I will make an observation but I won't put up the links behind it. Over the last couple of days I have noticed several postings and links to articles concerning agriculture in Cuba. Thanks to the collapse of the Soviet Union (Cuba's major supporter) and the on-going U.S. embargo, Cubans have had to take a step backward toward a non-fossil fuel farm system. Instead of gas-driven tractors and other machinery they now rely on oxen and human hands. Today, I found posts trumpeting shortages of fresh vegetables and toilet paper. Of course, the pieces today decry the continuation of the 'insane' Communist system and predict that, if only the Cubans would get with the program, they could have a wonderful world of abundance if they got rid of it. Anyone else here see a nice bit of propaganda for the miracle of unfettered Capitalism? You know--the one that gave us rising unemployment rates, a list of endangered banks exceeding 400, a useless war in Iraq, a collapsed housing market, two of three automakers in bankruptcy, and so on and so on and so on?
Donna Woodka at Changing Places has a link to reports prepared by the committee considering H.R. 3200, America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 which have been given to each of the Congressmen/women detailing the impact in each district. It makes some interesting reading.