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Binary Star Metaphor


I’ve been looking for an analogy or metaphor–because analogy and metaphor give substance to solid things–that would express the at-times insoluble gap between reaching out to people who have worked hard to see the world in flexible, hopeful and real terms, and to also live in a way that reflects my belief that the stone that was rejected will become the cornerstone no matter who it is that has been rejected.

Of equal frustration is the split between what I want to accomplish, and the stuff I have to do everyday. This is true for myself and billions of other people.

I read an article in New Scientist magazine recently that said that contrary to what had been thought, life could survive in solar systems that have two suns.

A planet in such a solar system would have a wild climate and a habitable zone of an odd shape that would be defined by the complicated variables of the orbits of the two suns. This is the analogy I was looking for.

The picture is of a binary star system called 61 Cygni. The picture was taken by the European Southern Observatory.

By |2013-01-25T00:47:39-04:00January 25th, 2013|General, Religion, Science|Comments Off on Binary Star Metaphor

Supply-side was always done with sleight of hand

Republicans have now argued for over 30 years that we need to cut taxes and the rich will have more money to spend on all of us. It is the core of supply-side economics. It has NEVER worked.

From EPI:

Contrary to the predictions of supply-side proponents, the 1981 tax cuts did not lead to better economic performance.  Economists generally measure performance from one business cycle peak to the next.  The last three peaks occurred in 1979, 1989, and 2000.  It is instructive to compare the performance of investment, productivity, and output in the 1979-89 cycle, which was influenced by the 1981 tax cuts, with the 1989-2000 cycle, which was little affected by those cuts.

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Warren Buffett has been saying this for years. He was on This Week and repeated that we needed to raise taxes on the rich.

From HuffPo:

“I think that people at the high end, people like myself, should be paying a lot more in taxes. We have it better than we’ve ever had it,” he told ABC’s Christiane Amanpour in a clip played on “This Week” on Sunday.

When Amanpour pointed to critics’ claims that the very wealthy need tax cuts to spur business and capitalism, Buffett replied, “The rich are always going to say that, you know, ‘Just give us more money, and we’ll go out and spend more, and then it will all trickle down to the rest of you.’ But that has not worked the last 10 years, and I hope the American public is catching on.”

By |2010-11-22T07:00:06-04:00November 22nd, 2010|Economy|Comments Off on Supply-side was always done with sleight of hand

Clinton Campaign Drowning in Debt

Looking at my checkbook, this post could be about me, but it isn’t. It is about a woman who is seeking the highest office in the land but can’t balance her checkbook. How do you rack up $20 million in debt and ask the American people to vote for you as president? Maybe I’m wrong, but wouldn’t the finances of a campaign be more simple to manage than the U.S. budget?

There have been some talk about Senator Hillary Clinton negotiating about getting out of the Democratic race. Part of these talks would include Senator Barack Obama agreeing to assume her debt. Doesn’t that hamstring Obama? I know that he is plush with money, but $20 million is a lot of money. I have no idea if the Obama campaign is seriously considering this proposal or not.


From Washington Post:

With her campaign falling ever deeper into debt, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton spent a rainy Mother’s Day seeking votes ahead of Tuesday’s primary here, turning a deaf ear to calls for her to leave a Democratic presidential contest she has little hope of winning.

Clinton aides continued to insist that she will remain in the race even while confirming that she is $20 million in debt. “The voters are going to decide this,” senior adviser Howard Wolfson said on “Fox News Sunday,” acknowledging the $20 million figure. “There is no reason for her not to continue this process.” Wolfson said he has seen “no evidence of her interest” in pursuing the second-place spot on the Democratic ticket, contrary to rumors that she is staying in the race to leverage a bid for the vice presidential nomination. (more…)

By |2008-05-12T13:14:05-04:00May 12th, 2008|Election 2008|Comments Off on Clinton Campaign Drowning in Debt
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