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  • Not sure what you mean by saying it’s a racial issue for me . I’ve argued that immigrants do indeed reduce opportunities for people already here. While I mean all people – including Hispanics who are already legal residents – it’s probably going to hurt the black community most of all. Yet, I can’t recall hearing [...]

  • When I worked as a waiter in well-to-do Florham Park, NJ, they used to “import” black kids from Newark, NJ to work the place. They’d even send a van to pick them up, and bring them back. Richer white kids tend not to work (well, I suppose summer jobs are an exception). From what an [...]

  • Sorry, I should have been more specific. Can you give a reference for the part:

    They will be forced to give them licenses now.

    My (vague) understanding is that Obama’s eo will give a stay of deportation. However, he’s not granting citizenship, so they will remain in a quasi-illegal status.

  • The voters of Oregon just voted to deny illegal immigrants licenses. They will be forced to give them licenses now.

    I haven’t followed this issue. Can you give a reference, showing this to be true?

  • metamars commented on the diary post Is Lloyd Chapman One Of The Strongest Voices For Small Businesses? by Lloyd Chapman.

    2014-11-20 17:10:47View | Delete

    I was at a tech meetup (via meetup.com) last night, which brings together tecchies and entrepreneurs. There’s a very vibrant, optimistic energy that one finds at such meetings, that presumably more idealistic activists often seem to be missing. (Partly understandable because of their poor performance vis-a-vis the plutocracy; one has to admire their persistence, even if [...]

  • metamars commented on the diary post Is Lloyd Chapman One Of The Strongest Voices For Small Businesses? by Lloyd Chapman.

    2014-11-20 16:50:42View | Delete

    Well, that’s somewhat encouraging. However, from what you’ve written, he is still working within a paradigm that assumes a reasonable degree of integrity, or susceptibility to ostensibly useful, ‘mainstream’ tools – lobbying, FOIA requests, etc. These sorts of activity are still within the realm of the informational, and rely on good will/integrity of Congress critters. [...]

  • metamars commented on the diary post Is Lloyd Chapman One Of The Strongest Voices For Small Businesses? by Lloyd Chapman.

    2014-11-20 14:01:48View | Delete

    Oops. I meant:

    Dreaming of a capitalism-free world does not strike me as terribly useful.

  • metamars commented on the diary post Is Lloyd Chapman One Of The Strongest Voices For Small Businesses? by Lloyd Chapman.

    2014-11-20 13:58:23View | Delete

    In case anybody is confused by how I could be pro-entrepreneur and pro-business, but anti-plutocracy: Verys imply, I don’t think that money should buy anybody any influence with government officials. Political issues should be settled by the collective will. Hard core lefties (of whom some frequent FDL) view capitalism as a fundamental evil. However, I [...]

  • metamars commented on the diary post Is Lloyd Chapman One Of The Strongest Voices For Small Businesses? by Lloyd Chapman.

    2014-11-20 13:35:45View | Delete

    Sorry, I guess I should have explained myself better. In no way am I disputing that your claims either about earmarked small business contracts being hijacked by fascade outfits; nor am I in doubt about you claim to be a lonely “voice in the wilderness”, compared to other small business advocacy groups, in exposing this. [...]

  • metamars commented on the diary post Is Lloyd Chapman One Of The Strongest Voices For Small Businesses? by Lloyd Chapman.

    2014-11-20 05:20:06View | Delete

    I’d love to tell you to contact X organization for advice and ready-to-collaborate allies.

    One can infer the likelihood that I’m not exaggerating about the degree of incompetence of activists from the 1st blackagendareport.com in their “Organizing 10X” series, Organizing 101: Don’t Do Another Ferguson March or Rally Without Getting The Digits

    In a social media exchange, [...]

  • metamars commented on the diary post Is Lloyd Chapman One Of The Strongest Voices For Small Businesses? by Lloyd Chapman.

    2014-11-20 04:35:48View | Delete

    Wow, you’ve made a firm (if somewhat depressing) case for Obama’s uber hypocrisy. But now, the eternal, and necessary question: what to do about it. I returned to this diary because I just read something relevant to my point about small business people getting screwed by Obamacare. Admittedly, it’s of a anecdotal nature, not a [...]

  • metamars commented on the diary post Can the US political system deal with climate change? by joe shikspack.

    2014-11-18 18:33:38View | Delete

    As 350.org’s Bill McKibben puts it:

    We’re talking about a fight between human beings and physics. And physics is entirely uninterested in human timetables.

    That’s pretty rich – McKibben opining on physics. Here’s Princeton physics prof Happer opining on CO2 physics, in a physics colloquium at Berkely University . (Berkely has had 11 physics Nobel laureates on staff, at [...]

  • metamars commented on the diary post Is Lloyd Chapman One Of The Strongest Voices For Small Businesses? by Lloyd Chapman.

    2014-11-18 07:08:59View | Delete

    It’s time small business people wake up and smell the coffee.

    Yeah, I basically agree, though I look at them as a potentially fantastic asset for reform that nobody seems to much have the appetite and/or brains to organize. I don’t view them as an essential starting block, but they may well turn out to be [...]

  • metamars commented on the diary post Is Lloyd Chapman One Of The Strongest Voices For Small Businesses? by Lloyd Chapman.

    2014-11-18 01:01:29View | Delete

    Obama is a known liar , following in the footsteps of GW Bush, in this regard . I’m in the Michael Parenti school of thought that what often is explained away as incompetence was, in fact, quite intentional. Thus, some “scandals” are essentially deliberate lies. (See also Indispensable Enemies .) Well, the plot thickens, perhaps, as I’ve met a few people [...]

  • metamars commented on the diary post Over Easy by Ruth Calvo.

    2014-11-14 12:47:31View | Delete

    You’re welcome. AFAIK, the EPA has been regulating a lot of US coal fired plants out of existence throughout Obama’s presidency (I don’t know the quantitative side of this, though.) However, I haven’t heard anything about the EPA regulating coal mining out of existence, in the US. Thus, it may well be the case that China’s construction [...]

  • metamars commented on the diary post Over Easy by Ruth Calvo.

    2014-11-13 20:14:32View | Delete

    Marc Morano is claiming that China’s CO2 emissions were expected to peak by 2030 , anyway. If this is so, their side of the agreement is basically PR, perhaps extracting a concession or two from Obama for making him look good (to people who don’t know any better….) I didn’t hear any references from Morano (who can [...]

  • metamars commented on the diary post Over Easy by Ruth Calvo.

    2014-11-13 08:59:20View | Delete

    What a goofball. According to some CO2 catastrophists, we’ve already passed the point of no return. According to others, a “tipping point” may tip, well, any day now. So the Chinese say that they’ll limit emissions via peaking around 2030, means that their gargantuan rate of change for CO2 emissions could continue for most the next [...]

  • metamars commented on the diary post The Progressive Presidential Primary by Cenk Uygur.

    2014-11-06 07:05:20View | Delete

    Well, I only see an editor and tech email address on the contact page, and there’s no inmail (unless I missed something). I’ll try those.

  • metamars commented on the diary post The Progressive Presidential Primary by Cenk Uygur.

    2014-11-06 01:58:41View | Delete

    According to Happer, the scientists (or physicists; I can’t recall which he said, specifically) he speaks to about climate change has been rising, from about 20% to 30% – an they’re being vocal. This difference is that “nature has run the experiment”, and more scientists have now looked at the data.

    I meant: the scientists he’s spoken [...]

  • metamars commented on the diary post The Progressive Presidential Primary by Cenk Uygur.

    2014-11-06 01:57:01View | Delete

    P-f-f-f-t. To deny what you call the “truth” of the IPCC report for policymakers is to NOT deny this IPCC plenary meeting analysis , and to NOT deny the LaFraboise’s expose of the extraordinary depth of lying involved with the presentation of the IPCC process to the public. Even a lot of the work of actual scientists (whom one would hope would always [...]

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