Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Our History

For those who still think government can do nothing right, tell me how you could possibly disapprove of this: The Library of Congress just released a trove of over 10,000 historic recordings from about a hundred years ago, all available for free at anyone's desktop computer. Click a few buttons and you can listen to a speech by Teddy Roosevelt:


Or you can find a lot of classical and popular music and plenty of other stuff. Check it out here:

In other news, General Motors, after being rescued by the government in 2009, announced yesterday that it is investing $2 billion in plant upgrades, expected to create or retain about 4000 jobs.


  1. GM took billions in taxpayer money and creates 4,000 jobs? They fired 21,000 in 2009, shut down Pontiac, and tons of people lost jobs when they forced dealers to close.

    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said the government even lost money on the bailout.

    Sounds like a success story.

    As for the Library of Congress... that's cool.

  2. I'm glad to hear you support the Library of Congress. As for GM, they have about 200,000 employees. If the company had not been rescued by the government, most of them could have lost their jobs. The story yesterday is just about the number of jobs created or saved by these plant upgrades.

  3. I've always wondered what TR sounded like. I'm definitely going to have to check that out when I get home.

    Thanks for making us all privy to that historical treasure trove!

  4. Joe, that is so cool. I have already forwarded the Library of Congress link to multiple family members. I have mother and father in-laws in their eighties, both still avid jazz muscians who are going to go crazy over it. As well, they are dedicated Progressives who send me lots of reading material and I am happy to be able to do the same with this link :-)

    Thank you!