Richard Lance Christie 08 Nov 09 rant, page 1November 1-8, 2009Dear Friends and Family,[Three pages of personal biographic narrative deleted]Now for this installment of my rant,
Field Notes from the Handbasket
, about issues and eventsthat I thought worth sharing. These rants do not contain most of the additions I have made to my107 chapters in proto-books and essays-in-progress (08 Nov = 1393 pages); or the organicinspection reports, E-mail correspondence about water and sewer, environmental, housing andplanning issues, the Relocalization Network Coordinators’, International Organic InspectorsAssociation, Moab Progressive Area Network, Canyonlands Sustainable Solutions Forums, et al,some of which have also been produced during a typical month. The 36 planks and chapters of
The Renewable Deal
, plus my paper on global warming, can be accessed at<earthrestoration.net>.Local columnist Ollie Harris says that after retirement he has slid ever deeper into“decraptitude.”MIKHAIL GORBACHEV ON U.S. CORPORATE CAPITALISM: “The current model does notneed adjusting, it needs replacing.”“The time has come to strike the right balance between the government and the market, forintegrating social and environmental factors and demilitarising the economy.”“...a new model will emerge, one that will emphasize public needs and public good, such as acleaner environment, well-functioning infrastructure and public transport, sound education andhealth systems and affordable housing.”Man who run ahead of car get tired.Man who run behind car get exhausted.-Contemporary ConfusciousECONOMICS WATCH: (1) HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGES: A FAILEDEXPERIMENT: Texas, Florida, North Carolina and California have already tried providinghealth insurance to all citizens through establishing health insurance exchanges, which someCongresscritters have been touting as an alternative to a national health insurance public option.All failed and closed up due to cherry-picking of lower risk customers by health insurors outsidethe exchanges, leaving a high-risk pool of people as customers for the exchanges.EW(2): UNEMPLOYMENT: As of October, 2009, 14 states and the District of Colombia haveunemployment rates near or over 10%. Unemployment statistics are steady or worse among 31states compared to prior months, while 19 states enjoy improvement as of October.