6 in 10 Back Obama’s Handling of Economy

According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, the “number of Americans who believe that the nation is headed in the right direction has roughly tripled since Barack Obama’s election, and the public overwhelmingly blames the excesses of the financial industry, rather than the new president, for turmoil in the … Continue reading

Spring Donation Drive Reminder

Just a reminder to readers… In the midst of the economic mess America is in, I find myself reaching out to readers to ask something I rarely ask for here: Donations to keep us afloat. Ad revenue has dropped considerably due to the economy and our web hosting yearly bill is due … Continue reading

Health Insurers Blacklist Those with Certain Ailments

Via a tip sent to me by email… Just another reason why we need universal healthcare: Insurers shun those taking certain meds. Trying to buy health insurance on your own and have gallstones? You’ll automatically be denied coverage. Rheumatoid arthritis? Automatic denial. Severe acne? Probably denied. Do you take metformin, … Continue reading

Torture Produced False Leads

The WaPo has a 4 page expose today on the fact that the waterboarding and “rough interrogation of Abu Zubaida produced false leads.” It’s really quite a read: When CIA officials subjected their first high-value captive, Abu Zubaida, to waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods, they were convinced that they had … Continue reading

Ending Booms and Busts

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner made the Sunday talk show rounds this morning discussing the economic “mess”, the AIG bonus debacle and “his plan to involve private investors in the government’s effort to help banks clean up their “toxic assets.”’ Geithner had been under fire of late and had become the … Continue reading

New York Lawmakers Reach Deal on ‘Millionaires’ Tax’

Via the NY Times: Gov. David A. Paterson and leaders of the Legislature have reached a deal to temporarily raise taxes on New York’s highest earners in order to close the state’s yawning budget deficit, lawmakers and officials involved in the talks said on Saturday. The new plan, which would … Continue reading

Go Dark for Earth Hour

Around the world today, cities and towns are participating in Earth Hour:  “8:30PM local time, wherever you live on planet earth, turn off your lights for Earth Hour.” From an Antarctic research base to the Great Pyramids of Egypt and beyond, the world switched off the lights on Saturday for … Continue reading