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 →
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
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.”
Beware the ides of March: phony stock market bubble ended today with the realization Chrysler and GM have to sharpen their pencils more. President Obama is toying with a bankruptcy cleansing to wipe out the old debt, bondholders and retiree pension liabilities from GM and Chrysler. The Wall Street Journal reports
President Barack Obama’s task force has told both companies that the administration prefers this route as a way to reorganize the two auto makers, rather than the prolonged out-of-court process that has thus far frustrated administration officials.
The DOW dropped 254 points to 7,552 and will continue south since their is no good news in this story. The TSX slipped only 224. More to come.
The $700 billion bail-out of Wall Street should die a natural death this week and for all good reasons. Wall Street doesn’t need $700 billion although they will whine like babies if they think there is milk and honey coming their way. The bail-out does nothing for the real victims – the millions of Americans who are losing their homes.
Life will go on in Wall Street without the bail out because they are in the business of money and money has no tears. It is greedy. Once Wall Street sorts out that the milk and honey isn’t coming, it will be on with business as usual. Continue reading →