frankilin roosevelt

It's not about being liberal or conservative anymore y'all. That is a hype offered by the fascist whores who want to confuse the people with lies while they turn this country into an aristocratic police state. Some people will say anything to attain power and money. There is no such thing as the Liberal Media, but the Corporate media is very real.

Check out my old  Voice of the People page.

Gino Napoli
San Francisco, California
High School Math Teacher

Loyalty without truth
is a trail to tyranny.

a middle-aged
George Washington

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Monday, 27 July 2009 at 9h 54m 33s

Bill Maher rocks

How about this for a New Rule: Not everything in America has to make a profit. It used to be that there were some services and institutions so vital to our nation that they were exempt from market pressures. Some things we just didn’t do for money. The United States always defined capitalism, but it didn’t used to define us. But now it’s becoming all that we are.

Did you know, for example, that there was a time when being called a “war profiteer” was a bad thing? But now our war zones are dominated by private contractors and mercenaries who work for corporations. There are more private contractors in Iraq than American troops, and we pay them generous salaries to do jobs the troops used to do for themselves ­– like laundry. War is not supposed to turn a profit, but our wars have become boondoggles for weapons manufacturers and connected civilian contractors.

Prisons used to be a non-profit business, too. And for good reason –­ who the hell wants to own a prison? By definition you’re going to have trouble with the tenants. But now prisons are big business. A company called the Corrections Corporation of America is on the New York Stock Exchange, which is convenient since that’s where all the real crime is happening anyway. The CCA and similar corporations actually lobby Congress for stiffer sentencing laws so they can lock more people up and make more money. That’s why America has the world’s largest prison population ­– because actually rehabilitating people would have a negative impact on the bottom line.

Read the rest by following the link:

[SOURCE: Bill Maher | Fog City Journal | 26 July 2009]

Sunday, 26 July 2009 at 11h 37m 47s

Lest you think the long awaited Bull market run has arrived

Robert Reich weighs in on his view of the economic tea leaves.

What's pushing the stock market upward? Mainly, unexpectedly positive second-quarter corporate profits. But those profits aren't being powered by consumers who have suddenly found themselves with a lot more money in their pockets. The profits are coming from dramatic cost-cutting -- including, most notably, payroll cuts. If a firm cuts its costs enough, it can show a profit even if its sales are still in the basement.

The problem here is twofold. First, such profits can't be maintained. There's a limit to how much can be cut without a business eventually disappearing -- becoming, in effect, a balance sheet in space. Secondly, when businesses slash payrolls to show profits, consumers end up with even less money in their pockets to buy the things businesses produce. Even if they hold on to their jobs, they're likely to fear that they won't have the jobs for long, which causes them to retreat even further from the malls.

Friday, 24 July 2009 at 16h 46m 26s

Pollution makes you stupid

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics links mothers' exposure to high levels of environmental pollutants during pregnancy to a four-point drop in children's IQ scores by age 5.

"We know from many studies that the developing fetal brain is particularly vulnerable to neurotoxic chemicals," says Perera. "One of the reasons is that it is rapidly developing. The defense mechanisms present in the adult are not present in the fetus: these include detoxification and repair enzymes." Exposure to pollution could cause direct genetic damage or epigenetic changes, which are changes in how genes are expressed.

[SOURCE: Time magazine | Claudia Wallis | 23 July 2009]

Friday, 24 July 2009 at 15h 8m 1s

The Health Care crisis in allegorical form

Wednesday, 22 July 2009 at 12h 12m 12s

The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009

From yesterday's Washington Post

A bill that cleared a House committee Tuesday would largely remove private lenders from the federal student loan industry, generating an estimated $87 billion savings over 10 years to fund more government grants and loans.

The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009 would eliminate an entire category of student loans issued by private lenders and subsidized by the federal government, vastly expanding direct lending by the government starting next July. Democrats would use the savings to fund a $40 billion increase in federal Pell Grant scholarships over 10 years, $10 billion in community college upgrades and $8 billion in pre-kindergarten changes, among other uses.

Republicans opposed to the legislation say it amounts to a federal takeover of student lending.

Here's what Steve Benen at the Washington Monthly says:

Look, the government already controls the entire lending process -- it helps students directly and it subsidizes private companies to direct funds to students. All Obama and his allies want to do is make the process more efficient and cost-effective. And all Republican critics of the idea want to do is keep the middleman in place to maintain the ideological facade of a "private" system.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who is starting to see through this mantra of privatization for exactly what it is.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009 at 11h 35m 59s

The Budget Compromise

Click here for a discussion by David Dayen on the California budget compromise. The voting has not yet occurred and it is quite possible that the lousy Rethuglicans might even now actually still vote against the compromise.

Some people have to have it all their way. If you have a $10 item and I have $12, you refuse to sell me the item for $10 because you know I have $12. Me telling you that I need the $2 to take the bus after I buy the $10 item has no affect. You still want $12. The fact that no one will buy the item at $12 doesn't faze you either. You saw my $12 as a market signal that prices need to go higher and see dropping the price to $10 as a loss. Why should you give me an extra $2, right?

Exactly. That's what the Republican's are essentially doing. Crying about 2 bucks because they think $2 more in their pocket is better than 2 times 10 million dollars to deal with the economic budget crisis.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ UPDATE: Did you know that

Included in the budget is the first offshore drilling in California in 40 years, at the Tranquillon Ridge site off the coast of Santa Barbara. This represents a power grab by the Governor and the Legislature, taking the authority for drilling leases away from the State Lands Commission.

The drilling deal actually calls for an end date on the entire existing platform by 2022, but that appears completely voluntary on the part of the PXP energy company doing the drilling, because the federal government holds jurisdiction over the existing platform.

The deal would privatize welfare and social services enrollment, essentially a $2 billion dollar annual giveaway to provide a function government has shown itself capable of providing. The philosophy that brought you no-bid contracts to Halliburton in Iraq has come to California. other states who privatized their enrollment systems have suffered higher costs and enrollment problems.

School districts can reduce the school year by a week under this plan to save money, and special education students can be exempted from the High School Exit Exam.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009 at 11h 38m 21s

I love Robin Williams

Monday, 20 July 2009 at 19h 43m 17s

Ladies and Gentlemen : Ronald Reagan speaks, circa 1961

Keep in mind that Ronald Reagan's job in 1961 was as a hired vocal salesperson. Specifically he worked for General Electric, which was one of the ivory posts of the early 60's American Corporations.

Not much has changed since 1961 in the minds of the Republicans. They are still battling non-existent illusions because they are hired agents fighting for the narrow-minded interests of the spoiled foolhardy elite who would rather profit from the costly dysfunctionalism of the health-care crisis.

Monday, 20 July 2009 at 11h 15m 12s

The Republican empty talk machine

Speak softly, and say nothing at all.

A young lady asks Republican PartySock-puppet Chairmen Michael Steele, "Do Republicans support an individual requirement to get coverage?"

Says Steele, after the questioner explained what she meant be "individual requirement", and after Steele restates "require individuals to get coverage", Michael Steele says this:

Look, uh, this is one of those areas where there is a difference of opinion, and look, uhm, I don't do policy. [reaches up to push glasses on his face] I'm not a legislator. My point in coming here today was to begin to set a tone and a theme if you will and approach to addressing this issue that's centered bottom up, that is centered on real people who are struggling with this issue every single day...

Notice how he doesn't answer the question. Notice how he excuses his inability to say anything of substance by uttering the phrase, "I don't do policy. I'm not a legislator."

In other words, "There are a lot of big insurance companies that fund the Republican party who like the idea of mandatory coverage paid for by the individual, but look uhm, I don't do policy. My point in coming here today is to act like I care about the problems of real people, and I assure you that we are still struggling every day to figure out how to increase the monetary revenue from the bottom up ...."

Sunday, 19 July 2009 at 21h 59m 17s

Meet Wendall Potter

Click here for a Bill Moyers interview with Wendall Potter, ex-CEO of Cigna Insurance who provides a great deal of insight into the insurance company actions.