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Corporate schlock, king-size egos

So, I'm down in Cambridge, MA at an internet cafe in Central Square, where there is a time limit of exactly one hour for free access, at which point the cafe blocks your machine. And I'm almost ready to go, and I'm almost at the end of the hour, and I've got the map to my destination in one tab, and the invitation in the other, when.... Read below the fold...

Please, Democrats! Stop the suck!

Ian Welsh:

Trust is earned. By making the economy work for banks and not for Americans; by refusing to put through a clean health care bill; by repeatedly not coming through on campaign promises and by not providing a clear alternative to Republicans, Democrats have lost the trust of Americans.

If Democrats want to turn this around they should simply start doing what they should have always done. Break up the big banks, institute real bankruptcy reform and other help for real Americans, pass a medicare-for-all bill, get out of Afghanistan and push through a real and effective stimulus bill immediately paid for it with a tax on America’s rich.

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An agenda for the Angelides Commission

Elliott Spitzer:

The first structural issue that Phil Angelides and his colleagues should investigate is what corporate boards knew about the state of corporations they governed and why they did so little to protect them. ... Tracing the information flow will also permit us to understand whether the risk analysis was wrong from its inception, ignored by those up the chain, or filtered as it went up the chain.

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Doing creepy things to our children

Creepy. And just as creepy.

The locution "six pack" is creepy enough.

But a six pack on a five-year-old? Jeebus. Read below the fold...

The Center for Plain Language

Who knew there was such a thing (and no, the name is not ironic).

Via Felix Salmon. Read below the fold...

The nut the blind squirrel found....

is not the nut you think. Atrios points to this from Howard Fineman on Snowe ("What’s So Hot About Snowe?"). But here's the buried nugget:

[Snowe] remains deeply skeptical of a publicly financed alternative to private insurance, in good part because of what she sees as the failure of Maine's* version of the idea...

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Sanders: "Cautiously optimistic" on state single payer plans

HuffPo:

[SANDERS] One of the reasons that I am a strong proponent of a single-payer, Medicare-for-all proposal is that it is much less complicated than what we are going to end up with in Congress. A single-payer approach saves hundreds of billions of dollars a year because you don't end up with thousands of different health insurance programs appealing to all different kinds of people and costing a fortune to administer. I am going to continue the fight for single-payer. I am cautiously optimistic that we may end up with legislation that will allow states to go forward with single-payer if they want to.

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Some sausage bits by 2010, other sausage bits by 2013

Profiles in courage! Politico, but:

Democrats are pushing Senate leaders and the White House to speed up key benefits in the health reform bill to 2010, eager to give the party something [anything!] to show taxpayers for their $900 billion investment in an election year.

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Litmus test

George Washington has another interesting guest post up over at Yves place: Capitalism, Socialism or Fascism? The bottom line:

So what do we really have: socialism, fascism or an economy which calls itself “capitalism” but which allows looting?

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Churning and turning in the widening mire...

Interesting critique of the administration in the London Review of Books. Since it's the anniversary of Lehman, when Obama became the presumptive President, these anniversary pieces will crop up more and more, no doubt.

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Speaking of basketball...

Kathleen Sibelius made her college team.

Of course, she is a girl....

Which would be why even putting the boot in the "little single payer advocates" wasn't enough for her to become a player, I guess. Read below the fold...

Where the bailout money is going

The price of everything in the real economy is collapsing, and the banksters are going to use the money we lent them to buy it all up, including whatever the cash-strapped states privatize (starting with the highways). That's one reason they're not lending our own money back to us (which was the putative reason for the bailouts). Something to look forward to; I've always enjoyed Snow Crash. Read below the fold...

"Strategic defaulting"

I guess, in a kleptocracy without the rule of law, that's what you do: Read below the fold...

More unterbussen

Felix Salmon:

The length of time the average unemployed person has been without a job has been hitting new record highs for a while; it’s now managed to pass the 6-month mark. That’s much higher than any previous peak in this data series. And I fear that the only way it’s likely to come down any time soon is as these people become so demoralized that they take themselves out of the labor force altogether.

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