July 20th, 2008

News

Sunday reading

"A human life, based on an economic analysis grounded in observations of everyday Americans, typically turns out to be worth $5 million to $8 million - about as much as a mega-mansion or a middle infielder. Now, for the first time, the EPA has used this little-known process to devalue life, something that environmentalists say could set a scary precedent, making it seem that lifesaving pollution reductions are not worth the cost."

"President Bush has filled top posts across his administration with people who do not agree with the missions of their organizations. His Environmental Protection Agency has failed to protect the environment; his Justice Department has promoted injustice. To lead the Department of Labor, Mr. Bush appointed Elaine Chao, who took office in 2001 arguing that states should be able to opt out of the federal minimum wage - a terrible idea that would drive down wages for the lowest-paid employees. For more than seven years, Ms. Chao has run a department that has tilted toward employers and failed to properly enforce labor laws."

"In short, what Maliki is saying is: Please leave, as soon as possible. He may be saying this for local, political reasons, in the run up to the regional Iraqi elections, but he's saying it. In the U.S., this is all bad news for the McCain campaign. Yes, McCain was right about the Surge, but that is a small, tactical truth too complicated to be understood by most Americans. Maliki Endorses Obama Withdrawal Plan is a headline everyone can understand."

"The movie's spirit is somewhere between High School Musical and Hedwig and the Angry Inch; it's at once dorkily wholesome and proudly slutty. It posits a transgenerational, pansexual paradise that's so deeply queer that when one of the characters comes out of the closet late in the movie, the revelation seems superfluous. We've just spent the last 90 minutes singing ABBA while line-dancing on docks in snorkeling flippers, and you're telling us you're gay?"

Darkseid is.

son of a biscuit

This is rumor control, here are the facts.

So. Our lovely apartment complex, which has been irritating us as of recently with a bevy of minor issues, has in their graciousness decided to raise our rent again. In the letter regarding the renewal of our lease, they mention they are raising it the maximum amount that the county allows. Which is the same percentage they raised it last year. I can only presume they don't actually want people to continue living there, with tactics like that. This is more entertaining considering the recent survey they sent us asking about how they can improve their residents service program, and asking what we wanted in the way of increasing community service. We weren't sure this joint was worth the amount they raised it to last year. I certainly know it isn't worth another increase on top of that.

The short version is, we have to move again in a few months, once we've saved up enough to afford movers and a deposit at the new place, wherever that may be. M. was already looking at options beforehand, so we'll kick that up a notch. Accessibility to the Metro and to wherever Z. end up are key in this regard. Details to follow as they emerge.