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Interesting Parallel

There is an interesting parallel between the fight over rural electrification, in 1935, and the current health insurance debate. (HT dangerousmeta) How FDR Enacted his “Public Option” By Bob Simmons, Crosscut.com, Guest Writer, 9-13-09

The SEIU website makes an astonishing claim: But, in DC and nine other states, including Arkansas, Idaho, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming, insurance companies have gone too far, claiming that “domestic violence victim” is also a pre-existing condition. Words cannot describe the sheer inhumanity of this claim. It…

Buy Joe Wilson a Beer

I understand as well as anyone, that the health care finance reform process has been dispiriting so far.  Congressman Joe Wilson of South Carolina has brought the process to a new low.  So low, in fact, that his website is down for maintenance (at the moment, anyway), and the WIkipedia page about him has been…

The health care reform process is getting extremely ugly.  Healthcare insurers get upper hand Obama’s overhaul fight is being won by the industry, experts say. The end result may be a financial ‘bonanza.’ LA Times  By Tom Hamburger and Kim Geiger August 24, 2009 This Isn’t Reform, It’s Robbery Truthdig By Chris Hedges Aug 23,…

A fair amount has been written about the topic of motivated reasoning.  Jonah Lehrer explains the relationship between motivated reasoning and the political process; Orac addresses the issue with regard to quantum woo. (Plus more at Mixing Memory, here) Getting back to the political realm, now comes a research article about a study of the…

It was the second-most-blogged article on the NYT when I got up this morning; now, it is the first-most-blogged.  It is the article that reports on a survey that shows 72% support for a government-run health insurance program.  The program would be similar to Medicare, but would be available to persons under 65 and not…

On Empathic Judges

Last night I heard a snippet of an interview with some Senator, who expressed fear that the Supreme Court candidate, Sonia Sotomayor, would let her feelings interfere with her judgment.  Evidently, this was based upon Obama’s characterization of Ms. Sotomayor as “emphatic.”  Although I can’t recall who the Senator was, these sentiments are captured in…

Patti Smith auf Deutcsh

Patti Smith reads the Declaration of Independence, in a rousing performance.  She follows it with an indictment of George W. Bush.  She speaks in English, but with German subtitles. In a way, I’m hesitant to dignify Bush by mentioning him on my site.  But the performance is worth watching.  Lest we forget. This is from…

Barry Ritholtz, author of Bailout Nation: How Greed and Easy Money Corrupted Wall Street and Shook the World Economy,  has a nice, terse, thought-provoking post on his blog: The Big Picture: US vs Europe: Who is the Welfare State? By Barry Ritholtz – May 1st, 2009, 10:25AM Today is May Day, and while International Workers’…

Amy Goodman On Torture

Amy Goodman, the lead journalist for Democracy Now!, has been traveling around the country, giving talks, and promoting her book Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times. This (standing up to the madness) is inherently difficult.   The photo shows her discussing a video of her arrest in St. Paul, while covering…