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New on the Dew: News & Opinion Feeds

feed screen shotRecently we have added an exclusive new feature on the LikeTheDew.com site that you may not have noticed – News & Opinion Feeds. One page where you can view headlines and excerpts of almost 2,000 (and growing) of the most popular places on the internet – updated every few minutes with the latest posts. You get to it by clicking the “News & Opinion Feeds” link at the top of any page.

More than just world or US news, you can select to view the type of news you want. Want it local? Just click your state on the map. Want it more specific? Just click on the link at the top of the page for Arts or Business/Economic or Cause or Food or Green or Health or Places or Politics or Science/Tech or Sports or Writing or Every Block (a beta feature).

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This is a screen shot of the page showing what happens when you mouseover a headline and an excerpt appears. Click the headline and you'll go to full story.

Then, just mouseover a headline and you’ll see an excerpt of the story. Click on it and you’ll be taken to the site to read more. Want to see more feeds from that source? Just click “More Story Feeds” link at the bottom of each section.

A few words of warning – some of the feeds load a little slowly – 10-20 seconds with an average connection, but some pages may take up to a minute. Be patient, it will be worth it. Also, you are likely to see some broken feeds from time to time – many sites have their feeds go down for one reason or another and we’ll try and keep up with problems you find.

Now you might be thinking that we are stealing content – we are not. This page is generated automatically from RSS feeds provided by each site. This page acts as a gateway for the original site with complete attribution and links. These sites love that we are promoting their content (hear any complaints and we will immediately remove it and say we are sorry). We just wish they’d do the same for us.

In the coming months, we plan to offer more bells and whistles to the feeds – weather, editorial cartoons, photos, videos and more. We’d love your feedback and ideas sites (look for RSS, XML or Atom feeds – regrettably, many sites do not provide a feed) or sections to be added. Please email your suggestions and comments to: [email protected].

Save Detroit and while you’re at it, save us all

This is a no brainer. The $24 billion in loans sought by the US auto industry needs to happen. Our government simply cannot afford the industry to fail.

According to Pete Davis’ blog at Capital Gains and Games… “The Big Three financed Center for Automotive Research has estimated that the demise of the auto industry would cost 239,341 direct jobs, 973,969 supplier jobs, and 1,738,034 other jobs from $150.7 b. less personal income. Federal, state, and local governments would be hit with $14.3 b. of increased transfer payments, $21.1 b. of less Social Security payroll taxes, and $24.7 b. less personal income taxes.”

World's Highest Standard of LivingOkay, it’s not a no brainer as it takes a little math. Using Davis’ figures, the total direct cost to government to let the almost 3 million jobs disappear would be $60 billion for one year. That doesn’t include trickle down/trickle on. Taxes lost from Wall Street losses. Cost to pony up for the pension plans. And admittedly, while it doesn’t take into account increased revenues by bankruptcy attorneys, it also doesn’t include the cost of increased foreclosures and credit defaults. Pick any number to lend the industry and the math still works. But aren’t we missing something?

Didn’t our President-Elect convince us that energy independence was the next economic bubble – the bubble that will raise the standard of living for all? Let’s use this moment to start it. Let’s add a string to the bailout. Say, new CAFE standards to reach a 50 mpg target for 2010 and 80 mpg for 2012? They’ll reach, because they must.

Wait a minute, the economy stinks so no one is buying cars. Let’s sweeten the deal. Say, a 10% tax credit to anyone who buys a new American-made car. Sure it is unfair trade, but screw the rules, this is an emergency and we need to create jobs.

But there’s another aspect of competitiveness we need to address and it just happens to be another promise of our President-Elect. I do love it when a plan can come together so neatly. The cost of providing employee healthcare is killing the industry – while the lack of it, is killing people. This is the moment to pass healthcare reform.

Write your Congresspeople.