The FDA ends the comment period today on genetically engineered salmon, trout and tilapia.
Tell the FDA that ANY chance of these fish breeding with native fish is too great a chance.
We ponder the idiocy of a under-regulated pile of ammonium nitrate, and its death and destruction, in the lax and uncaring Texas sun. Even as the perennial day of green effort arrives, we point fingers at others, and refuse to be part of the solution.
What will we do to stop this madness?
The Feminist Majority has compiled this year’s list of threats to women’s rights.
Top Ten Historic Advances for Women Now at Risk
Link to: HerVotes
I must say that I was glad to see this list; one of the underreported elements of job loss in the public sector is how it is disproportionately affecting women. Because public service jobs were more likely subject to affirmative action requirements, a larger number of women were afforded the chance for a good job with decent benefits. Public service jobs were representative of wages we were all supposed to be getting, but lost during Reaganomics, the loss of union influence, the BushCo push to make small business into the new poor class, and set up the slurpy with straws for Federal money into religous non-profits
So the loss of these jobs, forcing women back into minimum wage survival is viewed by me as the greatest attack on women’s rights in the last 50 years.
Of course all those foes had help. The unleashing of the oligarchs was part of the pincer attack. Then came the Great Bushco push to force retirement funds into bed with corporations instead of investing in their own state. It went a long way to tear down the house.
Can it be wonderfully true? Nuclear plant construction got suspended before and came back to haunt us.
Consider this recent POST from the Tri-City Herald in eastern Washington. Cleaning up the Hanford site is projected to cost only 12 billion, down 3 billion from last year’s projections. At least most of the waste was kept at the site. What is it going to cost to deactivate and clean up other aging reactors and their dump sites?
Click on the map below, taken from the NRC website. It indicates 104 operating power plants. Even if it only costs 10 billion a piece to clean them up in today’s money, it’s still more than pocket change- and that doesn’t even include the dump sites.
I can’t think of a worse way to saddle a small state with future woes, like say Yucca Mountain, unless it’s fracking.
Update – If you want to study the 1986 tax code a little more throughly than that provided in the named link below, try Cornell’s LII / Legal Information Institute’s look at the 1986 tax code HERE, or the IRS page HERE.
Seriously, if the Democrats want any hope of passing Democratic measures and want the public to clearly understand who is representing what, NOW NOW NOW is the time to introduce single item measures. Such action reduces the possibility of hidden pork barrel type additions, and allows adequate time for reflection on the measures both from Congress and from the public. It simplifies all kinds of things, like paper use, reenactment and modifications. Clear, up and down votes on single measures is THE WAY TO REENGAGE PUBLIC SYMPATHY by showing clearly how the battle is being fought and who is on what side.
Consider the example of our current legislation entitled H.R. 4853 or the “Middle Class Relief Act of 2010” a prime example of negotiation gone wrong.
H.R 4853 is currently an 18-page pdf document. It’s fairly straightforward, however, someone who was familiar with the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, tax code prior to the BushCo era interventions should read it and give us advice. While it substitutes 25% for 28% and 28% for 31% in two tax brackets, for example, it doesn’t’ specify what the brackets are. So, it appears these could be movable. Take a look on the last page of the 2009 Tax Tables HERE ,to see where this might apply.
It discusses rates on capital gains and dividends, but makes no comment on funds derived from 401Ks, or IRAs and pensions. Since this is where most regular folk have actually invested, I think again a review of the 1986 tax code by someone familiar with it, would be helpful.
Update – it appears that funds derived from capital gains and dividends, withdrawn from 401K’s etc, would continue to be taxed at the taxpayer’s current or retirement rate, rather than some lesser tax as is proposed and has been done for non sheltered capital gains and dividends. The problem with this set up, as I see it is, pension fund holders cannot as easily opt out and speculative earnings are driven by others outside that can dip in and out. The pension fund canard that suggests the retiree comes out ahead because they withdraw at a lower tax rate simply doesn’t hold for most people. Folks can easily wind up with say a 21-25% percent taxable rate on their withdrawals, while those who just bought and sold stocks pay a 15% or proposed 20% rate.
Its’ truly distressing that in a year when Social Security has to go begging, and the housing market has tanked, the small business proportion of the bill allows for an increase of the phase-out expensing of depreciable assets from $200,000 to $500,000, cost of living adjustments, and rounding of limitations by the $1000s, and $10,000’s.
A little lollipop for the Republicans is at the end of it, wherein it states that the ALT extension is effective in 2010, or anytime after December 31, 2009.
I encourage folks to read the below related bills for a better understanding of how unemployment insurance has anything to do with airplanes and airports. A hint, if you are a 99er you are screwed and about to enter the realm of the invisible. If you make it a year however, you might be eligible for Obamacare.
H.R 4853 entrains thirteen different related bills. They are:
H.RES.1745, “Providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 4853) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the funding and expenditure authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, to amend title 49, United States Code, to extend authorizations for the airport improvement program, and for other purposes, and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules.”
H.R.1512, the “Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2009”. It already became public law re: 111-12.
H.R.3607, the “Fiscal Year 2010 Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act”. It already became public law re” 111-69.
H.R.4217, the “Fiscal Year 2010 Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act, Part II”. It became public law re 111-116.
H.R.4915, the “Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010”. Referred to the Senate Finance Committee-meaning, I guess, since it’s still in committee, it can’t be voted on. So, I don’t know how it was supposed to be included in today’s vote.
H.R.4957, the “Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010”. It already became public law re: 111-153.
H.R.5147, the “Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2010”. It already became public law re: 111-161.
H.R.5611, the “Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2010, Part II”. It apparently already became public law. (See 111-972.)
H.R.5900, the “Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010”. It already became public law re: 111-216.
H.R.6190, the “Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2010, Part III”. It already became public law re: 111-249.
H.R.6467, the “Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010”.
H.R.6473, the “Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2010, Part IV”. It was received in the Senate on 12/2/10.
S.3187, the “Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010”. It was returned to the Senate re: H. Res. 1653.
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I suppose it could be argued that breaking into the Footlocker last night and making off with tennis shoes and clothes was some sort of symbolic tribal equivalent to throwing your enemies’ shoes over the telephone lines. For my money, it was not an anarchist statement, as has been inferred in the Sfgate today. Nihilist maybe. Or, maybe as one demonstrator on TV last night said, it was “ignorant”.
Whatever it was that caused the degeneration of a lawful street protest over the conviction of Johannes Mehserle for the shooting of Oscar Grant; it failed. It failed to support, advocate or advance the cause of those who felt they had legitimate grievance in the outcome of the trial.
So, if not legal justice, what did those shoes represent? Tennis shoes aren’t jobs, food or a chance to get ahead. Nor will they solve the inequities of race. Rather, they represent a failure of consumerism. They are symbols of the oligarchs’ greed, to which so many of us, of all races and gender have fallen. We don’t need them, we only thought we wanted them. Were any of those shoes made in the USA? Did they help to build our country? Did they make us strong?
Grab yourself together and take the shoes, clothes and other items back, apologize and do penance for your actions. Render unto the taxman the coin of the realm, and free yourself from the oligarchs’ bonds. Summer is not yet half over, it’s already hot. There is death in the Gulf air and death in Afghanistan. Our country is in the grasp of the greedy. There is pain and rage everywhere to be found. Hold yourself together, find your strength and, Keep your eye on the prize.
We are all going to need clear eyed vision this summer.