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Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy protection on September 15, 2008, in the FAIL heard roun’ the world, and we can’t let the moment not be commemorated. Had we more time, we would have baked something like fifty cakes, bundled them together, then sliced up the bundle and sold off the slices to some friends of ours who would have then offered to resell the slices to you, because that’s our cake-debt obligation to their legacy.

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AFL-CIO endorses single payer. Unanimously

National Nurses Movement

The campaign for the most comprehensive healthcare reform of all, single payer, won a huge boost Tuesday as the AFL-CIO voted unanimously at its national convention in Pittsburgh to endorse the enactment of single-payer, universal healthcare.

The vote came shortly after the convention was addressed by President Obama who repeated his call for comprehensive healthcare reform, and will accompany another AFL-CIO resolution supporting other Congressional efforts to pass comprehensive reform.

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Why not put cargo cultists in charge of the Fed?

Assuming, that is, that we haven't already. Because public sex means more bananas! Or is it the other way round?

I keep forgeting...

Seriously, the teabaggers have nothing on these guys.... Read below the fold...

Earth-like planet found

At least, it's rocky and not gassy.

But will they have destroyed their families by allowing gay Earth 2-lings to marry? Read below the fold...

Lede of the century: "The gas tank of the future may be full of chicken feathers."

Interesting! Then again, we could spend trillions on nanotubes in the corporate labs.

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Conservativism can never fail. It can only be failed.

The Woman Who Lies In Her Personal Journal has a chat with the President

Why don't we turn the banks into regulated public utilities?

I missed Obama's speech on financial reform due to RL commitments, but Simon Johnson has a telling detail; the banksters don't respect Obama in the morning:

President Obama’s speech yesterday was disappointing. As a diagnosis of the problems that let us into financial crisis, it was his clearest and best effort so far. He didn’t say it was a rare accident for which no one is to blame; rather he placed the blame squarely on the structure, incentives, and actions of Wall Street.

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Obama's most cynical maneuver yet?

I know, I know, Shailagh Murray. Anyhow:

As health-care legislation advances through Congress, the young adults who were so vital to President Obama's election are emerging as a significant beneficiary of his top domestic priority, but they are also likely to play a major role in funding any reform.

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My ambition is to be like this cat

Goodnight, moon

Goodnight, moon. Long day.

Sorry my posting's been light, of late. RL issues -- mostly good, oddly enough. Read below the fold...

Whaddaya know, it seems that the strategerists should have included single payer advocates at the start

This new and incredible idea is now rapidly congealing into conventional wisdom.


NOTE Maybe the hippies will be in the clique next go-round! (I wouldn't count on it. Both Sirota and BTD are framing the entire lethal and expensive debacle as a lesson for the left -- presumably, the "professional" left -- in how to negotiate. I'm happy they're having a learning experience.) Read below the fold...

Watch out for this one

Bloomberg reports on forthcoming report funded by Pete "Ice Floes" Peterson on health care savings. No doubt all of Versailles will happily accept the cover the report will provide to argue that the CBO cost estimates for health care insurance "reform" don't take these savings into account, and so whatever shit sausage Versailles comes up with is jake with the angels. Yay! Read below the fold...

No Film at 11: Press blackout of single payer continues

I get a news feed key-worded on single payer, and for days the only real stories (this one from the Buffalo News being an exception) have been local stories generated by the Mad As Hell Doctors caravan.

Fortunately, we have our tribunes of the people in the progressive blogosphere to correct this.

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Eric Massa and Andy Coates in Buffalo


(That would be PNHP's Andy Coates.) Via The Buffalo News:

Several members of St. Bonaventure University’s first class of premedical students in the Franciscan Health Care Program were on hand to help the Health Care Access Coalition, a doctor and a congressman bring the single-payer health care option into focus.

The students and the coalition, along with an audience of about 80 people, gathered Sunday in Walsh Auditorium on campus for a discussion of “Single Payer Health Care Under the Microscope” by Rep. Eric Massa, D-Corning, and Dr. Andy Coates, a physician.

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