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I know, you're shocked. Ian Welsh:

The last couple weeks have been very revealing as to what various people, including politicians, ["]progressive["] bloggers and activists, are really willing to fight for, and what their bottom line really is.

Marcy, Marcy, Marcy

Great on the banksters. And then there's the whole Health Insurance Reform -- Just For Him thing.

Couldn't we get a Dem, and preferably a woman, who's good on both? Why not? Read more about Marcy, Marcy, Marcy

Returning briefly...

I've been gone at the blogger's meetup for Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, which was great, and now I'm catching up. Random comments:

Read more about Returning briefly...

More on the Milan verdict

(See Wampum, as usual.) Italy arresting CIA agents for kidnapping really is a big deal. Scott Horton concludes: Read more about More on the Milan verdict

On Weiner amendment withdrawal

Via mail:

[T]his legislative battle is not yet over . Our focus can now turn to two remaining efforts for single-payer healthcare in this Congress. Sen. Bernie Sanders will introduce S 703 in coming weeks, and we understand that he is considering editing it to be more like HR 676. We will have the opportunity again to see the first ever vote on single-payer healthcare in this Congress. In addition, Rep. Kucinich’s amendment to allow states to more easily implement a single-payer system may be reinserted into the bill during the conference committee between the House and Senate.

All of these efforts are crucial to building the movement for the only solution to our health care crisis--single-payer national healthcare.

Department of The Point You Think You Are Making is Not The Point You Are Making


Maine voters decisively rejected same-sex marriage yesterday, 53% to 47%. Last November, when California voters overturned gay marriage there, the exit polls indicated that out of the Obama constituencies, overwhelming opposition from African-American (and, to a lesser extent, Hispanic) voters helped tip the balance. This was controversial, to put it mildly. Well, Maine is 97% white, and Obama won it in a landslide, 58%-42%.

Swine flu vaccine for swine at Golden Sacks

The Lords get the vaccine while the peasants wait in line. What could be more natural or fair?

Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) asked Health and Human Service (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to investigate why the Center for Disease Control (CDC) approved the distribution of the H1NI vaccine to Wall Street firms at a time when the vaccine is unavailable to most Americans.

Obama = Bush on DRM and DMCA (just like on torture)


According to documents leaked earlier this week, the United States favors forcing international ISPs to proactively police copyright on user-contributed material and would require ISPs to cut off the Internet access of accused copyright infringers or face liability. In addition, the U.S. negotiators [on ACTA (International Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement)] are seeking international notice and take down agreements and mandatory prohibitions on breaking DRM systems. The provisions are all favored by major U.S. content owners.

Kids these days...

Gore on civil disobedience for climate change


Al Gore has sought to inject fresh momentum into the Copenhagen build-up, saying he is certain Barack Obama will attend and predicting a rise in civil disobedience against fossil-fuel polluters unless drastic action is taken over global warming.

Bittergate: The untold story, from Mayhill Fowler

Mayhill Fowler in HuffPo on "bitter ... cling to" (interestingly, she writes it was the cling to, not the bitter). A fine, interesting retrospective on winning, "losing," how the discourse gets shaped, and who gets credit (all senses). The bottom line:

If [Obama] did not figure out how to talk about small-town Americans [that is, working class Americans who live in small towns like those in PA that the banksters have de-industrialized] to more worldly coastal folk then even if he were President he would get no chance at "change."

Well, yes. Read more about Bittergate: The untold story, from Mayhill Fowler

Why not a WPA?

Krugman asks, and answers "politics" (that is, right wing bromides like "government is the problem"). Of course:

1. Obama hasn't done anything to fight the right wing bromides and has, if anything, reinforced them; and

2. Why would on earth would anybody imagine that the FKDP has any other constituency than Big Money, Big Insurance, Big Pharma, and all the other Mr. Bigs? Read more about Why not a WPA?

Nobody could have predicted...

The health insurance industry and the tobacco lobby

Samuel Metz in the Oregonian:

Smoking kills. So does the health insurance industry.

In the 20th century our tobacco industry, threatened by associations between its product and a lung cancer epidemic, diverted public discussion to a multitude of highly charged and largely irrelevant issues. It succeeded so well that even now, 50 years later, it still freely markets its dangerous products with only minor packaging concessions.


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