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Name: Manny Goldstein
Gender: Male
Hometown: Greater Boston
Home country: USA
Current location: Remulak, as far as I can tell
Member since: Tue Aug 30, 2005, 09:44 AM
Number of posts: 34,589

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It's Official: Number of Homeless Students Hits Record

From the Christian Science Monitor, a couple of weeks ago:

Record number of homeless children enrolled in US public schools

A record number of homeless students were enrolled in US public schools last year, according to new numbers released Monday by the Department of Education.

The data which most experts say underreport the actual number of homeless children in America showed that nearly 1.3 million homeless children and teens were enrolled in schools in the 2012-13 school year, an 8 percent increase from the previous school year.

The number of homeless students has been rising steadily for a number of years, and has increased about 85 percent since the beginning of the recession.

Yay! It'll build character in the little urchins, you'll see.

The US Economy is making a nice comeback. Just not for the 99%.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Oct 5, 2014, 03:24 PM (12 replies)

If you were writing new laws around dog ownership...

If you were writing new laws around dog ownership, what would they be?

Ban certain breeds? All dogs on leashes? Must be under a certain weight?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Oct 4, 2014, 04:48 PM (62 replies)

Why don't Dem candidates want to campaign with Obama?

After all, Obama gave America Obamacare. So shouldn't he be popular?

The problem is math.

Obamacare insured about ten million people who weren't previously insured. That's a good thing! It's a wonderful thing!

On the other hand, it insures those ten million largely by having taxpayers foot the bill, the vast majority of whom already had health insurance. It's costing them money, but not obviously helping them. Personally, I'm much happier about the ten million getting insurance than I'm unhappy about the extra taxes I'll end up paying. But there are likely tens of millions, at least, who are pissed about paying higher taxes to to insure more people in a way that permits docs, pharma, and insurers to make obscene money. Two-thirds of Americans want Medicare for All, which would insure everyone and cost less.

And then there's the big one: most Americans have seen there fortunes cumble with Obama at the helm. They've seen the wealthy get coddled, e.g. the dramatic actions taken to save banker bonuses, 82% of the Bush tax cuts made permanent, and the rest, while their futures, and their children's futures, circle ever closer to the drain. Whether it can rightly be blamed on Obama's actions, or it's a result of the Presidency being a powerless position (as some claim), it's certainly happened under Obama's leadership and hundreds of millions of Americans identify him with the mauling they've received.

Ten million helped by Obamacare vs. hundreds of millions mauled by the economy.

That's the math.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Oct 2, 2014, 10:55 PM (148 replies)

Yo, Fellow Nerds: MIT Mini Maker Faire This Saturday

More than 130 Makers and Maker Groups will be exhibiting at the MIT Mini Maker Faire this Saturday, Oct. 4th.

All over the world, the maker movement is really taking off. Maker Faire is a day-long event created by MAKE magazine to celebrate the spirit of creation - whether it's creators of handicrafts, high-tech robotics, or custom go-karts. At these events, creators bring out their creations to share with each other and with the community.

Here at MIT, a group of students, staff and alumni are putting together the first ever MIT Mini Maker Faire, to take place this year on Saturday, October 4. The MIT Maker Faire will bring together local makers from the MIT and Cambridge/Boston area. The event will be free for exhibitors and attendees, and open to the whole public. Remember to mark your calendars and contact us if you would like to participate!



Should be wikkid fun.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Oct 2, 2014, 02:27 PM (0 replies)

Worse than Khorasan? Could this be true?

I read that there's another terror group that will almost certainly kill tens of thousands of Americans within the next few months. It goes by the name INFLUENZA.

Apparently we know how to fire shots of some sort to stop it?

This sounds way worse than Khorasan. Could it be true? Anyone know if it's true, or BS?

If this is true, we should be unimaginably afraid.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Oct 1, 2014, 01:21 AM (1 replies)

Looks like it's the Greenwald-as-Libertarian crowd

That refrains from reading.

The article does not say what you claim.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Oct 1, 2014, 12:37 AM (1 replies)

There is ZERO way that Romney will be the Republican nominee for President

I know that any speculation about 2016 is silly stuff. (Yes, even my sig.) But every time I see speculation about Romney, my eyeballs spontaneously roll uncomfortably in their sockets. It hurts. Please stop.

By the time he was done in 2012, Romney had power-mooned 47% of Americans by calling them worthless leeches, and was widely reviled by Republicans. I know one of his higher-up campaign people, and even he'd grown to dislike the fellow (but likes Elizabeth Warren's proposals, even if he's still leery of Warren herself).

Not going to happen.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Sep 30, 2014, 08:31 PM (6 replies)

Koch Brothers attack Elizabeth Warren

In yesterday's USA Today, an attack op-ed by a "senior analyst" at the Koch Brothers' Reason Foundation:

Ex-Im bank stand betrays Warren's populist roots

Of course, instead of reading the Koch-spin, one can simply see what Warren says about the issue:

I think this is generally good news. If the Kochs are going after Warren, she must be making 'em sweat. Let's help her to keep going!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Sep 30, 2014, 12:45 PM (14 replies)

Glenn Greenwald: his media army of Libertarian disruptors

Another Glenn Greenwald eruption, and more howls of outrage from the Liberterian Purity Left when we real Democrats stop Greenwald COLD with our version of the TRUTH!

But did you know that these Homeland-hatin' LibSymps are even embedded deeply within our media?

Knowledge is power, people! KNOW YOUR ENEMY!

Look, with your own eyes, see what these so-called "Democrats" in our very own media have to say about the most hard-core Libertarian on Earth today:

"Glenn Greenwald is not just the American Left's most fearless political commentator; his fearlessness is such that he has shifted the expectations for everyone else, too. His rock-ribbed principles and absolute disregard for partisan favor have made U.S. political discourse edgier, more confrontational, and much much better."
- Rachel Maddow

"The first thing I do when I turn on the computer in the morning is go to Glenn Greenwald's blog to see what he said. He is truly one of our greatest writers right now."
- Michael Moore

"The most important voice to have entered the political discourse in years."
- Bill Moyers

Do we really need to hear any more of this? I think we all know what's going on.


[strike]Al-Qaeda[/strike] [strike]ISIS[/strike] Khorasan-is-the-most-dangerous-danger-ever Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Sep 29, 2014, 08:45 PM (174 replies)

Better than Bush!!!

I read a number of posts yesterday stating that Holder was a good AG because he was better than Gonzales.

Oh boy!

First off, setting the threshold for "acceptable" at "better than the Bush administration" is flat-out terrifying. There's a lot of space between "Bush" and "decent". Nixon was better than Bush. Reagan was better than Bush.

I want better than better than Bush, much better, and you should too.

Second, which sounds more compelling to Americans come election time?

1. "Bush was worse, you don't want that to happen again!"
2. "We got stuff done and your lives are better, let's keep going!"

This is why the Third Way Enterovirus has such a terrible track record in general elections: "We suck less", their battle cry, just doesn't get the job done. And now we have another election cycle coming up, and "it could be worse" is mostly we have to work with.

So, can y'all do me a solid? Can we banish "better than Bush" from this site, in all its permutations?

(Especially "better than Gonzales". That's just sick.)
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Sep 26, 2014, 10:06 PM (16 replies)
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