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(but it's required)The Wisconsin legislature just brought the US within 6 states of req a new constitutional convention. Extremists in conservative-leaning states, w/backing from corporate front groups like ALEC, r pushing4 an Article V convention,(Wednesday, Nov 8. 2017 05:20 PM)at which delegates could try2 write far-right agenda into r Constitution. If these pass a vote by 3/4 of the states, not even SCOTUS could challenge them. A prime target is a woman’s right2 choose, but also various forms of birth control, gay rights, etc. We could even see slavery’s cousin “indentured servitude” & other “employer” abuses4 debtors/immigrants/prisoners. Oddly, r country could easily move towards non-secular rule much like we might see in Islamic countries. https://goo.gl/Y8XWuXI wasn’t really proposing2 print money 4the masses so as 2give us all equal amts. But sometimes the inane extrapolation of an issue helps clarify one’s thought processes. What I was actually suggesting is that because(Wednesday, Nov 8. 2017 06:37 AM)lrg amts of money (often inherited or earned on the backs of others) is so often used2 create inequities in one’s ability to exercise free speech (that will be heard), the courts should retain some openness to preventing money alone from being used 2drown out opponent voices. Some rather innocuous approaches towards that goal involve public campaign financing & limits on monopolies, especially those involving the press.Syria now says it will join the Paris climate agreement, leaving the US alone in rejecting the deal amongst almost 200 countries.(Wednesday, Nov 8. 2017 06:24 AM)Maine just became the 1st state to expand Medicaid by ballot initiative, hopefully setting a precedence.(Wednesday, Nov 8. 2017 06:15 AM)jeff linder(Monday, Nov 6. 2017 09:23 AM)For Shade – Not thought provoking at all. Your rights don’t obligate others to act. Should everyone be given a printing press because there is freedom of the press? Should everyone be given a gun because of the 2nd amendment?Despite feigning divestment 2become commerce secretary, leaked files from Appleby, a large offshore law firm, show Wilbur L Ross Jr retained investments in Navigator Holdings. Nav Holdings is a shipping firm Ross once controlled(Sunday, Nov 5. 2017 04:43 PM)that has sig ties 2a RU oligarch subject2 American sanctions (& who also happens 2b Putin’s son-in-law).
Leak shows how Appleby works 2help wealthy & corps like Apple/Nike avoid billions in taxes. Leak also shows there r
some 50 corps/partnerships Ross still inv with. In His ethics agreement, Ross listed the partnerships he intended 2keep, but not the investments they held. Leak also references Gary D Cohn, chief economic adviser & Sec of State Rex W. Tillerson, though per se their investments r not illegal. https://goo.gl/1S4UXFShade(Saturday, Nov 4. 2017 11:47 PM)Shade(Saturday, Nov 4. 2017 01:32 PM)SCOTUS has ruled that placing limits on election spending is unconstitutional because spending money is a form of free speech. Perhaps the ACLU should now make the case that if spending money equals free speech, the ppl need 2b granted free money so we can all exercise our right to free speech equally. It is a thought-provoking argument that I’m not sure SCOTUS idealogues ever considered. (credit to a PBC show caller)A pricing oddity intro’d by Trump’s ACA meddling is that in some cases, it is now poss 2buy a more comprehensive Gold plan 4less than a Silver plan. This is true cuz under a T exec order, ins co(s) no longer recv govt CSR offsetting(Saturday, Nov 4. 2017 04:50 AM)subsidies on Silver plans (though they r still mandated 2provide lower deductibles/co-pays 2low-income ppl who buy them). Thus ins co(s) now face higher costs on Silver (espec in poor areas). In response, the price has been raised on Silver 4everyone. Usually, the price of Gold & other plans r unaffected, as only Silver offers low inc discounts & prev had CSR subsidies. Now depending on where u live, income level, & other factors, u might find a Gold plan costs less & buys more than a Silver plan.Suspicions PG&E caused recent wine-country fires now pointing2 power-line devices called “reclosers”, which r self-resetting circuit breakers that shut off pwr briefly if wires touch in wind. We’ve all experienced “reclosers(Saturday, Nov 4. 2017 02:44 AM)in action after a nearby pole goes down. Lights go off/on/off/on & then hopefully stay on – which is great if there is no permanent condition. But if wires r downed/shorted, reclosers can cause fires/electrocutions. Other utility co(s) disable reclosers in severe fire conditions, but not PG&E. And PG&E had only $800M in liability insurance. I again smell something burning – it’s PG&E cash in a bankrupting lawsuit settlement (that ratepayers ultimately pay4). http://goo.gl/ecwJJoA Twitter support employee on their last day of work managed2 deactivate T’s acct for 11 min b4 it got restored. Some have asked what would have happened if the employee had instead used T’s acct 2announce an eminent attack on NK?(Saturday, Nov 4. 2017 12:54 AM)Would NK then launched 1st? This incident alone shows there is good reason T should not be using the Twitter format 2announce foreign policy.Shade(Thursday, Nov 2. 2017 02:32 AM)Dems should repeatedly point out that if the idea is to save American lives, instead of spending so much time demagoguing immigrants, T would be better asking for “increased vetting” of ppl that own an unusual number of guns or that buy extraordinary amts of ammo.PR’s utility PREPA today canceled controversial contract with MT firm 2repair elect grid. However, Whitefish will be paid 2complete its work on 2 transmission lines. Turns out the Whitefish Energy contract had clause saying(Sunday, Oct 29. 2017 05:36 PM)pay rates & other terms couldnt be audited/reviewed by FEMA, PR, the comptroller general or PREPA. Contract also req that PREPA, before signing, had confirmed w/FEMA that contract would qualify4 FEMA funding. FEMA said Fri it never approved. PR will now req assist from FL & NY under mutual aid agreements that utilities more typically activate during an emergencies. Hopefully canceled contract doesnt intro further delays, though I fear it will. About 80% of ppl on PR’s main island still have no electricity. http://goo.gl/KfZzuEAt Thurs’ NFL owners meeting, Texans owner Bob McNair said of the protesting players “we can’t have inmates running the prison.” McNair’s enormously insensitive if not racist comment shows exactly why it is that that some(Sunday, Oct 29. 2017 02:45 PM)players r protesting. To refer 2players as inmates reveals how owners really feel – that Blk men belong under the thumb of Wht owners. McNair’s comments were so offensive, star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins walked out of practice once he heard them. Now the whole team is said 2b planning a unified action against the team’s owner. The NFL (as with many lrg corporations), being so dependant on player talent, should be be forced by the players union 2gradually move towards player ownership.T on Fri reversed course (again) on completely releasing all JFK assassination files & he now says he is authorizing the release of all info on the topic (other than4 redacting the names/addresses of ppl still living).(Sunday, Oct 29. 2017 03:44 AM)Earlier last wk, T had said the govt would be continuing 2 withhold 1000s of docs pending 6more mo of review by intel agencies 2ensure no sensitive info accidently gets released. I wonder what happened on Fri that might have moved up T’s timetable? T doesnt have any reason he might want 2create a major distraction in the press by releasing info that might be embarrassing 2r intell agencies does he? To me, T appears 2b trying to kill 2 birds w/one stone.The Trump-tax on Obamacare.(Thursday, Oct 26. 2017 07:12 AM)Kaspersky Labs now claims 2have unintentionally obtained sensitive NSA hacking tools after a NSA contractor trig the AV 2upload suspicious files by use of a malware infected key gen 2pirate a copy of MS Office. KL claims(Thursday, Oct 26. 2017 07:00 AM)key gen installed backdoor & this allowed others 2download the NSA hacking tools. KL says they destroyed their copies of the hacking tools once they realized what they had obtained. Story a RU lie. If my AV co uploaded hacking tools from my HD, I’d expect them2 dev detection 2protect their customers, not 2delete the files – espec those from a rival country. Also, it is doubtful the backdoor op would detect NSA’s hacking tools; more likely they were scanning4 financial accts 2hack into. http://goo.gl/NSkSuYWith VP Pence breaking a 50-50 tie, Senate Repubs voted Tue 2strike down an Obama-era Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rule sched 2take effect in 2019 that blocked banks & credit-card corps like Wells Fargo(Thursday, Oct 26. 2017 06:08 AM)from inserting binding arbitration clauses into contracts that elimin a consumer’s right 2participate in class-action lawsuits. Binding arbitration is typically highly fav to corps as it forces ea consumer 2independently file their grievance w/ an arbitrator the corp picks. Somehow pro-consumer arbitrators never get called. Worse, when consumers lose the dispute, they often owe both the disputed amt & ~$7k 4the arbitrator’s services. http://goo.gl/cwvyqCPer the CBO, the bipartisan hlth care bill by Sen Lamar Alexander (R-TN) & Patty Murray (D-WA) would reduce Fed deficit by nearly $4B over 10yrs. However, if insurer “cost-sharing reduction” (CSR) subsidies arent funded,(Wednesday, Oct 25. 2017 11:09 PM)the Fed deficit would increase by $194B by 2026. The CBO said today that the bill would not substantially impact the # of ppl w/hlth ins. In a related story, Judge Vince Chhabria in SF, CA rejected a req by Dem AG’s in 18states 2block T’s decision 2end these same CSR subsidies2 hlth insurers (paid in exchange4 insurers reducing out-of-pocket expenses2 low-inc ACA enrollees). The judge said govt doesnt pay the CSRs while litigation on the issue continues. The pymts were prev admin distro’d by the executive branch but never codified into law. https://goo.gl/ftymYZRick Perry claims Obama discriminated against coal & nuke fueled power plants & he has proposed rewarding electricity producers that store 90days of their fuel on site cuz they contribute 2the reliability of(Wednesday, Oct 25. 2017 10:14 PM)the power grid. Of course, this favors coal & nuke electricity producers & discriminates against nat gas plants & most renewables. Gas is not practical 2store on site & wind/solar cant be stored, though the mix of these sources has proven highly reliable. Nat gas, renewable generators, & utility companies have asked regulators 2reject Perry’s proposal, arguing it would distort markets, inhibit competition, & raise electricity prices. https://goo.gl/bi22Aw
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click here for part 1 of this series Since 2010, the San Francisco Giants have won three National League pennants, two World Series, and are now competing for their third1. By roster talent alone, they are a good but not … Continue reading
The San Francisco Giants just won their third National League pennant in five years and, as of this post, are tied 1-1 with the Kansas City Royals in the World Series. The Giants were World Champs in 2010 and 2012.
Peter Hamby concludes his Oct 19 Outlook review of Alec MacGillis’s The Cynic, the Political Education of Mitch McConnell by questioning whether the author would have written such a negative appraisal if McConnell were a Democrat. Hamby points out that … Continue reading
It was a beautiful dream. In late September, Kentucky Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes seemed positioned to unseat Republican minority leader and Koch lackey Mitch McConnell. After heavy rotation of this ad, wherein a shotgun-totin’ Grimes takes dead aim … Continue reading
My goal is to post at least two commentaries plus the newsletter weekly right here at halginsberg.com. I’ve been pretty much on schedule. I am also writing more letters to the editor of the Washington Post, including one today, and … Continue reading
Corey Robin concludes in The Reactionary Mind that working and middle-class white men1 derive tangible benefits from conservative governance and therefore are acting rationally when they vote for plutocratic business off-shorers like Republican Mitt Romney. Historians Mark Lilla and Sheri … Continue reading
I’m not one of those “if you broke it, you’ve got to fix it” types. So even though the Cheney/Bush administration clearly created a favorable environment for the evolution of ISIL (I won’t call it ISIS since ISIS is a … Continue reading
Less than a month until the election. Please make sure you vote for the most progressive candidate in every race who has a chance to win. We’ll continue our coverage of the 2014 mid-terms this week. I have posted my … Continue reading
On Sunday September 21, over 300,000 people rallied in Manhattan at the People’s Climate March. Basically a feel-good event designed to spotlight popular concerns about anthropogenic global warming, the Marchers failed in at least one respect, they were pointedly ignored … Continue reading
First of all, I’ve got a new show number. Effective today, call 1 (844) FOR-HALG/1 (844) 367-4254 to reach the Hal Ginsberg Morning Show. Second, I will be launching a new website at www.halginsberg.com soon look out for that.
As a newspaper columnist, celebrated Jewish filmmaker Aviva Kempner is a very good baseball documentarian. In the Washington Post’s 2014 Yom Kippur edition, Kempner blasts the lords of baseball for scheduling games on the holiest of Jewish holidays thus forcing … Continue reading
We have just a few regulars scheduled this week but the Hal Ginsberg Morning Show will be just as good as ever. I’m also working on a new website which we will unveil within the next few weeks.
Dear Righty – why do you think you don’t believe housing, education, and healthcare should be deemed fundamental human rights?
I’ve been stepping up my blogging lately. If you have any interest in academic disputes and how costly an ill-considered tweet should be, you may want to check out my take on the decision of the University of Illinois not … Continue reading
Generally, I am skeptical of claims of anti-semitism in the academy. I think that people for a variety of reasons confuse legitimate criticism of Israel with anti-semitism. Accordingly, I was inclined to side with former University of Illinois Professor Steven … Continue reading
The weather is beautiful here in Montgomery County Maryland. I trust it is equally lovely on the Central California Coast. If you haven’t seen my letter in today’s Washington Post, here’s the link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/gina-raimondos-bad-return-on-investment-shouldnt-earn-her-the-governors-seat/2014/09/12/ecf377c6-39da-11e4-a023-1d61f7f31a05_story.html In every weekly newsletter, I urge … Continue reading
We missed trial attorney Cari Simon last week. She practices campus law with Doug Fierberg with and for whom I used to work. Cari joins us Monday to discuss a proposed new law in California that would add a presumption … Continue reading
A couple of articles really caught my attention over the weekend. In today’s Washington Post, George Will’s Paul Ryan rethinks the ‘makers’ and ‘takers’, and in Salon, Andrew O’Hehir’s, “Why acknowledging white privilege is not surrendering to ‘white guilt’”, a … Continue reading