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Useful Tip

Here’s something I’ve learned the hard way: When you have a lot of snow mixed with rain, leave your driver’s side door unlocked. You might not be able to unlock it later.

Union for the Unemployed

This is a really good idea and I hope people sign on: (h/t Matt & John)

It’s been only a month that a union for the unemployed has come into existence through an ingenious grassroots organizing campaign. In case you haven’t heard about it, the union’s name is “UR Union of the Unemployed” or its nickname, “UCubed,” because of its unique method of organizing.

UCubed is the brain-child of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), whose leaders feel that the millions of unemployed workers need a union of their own to join in the struggle for massive jobs programs.

The idea is that if millions of jobless join together and act as an organization, they are more likely to get Congress and the White House to provide the jobs that are urgently needed. They can also apply pressure for health insurance coverage, unemployment insurance and COBRA benefits and food stamps. An unemployed worker is virtually helpless if he or she has to act alone.

Joining a Cube is as simple as it is important. (Please check the union web site.). Six people who live in the same zip code address can form a Ucube. Nine such UCubes make a neighborhood. Three neighborhood UCubes form a power block that cntains 162 activists. Politicians cannot easily ignore a multitude of power blocks, nor can merchants avoid them.


I’m absolutely thrilled that the good people of Vermont who organized the opposition to this plant were so successful, since the plant was leaking radioactive tritium into the water.

However, Vermont still has to figure out how it’s going to replace that energy:

The Vermont Senate blocked efforts by Entergy Corp. to win a 20-year license renewal for its Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, an action that could encourage opponents of nuclear energy in other states.

The Senate vote, which was 26 to four, marks the first time a license renewal has been thwarted, and it sets the stage for the plant’s closure by 2012, when the license expires.

The vote was striking because the state relies on the plant for a third of its electricity. In the past, license renewals have been routine, allowing energy companies to squeeze more life out of aging plants. To date, the NRC has renewed 59 reactor licenses, and 19 are pending.

The vote, which reflected fears about safety after leaks of radioactive tritium were discovered at the plant last year, is a blow to Entergy, which had planned to spin off six reactors, including Vermont Yankee, into the nation’s first stand-alone nuclear power company, to be called Enexus Energy Corp.

The Great Depression

I have a handful of friends who are just completely overwhelmed by the economic crash and as a result, are suffering severe anxiety and depression. (Oddly enough, thanks to those of you who pointed me toward the Vitamin D, I’m feeling much better these days.)

I just want to encourage people to cluster. Find some people who are going through the same thing (as impossible as that might seem right now). Volunteer if you can – lots of soup kitchens and food pantries these days. And if you’re still employed, make sure you stay in touch with friends who aren’t. The social isolation is the hardest thing of all.

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