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22 June 2006 @ 02:29 pm
Good read: "The controversy over a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer is a sign of the deep suspicion on both sides of the cultural divide. It needn't be that way."

Specter schedules a hearing on signing statements. Fingers crossed.

Lou Dobbs on Congress's new pay raise.

The global media market is set to take off.

* The growing problem of rape as a weapon of war.
* What the? Republicans stop a vote to extend the Voting Rights Act.
* Despite polls, Republicans re-embrace the war issue. More coverage on the gambit by Dan Froomkin.
* Dana Milbank covers the Republican revolt.
* Widespread corruption inside the Bureau Of Indian Affairs?
* Red Cross votes to admit Israel.
* Bush was driven to protect a marine wildlife reserve thanks to a movie he saw.
* How Germany refound its patriotism, with the help of a ball.
* On Lieberman, and how principles aren't everything.
* Earth, hottest in 400 years.
* Arthur Miller and the FBI.
* Write your own punchline: someone bought
* Ultimate Fighting goes big time: the growth of mixed martial arts.

The enduring popularity of Superman.

Searching for Nelson Mandela's buried gun.

Adopted woman tracks down her birth mother... to a former co-worker.
Strange Detractor: cloud 1professorbooty on June 22nd, 2006 06:45 pm (UTC)
I'm not the first to point this out, but...
"With a stroke of a pen, the president not only can accomplish the single largest act of conservation in U.S. history, but he can inspire the American public on the broader importance of our ocean and coastal environments," said a senior administration official who requested anonymity.
Godspeed, brave, anonymous whistleblower... godspeed.
sjosjo on June 22nd, 2006 07:15 pm (UTC)
The growing problem of rape as a weapon of war.

This is a bit misleading. Until fairly recent times, rape was almost expected when one was on the losing side of a war, or in an occupied territory. I'm absolutely not saying that's a good thing, because it isn't... however, the implication that rape as a weapon of war is new... well, that indicates some serious lack of historical context.
Strange Detractor: cloud 2professorbooty on June 22nd, 2006 07:28 pm (UTC)
I was thinking the same thing...
PMMJ: MTV Newscheetahmaster on June 23rd, 2006 12:08 am (UTC)
I suppose I could specify 'the current application thereof' or somesuch.
Genethatwhichisgene on June 22nd, 2006 08:24 pm (UTC)
Speaking of historical knowledge ...
... or lack thereof. BIA has a long standing reputation as the most corrupt and incompetent agency of the US government.
I'm surprised when honesty and competence are found in BIA actions.
That Guynecrocannibal on June 23rd, 2006 02:58 am (UTC)
minimum wage (whipcrack) HEEYAHH
Maybe I have drunk the kool aid, but how would increasing minimum wage help people whose jobs are shipped overseas to people who work in sweatshops? There is no protection from factory owners who want to do that anyway, or anything to make them competitive with other factories that are already overseas. The competition is not even paying anything close to minimum wage or taxes so that is a losing battle anyway.

With all the anti-immigrant election year propaganda that is spewing everywhere, there is also little talk of fining or punishing employers of illegal immigrants either --- they are also not paid minimum wage, and I assume, keep all wages artificially low... as well as fruit and vegetable prices which I guess could be beneficial to everyone that eats fruits or vegetables... But the point being that illegal migrant labor is also in competition with minimum wage jobs.

I have heard (NPR) fruit farmers say that you could not pay someone minimum wage to pick fruit since the people who pick the fruit travel north as the fruit ripens over the season; well that is his problem, if he needs to pay someone to travel away from home for the season than too bad, it looks like someone might have to be paid well.

(Anonymous) on June 23rd, 2006 03:19 am (UTC)
Re: minimum wage (whipcrack) HEEYAHH
HEY why don't I read the article first -- not convinced. The idea that raising the minimum wage is raising the price of a commodity item taht is a component in all other pricing still makes sense to me.

I thought the examples of Henry Ford and some states having a higher wage is not really relative. Those are both examples where some workers are being pade more than most other workers -- therefore those workers are better offf. Also, they're paid "more than" an average. There's a wider variety of things they can buy that are priced towards minimum wage workers, made by minimum wage workers.

Also -- if the minimum wage is so cheap, why is unemployment at 4.6 percent?

I am not well informed on this, and I really ought to pick up a book about it, and it's a big discussion to pick up so it's kind of crappy for me to spill all this but I wanted to vent.
That Guynecrocannibal on June 23rd, 2006 03:20 am (UTC)
Re: minimum wage (whipcrack) HEEYAHH
that was me, logged out AND uninformed.
PMMJ: The Red Skullcheetahmaster on June 23rd, 2006 12:11 pm (UTC)
Also -- if the minimum wage is so cheap, why is unemployment at 4.6 percent?

Well, we can also discuss 'underemployed' at some point.

NPR mentioned yesterday or the day before that a year's salary at minimum wage is under $11K a year, and I don't know anywhere you could actually live in America on that salary.