Monthly Archives: August 2009

Here comes the next bank bailout

This morning I found a cute little article about a very non-cute topic. It turns out the FDIC’s bank insurance fund dropped 20% in the 2nd quarter, to a rather alarming balance of $10.4 billion. What the article failed to … Continue reading

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No more giant carrots!

I went downtown for an early dose of Ted this morning, and got an wake-up call about the danger of incentives, those carrots and sticks that supposedly make the world go round but actually are an affront to nature. I … Continue reading

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Healthcare debate feels pointless

I never wanted to be stuck in the middle of this argument. When I started blogging about the co-op plan, I thought it would be a flash in the pan and then I would be able to get back to happier … Continue reading

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Sustainable rural transit

Gas is creeping back up above $3.00/gallon, and this is bad news for everyone. But nobody feels the pain as much as people living in lightly-populated rural areas. When businesses shut down, it means that people must drive for dozens … Continue reading

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Escape from the Beltway

There are two debates on healthcare reform: The first debate is on the merits of various proposals, and how they will impact people outside of the notorious Beltway. The second debate is about motivations of the individuals and organizations pushing for those … Continue reading

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Corruption is everywhere

DailyKos blogger BenGoshi points out a very interesting “co-op litigation” web site assembled to help members of electric co-ops network around their respective legal struggles with their cooperatives. This raises a point that has often been deployed to argue against … Continue reading

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Death of a cooperative

Humboldt Creamery, an 80 year-old organic milk producers cooperative, has been bought in a bankruptcy auction, and will now be folded into a major California milk producer. It is the end of an era. This story first developed last spring, … Continue reading

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