This has been a weird week ... it sort of feels like I have a hangover from all the grumblings of the Dark Side last weekend. Plus, watching this just about made my head 'splode. It's going to be a long year. James's blog Comments For anyone interested in the free trade issue . . . this is the best article I've seen in months. Here's an excerpt: Martin Luther was a rebellious priest challenging the dictates of a corrupt church hierarchy. Ralph Gomory, on the other hand, is a gentle-spoken technologist, trained as a mathematician and largely apolitical. He does not set out to overthrow the establishment but to correct its deeper fallacies. For many years Gomory was a senior vice president at IBM. He helped manage IBM's expanding global presence as jobs and high-tech production were being dispersed around the world. The experience still haunts him. He decided, in retirement, that he would dig deeper into the contradictions. Now president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, he knew something was missing in the "pure trade theory" taught by economists. If free trade is a win-win proposition, Gomory asked himself, then why did America keep losing? Ditto on best article This paragraph was the knockout punch for me: Gomory's vision of reformation actually goes beyond the trading system and America's economic deterioration. He wants to re-create an understanding of the corporation's obligations to society, the social perspective that flourished for a time in the last century but is now nearly extinct. The old idea was that the corporation is a trust, not only for shareholders but for the benefit of the country, the employees and the people who use the product. "That attitude was the attitude I grew up on in IBM," Gomory explains. "That's the way we thought--good for the country, good for the people, good for the shareholders--and I hope we will get back to it.... We should measure corporations by their impact on all their constituencies. Emphasis added. I know. The article is loaded with good stuff. This particular quote caught my attention too. The FMF (free market fundamentalists) would gag on the thought that anything besides quarterly shareholder returns matter. They think corporations should have the same rights as people. That's why they're so afraid of real democracy. Read this too. From Rob Schofield at NC Policy Watch. He does a great job taking the Puppets to task for their intellectual dishonesty around charter schools. Here's how it starts: Raleigh’s far right lobbying/think tank apparatus conducted another of its coordinated hits on the General Assembly this week. Far right lobbying/think tank apparatus? Come on Rob. Just call 'em The Puppetshow. Everybody who's anybody will know exactly what you mean. Far right lobbying freak tank apparatus? works for me. As for the GOP debate My head about exploded from laughing at Ana Marie Cox's hilarious liveblog. Good for what ails you. 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Biden would have a tough time _____________The DenMy darling girl, when will you understand that 'normal' isn't necessarily a virtue. It rather denotes a lack of courage." - Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic oh no plagiarism!!! In the beginning was the word. - Gregory Maguire thanks for the link, some really good stuff in there. some of my favorites: Dinosaurs return. Want their oil back. - David Brin Bang postponed. Not Big enough. Reboot. - David Brin The baby’s blood type? Human, mostly. - Orson Scott Card Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33 "Keep the Faith" I loved it It's hard to pick favorites, but these two are at the top of my list: For sheer absurdity (and because I love absurdity and Kevin Smith, not necessarily in that order): Kirby had never eaten toes before. - Kevin Smith And just because: Dorothy: "Fuck it, I'll stay here." - Steven Meretzky _____________The DenMy darling girl, when will you understand that 'normal' isn't necessarily a virtue. It rather denotes a lack of courage." - Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic Anglico What's in the road? A head? Hahaha! Very funny, A! _____________The DenMy darling girl, when will you understand that 'normal' isn't necessarily a virtue. It rather denotes a lack of courage." - Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic WSJ The Wall Street Journal has an A5 story from today about predatory lending. The article focuses on the 1999 North Carolina law that Brad Miller helped to draft, and how Congress is using the law as a guide. There is more to it than that, but most of the details went over my head. Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33 "Keep the Faith" On the Republican Debate... "The Republican presidential debate was held tonight in California, and ten candidates took part. 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