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.
Before you join the euphoria, please consider these 10 sharp bubble-popping pins:
1. Structural unemployment is skyrocketing. Job Losses Moderate:
But structural unemployment worsened. The number of people who've been out of work longer than
six months soared by a record 584,000 to 5 million, accounting for more than a third of all
unemployment for the first time on record.
"Structural" is a polite way of saying there won't be any jobs for the long-term unemployed this
year, next year, or the year after that.
2. The jobless rate declined because the work force shrank. This is typical smoke-and-mirrors
statistics, courtesy of your Federal government: as people lose extended unemployment benefits, they
are classified as "discouraged" and are no longer counted in the "headline" unemployment number.
Unemployment fell by 267,000 to 14.5 million, while employment fell by 155,000. The labor force
declined by 422,000, which means the jobless rate declined because people dropped out of the work
force, not because they got jobs. The employment-participation rate fell from 65.7% to 65.5%.
3. Everyone seems to have forgotten we need to create 250,000 jobs a month just to stay even with
population growth. So while "only" 250,000 jobs were lost last month--never mind a big chunk of
employment was linked to the "cash for clunkers" giveaway--that means we're still 500,000 jobs short
of a return to a rising employment scenario.
Smith | oftwominds.com | 10 August 2009]
Most of the nation has more than 7% U2 unemployment (black and purple). The most broad measure of
unemployment (including long-term unemployment and part-time workers unable to get full time) is
probably more than 11% in all those states.
This data also doesn't measure the disparity within each state between urban and rural regions.
Monday, 3 August 2009 at 11h 5m 23s
The Kenyan Birth Certificate Hoax
The principles of Right-wing conservatives consist of making up documents and faking citizen
upheaval. The latest uproar concerns a photograph of a document (not the actual document)
purporting to be the "authentic" birth certificate from the "Republic of Kenya".
As this works its way through the mediocracy, recall that Dan Rather was fired from CBS in 2004 when
certain typed memos appeared from the early 70's that discredited Dubya Bush's time spent
boozing, snorting, and sleeping around in the Texas Air National Guard.
Sunday, 2 August 2009 at 11h 50m 45s
Health care reform in 6 sentences
Paul Krugman does us a great service. He simplifies the current Health Insurance reform proposals.
The essence is really quite simple: regulation of insurers, so that they can't cherry-pick only
the healthy, and subsidies, so that all Americans can afford insurance.
Everything else is about making that core work. Individual mandates are a way to prevent gaming
of the system by people who don't sign up until they're sick; employer mandates a way to hold down
the on-budget costs by preventing a rush by employers to drop insurance; the public option a way to
create effective competition and hold costs down further.
But what it means for the individual will be that insurers can't reject you, and if your income
is relatively low, the government will help pay your premiums.
That's it. Any commentator who whines that he just doesn't understand it is basically saying
that he doesn't want to understand it.
[SOURCE:Paul Krugman | new york times | 1
Never underestimate the wiles and motives of the willfully ignorant.
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
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.
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.”