As I noted earlier, my guests on Virtually Speaking Susie tonight are FDL’s David Dayen and Raw Story’s Mike Rogers. Tune in at 9pm EST and click here to listen.
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Looks like the media spotlight is shaming Corbett into action:
Pennsylvania officials fined Chesapeake Energy more than $1 million on Tuesday, the state’s largest fine ever to an oil and gas company. In a statement, the Department of Environmental Protection said Chesapeake’s drilling operations had contaminated water supplies for 16 families in Bradford County.
The announcement came just days after the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the administration of Gov. Tom Corbett, who took office in January, has issued far fewerenvironmental fines than its predecessor.
So, apparently EU finance ministers are encouraging Greece to speed up privatization. Which is to say, let themselves be looted faster, and transfer public goods into private hands at firesale prices. Meanwhile, the Greeks themselves continue to riot in all the wrong places. Folks, if you’re going to riot, go riot where the politicians and bankers are. March on their mansions, and have your fights with the cops there. As long as it’s you fighting the cops someplace else, they don’t care. Your master class, who refuse to pay their taxes or to tax each other, will not get serious about anything else other than paying themselves and their foreign friends by looting your country until something more important than money is on the line.
In governmental terms, yes, Greece should restructure. Roll it all over into 100 year bonds at 1%, and refloat your own currency. If investors don’t like that, tell them they can have that or nothing. Slap on capital controls and let everyone know that you will hunt to the ends of the earth any of your rich who try and take capital out of the country. Start actually taxing the rich. If they can’t take it, they can leave, without their capital.
I was out running errands all day and I forgot to go vote. Back soon!
Today I finally moved my bank account to a small local bank. The woman who opened my account said their policy is not to let people draw on a new account until after nine business days, “but if you need a little something before then, just come in and talk to me.”
That’s the kind of bank I like!
She wanted to know why I was leaving my other bank. “Because they’re thieves,” I said pleasantly. “Because they were part of the mortgage fraud and I don’t want them to have my money.”
In honor of Bob Dylan’s 70th birthday, I’m doing
all mostly Dylan songs the rest of this week. The problem is, most of the YouTube versions are bad covers. So nominate your favorite Dylan song in the comments — but you have to come up with the video. (Well-known, quality covers are fine.)
There are very few Bob Dylan videos on YouTube and God only knows how long this one will stay up, so enjoy!
These are kind of cool. A woman flying in an airplane passing near the space shuttle launch took these photos with her iPhone.