Morning No: No Reserve

by: Natasha Chart

Mon Sep 28, 2009 at 06:00

- Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) has been looking into the behavior of the Federal Reserve for a while. No one's really minding the store over there, as determined in a hearing this last May.

- Grayson continued looking into the behavior of the Fed last week, questioning their general counsel on conducting GAO audits of the Fed and those empowered to act on their behalf to spend the money US taxpayers coughed up to let them throw around without oversight.

- Crazy conservatives make wild, wild claims about how "regulations" are the root of all evil, costing businesses all kinds of money. Funny how they never seem to worry about unregulated businesses stealing wages, wrecking people's health and selling defective products to an even greater degree than the regulated ones, and thus extracting huge amounts of wealth from individuals. Yeah, funny, ha ha.

- Robert Zoellick, president of the World Bank, says that we shouldn't expect the dollar to continue as the world's reserve currency indefinitely.

- Dear The Government, we'd like unemployment to drop and for you to make sure that we will all, always, have healthcare, before you go proclaiming willy-nilly that 'the country' is out of the woods re this whole Great Recession thing. You mostly don't seem to care about household level losses of opportunity and profit, or general misery and fear, but look, the people who live in our households really, really do. Kissy the face, n.

- The interesting thing about making abortion illegal is that it doesn't make it more rare, just more expensive and difficult, as Australians have found. This has been highlighted recently by the case of Tegan Leach, a young Australian woman on trial for inducing a chemical abortion.

- Scientists look to establish safe operating limits for humanity that would allow the preservation of our habitat, and the analysis tool is generating a lot of discussion. In any case, it is a problem that focusing on upper limits seems to give policymakers the green light to believe that damaging the environment below that threshhold is less dangerous than it is.

- The GOP does favor a public option. For homeowners' flood insurance. Too bad people aren't as important as houses.

- It's mostly optional to check luggage on planes, except that it's a pain in the rear (not to mention expensive and environmentally irresponsible) to have an entire duplicate set of toiletries in 2 oz. or under sizes packed in a specific size ziploc bag that isn't sturdy enough to really protect your clothing in the event of minor spills. Hence, the airlines have a captive audience for these ridiculous baggage handling fees. I almost never checked bags before the federal government decided that it was possible to hide the smell of *ing acetone. If the Obama administration would repeal the stupid security theater provisions of our air travel standards, I bet they'd see a 10 percent approval bump pretty much immediately. (Via)

- And now, for something completely mindblowing, I give you a slide show that has to be seen to be believed, via @Mlsif:

Barack Obama's amazingly consistent smile from Eric Spiegelman on Vimeo.

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Great post across the board. (0.00 / 0)

I wish I had a solution for one of the the more pressing issues here, (0.00 / 0)
but, as a world renowned space cadet, I do know of a much better alternative to ziplocs: toiletry kits/bags. You can snag quite a decent-sized bag for roughly 10-30 bucks, and they've always been problem free for me.  

Don't you have to use clear plastic bags? (0.00 / 0)
I don't know that they're still at the point where harebrained screeners are insisting that the clear plastic bag with toiletries in it be an actual Ziploc(TM) brand bag, but afaik, a regular bag as normally used for such will get everything you bring tossed in the trash. Hence, my toiletries go in a sturdy bag that gets put in the suitcase that doesn't have my laptop in it and gets checked.

Thing is, screeners are inconsistent and potential mistakes on the part of a traveler can be niggling costly. Sure, that brand new container of hand cream I had to throw away didn't break the bank, but it cost me a meal's worth to replace it and I don't want to spend travel time in a new place shopping for things I already own/ed. Some jerk throws out my whole travel kit and the ripoff baggage handling fee will seem like a bargain - it's a price I end up paying to a group of private greedheads not to be inconvenienced by an obviously stupid and pointless government policy that reflects badly on even the principle of good government.

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Aren't you glad Grayson appears to be on our side? (0.00 / 0)
The sad part is that, in spite of his efforts to learn the truth, the liars probably won't see any real punishment for their crimes.

Yes (4.00 / 2)
And agreed. Nothing has been done to punish anyone except low-level bank employees whose jobs were the collateral casualties of managerial incompetence.

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re: smile video (0.00 / 0)
That is truly amazing. The only explanation I can think of is that his mind was busy working on more important problems while his body was being used as a diplomatic prop.  

re: smile video (0.00 / 0)
Hmm ... oddly enough, the Pres. is wearing the same tie throughout. Methinks there's something amiss; I'm sure he doesn't actually wear the same tie for every White House photo op.


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