2010 Economist Intelligence Unit Rankings are out and the top ten most livable cities based on stability, health care, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure are: Vancouver, Vienna, Melbourne, Toronto, Calgary , Helsinki, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide , Auckland.
Note the domination of Canada & Australia whose cities received perfect scores for HEALTH CARE.
These rankings are used by international corporations to determine hardship allowances
for employees whom relocated out of their home countries. London and New York rank in 54th and 56th, relative low for London, because the city received a low "safety" score, because it, like New York, is a target for terrorism.
Suddenly, the Obama administration is back to working with transparency, social networking and the Internet. In fact, just this week they invited 12 Dems and 9 Republicans to a health care conference. You know, to sit down and talk about the health care legislation. Like pals. Just to sort things out.
And they are going to publish the legislative overhaul on online- which will be awesome to read. And they are advertising for a new social networking guru on Mashable…
Anyone who has traveled by air in the United States for the past several years will have noticed a significant decline in the quality of the service as well as a troubling increase in the overall cost of even the most basic seat. At the same time, consumer reports of non-American flying experiences haven’t suffered the same bad news. Why is it that air travel in the United States has become such an uncomfortable proposition while the same mode in Europe and East Asia has gone relatively unchanged? Furthermore, what can the United States do to correct and even reverse this negative trend? Two words come to mind: Public Works.
The bill would ban foreign owned corporations from spending money on U.S. races. This is needed or the next crop of Congressman may well owe Venezuela's Citgo, and Japan's Toyoto, or England's city of London's bankers more for their seats than they do the voters in their districts.
The former President underwent a heart procedure: two stents were inserted into a coronary artery. A stent is a small tube inserted into a blocked vessel to keep a blocked passageway open. His office reports that the procedure went well, that former President Clnton is in good spirits, and that he is expected to have a quick recovery and will soon resume his work on Haiti quake relief.
The bill is being presented as a bipartisan effort, claiming support from Republican senators Orrin Hatch and Charles Grassley.
Some group of white, midwestern, GOP, most likely Chrisitan people bought a billboard with a picture of Bush asking "Miss me yet?"
Let me search my brain... NO.
Excuse my French, but Phuck NO. First of all, this is his mess we are suffering. So how can I miss someone whose pile of crap I am currently sitting in? The GOP still has no idea that they were removed from power because their policies of fiscal conservatism were a pack of lies, not to mention the wars. The economy tanked well before Obama took over yet there is no accountability from the GOP, only blame that Obama's shovel is not big enough to scoop up the disaster of Bush's administration.
Oh yes -- unless Mr. Obama throws in his cards, the GOP says it won't play. I expected this.
President Obama had a successful, televised Q&A session with GOP House members. Now he has invited Republicans in Congress to participate in a bipartisan, half-day TELEVISED summit on on health care this month. Note my emphasis on TELEVISED! A televised event offers the public the opportunity to see the "Party of No" in action. If the GOP shows up, their leaders will have to come to the table with something, and not with their hands folded, their faces in frowns, offering absolutely nothing, but scorn.
I realize that those examples are Federal Republicans, but the same sentiment pervades on the West coast. And California is a leader in all things for the Earth, meaning that this is the front lines for the next generation of progressive green policies. So the Republican party tries to nip it in the bud, so to speak…
Ladies and gentlemen, today we are standing at the beginning of a road to unparalleled deliciousness. Make no mistake, this road will be long and it will be winding. The journey will test our dedication to our nation and to our stomachs. But one thing is for certain, I have never doubted the tenacity and the gumption of the American spirit. Effective immediately, I have decided to spearhead an initiative to bring a diverse and significant collection of official Girl Scout Cookies into the White House (pause for applause). In 2010, no pantry in the seat of the government of the United States of America will be without the most delectable baked goods on the planet. And that's a promise. That is a promise.
The proposal calls for any bonus over $400,000 to be taxed at 50% for any firm that took over $5 billion in government assistance. That’s quite a line in the sand. It’s even more serious than the 35% tax on any bonus from a bailed out firm that was proposed last year. No action on that one was taken, and I can’t imagine there will be any action taken on this one either. It’s being called the Boxer-Webb proposal, and while it does ride the tone of anger across the U.S., I don’t know if it’s where the Democrats want to put their energy right now.
"We don't believe it's class warfare. We think it's eminently fair,” said Boxer.
It brings up the question of who is responsible for greenhouse gas emissions- as in, who should be responsible for monitoring them and reducing them. I’m reading Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn, right now (you should too if you want to have your world rocked!) and I’ve read it before, taught it as a class, and it has seeped irreversibly into my consciousness and framework with which I understand the Earth. It’s a lot of question and answer, very Socratic method based learning, but the essential components are: 1) Everyone is responsible for the Earth, and 2) We live out the story we believe.