The Toil Index – Keeping the 99% busy…at work

Via Laura Conaway at The Maddow Blog:

Ezra Klein today runs a year-in-charts post that’s purely the excellent. It includes the Toil Index, by the excellent economist Robert Frank. Basically, it shows why it’s so hard for working people to live decently these days. Working families are running faster and faster just to afford the same things their parents enjoyed, namely decent homes and decent schools for the kids.

No wonder recruiting new activists is such a challenge. We’re all too goddam busy working to protest and get active. It’s the folks who are unemployed who are having to pull the rope the hardest.…

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Republicans in Washington beginning to turn on their own

You know how piranhas and sharks, when they are in the middle of a feeding frenzy, will start to eat each other??? That’s pretty much what’s happening in Washington, D.C. right now.

From Dana Bash at CNNPolitics:

“The House Republicans have painted themselves into a corner. They are on their own,” a Senate GOP leadership aide told CNN.

“This is a lose – lose situation for us. They’ve let the Democrats get the messaging advantage and more specifically we’ve turned one of our key issues on its head. The Republicans look like they are the ones blocking tax relief,” said the Senate GOP leadership aide, who also called it “inexcusable.”

The House Republicans pulled defeat from the jaws of victory,” said the senior GOP Senate aide.

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Tim Walberg voted against extending the middle class tax cuts & extending unemployment insurance

Yesterday during Roll Call Vote 946, my Representative, Congressman Tim Walberg, voted against extending the middle class tax cuts and unemployment insurance for unemployed Americans. The bill is H.R.3630.

I just sent him this note and I urge you to do the same:

I am appalled that my Representative to Congress voted AGAINST the bill to extend the payroll tax holiday, extend Federally funded unemployment insurance benefits, and prevent decreases in reimbursement for physicians who provide care to Medicare beneficiaries. After fighting to prevent a one-year extension, you now turn around and vote against a 2-month extension because you claim it’s not long enough?…
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Michigan town rolls back the clock 5 decades, bans water fluoridation

The Board of Trustees in Hamburg Township, home of Hell, Michigan, voted this week by a 5-2 vote, to ban water fluoridation in their community.

Hartland Township will no longer fluoridate its water supply.

The Board of Trustees voted 5-2 Tuesday to immediately cease adding the element to its water supply after a lengthy discussion that echoed what became a two-month-long debate.

Beginning today, 368 private water customers, plus several commercial businesses and schools connected to the system, will no longer receive fluoride in their water.

“I think it was the correct decision,” said Trustee Glenn Harper, who brought the issue to the board in October after researching fluoridation on his own.

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Detroit takes another step closer to the imposition an Emergency Manager and governmental martial law

One step closer to half the African Americans in Michigan being without local democracy and being disenfranchised. If Inkster, which is one step ahead of Detroit, falls as well, OVER half will be.

A preliminary review of Detroit’s finances has moved the city a step closer to appointment of an emergency manager.

Treasurer Andy Dillon issued a statement today that said the review by Treasury officials that began Dec. 6 found evidence of financial stress in Detroit and a team will be appointed to conduct a more detailed financial study. The new financial review can take up to 60 days, and the law provides a 30-day extension, but Dillon has said he will try to expedite it.

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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder: we’re done robbing the public schools for now

I guess we’re supposed to be thankful for this? Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said this week that he’s done robbing from our children to balance the state’s books after he took $1 billion from the school fund to help pay for an 86% tax cut for businesses.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Tuesday that his next budget proposal likely won’t include further cuts to public schools and universities.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Snyder said he thinks the state will be “finished with the cut model” for schools in 2012-13

, after they endured some major reductions in the current fiscal year.…
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Have an orgasm for peace

Let’s put it this way: if you were going to have an orgasm and dedicate to whirled peas world peace, today is the day to do it. It’s Global Orgasm for Peace Day.

When?
Practice as often as you would like! Especially on full moons, new moons, solstices and equinoxes, or when you remember!

What?
Dedicate an orgasm to Peace.

Who?
All men and women – you and everyone you know. You may practice alone or with a partner.

Where?
Everywhere in the world, but especially in those countries affected by war or violence – those most in need of peace.

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Eclectablog “Addendum” at the New York Times blog – comments to Jonathan Mahler re: Emergency Managers

As I wrote about last week, Jonathan Mahler published an excellent piece on Benton Harbor in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine titled “Now That the Factories Are Closed, It’s Tee Time in Benton Harbor, Mich.” My review is HERE.

After it was published, I sent Mahler an email, putting the Emergency Manager law, Public Act 4 into some perspective as it relates to the history and current situation in Benton Harbor. I was gratified when he published my letter on the New York Times Magazine blog, The 6th Floor Blog. Here is his intro. Click through for my letter.…

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