28 Jun 2011

Is Cantor ‘Insider Trading’ on US Treasury Bonds?

Suppose you wanted to make a killing in the bond market? The quick-and-dirty way to make a killing would be to go short on US Treasury bonds, then affect the budget negotiations on the debt ceiling in a way that affects the prices of Treasury bonds in favor of your

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28 May 2011

Five Senators, three communication eras: Desktop, Internet, Mobile

Emptywheel has some intriguing analysis of Senatorial hidden threats, smiling public faces, and back room parliamentary deals regarding our dearly beloved Patriot Act. The five senators involved in this were born between 1933 and 1956. Between those two dates, America had prevailed in WWII, the semiconductor industry had begun to

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25 May 2011

The $62,905,312 Smear of Elizabeth Warren

Where did I get that $62,905,312 figure?  From an article by Elliot Spitzer, surmising why the bankers — and their attack dogs in Congress — are so determined to smear Elizabeth Warren: Spitzer: Why are Republicans giving Elizabeth Warren such a hard time? According to Spitzer: “…financial, insurance and real

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01 Feb 2011

Populations of 15 US States = Cairo’s Population

…the population of the metropolitan region of Cairo would scatter across fifteen US states…

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29 Jun 2010

Start Your Popcorn Popping! FCIC Wed Hearings on Derivatives!

On Wed, 30 June, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission will hold day long hearings on the topic of derivatives.
Session 1 will provide an overview of derivatives, and Michael Greenberger is scheduled to testify.
Session 2 will focus on AIG’s Derivatives, with Joesph Cassano scheduled to provide testimony.
Session 3 will focus on Goldman Sachs’ derivative products.

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06 May 2010

A Net Neutrality Primer: Will the FCC Protect An Open Network?

Net Neutrality affects you every time you log on to the Internet, pay your phone bill, or click a link. The FCC will play a key role in determining whether the Internet belongs to the public, or whether a few monolithic telecoms will control it.

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19 Feb 2010

Shoe-ness, Car-ness, and Diamond-ness are commodities; Sick-ness is not. Market Failure for ‘Sick-ness’ requires a Public Option.

Markets are the simplistic solution offered to solve most American problems, but they are not effective in distributing health care. Just because you can buy diamonds does not mean that you can purchase ‘a gallon of health’ at the store, which tells you quite simply that for-profit health insurance companies are not the most efficient means to deliver health care.

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19 Feb 2010

Shoe-ness, Car-ness, and Diamond-ness are commodities; Sick-ness is not. Market Failure for ‘Sick-ness’ requires a Public Option.

Markets are the simplistic solution offered to solve most American problems, but they are not effective in distributing health care. Just because you can buy diamonds does not mean that you can purchase ‘a gallon of health’ at the store, which tells you quite simply that for-profit health insurance companies are not the most efficient means to deliver health care.

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28 Nov 2009

Senate Filibuster Rules: Letting 0.58% of the US population control Senate health care votes

Did you realize that Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska represents only 0.58% of all US citizens?
Did you realize that Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas represents only .93% of tall US citizens?
Would you call it Tyranny of the Itsy-Bitsy-Teenie-Weenie-Minority if you realized that health care reform is being held up by people representing about 4% of all US citizens?

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21 Oct 2009

Slide Your Mouse to Calculate Your Carbon Use: Easy, Quick, Simple

In less than one minute, you can slide your mouse to get a sense of how your lifestyle and your choices affect the global environment — check out the Guardian’s new Interactive Carbon Calculator.

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