Cause an "old school liberal" movement will be outgunned financially. We won't have access to the media. We won't have an infrastructure and decades worth of volunteer and voting lists. We will be ridiculed or called racists. You know, just like a standard day hangin' around this C-list cesspool. Read more about What can you bring to the table?
Yes, put DeBord on your reading list, for sure. As Montag writes:
This is our time. Our most valuable possession. If there is something to be won from the society of the spectacle, if victory is possible, it must lie in the reclamation of the life-time it steals from us.
Think about that the next time some insurance company puts you on hold. Read more about "Guy Debord changed my life!"
Sudden spike in hits from a Google search on "overton window." Why?
Did Sarah Palin's mention The Overton Window in her biography?
I don't know if anyone pays attention to the generic ballot for Congress, but things are looking up lately for Republicans. The aggregate on Pollster.com shows a generic Republican polling only two points behind a generic Democrat; at several polling outfits, notably Rasmussen Reports, Republicans are ahead substantially in the generic ballot. Coupled with the losses Democrats suffered in the New Jersey and Virginia governors' races this month, you could argue that 2010 is shaping up to be a bad year for the Democratic Party. Read more about ThirdPartyTalk: Setting the Board
Oh crap. Yet more women's health "guidelines" from our corporate culture aimed at reducing costs.
Now, you should only get a Pap Smear every few years and not start till you’re in your 20s.
Under the headline “Negative Effects of Fewer Pap Smears Unknown,” the article reads:
Dr. Donnica Moore, president of Sapphire Women’s Health Group and an obstetrician-gynecologist by training, worried that the new guidelines might keep women who’ve had a normal Pap smear, or no symptoms, away from the doctor.
Massive 2005 takedown of The Moustache of Understanding.
He is the perfect symbol of our culture of emboldened stupidity. Like George Bush, he's in the reality-making business. In the new flat world, argument is no longer a two-way street for people like the president and the country's most important columnist. You no longer have to worry about actually convincing anyone; the process ends when you make the case.
Supporters of a national single-payer healthcare system, also known as Medicare for All, will hold a rally in Jersey City's Journal Square at noon Saturday.
While Medicare covers everyone 65 and over, a single-payer system would extend Medicare coverage to everyone.
Sanders, an advocate for a more radical, single-payer solution to the nation’s health care problems, said he will offer an amendment calling for a single-payer system even though he knows it has no chance of passage. A single-payer system is one in which the government is the sole source of financing for health care services.
“It will lose,” he said in an interview. “What I am trying to do, and we have language in the bill to provide the option to states to go forward so they can consider a single-payer system. ... As long as you get the waivers that are necessary to go forward, that’s all I want.”
In a column which oddly, or not, doesn't mention the President by title or by name, Krugman concludes:
The gist of the [TARP inspector general's AIG bailout] report is that government officials made no serious attempt to extract concessions from bankers, even though these bankers received huge benefits from the rescue. ...
For the A.I.G. rescue was part of a pattern: Throughout the financial crisis key officials — most notably Timothy Geithner, who was president of the New York Fed in 2008 and is now Treasury secretary — have shied away from doing anything that might rattle Wall Street. ....
Ryan Griffin in HuffPo, yeah yeah:
A bloc of African American House Democrats, angry and worried that not enough is being done about high unemployment by the administration, forced the postponement of a much-anticipated vote Thursday on comprehensive financial regulation reform.
And "progressives" couldn't do the same thing on health care why, exactly?
I sent an email to Eric Massa some time back, thanking him for voting against HR 3962, and specified that I didn't need a reply, as I'm not one of his constituents. I got a 'form letter' response anyway, and thought I would share it.
Because you have previously been in touch about health issues, I am writing to let you know why I voted "no" on the 2009 major health care reform bill (H.R. 3962). Being accountable to you for my actions, perhaps you will forgive a detailed response.