Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Jung in waiting.

Told Linda there was a N.Y. Times article that she needed to see.

"They've found a little red book by Jung."

"Cool!"

I had to laugh. "That's a very Jungian response..."

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Speaking of 'slack' in the economy. Outside the downtown core, I'm seeing commercial space that's been available for one, two, three or more years.

I know when I inquired for a couple of those spaces a couple of years ago that they were way, way too high in rent price, in my opinion. Wonder if they've come down.

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Interesting. The Bulletin effectively buried the unemployment story in the article on benefits extension.

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Chuck from the Downtowners was in to tell me that they would "try to keep a sidewalk corridor open" to my store during the Fall Fest. See, with all the drinking going on, they're closing the street to minors.

Well, I've always joked that I should serve alcohol to see if most of my business is adults, and I guess this way I'll find out.

Wonder out the other businesses on the street feel about this. Most of them aren't oriented toward kids....and I wonder if that's why they chose Minnesota. I'm sure places like Goody's and Leaping Lizards wouldn't have agreed to an adults only scene...

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I'm going to make one of my rare political observations on this blog.

I've never paid much attention to the workings of Congress on particular bills. So it's been interesting the watch the mess they make trying to pass a health insurance reform bill.

If something approaching a health care bill doesn't emerge from Congress, I'm going to come to the conclusion that Congress is owned; lock, stock and barrow.

And that we as a country are well and truly screwed.

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13 comments:

blackdog said...

"If something approaching a health care bill doesn't emerge from Congress, I'm going to come to the conclusion that Congress is owned; lock, stock and barrow."

I have little doubt that "something approaching a health care bill" will emerge from Congress. What worries me is that it will be a half-assed, token "reform" that will accomplish nothing -- except enabling the right-wingers to say, "See, we told you government health care wouldn't work."

Speaking of health care, why can't Democrats achieve the kind of party discipline the Republicans have? During the Bush administration you never saw a Republican congressman or senator step out of line. But now Obama has to worry about placating the "Blue Dog Democrats." How come we never hear about "Red Dog Republicans"?

tim said...

I can't wait for that Jung book. Very excited. By the way, I don't think it was ever lost, was it? The family just kept it closed to the public for a long, long time.

tim said...

'But now Obama has to worry about placating the "Blue Dog Democrats." How come we never hear about "Red Dog Republicans"?'

In this last election, we had an awful lot of Democrats elected from conservative areas. Even though they are Democrats, the next election is always in their heads.

I think the equivalent on the Republican side are the Governors and Mayors of liberal areas who govern from the center, or swing back and forth as they need to to govern.

rotorman said...

"If something approaching a health care bill doesn't emerge from Congress, I'm going to come to the conclusion that Congress is owned; lock, stock and barrow."

Why do you think they should pass something that less then 1/2 of the people support? And if they do pass something that less than 1/2 of the people support, who do you think owns Congress?

Duncan McGeary said...

I don't know. Somehow I expect a little leadership.

tim said...

"I don't know. Somehow I expect a little leadership."

You expect it or desire it?

tim said...

A good leader should be convincing enough that he can cause a groundswell of enthusiasm and desire for the legislation. Trying to squeak something through seems like a great way to get a crap bill.

I actually prefer a single payer gov't health system. I think our system tied to employers is a big drag on global competitiveness of our corporations. It's effectively a tax in the wrong place. Also, we spend a lot of money on tech and meds that benefit other countries. That R&D cost should be shared amongst all the wealthy nations.

If we can't have a single payer system, I think we're going to make a mess that costs more than what we have now.

blackdog said...

"Why do you think they should pass something that less then 1/2 of the people support?"

Sorry, you don't get off that easy. What proposal, specifically, are you referring to, and what is the evidence for your statement that less than half of the people support it?

rotorman said...

Sorry, you don't get off that easy. What proposal, specifically, are you referring to, and what is the evidence for your statement that less than half of the people support it?

Here you go: https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=529575095156315075&postID=7231090047767741137

blackdog said...

Amazon is offering Jung's Red Book for $105. (It won't actually be available until December.) A little spendy for me -- I'll wait for the movie.

blackdog said...

rotorman: That link doesn't work.

tim said...

"Amazon is offering Jung's Red Book for $105. (It won't actually be available until December.) A little spendy for me -- I'll wait for the movie."

Well, consider it an art book. His illustrations are absolutely stunning.

It's not just a bunch of text.

blackdog said...

"It's not just a bunch of text."

I know that. Still not motivated to spend $105 for it.