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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 […]

Is The World Ready For Michael Oatman for President? Is Michael Oatman For President Ready For The World?

Michael Oatman wasn’t always with the Green Party. In 2008, he ran for President as a Democrat. Who knows what party Oatman will run with this time? […]

Roll Call: The Seven Democrats Who Both Voted To Kill The Estate Tax And Voted Against Tax Cuts For Working Americans

These seven congressional Democrats supported special tax loopholes for the wealthy leisure class, but opposed tax cuts for the majority of hard-working Americans. […]

Is This Former Republican More Progressive Than Hillary Clinton?

The analysis, reflected in the graphic below, shows Chafee in about the same position as Hillary Clinton, slightly to the left of center, but not by much. […]

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 […]

House Republicans Vote To Revive Predatory Loans For Mobile Homes

The only real purpose of H.R. 650, the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, is to help a small number of people make a great deal of money from exploiting people who live near the predatory loan. Just five corporations issue the majority of chattel loans. […]

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.

Fossil Fuels Divestment Protest Hits Tulane

Tulane University faculty have sent a letter to the school’s president and board of trustees, stating, “we call on Tulane University to freeze new investment in the Carbon Tracker 200 fossil fuel companies, and to divest within five years from direct ownership and any commingled funds that include fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds.” […]

Canadians Who Seek To Censor Talk About Sex Complain They Have No Voice

Do the anti-sex-ed protesters in Ontario think that, if people just stop talking about sex, no one will have sex any more? […]

Hedge Fund Hacks Confronted By Hedge Clippers

Activists from Hedge Clippers entered the Crowne Plaza, and for 20 minutes, spoke for the workers at the low-end restaurants run by the hedge funds. They demanded a 15 dollar per hour livable wage. The hedge fund managers threatened to have them arrested […]