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Another Year of Dithering, Another Year of Real Minimum Wage Cuts

Last March, I wrote about two bills before the U.S. Congress – H.R. 1010 in the House and S. 460 in the Senate. Together, these bills are known as the Fair Minimum Wage Act, and if passed they would increase the minimum wage from its current $7.25/hour to $10.10/hour over the next two years. After [...]

Expansions of 2014

2014 is the year coming this week.

4028 is the number of a high security prison guarded by holograms, located in the Ayala System of the Regulus Sector Block, in the Star Trek universe.

8056 Mulholland Drive is the address of a home in Los Angeles that is currently available for sale for the price [...]

Wouldn’t It Be Great If a Civil Libertarian Ran for U.S. Senate? Now Ditch the Subjunctive: It Is Great.

‚ÄúVast NSA spying undermines our democratic freedoms and threatens international relations.”

Wouldn’t it be great to have a candidate for national public office who was willing to say something like this in blunt, bold, terms? It would be great to have someone in the U.S. Senate who says “the Senate should open its work to [...]

Bob Dold (R-Dow) 2014?

Roll Call shares the news that former congressman Bob Dold will be running to take back the seat he lost to Democrat Brad Schneider in 2012. As a member of Congress, Bob Dold specialized in the filing of bills that would suspend or eliminate fees on for the importation of various foreign chemicals. On just [...]

Americans Elect Political Party Fibs Matter: AE Planning to Run Variety of Candidates in 2014

Richard Winger of Ballot Access News shares a quiet admission by Americans Elect Chief Operating Officer Elliott Ackerman: Americans Elect plans to run candidates under its banner for a variety of offices, not just President of the United States, in 2014.

Why does this matter? It matters from a standard of consistency: Americans Elect has [...]

I Love Hubble: NGC6302

This is so cool. Click on the thumbnail to see an exploding star.

It’s not just a pretty picture, either. This picture, one of the first taken by the Hubble Space Telescope since its successful refurbishing, contains useful data on temperature and composition collected by the new Wide Field Camera 3 to help scientists [...]