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Orwell's whistle blower no protection act

Whistleblower bill draws anger, praise from various groups

Frederick Whitehurst is with the National Whistleblowers Center and has written a letter of opposition to the bill. He also blew the whistle on forensic fraud in an FBI crime lab back in 1993.

He said that he thinks the bill is mislabled.

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The end of torture as entertainment?

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Clock winds down for '24'

"24" helped usher in Fox's ratings surge in the 2000s, as the franchise -- along with "American Idol" and "House," among other series -- led the network to the No. 1 spot in the adults 18-49 demo.

But the cost of producing "24" has continued to increase, while ratings have dipped. A one-time critical darling, "24" has also received its share of knocks from critics this season.

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EPIC FAIL on health care reform

Let me start with the biggest lie of the health care reform Kabuki. Obama, to this day, keeps saying that if people like their present insurance they can keep it. We know very well that as a practical consequence of this legislation, should it pass, workers with quality plans are likely to see them replaced with inferior ones. That is because the taxes on those plans will force employers to trade down. As it is now, providing your workers with quality insurance is breaking the bank at many businesses. Otherwise responsible employers are being forced to trade down without punitive taxes, add that to the mix and the money simply won't be there.

Health insurance parasites don't like those plans. That is why they pushed the "Cadillac plan" talking point. Read below the fold...

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Fear is destroying the constitution

ID Card for Workers Is at Center of Immigration Plan

Under the potentially controversial plan still taking shape in the Senate, all legal U.S. workers, including citizens and immigrants, would be issued an ID card with embedded information, such as fingerprints, to tie the card to the worker.

The ID card plan is one of several steps advocates of an immigration overhaul are taking to address concerns that have defeated similar bills in the past.

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Robert Mueller owes us an explanation for this

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Shock jock Hal Turner takes witness stand

BROOKLYN – Shock jock Hal Turner of North Bergen took the witness stand in his federal trial Wednesday and accused the FBI of urging him to make violent statements as a way of infiltrating extremist right-wing groups. ...

... In an investigative report last November, based on FBI documents, The Record outlined Turner’s secret FBI role in infiltrating the same groups who were drawn to his radio show and blog. Besides neo-Nazis, Turner said he made contact with the Ku Klux Klan and the Aryan Nation.

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Asking the wrong question

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Can Pelosi Pass The Bill Without Stupak?

The question is, why would anyone vote for a bill that endangers the lives of women? Reproductive services, including abortion is fundamental to women. It is impossible to overstate the consequences of conscripted motherhood.

And as is to often the case, bad policy is bad politics. Contrary to what pollster Celinda Lake advised Martha Coakley, the anti-abortion provisions of the Senate bill, never mind Stupak, are politically radioactive. Read below the fold...

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Pennsylvania, Rendell, HighMark/Independent Blue Cross, and PA ABC

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Single Payer Universal Health Care for All Pennsylvanians

Governor Rendell has cut a deal with Highmark and IBX to help them get the merger approved in return for their help, financial and otherwise, in passing PA ABC.

PA ABC replaces Adult Basic which provides health insurance to approximately 55,000 poor Pennsylvanians.

Approximately 95,000 are on the waiting list and these plus 120,000 others would in theory gain access to PA ABC.

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What blogging about single payer has taught me about political blogging

When I first began to post about single payer in January 2008 I had naive hopes of raising the issue in the Presidential campaign. I thought if I linked to enough bloggers who posted about it, I could encourage more posting and build the online movement.

As we know the primaries did not work out that way and after the election HCAN't was created to siphon off progressive support away from Medicare for All.

When I first began to post I created Google News Alerts on single payer, Medicare for All, and HR 676. At first items came slowly, only once or twice a week. I had to search around for material to blog about. But the momentum continued to build. Read below the fold...

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Arrest the CEO

Department of Torches and Pitchforks

Arrest the CEO

Big Insurance CEOs are coming back to Washington, D.C. on March 9th for a fancy conference where they'll defend their criminal behavior and plot to kill health reform.

But we've got a surprise planned for them: Reform groups are gathering a citizen's posse to surround their fancy hotel and arrest these CEO-scallywags for crimes against the people -- and make sure Congress passes reform now.

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There are no votes for the health insurance mandate

Only in Versailles are there votes for the mandate to require people to purchase health insurance with the IRS as the collection agency. Taxing health insurance benefits to subsidize this only adds to its unpopularity.

This was thought up by a bunch of fellows at stink tanks financed by health insurance parasites and promoted in news publications owned by health insurance parasites. It has no popular support. None. The whole proposition is an illustration of how out of touch Versailles is with the United States of America.

Mo. House seeks to block health insurance mandate
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Health care debate miscellany

DR. ROBERT STONE and KIMBER BEACHY in South Bend Tribune:

Here in Indiana, Indianapolis-based Anthem/ WellPoint reported fourth quarter profits of $2.7 billion — despite losing 1.4 million customers in 2009. Premiums are up, and the stock price has more than doubled since last March. WellPoint announced premium increases for 2010 in the double digits in 11 states, including a 21 percent increase in Indiana.

WellPoint's profits are soaring as a million fewer people are covered and existing customers are charged more. There's something wrong when a health care system is designed to improve profits by denying necessary and life-saving care.

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Olympics and abuse of police power

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