Sunday, June 10, 2012

Things to Know - 11 June

Matt Wuerker

1.  While all the buzz about the decline of union power, Spain getting a Euro bailout, Syria's aggression, and other news regarding Polish soccer riots, the Republican House just keeps right rolling along gutting regulations here and there.  Nobody pays attention, and they do it because nobody cares it seems:

2.  As a recent purchaser of an iPad, and owner to other Apple products, it is difficult, but necessary to read and accept much of what is written here.  You might find it the same:

3.  The struggle for public sector unions to justify their existence to a citizenry unaware of why unions were created is difficult, but necessary, if they are to survive:

4.  Colin Powell has his new book out.  The writer of this article takes exception to Powell's lack of honesty on what really happened on his watch and discredits his account of others being culpable in his presentation of what he was told was fact.  There probably is some validity to the criticism of Powell - how much, is hard to say:

5.  Adopting energy savings programs by investing in infrastructure changes to improve efficiency does pay off as you balance the costs to what you save in replaced energy costs.  It does work, and this is a very simple overview on how it is done:

6.  E.J. Dionne makes an excellent point here.  Liberals and Democrats are not speaking up about the importance of the role of government.  The Republicans continue Reagan's "government is the problem" jingle all the the time, and the opposition says nothing.   It is time to stand up and state that it is government that makes the laws that Wall Street has to follow.  A free and unregulated Financial Industry has brought this nation to ruin several times, and every time the Democrats and government bail them out and set up the rules, the Republicans work to undo everything again.  Government creates the jobs and programs when the private sector is too lame and chicken to do it itself.  Government puts in places the programs that protect the least able to survive, eat, and get medical attention.  Yes....all of this and more.  There is nothing to apologize for.   It is time that the efforts of "we the people" are recognized:

7.  Bill Keller points out the problems that Facebook is having.  The article also articulates what I think is so true - it is becoming old establishment and younger users are going elsewhere.   The big reason why Facebook is doomed to failure is that it depends heavily on the mining of our personal data so that it can target market to advertising and other nefarious schemes.  When we have the feeling that Facebook is not really a social network but a tool that commoditizes our being as a tool of capitalism, then Zuckerberg and his enterprise will go south in no time flat:

8.  Paul Krugman on the bailout of the Spanish Banks - not the jobless and the rest of the people in Spain - just the Banks.  Same old story, and same old reasoning.  It will take a catastrophe to change the just wait a bit:

9.  Here is another heart breaker on our screwed up immigration laws,  and our basic interpretation of common sense and the American Dream:,0,5303788.story


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