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"Open a window" President suggests, to combat "*Global Stuffiness.*"

*Climate Change: Some Winds Decreasing Across United States -- ScienceDaily.
Probably no legislation of significance will pass for the remainder of Obama’s presidency. So now he's started mentioning climate change:

On July 1, 2014 from PRI: "President Obama's [recent pivot towards using somewhat] strong words on climate change matter, despite his weak record"

It's a "Legacy" thing, we're told. What a legacy… Read below the fold...

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Howie Hawkins campaigning in Binghamton New York

Meet Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins

"The value is we bring new issues to the table and we can win this," said Hawkins. "Jesse Ventura won in Minnesota. He started at 5 percent and he ended up winning in 1998. I'm at 6 percent now and we got a long way to go,"

The most remarkable thing about this is that the press is covering him. Things are beginning to shift. Read below the fold...

Tweet of the day

Happy birthday to Nikola Tesla!

Digby gets Obama's panopticon right, except for the Obama part

Reacting to The Intercept's latest revelations on domestic surveillance, Digby writes:

I think [why?] the NSA probably didn't design the system as a panopticon. Because they have developed the capability to do it they simply [simply?] wanted to gather all the communications of everyone [so there's no reason to think they did what they had the motive and opportunity to do?] in case they needed it some day [and what would that day look like? Occupy, say?].  (What that need would be is purposely [and what purpose?] left undefined.) But now that it's been revealed, it's entirely likely that the panopticon will be [and not has been?] in full effect. It's already making journalists afraid to talk to sources and writers are thinking twice about expressing unpopular opinions. And many members of the public will weigh the potential cost of civic engagement[1] to the need to protect their livelihoods and the well being of their families. If you know you may be being watched and your words are being stored, it is not at all irrational to "watch what you say" as another presidential Press Secretary so famously admonished the American people to do.  It's not the NSA or any of the spying/police agencies that will benefit from this, of course. They want people to spill their secrets so they can use them if need be. It will be the political and economic power structure that benefits from conformism and obeisance to the status quo.

Rather like East Germany under the Stasi. Or any police state. Read below the fold...

ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Spinning the numbers

McClatchy summarizes a Commonwealth Fund report:

WASHINGTON — - Some 9.5 million Americans gained health coverage during the recent marketplace enrollment period as the uninsured rate for working-age adults fell from 20 percent to 15 percent, according to a new national survey by the Commonwealth Fund.

A rate which, when you work out the deaths, is unconscionable.* Read below the fold...

In the garden: Bee balm in profusion

Yes, the hummingbirds like it; at dusk I see the bee balm shaking, and I know a hummingbird is at the blooms, even if I can't see it; then I give the stand my entire attention, and I'll see the hummingbird moving from flower to blower. It's amazing how they can stabilize themselves in the air, and it's amazing how pushy and aggressive they are. I guess when you burn energy the way they do, there's no time to be nice! Read below the fold...

Israel’s ‘Defensive Military Op’ Really Ethnic Cleansing

Bill Van Auken in “Air strikes kill civilians as Israel prepares new Gaza bloodbath” calls out Jen Psaki, US State Department spokesperson who, after declaring that the Zionist regime of Israel had a “right to defend itself”, was asked by a reporter whether Gazan Palestinians had a right to defend themselves. Her response? “I don’t understand what you’re getting at.”

Duh. Read below the fold...

The living New Deal map

Jack Bernard, Georgia Republican single payer supporter

Online Athens:

Can one find a different health care perspective from a Georgia Republican? I recommend Jack Bernard, a former executive with national health care corporations, former director of health planning for Georgia, and former chair of the Jasper County Republican Party. Bernard opposes the GOP plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program because it would inflexibly cap expenditures by the federal government but wouldn’t improve the health care system’s effectiveness or efficiency. It will “shift the burden of ever-increasing hospital, physician and pharma costs onto powerless, sick patients,” according to Bernard. “Over time, ... the elderly will not get the care they need ... or they will go broke trying to pay for it.” Read below the fold...

The stupid! It b-u-r-r-r-r-n-s!!!!!!!

Deep in this article on Sarah Palin supporting Obama's impeachment -- which is stupid, just not the stupid that's burning -- we get this: Read below the fold...

In the garden: Dinnner! And interplanting!

Nothing unusual or meritorious to photograph today, alas, unless you count a goddamned squash bug on my cukes as meritorious. I wish my plants were further along; only now are they flowering, so although the squash have healthy stems, the flowers could still be damaged and yield could take a hit. Has anybody tried this?

Trap squash bugs by laying out boards or pieces of newspaper. Squash bugs will congregate under the boards at night, and then can be collected and destroyed in the morning.

Anyhow, bread, milk, and cheese out in the garden, with the sun slanting along my desk. Not too bad! Read below the fold...

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UK anti-TTIP protests reflect urgent need in both US and UK for explicit "carve outs" in FTAs to protect the full health care policy space, including single payer, an NHS system or whatever is necessary to bring about real affordable health care

From euractiv comes an article about the uproar over NHS privatization.. which is being blotted out of the UK media...
UK anti-TTIP protests to focus on NHS privatisation.
I'm quoting it here:

“Locking in liberalisation laws”

But protestors are still worried that once a service is privately owned, it will become “extremely difficult” to renationalise it.

Read below the fold...

HRC-Neutralizer of Left for Wall Street, Monsanto, NSA, etc.

Thread: 

Jon Queally in “Amid Populist Surge, Hillary Clinton to Wall Street's Rescue?” discusses a Tuesday NYT's article that suggests that Hillary Clinton is viewed as a “solution” by Wall Street in relation to all the unsettling populist calls for “stronger economic reforms and regulations.”

It seems that Hillary Clinton’s upcoming presidential nomination by many progressive/Dem cronies is viewed as a sure thing, a veritable cakewalk, a heralded “coronation” exercise. Read below the fold...

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