Privatization can get you killed

New Yorker Michael Trapp nearly found out the hard way that privatization can get you killed.

Confusion by a Virginia-based controller and search operations coordinated by the U.S. Coast Guard in Cleveland are blamed in a report for delaying rescue efforts for a pilot who spent 18 hours in Lake Huron after his small plane crashed within sight of the Michigan shoreline.

The report, released this week by Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson, said it was close to two hours after 42-year-old Michael Trapp radioed that his two-seat Cessna was “going to be going in the drink” on July 26 that anyone was in position to begin a search.

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When librarians march

This sorta sums things up for me with regard to the Occupy Wall Street and other protests going on around the country at the moment. Not my photo, but so very perfect.

Photo by Velcro Ripper

You know things are messed up when librarians start marching.

Protesting! It’s not just for hippies anymore!…

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Occupy Ann Arbor rally – 10/6/2011 – Getting organized!

Several hundred people gathered on The Diag at the University of Michigan last evening to organize for further protests in support of #OccupyWallStreet.

It was a diverse crowd and may appear to some as being somewhat disorganized. But they are taking the right steps to move forward.

People in orange shirts like this fine fellow collected names and contact information for things like Transportation, Food & Water and “Tech” (which I have signed up for to help publicize their events.)

Because they were not permitted to have electricity, speakers utilized the “Human Microphone” technique utilized successfully in the Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York so that everyone could be heard:

One by one, speakers got up to speak to the gathered crowd.…

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Right to Work (for Less) bill for TEACHERS ONLY introduced in Michigan – RIGHT TO TEACH is real

Yesterday, Senate Majority Floor Leader Arlan Meekhof introduced SB 729. This bill makes Michigan a “Right to Work (for Less)” state BUT ONLY FOR TEACHERS. This is the concept first floated by Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville last month. To remind you, here’s a transcript from the Off the Record show where he first floated it:

Tim Skubick: Right to work?

Richardville: Uh, not Right to Work. No, uh, I’m not a believer that that’s going to transition the economy at this point. However, I will look at some other things, maybe a subset of that. If you pay dollars into a public school system, you send your kids there, you want to participate, I don’t know that you necessarily need to be a part of a union in order to work or teach in the school district.

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A fitting tribute to Steve Jobs

A fitting tribute to Steve Jobs by my wife.

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Arbor Brewing Co. ignores anti-choice flak to host successful Planned Parenthood fundraiser

Last night Planned Parenthood of Mid and South Michigan held a beer-tasting fundraiser at Ann Arbor’s Arbor Brewing Company. I posted a few photos from the event HERE and there are many more below from my wife, Anne C. Savage.

I had a chance to talk with Rene Greff, co-owner with her husband Matt, of Arbor Brewing Co. and the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti. This event was their 14th annual fundraiser for Planned Parenthood and, as you might imagine, they have faced stiff pushback from anti-choice protesters over the years and this year was no exception. Thankfully there were no protesters at the event but there was plenty of hostility directed at them prior to it.…

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(Steve) Jobs

I’ve had it in my mind for a couple of years now to write about Apple and its impact on the world in terms of creating wealth. With the death of the brilliant Steve Jobs, it seems an apropos to do it now.

One of the things that has fascinated me about Jobs and the amazing company that he built was how much wealth they created for others around the world. His story is, of course, almost entirely unique but it still shows us the capacity for individuals and collectives (i.e., companies) to create wealth where none existed before. The invention of the iPhone is, perhaps, the most illustrative example.…

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Fantastic turnout for Planned Parenthood’s fundraiser at Arbor Brewing Co.

Lots of folks, lots of fun and lotsa beer!


Full house!

State Rep. Jeff Irwin checking in

Nom, nom, nom

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