15 March 2009

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Good:

Staten Island has its first wind turbine, providing electricity for the streetlights and sewage system in a new retirement community.

Bad:

Two-thirds of widely sold baby products tested by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics contain formaldehyde and/or 1,4-dioxane, both probable carcinogens, both by-products of the production process not listed on the labels. The list of products tested is here.

Ugly:

AIG already paid $121 million in bonuses to the people who brought it to the brink of collapse, and to a $170 billion bail-out. This weekend, they're distributing $165 million more to those same people. The AIG folks claim that the bonuses are in the folks' contracts and can't be rescinded.