Politics

The go-slow approach to fixing Washington State's tax system

A letter to a Democratic activist who called for a go-slow approach to eliminating tax preferences. (For background, see Failed KCDCC Resolution a Good Idea and Fair School Funding Coalition.) Thank you for your well-written and thoughtful analysis.  I admire your commitment to the cause of justness and fairness.  The real “enemy” is conservatives, not […]

Clean Energy Climate Change Science and Industry

Science to the Rescue: MIT Creates Synthetic Leaf Power Station?

Dr. Daniel Nocera and his team at MIT have created an artificial leaf that might be able to power a home. Here’s a bit from the story I found at Mail Online with help from Slatest: About the shape of a poker card but thinner, the device is fashioned from silicon, electronics and catalysts, substances […]

Politics

Can Libya Turn Out Well?

I think from the start of the intervention, the military attack, the outcome in Libya has depended on removing Qaddafi from power. If he stays, he will crush his Libyan opponents at a future time and place. If he stays after the intervention, he will sponsor or cooperate with folks who will launch bombings and […]

Heroes and Friends Humor

Joe Bageant has Gone Deer Hunting with Jesus

Joe Bageant died yesterday. He fought a good fight against cancer the past 4 months and kept writing and posting. Here is part of a piece he wrote not too long ago: AMERICA: Y UR PEEPS B SO DUM? Ignorance and courage in the age of Lady Gaga By Joe Bageant Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico If […]

Politics

Should WA Dems be helping the Seattle Times?

The Washington State Democrats have sent out a fund-raising appeal so that it can place an ad critical of Rob McKenna in the Seattle Times.  (See http://www.wa-democrats.org/content/our-newspaper-ad.) This ad calling out Rob McKenna for his attacks on public employee unions is running in today’s issue of The Olympian. GOAL: We need to raise $6,935 to […]

Politics

Will the Democrats reject "centrism"?

Democrats fear that voter turnout will be low in 2012 due to dissatisfaction with President Obama’s policies and due to a feeling that change is hopeless. If Democrats want progressives’ votes and help, they should stand up to the corrupt, corporatist Democrats by openly criticizing centrists such as President Obama and Governor Gregoire, and by […]

Politics

Failed KCDCC Resolution a Good Idea

Last night, King County Democrats narrowly voted down a “resolution to cut corporate tax exemptions rather than cutting school funding”. [Here is a link to the resolution, by David Spring: http://fairschoolfundingcoalition.org/joomla/.] The purpose of the proposed resolution is to support elimination of tax breaks for corporations earning north of $1 billion, and use that money […]