links for 2009-09-23

  • FireDogLake has the story (h/t to Ed Cone for the link): "In a stunning moment during the Senate Finance Committee markup Sen. Tom Carper defended a secret deal that the White House, Baucus, and PhRMA had reached. The White House has long denied the deal. Carper publicly acknowledges that part of the deal was that PhRMA would run millions of dollars worth of campaign ads in support of health care reform.

    According to Carper the “golden rule” in Congress is that secret back room deals in exchange for advertising buys must be honored."

  • From the press release: "Jason Dolph, Manager of the Chartwell Auctions Charlotte office, stated, "This may be a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire quality cash flowing commercial real estate in the Greensboro and Charlotte markets at substantially discounted prices." Dolph adds, "Many commercial real estate investors are not finding the bargains they anticipated from bank foreclosures. This auction on October 28th in Greensboro, NC offers an array of office, warehouse, flex, and multi-family real estate with a genuine opportunity to purchase at your own price."

    The auction will be held on Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 1:00 P.M. at the Clarion Hotel Greensboro Airport, 415 Swing Rd., Greensboro, NC 27409. For a free color brochure on the October 28, 2009 Real Estate Auction with terms of sale for all properties you can call Jason Dolph with Chartwell Auctions at 704-831-8983."

  • Interesting idea from Squidoo: "Squidoo has built several hundred pages, each one about a major brand. (Here are some examples). More are on the way. We'll keep going until we have thousands of important brands, each on its own page (and we'll happily add one for you if you like). Each page collects tweets, blog posts, news stories, images, videos and comments about a brand. All of these feeds are algorithmic… the good and the bad show up, all collated and easy to find.

    Of course, these comments and conversations are already going on, all over the web. What we've done is bring them together in one place. And then we've made it easy for the brand to chime in.

    If your brand wants to be in charge of developing this page, it will cost you $400 a month. And once you take the page over, the left hand column belongs to you."

  • "Single-family home sales in the Triad were down 17.2 percent in August.

    Data from the N.C. Association of Realtors shows that in August, the Triad had 1,034 sales of new and existing homes, compared to 1,249 in August 2008. It was also a 3.7 percent decline from July, when there were 1,074 sales."

  • "The congressional legislation intended to defund ACORN, passed with broad bipartisan support, is written so broadly that it applies to "any organization" that has been charged with breaking federal or state election laws, lobbying disclosure laws, campaign finance laws or filing fraudulent paperwork with any federal or state agency. It also applies to any of the employees, contractors or other folks affiliated with a group charged with any of those things.

    In other words, the bill could plausibly defund the entire military-industrial complex. Whoops."

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