On this thread, I wrote:
"Robust" is one of those Versailles words you want to watch out for. Back in the day, when I was a high priced tech consultant, "robust" meant "in a big honkin three-ring-binder I can show to management." Empty linguistic calories, totally.
Baucus said new approaches were discussed in meetings Wednesday, and he described them as "variations, but on the same themes that have been discussed quite a bit — more robust, beefed-up co-op approach."
Helen Redmond writes in Counterpunch (from PNHP, April 26, 2009):
At the Health Care for America Now (HCAN) and Citizen Action Illinois sponsored rally in Chicago last weekend, single-payer advocates confronted HCAN leadership and Democratic Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois) who instead of working to pass HR 676, John Conyers single-payer bill titled the United States National Health Insurance Act, are supporting the so called “public option.”
NPR may struggle mightily with what to call torture - "the problem is that the word torture is loaded with political and social implications for several reasons, including the fact that torture is illegal under U.S. law and international treaties the United States has signed" - but when it comes to human beings killed by the US military, be they civilians or irregular forces, there's no hesitation: they are militants plain and simple. Read more about At NPR, Anyone Killed by the US is a Militant
Awhile back I wrote, trying to figure out how my adopted parasite had managed to have a better-than-(Wall-Street)-expected first quarter:
I have tried, and failed, to understand or find out what "disciplined pricing and operating improvements in senior and local group businesses and more favorable prior-period claims development" means. I'm especially curious about that "more favorable prior-period claims development" part. Sounds suspiciously like not paying old claims, to me. But you know how I am...
Dearie me, not suspicious enough, perhaps. Could this be part of what it means? Read more about How to exceed expectations and please Wall Street, health-insurance parasite style, part 2
A new blog for you: Iran Rises
My friend Wendy just alerted me to this Iran blog written by a U.S.-based academic. He's doing translations of domestic Iranian news, web and radio broadcats from the original Farsi.
This is the go-to blog to read a well-selected range of source articles about issues not surfacing in the MSM, like the importance of regional minorities and ethnic groups in the political mix, and last weekend's police roundup of local journalists . Read more about For those of us playing catch-up on Iranian politics....
I know nothing about this topic, but a few articles have me wondering about the influence Latin American immigrants, especially Mexicans, might be having - and will have to a larger degree in the future - on community and labor organizing. Last week, I read this article in the Black Agenda report on the efforts to stop gentrification in Harlem and noticed the prominent roles being played by hispanic immigrants (as well as African Americans and Asian immigrants). Read more about Influence of Hispanic Immigrants on Community/Labor Organizing
In lieu of the long and vitriolic post I had prepared about the coward who hit my truck yesterday (taking out headlight assembly and front bumper) and ran away, ladies and gentlemen, I give you IDENTIFIABLE cowards: GOP women masquerading as caring human beings.
Cynthia Davis, Missouri: Read more about Women in the GOP: Heartless, brainless, or both?
After I read this horrific story in the Times about Obama selling out even the public option (Bloomberg has the same story), I went look at Krugman's blog -- since Krugman believes, correctly, that you can't reform health care without conflict -- and found Krugman got there f Read more about There he goes again!
I've asked that question several times -- 1/15/2009, 1/27/2009, 2/2/2009, 6/15/2009, and in passing as a policy solution for problems like usury and accounting control fraud Read more about Why don't we turn the banks into regulated public utilities?