Monthly Archives: March 2010

AT&T wants to have their cake and eat it too

AT&T wants to have their cake and eat it too

I don’t understand how a corporation could get subsidized by the federal government and still write that off on their taxes! Now they’re complaining about the rules changing with the new health care bill. When the Medicare prescription drug program was passed in 2003, it included a provision granting employers a subsidy of 28%, or

Harvard and anti-unionism

With the high esteem that a school like Harvard is held in you would think that this would not be the case. On Thursday, March 25th at 5 PM, nearly 70 protesters converged at 1350 Massachusetts Ave. in front of Harvard’s Holyoke Center administration building to protest Harvard’s policies toward its employees. The protest was

Waiter, there’s a virus in my GlaxoSmithKline vaccine!

Why am I not surprised. Haven’t we had enough of pig-derived viruses in the last year? The Food and Drug administration announced this week that health-care providers should suspend the use of a certain vaccine for rotavirus, which can be a serious disease in young children causing severe diarrhea, dehydration, and even death. The first

What happens when pharmacies go wild

This is sad and pathetic and probably happened due to lax regulation. Doctors in the United States wrote more than four million prescriptions last year for nitroglycerin tablets, heart drugs placed under the tongue to reduce the chest pain angina or to stop a heart attack. But the majority of the drugs sold had not

Textbook Definition of a Tea Bagger “Tea Party Patriot”

I was reading the article in The Nation. about the Mad Tea Party when a paragraph describing what the Tea Party is made up of hit me. Thank Jonathan Raban from the New York Review of Books for writing this. teabagger \tea-BAG-ger\,noun; 1. An uneasy conclave of Ayn Rand secular libertarians and fundamentalist Christian evangelicals,

Don’t let WMATA (Metro) cut back!

I was getting off the escalator at Dupont Circle South this morning when I was handed a flyer by someone from the DC Sierra Club. The flyer altered me to the proposed cuts to the metro system. No rush hour 8-car trains No Yellow Line between Mount Vernon Square and Fort Totten No Yellow Line

Wachovia: Money Laundering “R” Us

Banking giant Wachovia Corp. will pay $160 million to settle a federal investigation into laundering of illegal drug profits through Mexican exchange houses in the largest case of its kind ever brought against a U.S. bank, prosecutors in Miami said Wednesday. “This is historic,” acting U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Sloman said. “There is no other case

The pandora’s box opened with Citizens United v. FEC

This interpretation of the First Amendment is going to create real trouble for the Court when Congress gets around to closing the gap that the Court’s opinion seems to create. If it is the regulation, and not the speaker that matters, then the Chinese are no different from the Chamber of Commerce. So how can

SEIU Endorses Arlen Specter In PA

Republican turned Democrat Arlen Specter is being endorsed by the Service Employees International Union in Pennsylvania’s Democratic U.S. Senate primary. SEIU says Specter is well-known as a fighter for Pennsylvania. The union said Specter has been there for SEIU and close to 100,000 SEIU members in Pennsylvania are now there for Specter. In endorsing Specter

2012 is not looking good for the world

With huge bills about to hit corporations and the federal government around the same time, the worry is that some companies will have trouble getting new loans, spurring defaults and a wave of bankruptcies. The United States government alone will need to borrow nearly $2 trillion in 2012, to bridge the projected budget deficit for