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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,…

Healthcare Finance Debate

The way that the debate over health care is being conducted is brazen and disturbing. If it turns out to be a flashpoint for violence — as it may — it will be profoundly ironic: our efforts to improve health care delivery, end up being a catalyst for generalized thuggery.

Tasered Girl Sent To ICU

This is one of those sickening things that is all too common: Tucumcari police chief Tasers 14-year-old Girl recovering after dart surgically removed from her head Friday, Jul 3 2009, 7:08 pm By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico

Revere has an alarming post about one potential problem.  This could occur if there is a serious influenza pandemic: Swine flu: breaking the acute care system [H]hospitals and emergency departments have been shrinking, while their patient populations have been growing. The Institute of Medicine calculated in 2006 that ER visits rose by 26% between 1992…

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’…

Michelle Obama’s White House garden has attracted some attention, as noted on La Vida Locavore: Did you hear the news?  The White House is planning to have an “organic” garden on the grounds to provide fresh fruits and vegetables for the Obama’s and their guests.  While a garden is a great idea, the thought of…

The New York Times has an editorial written by Evo Morales Ayma, the President of Bolivia.  It has nothing to do with globalization, or the ravages of capitalism, or the environmental destruction wrought by multinational corporations, which is what one might expect.  Rather, it is about coca leaves.  He makes an excellent point. Let Me…

Leonard Cohen Poem

In The New Yorker Poetry A Street by Leonard Cohen [...] I see the Ghost of Culture With numbers on his wrist Salute some new conclusion Which all of us have missed [...] The ghost of culture is so much wiser than us all.

Behind the Scenes in the Drug War

The UN Office of Drugs and Crime brings us this cheerful news: VIENNA: The United Nations’ crime and drug watchdog has indications that money made in illicit drug trade has been used to keep banks afloat in the global financial crisis, its head was quoted as saying on Sunday. Vienna-based UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria…

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…