC teachers of tenure and used the argument it represents an impediment to removing unsuccessful teachers. They also are supporting a $4500 voucher program for parents to support charter and religious private schools “in the name of kids of [...]

  • Back in the 1970′s I visited Japan and learned they used their postal department for activities which I had always associated with banking. They sold savings certificates for one thing–kind of like savings bonds. I cannot recall the full range of things, but it was an eye-opener. I have often wondered why the US did not choose to use this model, so I think Warren is on to something with a lot of potential.

  • Snowden—calling Mr. Snowden!

    Would you have something that might shed a light?

  • And how much of the defense budget goes to Defense Intelligence agencies and contractors?

    And how much more is off-book?

  • dude commented on the blog post Cut Off The Water: Movement To ‘Nullify’ NSA Starts In Utah

    2013-12-05 14:16:11View | Delete

    I guess I mean we simply choke the system since it assumes we are all terrorists anyway.

  • dude commented on the blog post Cut Off The Water: Movement To ‘Nullify’ NSA Starts In Utah

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    I have been thinking about non-violent resistance to the surveillance state. How about this:

    Organize an email and social media blast (similar to old fashioned “blast faxing”) but where everybody sends an email or text to virtually everybody in their contact list a message containing all the words the NSA and their brethren expect to see when using the terrorist-spotting agorithims. Put’m in the header. Put’m in the body. Even send them to totally incorrect and fictious email address to be bounced back.

    If everybody did this at once or on a mass basis, you’d have a denial of service.

  • This from WRAL in Raleigh —uh, Jesse Helms old media platform:


  • dude commented on the blog post The Crisis is Finally Ripe Enough for the Cowardly Boehner to Act

    2013-10-16 07:55:52View | Delete

    But wait! Don’t we have to look forward, not backward?

    I have no doubt as we approach T-giving and Christmas the Democratic Party and President Obama are going to share the love and healing with the Flea-party.

    Do not be surprised. And do not be surprised the media will burn hot with the revulsion and ire of Republicans who will simply amp things up another notch. They won’t wait an instant.

  • dude commented on the blog post Late Night: Journalism Is Declining to Lead

    2013-10-15 04:19:28View | Delete

    It seems to me the newspaper in question should watch its sales numbers carefully from the day it quits running editorials. If sales drop at a faster rate than they are already dropping, you might agree with Colbert’s “the market has spoken”.
    And you might also say that the marketplace of ideas has narrowed because incompetent or immaterial entrepreneurs haven’t figured out a way to provide the news and a voice in their own community. I am not a huge fan of “the market” to begin with, so I the idea that it is “always right” irritates me. People i this country (and much of the rest of the world) have long confused market popularity with value or success outside of the realm of dollars and cents. To those people it is only dollars and sense. That’s pathetic.

  • dude commented on the blog post What Mark Sanford’s Victory Says About Modern Politics

    2013-05-08 09:22:42View | Delete

    Apart from what it says about voters in South Carolina, the Sanford election says:

    The Devil We Know wins over the Devil We Don’t Know.

    And the Devil We Know excites South Carolina voters more than the sister of someone who makes fun of people like South Carolina voters.

  • Radar O’Reilly ? Fired?

  • dude commented on the diary post North Korea puts its armed forces on a war footing by David Seaton.

    2013-03-30 16:45:04View | Delete

    The leader of North Korea is probably better understood than we are letting on. He was educated under an alias in Europe (Bern and Lyon), and I suspect he has been observed and profiled in great detail from childhood. I am in the camp that says he China has the most to lose by letting [...]

  • dude commented on the diary post Frackademia: Controversial SUNY Buffalo Shale Institute’s Reputation Unraveling by Steve Horn.

    2012-10-13 16:38:44View | Delete

    It’s a pity that just down the road is a university guy who explains wonderfully how fracking really works. He was invited to Pennsylvania in 2011 to preview the future there. Dr. Ingraffea



  • dude commented on the blog post Whippings for Workers and Locusts for Savers

    2012-08-19 10:23:28View | Delete

    I have been reading the work of Henry George. I am continually impressed with how he (in 1879 or so) properly characterized capitalism (and he was himself a capitalist) and how modern capitalists (which is most of them, but most prominently the Romney-Ryan variety) continue to substitute propaganda for it.

    Ian Welsh often speaks of a rental economy and I never really understood what he was talking about until I read Progress & Poverty by George. I would encourage everyone to read that book. It is probably in your local library in its original form, but the edited form in modern english (by Bob Drake and available through the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation) is easier to navigate.

  • dude commented on the blog post Responding to Comments on the Future of the Postal Service

    2012-08-03 10:21:22View | Delete

    When UPS and FedEx fully fund their retirement contributions years in advance and charge the shipping rates necessary to do so, then I will believe “government should operate like a business”.

    The idea of US Postal Bank is something I find interesting and attractive on its face. I would like to know more. I know for decades Japan had such a thing and it did offer services much needed by many of citizens urban and rural.

  • dude commented on the blog post Postal Service Challenges Have Plenty of Answers

    2012-08-01 14:21:04View | Delete

    Tell me, is there any private sector corporation that funds its retirement plans 75 yrs out at 100%? Are there any human beings living on wages who do it on a 401K or self-directed IRA? My point is: if you believe in the Divinity of the Market Place and think UPS and FedEx do such a great job, can you point to a business that makes this commitment? When people want things “run like a business”–and especially when Congress-cretins say it–then I think they need to provide some models. I am certain this requirement on USPS is really backdoor way of saying “you don’t charge market rates” and if you did you could afford your retirement program. Except that I don’t think that is true–what couriers and shippers have rates that allow them to meet such a requirement?

  • dude commented on the blog post Assessing the Costs and Rewards of the Libor Rate-Rigging Scandal

    2012-07-13 14:10:59View | Delete

    Maybe a small point, but here it is. Most of the LIBOR coverage I see does not talk very much about the impact upon commercial borrowers–tends to focus on home mortgages. I used to have clients who borrowed money from Wachovia Bank (now Wells Fargo) that were LIBOR pegged in the early 2000′s. These borrowers built assisted living facilities and said they had much better loan terms via LIBOR than other loan instruments. At the time I didn’t know what LIBOR was and so I did a little investigation. I learned that the terms of loans based on those rates were considerably more favorable to clients like mine and while they had the potential of suddenly rising (as stated ‘on paper’), the banks would go on to show you they also had a multi-year history of remaining flat and predictable when US domestic rates were bouncing all over the place. That is why Wachovia was pushing them to their favorite clients I suppose. My clients checked the LIBOR rates monthly during periods of high domestic fluctuation and liked what they saw, borrowed heavily to develop and build. I learned a few years ago that they also converted their financing out of LIBORS as soon as they could (this would have been pre-2007 or 2008).

  • “Drafting error” cropping up now when the law was signed into effect in 2010?

    I don’t think so.

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