Increasing Awareness

Sep 01

“Politicians should wear uniforms like NASCAR drivers so we can identify their corporate sponsors.” — anonymous

(Source: twitter.com)

Federal Government to Trucking Companies: Yes, You Have to Hire Alcoholic Drivers -

hilker:

The federal government has sued a major trucking company for its firing of driver with an admitted alcohol abuse problem.

Alcoholism is classified as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the suit maintains, and therefore employees cannot be prohibited even from driving 18 wheelers due to their histories of abuse.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which filed the suit against the Old Dominion Freight Line trucking company on August 16, noted that while “an employer’s concern regarding safety on our highways is a legitimate issue, an employer can both ensure safety and comply with the ADA.

Yikes. What a dilemma. I’d love to see OD respond by providing assistance to alcoholic drivers.

(Source: antigovernmentextremist)

Aug 18

california-w00d:

No H8 tho.

california-w00d:

No H8 tho.

(via talkingshrimp)

Aug 15

“after five rounds of unsustainable tax cuts in 2001-10, federal tax revenues are now at a 60-year historical low of 14% of GDP, when the U.S. historical average is 19%. … we are now back to a second Gilded Age as income and wealth inequality is as high as in 1929 at the onset of the Great Depression after the Gilded Age of the 1920s. And” — TwitLonger — When you talk too much for Twitter

Aug 12

“‎I could end the deficit in 5 minutes. You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election.” — Warren Buffett

Aug 04

How mountain pine beetles worsen global warming via @algore -

mountain pine beetles burrow in the bark of live pine trees, where they lay their eggs and feed on the bark. A severe beetle outbreak has been under way for several years, creating swaths of red or gray-colored dead trees that can stretch for miles. In British Columbia alone, the mountain pine beetle has damaged an area more than twice the size of New Brunswick, with consequences for the ability of the forests to store carbon. Another recent study found that from 1990 to 1999, Canadian forests stored more carbon than they released. But from 2000 to 2008, those same forests were a net source of carbon — largely because of beetle damage.

a warming planet encourages the spread of the beetles. Normally, severe, short-term freezes or sustained cold snaps help keep beetle populations in check. But as winters get warmer, beetles outbreaks are getting more severe in both the U.S. and Canada. In British Columbia, mountain pine beetles are now found in forests “previously considered climatically unsuitable.”

Another reason to be cautious about global warming.

“Ten percent to 20 percent of those who see heavy combat develop lasting symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder,” —

NYTimes

So sad. Another reason to be cautious about war.

Jul 29

The Most Hilariously Effective Signs Supporting Gay Marriage | Happy Place
Click on the above link and see the whole group :)

The Most Hilariously Effective Signs Supporting Gay Marriage | Happy Place

Click on the above link and see the whole group :)

“Did you know that there is only one other country in the world that even has a debt ceiling? That’s Denmark, a strange anomaly, and its debt ceiling is deliberately kept very high so that it will never need to be raised.” — The damage is already done! – Global Public Square - CNN.com Blogs

Jul 26

Bill Gates regrets spending money on educational change... -

$600 billion a year is spent by various government entities on education, and all the philanthropy that’s ever been spent on this space is not going to add up to $10 billion. So it’s truly a rounding error

This is why political activism is crucial in education…You can be the biggest, best philanthropist in the world and you won’t make much of a difference.

Jul 24

I'm starting to think that the Left might actually be right - Telegraph -

thoughtful piece even if you don’t agree

What are the economic implications of legalizing drugs in America? -

The illicit drug market is estimated at around $400B:

The USA is 1/4 the world’s GDP and the gov’t currently taxes ~1/4 of GDP so it can reap $25B from taxing those drugs at current avg. rates.
CATO has a deeper analysis which says double: 


Elimination of “war on drugs”, which costs $15B:

If we include all other federal and state programs, CATO says it’ll save $43B.

Deficit would improve by ~$93B.

You can argue with some of these numbers/this methodology, but the implications are huge economically. Of course treatment programs would need to be in place, and that would cost money, but so as I see it, legalization is the right thing to do - for moral reasons and a focus on treatment and prevention will lower use over time, as has been the case with cigarettes.

Jul 23

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(via isitorderorisitchaos)

Jul 19

Four things Republicans used to believe Rex Nutting - MarketWatch -

Interesting article. Republicans used to be more open to taxation, a strong presidency, environmental regulation, and universal healthcare. 

Too bad the party has veered towards big business.