A Freeway in Hell

My thoughts on the nature of our late capitalist society. The title should give some clue what I think of that! US 101 or I-80 as metaphor for our imperatives. Besides worrying about what sort of black hole we are speeding into, I like airships. One reason being the almost inescapble desire to have one to get out of a traffic jam!

Location: Sonoma County, California

Grew up a military brat, Californian-in-exile, reactionary libertarian-essentially spent the 70s on Mars, for I am hearing impaired and I did not know what the music was saying. Generally still don't unless I listen to it over and over or find the words captioned on a movie or somewhere on line. Came "back" to California to begin my adult life, have not lived elsewhere since. No regrets there despite our problems here. Have studied physics, more math than most human beings will ever need, worked on spaceship projects (well, one) at JPL. Lived with a wonderful disabled person who lives no more--L Natasha Littletree RIP October 2004. I have a life plan, just kind of vague on some of the short-term stuff.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

First a post swiped from our friends at Skippy International!

This was put up by Cookie Jill and is worth quoting in full: (Capitalization somewhat restored by me; this is after all a blog that comments on Capitalism!)

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Report cards are in...a few 1600 Crew Children were left behind in Economics 101

The Center for American Progress issued a report card for President Bush.

The numbers below are for 2000-2004.

The financial markets
s&p 500 -15%
nasdaq -36%
dow jones -5.3%

Consumer income and expenses and standard of living
price of a gallon of gas +46%
real value of the minimum wage -7%
median household income -4%
average cost of 4-year public college +24%
poverty rate +11%
americans filing for bankruptcy +33%
annual increase in prescription drug prices (from 4.1% t0 6.8%) +68%
number of Americans without health insurance +18%

Federal finances
Federal debt +39%
monthly trade deficit +75%
annual trade deficit +53%

The dollar
dollar versus euro -30%
dollar versus yen -11%

Consumer debt
home mortgage borrowing +100%
total outstanding consumer debt +28%
household debt as a percentage of assets: +20%
household debt as a percentage of gdp +21%

Big tips of the kangaroo tail to Bonddad's Daily Kos Diary and the delightful named Yes, I Do Take It Personally.

I heartily agree with Bonddad's suggestion of "Posting these figures at work, use them in emails, shave them into your head, whatever. Get the word out."


My response to the first comment is above in the next post


Anonymous Blue Cross of California said...

Wow great blog and information on what really is going on in America. Bush needs to work on a lot including health coverage.

11/28/2005 4:51 PM  

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