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A new color of shirt in Thailand: blue


The blue shirts look like militias and provocateurs:

Towards the later part of the evening reports were received of members of the mysterious “blue shirt” movement circling the meeting ground on motorbikes. Later one blue shirt member was apprehended by red shirt “guards” and found to be in possession of a loaded shotgun pistol.

The blue shirts first appeared on the Thailand political scene on April 11, when red shirt protesters rallied outside, and later invaded, the Asean plus six conference at Pattaya, forcing the heads of state of the 10 Asean countries and those of neighbouring dialogue-party countries to flee and the summit to be postponed.

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Action Alert: Wellpoint shareholders meeting

Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan

For Health Care
Against the Insurers
We've had it with higher premiums - Affordable Healthcare for all
Monument Circle, Indianapolis
May 20, 2009 at 11 AM
Just after WellPoint-Anthem
Stockholders exit their annual meeting

Make this a big event - Bring a Carload!
Let the Politicians Hear
What the people already know
Millions for insurer executive don't cover the uninsured
Sponsored by Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan

We need a good turn out to let Senator Bayh know how people feel about parasites like Wellpoint.

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FBI Memo: Bush Authorized Torture

Can we indict w now? As if desertion wasn't enough, as if stealing the nation's highest office via lawsuit and riot wasn't enough, the Federal Bureau of Investigation refused to have its personnel participate in interrogations George W. Bush's signed executive order authorized because the methods used were torture. (It's a PDF or I'd post it here. Invictus has a link.) Read more about FBI Memo: Bush Authorized Torture

They can write a nice headline at Bloomberg

Fresh Flesh Runs Screaming as Zombie Banks Drool.

No matter how much blood you pump into a zombie, it's still a zombie. Read more about They can write a nice headline at Bloomberg

Evil comes cheap


Two psychologists are responsible for designing the CIA's program of waterboarding suspected terrorists and for assuring the government the program was safe, according to an ABC News report.

Former military officers Bruce Jessen and Jim Mitchell had an "important role in developing what became the CIA's torture program," Jameel Jaffer, an attorney with the ACLU, told ABC News.

Good to have the names. Presumably their licenses to practie will be revoked?

Souter to retire?

Obama, in presser, flat out lies on state secrets privilege


[OBAMA] It can't be emphasized enough that this "state secrets" tactic was not ancillary to the Bush abuses; it was central to them.  Secrecy is the linchpin, the key enabling weapon, of all government abuses.  That's why Obama's embrace of the radical Bush position has been so deeply troubling.  And the excuse Obama gave last night for why he has been doing this is simply inaccurate and misleading:

More bogus Obama hagiography from BAGnews

Oh, come on:

Barack Obama, as the image conveys in the most luminous way, is a listener.

On health care, that's demonstrably not true.

If Obama were a listener on single payer, he wouldn't have tried to exclude John Conyers from his health care summit. Read more about More bogus Obama hagiography from BAGnews

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Mom's experience with Medicare part C

Just one anecdote, and a mild one at that. I know: the plural of "anecdote" is not "data". So take it as you will.

My Mom is enrolled via Medicare part C in an HMO whose name will be changed to protect the people working for it who bent the rules a bit. I'll refer to it as MPCHMO. Mom is mostly pretty much happy with MPCHMO. Bear that in mind as you read.

Mom recently found herself suffering from a bewildering array of vague symptoms which were reducing her quality of life dramatically. Age-related? She decided to check it out. Read more about Mom's experience with Medicare part C

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Note: This is a continuation, since y'all asked for more, of my previous post, So Last Thursday We Saddled Up For A Three Days' Ride.

Read more about Hueco

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John Cornyn's Swine Flu Update, vs. the CDC H1N1 Information

I sent a complaint letter to John Cornyn over something really outstandingly Cornynish awhile back, and now I regularly get his "updates" in my email.
For a multitude of reasons, I'm one of the voices speaking out to try and stop the panic about "pandemic" influenza. I'm also one of the people who's bemused by the rush to stop calling this "swine flu". (Can't help thinking John Soules Foods, Smithfield, Tyson et. al. are in on the rush to alter the nomenclature; cynical, I am.) So below I'm reproducing, as best I can (you'll need to imagine the "United States Senate" seal fading out through the print midpage) his latest missive. Then I'll add the link for what the CDC says about the flu outbreak. I'm also adding a little information about influenza surveillance in case you're interested. Decide for yourself if Sen. Cornyn is credible, eh?

Update from U.S. Senator John Cornyn Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Update on the H1N1 (Swine Flu) Virus

We are all concerned by recent developments regarding the H1N1 virus, commonly known as the swine flu, and particularly the sad news that the first casualty in the United States was a 23-month-old toddler from Mexico who had travelled to Texas with family. Because there is a lot of fear and misinformation out there, I wanted to take a moment to share with you some facts about the H1N1 flu outbreak and how Texans can best protect themselves.

Cases of the H1N1 flu, while predominantly affecting Mexico, have been confirmed in several states, including Texas. H1N1 viruses do not normally infect humans; however, sporadic human infections with swine flu occasionally do occur. The symptoms of this flu are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu seen each year.

The H1N1 flu is spread through human contact, so washing your hands often and covering your mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough can help you stay healthy. Stay home if you are feeling sick, and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Heed the advice of your local public health officials.

I have talked with Texas Health Commissioner David Lakey, as well as Governor Rick Perry, who informed me that several local school districts along the border and near San Antonio have made the decision to proactively close several schools as a precautionary measure. As of right now, there are just three known severe cases of the H1N1 virus in the state of Texas.

I have also been briefed by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on the situation and I remain in close contact with Homeland Security and federal health officials, along with state and local leaders in Texas. I stand ready to assist the Governor, Commissioner Lakey, and local leaders in any way that I can.

For more information on these and other topics, go directly to my Web site. To view floor speeches, interviews and other video messages from me, please visit my YouTube Channel. To receive additional updates, please select the issues that interest you listed on the right. It’s an honor to serve you in the United States Senate.


U.S. Senator John Cornyn

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Politico misses the point. Again.

Once again Politico fails to quote anyone from Healthcare-Now!, Physicians for a National Health Plan, California Nurses, Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Care, John Conyers, or anyone advocating a Medicare for All Solution.

It is a little like reporting on the Civil Rights Movement and not talking to anyone from SCLC, NAACP, SNCC, CORE, A Phillip Randolph Institute, or anyone else advocating for an end to Jim Crow. Read more about Politico misses the point. Again.

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I love the smell of fear in the morning

Group launches health care offensive

Firing some of the first shots in the coming showdown over health care, a conservative group led by the former owner of the Hospital Corporation of America is beginning a multimillion-dollar campaign Tuesday in opposition to government-run coverage.

Conservatives for Patients Rights is going on TV, radio and the Web in the same week President Barack Obama hosts a health care summit at the White House. The group’s leader, Richard Scott, is hoping a pro-free-market message will rally the right to join the fray on what may be the most hard-fought policy battle in the first year of the new administration.

Massive Google take-down from Willem Buiter

He's talkin' sense, Merle:

Gagging on Google
Google is to privacy and respect for intellectual property rights what the Taliban are to women’s rights and civil liberties....


... a daunting threat that must be fought relentlessly by all those who value privacy and the right to exercise, within the limits of the law, control over the uses made by others of their intellectual property. The internet search engine company should be regulated rigorously, defanged and if necessarily broken up or put out of business. It would not be missed.


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