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Does anyone know if such a thing exists? Seems to, but I want something really, really simple, stupid, and cheap -- ideally pay as you go. Readers? Read below the fold...

Sending this one out for the fans

It's very odd how Iran stories eclipsed whatever it is that G20 is doing, if anything

And, in this case, doing nothing is the bad option.

It's almost like the rule is: If we don't fix the financial sector, any change for anywhere is change for the worse, because the banksters cream off all benefits.*

NOTE * I count single payer as part of "fixing the financial sector," because it would abolish the private insurance industry and return their rents to productive use -- like health care, for example. Read below the fold...

Financial Cassandras going green (at least in their tropes)

Bankster oligopolies as monoculture at Yves' place.

Heck, us hippies could have told 'em that! Read below the fold...

Leads I'm glad I never wrote

Heh:

I, too, have been irritated...

I, too, agree with BTD. Read below the fold...

Did Jackson Pollock hide his signature in one of his paintings?

Maybe.

Fun to think about, though! Anyone remember making "Jackson Pollocks" back in the 70s? Read below the fold...

Why single payer is best for women

Thread: 

This great quote at Shakesville made me go look for the answer to that question, which I'd been wondering about, and at Our Bodies, Ourselves, I found this:

Our Bodies Ourselves supports the single-payer model as the most effective approach for solving the United States' health and medical care crisis.

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Since everybody reads Atrios and nobody hates him...

... perhaps this will get some attention:

From the few tea leaves I get to see, I'm getting the sense that people on The Hill are not even having the conversation about just how unpopular forcing people to buy shitty insurance they don't want is going to be.

Hilariously, Atrios links to the HCAN public relations wire paid shill Jason Rosenbaum runs over at FDL. Read below the fold...

Chatter

See Cannonfire.

And give credit, as Cannonfire does: No Gaslight (so far). Read below the fold...

Canadians invade New York

Jiggering the unemployment statistics?

Here's an interesting story from Knoxville, TN. Quoted in its entirety:

As reported previously at KnoxViews, the City of Maryville June, 2009 unemployement rate of 20.4% was the highest city unemployement rate reported.

The State of Tennessee July, 2009 seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Maryville dropped to 19.6%.

It appears the powers that be in the City of Maryville cried foul loud enough. According to The State of Tennessee, "City labor force estimates have been revised for 2009 to better reflect the count of UI claims used to disaggregate city data from the county total."

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The permanent economic crisis...

... in the global black community. Lots of linky goodness from voxunion: Read below the fold...

Academic economists and The Big FAIL

A book post to collect posts on this controversy. Read below the fold...

Magical thinking, the rational expectations hypothesis, and academic economists

Ideas matter. Roman Frydman and Michael D. Goldberg in the FT:

[T]he debate [about fiscal stimulus, financial reform, and, more broadly, the future of capitalism] is full of terms that mean one thing to the uninitiated and quite another to economists.

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Ch-ch-ch-changes

Well, it looks like making the dates work in events is the last item on the current do list.

I might take the site down again on a weekend evening, since I need to get two things in place: One is RDF (which should pay off somewhere down the line in better search) and another is getting the free advertising up. Next would come the free "tag sale" concept... Read below the fold...

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