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Letter to the Boston Globe response to this dung from James Roosevelt Jr., CEO of Tufts Health Plan. I doubt that they'll print it, since in giving him a large chunk of the op-ed page, they've kind of shown which side they're going to line up on, but you never know. There was a lot more in his letter I wanted to comment on, but that would have guaranteed it not seeing the light of day- the Globe's into pithy or ranting from the rabble, not anything longform. Read more about Letter to the Boston Globe

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Maybe I'm not amazed

Seriously, I appreciate that Joss and everyone at Harvard Humanist Society are trying to promote secularism.

But the opening gambit was painful to watch.

Joss Whedon: "[nonbelievers] got a shout-out during the inauguration. That was amazing!"

Meta-blogwhoring here: if you missed my "Sorry About Religion" video this weekend, please check it out. In the commentary below the video, I note the following: Read more about Maybe I'm not amazed

Vocabulary lesson

Both from Baseline Scenario:

Tunneling: Borderline legal/illegal smuggling of value out of businesses.

Rents: Economics jargon for easy money from business that others aren’t allowed into (like, say, the easy money from owning an ATM network -- or a network of "health care" "providers").

With that in mind, see this by Simon Johnson. The point he's making is too subtle for me, so maybe somebody who understands finance can translate:

Where did all the money go?

Alert reader Jawbone recalls Catherine Austin Fitts to me, who invented the term "tapeworm economy, which, not coincidentally, is one of our topics. I poked around her site, and found this post: Read more about Where did all the money go?

You know your health care system is bad...

... when it needs $330,855,884 worth of public relations.

[h/t DCblogger] Read more about You know your health care system is bad...

RIP Harry Kalas


Harry Kalas, the Phillies' Hall of Fame announcer, died at 1:20 p.m. today, the Phillies announced.

Mr. Kalas was 73.

He collapsed in the press box at Nationals Stadium in Washington at about 12:30 p.m. and was rushed to George Washington University Medial Center.

How I'd want to go -- doing what I loved. Read more about RIP Harry Kalas

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Maine State Legislature Endorses HR 676

Single Payer Central

Both Houses of the Maine state legislature, on roll call votes, have endorsed a single payer healthcare system and HR 676.

The Maine senators need to take heed. Read more about Maine State Legislature Endorses HR 676

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The #Money Thing


[Welcome to Digby's readers. -- lambert]

Lambert asked me to write on "the money thing" and "straighten it out" for people. Let me turn that around, what we are getting wrong is "the reality thing." The "money thing" is a consequence of getting reality wrong. Read more about The #Money Thing

A merry-go-round called denial

Bailout bonds

One more post -- I heard this one when I briefly turned on "All Things Considered" a few days ago. Put down your coffee:

As part of its sweeping plan to purge banks of troublesome assets, the Obama administration is encouraging several large investment companies to create the financial-crisis equivalent of war bonds: bailout funds.

Light posting from me today!

RL doesn't merely call, it screams! Read more about Light posting from me today!

Shame about the New Yorker


George Packer plays 11 dimensional chess:

Obama’s signature projects defy grouping under a single heading, and, as a result, he has been criticized for inconsistency. To take one example, he forced the chief executive of General Motors, Rick Wagoner, into early retirement, and yet he has not called for the removal of any of the failed leaders of America’s financial institutions, like Bank of America’s Kenneth Lewis.

Krugman: Republicans no more crazy than they always have been

You can trust the Republicans -- to be Republicans:

Republicans have become embarrassing to watch. And it doesn’t feel right to make fun of crazy people. Better, perhaps, to focus on the real policy debates, which are all among Democrats.

But here’s the thing: the G.O.P. looked as crazy 10 or 15 years ago as it does now. That didn’t stop Republicans from taking control of both Congress and the White House. ....

One way to get a good sense of the current state of the G.O.P., and also to see how little has really changed, is to look at the “tea parties” that have been held in a number of places already, and will be held across the country on Wednesday. ....


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