We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started, and know the place for the first time. — T.S. Eliot
To me, it looks like what remains of the health insurance reform will exclude any limits on reckless denials of treatments. Without reform of that a public option, I’d choose bankruptcy court as my insurer, that and my local ER. And this is so depressing, almost as depressing as the fact that resulting bill will fall short, only question being How Sshort?
Does this mean smokers (like, say, Barack Obama) are schizophrenics??
Asshole and traitor (long overdue, here): Karl Rove. Note to Big Media: Being a person who accomplished absolutely no good ever in his life and did great harm to this nation does not mean you owe him any publicity.
We’re far less independent than we used to be, aren’t we?
So the guy in this video was worship by us lefties ’cause he said some stuff that we liked to hear, but then the wingnuts started bashing him as being a whacko or something — IIRC. But clearly it looks like he was on to something….
Live your life in happiness, even though those around you lead lives which are unhealthy, and wish to spread their illness to you. Be Happiness itself. — Buddha
What a bunch of, well, fucking assholes. Name a single significant, essential story the Times has covered in recent years, well and truly and deeply. Sure, it has its moments but no more. Take away the water-carrying, the insignificant and trivial and the old and… there’s not very much left, and even less compelling. Oh, sure, it excels on rare occasions but day to day, well, it’s inessential. Buying it just to keep it in business is silly. When it should be proving it’s essential we get crap like this instead.
What’s really going on in Pakistan, clearly explained:
For the life of me, why would anyone expect genuinely free election in Iran? Hasn’t it been proven that they are never free? And why does the Big Media journos act they are free? Part of their death march to oblivion? And this guy is wrong: stealing elections is stealing elections and the difference of means is not what’s significant.
Some agent of change:
West sees glimmers of that imagination in Barack Obama, but he thinks the new president, like the Panthers years ago, is torn between his best and worst inclinations. “They both got gangsters around ’em,” he says. For the Panthers, it was Eldridge Cleaver and the men who loved bullets more than books; for Obama it’s establishment goons like Larry Summers and his protégé Timothy Geithner. West has a personal beef with Summers, with whom he tangled when he was teaching at Harvard and Summers was the university’s president (Summers was later forced out). But now he sees Summers as simply one more representative of a certain political style. “These folks have no history whatsoever to being fundamentally committed to justice for working people. Nobody else on the team ever thought about defending poor people. Rubinites? No history of it. Arne? In Chicago?” As in Arne Duncan, Obama’s Secretary of Education, who has pledged to run schools like businesses. “Please. Rahm? Please! What are we talking about here? He does not have one figure from the social movements who helped promote his campaign. It’s the typical move of a newcomer who wants to reassure the establishment. ‘Hey, I’m not going to upset you. Please realize your boys are giving me all the advice I need.’”
Another great idea: Loans where initially only interest is paid and if the business fails…. Yes, I know fixed mortgages work like this but that’s the opposite: money is lent at a fixed amount to borrowers who it is reasonably believed will be have increased earnings. These business loans are the opposite: Future earnings are speculative (if they weren’t, the loans might not be needed, right?). This is similar to ARMs, where it is, at best, unreasonably believed that the borrowers will have income that grows at least as fast as the loan. I’m losing track so this might be a repeat link: Housing? The worst may be yet to come but thank God the Masters of the Universe are generally doing OK.
Stupid thieves. All they had to do was drop off the face of the earth but no….
All these eco-friendly new technologies: How eco-friendly are they exactly? Is the Prius actually a plus ecologically or does the manufacturing process do more harm than the vehicle will ever make up for? Or this: Ethanol mixed into gasoline — no good? Hint: You have to stay sharp when it’s some big business touting anything eco-friendly.
But if you do not find an intelligent companion, a wise and well-behaved person going the same way as yourself, then go on your way alone, like a king abandoning a conquered kingdom, or like a great elephant in the deep forest. — Buddha
This Memorial Day, eat the rich. The only benefit of the truly wealthy is the trickle down effect of their wealth. When it results in economic destruction, mat as well be rid of the destroyers and allow a new constructive group to replace them, no?
Beloved Leader’s ownership society? It was really only ownership of crushing debt, wasn’t it?