The [Tuesday] Papers
I've got to fly to Minneapolis today and I'll be there until Friday morning. I'll still be posting the fabulous work of our writers and maybe even a few columns and other stuff; we'll see how it goes. Of course, I'll also still be on Facebook and Twitter.
The [Monday] Papers
"The result is many of the state's poorest and most vulnerable are left with fewer options and more uncertainty. This comes at a time when census data show Illinois' highest poverty rate in nearly two decades and a high jobless rate.
"Legislators chopped the Department of Human Services budget by hundreds of millions of dollars, including $4.7 million for homeless services."
In related news . . . state gives Motorola Mobility $100 million in tax incentives . . . Google buys Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion . . . Sanjay Iha walks out the door with $66 million . . . reminds me of this scene . . .
Maybe the homeless have to threaten to leave the state. Er, wait. Maybe they ought to threaten to loot; that's what rich people do.
Sara Lee CEO's Compensation Rises 80%
"DCEO awarded two grants to support a comprehensive renewable energy system that will accept up to 12,000 tons of food scraps annually. Most of that material will be spent grain from an onsite craft brewery, New Chicago Brewing Company, as well as other breweries around Chicago - material that is currently sent to landfills. What was once thought of as food waste will now help feed a digester which then powers The Plant."
This sounds good but it's really no different than subsidies to corporations like Boeing and Groupon. Why should taxpayer money fund business ventures - no matter how desirable?
I'm not even sure it should be legal. As I've written before, we should keep government and business separate. And that goes for charity, too. No more business foundations. That's not an appropriate use of resources that otherwise would benefit workers and consumers.
It's like business being a health insurance provider . . . no! Not their responsibilty - and is it any wonder, then, that we are chained to crappy policies and practices?
Business, government, charity . . . the federal government, states, counties and cities . . . each has its own responsibilities. Let's get clear on it.
And maybe we need more post offices, not less! Construction jobs to build them, workers to staff them . . . and some ideas to keep them profitable. For example, off-track betting at some of the facilities.
Englewood Freight Plan
"'We have to do everything we can to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit wherever we find it,' Obama said at a signing ceremony at a high school in Arlington, Virginia. This measure 'cuts away the red tape that slows down our inventors and entrepreneurs.'"
"The provision of the America Invents Act, which passed the Senate on Sept. 8 and is awaiting President Barack Obama's signature, is intended to weed out bad patents by allowing for any party to petition a post-grant review within nine months of a patent being issued by the USPTO," Law360 reports. (link not available)
"The new procedure is likely to cost patent owners hundreds of thousands of dollars to defend, putting individual inventors and startup companies at a huge disadvantage, according to Paul Vickrey, a partner at Niro Haller & Niro Ltd.
"'I foresee this as being a very expensive headache and very problematic for folks who can't afford to effectively defend against a post-grant review,' he said.
"Patent owners with limited resources may run into problems trying to retain counsel for a post-grant review if they are seeking attorneys to work on a contingency fee basis, Vickrey said. If there are no infringing products on the market from which to seek damages, lawyers willing to work on contingency will be hard to come by, he said."
Ironically, as I warned in 2008, this president just may end up creating the most cynical generation of all time. They believed.
Barry Manilow Likes Ron Paul
This was as far as I got:
His name was Ron Paul, he spouted freedom
At the Copa, uninspected Copa
Bears Back To Reality
$1.3 Trillion In Misreported Funds
Reaches Out And Grabs Them!
The Weekend In Chicago Rock
The Cub Factor
The 57th Street Children's Book Fair
The Joseph Rosenberg Fountain
Losing Team, Great Experience
The Beachwood Tip Line: Thirsty.
Posted on September 20, 2011
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