December 2003 Page

December 31, 2003
  • How Polarized is Labor? - "21 National Unions Supporting Gephardt" "Major Service Unions Supporting Dean" And on the ground in Iowa, the unions are at... MORE...

    December 30, 2003
  • Ergonomics Scientists Boycott - From global warming to medical studies, the Bush Administration has systematically set out to destroy scientific peer review of policy.... MORE...

    December 29, 2003
  • Minimum Wage as Campaign Issue - Finally, a bit of press on a candidate making raising the minimum wage a core campaign promise, in this case... MORE...
  • Top Films of 2003 - Here's my loose take on the best films of the year, a bit ideosyncratic (12 films), some could be added... MORE...

    December 27, 2003
  • Matt Y Still Out to Destroy Productive Businesses - Alas, Matthew Yglesias is still dedicated to helping low productivity firms destroy high-productivity companies. How? He wants the government to... MORE...
  • What Would Jesus Drink? - How about tons of coffee made by growers cooperatives, rather than by exploited farmers. A good story about the movement... MORE...

    December 26, 2003
  • The Fog of War - I saw the documentary The Fog of War and was fascinated that Robert McNamara referred to himself as a war... MORE...
  • Dean is Optimistic - Atrios predicts that the new media meme (pumped by the GOP) will be that Dean is "pessimistic." Since Dean thinks... MORE...

    December 24, 2003
  • Dean on MalPractice: Then and Now - Dean no doubt has changed his positions on some issues, but there's a bit of a media/conservative drumbeat to argue... MORE...
  • Cheers for Edwards - Well, John Edwards has just become my second choice after Dean for the nomination with this commitment against Democratic infighting:... MORE...

    December 23, 2003
  • Stopping Death - It's a basic rule of criminal law-- anyone dies during the commiting of a felony, even if unintentional, and everyone... MORE...
  • Why We Fight - Rumsfeld's commitment to human rights: As a special envoy for the Reagan administration in 1984, Donald H. Rumsfeld, now the... MORE...

    December 22, 2003
  • An Antiwar Pickup in House? - Support Ro Khanna, an antiwar challenger in the Democratic primary against pro-war Congressman Tom Lantos (CA). In San Francisco, one... MORE...

    December 21, 2003
  • Introducing the RepubliCard - More at the Daily Kos.... MORE...
  • More Profits, Less Jobs & Wages - Louis Uchitelle at the Times highlights what a number of analysts have noted-- profits are rising even as wages stagnate:... MORE...

    December 20, 2003
  • Low-Wage America - Check out this Moving Ideas Network "in depth" section on Low Wage America. Along with a bunch of American Prospect... MORE...

    December 19, 2003
  • What the Bush Tax Cut Costs - This site by the Dean campaign is brilliant-- costing out the debt increases, local tax increases, and services costs from... MORE...
  • Appeals Ct Declares RIAA "Silly" - The Recording Insustry Association of America (RIAA) just lost a BIG one. The D.C. Circuit declared that broadband service providers... MORE...
  • Rittenhouse on PA Nurses Strike - See here with this nice angry line: Who says workers -- even professionals -- donít need unions anymore? Only those... MORE...

    December 18, 2003
  • Padilla- Equality under the Law - This is a wonderful decision by the 9th Circuit that Guantanomo detainees must have a right to lawyers and the... MORE...
  • Costa Rica: No Trade-Driven Privatization - So when did "free trade" come to mean the US dictating to other countries whether they can have publicly-owned utilities?... MORE...

    December 17, 2003
  • Boycott Safeway! - The southern California locked out/striking workers have ramped up the campaign to a nationwide News > Business -- Workers rally... MORE...

    December 16, 2003
  • 9th Circuit "Activism" on Medical Pot? - When you deal with conflicts between state and federal law, what constitutes "judicial activism" becomes confusing. However the court rules,... MORE...
  • Machinists Denounce Ad They Funded - This is classy. Unions who funded the group that produced the Dean-Osama ads have demanded their money back. One of... MORE...
  • GOP Assault on Union Pensions - Read this article to understand how deep the GOP assault on unions and retired workers is-- even at the expense... MORE...

    December 15, 2003
  • I'm Satisifed - Just received this letter from the Kerry campaign. It asserts no connection to the Osama-Dean ads and condemns them-- not... MORE...
  • Celebration - The California Nurses Association (CNA) and SEIU have agreed to work together on statewide legislation. The press release announcing this... MORE...
  • Chutzpah in Antispam World - How would you advertise antispam software? How about spamming web sites to increase your google rating? I just got hit... MORE...
  • Racism in Temp Agencies - Just to emphasize what should be accepted, but continues to be disputed by those who oppose affirmative action and hiring... MORE...

    December 14, 2003
  • Open Letter to Senator Kerry - Dear Senator Kerry, We write this open letter as a group of bloggers whose audience you respect enough that you... MORE...

    December 13, 2003
  • Failure of EU Constitution - The summit to approve a new Constitution for the European Union has broken down-- riven by the debate over whether... MORE...
  • Black Commentator on Dean - Check out this Black Commentator story, Dean Makes Racial-Political History praising this speech by Dean. Very worth reading.... MORE...
  • EPI on Why Payroll Survey is Best - Just read this EPI Study, Measuring employment since the recovery, to sort through the conflicting jobs number from the "payroll"... MORE...
  • Disaffection on the Right - Some FreeRepublic threads reflecting rightwing anger and disaffection from the GOP: Congressional porkfest: a pig in a poke Stalwarts Fought... MORE...
  • Explaining Productivity - MORE...

    December 12, 2003
  • Bush is Unelectable - Now, I've been saying this for a year and a half that Bush is unelectable, but now there appears to... MORE...
  • Is Growth Real? More on Inflation - The Bureau of Economic Affairs (BEA) has just done a massive reworking of how it calculates GDP, rejiggering numbers back... MORE...
  • Oregon SEIU Organizes String of Nursing Homes - Statewide Neutrality Pact Key Showing that bypassing the dysfunctional NLRB election system is often the key to establishing workers rights,... MORE...

    December 11, 2003
  • Low Cost of "Living Wage" Laws - A great story from Utah on a new study by the Brennan Center for Justice that details how living wage... MORE...
  • Europe Condemns US Workers Rights Violations - The European Commission is discussing the human and worker rights disaster in US workplaces. The sad fact is that the... MORE...
  • Conservatives and "Judicial Activism" - For conservatives, judicial activism is any decision they don't like. That's the only conclusion you can have reading pieces like... MORE...
  • Bush Attacks States Rights, Again - NY's Attorney General Eliot Spitzer is fighting another Bush assault on state powers to regulate corporations: The Comptroller of the... MORE...

    December 10, 2003
  • Out of Sight, Out of Mind - Outrageous.... MORE...
  • Judicial Restraint on McCain-Feingold - Now, I'm not going to say a lot about the substance of the McCain-Feingold decision by the Supreme Court, since... MORE...

    December 09, 2003
  • Bush Army Attacks Iraqi Union HQ - Act NOW! to help Iraqi unionists: On Saturday 6 December 2003 US occupation forces using about ten armoured cars and... MORE...
  • Significance of Gore Endorsement - ...Is that it's significant. This is a radical change from the past when the endorsement of the previous cycle's Democratic... MORE...
  • China's Job Problem is Our Problem - This is why any jobs recovery in the US is unlikely to be stable. Our millions of unemployed are competing... MORE...

    December 08, 2003
  • % of Population Employed Falling - Read this Brad DeLong post which highlights how serious the employment problem is out there. He looks not as the... MORE...
  • More on Why Contributions Not Bribery - In response to my post on why promised contributions to Nick Smith's son's campagin for a Medicare vote didn't constitute... MORE...
  • Argentina: End of Neoliberalism? - Hell is starting to freeze over...or rather the high citadels of international economic orthodoxy are starting to admit that IMF-driven... MORE...

    December 07, 2003
  • Where are the Iraqis? - Newt Gingrich has pointed out one of the most obvious stupidities of the new Coalition Provisional Authority. Writing in Newsweek,... MORE...
  • Blogging Awards - You can check out the WizBang Blog awards and vote, and if you feel like it, you could even vote... MORE...
  • Targetting the Poor - Reading history is wonderful for making you feel like political rhetoric is never new-- we just return to the same... MORE...
  • Winning Hearts and Minds... - ...in Afghanistan and...in Iraq.... MORE...
  • Will the Medicare Bill Kill the GOP? - For those of us who see danger for the GOP is passage of the Medicare prescription drug bill, an oft... MORE...
  • This is Not Bribery - Ever since Robert Novak reported that GOPer Nick Smith was told to vote yes on the Medicare vote or suffer... MORE...
  • Denying Medals to Coverup Casualties - Bush really does hate soldiers. Not only is he endangering their lives, but when they get hurt or killed, he's... MORE...

    December 06, 2003
  • Alterman on Kerry - Essentially, Alterman summarizes why it's sad that Kerry has run such a poor campaign-- he deserves far more respect than... MORE...

    December 05, 2003
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  • Retail Sales Disappoint - Job growth still looks low for any kind of real recovery and retail sales in November were relatively anemic. The... MORE...
  • 57,000 Lousy New Jobs - The BLS numbers-- although the alternative "Household Survey" continues to give a completely different message of high job growth. Part... MORE...

    December 04, 2003
  • Why I Like Daschle - A lot of folks piled on Daschle after the Medicare vote, calling to dump him in favor of someone supposedly... MORE...
  • Budget Pork Explodes Under GOP - Read this slam on the emerging GOP practice of ending merit-based grants in federal spending, and instead requiring "pay to... MORE...
  • Why Tort Lawyers Could Stop Viruses - The Economist has a long profile of the virus and spam problem infesting computers. One person quoted, Bruce Schneier, a... MORE...

    December 03, 2003
  • Don't Let Arnold Terminate the California Labor Centers! - See this link for more, but this is a crucial fight for progressives, not only in California but across the... MORE...
  • Write the Law, Get Hired by the Winners - Unbelievable-- read this and weep. An official helps dish out hundreds of billions of dollars to private industry, even as... MORE...
  • Let Politics Design School Vouchers - The Supreme Court is deciding whether financial aid must be provided to students studying theology-- the idea being that refusal... MORE...
  • Dean & Libertarians Hate "Right to Work" Laws - In Dean's Hardball appearance, Chris Matthews pressed him on whether he supported "right to work" laws. Dean gave a good... MORE...

    December 02, 2003
  • Selling Out - Hi all-- On the left column, you'll see a new box, labelled "BlogAds", the increasingly popular system selling ads on... MORE...
  • Taba and a Two-State Solution - I've been having a back and forth in comments with Joe on whether the Palestinians will ever accept a deal.... MORE...
  • Big Lies on Tort "Horror Stories" - Dave Johnson has a piece on the conservative movement's well-funded attacks on trial lawyers summarizing a report he wrote about... MORE...

    December 01, 2003
  • A Really Shitty Court Decision - I wish conservatives (or liberals) would get upset about this kind of judicial activism. This decision by the Eighth Circuit... MORE...
  • What is a Union Corporate Campaign? - I came across this 2002 Congressional testimony by Professor Jarol B. Manheim, which is one of the better descriptions I've... MORE...
  • New Series- Is Growth Real? - Without quite meaning to, I started a new linked series of posts on whether the recent GDP growth announced is... MORE...
  • Alan Shore Strikes Again - On The Practice, Shore leads again using the wrong methods for the right goals: defending a Romanian girl threatened with... MORE...
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    November 27, 2006
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    November 13, 2006
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    November 11, 2006
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    November 10, 2006
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    November 08, 2006
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    November 01, 2006
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    October 19, 2006
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    October 17, 2006
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    October 09, 2006
  • Emaciated Models, Labor Regulation - There's a bit of debate in the blogosphere around Spain's new law banning underweight models from the runways in that country. See Jordan, Amanda at Pandagon and Lindsay Beyerstein at Majikthise on whether this is an intrusive regulating violating free expression or something like that and whether OSHA safety regulations are appropriate. Just to throw my two cents in-- any broader OSHA approach would seem cumbersome and bureaucratically intrusive in a deep way. But the original Spanish proposal is brilliant in its high-impact, low-intrusion approach. Regulate only the fashion week type runways, where in a single spotcheck, models can be... MORE...

    October 03, 2006
  • Big loss for Labor-- - The National Labor Relations Board ruled today that a range of professionals are now deemed "supervisors" and thus lose all protections under labor law. That means if they say a positive thing about unions, their bosses are free to fire them at will. The AFL-CIO has more here. To put this denial of labor rights in perspective, 32 million workers or 25% of the workforce already have no right to form a union under federal, state or local law (see this GAO report and this ARAW summary). This includes: Supervisors 16.6 million workers, 8 million new supervisors plus traditional 8.6... MORE...

    September 27, 2006
  • Civil War on the Right- Dick Armey trashes Dobson - The economic business- right and the religious right are moving towards total civil war. This piece by former GOP Majority... MORE...

    September 24, 2006
  • Allen the Racist - Three college teammates confirm that George Allen regularly used the N- word: Allen said he came to Virginia because he... MORE...