We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
No amount of money will change the fact that this is no place for a large urban population. Most of the city is below sea level, and it continues to sink, even as the ocean is rising. Over the next century, it's expected to drop by a full meter. Virginia Burkett of the United States Geological Survey told National Public Radio, "Within the next century, the areas that didn't flood this time will be likely to flood under a similar hurricane situation."
Lehman Bros is a Weenie
Can you believe apologizing for slavery? The Lehman leadership may have some things on their conscience - I don't know - but moral responsibility for slavery isn't on the list. Someone scared them enough to cough up an apology, but no cash. Lame, pathetic, and disgusting. Hey - if they really felt bad, they'd give the whole company to the Rainbow Coalition.
Minimum Wage Debate
It's an endless debate, but what semi-clinches it for me is that 50% of the people earning min. wage are youngsters. Anyway, here's a nice summary of the perennial issues.