Thursday, December 12, 2013

Still in the icebox. "We don't have emperors yet but..." Third World America. And another bit of insanity.

Woke to temperatures around -3 (or lower) and even more brutal temps with the wind chill.  One of the weather people said that this is the earliest we have had such temperatures in nearly 30 years.  As you can guess, we are staying inside for the most part.  I swept off the patio and put out the trash tote.  Later today I will pop out and sweep off the car.  I was going to do it yesterday but every time I thought about it we were getting more snow.  All total though we got less than 3 inches.

I love reading Moyers (or listening to his programs on public TV).  He has a very good piece on Tomdispatch.  I wonder how long it will be until we do have emperors.

Hope you all have a strong stomach or haven't eaten yet.  Yves Smith at Naked Capitalism has a post that definitely questions our status in the first world.

To break an impasse in a trade dispute with China, the US will allow chicken raised and slaughtered here and processed in China into the country in return for China lifting their ban on US beef (ostensibly because of mad cow).  Details here.  The article speculates that within a year we will be importing processed chicken raised in China.  MaryContrary's simple rule: buy local and as unprocessed as possible.

The Harvard Business Review posted this blog and it should be thought provoking.  Unfortunately, I doubt that the right people will consider what the author says.  They simply are too welded into the "growth is progress" and "a rising tide lifts all boats" paradigm.  They aren't ready to shift the paradigm.

Been there.  Done that.  Won't do it again.

We heard a blurb on this on the morning TV news.  Given what has been going on with our Postal service we wonder if this is our future.

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