Monthly Archives: November 2009

Saving is for wimps!  I have a plan for affordable housing.

Local legislators put their federal counterparts to shame when dealing with foreclosures

Local legislators put their federal counterparts to shame when dealing with foreclosures

To protect neighboring property values and prevent health hazards that surround an unkempt, foreclosed home, the bill S66007 would require lending institutions to maintain the property so that it remains in a safe and habitable condition. To protect the tenant, the lending institution that acquires the foreclosed property must notify the tenant at least 90


Health Insurance corporations and their execs are terrorists

Wonder why? Because insurance companies can profit from blocking down reform. A newly identified report from Goldman Sachs looked at the impact of health reform on major health insurance companies and put it in stark terms – insurance company earnings could be cut by 50% over the next decade if the Senate Finance Committee version


I like Bernie Sanders’s banking act

That said, Mr. Sanders’s philosophy seems sensible. Breaking up the biggest financial firms would remove unfair subsidies in the form of implicit government backing, sharply reduce systemic risk, and perhaps foster greater competition. Given the poor performance of some of the biggest financial conglomerates, it might even benefit shareholders. It’s quite a show of capitalist


AG Cuomo goes after spaceman (Intel)

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo filed an antitrust lawsuit against Intel, alleging the chipmaker threatened computer makers and paid kickbacks to stop them from using competitors’ chips, Cuomo’s office said Wednesday. via NY attorney general Cuomo files antitrust suit against Intel – Nov. 4, 2009. What ever happened to the free market (sarcasm) of


Workers get some sleep!

This isn’t the first study to show that interrupting natural sleep cycles is harmful. A previous study whose mouse participants were even more unfortunate found that chronic jet lag can be fatal. Uh, yikes. Suddenly my frequent flier miles are looking less appealing. Another study, this time with hamsters in the unfortunate role of the


Small things I gleamed from a trip to New York

I’m heading back home to the DC Metro area tomorrow but I wanted to blog about three observations I’ve made in traveling back and forth from Manhattan to Hartsdale, NY to visit mom & sis. The first thing was an ad I saw in a subway car about a local police union that wanted to


Indoor plants good for the office

New research shows that ornamental plants can drastically reduce levels of stress and ill health and boost performance levels at work because they soak up harmful indoor air pollution. via Indoor Plants Could Save Your Life | If you work in an office it appears that getting some plants will help filter out those


Screw credit cards and the banks!

Lenders are making the moves in advance of tougher federal regulations for credit cards scheduled to take effect on Feb. 22. The new rules will limit how companies can modify credit card agreements, specifically prohibiting them from retroactively raising interest rates and fees on existing balances. via Credit Card Firms Hurry to Raise Rates |


Why would a health group take money from Coca-Cola?

The American Academy of Family Physicians has prompted outcry and lost members over its new six-figure alliance with the Coca-Cola Co. The deal will fund educational materials about soft drinks for the academy’s consumer health and wellness Web site, via Coke to Bring You Advice About Health and Soft Drinks | Of course


No jobs in America so Americans are leaving!

James is awaiting final approval on his visa to Korea. The hagwon, a special school for learning English, has hired him for about $1,000 a month plus living expenses. He explains that it’s the best he can do: even the Korean English-teaching market, which used to hire any college graduate with a pulse for $2,000