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About that "service economy"...

Versailles "centrism" on the color-coded ZOMG! TERROR! alerts

Truly classic:

After a 60-day review of the nation's terror-alert system, a special task force is expected to recommend that the Obama administration keep color-coded alerts, but reduce the number of colors — or levels of risk.

Will one of the colors be a yellow stripe? Read below the fold...

"Ghost ships"

Always good to have facts on the ground. Or, in this case, the seas off Singagore. Anybody got facts on the ground of their own to report?

My small town is a university town. On the one hand, we just had a new restaurant (not a chain) open up downtown. On the other, the university is still cutting. On the third hand, the restaurant is tangible and the cuts, so far, are not. Read below the fold...

Goodnight, moon

"There in stately splendor, far above the squalid village below, they fight their petty battles over power and money." Read below the fold...

The great silent majority

Clue stick: It's not on the right. Read below the fold...

Just shoot me

Not content with running a bait and switch operation on single payer at the national level with public option, "progressives" now undercut the Kucinich Amendment, which would permit single payer at the state level, by advocating public option at the state level instead. Yay!

I never did understand why the Kucinich Amendment was never whipped for; I guess this must have been the fallback. Double yay! Read below the fold...

Presumably, "progressives" are figuring out the next "bait and switch" on financial reform...

... after having dealt so effectively with health care insurance reform. Read this article from Simon Johnson as a prophylactic measure. Lots of analytical tools and linky goodness. Read below the fold...

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

See guest poster George Washingtoin at Yves place for lots of linky goodness. Read below the fold...

How Big Parasites help each other feed

Michael Pollan on Big Insurance vs. Big Food:

But so far, food system reform has not figured in the national conversation about health care reform. And so the government is poised to go on encouraging America’s fast-food diet with its farm policies even as it takes on added responsibilities for covering the medical costs of that diet. To put it more bluntly, the government is putting itself in the uncomfortable position of subsidizing both the costs of treating Type 2 diabetes and the consumption of high-fructose corn syrup.

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It's the overhead, stupid

From the Willamette Statesman-Journal:

The clinical cost of having an aortic aneurysm repaired in the United States is slightly higher than $8,000; in Canada it's slightly less.

But the overall bill for the procedure in the U.S. would be on average $13,432, and in Canada it would be $8,647.

Why such a large cost difference for basically the same procedure? In a word: overhead.

"Inefficiency in bureaucracy is draining our health care system," Dr. Peter Mahr of the Physicians for a National Health Program told a group at the Marion County Democratic Headquarters in Salem on Saturday. "Our health care system is ineffective, inefficient, costly, and I think morally deficient."

Read below the fold...

Cultural Learnings of America for Make Banksters Glorious ...

Simon Johnson has another important piece, which you should go read in its hair-raising entirety, but I can't resist excerpting this telling factlet: Read below the fold...

Since Obama's door is always open, will he meet with the Mad As Hell Doctors on single payer?

Salt Lake City Tribune:

Five days on the road, and a group of physicians from Washington, Oregon and Arizona are truly mad as hell about the nation's health-care system and the way the reform debate has shaped up.

Especially infuriating, the self-named Mad as Hell doctors said during a town-hall meeting at the Salt Lake City Library on Saturday, is President Barack Obama's apparent dismissal of a single-payer system which they say would insure every American and cost the least.

Read below the fold...

Health care deform roundup

Chinless wonder Fred Hiatt gives George McGovern space on his Op-Ed page to boost Medicare for All, which McGovern does, while gently musing on the possible effect of campaign contributions from health insurnace companies. Well and good, but in Versailles, McGovern is the epitome of the unserious. Read below the fold...

Of all the words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these:

"It might have been". Guest post by DoctorRX at Yves place. The whole article will help with the upcoming kabuki clusterfuck policy debate on financial "reform," but here the poster makes a connection I haven't seen made elsewhere: Read below the fold...

Yikes!

An extremely interesting expansion of how we understand one of the wonders of nature.

Not exactly a feel good story, unless seeing through to the roots of the majestic ramifications of the evolutionary tree that leafs out to us gives you a sense of wonder (me, it does). Read below the fold...

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