I can feel my economy being stimulated already

Hell yeah, I'm $300 richer today than I was yesterday. Time to go to Wal-Mart!

But don't get me wrong, if they're giving money away...

Thanks a lot Bill Frist, you fucking asshole.

So back in September of 2006 Congress passed a bill, The SAFE Port Act designed to funnel large amounts of money to politically connected businesses improve security at U.S. Ports. In one his last acts as Senate Majority Leader, Bill Frist used his surgical prowess to graft the totally unrelated Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act to the certain-to-pass SAFE Port Act. This banned monetary transfers to any internet gambling sites (except of course lotteries, fantasy sports, and horse racing). This of course pissed off several foreign companies and led to a successful WTO challenge against the U.S. After negotiations, a settlement was reached, but the government has still not released the text of the agreement. Some blogger decided to file a Freedom of Information Act request for the agreement but this was what he got back:

Forward-thinking wastewater reclamation project reaping benefits in Atlanta metro county

Clayton County, GA, started a wastewater reclamation project more than 20 years ago, which now includes thousands of acres of forest and man-made wetlands with 10 million gallons of wastewater flowing back into the system each day. While most of Atlanta has a few months of water remaining, Clayton County has the bulk of a year's worth, and their methods are being adapted in dry locations worldwide:

It started in the 1980s, when the county began digging ponds to store wastewater. Clayton purchased a 4,000-acre forest and laid 300 miles of pipeline. The county then installed 20,000 sprinklers throughout the forest. The sprinklers sprayed wastewater, soaking the soil and letting the water flow into two man-made reservoirs — Shamrock and Blalock.

At the time, Clayton was considered one of the nation's leading systems for water technology. But by 2000, that technology could not keep up with growth.

The forest, wedged between Jonesboro and Lovejoy, was running out of room to expand, and the sprinklers were not enough to soak the ground to restore water to the system.

The county replaced the maze of pipes with a 48-inch pipe that runs about 6.6 miles under Freeman Road. It purchased another 400 acres of hilly land and began digging small ponds and planting. Today, cattails, bulrush, water lilies and prickle weeds fill the area.

30 seconds Senate session

The provision for recess appointments is a horribly outdated relic from a time when the Senate would be out of session for months at a time with no way to reconvene quickly when, say, a critical post was suddenly left vacant. Now it's useful mostly as a cynical procedural ploy, seen here being countered with another cynical procedural ploy. Fighting fire with fire, I guess... Or maybe a shit hurling monkey metaphor would be more appropriate.

POTUS entourage

Why does a salad cost more than a Big Mac?

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I've got a bike, you can ride it if you like

I've got a bike, you can ride it if you like
It's got a basket, a bell that rings and things to make it look good
I'd give it to you if I could, but I borrowed it

19th century solutions to 21st century problems

What a jackass (video link).

Made in America

Lured by false promises and driven by desperation, thousands of Chinese and Filipina women pay high fees for jobs in garment factories on the Pacific island of Saipan—which despite being a U.S. territory is exempt from federal minimum wage and certain immigration laws. The clothing they sew, bearing the "Made in the USA" label, is shipped duty- and quota-free to the U.S. for sale by The Gap, J. Crew, Polo, and other retailers.

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