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Senate Cuts Citizen Bloggers From Federal Shield Bill

Translation: Imperial Sugar was a hell-hole and a death trap where management killed 13 people

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There's good reporting in Savannah Now on the Chemical Safety Board's report, but this sentence caught my eye:

Safety board investigators speculated Imperial managers were lulled into complacency by a series of "near misses" - explosions and fires that caused no fatalities.

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Could it be that being forced to buy junk insurance doesn't play well with youth?

AP, but anyhow:

Professors and students themselves also are noticing the quiet on college campuses, which were hotbeds for "Obamamania" during the campaign.
"They're supportive, but in a bystander kind of way," says Laura Katz Olson, a political science professor at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.

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Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej recovering

Reuters.

His children, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn and Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, took his place in a national radio address. Read below the fold...

Taxing insurance: It's a sure-fire political winner!

CBS:

The House Democratic plan calls for raising income taxes on upper-income people to pay for covering the uninsured. Baucus has instead proposed a tax on high-cost insurance plans worth more than $8,000 for an individual policy and $21,000 for family coverage.

Proponents of the insurance tax, which Obama has endorsed, say it would help to lower health care costs by encouraging people to become more cost-conscious health care consumers.

"I hear they're having a sale on kidneys at the Wal-Mart clinic, Merle! Should we go?"

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The health care poll that you need

Not the HCAN one. For pity's sake. The CBS/Times poll. Avedon actually reads the questions: Read below the fold...

Is bullshit sustainable?

RL calls, so I can't work this out in detail, but I've talked to several people about it, and the ideas seem sound. Read below the fold...

Epic FAIL

Ted Rall tries to buy Tamiflu. The dialog is great, but this line is my favorite:

[PHARMACIST:] "It's complicated, especially for doctors."

Yay!

NOTE Via Susie. Oh, and Ted mentions Health Insurance Plan (HIP) of New York. And not in a good way. Anybody else have experience with them? Read below the fold...

Is Obama even trying to avoid a climate FAIL?

Bill McKibben:

Word in the halls of the UN this week was that President Obama's speech on Tuesday—the first to the world body by this most admired of world leaders—was a dud, a towering disappointment. Coming at the beginning of what the UN has dubbed "climate week," the speech marked the beginning of a three-month push towards the global climate conference at Copenhagen. Obama used it mostly to downplay expectations. And it's those downplayed expectations that may prove to be tragically self-fulfilling.

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When a "nudge" becomes a shove

My guess would be sooner than we think. Forcing people to buy junk insurance, with the IRS acting as a collection agent, would definitely be a shove, and not a nudge.

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AMAZING post on "Rapid Streetcars and Suburban Retrofit"

Go read it all (or here), it's chock full of great analysis and linky goodness. I'll excerpt what I see as the key analytical tools: Read below the fold...

Miserable failure

How to support single payer sit-ins

Mobilize for Health Care has three ways to pledge:

(1) NONVIOLENT CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE:
I pledge to join over 100 people in nonviolent sit-ins at insurance company offices to end insurance abuse and win health care for all.

(2) LEGAL PROTEST:
I cannot risk arrest, but I pledge to join others in legal protest at insurance company offices in support of sit-ins to end insurance abuse and win health care for all.

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Guess who's really singing "Jingle Mail"?

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Or, to ask the question in a more sophisticated way, who are the "strategic defaulters"? The LA Times asked that question:

Who is more likely to walk away from a house and a mortgage -- a person with super-prime credit scores or someone with lower scores?

The answer may surprise you -- especially if this was your narrative: Read below the fold...

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