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Obama has made two important appointments, to positions that will influence healthcare policy.  The attention so far has been focused on Kathleen Sebelius, who is in line to become Secretary of Health and Human Services, assuming she is confirmed by the Senate.  Sebelius already has attracted controversy, coming under attack by anti-abortion advocates.  As reported…

Washington D.C. to Obama: Change Back!

This is a photo of an embarrassing misattribution.  It features a quote often misattributed to Charles Darwin:  It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but rather the one most adaptable to change.  photo by Colin Purrington One peculiar irony of the 2008 Presidential campaign is that McCain’s theme…

Secret Evils of EMR

A minor controversy has erupted over the health care provisions that were slipped in to the economic stimulus bill without discussion.  It has provisions such that.. Your medical treatments will be tracked electronically by a federal system…One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is…

Frat Boy

This is precious. It is a screen shot from The Economist, from an article (The frat boy ships out) on the departure of George W. Bush. I recall that The Economist ended up endorsing Kerry, saying something like it was a tough call between two deeply flawed candidates.  Now, not so tough. It turned out…

If The Only Thing He Does…

If the only thing Obama does, is to not do the bad things that Bush did, then he will be a success.  A disappointment, yes, but also a success.  Above is a clip of Olbermann, summarizing in about 9 minutes the worst of the past eight years. Below the fold is one of the consequences.…

GlaxoSmithKline, also known — to old-timers — as  GlaxoWellcomeSmithKlineBeecham, has elected to halt all political contributions.  Almost.  The corporation itself will not make any contributions, after having made a total of $585,425 to candidates in the USA in 2008.  It will facilitate PAC activity by its employees. GlaxoSmithKline to halt political contributions LONDON (AP) —…

The Ten Million Dollar Shoes

Saudi offers $10m for shoes thrown by journo Iraq: Wednesday, December 17 – 2008 at 09:22 A Saudi man has offered $10m to buy the shoes that Iraqi journalist Muntadar Al Zaidi hurled at US President George W. Bush, according to a report carried by Al Arabiya net. Sixty-year-old Hassan Mohammad Makhafa, from Aseer, south…

Republicans to America: Drop Dead!

Senate rejects auto bailout By DAVID ROGERS | 12/11/08 11:15 PM EST A White House-backed bailout for ailing automakers collapsed in the Senate Thursday night, pushing General Motors Corp. closer to almost certain bankruptcy absent a major intervention by the Treasury Department. The 52-35 roll call fell well short of the 60 needed to cut…

Cotton Farming and Political Trends

Razib already did the definitive post of voting trends in the South, looking especially at the influence of skin color.   Now, we see there is a peculiar correlation: those areas that had the highest cotton production before the Civil War are the areas in which Obama did especially well. In the map below, each…

I’m sure I am not the only one who was underwhelmed by the series of Presidential debates.  Here is what the candidates and the moderators forgot…