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Action Alert: National Day of Action MAY 30

Healthcare-NOW! is calling for a national day of action on May 30.
Planning is happening in:

Albany, NY - May 27th
Atlana, GA - May 27th
Augusta, ME - May 30th
Austin, TX - May 30th
Indianapolis, IN - May 20th
Lawrence, KS - May 30th
Louisville, KY - May 28th
New Albany, KY - May 30th
Pittsburgh, PA - May 29th
Pontiac, MI - June 16th
Princeton, NJ - May 31st
Rochester, NY - May 30th
San Diego, CA - June 3rd
San Francisco, CA
Seattle, WA - May 30th
Terre Haute, IN - May 27th
Topeka, KS - May 30th

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Dump Geithner

Go, read the long, detailed and terrific slow-boil takedown of Timmy by NYT investigative journalist Jo Becker and biz section whiz Gretchen Morgenson.

There were a lot of things here, but this section jumped out at me: Read more about Dump Geithner

Mexican press: Brought to you by Big Food -- Swine Flu!

Could Smithfield Farms Mexican operation be "Hog Farm Zero" of the epidemic?

The outbreak of a new flu strain—a nasty mash-up of swine, avian, and human viruses—has infected 1000 people in Mexico and the U.S., killing 68. The World Health Organization warned Saturday that the outbreak could reach global pandemic levels.

Pelosi aide begs for our faxes on single payer -- send a fax for FREE right now

[I'm going to leave this stickied for now. Let's make sure Pelosi's fax runs out of paper again first thing Monday morning. --lambert]

My local single payer activist passes along the following:

It appears that Congressional leaders are being deliberately dismissive of single-payer to the point of ludicrous statements. It's like they have put their fingers in their ears and are yelling "I can't hear you, I can't hear you." Here they are in all their Congressional member glory:

Ticker symbol CRVIX

Hail HYDRA! Immortal HYDRA! We will never be destroyed! Cut off a limb and two more shall take its place!


Am I the only one reminded of the run-up to Iraq by the finance crisis? There was another epic FAIL the hippies got right -- unless you redefine insiders heading for the exits dragging big sacks of cash as success. The totally transparent bullshit, our famously free press eating it up, the whack-a-mole rationalizations, and especially the lying and looting -- it's all there. Anyhow, the always interesting Interfluidity has a terrific post up, but I only have time to quote this zinger:

Is #Pelosi undermining Elizabeth #Warren?

Yves asks whether Pelosi is undermining Warren, pointing out that Pelosi's appointee, Richard Nieman, joined the Republicans in writing a dissenting opinion, and if Pelosi had a problem with that, she would have spoken up.

It would be nice if Pelosi's advocacy of a Pecora Commission weren't a sham, but let's verify, shall we? Read more about Is #Pelosi undermining Elizabeth #Warren?

Go left, young man!

Via the great Avedon, this excellent essay on populism by John Emerson:

Where are the Pitchforks?

In 1930 or 1940 the average American was dirt poor, whereas Ruy Texeira and others have concluded that the contemporary “poor” demographic is relatively small and hard to mobilize. Furthermore, a high proportion of middling Americans have decided — actively or passively, explicitly or tacitly, for better or worse — that they’re in on the game, and that they shouldn’t rock the big-money boat. (America has been economically successful enough to produce a demographically significant group that thinks of itself as “elite”).

ADA: #Obama should not cave on the public option for health care

Amy Isaacs of Americans for Democratic Action writes for McClatchy:

Federal plan based on Medicare would be less costly, more efficient than private insurance

Why don't we turn the banks into regulated public utilities?

For households, why isn't access to financial power put on the same basis as access to electrical power or the power to heat your house?* The bill comes in the mail, and if you don't pay it, there's a shut-off.** When I started beating the drums for this idea six months ago, I figured it was crazy talk -- but then that's the role of the marginalized DFHs in our discourse. Now, this idea is almost visible through the Overton Window. James Kwak in Baseline Scenario quotes Nicholas Brady, of all people:



The central bank lent $2 trillion to financial institutions and hasn’t disclosed information about most of the collateral backing those loans.

How is that possible in a functional democracy, where the legislature has the power of the purse?

Answer: It isn't. Read more about Oligarchy

Politics and the English language at WaPo

When you get mildew, it's never just one plant. Whatever rotted Broder's sensibility and conscience infests everything. Take a look at this front page teaser today from Pravda on the Potomac:


It's all here, isn't it? All wrapped up in one little compact package. Read more about Politics and the English language at WaPo

About those missing Bush emails

Just laying down this marker so I don't forget it; TPM and CREW material consolidated in one place. Read more about About those missing Bush emails

In Canada, they just let you die in the waiting room.

[For anyone visiting Corrente for the first time, the title is ironic and debunks a right wing lie talking point. Read on for why. --lambert]

The socialized medicine will kill you! crowd are going to just love this story if they get their hands on [part of] it.

In a scene that combined tragedy with Monty Python farce, a 77-year-old man in acute respiratory failure turned up at a private medical clinic in Montreal only to be told to wait his turn.


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