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Spring Black Friday, on Two Thursdays and a Sunday

I spotted this sign yesterday outside a Home Depot in Rockland, Maine:

You read that right: “Spring Black Friday” will be held on all days of the week, over eleven days beginning on a Thursday and ending on a Sunday. And whereas “Black Friday” refers to the traditional day after Thanksgiving when successful retailers […]

Does Republican Presidential Candidate Jim Rundberg Owe Tens of Thousands of Dollars in Campaign Fines?

As the Federal Election Commission documents, Jim Rundberg is an officially-registered Republican Party candidate for President of the United States, having filed his papers on February 1 2015. Shortly after that declaration, Peregrin Wood wrote a brief review of Rundberg’s campaign announcement, also noting a January 1 2015 article by political reporter Charles Ashby of […]

Student Sit-In Movement for Fossil Fuel Divestment Hits Massachusetts and Virginia

Yesterday, the Green Man reported that students had begun a sit-in protest at Tulane University, pressuring the university’s administration to take endowment funds currently invested in fossil fuel extraction and invest them elsewhere. The idea is for universities to use their collective endowment weight to leverage change and make the energy sector more responsive to […]

The Maine Airport Coffee Economy

Maine has its faults, but this is one of the reasons I love living here:

 

This is how you get coffee at the local airport:

The tin-can economy is a great antidote to my gloomy cynicism.

Have St. Cloud Crime Rates Doubled Since Somalis Came to Town? The Answer Rhymes with Heck, Snow.

Steve Platy writes in response to an article showing that crime hasn’t worsened in Minneapolis since Somalis’ arrival:

“What you would find is that Minneapolis did indeed, still experience a moderate drop in crime between 200 and 2012.

But that is only half-relevant to this article because they primary Somali refugee community is in St […]

Meet Rand Paul’s Protege in Maine: State Senator Eric Brakey

In the 2014 election cycle, Rand Paul’s “leadership PAC” Reinventing A New Direction sent funds to just one candidate for the Maine State Legislature: Republican Eric Brakey of New Gloucester. With that kind of specificity, it’s fair to say that Rand Paul’s organization singled Eric Brakey as his kind of candidate. Brakey won office and […]

WalMart and the Minimum Wage Bill

The election of 2014 is scarcely behind us, but according to the Federal Election Commission WalMart’s political action committee has already doled out more than a hundred thousand dollars to candidates in the next congressional election cycle.

Meanwhile, Rep. Elijah Cummings has introduced H.R. 122, the Original Living Wage Act. If passed, H.R. 122 would […]

Why Those in Power Must Be Watched, in 15 Seconds

http://irregulartimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/SouthCarolinaAbuseofPower.mp4

Everyone thinking and talking and deliberating and having any say in the relationship between a government and its people should be talking about this 15 seconds right now.

Those in power must be watched.

Source: Washington Post, Heavy

Jim Rickards’ Strategy after Utterly Flopping in Predictions of Disaster: Make More Predictions

Jim Rickards predicted that a major economic collapse would begin by, at the latest, February 27 2015.

It’s April 8 2015, more than a month past the deadline, and the major economic collapse just hasn’t begun. Regardless of whether you like the current economic system, it hasn’t started to collapse like Jim Rickards insisted […]

When People #StandWithRand, What Else Do They Have to Say? (What About You?)

Whatever else you might think about Republican Senator Rand Paul, he’s no Jeb Bush. Since Jeb Bush launched his #RightToRise hashtag on Twitter in January, it’s mostly been empty, only occasionally visited by people making fun of him. Jeb Bush has little popular support as a presidential candidate. Rand Paul clearly has a following, on […]

Columbus, Somali Arrivals and Crime

Consider the State of Ohio’s Department Job and Family Services record of the pattern of resettlement of Somali refugees from 1999 to 2011. Consider it in the context of Uniform Crime Reports data for Columbus, Ohio, the city with the second-largest influx of Somali immigrants in the nation:

Now consider those trends in comparison […]