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July 24, 2009





- The Detroit Free Press reports that Michigan Democrats are considering using the ballot measure process to push economic populism next year. The ideas: Hiking the minimum wage to $10 an hour for all workers; imposing a blanket moratorium on home foreclosures for 12 months; cutting utility bills by 20% across the board; requiring all employers to provide health care to employees and their dependents; • Hiking by $100 a week -- and extending for six months -- unemployment benefits, while expanding eligibility. The Republicans control the Michigan Senate, which is why it's tempting for Democrats to turn to the ballot to achieve their policy goals. But, electoral politics probably also is playing a role here. Democrats want to make sure their labor loyalists show up to vote next year, when control of the governorship and legislature is at stake.


Tree Hugger - Back in May the initial applications for a 540 MW wind farm in the Shetland Islands were submitted. Now the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has issued a formal objection to the plans on the grounds that local bird populations could be . . . The BBC reports that about 3,500 people have signed a petition objecting to the proposed wind farm.


USA Today
- Whatever the impact on policy, there has been a transformation in views of the American president abroad. Confidence that Obama will "do the right thing in world affairs" was double that for Bush in China, triple in Japan and Mexico, quadruple in Jordan and Egypt. The contrast was even wider across Western Europe and in Turkey and Argentina. In France, 13% viewed Bush positively last year; now 91% express confidence in Obama. Bush fared better than Obama in just one country surveyed. In Israel, 57% expressed confidence in Bush in 2007; 56 express confidence in Obama now. . . Attitudes toward the United States continued to be dismal in some predominantly Muslim countries. Just 14% of those surveyed in Turkey and 16% in Pakistan had a favorable opinion of the U.S.


Copenhagen Post
- In the US alone homosexual travelers spend an estimated $64 billion annually, and a recent study found that each dollar invested in homosexual tourism marketing generates $153 in revenue.


Kaiser Family Foundation -Nearly a quarter of the nation's 45 million non-elderly uninsured are middle class. Most middle class Americans with insurance get it through their employers, a source of coverage that has been put in jeopardy by the economic recession. One in six middle class working-age adults report they or someone in their family has recently lost their job, and one in 10 lost health insurance. One third of middle-class working-age adults say that they or a family member have postponed needed health care or skipped dental check-ups in the past year because of cost.



- For centuries, scientists have puzzled over why the toucan's bill is so remarkably large - but now one team thinks it might have an answer. Writing in the journal Science, the researchers say that the toucan uses its enormous beak to stay cool. They used infrared cameras to show the bird dumping heat from its body into its bill, helping it to regulate its body temperature. The toucan has the largest bill of any bird, relative to body size. It makes up about one-third of its total body length.


Governing -
Does a heart tattoo with "Mom" written inside portray a professional image? The Dallas Police Department doesn't think so. The personnel department is now drawing up an official policy on tattoos, according to a story in the Dallas Morning News. More and more officers have been sporting the body . . . The Dallas policy will require a cover-up, even if that means makeup or a skin-colored patch. Houston and Los Angeles are other cities that require that tattoos be hidden, despite the ever growing popularity of them in society at large.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michigan Democrats want to hasten their state's collapse. That's nice.

July 25, 2009 8:03 AM  
Anonymous You're fired from the human race. said...

You're all heart asshole. Hope to see you begging for change someday stupid.Incidentally your inability to project yourself into another's situation is not a good indicator of intelligence or imagination and doesn't bode well for your future employment prospects.

July 26, 2009 6:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How exactly will any of those measures hasten the state of Michigan into collapse? Your idea doesn't make any sense.

July 26, 2009 7:42 PM  

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