Where interesting may be starting
I’d been avoiding making this blog personal, mostly. Because I have enough of myself all out on the internet that I’m comfortable with, and I wanted to have more conversations about important things, and because I was really convinced that no on would want to read a personal blog about me. Those are all still true. However. I was laid off a couple of weeks ago. It hasn’t been...
The World We Want Is Us - Alice Walker
It moves my heart to see your awakened faces; the look of “aha!” shining, finally, in so many wide open eyes. Yes, we are the 99% all of us refusing to forget each other no matter, in our hunger, what crumbs are dropped by the 1%. The world we want is on the way; Arundhati and now we are hearing her breathing. That world we want is Us; united; already moving into it. ...
Personally, I think it’s a racist attack on a heritage organization.– Brigade Commander Frank Johnson with The Sons of Confederate Veterans, discussing why people are upset about the idea of Texas having an official license plate displaying the Confederate flag.
Open Congress →
I just wanted to make sure you are all familiar with OpenCongress. This website is non-profit and non-partisan. You can read the bills that are being voted on, find your representatives, and then see how they voted. Every citizen should be keeping track of these sorts of things, and this website makes it super easy.
The 10 American Cities With the Lowest Credit... →
4 out of the 10 cities are in Texas. And also there’s this bit of reality: The cities with the worst credit scores primarily fall into two categories. In the first category, the cities’ median household incomes are significantly lower than the national average of $51,425, and the cities’ average debt is medium to high. Very poor cities such as El Paso, TX, and Jackson, MS...
CHARTS: Here's What The Wall Street Protesters Are... →
Average hourly earnings have not increased in 50 years (adjusted for inflation) and CEO pay has gone up 300% since 1990. US is 93rd in the world in income equality. Average Wall Street salary is 6 times the average private sector salary
Some thoughts from Occupy
Since losing my job I’ve been spending some time with the Occupy Houston movement. No doubt, I love it, and I love what the movement stands for. And yesterday was the best yet in terms of support. We shared our space with a local Farmers Market, and I actually had people come and thank me. Of course, it didn’t go without a single “get a job” retort, but it was way more...
Job bill fails →
“Republicans vehemently oppose a recently added provision that would fund the measure through a 5.6% surtax on annual incomes over $1 million.”