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Punk’d

What a wonderful idea for a protest. Check out the New Bottom Line Coalition, and see what’s going on near you:

As the old saying goes, “another day, another dawn.” But in this case it was another dawn, another bad day… for Bank of America. Footage and report courtesy of MASSUNITING.

Less than 24 hours after announcing a planned mass layoff of more than 30,000 employees, local residents crashed a posh company-sponsored breakfast at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. The event, billed as a “government affairs forum,” was chaired by Robert Gallery, President of Bank of America-Massachusetts.

A pair of local residents made a breakfast delivery of their own to event attendees, handing out muffins ornamented with “Bank of America: Bad for America, Bad for Massachusetts” flags. The activists distributed one muffin for every thousand pink slips the financial giant will hand out in the coming months.

And as Gallery took the podium, more than a dozen concerned citizens took to the parking garages and streets surrounding the hotel and convention center. Within twenty minutes, local residents had leafleted the cars of every event attendee, as well as hundreds of commuters passing by the hotel and convention center.

Last week’s actions marked the second day of protests against Bank of America and its corporate leadership. On Monday, dozens of protesters descended on bank branches in Fields Corner and Grove Hall, calling on the financial giant to take concrete steps to clean up the economic mess it helped to create.

Organizers promised to continue demonstrations against Bank of America and other big banks throughout September.

If you have a home printer, you can do leaflets. Use your imagination!

Well holy crap

Something else to worry about.

Happy birthday to me

All I really want for my birthday

Is for you to support your local #occupy movement. Go find it here. If you can’t attend, send them pizza. Donate sleeping bags. If there isn’t one near you, start one. Just do it!

That darn Marcy

Always wanting the evidence and such. What a killjoy!

Why would anyone object to killing U.S. citizens without even a trial?

Yes

Fracking does cause earthquakes.

Chris Hedges

Go read.

The Occupy Wall Street Journal

They’re starting their own newspaper. They’ve already raised more than enough money on Kickstarter.

This is my best birthday ever. I love this!

Why infrastructure spending saves money

This is simple – and yet, probably too complex for your typical wingnut relative! Brad DeLong:

The US government can currently borrow for 30 years at a real (inflation-adjusted) interest rate of 1% per year. Suppose that the US government were to borrow an extra $500 billion over the next two years and spend it on infrastructure – even unproductively, on projects for which the social rate of return is a measly 25% per year. Suppose that – as seems to be the case – the simple Keynesian government-expenditure multiplier on this spending is only two.

In that case, the $500 billion of extra federal infrastructure spending over the next two years would produce $1 trillion of extra output of goods and services, generate approximately seven million person-years of extra employment, and push down the unemployment rate by two percentage points in each of those years. And, with tighter labor-force attachment on the part of those who have jobs, the unemployment rate thereafter would likely be about 0.1 percentage points lower in the indefinite future.
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Holding my breath

My fingers are crossed:

If this baseball season produces nothing else of note, the fans shouldn’t be too disappointed. Wednesday night’s incomparably thrilling down-to-the-wire four-city wild-card rumpus will be hard to top.

But the 2011 postseason, which starts Friday, does have the potential to create another anomalous spectacle worth staying up late for: the best pitching matchup in World Series history.

Should the American League’s Detroit Tigers and the National League’s Philadelphia Phillies advance to the Fall Classic with their current rosters intact, the first game between them would likely pit Philadelphia ace Roy Halladay, who has 19 wins, 220 strikeouts and a 2.35 earned-run average, against Detroit’s Justin Verlander, who has 24 wins, a 2.40 ERA and 250 strikeouts.

By the numbers, these are the two best pitchers in baseball this season. But they’re also two of the best pitchers to climb a mound in the last 10 years. Together, they’d be better than the pairing of Sandy Koufax and Whitey Ford in 1963, better than the duo of Koufax and Jim Kaat two years later and better than the famous 1948 showdown between Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians and Johnny Sain of the Boston Braves.

If Halladay and Verlander met in the World Series, they’d be one of the six highest-rated pairings ever and, of that elite group, the most evenly matched. Ricky Bottalico, a former pitcher who’s a baseball analyst for Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia, calls the possible matchup a tantalizing one. “Those two guys are so far beyond anyone else,” he says.

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