Houston and the chemicals

The oil and gas business may kill more Houstonians than Harvey has so far if any of the chemical plants blow up, as at least one is threatening to do. Crosby fire officials are bracing for an explosion at the Arkema chemical plant in the city where floodwaters have knocked out power and generators needed …

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Voice-actuated shopping?

Sure, why not? Headline: Wal-Mart and Google team up on voice-activated shopping, challenging Amazon “Yo, Google, order me up some paper towels, some sandwich bags, a pack of AA batteries and a set of battery cables.” “Yessir, boss, coming right up. You wanna pick ’em up or have ’em delivered?” “Today, consumers want to spend …

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When Congress serves industry

Table saw users, take note. There’s a way to keep your fingers from sudden amputation. It was invented 14 years ago. There was a big need for this invention. Every year more than 4,000 Americans suffer amputations — get their hands mangled using table saws. Upwards of 30,000 people wind up in emergency rooms with …

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Senator Sanders is mistaken

Bernie Sanders continues to cater to and hunt for the white working class, particularly the male part of it. He apparently concluded that Democrats should do that based on the statistics collected about Trump voters in the last election. Many of those voters were members of that class, no question. But should the Democrats sell …

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Shoulda stood in bed

Hmm. Who had the worse week, Pepsi and its now-pulled “Kendall Jenner joins the demo!” ad? United Airlines and its “re-accommodation” of a passenger because it needed the space to send four of its employees to Louisville? Or Presidential flack Sean Spicer and his multiple missteps about Hitler and chemical gas usage? I think I’m …

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Anniversaries

This is poignant, don’t you agree? Each year, the @FDNY sends a truck to the site of the #TriangleFire, to raise a ladder to the 6th floor. That's as high as it went in 1911. pic.twitter.com/wrbJi9YRAk — NYC CLC (@CentralLaborNYC) March 24, 2017 Here’s the Wikipedia version of the tragedy. 146 garment workers died — …

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Life in the right-wing bubble

More “alternative facts!” Yesterday Trump signed a memo freezing Federal hiring. In announcing this, Spicer shed further light on the plan at a press conference Monday, claiming that it “counters the dramatic expansion of the federal workforce in recent years.” Now look at the official Office of Personnel Management numbers for the Obama years: Year …

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Nice job you’ve got there

It’d be a shame if anything happened to it. What am I talking about? Well, the House Republicans put a nasty little twist into the Rules package they enacted the other day. They revived an 1876 rule which allows any member of Congress to slash the pay of an individual federal worker all the way …

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People, people, people

Here’s a set of post-election poll results which show that most Americans want Trump to behave in the opposite way to what he said he’d do during the campaign. I've got some bad news for the American people about Donald Trump's policy agenda… pic.twitter.com/aCZcJigOcB — Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) November 27, 2016 So am I to …

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