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How the internet is making us poor – Quartz
Barring a civilization-ending event, technology is not going to move backward. More and more of our world will be controlled by software. It’s already become so ubiquitous that, argues one of my colleagues, it’s now ridiculous to call some firms as “tech” companies when all companies depend on it so much.
to:fb  automation  software  future  work  economy  jobs  technology 
april 2013 by deusx
Daily Kos: Elizabeth Warren: 'Why aren’t we rebuilding America?'
It really is that simple. The nation's roads, bridges, electrical grid, water systems, national parks—the whole infrastructure—is crumbling. At the same time unemployment remains persistently high. Put people to work fixing the stuff that's broken. It's not rocket science.

It would be that simple, except for a Republican Party that won't do what's best for the country, won't attempt to fix these things because fixing these things might help reelect President Obama and Democrats in Congress. Furthermore, making the country work proves that government works, and Republicans want none of that.
politics  warren  economy  jobs  to:fb 
july 2012 by deusx
Unemployment Rate Without Government Cuts: 7.1% - Real Time Economics - WSJ
One reason the unemployment rate may have remained persistently high: The sharp cuts in state and local government spending in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, and the layoffs those cuts wrought.
politics  duh  to:fb  economy 
may 2012 by deusx
Nobody Understands Debt - NYTimes.com
So yes, debt matters. But right now, other things matter more. We need more, not less, government spending to get us out of our unemployment trap. And the wrongheaded, ill-informed obsession with debt is standing in the way.
politics  economy  debt  money 
january 2012 by deusx
Daily Kos: John McCain is worried House Republicans are making the entire Republican Party look bad
But whether John McCain or House Republicans have done or are doing more damage to the Republican Party isn't something that most people care about. What they care about is making sure that Congress doesn't raise their taxes while the economy is still in recovery. And if Republicans cared more about that, we wouldn't be facing this stalemate now. The American public would be better off, and so would the GOP.
politics  republicans  economy 
december 2011 by deusx
Walmart Heirs Worth Same Amount As Bottom 30 Percent Of Americans In 2007: Analysis
The six children of Walmart's founders, Sam and James "Bud" Walton, had the same net worth in 2007 as the entire bottom 30 percent of American earners, according to an analysis from Sylvia Allegretto, a labor economist at University of California-Berkeley's Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics.
wtf  walmart  wealthinequality  economy  politics 
december 2011 by deusx
Occupy George
Money talks, but not loud enough for the 99%. By circulating dollar bills stamped with fact-based infographics, Occupy George informs the public of America's daunting economic disparity one bill at a time. Because money knowledge is power.
occupy  ows  george  politics  money  economy 
december 2011 by deusx
The Death of the Fringe Suburb - NYTimes.com
For too long, we over-invested in the wrong places. Those retail centers and subdivisions will never be worth what they cost to build. We have to stop throwing good money after bad. It is time to instead build what the market wants: mixed-income, walkable cities and suburbs that will support the knowledge economy, promote environmental sustainability and create jobs.
suburbs  economy  jobs  cities 
november 2011 by deusx
Occupy language: the struggle over meaning | Dan Gillmor | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
If we know anything about the recent income and accumulated assets of the now notorious 1%, it is that much of this wealth, by any rational standard, is undeserved. This applies especially to the Wall Street bankers who looted the global economy with sleazy tactics and, sadly, also with impunity.

That is why, if I was the editor in charge of any news organisation, I would flatly ban the use of the word "earned", when "profited" or "made" (as in money) would be much more accurate, or at least neutral. I would not try to say who "deserved" profits; only that profits were made.
politics  economy  occupy  ows  money  finance  anger 
november 2011 by deusx
Daily Kos: Super Congress failed because of Republican allegiance to Grover Norquist
No, both sides aren't to blame for failure. That goes entirely to the Republicans. Maybe we should actually be giving credit to them for their refusal to accept the gutted sacred cows Democrats offered up on a silver platter. At this point you almost have to be grateful to Grover Norquist for keeping the Republicans in line and saving entitlement programs, this round.
politics  supercommittee  republicans  economy 
november 2011 by deusx
How a New Jobless Era Will Transform America - Magazine - The Atlantic
The Great Recession may be over, but this era of high joblessness is probably just beginning. Before it ends, it will likely change the life course and character of a generation of young adults. It will leave an indelible imprint on many blue-collar men. It could cripple marriage as an institution in many communities. It may already be plunging many inner cities into a despair not seen for decades. Ultimately, it is likely to warp our politics, our culture, and the character of our society for years to come.
economy  jobs  psychology  unemployment  youth 
november 2011 by deusx
Homeless-Mocking Foreclosure Firm Shutting Down -- Daily Intel
The New York law firm Steven J. Baum P.C., which specialized in mortgage foreclosures, announced that it would close today, less than a month after the New York Times published photos of its employees dressed as homeless people for Halloween, in a twist too absurd for 30 Rock. "Disrupting the livelihoods of so many dedicated and hardworking people is extremely painful, but the loss of so much business left us no choice but to file these notices," said Baum in a statement. Last week, following Times columnist Joe Nocera's publication of the offensive pictures from the company's Halloween party last year, Nocera received an angry e-mail from Baum: "Mr. Nocera — You have destroyed everything and everyone related to Steven J. Baum PC. It took 40 years to build this firm and three weeks to tear down." Our sympathy receptors must be broken today.
banks  foreclosures  housing  economy  boohoo  mortgages 
november 2011 by deusx
Detroit to Lay Off 9 Percent of Public Work Force - NYTimes.com
The jobs of 1,000 city employees in Detroit, or about 9 percent of that city’s public work force, will be eliminated early next year, Mayor Dave Bing announced on Friday, adding new, painful details to his plan to save the city from running out of money.
detroit  michigan  economy 
november 2011 by deusx
The Silver Bear Cafe
$16,000,000,000,000.00 had been secretly given out to US banks and corporations and foreign banks everywhere from France to Scotland. From the period between December 2007 and June 2010, the Federal Reserve had secretly bailed out many of the world’s banks, corporations, and governments. The Federal Reserve likes to refer to these secret bailouts as an all-inclusive loan program, but virtually none of the money has been returned and it was loaned out at 0% interest. Why the Federal Reserve had never been public about this or even informed the United States Congress about the $16 trillion dollar bailout is obvious - the American public would have been outraged to find out that the Federal Reserve bailed out foreign banks while Americans were struggling to find jobs.
wtf  economy  government  bailouts  politics 
november 2011 by deusx
The End of Cheap Coffee: Why the Diner Staple Is About to Become a Luxury - Lifestyle - GOOD
Mother Nature might be on the side of Giuliano and his cohorts. At the exact moment that rare beans are becoming all the rage, all beans are becoming rarer. The price of a cup of coffee—whether it be a $6 pour-over, a $2.50 dark roast at Starbucks, or a $1.50 mug of diner swill—is being driven up by a complex combination of weather events, pest and fungus outbreaks, speculation on commodities exchanges, an unstable labor market in the developing world, and an unprecedented thirst for good coffee among a growing global middle class. The problem, in simple economic terms, is that supply has gone down and demand has gone up.
coffee  climate  economy  climatechange  culture 
november 2011 by deusx
Is Layaway Ever a Good Idea?
Imagine a mother going to Wal-Mart on Oct. 17 and buying $100 worth of Christmas toys. She makes a down payment of $10 and pays a $5 service fee. Over the next two months she pays off the rest. In effect, she is paying $5 in interest for a $90 loan for two months: the equivalent of a credit card with a 44 percent annual percentage rate, a level most of us would consider predatory.
economy  walmart  layaway  credit 
november 2011 by deusx
Political Animal - House readies vote on Balanced Budget Amend.
House Republicans don’t have time to address the jobs crisis, but they do have time for proposed constitutional amendments that would make the jobs crisis worse.
politics  republicans  economy 
november 2011 by deusx
Daily Kos: House readies vote on Balanced Budget Amendment, another bill that's not about jobs
This afternoon the House will vote on another pointless, partisan, finger-pointing bill, but at least this one doesn't directly attack women, so there's that. Today it's the Balanced Budget Amendment, just about the worst idea for the economy as a whole they could come up with. Really.
politics  government  economy  republicans 
november 2011 by deusx
Finally, a Judge Stands up to Wall Street | Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone
Imagine a car thief who, when caught driving a stolen Lexus, tells the police he simply stepped into the wrong car and drove off by mistake. Now imagine he tells the same story when, two years later, he’s caught screaming over the GW bridge in a stolen Mercedes.
law  economy  sec  fraud 
november 2011 by deusx
End Bonuses for Bankers - NYTimes.com
What would banking look like if bonuses were eliminated? It would not be too different from what it was like when I was a bank intern in the 1980s, before the wave of deregulation that culminated in the 1999 repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act, the Depression-era law that had separated investment and commercial banking. Before then, bankers and lenders were boring “lifers.” Banking was bland and predictable; the chairman’s income was less than that of today’s junior trader. Investment banks, which paid bonuses and weren’t allowed to lend, were partnerships with skin in the game, not gamblers playing with other people’s money.
economy  banking  politics  bailouts 
november 2011 by deusx
Daily Kos: Mitch McConnell: Obama jobs bill was designed to make Republicans look bad for rejecting it
You know what, Mitch? If you don't want to look "intransigent" ... then don't be intransigent! If you don't want to look like you're sabotaging the economy ... then don't sabotage the economy! And if you think rejecting the jobs bill makes you look bad ... then don't reject it!
politics  republicans  jobs  economy 
november 2011 by deusx
GOP Rep. Joe Walsh Melts Down, Screams At Constituents: 'Dont Blame Banks!...I Am Tired Of Hearing That Crap!' | ThinkProgress
Freshman Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) is known for his anti-Obama rhetoric on cable television and his inability to pay his child support payments. But during a recent meeting with constituents in his Chicago-area suburban district, Walsh lost his cool when several attendees asked about why banks have so much power in government. At one point, Walsh even threatened to eject a man who asked Walsh about the revolving door of bank lobbyists infiltrating Congress and financial regulatory agencies.
politics  banks  economy 
november 2011 by deusx
Daily Kos: Republican filibuster of infrastructure bill is one more piece of economic sabotage
What we're seeing here is another piece of evidence that Republicans are more committed—much more committed—to opposing Barack Obama than to doing even the most basic, routine things to keep the economy going and keep bridges from collapsing under us. Filibusters like this are exactly why 50 percent of people believe Republicans are intentionally sabotaging the economy. (And, of course, Joe Lieberman and Ben Nelson are joining them.)
politics  infrastructure  economy  jobs 
november 2011 by deusx
The Politics of Austerity - NYTimes.com
In many respects, austerity feeds on itself. If the country needs to invest in education and rebuilding infrastructure to regain competitiveness, as many economists of varying ideological stripes argue, those initiatives are in large part precluded in a political environment that places top priority on deficit and debt reduction. Retrenchment, in effect, becomes a noose, choking off prospects for growth.
politics  economy  government 
november 2011 by deusx
Rich Class fighting 99%, winning big-time - Paul B. Farrell - MarketWatch
They’re fighting you, winning big-time, and you’re the loser. It’s just one generation since conservatives put Reagan in office: In those three short decades the income and wealth of the top 1% has tripled while the income of the bottom 99% of all Americans has stagnated or dropped.
...
Yes, folks, America really is under attack daily. We are fighting on the defense in an historic class warfare. Yes, the Rich Class really did start this war. And yes, they really are winning, big-time. And yes, they are addicted to winning at all costs, to get richer and richer just for the sake of getting richer and richer.
economy  jobs  wealth  money  politics  ows  occupywallstreet  occupy 
november 2011 by deusx
GOP leader dons flak jacket after friendly fire on spending bills - TheHill.com
The debate over spending among Republicans in Congress has become so intense that one Senate Republican leader has started wearing a flak jacket to meetings.
politics  economy  republicans 
november 2011 by deusx
memeorandum: Michigan City Removes Streetlights In Desperate Budget Cut (ThinkProgress)
ThinkProgress:Michigan City Removes Streetlights In Desperate Budget Cut  —  States and cities around the country have desperately slashed spending in the face of record budget deficits, including unpaving roads, shrinking schools, closing libraries, and even a failed attempt to decriminalize ...
ttrss  shared  detroit  michigan  economy 
november 2011 by deusx
memeorandum: Senate blocks $60 billion infrastructure plan, another part of Obama jobs bill (Rosalind S. Helderman/Washington Post)
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:Senate blocks $60 billion infrastructure plan, another part of Obama jobs bill  —  The Senate shot down another piece of President Obama's $447 billion jobs bill Thursday, as a stalemated Congress goes through the motions of attempting legislation to spur...
ttrss  shared  economy  jobs  taxes  politics 
november 2011 by deusx
Daily Kos: Two thirds of Iowa Republicans are really, really stupid
Two-thirds of likely Iowa Republican caucus goers earning less than $50,000 a year believe they personally would be better off or in the same situation under Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 tax plan, The Des Moines Register’s new Iowa Poll shows.

Research-group reviews of the plan have found that most families making $100,000 or less would pay thousands of dollars more each year.
politics  cain  taxes  economy 
november 2011 by deusx
Google mulls divorcing Chamber of Commerce - Jennifer Martinez - POLITICO.com
Many in the tech industry believe the Chamber is doing the bidding of Hollywood and other deep-pocketed members of the content industry. The Chamber believes the IP bills are needed to stop rogue sites from profiting off the content its members spend millions making.
politics  economy  copyfight 
november 2011 by deusx
memeorandum: Boehner: Debt deal will include new tax revenues (Nancy Cordes/CBS News)
Nancy Cordes / CBS News:Boehner: Debt deal will include new tax revenues  —  House Speaker John Boehner addressed one of the biggest sticking points for the 12 member Congressional “supercommittee” today, acknowledging that any bipartisan agreement will need to include some new tax revenue.
politics  republicans  taxes  economy 
november 2011 by deusx
Daily Kos: John Boehner: 'Nobody' wants to pay for infrastructure
"Everybody believes we have infrastructure deficiencies and more needs to be spent to repair, replace and in some cases build new infrastructure," Boehner said in a speech. "The problem is nobody wants to pay for it."
republicans  jobs  politics  economy 
november 2011 by deusx
Daily Kos: Senate Republicans united in obstructing job creation, infrastructure repair
Today, the Senate is talking about whether they should vote to debate a jobs bill. Another Republican filibuster looms, in which the Republican Senate won't even vote to allow the Senate to debate and vote on doing a little something to try to save this economy. In this madness, Democratic leadership hopes to at the very least shame Republicans and possibly get a few of them to peel off from the Republican agenda of wrecking everything in sight and stealing all the rest.
republicans  jobs  politics  economy 
november 2011 by deusx
Democrats vow to block spending riders - Seung Min Kim - POLITICO.com
In a letter to Speaker John Boehner, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and 182 other House Democrats signaled that including controversial policy provisions known as riders could again risk a government shutdown, and the lawmakers demanded that those measures be removed.
politics  republicans  economy  jobs 
november 2011 by deusx
Mayor Bloomberg: 'It Was Not The Banks That Created The Mortgage Crisis' | ThinkProgress
A favorite conservative pastime since the financial crisis of 2008 struck is to try and deflect blame away from Wall Street and its excesses and onto Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and government housing policy. No matter how many times the theory that the government mortgage giants caused the crisis gets debunked, it keeps on coming back to life.
politics  occupywallstreet  economy  bloomberg  ows  occupy 
november 2011 by deusx
Bank Of America CEO To Activists: The Pressure Is Working » Rainforest Action Network Blog
Via Crooks & Liars we learn that Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan is “incensed” about all the pressure being brought to bear on his bank and its shady practices. In other words, what Moynihan is saying is: “The pressure is working. Keep it up.”
occupywallstreet  banks  economy  bofa  ows  occupy 
november 2011 by deusx
Nobody could've predicted that slashing budgets crashes economies
They kept spraying water on the wood, but they just couldn't get the fireplace started
economy  politics  morons  from google
september 2011 by deusx
Lowden Plan Medical Chicken Calculator
"Senate hopeful Sue Lowden’s plan for Healthcare reform is to barter chickens for medical procedures. But you may be unsure how many chickens are required for your medical care. This handy calculator converts many common procedures into chickens so you won’t look like an idiot at your next Doctor’s Appointment. "
lowden  medical  barter  economy  politics  satire  funny  healthcare  from delicious
april 2010 by deusx
Jeff Schweitzer: Dow Hovers Near 11,000: This is Obama's Market
"With jaw-dropping, surreal, outrageous, unbelievable hypocrisy probably never before matched in scope and breadth, by the first week of March 2009, just over one month into the Obama presidency, Republicans were blaming Obama for the dire economic news. For eight years under Bush any bad news was Clinton's fault; just one month into Obama's presidency, Bush was innocent of all blame. We do not have a vocabulary that can capture the deep absurdity of this assault on reason."
bush  obama  politics  economy  republicans  crazypants  from delicious
april 2010 by deusx
New College Graduates To Be Cryogenically Frozen Until Job Market Improves | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
"The bill, expected to swiftly pass in both houses, would facilitate the subzero preservation of any graduate of a two- or four-year educational institution. Sponsors of the initiative said that with the national unemployment rate at just under 10 percent, it only made sense for young job-seekers to temporarily enter a state of supercooled stasis. "
funny  economy  education  unemployment  from delicious
march 2010 by deusx
Judging Stimulus by Job Data Reveals Success — Officially Lucky ❡ a blog by Clint Ecker
"Imagine if, one year ago, Congress had passed a stimulus bill that really worked. ... Well, it would look almost exactly as it does now. Because those nice descriptions of the stimulus that I just gave aren’t hypothetical. They are descriptions of the actual bill."
stimulus  economy  jobs  unemployment  politics  from delicious
february 2010 by deusx
The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs: I'm really thinking maybe I shouldn't have yelled at that Chinese guy so much
"We all know that there's no fucking way in the world we should have microwave ovens and refrigerators and TV sets and everything else at the prices we're paying for them. There's no way we get all this stuff and everything is done fair and square and everyone gets treated right. ... everything you own, it's all done on the backs of millions of poor people whose lives are so awful you can't even begin to imagine them, people who will do anything to get a life that is a tiny bit better than the shitty one they were born into, people who get exploited and treated like shit and, in the worst of all cases, pay with their lives."
gadgets  china  standardofliving  economy  politics  technology  economics 
july 2009 by deusx
It’s The Internet Stupid › A Comment on Notice of Inquiry, FCC GN Docket No. 09-51
"There’s risk in confusing broadband and Internet. If the National Broadband Plan starts from the premise that the U.S. needs the innovation, increased productivity, new ideas and freedoms of expression that the Internet affords, then the Plan will be shaped around the Internet. If, instead, the Plan is premised on a need for broadband, it fails to address the ARRA’s mandated objectives directly. More importantly, the premise that broadband is the primary goal entertains the remaking of the Internet in ways that could put its benefits at risk. The primary goal of the Plan should be broadband connections to the Internet."
broadband  internet  politics  netneutrality  privacy  economy  government 
june 2009 by deusx
MichaelMoore.com : Goodbye, GM ...by Michael Moore
"100 years ago this year, the founders of General Motors convinced the world to give up their horses and saddles and buggy whips to try a new form of transportation. Now it is time for us to say goodbye to the internal combustion engine. It seemed to serve us well for so long. We enjoyed the car hops at the A&W. We made out in the front -- and the back -- seat. We watched movies on large outdoor screens, went to the races at NASCAR tracks across the country, and saw the Pacific Ocean for the first time through the window down Hwy. 1. And now it's over. It's a new day and a new century. The President -- and the UAW -- must seize this moment and create a big batch of lemonade from this very sour and sad lemon. "
michaelmoore  cars  flint  gm  michigan  detroit  economy  environment 
june 2009 by deusx
About Detroit Community Scrip
"There are two levels to the variety of retail participants. One, are those who simply accept Cheers as currency on a one to one with the US Dollar. The 3 Cheers note is worth 3 dollars; and change will be issued in us currency for purchases made with cheers when the cost of the item is less. The second are those who issue the currency and are identified on the tail side of the bill. The commitment of those who issue is that they will always keep in cash reserve the amount of their issue. Confidence in the notes are equal to the trust you have in the people behind them. The notes are expensive to produce and are as real as money, please do not treat them as paper, do not take them if you are not going to spend them. "
detroit  michigan  economy  scrip  detroitcheers 
may 2009 by deusx
Tax Tea Party Time, Part Two - Forbes.com
"People should remember that while they have the right to their opinion, they are not entitled to be taken seriously. That only comes from having credibility gained by the correct presentation of facts and analysis and a willingness to be even-handed--criticizing one's own side when it is wrong and not only speaking up when the other party does the same thing."
economy  taxes  teaparty  opinions  morons 
april 2009 by deusx
Rands In Repose: The Makers of Things
"Someone, sometime soon is going to start describing the climb out of this impressive hole we’ve dug for ourselves, and they’re going to call it “America 2.0”. Clever, yes. We need a new version of ourselves and that’s going to involve bright, unexpected ideas from those we least expect them from, and they’re going to strike you as impossible. All you need to do to understand these terrifyingly ambitious ideas is to look back at what we’ve already done to understand what we can do."
amen  america  brooklyn  bridges  economy  innovation 
march 2009 by deusx
Nuclear power? Yes please! - Ars Technica
"Nuclear power will have to form part of a comprehensive post-carbon energy infrastructure, and its downsides are greatly overstated, according to a group of experts."
nuclear  power  economy  energy 
march 2009 by deusx
Op-Ed Contributor - For Sale - The $100 House - NYTimes.com
"But the city offers a much greater attraction for artists than $100 houses. Detroit right now is just this vast, enormous canvas where anything imaginable can be accomplished. From Tyree Guyton’s Heidelberg Project (think of a neighborhood covered in shoes and stuffed animals and you’re close) to Matthew Barney’s “Ancient Evenings” project (think Egyptian gods reincarnated as Ford Mustangs and you’re kind of close), local and international artists are already leveraging Detroit’s complex textures and landscapes to their own surreal ends. "
detroit  art  economy 
march 2009 by deusx
LET IT DIE: Rushkoff on the economy | ARTHUR MAGAZINE - WE FOUND THE OTHERS
"The current financial crisis is the best opportunity we have had in a very long time for a bloodless revolution against the faceless fascism under which we have been living, unaware, for much too long. Let us seize the day."
economy  history  revolution 
march 2009 by deusx
GOP Fighting For Money From Stimulus They Opposed
"House Republicans, as a group, may take great pride in the goose egg they offered President Obama's stimulus package. But now the unanimous opposition is struggling to bring that money home. "
stimulus  politics  obama  economy  gop  republicans 
february 2009 by deusx
At Dem retreat, a partisan love fest - Glenn Thrush and Patrick O'Connor - Politico.com
"A fired-up Barack Obama ditched his TelePrompter to rally House Democrats and rip Republican opponents of his recovery package Thursday night – at one point openly mocking the GOP for failing to follow through on promises of bipartisanship. "
politics  obama  economy  stimulus 
february 2009 by deusx
the man strikes again, youtube wars » amanda fucking palmer » blog
"did i mention that being on a major label is starting to seem like…..not such a grand idea?"
amandapalmer  music  videos  labels  licensing  economy  warner 
december 2008 by deusx
kewlchops: Not quite what I had in mind.
""I'll just get straight to the point. You've been affected by the layoffs." ... I watched as my access to various parts of the guts of Flickr fell away. I noticed how naturally I searched for any and all bits I could think of, just in the hope that it still existed. But no. I was shut out entirely within about 14 hours of the phone call. ... I was beginning to feel humiliated, particularly given what I was up to. You know, being in Taiwan at an international conference to talk about my work."
flickr  yahoo  layoffs  morons  yahoo!  georgeoates  economy  jobs 
december 2008 by deusx
Want Real Stimulus? Try Universal Health Care - BusinessWeek
"Health-care reform would put one of the most productive sectors in the U.S. to work to shore up the nation's economy, says BW contributing editor Chris Farrell"
medicine  politics  economy  universalhealthcare 
december 2008 by deusx
Bob Sutton: The Auto Industry Bailout: Thoughts About Why GM Executives Are Clueless And Their Destructive “No We Can’t” Mindset
"In short, my view is that if GM can’t figure out ways to get their managers and executives to understand the experience of owning a car for the average person, if they can’t get rid of those jets, and if they can’t reduce the number of brands, and if they can’t make a host of other changes required to make them competitive, than my answer is “no, you can’t have our money.” "
automotive  industry  gm  autos  economy  bailout  detroit  michigan  failure  strategy  business 
november 2008 by deusx
Heather Ion, David Brin, Harold M. Koenig talk about resiliency in a time of financial turmoil | Tom Munnecke's Eclectica
"this can be an opportunity, in disguise – a chance to emphasize community and neighborhood connections that used to fortify earlier Americans, in hard times. Activities that don’t require much money or new-bought goods, but fill our emotional and practical needs. In that spirit, here is a short list of ways that neighborhoods might rebuild that old village feeling, increasing local self-reliance while enjoying greater connection and meaning."
economy  communities  resiliency 
october 2008 by deusx
What If US Collapses? Soviet Collapse Lessons Every American Needs To Know | MadConomist.com
"The point that I do want to stress is that when this economy collapses, it is bound to be much worse. Another point I would like to stress is that collapse here is likely to be permanent. The factors that allowed Russia and the other former Soviet republics to recover are not present here."
economy  america  us  collapse  russia  preparedness 
october 2008 by deusx
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