Dems to Revamp Primary, Create Major Power Shift

Democrats, looking to reverse their fortunes after two straight White
House defeats, met Saturday to hear competing proposals to revamp the
election calendar used to choose a presidential nominee every four years - AP

This is seriously big. The shift in how the primary process works could drastically change the candidates and perhaps invigorate the primary process. Many people outside the first few states barely pay attention to the primary process. What's the point? If you're in Alabama or Texas, you don't stand a chance to impact the primary election. Distributing the influence can greatly impact perception of the system, creating a grassroots feeling about the whole selection process. It could even help the Democrats look like a people's party.

Martha Stewart "Apprentice" Spin-off

As part of a larger rollout of its fall television schedule, NBC said
"The Apprentice: Martha Stewart" will air Wednesday nights at 8 p.m.
beginning next fall. - CNN

No doubt, Martha Stewart is twice as tough as Donald Trump.  She's the woman Americans love to hate and love to admire.  Self-made, rich, tough, and smart, not only is she a good bet for the role of tough business woman, but she's also proven television talent.  My bet is this show will be gold.

Bush Steps Up to Biodiesel Podium

With gasoline prices soaring, President Bush urged Congress on Monday to encourage development of alternate fuels like biodiesel and ethanol to make the United States less dependent on
foreign oil.

"Our dependence on foreign oil is like a foreign tax on the American dream, and that tax is growing every year," Bush said at the Virginia BioDiesel Refinery about 140 miles south of Washington. - AP

Of Course Lodging Taxes are Unfair

The head of the state's department of tourism is concerned that the
Cullman City Council is considering funding expansion of a local park
by levying a 3 percent lodging tax on travelers -- 99 percent of whom
will never use those facilities. - Cullman Times

But, of course a lodging tax is unfair! Who better to tax than people who have no representation? The whole idea of a lodging tax, and the reason it's already higher than any tax on the local citizenry, is that it's a tax on people that have no say. It is not a tax designed to help fund improvements in the travel industry or to fulfill any other lofty public service ideal. Lodging taxes aren't about being fair, they are about raking in money.

Antivirus Program Crashed PC

"I'm not happy about losing three days work and having to do a full
rebuild but am somewhat amused by the irony. As a long-term Mac user
and previous net admin, who can't remember seeing a malicious Apple
virus/Trojan ever it seems only right that I should be exposed to this
trauma as a result of poorly written [anti-]Virus software." - James Hackett quoted on The Register

Supersize Me

Watching Supersize Me, it doesn't take long to recognize the tofu eaters' point of view. However, despite the obviously anti-corporate, anti-fast food bias of the filmmaker and his cliche, the message is strong. Fat is bad. His McDonald's diet was unhealthy. And, we Americans are getting fatter and more unhealthy daily in large part to our own Mcdiets.

Wealth Gap in Communist China?

I still don't understand why communist states have money. If you get a paycheck or have to sell your goods to collect money so you can buy food for your family, isn't that basically capitalism?

The wealth gap is certainly unfair! The price of chemical fertiliser is increasing but the price at which we can sell grain has dropped. - Mi Yushan quoted in BBC News