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You can't bomb women into liberty


[Welcome Bread and Roses readers -- lambert]

Boris at the Canadian blog (Canada is up to its eyebrows in Afghanistan) The Galloping Beaver has an instructive take on why colonial wars like the ones in Afghanistan and/or northwestern Pakistan are so futile.

...Tahira Abdullah posits a hell of a problem for anyone involved who does not favour the Taleban: What is to be done?

Bankster of the Day


The turning point for Stephan Jung came in February, around the time bonus checks were slashed. [Quelle surprise!] A veteran of UBS, one of many banks tarnished by the financial crisis, Mr. Jung realized that the old Wall Street would not be bouncing back any time soon. It was time to head for the new.

Larry, Larry, oh no, you gotta go

Frank Rich:

Lawrence Summers, the president’s chief economic adviser, made $5.2 million in 2008 from a hedge fund, D. E. Shaw, for a one-day-a-week job. He also earned $2.7 million in speaking fees from the likes of Citigroup and Goldman Sachs. [Yet/And at] the start of his stormy and short-lived presidency, Summers picked a fight with Cornel West for allegedly neglecting his professorial duties by taking on such extracurricular tasks as cutting a spoken-word CD.

Another baseline scenario (or "make him do it" times one million)

Jim Kunstler in clusterfuck nation:

We'll soon find out whether an organism the size of the United States can run an economy based on one family selling the contents of its garage to the family next door. My guess is that this type of economy won't support the standards of living previously enjoyed in places like Dallas and Minneapolis.

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Taser Death Watch 2009: 15-year-old Warren, MI boy

Another 15-year-old has died after being tasered by the Warren Police Department of Warren, Michigan. You'll remember that not even a fully month ago another 15-year-old boy died after a tasering in Bay City, Michigan.

Warren -- A Detroit teenager who police say fled a traffic stop Friday died after being subdued with a Taser. He is the second Michigan teen to die following a Taser stun in less than a month.

Zombies scale

Entertainment Weekly:

Woody Harrelson's explanation for an alleged tussle with a TMZ photographer at New York City's La Guardia Airport Wednesday night is Method acting. "I wrapped a movie called Zombieland, in which I was constantly under assault by zombies, then flew to New York, still very much in character," Harrelson said in a statement issued by his publicist and obtained by CNN. "With my daughter at the airport I was startled by a paparazzo, who I quite understandably mistook for a zombie."

Fred Hiatt has the solution for "fixing the budget"

You guessed it:

A "bi-partisan commission"! *

Hey, it's not every day that the man we laughingly call Pravda's "editor" argues that our political system has "failed" -- and where was he from 2000-2008 -- but if the Blue Dogs are on board with a solution, then sign me up! Read more about Fred Hiatt has the solution for "fixing the budget"

LA LA LA I can't hear you!

A massive takedown on the restoration of Constitutional government -- hey, remember when we thought that was on the table? Happy, innocent days -- from Glenn that concludes: Read more about LA LA LA I can't hear you!

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$761 per month for a family with a public health care plan

UPDATE: See hipparchia's comment for how much less a Medicare for All system would cost.

Premiums for a Public Health Plan: 30 Percent Cheaper?

One of the sticking points emerging in the health reform debate is whether to include a public insurance plan that could either be open to certain groups like the self-employed or perhaps be available to everyone. Now a new study by the Lewin Group spells out how much the premiums for such a plan might be and projects how many people might join.

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Subverting "message discipline"

Democratic Underground

Those of us who oppose the Emanuel-Fuchs plan (((an "access plan" now being promoted behind the scenes within our own administration - - - a plan which would not only mandate an all-private insurance scheme without a public option, but would actually phase out and privatize traditional Medicare, our most viable model for Single Payer))) ?


Google bubble. Read this manifesto. I think it makes sense.

I don't support search monocultures and monopolies either. It's just more rent. I should own and control my search data, not Google. Read more about Gooble

Container city!


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