Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Open Your Mind

This is a foundation painted by kids from the neighborhood. Or maybe Congresscritters. Not really sure right now...

Been looking for stories not related to the meltdown that is occurring over the debt ceiling. It's been brutal out there on the 'net - and politicians would be well advised to know that it's not just "the left" that is upset, it's nearly everyone. We are talking real world here too, not just the junkies.

What to do? I don't know. We're going to find out the answer in a couple of months anyway when the federal budget is due the Super Congress comes to blows. The Republicans are already playing slash and burn on many fronts, and we are going to need the Senate to stand up to them. And there is no doubt in my mind the House Republicans will take this to a shut down. You can just see that coming. (see: this).

So take a breath, and get ready for round two. In the meantime, here are a few good Michigan stories from the past few days or so...

  • Spectrum Health in GR is one of 40 sites in the nation that is testing a new procedure that replaces heart valves without open-heart surgery. Read this story to see how it is already saving the lives of those who were considered too ill to undergo the traditional route - it will bring a smile. Congratulations to all involved!

  • Your MIRS tidbit worth noticing: Michigan turns a profit. "Preliminary July revenue collection data indicates that year-to-date collections continue to be somewhat stronger than expected and are about $230 million higher than May consensus estimates anticipated, according to data collected by Mitch Bean, former voting member of the Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference (CREC)." Put that back in the schools, perhaps? Yeah, I know. You can dream though.

  • Plenty of lithium for those electric car batteries, enough to last through the end of the century, according to a study from the U of M. Good to know, and chances are we will have moved on from that technology by then anyway.

  • One I meant to note from last week: GM Ventures is investing $7.5 million in Sunlogics, the company who is creating the Green Zone Volt canopy charging stations I blogged about earlier. Sunlogics will continue to manufacture those, and will also assist with big installations at GM facilities, creating 200 jobs here in Michigan and 110 in Canada. Walking the talk, good for you, GM.

  • Consumers energy efficiency rebates for businesses have been so popular they have had to suspend the program until 2012 because they spent all the money they had allotted for this year. (for electric, there is still a bit left on natural gas) “We’ve really created a market for energy efficiency,” program manager Fred Alatalo said. The program, created by our 2008 energy package, has helped more than 2,000 businesses become more energy efficient this year alone.

  • The road ends at the beach. Do you have a right to park there and head on down to the big lake? A court will decide that question soon.

  • Pure Vocal Gold. Michigander Tim Allen ranks in at No. 9 this year in Forbes magazine's list of the top earning male actors in Hollywood; "Toy Story 3" is the main driver behind Allen's $22 million in earnings. No word on how much we pay him for the Pure Michigan ads.

  • Don't shoot in the direction of the cable TV guy when they are cutting off your service. Jail time and two years without cable will follow. You've been warned.

    That's it for now. Play nice out there.