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It's not about being liberal or conservative anymore y'all. That is a hype offered by the fascist whores who want to confuse the people with lies while they turn this country into an aristocratic police state. Some people will say anything to attain power and money. There is no such thing as the Liberal Media, but the Corporate media is very real.



Check out my old  Voice of the People page.


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Saturday, 1 August 2009 at 15h 30m 20s

Jonathan Alter Jonathan Swifts the Health Care Status Quo

This is excellent and informative. And funny. Here's a snippet:

I had cancer a few years ago. I like the fact that if I lose my job, I won't be able to get any insurance because of my illness. It reminds me of my homeowners' insurance, which gets canceled after a break-in. I like the choice I'd face if, God forbid, the cancer recurs—sell my house to pay for the hundreds of thousands of dollars in treatment, or die. That's what you call a "post-existing condition."

I like the absence of catastrophic insurance today. It meant that my health-insurance plan (one of the better ones, by the way) only covered about 75 percent of the cost of my cutting-edge treatment. That's as it should be—face cancer and shell out huge amounts of money at the same time. Nice.

I like the "lifetime limits" that many policies have today. Missed the fine print on that one, did you? It means that after you exceed a certain amount of reimbursement, you don't get anything more from the insurance company. That's fair.


[SOURCE: Jonathan Alter | Newsweek | 31 July 2009]


Thursday, 30 July 2009 at 23h 41m 53s

A sight for sore eyes


Thursday, 30 July 2009 at 10h 52m 52s

Napolitano : Gates was improperly arrested, cop broke law.


The law says, unless [a police officer] witnesses a felony…or unless he has a piece of paper from a judge—a search warrant or an arrest warrant—saying “you can go in that house,” he can’t go in the house. So when Professor Gates said “no you can’t come in,” and the police went in anyway [the police] violated the federal Constitution.

This was on Fox news too.


Monday, 27 July 2009 at 16h 19m 48s

How to Get the Job done in Washington


Damn straight. Make 'em an offer he canta refuse.


Monday, 27 July 2009 at 16h 7m 21s

Jon Stewart: most trusted newsman in America


Monday, 27 July 2009 at 15h 44m 39s

To put things into perspective.

“National New Home Sales, on a monthly basis, don’t even add up to half of the total foreclosure activity in California alone in a single month.”

-Mark M Hanson


And there are how many other states?

~ hat tip to Barry Ritholz.


Monday, 27 July 2009 at 9h 54m 33s

Bill Maher rocks


How about this for a New Rule: Not everything in America has to make a profit. It used to be that there were some services and institutions so vital to our nation that they were exempt from market pressures. Some things we just didn’t do for money. The United States always defined capitalism, but it didn’t used to define us. But now it’s becoming all that we are.

Did you know, for example, that there was a time when being called a “war profiteer” was a bad thing? But now our war zones are dominated by private contractors and mercenaries who work for corporations. There are more private contractors in Iraq than American troops, and we pay them generous salaries to do jobs the troops used to do for themselves ­– like laundry. War is not supposed to turn a profit, but our wars have become boondoggles for weapons manufacturers and connected civilian contractors.

Prisons used to be a non-profit business, too. And for good reason –­ who the hell wants to own a prison? By definition you’re going to have trouble with the tenants. But now prisons are big business. A company called the Corrections Corporation of America is on the New York Stock Exchange, which is convenient since that’s where all the real crime is happening anyway. The CCA and similar corporations actually lobby Congress for stiffer sentencing laws so they can lock more people up and make more money. That’s why America has the world’s largest prison population ­– because actually rehabilitating people would have a negative impact on the bottom line.


Read the rest by following the link:

[SOURCE: Bill Maher | Fog City Journal | 26 July 2009]


Sunday, 26 July 2009 at 11h 37m 47s

Lest you think the long awaited Bull market run has arrived

Robert Reich weighs in on his view of the economic tea leaves.

What's pushing the stock market upward? Mainly, unexpectedly positive second-quarter corporate profits. But those profits aren't being powered by consumers who have suddenly found themselves with a lot more money in their pockets. The profits are coming from dramatic cost-cutting -- including, most notably, payroll cuts. If a firm cuts its costs enough, it can show a profit even if its sales are still in the basement.

The problem here is twofold. First, such profits can't be maintained. There's a limit to how much can be cut without a business eventually disappearing -- becoming, in effect, a balance sheet in space. Secondly, when businesses slash payrolls to show profits, consumers end up with even less money in their pockets to buy the things businesses produce. Even if they hold on to their jobs, they're likely to fear that they won't have the jobs for long, which causes them to retreat even further from the malls.


Friday, 24 July 2009 at 16h 46m 26s

Pollution makes you stupid

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics links mothers' exposure to high levels of environmental pollutants during pregnancy to a four-point drop in children's IQ scores by age 5.

"We know from many studies that the developing fetal brain is particularly vulnerable to neurotoxic chemicals," says Perera. "One of the reasons is that it is rapidly developing. The defense mechanisms present in the adult are not present in the fetus: these include detoxification and repair enzymes." Exposure to pollution could cause direct genetic damage or epigenetic changes, which are changes in how genes are expressed.

[SOURCE: Time magazine | Claudia Wallis | 23 July 2009]


Friday, 24 July 2009 at 15h 8m 1s

The Health Care crisis in allegorical form




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