Posted by Fox News online. I'm thinking there's pretty much of a national consensus at this point. It seems the fringe neocon rightwingnuts and the Village Media are the only ones still defending torture or pretending that there's a rational argument in favor of it. Read more about The Torture Song
Q: Baucus has said a government single-payer or Medicare-for-all system of universal coverage is not an option for reform. Shouldn't a single-payer system be considered?
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
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.
[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:
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:
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?
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”).
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: