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"We were children once, playing with toys..."

Via Menopausal Stoner, who also quotes the key lyric:

The percentage you're paying is too high priced
While you're living beyond all your means
And the man in the suit has just bought a new car
From the profit he's made on your dreams . . .

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How you can tell when they got nuthin

Lawyers, Guns, and Money:

Evasive Tactics In Arguments You're Hopelessly Losing Part I
When you say that your critics are shrill rather than explaining why they're wrong, it's a pretty clear sign that you've got nothing.

Yep. Read below the fold...

Blessed are the meek...

Simon Johnson:

Top people in the Obama administration now begin to understand what they have wrought.  The body language becomes uncomfortable when you bring up this topic and they are eager to discuss alternative ways forward.

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Open source EMR

From the Canadians; download.

In this country, of course, we suck up massive amounts of programmer's time writing proprietary billing systems for hundreds of different insurance companies, and all with the objective of denying as much care as possible. That's because we've got the greatest heatlh care system in the world. Read below the fold...

Yet another digital sharecropper...


Ouch! The meta! It b-u-r-r-r-r-r-n-s!

NOTE Snowclone detection (and, if need be, eradication) should probably assume greater importance in our discourse analysis than it does. Read below the fold...

Fun House Mirror

Are conservatives paranoid and delusional? Let's take a look: Read below the fold...

Wouldn't be great to have a free press?

Instead of Pravda and Izvestia? Instead of "access journalism"? Good questions, Yves!

Or "access blogging"? (hat tip, selise)

UPDATE See James Kwak's comment on Yves post, as well. Read below the fold...

"The stoopid should not attempt to reason"

Yes, our old favorite Boohooman has followed up on his venting with a thumbsucker on his deep spiritual dilemma: Whether to keep on being a fan, or try to figure out how to become an engaged citizen. I wish him well, and hope he feels free to take all the time he needs working things out.

(I especially like the lead, where Boohooman cringes to heel.) Here are the key grafs from Greenwald's piece, lest we forget: Read below the fold...

Fun with vampire squids: The post on Goldman Sachs you must read

[I'm leaving this sticky because a synonym for "economic rent" would be really nice to have and propagate. -- lambert]

Go read Numerian for a lucid explation of how GS is making its money. I'll wait.

Now, I want to pull out two paragraphs: Read below the fold...

About Mike Ross

Hey, I'm at least part way there with today's Mike Ross. Open up Medicare, like Ross -- believe it or not -- says he wants to do. That's what Kennedy's original bill did, after all; his bill is the source of the idea to lower Medicare eligibility by five-year increments.

Medicare is simple and proven, so make Medicare for All the starting point. Ross is right about that. Read below the fold...

Health insurance company won't sell woman coverage unless she gets herself sterilized


The committee also heard from women such as Peggy Robertson of Colorado, who read a letter from her insurance company. Robertson testified that because she'd already given birth via cesarean, when she tried to get an individual policy in Colorado, her insurance company considered it a pre-existing condition and wouldn't insure her unless she could prove she'd been sterilized.

That "put me on the edge of my chair," said the chairwoman of the committee, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., calling it "offensive and morally repugnant."

"No one in the United States of America, in order to get health insurance, should ever be coerced into getting sterilized," Mikulski said.

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