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  • It is a pretty grim picture…big money is consolidating power at the direct expense of the vast majority and crippling the ability of the democratic process to respond.

    It seems clear at this point that the crash greatly increased the power of the financial elites, with everyone else cowed by the risk of job losses.

    I just put together a mash-up of the Lorax’s “How bad can I be?” with Romney quotes peppered in. It’s obviously a cartoon, but dramatizes the situation pretty well. I’m not so sanguine about an easy happy ending in the real life version.

    Here’s the link:

  • It’s not like the word and the point were already in currency before that discussion. The discussion you link to was for a book called “Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008″.

  • Sparkatus commented on the blog post EPA to Release Fracking Rule Today

    2012-04-17 08:05:25View | Delete

    The Air Division at EPA is generally a very effective group, staffed by really hyper-competent folks. They’ve had some setbacks but over time they’ve built up a lot of organizational competence. Water and other groups dealing with Toxics have some successes but generally haven’t been as successful, both because of difficulty of issues, staffing etc. I think it’s clear that they haven’t built up the same esprit.

    Sub-surface water is a pretty tangled issue. Measurement of air quality impacts is also, generally, easier to do, even from off site.

  • I think non-disparagement is actually quite common in settlement agreements, particularly so with severance packages which might be considered a subset of settlements.

    Confidentiality agreements would be different, but confidentiality here would be one element within the settlement agreement rather than being the primary purpose.

  • Sparkatus commented on the blog post The #OccupyWallStreet Eviction That Didn’t Happen

    2011-10-14 11:12:25View | Delete

    Neat. I just tweeted ( @iamsparkatus ) a couple of #OWS photos I took earlier today down at Liberty/Zuccoti Park

  • Sparkatus commented on the blog post The #OccupyWallStreet Eviction That Didn’t Happen

    2011-10-14 09:04:42View | Delete

    It’s been ages since posting at the lake. I dropped by the park today to lend a little support and bear witness in case of trouble. It looked quite calm…and clean actually.

    Kevin, or anyone else, is any place better than another for posting photos?

  • Sparkatus commented on the diary post Obama Hits An Easy One, Rachel Maddow Cheers by Scarecrow.

    2011-04-14 08:33:13View | Delete

    It’s been ages since I posted here (paying close attention to policy in these dark times was negatively affecting my mood), but I had to delurk to express my agreement with this analysis of the situation. Thanks Scarecrow. Indeed this is candidate Obama again. It’s nice to hear some of the positives and the moderately [...]

  • I’d like to hear your plan. Non-fossil energy is my bailiwick.

    VC is poorly suited for many energy opportunities. High capital cost and lack of breakout profit potential don’t fit their model. Works nicely for software and other businesses that don’t have significant marginal costs to produce, but many have lost lots of money thinking their model works everywhere (eg Vinod Khosla…)

    There are other channels though.

    My gmail addy is speakatus.sparkatus if you want to discuss more privately.