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March on Wall Street

Today and yesterday saw major demonstrations on Wall Street. Read below the fold...

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Letter to the Albany Times Union

A single-payer system will bring many benefits

The privately administered health care system is fraught with massive overhead, while excluding those who need health care the most. In 2008, health care costs cleared 17 percent of our GDP, compared with 5 percent for defense, and 0.3 percent for highway infrastructure. Many European countries have universal coverage, while spending less than 10 percent of GDP.

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Single payer action in West Virginia

Healthcare in America

A forum at Shepherd University’s Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies (adjacent to the Scarborough Library), held on March 24, explored solutions to a healthcare system that leaves 50 million Americans uninsured. Eastern Panhandle Single-Payer Action Network, one of the forum organizers, cited data that healthcare-related costs are the leading cause of U.S. bankruptcies. It also has been called an impediment to job mobility and business creation because surveys show that workers, afraid of losing healthcare, often stay in stale jobs rather than move to better opportunities or start businesses.

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That Kool-Aid sure is hard to undrink!

#1 at The Obama 527 Formerly Known as Daily Kos as of 6:19PM EST, a diary that so... so exemplifies... Well, let me just quote this gem: "... the frustrated rantings of has-been regulator William K. Black...". All under the headline -- and I'm glad, glad, glad that irony is so not dead -- Please be smarter than the Freepers.

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What Paul Rosenberg said

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Saturday afternoon Ouroboros blogging

Does Obama cater to moneyed interests so he can gain political power, or does he gain political power so he can cater to moneyed interests?

Either way, William Pitt is happy. Read below the fold...

Why oh why can't we have a better press corps?

Or a BBC? Read all the way down to "Looking forward, not backward", for which I will provide a helpful translation:

"Got your Get Out Of Jail Free card right here!"

UPDATE For another perspective, see the excellent Baseline Scenario. Read below the fold...

Agricultural implements


Readers, do any of you have images of agricultural implements that you would like to share?

Under fair use, of course (as this image is). Read below the fold...

Everything old is new again

The YouTube: Bill Black, live and in concert on Bill Moyers


Lord Eschaton's headline: "Hopey changey".

The text: "Ah well."


I have just one question:

7772So-Where-s-My-Fucking-Pony-Post Read below the fold...

"He shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed... "

William Black, the S&: enforcer who got Charles Keating, again, in the Moyers transcript: Read below the fold...

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What is meant by "wellness" programs


Most workers improving their personal health to compensate for rising healthcare costs, Watson Wyatt says

According to the survey, 12 percent of workers have reduced contributions to their retirement savings plans because of higher healthcare costs, while 18 percent have cut back on contributions to other savings. About one in four workers also reported higher stress levels due to rising healthcare costs.

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All of a sudden net neutrality isn't important anymore

'Net neutrality' seen on the back burner

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- U.S. lawmakers are in no hurry to pass a law to prevent phone and cable operators from favoring some Internet sites over others -- an idea known as "Net neutrality" -- since widespread abuses are lacking, legislative aides said Thursday.

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