speech by President Barack Obama today, and everything else I've been saying the past couple of days, finally convinced the Tea Partiers and other Republicans to cave-in. They just agreed to the Senate version of the payroll tax and continuance of the unemployment benefits for two months. What was politically stupid about this was that on one side were most Republicans, Democrats, Obama and Americans, and on the other, the Tea Party types. Either they are finally learning a lesson, or have totally lost their effectiveness.
3. If you made more than half a million dollars, you are in the top 1% (adjusted income of $344,000 in 2009). By the way, this 1% paid 37% of all the Federal income taxes. The top 10% (adjusted income of $112,000) paid 70%. Or, in other words, the bottom 90% paid 30% of what our government gets.
40 years, using robots, to decommission the Fukushima nuclear reactors. This will cost a minimum of $12.8 billion, plus another $12.8 billion to decontaminate some of the surrounding area (but not too close to the nuke facility) so some of the refugees can return someday. Why there is some optimism about partial recovery of living space is that Fukushima only emitted about 15% the radiation of Chernobyl.