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2011 October 04 — Why Now?
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Tea Time

I have already expressed my views of the theft of the ‘Tea Party’ label. The ‘Tee Party’ would be more appropriate for the GOP.

Think Progress carries that thought a step further with: Top 5 Reasons Why The Occupy Wall Street Protests Embody Values Of The Real Boston Tea Party

David Weidner of Market Watch notices that:

Actually, they have more in common with the tea-party movement than the hippie dream, with one key difference: They’re smart enough to recognize the nation’s problems aren’t simply about taxes and the deficit.

They want jobs. They want the generation in power to acknowledge them. They want political change. They want responsibility in a culture that abdicates it. They want a decent future of opportunity.

If that isn’t American, then what is?

Alas, he fails to make a clear distinction between the original and the faux ‘Tea Party’ [or is that Fox …]

For anyone wondering why so many young people are getting involved, Robert Reich tells us that:

Since the start of the Great Recession at the end of 2007, America’s potential labor force – that is, working-age people who want jobs – has grown by over 7 million. But since then, the number of Americans who actually have jobs has shrunk by more than 300,000.

Then you have Sean Paul Kelley noting:

. . . on the Market Place Morning Report I heard them repeat and utterly mind-blowing statistic: student loan debt was now higher than credit cards, weighing in at $830 billion. (The story isn’t on the site, but it can be heard towards the end of the eight minute show.)

The young people have accumulated massive debts to go to college, and now they can’t find a job. When the politicians talk about the ‘lack of training for the current job market’, how do you think that is received by an unemployed recent college graduate? Further, what do you think it sounds like to these young people, when the politicians talk about upping the retirement age, which will reduce the number of jobs available for them?

If I were on Wall Street, I would be on the lookout for the sudden appearance of knitters, because if something isn’t done, that is where we are headed. They need to remember what happened when the lesson of the original Boston Tea Party wasn’t learned.

October 4, 2011   2 Comments

A CAT-astrophe

You have to be careful about references to or about cats, because people take such things very seriously.

The BBC reports that Theresa May ‘wrong’ over migrant cat tale

A claim by the Home Secretary that an illegal immigrant could not be deported because of his pet cat is wrong, according to England’s top judges.

Theresa May told the Conservative Party Conference that the ruling illustrated the problem with human rights laws.

A spokesman for the Judicial Office said the man’s pet had had nothing to do with the judgement allowing him to stay.

Mrs May has since told the BBC that her speech had been checked for accuracy.

The ‘Home Secretary’ [Secretary of State for the Home Department] doesn’t have an exact equivalent in the US government, as the job includes all of our Department of Homeland Security functions, plus some functions from the Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior.

The opposition smell ‘blood in the water’, so Theresa May under fire over deportation cat claim.

The quick version of what actually happened is that the cat was mentioned as part of the evidence that the defendant had a long-term relationship with a British citizen. This is similar to the US exemption for the spouse of a US citizen. The Home Office didn’t follow its own regulations in the deportation, so their decision was overruled on appeal. Neither the cat, nor human rights law was involved in the judicial decision, only the Home Office regulations.

Ms May has stepped in the litter box.

October 4, 2011   3 Comments

It’s Alive!

In the post on the Ig Nobel’s, Steve Bates wondered about a another publication that he had encountered, Journal of Irreproducible Results.

The editor of the Journal, Mr. Norman Sperling apparently noticed the reference, and dropped by to say it is still going strong.

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Tropical Storm Philippe – Day 11

Tropical Storm PhilippePosition: 24.6N 60.4W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [300°] near 7 mph [11 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 65 mph [100 kph].
Wind Gusts: 75 mph [120 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 90 Miles [150 km].
Minimum central pressure: 997 mb.

Currently about 595 miles [ 960 km] South-Southeast of Bermuda.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

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