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"The Albany Museum of Political Corruption"

Troy Record:

Corruption in Albany is nothing new, but shedding light on it certainly is, and one Albany man has a dream of educating and entertaining using the city’s corrupt history.

How? The Albany Museum of Political Corruption.

Yes, a museum exposing acts of political corruption. There isn’t another like it in the world.

Museum founder Bruce Roter [, a music professor at The College of Saint Rose, ] came up with the idea last July while musing with a prominent local politician. “Albany could lighten up a bit,” they agreed in the conversation.

“We have corruption here, why not use it as a resource?” he said.

BWA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!!! Read below the fold...

If cops are warriors, we can expect "collateral damage" in the form of dead civilians

Vice has a nice roundup of #Ferguson and much else. This paragraph jumped out:

' If you read PoliceOne or other websites where cops interact with each other, you can pick up the attitude that now permeates law enforcement—namely, that they are warriors going into battle. This is more than unhealthy: This idea has a casualty count.

Which is a little shocking if you think or thought of the police as "law enforcement" or as part of the "justice system." (Pause to muse on various forms of privilege.) Read below the fold...

Evil goons at Amazon doxx Hachette CEO's email address, give talking points to trolls

Normally, I'm not one to defend CEOs, even in the relatively genteel world of publishing. But this is really scummy:

Amazon publishes Hachette CEO's email address in pricing spat
New York (AFP) - Amazon revealed Saturday the email address of the American head of publishing group Hachette, urging readers to pressure him in writing to end the two groups' simmering dispute over book pricing.

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Cuomo to appeal court ruling leaving Teachout on ballot

(And on the top line, too!) Times:

Ever since another Democratic candidate for governor, Zephyr Teachout, arose on his left, Mr. Cuomo has tried to throw her off the primary ballot on the shaky grounds that she hasn’t met the state’s five-year residency requirement.

On Monday, a Brooklyn judge tossed that argument out of court, ruling that Ms. Teachout is perfectly qualified to be on the Democratic primary ballot on Sept. 9. But Mr. Cuomo, true to form, won’t back down. His aides immediately promised an appeal of the ruling. That is political bullying, and the governor should back off and engage with Ms. Teachout as a serious candidate. Doing otherwise suggests he is more nervous about winning a second term than he would like to appear.

Cuomo's got a $32.5 million cesspit of corruption in his back yard war chest. Read below the fold...

Hillary proxy Gillibrand throws Cuomo under the bus

How delicious:

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand told the Observer today that she supported the federal investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s alleged interference with the anti-corruption Moreland Commission.

Ms. Gillibrand declined to comment on what she personally thought of reports that Mr. Cuomo’s aides had ordered the panel–charged with rooting out unethical activity on the part of state politicians–to drop subpoenas of organizations linked to the governor. She did, however, tell the Observer that she believed that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was right in his decision to look into Mr. Cuomo’s handling of the panel–which he formed last year but disbanded after just 18 months, sooner than expected. Read below the fold...

Standup desk!

OK, pretty cheesy. But it's going to do the job, and it was cheap (cheaper than a wooden drafting table, for example, which is what I really wanted).

But I got it because stress seems to have led to weight gain, and that's not good for my health (and I more importantly, I felt and moved better when I was thinner). And it does seem that standing desks improve muscle tone, which is where that "moving better" feeling comes from. There are counter-arguments, among them that moving is the requirement, not standing as such, but I think if I am standing I will be more likely to move. When I sit at a desk, I arrange around me all the necessities, like coffee, iPad, food, phone, exactly so I can avoid moving. Now, one could argue that I should put the coffee six feet away, so I would have to stand up to get it, but na ga happen. Come on! Read below the fold...

Daily Kos War Coverage Rating: 8%

Of 12 front page stories, one headline. We'll give a headline 1 point; a major mention half a point. 1 / 12 = 8.33%. Here's a visual representation. (It's a thumbnail of the whole page, so please readers, let me know if it's too slow to load.)


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ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Complexifying the crapification is the new rescission

Rescission is the retroactive cancellation of individual health insurance policies when the policy holder makes a claim; before ObamaCare, it was "amazingly common", and ObamaCare is said to have ended it. We have multiple anecdotes to show that's not true (and that's all we have, because our famously free press doesn't cover the story). The way the insurance companies work the scam is this: When you make a claim, and especially a big one, they go through your forms with a fine tooth comb, and look for the smallest mistake, even an innocent one, and then deny your coverage; could be that you didn't list a hangnail treatment; could be you got a birthdate wrong; could be you said your eyes are blue when they're blue-green. Whatever! As I wrote in 2009:

[T]he advocates of the 1000 page public option bill, HR3200, will tell you that rescission won't happen under HR3200. But that's not the burden they have to meet. What they have to show is that there's no way the insurance companies can game their complex, unproven, and Rube Goldberg-esque system to make sure the practice doesn't continue under another guise -- because the health insurance companies are profit-driven (and it's the fiduciary responsibility of the CEOs to make that profit).

Medicare for All advocates, of course, don't have to show that. The "Everybody in, nobody out" policy prevents rescission by definition.

Now read this post and tell me the insurance companies aren't writing their policies to game the system: Read below the fold...

In the garden: Tomatoes and borage

Nothing especially dramatic about this photo of lots of green and a few little dabs of blue: tomatoes and borage.

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Judge rules Zephyr Teachout can stay in New York ballot

Good news for New York voters:

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A judge in Brooklyn says liberal law professor Zephyr Teachout is eligible to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo in next month's Democratic primary, dismissing an attempt by Cuomo supporters to kick her off the ballot.

In a decision announced Monday, the judge dismissed a challenge from Cuomo supporters who argued that Teachout didn't meet the state's 5-year residency requirement to run and noted that she had a Vermont driver's license until this spring.

Teachout had insisted that she met the requirement, saying she has lived in New York since taking a job at Fordham University in 2009.

Cuomo supporters could appeal the judge's decision. The primary is Sept. 9.

Presumably, the Cuomo apparatus will appeal; denying ballot access is what Democratic party regulars do. Read below the fold...

"Code is law"

"Hillary Clinton blames rise of ISIS on Obama 'failure' to intervene in Syria civil war"


During a long and in-depth interview with the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, former secretary of state and likely future presidential candidate Hillary Clinton distanced herself from President Obama’s foreign policy, implying the Islamist extremist group ISIS would not be so powerful had the president listened to her advice and thrown American power more forcefully behind “moderate” Syrian rebel forces.

“The failure to help build up a credible fighting force of the people who were the originators of the protests against Assad — there were Islamists, there were secularists, there was everything in the middle — the failure to do that left a big vacuum, which the jihadists have now filled,” Clinton said.

So, today Obama snags an interview with Tommy Friedman, and Clinton does Jeffrey Goldberg. Both the loathesomest of loathesome hawks. It's like a tag team! Read below the fold...


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