Ancient history

I’m googling myself and collecting some of the results:

Republican toast

I keep getting asked by friends where I am on Obama vs. Clinton (I’ll support either one in November). The next immediate question is inevitably aren’t the Democrats divided and isn’t this going to benefit McCain? It’s tough to get across just what a pathetic candidate McCain really is and how badly the republicans are going to do:
Here’s a Frank Rich article that provides a good overview:

The last debate, however dumb, had the most viewers of any so far. The rise in turnout and new voters is all on the Democratic side. Even before its deathbed transfusion of new donations, the Clinton campaign trounced the McCain campaign in fund-raising by 2.5 to 1. (The Obama-McCain ratio is 3 to 1.)
On Tuesday, a Democrat won the first round of a special Congressional election in Mississippi, even though the national G.O.P. outspent the Democrats by more than double and President Bush carried this previously safe Republican district by 25 percentage points in 2004.

The Art of Happiness

I’m reading a book “The Art of Happiness” by Howard Cutler. He’s a psychiatrist who spent time talking with the Dalai Lama. Here’s an interesting quote about what a psycologically happy person is:

Well, I would regard a compassionate, warm, kindhearted person as healthy. If you maintain a feeling of compassion, loving kindness, then something automatically opens your inner door. Through that, you can communicate much more easily with other people. And that feeling of warmth creates a kind of openness. You’ll find that all human beings are just like you, so you’ll be able to relate to them more easily.

Child labor

More joy on the work front. Here’s an excerpt from a new book on the state of labor in the use: The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker,” by Steven Greenhouse (Knopf, 2008).

The squeeze on the American worker has been further exacerbated by corporate America’s growing sway over politics and policy, making it harder for beleaguered workers to turn to government for help. When investigators unearthed serious child labor violations at a dozen Wal-Marts, officials in the Bush Labor Department signed a highly unusual secret agreement promising to give Wal-Mart fifteen days’ advance notice whenever inspectors planned to visit a Wal-Mart store to look for more such violations. Wal-Mart officials had been major donors to the Republican Party.

or try this article with lots more small examples.