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So Shane Victorino, the Phillie who was deliberately hit with a pitch, is the only one suspended by MLB. Say what?

Know your rights

Hard to believe this was written 30 years ago, since it’s still so freaking timely. The Clash:

Jobs, not cuts

Find a rally near you tomorrow.

Events in your area: click on an event name to sign up

Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011, 12:00 PM Jobs? What Jobs? No J-O-B-S!!!! – 4 miles away
Toomey’s Place in the City of Brotherly Love
143 registered participant(s) (500 maximum)
1628 John F. Kennedy Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Directions: If you are anywhere near a computer try google maps with the address.
We believe in you to get there.:}
We will be waiting for you in the heart of Philadelphia.
Hosted by MoveOn Philly Core Council: Dennis, Hal, Iwanka, Lee, Lynda, Rose & Sue
Description Got a job? Need a job? Unemployed? Out of work? Betcha don’t need unemployment insurance either? They got that one in the deal without you even asking questions. Say what—You didn’t even know, huh?
Did you show up, call or email just how much you cared?
Join the NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION across my country tis of thee in our nation’s first capital where we make history an everyday practice.
Since Toomey won’t help you to live the American Dream ’cause he made sure your future was bought and sold while we the yearning masses were hungry, tired, poor, out of work, struggling and most of all yearning to breathe free, we gotta stand together outside of Toomey’s office and let him know WE THE PEOPLE would like a word with him.
Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011, 4:00 PM Where are the JOBS!! – 10 miles away
Runyan’s Office, Mt. Laurel
31 registered participant(s) (800 maximum)
4167 Church Road
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Directions: 4167 Church Road
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Phone:
(856) 780-6436
Hosted by Joanne Plescia
Description August 10th is a day of action!
WHERE ARE THE JOBS???
Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011, 12:00 PM Hey, Pat! Where are the jobs? – 10 miles away
Rep. Pat Meehan’s office
60 registered participant(s) (300 maximum)
940 Sproul Road
Springfield, PA 19064
Hosted by Tim Brown, Dana Morrison-Simone
Description Congressman Pat Meehan has a very comfortable job – he makes $174,000/year, plus “Cadillac” health benefits for himself and his family – all paid for by our tax dollars – but he hasn’t created one job for the thousands of unemployed in the 7th District. So, on Wednesday, August 10th we are going to deliver a giant Pink Slip to let him know that in 2012, it will be Pat’s turn on the unemployment line! Join us.
Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011, 12:00 PM Jobs Not Cuts Event – 16 miles away
Parking Lot One Summit Square
18 registered participant(s) (75 maximum)
1717 Langhorn Newtown Rd.
Lamghorne, PA 19047
Directions: Take the Newtown By-pass to the entrance to the Summit shopping center where the new Giant is located. The parking lot for the Summit Office Building is at the other end. Meet us there! We are looking forward to seeing you there!
Hosted by Joan King
Description Come and Join us in our local participation in the National Rally for “Jobs Not Cuts” Where Are The Jobs Day!!!
Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011, 12:00 PM Rep. Smith, Where Are the Jobs? – 26 miles away
Rep. Chris Smith’s Hamilton District Office
6 registered participant(s) (60 maximum)
1540 Kuser Road
Hamilton, NJ 08619
Hosted by Susan Gaissert
Description As part of a nationwide day of action to ask the question, “Where are the jobs?,” we will gather on the sidewalk in front of Rep. Chris Smith’s office, to let him know that we hold him accountable for his lack of one — to the jobs crisis. We will carry signs with the message “Jobs, Not Cuts” and “Where Are the Jobs?”.

Philly

Severe thunderstorm coming through the area with numerous lightning strikes. Take cover!

UPDATE: Uh oh, tornado spotted out in Wilmington DE in the system headed this way.

Darwinian

Of course, if the gun hadn’t been pink, this never would have happened!

October2011.org

Fans of the Clash must feel nostalgic watching events in London and other English cities, where economic austerity (starve the poor) as well as rioting are back in style. Not everyone was surprised by these retro trends.

There are no libertarians in airplanes

I always got into similar arguments with a libertarian relative — who also considered himself a good Catholic. From Ed at Gin and Tacos:

I am thrilled that the government regulates the living shit out of every aspect of my present endeavor, from mandating certified training for the mechanics to capping the number of hours pilots can fly in a day to putting the aircraft through regular safety inspections to regulating the process of air traffic control to resisting calls to privatize airport security. None of this is “free market.” It is the result of government meddling.

The good libertarian relies on the free market to solve problems on its own. Take a couple of hamburger chains, for instance. The one that makes bad food will go out of business. Customers won’t eat there! Thus the market, left alone, will punish those who fail to provide what people want. How cute. Let’s leave the airline industry alone – bust the unions, abandon all regulation, let the market set whatever wage it will, let the pilots be on for 36 hours at a crack – and let the same process go to work. Markets will force airlines to keep their planes safe, otherwise no one will pay to fly with them!

In order for the market to punish the backsliders, consumers must be made aware that Airline X is unsafe. Since we don’t have regulations and inspections, how will we know? Well, look up. We will know which airlines shirk on maintenance and safety when we see their planes plunging out of the sky. Here’s where my Mises Institute friends come in.

As market acolytes, I believe that they should volunteer to be on the plane(s) that serve the purpose of communicating this essential information to all of us. In the airline industry, the market’s way of telling us who is inferior involves a lot of people dying. The system works really well – let airlines be, see who fails, and punish them with one’s wallet – for everyone except the people on the plane.
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Speaking of sociology…

A great post at Pandagon.

Responding to a brilliant article by Camila Batmanghelidjh in The Independent, she says:

Whenever something like this happens, there’s a widespread tendency to shy away from trying to understand why, for fear that doing so will somehow come across as excusing those who commit violence, especially against their own communities. But refusing to understand the situation leaves us in an even uglier space. After all, the violence in concentrated in some communities and not others; the link between who riots and poverty is undeniable. (Not that some people don’t try, as one woman on Twitter complained to me that she’s totally seen expensive sneakers on the feet of a rioter, which apparently renders the entire problem of poverty in Britain moot. This, despite the fact that a pair of sneakers is not a job, it is not an education, and what it costs probably couldn’t even pay for a week’s worth of meals.)

Definitely go read. Both.

Bernstein on the stock market.

You know, I got thinking this morning. I spent GW’s administration studying constitutional law. It looks like I’ll be studying macroeconomics for the next couple of years, with a dash of what – sociology? – thrown in, watching London.

Who says there’s no silver lining?

Anyway. “What’s going on and what to do about it if you’re Barack or
Ben”

But what was the biggest, most time and media and attention-consuming economic debate in this country in recent months? Was it which are the best jobs measures to get America back to work? Was it how many more rounds of easing should the Fed undertake?

No. It was whether to raise the debt ceiling or default.

Enough already.

Yes, there are many policy makers who either don’t understand these dynamics or are purely politically motivated. Some are cynically and solely driven to make the President look bad, with no regard for collateral damage. Others are acting on the belief that smaller government, and thus cuts and further austerity will allow growth to flourish, despite daily evidence that this is backwards.

If you are Ben or Barack, IMHO, you need to ignore them from here on in.

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