A little late, but, in the spirit of the times (and spurred by this excellent, excellent post on the old triangulation), the minutemen:
"list monitors arrive with petition
iron-fisted philosophy is your life worth a painting?
is this girl vs. boy with different symbols?
Two days of sun! And somehow, in the last 22 days of rain, two (2) tomato flowers managed to get themselves pollinated, and now I have 2 (two) tomatos going, each about half the size of a golfball. Exciting! Even more exciting, they're volunteers!
I don't know what rain does to pollinators -- today I say one bee, one bumblebee, and a damsel fly, amazingly enough. Read more about Goodnight, moon
This is Potter's first TV interview since he left Cigna, which is somewhat amazing since he testified before Congress last month. CBS reported that a health industry whistleblower was going to testify, but did not bring him on for an interview? Wow.
Potter began his trip from health care spokesperson to reform advocate while back home in Tennessee. Potter attended a "health care expedition," a makeshift health clinic set up at a fairgrounds, and he tells Bill Moyers, "It was absolutely stunning. When I walked through the fairground gates, I saw hundreds of people lined up, in the rain. It was raining that day. Lined up, waiting to get care, in animal stalls. Animal stalls."
So what if you get sick and die -- Rachel Maddow's got bigger fish to fry: sex scandals and teabagger jokes!
As Maddow continues to titter (I'm sure she could devote a week to riffing on that word!) about Beltway (hey-O!) sex trivia, a vital health-care debate is supposedly going on in this country. Who knew... besides Somerby?
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A 5:00 Horror: The report on domestic surveillance that the Democrats mandated under FISA [cough] reform, in between bouts of tearing the Fourth Amendment to shreds, was just released. Read AP and despair:
Report: Bush program extended beyond wiretapping
What Glen Smith said at FDL:
The gravity of America's health care crisis is the moral equivalent of the 19th Century's bloody conflict over slavery. This is not hyperbole, though the truth of it is often lost in abstract talk of insurance company profits, treatment costs, and other cold, inhuman analyses.
Today's health system condemns 50 million Americans to ill health and death while guaranteeing health care to the economic privileged. It cannot stand.
About 18,000 Americans die each year because they lack health insurance. That's more than a third the number of lives lost in battle during each year of the four-year Civil War.
... because someone on it posted this succinct summary of what position our position is in:
This collapse was carefully engineered, and Obama is owned by the forces that set it in motion and are right now still governing the looting of the US economy. They are using TARP bail out funds to pay for legislation to give them MORE money and MORE power! This is an economic cytokine storm, a system so compromised and so turned against its own inherent regulatory mechanisms that it is utterly doomed.
Did Goldman Sachs "sniff" trades before they were placed, then place its own trades, and front-run the world?
[See the comments a Big Picture for other views. I'm not sure on the front-running. But do check this video. Something stinks here -- if only Goldman Sachs getting, like, same-day service from the FBI. --lambert] Read more about Did Goldman Sachs "sniff" trades before they were placed, then place its own trades, and front-run the world?
Read this excellent (and long) article about central bankers from Der Speigel before dismissing that idea.
NOTE Today's "must read" from Yves. Read more about Why don't we turn the banks into regulated public utilities?
I thought one, final post on Palin was enough, but since I thought that Peter Daou had been driven from politics permanently for ritual uncleanliness, this humane post of his at HuffPo (now legitimized by Froomkin's presence) came as a surprise to me. (Not the humane-ness, of couse!) Read more about Viciousness