Mike Gordon is promoting pre-orders of his new record with this:
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[Intel CEO Paul Otellini] is also one of the first Fortune 500 CEOs to speak publicly about President Obama’s newly proposed $350 billion economic recovery plan. He said that proposal, which includes tax breaks for businesses and research and development incentives, is not the right plan either.
The way Otellini sees it, Washington must decide what the industries of the future are. “We still subsidize trains and agriculture — industries of the 19th century. We should decide what’s important to us going forward and make sure we’ve got the education system in place and the capital incentive system in place to do the investment here.”
China plans to build 13,000 km of high-speed rail lines by 2012, more than the rest of the world combined. Trains will travel at a maximum speed of 350 km an hour on 8,000 km of the track and at 250 km an hour on the rest. The Beijing-Shanghai line due to open next year will halve the travel time between the two cities to 5 hours.
By 2020 the network will have expanded to 16,000 km, serving more than 90 percent of the population, at a total budgeted cost of 2 trillion yuan ($295.1 billion), according to the government’s blueprint.
The 9/12ers were at it again in Washington today. Like last year, I happened to be in the vicinity (having lunch with my family at the National Gallery of Art) and caught some of the tea party action.
Like last year, you didn’t have to look hard to find signs that suggested racism or violence. In the video below, I got a few seconds of a man carrying a sign that read, “Coming soon to a politician near you: tar and feathers.” The sign bore the effigy of a man with dark skin who had been tarred and feathered.
Other signs I saw labeled the Democratic congressional leadership as “traitors” and blamed illegal immigrants for the loss of seven million jobs. One sign said “God is in. You are out.” As far as I could tell the most prevalent signage expressed unhappiness with debt, borrowing, deficits, bankrupting our children, etc. But I also saw a group with signs saying “Extend the Bush Tax Cuts” and a smiling image of George W. Bush.
I’m proud that my city serves as a place where people can blow off steam and exercise their rights. I’m sorry to see so many people marching in the name of religious fundamentalism, seething animosity toward government, and defense of the country from phantom menaces like Marxism and “European Socialism.”