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Talking points on HR3962 and the Senate Bill

Via PNHP. Yes, there is a list of the good points.

It's just that nothing the "progressive" access bloggers are pushing -- including [a|the] [strong|robust]? public [health insurance]? [option|plan] -- is on the list. Quelle surprise. Read below the fold...

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Go read Violet

Will Stirling Newberry please pick up the white courtesy phone? We have a question on money

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Does this accessible and interesting article give a good account of the field? Read the whole thing. These paragraph caught my eye, especially:

In the face of the impending crisis, people often ask what they can do to protect themselves. "Buy gold? Stockpile canned goods? Build a fortified compound in a remote area? What should I do?" I would like to suggest a different kind of question: "What is the most beautiful thing I can do?" You see, the gathering crisis presents a tremendous opportunity. Deflation, the destruction of money, is only a categorical evil if the creation of money is a categorical good. ...

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The kids are alright!

Obama, FKDP starting to own the recession

CNN:

A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Friday morning indicates that 38 percent of the public blames Republicans for the country's current economic problems. In May, 53 percent blamed the GOP.

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Martha Coakley and Elizabeth Warren on the Consumer Financial Protection Agency

At New Deal 2.0. Hmm...

Our next President and her AG?

Or, alternatively, our next President and her Secretary of the Treasury? Read below the fold...

Is irony universal?

"Guy Debord changed my life!"

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 below the fold...

Why is everybody suddenly Googling on "The Overton Window"?

Sudden spike in hits from a Google search on "overton window." Why?

Did Sarah Palin's mention The Overton Window in her biography?

NOTE See also The Ratchet Effect. Read below the fold...

Just for fun

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.

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The evil that is ACTA

University of California....

Somebody post or comment on this, please!

What are the students saying and doing? Just because they aren't necessarily from our generation.... Read below the fold...

Krugman: Administration has "squandered" the mandate of heaven

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. ....

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