I'll skip the build-up and the ritual (it's Senegalese) and go straight to the conclusion:
He said, “You know, we had a lot of trouble with Western mental health workers who came here immediately after the genocide, and we had to ask some of them to leave.”
I said, “What was the problem?”
And he said, “Their practice did not involve being outside in the sun, like you’re describing, which is, after all, where you begin to feel better. There was no music or drumming to get your blood flowing again when you’re depressed, and you’re low, and you need to have your blood flowing. There was no sense that everyone had taken the day off so that the entire community could come together to try to lift you up and bring you back to joy. There was no acknowledgment that the depression is something invasive and external that could actually be cast out of you again.
“Instead, they would take people one at a time into these dingy little rooms and have them sit around for an hour or so and talk about bad things that had happened to them. We had to get them to leave the country.”
That makes a lot of sense! Read below the fold...
It’s one of the most impressive statistics about the new health care law. The Obama administration says more than 8.9 million people have been, quote “determined eligible” for Medicaid from Oct. 1 through the end of January.
But a new study Monday from Avalere Health estimates the actual number of new sign-ups could be much lower, between 2.4 million and 3.5 million.
The administration’s statistic also includes many people renewing existing coverage.
ObamaCare Clusterfuck: SEIU launches another "Look! Over there! Anything Other Than Single Payer!" effort in California
SACRAMENTO - A California health care workers’ union is collecting signatures to get two measures onto the ballot that it says would lower health care costs.
United Health Care Workers West, or SEIU-UHW, wants to cap what hospitals can charge to 25 percent above the actual cost of services. SEIU-UHW says on average, hospitals charge 320 percent above the cost of care.Read below the fold...
As early as this week, according to two sources, the White House will announce a new directive allowing insurers to continue offering health plans that do not meet ObamaCare’s minimum coverage requirements. ...
Prolonging the “keep your plan” fix will avoid another wave of health policy cancellations otherwise expected this fall.
The cancellations would have created a firestorm for Democratic candidates in the last, crucial weeks before Election Day.
So my question is this: Read below the fold...
Frustrated with the sluggish speed and high cost of their Internet service providers, the residents of Wilson, N.C., decided a few years ago to take matters into their own hands – they would simply build their own connection.
The city council unanimously voted in 2006 to create a fiber-to-home network that today provides affordable high-speed Internet to homes and businesses, connects schools, and even supplies downtown Wilson with free Wi-Fi.
Incumbent companies Time Warner Cable and CenturyLink were forced to lower their prices and upgrade their service to remain competitive.
Four other communities in the state also launched municipal broadband. Such enterprises irked big-time providers enough that, after years of lobbying and a million dollars in campaign cash, North Carolina in 2011 passed a cable industry-backed law that makes it nearly impossible for any other municipality to do the same. (Time Warner Cable and CenturyLink did not return requests for comment.)
Two weeks ago, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it intends to take a close look at overruling such state laws, which restrict the ability of cities and towns to build their own broadband networks in 20 states across the country.
Good, I guess, or at least a little better. Read below the fold...
ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Facing March 31 deadline, Enroll America's Anne Filipic catapults the propaganda
If career "progressives" were worthy of my hatred, I'd hate them with the white hot intensity of a thousand suns. Fortunately for us all, they aren't. This story shows so much that's wrong with the good NPR-listening -- and very well-funded -- Lord and Lady Bountifuls who carry out Obama's policies. The press coverage is pretty soft-ball, too. Even McClatchy:
WASHINGTON — After an horrendous start and months of playing catch-up against a barrage of political attacks, Affordable Care Act supporters have hit the homestretch in their six-month effort to educate and enroll millions of Americans in health insurance.
"Supporters" implies that this "effort to educate and enroll" -- that is, close insurance sales -- is a grassroots effort. It's a well-funded effort that provides a shit ton of walking around money to Democratic operatives. Read below the fold...
Scott Horton interviews Marcy Wheeler on February 28. From the program notes:
Blogger Marcy Wheeler discusses her work with the Greenwald/Scahill/Poitras media project The Intercept; the extent of NSA data mining, which tech firms/telecoms are cooperating, and the maze of legal justifications; and why, if a government agency must spy on everyone to no good effect, it might as well be the CIA instead of the NSA.
Plus Ron Wyden's excellent questions.
Money in politics only has the power we concede to it. As long as we only support candidates with TV Commericals, direct mail efforts, and extensive social media campaigns, money will have power. If we only support candidates with extensive paid staff and plush headquarters, money will rule. But what if we changed our view of what constitutes a credible candidate? Suppose we decided that anyone with the money for TV and radio commericals was bought and paid for? What if we immediately eliminated them from our consideration. Read below the fold...
We've recently seen the results of a settlement in the Ukraine, and a live debate has been proposed for Thailand. Below is a discussion of a similar proposal in Venezuela. While "to jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war," it's not clear that such events can resolve what are, in the end, crises of legitimacy. "All dreaded it, all sought to avert it…. And the war came." I'd welcome counter-examples.
Paul Jay of the Real News Network interviews Miguel Tinker-Salas, professor of History and Latin American studies at Pomona College in Claremont, California, and Alexander Main of CEPR:
Right now it reads:
II. Election Reform
4. Public Campaign Financing
5. Paper Ballots Counted in Public
6. Compulsory Voting
I'm wondering if I've got the wrong level of abstraction, here. Maybe something more like this: Read below the fold...