Dave Grohl singing Band on the Run (the intro is weak but wait until Dave starts rocking!)
As a Canadian I keep asking myself: why can’t our public broadcaster give us more quality programming like PBS?
McCartney was receiving the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song and performed many of his hits, along with musical friends Dave Grohl, Jack White, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, EmmyLou Harris and others. You have to sing for your supper when at the White House apparently. Continue reading →
Less than 1% of the US Federal workforce have disabilities
Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) speaks at an event to mark the American With Disabilities Act's 20th anniversary. The House also voted this week to make the Internet and television more accessible. (Alex Brandon/associated Press)
As the country marks the 20th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act this week, the Obama administration and Congress are taking steps to give the disabled greater access to federal jobs and technology.
Under a new executive order from President Obama, federal agencies will step up efforts to hire 100,000 disabled employees over the next five years. Ten years ago this month, President Bill Clinton laid out the same goal in a similar order, Obama wrote in Monday’s order, but “few steps were taken to implement [the order] in subsequent years.”
According to a report released this week by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, workers with targeted disabilities — including deafness, blindness, missing extremities, mental retardation and partial or complete paralysis — represent less than 1 percent of the federal workforce.
The order directs the Office of Personnel Management, in consultation with the Labor Department, the EEOC and the Office of Management and Budget, to design strategies within 60 days for recruiting and hiring disabled workers. Personnel managers at government agencies must be trained in employing the disabled. Agencies will then be required to develop plans for recruiting and keeping the workers. Continue reading →
Plan to cut deficits in half in three years means austerity or higher taxes which will drive the economy into a depression
Irish housing project abandoned when real estate market colllapsed image: Eoin O'Conaill for the International Herald Tribune.
The ink is barely dry on the last minute agreement of President Obama to reduce the US deficit by $750 billion dollars in three years. Driven by the desperation of the European Union and Canada’s posturing on fiscal restraint, Obama is already backtracking on the promise with good reason.
The US is still in a depression from the bank collapse of 2008 and things are only marginally better. Unemployment is a historic highs. Housing sales tanked after the Federal grants ended. Other than high-profile iPhones and gadgets, consumption of consumer goods is not improving.
The New York Times is carrying an op-ed piece by economist Paul Krugman who believes we are already slipping into a “third depression.”