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Say what? James Bond, eat you heart out.

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Perhaps, it's because this is only the unconfirmed word of a former CIA agent (though, are these things ever confirmed?), or maybe it's a double standard, but why did the media give this story such a passing glance? Can you hear the uprorar if the script was flipped and it was Iran clandestinely trying to disrupt and sabotage the internal governmental instruments of Israel or the United States?

Israel engaged in covert war inside Iran: report

LONDON (Reuters) – Israel is involved in a covert war of sabotage inside Iran to try to delay Tehran's alleged attempts to develop a nuclear weapon, a British newspaper said on Tuesday, quoting a former CIA agent and intelligence experts.

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The constituent as client

For better or for worse, we live in a world in which most "democratic" political systems are constructed on a basis of hierarchical tiers of representation. The higher the tier one reaches, the more one can accomplish. This effectively means that being a politician is a career. We do not live in the world in which leadership and representation is a duty one takes reluctantly, for maybe a year or two in addition to one's other life activities. I wish we did, but we don't. Read below the fold...

Times blames 20-somethings, not health insurance companies, for lack of coverage

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The Times characterizes the 20-somethings who "shun" insurance as "the young invincibles." Sure, blame the victims of the insurance companies failed business model: Read below the fold...

A mere $14 billion?

... for the auto companies? Why are we even quibbling over such trivial sums?

Thats... 14/50... A mere 28% of a Maddoff Unit! Read below the fold...

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Schwarzenegger, Obama, and Cah-lee-foe-nee-ah

Via Krugman comes this sad tale of the state of California economics. It's bad, and some of us have been talking about how Schwarzenegger's charismatic way of selling shit to willing consumers was dangerous to the future of the state. Read below the fold...

"Fiscal responsibility" summit: Non-amendable, non-filibusterable legislation that will cut Social Security and Medicare

Are you shitting me? First, two trillion to the banksters, now this? Anybody seeing a pattern here?

Like, say, cause and effect?

NOTE Good thing your 401(k) is holding up, though! All those fees and rollovers were really worth the time and money! Not. Read below the fold...

Basketball story

I know nothing about sports, but this story is interesting; why we used to buy the Sunday Times.

For most of its history basketball has measured not so much what is important as what is easy to measure — points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocked shots — and these measurements have warped perceptions of the game. (“Someone created the box score,” Morey says, “and he should be shot.”)

Drunks looking for the key under the lamp post. Read below the fold...

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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: Content, Effect and Implications

This stimulus act isn’t all it should be, maybe five-eighths of a loaf, but it is better on close examination than first appearance and media reports had suggested. Read below the fold...

What Digby Said: On Dean Baker piece on losses in home value and stocks, hitting mostly Boomers, retirees

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Good Grief, Pete Peterson!

However, there is one step that President Obama can take to boost the economy without going through Congress: He can reaffirm his support for Social Security and assure the baby boomers nearing retirement that he will not allow their benefits to be cut. Snip

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Time to start spending our peace dividend!

msnbc.com headline:

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vastleft's picture

What if it happened like this, #5

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What if a man kidnapped a woman and made her play Grand Theft Auto? Every self-styled moralist in the country would have a field day about the sources of decadence.

Instead, the story goes like this:

TOLEDO, Ohio - A man held a woman captive in handcuffs and an adult diaper for three days while he read Bible passages to her, police said.

Troy Brisport, 34, was charged with kidnapping and felonious assault. Bail was set Tuesday at $400,000.

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Time Travel Guide to Health Care

Go look at the pictographs, read the little comments on the sides of them and see if you notice some seriously messed up patterns there? That is the link to the wasted money we dump into our for-profit system, though, they try to justify it as the investment we make in innovation. You kind of have to squint and look sideways at the right side top of the page - under "Related" - to find the links to the next part. Read below the fold...

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What do you do with disposable people?

Dispose of them, of course! Turns out words don't matter:

Less than two years after vowing to end homelessness in Massachusetts, the Patrick administration has proposed new regulations that it acknowledges could force hundreds of homeless families back on the street. Read below the fold...

It's not to soon to think about baseball

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