Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Seriously folks, I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried. Obama recently named John Huntsman, Jr. as Ambassador to China.


Huntsman International has extensive business interests in China, so don’t expect any action on the part of our administration to pull back American jobs. Business as usual. We should all expect to see our trade policy with China continue to go downhill.

You may also find it interesting that Huntsman is suing Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank for backing out of a finance deal that would have provided $15 billion in financing for Huntsman’s acquisition by Hexion Specialty Chemicals last year.

California also just released the last listing of 30 chemicals they have deemed as potentially carcinogenic, or lead to reproductive/development issues.

If you want to have some fun, compare them to those found in the Huntsman Product List.

Now I have nothing against chemicals per se. The universe is a big chemistry set, after all, and we are made from the stuff we ponder. But any chance I have to hassle these dudes, I’ll take.

Unlike the higher education many sons and daughters of well off families receive at Yale, Harvard, and other bastions of ethics, Berea has been a remarkable beacon of how things can and should be done. However, since Berea does not charge for tuition, they have been especially hard hit by our fellow Americans greed on Wall Street and at Big Banks.

There are so many young people out there who truly deserve to get an education and break the cycle of poverty in which they have been raised. So, I’d like to propose that Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, and Bank of America each pass the hat, and cough up some dough.


Also, do take the time to read a good article in the NYT regarding how Amherst College is learning from Berea.

I was recently struck by the incredible resiliency of Nature, during a short walk in our woods. And it led to some notes. I’ve added them to this post, as images.








Mr. Goodwill Millions

Mr. Goodwill Millions