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The Last Step Away From War

It's Heeeere:

LONDON (AFP) – Israel's military is preparing so it could launch major aerial attacks on Iranian nuclear sites if ordered to by the new government, a British newspaper said on Saturday, quoting Israeli defence and intelligence sources.

"Israel wants to know that if its forces were given the green light, they could strike at Iran in a matter of days, even hours," an unnamed senior defence official told The Times.

"They are making preparations on every level for this eventuality. The message to Iran is that the threat is not just words."

"Get over it" translated into Thai?


I think; it doesn't do, to project too much. Alongkorn Parivudhiphong in The Bangkok Post

Finally it came to an end ... I am talking about hit series Sab Poo Saa (Cursed Apparel), which concluded last Wednesday. The talk of the town since its debut in February, the series revolves around a string of vendettas of a female ghost and her obsessions with unrequited loves from her last life.

[T]he last episode - fraught with fears and tears - gave me the "eureka" moment, when I started to see some similarities between this popular soap and the political situation.

The #Yankees suck

They give up 14 runs in one inning. It's a record! More like this, please. Read more about The #Yankees suck

Obama's Secretary of State on the road

Missed this one on McClatchy's Warren P. Strobel back in March, but I thought I'd quote it; it looks like Obama made a good choice:

I've been fortunate (or foolish) enough to have covered and traveled with five secretaries of state over the last almost 20 years (yikes!): James A. Baker III, Warren Christopher, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and now Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Bollocks from Kos

Obama promises to show us the money. But only the federal budget and not not the trillions that went to the banksters. The Federal budget is our money; and the bankster's got our money. So why not transparency for both?

NOTE As always, the first thing to go is the writing. SusanG: Read more about Bollocks from Kos

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Action Alert: House health care hearing on April 22

UPDATE: contact the ways and means committee at:

Include the Single-Payer Perspective in Congressional Hearings on Healthcare

House Ways and Means Chairman Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) announced that the Committee will hold another hearing in a series on reforming the health insurance market.

The hearing will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22, and will focus on strategies to reform the health insurance market to ensure greater accessibility and affordability.

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New initiatives in Maine and California and the rest of today's single payer news

Maine single-payer measure gets hearing

AUGUSTA, Maine—The Maine Nurses Association says registered nurses from throughout the state will be joined by physicians, patients and health care activists Monday at a legislative hearing on a single-payer health care bill sponsored by Democratic Rep. Charles Priest of Brunswick.

New California Single-Payer Bill Passes First Hurdle

SB 810 passed the Senate Health Committee on a party line vote. The bill next heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Rahm to Bibi: "[There will be] two states for two peoples, and it doesn't matter to us at all who is prime minister."

I left my rubber waders at my other computer, so I hesitate to post on I/P, but this is interesting. From MidEast Peace Pulse:

Yedioth Achronoth, the largest circulation daily in Israel, reports today that President Obama intends to see the two-state solution signed, sealed and delivered during his first term.

Rahm Emanuel told an (unnamed) Jewish leader; "In the next four years there is going to be a permanent status arrangement between Israel and the Palestinians on the basis of two states for two peoples, and it doesn't matter to us at all who is prime minister."

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Sherrod Brown backs away from single payer

Brown speaking to a HCAN't rally

In contrast, U.S. Sen. Brown told the admittedly sympathetic crowd gathered Friday morning that he has always supported a single-payer system but that wasn't likely to happen during this Congress. So, he said, he's campaigning for the next best thing: The mix between private and public health coverage.

"The plan we write will deal with the uninsured and underinsured," Brown said.

Yay, neti pots!

Nasal irrigation works to clear nasal passages -- without pills or sprays.

No doubt some health care parasite is trying to figure out how to outlaw them right now... Read more about Yay, neti pots!

Obama's Tech Appointments: Aneesh Chopra (CTO) and Jeffrey Zient (CIO) both health care technocrats

Let's look at Obama's two tech appointments. As it turns out, both are health care technocrats. Bloomberg:

Obama also named Aneesh Chopra, Virginia’s secretary of technology, as his chief technology officer to “help the country meet its goals from job creation, to reducing health care costs, to protecting the homeland.”

The good news on Chopra. TechPresident's a little breathless:

A few quick observations about this choice. First, it looks like very good news for the transparency movement, as well as those of us looking for an open-minded leader willing to experiment with new forms of collaborative governance. For example, back in early 2007, under Chopra's leadership, Virginia was one of the first states to move, with Google's help, to make its state websites more searchable and thus more accessible to ordinary citizens. The state has also been in the forefront of efforts to create robust web services tracking the giant government stimulus spending package enacted by Obama, and as fed-watcher Christopher Dorobek points out, Chopra is well aware of and supportive of citizen-led watchdog efforts like Jerry Brito's ...

Under Chopra (and it must be mentioned, his boss Governor Tim Kaine), the state also launched a highly interactive website that collected more than 9000 suggestions from residents on how the stimulus monies might be spent. "Relative to calls and letters, it's fairly safe to say this is probably a tenfold increase in civic participation by allowing people to click on a button, submit their ideas and engage with their governor," Chopra told a local paper back in March.

I think Chopra's got a big, big blind spot here, which I'll get to in a moment. Now let's look at Chopra on health care. Here's a video (via The 463) of Chopra before the Congressional Internet Caucus conference in September 2008. The health care stuff starts at 24:00 minutes in: Read more about Obama's Tech Appointments: Aneesh Chopra (CTO) and Jeffrey Zient (CIO) both health care technocrats

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The Right Rediscovers Civil Liberties (For Now)

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Letters to a young Money Democrat

[No, I can't actually deliver on the genre, but heck, the riff was [lambert blushes modestly] so great I thought I'd post it before I forgot it. 21st Century Screwtape Letters, anyone? If somebody wants to take the ball and run with it... --lambert]

There's too much to write about!!! I don't have time to give each of these stories enough attention, so but maybe somebody else can. Here we go:

Gentlemen prefer bonds: Read more about Letters to a young Money Democrat


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