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  • The "Cake" the Unions Baked

    Catching up on a myriad of articles and blogs about the infamous--and misnamed--" Employee Free Choice Act " (HR 1409/S 560), I ran across some statements made by Vice-President Biden that really "take the cake." Earlier this week, Vice-President Biden was speaking about labor issues...
  • Ouch, My Aching Greenback

    A warning by Standard & Poor's about the possibility of a credit rating downgrade for the U.K. sent a shockwave across global bond and equity markets. With the U.K. government spending and printing large sums of money to resurrect the economy, analysts are expressing fears about the rapid accumulation...
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  • Home Energy Use - Energy Star Retreating Now?

    Now that we have entered May, the thermometers are starting to trend upward. In some regions of the country the cooling season has already started while in more northerly climes the heating season is drawing to a close. At the same time, on Capitol Hill the debate is raging on what measures to take to...
  • O Recovery, Where Art Thou?

    Perceptions of the economy change quickly. Only a couple of weeks ago it seemed nearly everyone was spotting 'green shoots' of recovery all over the place. After receiving sobering reports this week on retail sales , unemployment insurance claims and industrial production , hopes of an imminent...
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  • The Bottomless Pit

    Every month we think we're getting closer to the bottom of the housing market and when the data come out we inevitably hear the same thing: "We're almost there". Well guess what? Another month's worth of data on existing and new home sales and still no evidence the carnage has ended...
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  • ABCs of Smart Grid on NPR

    Anyone driving to and from work last week and listening to NPR's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered" got a fascinating education on Smart Grid. The 10-part series, called " Power Hungry: Reinventing the U.S. Electrical Grid " (and available for reading or downloading...
  • Smart Grid Follows Me Home from NEMA

    NEMA is all about Smart Grid, so my weekdays tend to be peppered with Smart Grid news and developments. To my surprise, the concept popped up at home while I was playing The Sims 2. Not familiar with The Sims 2? It's a computer game that has sold 100 million copies since its 2000 release. As banal...
  • Panama Jogs to the Right

    In the midst of incoming and established left-leaning politicians in the Latin America region comes a new winner who bucks the trend. Using words such as tycoon, magnate, self-styled millionaire, etc. reporters from all the major and not-so-major news services brought out words they had long since mothballed...
  • The Giant Sucking Sound

    With sentiment growing that the banking system may survive after all, one may be tempted to look ahead to a day when ostensibly private entities will once again be politely asked to bear their losses without recourse to the public dole. Not so fast. According to today’s Washington Post, Fannie...
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  • CPSC Getting Bigger Muscles

    Earlier this week President Obama announced his intent to nominate Inez Moore Tenenbaum, former South Carolina State Superintendent of Education, to serve as the new chair of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). In the same announcement , the president indicated he also is nominating Robert...
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