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In Search for more $$, Mayday PAC goes off its Plan

In its original fundraising appeals to large and small donors, the use-big-money-to-stop-big-money Mayday Super PAC declared that it would raise $12 million for spending on 2014 races (with $6 million from small-to-medium donors, $6 million from megadonors), then stop fundraising and spend the raised money in campaigns.

Here’s the documentation of that plan from multiple [...]

In The Right Kind Of Car

Simple pleasure: Whenever I ride in a train, I think of the car I’m keeping off the street, and it feels good.

Faced With Trillions Of Dollars of Debt, Matt Salmon Chooses To Eliminate A Tiny Speck Of Spending

Congressman Matt Salmon voted AGAINST a bill to eliminate 4.4 trillion dollars in federal spending, but now says that we can fix the federal debt by eliminating the tiny budget of the National Endowment for the Humanities. [...]

What Counts As Indie In Books?

I love the idea of Indie. Finding a true independent in a world filled with big, powerful organizations is a lucky thing, like finding a four-leaf clover.

So, I was excited to discover IndieBound this morning. IndieBound is the web site of an association of independent bookstores. It describes itself as follows: “A product of [...]

Obama Allows Blasting Along Atlantic Shores To Begin New Offshore Drilling

On Friday, the Obama Administration approved a plan to begin seismic blasting of the sea floor by oil companies seeking places to drill for petroleum. The blasting has been assessed as likely to kill and injure huge numbers of marine mammals. [...]

Republican Senators Introduce Bill To Reduce Worker Pay

S. 2617 would devastate local economies across the United States, giving workers less money to spend at local businesses, resulting in fewer jobs on worse terms. Included here is a list of those US Senators who have signed their names in support of this ill-advised scheme. [...]

Dot & Bo Take Commercial Surveillance to New Low

When you visit the website of furniture and tchotchke seller Dot & Bo, this is what you see. At first glance, the Dot and Bo “splash” screen doesn’t look unusual — many websites that try to sell you something would like to have your Facebook account information and e-mail address, all the better to [...]

Questions About the Mayday PAC

Leaders of the old privatized presidential election corporation called Americans Elect have gathered again to form the Mayday PAC, a political group that avowedly describes itself as a “Super PAC to end all Super PACs.” The Mayday PAC asks visitors to contribute money to stop the influence of money in politics:

Contributions of up [...]

Americans Elect Trackers, Draw a Critical Eye over the Mayday PAC

In a late 2012 Boston Globe article, Americans Elect leader Dan Winslow revealed the group’s plans for 2014:

The ad campaign in Maine represents a new mission for Americans Elect, which formed initially to advance a third-party candidate in the presidential race. That effort fell apart in May, and the group has reconstituted itself to [...]

Nao World Cup

So that you can sit on your couch, watching other people you play soccer, huge numbers of people have been evicted from their homes to make way for parking lots. So that these soccer games can take place in the kind of pretty stadium with fireworks and massive electronic displays demanded by FIFA, money has [...]

While Congress Did Nothing, Minimum Wage Fell Another 3 Cents in May 2014

When the U.S. Congress does nothing about the minimum wage, it cuts the minimum wage.

That statement may seem paradoxical, but it isn’t if you keep in mind the difference between nominal wages and real wages. The word “nominal” is just an adjective used to mean “the name of something,” and so a “nominal dollar” [...]