Some good detail on Thailand from the BBC. I'll single out two vignettes:
Away from the stage I came across Noong Lak, a demure lady in her 50s. She and her sister had made a long journey to join the festivities.
"We had to sell all our rice to come tonight," she says. "Maybe later we won't have enough to eat. We might have to catch frogs or live off fish but we wanted to support our radio station.
"Now the government only looks after the rich - it doesn't care about poor people like us."
At one of the tables I meet Ploy, a young woman with a red ribbon in her hair.
So a 13-year-old honor student goes to school one day, and her classmate gets busted for having ibuprofen. Classmate fingers the honor student as having supplied the pills ... and the girl ends up strip-searched. Lawsuit ensues, with the aid of the ACLU. The US Supreme Court justices don't seem to care as much about the Constitution and Bill of Rights as about the kiddie-porn imagery, though. Read more about When Stupid Attacks With Pantysniffers' Help
Herewith, a salute to Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton, US SecState, and absolutely the most apropos smackdown I've ever heard (long video, hang on to the end, the Republican Congressmember's face is p.r.i.c.e.l.e.s.s. -- and yes, this is a comment a President HRC wouldn't've had the chance to make, so ... just, damn.) Read more about Oh, Hell Yes! Madame Secretary -- You GO, Girl!!!
Regulators conducting the stress tests are increasingly focusing on the quality of loans banks made after finding wide variations in underwriting standards, a regulatory official said on April 20. They concluded that banks’ lending practices need to be given as much weight as macroeconomic scenarios in determining the health of each bank, the person said.
Just received this from California Nurses:
Nurse Blog Ads Demand Congress Protect Patients with Single-Payer Reform
The National Nurses Organizing Committee/California Nurses Association (NNOC/CNA), the nation's largest RN union and professional association, today announces a national online advertising campaign beginning this week that calls on key Congressional leaders to protect the public – not the profit motives of the insurance industry – through a system of guaranteed, single-payer healthcare reform. The ads are also sponsored by the Massachusetts Nurses Association. View the blog ad, the first phase of the campaign, www.CalNurses.org. Read more about Nurses Union Targets Congressional Healthcare Leaders in New Ad Drive
MoveOn is asking us to write a letter to the editor in support of Obama's health care plan. Since Obama's plan has not been submitted, it is hard to know what we are supporting. However, we know what Medicare for All is, write a letter to the editor in support of HR 676. PNHP has a sample letter, but DON'T copy and paste. Write your own letter, it is much more powerful. Read more about Letters to the editor for HR 676
We're working hard in our drive to "Make Health Care Work For New Jersey." Last Thursday, I was in Trenton with my good friend, AFL-CIO President Charlie Wowkanech, where we heard from working families confronted with America's broken health care system. Their stories really hammered home how, now more than ever, we need comprehensive health reform.
Pallone is chair of the House Health subcommittee. He owes us an explanation as to why he won't even schedule a hearing on HR 676. Read more about Frank Pallone on the public heath care option
Let’s say this slowly: the Bush administration wanted to use 9/11 as a pretext to invade Iraq, even though Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. So it tortured people to make them confess to the nonexistent link.
There’s a word for this: it’s evil.
I hope to spend a few days in El Paso soon. This is a bit discouraging:
The good news is the officer who did this is on desk duty pending investigation. The bad news is Read more about Out of Control: El Paso PD Officer vs. News Crew
President Obama yesterday declined to rule out legal consequences for Bush administration officials who authorized the harsh interrogation techniques applied to "high-value" terrorism suspects, saying the attorney general should determine whether they broke the law.
Good. Morally good, Constitutionally good. Politically good? Not in the short term. Read more about Made him!
Paul Lee, a former staffer to ex-Sen. Don Nickles (R-Okla.) who started the firm Strategic Health Care 15 years ago, said his shop had to cut loose a number of pro bono clients in order to meet the brisk demand for hand-holding, as the White House plots to upend the nation’s health care system.
“We do a lot of pro bono work for hospitals and other health care providers, and our work has actually picked up so much in the last six months or so that we don’t have as much time to do the pro bono work anymore,” Lee said. “We just made a decision that we can’t do as much of that anymore because we’re getting too busy.”