Forty-nine years ago today, I graduated from High School. There are bands and festive floats passing under my window, but I don’t think they are there to celebrate me. It’s the Grand Floral Parade, the second and last of the Portland Rose Festival. Unfortunately, it’s blocking my access to prime kitty basking in the sun. By the time it’s over, it will be too hot.
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 4:42 (average 10:02). To do it, click here. How did you do?
From MoveOn: Ten Ideas to Save the Economy: Raise the Estate Tax
Inequality slows economic growth. To prevent the rise of a new aristocracy, we need to raise the estate tax.
The Reich on the left is right. America does not want a privileged aristocracy, but those are the ONLY people Republicans, the Reich on the right that is wrong, actually represent. This is the eighth video in the series. Please click through to MoveOn, and share it from there.
From TPM: A panel of federal judges on Friday ruled that Virginia lawmakers must redraw the state’s congressional map because it places too many black voters in one particular district at the expense of their influence in other districts.
“Because plaintiffs have shown that race predominated in Virginia’s 2012 plan and because defendants have failed to establish that this race-based redistricting satisfies strict scrutiny, we find that the 2012 plan is unconstitutional and will require the commonwealth to draw a new congressional district plan,” the judges wrote in the 2-1 decision, as quoted by The Roanoke Times.…
…The panel of judges ordered the Virginia House of Delegates to redraw the map by Sept. 1, which The Washington Post points out would force the state’s General Assembly to hold a special summer session. But the state’s Republican congressional delegation is likely to appeal the latest decision, according to the newspaper.
Republican attempts to steal elections never end!
From Think Progress: The Norwegian Parliament voted Friday to remove coal investments from the country’s $890 billion government pension fund, which is considered the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world.
Under the new policy, power and mining companies whose activities or revenue are at least 30 percent coal-related will be removed from the portfolio.
Kudos to Norway. May this mark the start of an international landslide.