See hipparchia's post for details. I just submitted my question. My link speed/reliability won't allow me to listen, so if anyone wants to report, that would be great. Read more about Reminder - MoveOn's Howard Dean healthcare briefing tonight at 9:00 ET
Nation Ready To Be Lied To About Economy Again (The Onion)
'From now on, just tell me the bullshit I want to hear,' one Ohio resident said. 'Tell me my savings are safe, everybody has a job, and we're No. 1 again.'
Do I have to tell you it’s a satire? I get in trouble when I don’t. But then, I get in trouble a lot, anyway.—Caro
AHIP's Campaign for an American "Solution" sent me a link to a transcript of a recent live web chat on health care reform with Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, and Karen Ignagni, president and CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans. Ignani's answers make a joke of Pollack's attempts to make common cause with these creeps.
Ignagni and the people selecting the questions make some classic moves:
When in doubt, don't answer the question:
MarinCA asks: Do your organizations support a public plan option? Why or why not? Read more about AHIP's Ignagni shows us how not to do health care reform
At Single Payer Action's web site, PNHP's Dr. David Himmelstein defends single-payer against the health-insurance-peddling AARP's anti-HR676 propaganda. Read it all for specific factual criticisms, or just enjoy the summing up:
AARP: In addition H.R. 676 has not gathered bipartisan support which is important to enacting and implementing any reform.
Dr. David Himmelstein: If freeing the slaves failed to attract bipartisan support would the AARP also oppose it?
(And no, censor is not to strong a word.) Merton Bernstein, Professor of Law Emeritus at Washington University, writes: Read more about Why does Obama support science in stem cell research, and censor science in health care reform?
I'm reposting and updating this from last year, for the top of the gardening season for most folks.
Our good friend MadSat, is still in Iraq, and still safe, and thankfully, he still has access to blogs.
MadSat is a rather remarkable beekeeper and bee remover (among a host of other amazing skills and talents). He sent along a great recipe to encourage and feed bees in a very healthful way.
It was so good ( posted my experiences with it last year), I want to share it here, with better measurements from MadSat: Read more about Attracting Bees To Your Garden... And To Health!
In the Audacity of Democracy, I define bigoted language as language that relies on demeaning cultural stereotypes for its punch. One of the things that went badly wrong in the primary is that no one with a big enough megaphone to provoke a cultural discussion defined bigoted language. As a result, it became a matter of opinion whether something was sexist or racist. In point of fact, there are objective standards available to define these things. Read more about Defining Bigotry
I get mail... from Democracy For America:
Next week, Congress will begin making the actual decisions about what reforms will make it into this year's healthcare bill. Read more about Flood MoveOn.org's Howard Dean email inbox
One or the other returns us to the rule of law (however disgusting pardoning war criminals might be). Sweeping it all under the rug and "looking forward" doesn't cut it.
Unless you're a bankster, of course. There's that.