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Yeah, whatever did happen on the next Surgeon General nomination?

Since ol' Sanjay went down in flames. What's up with that? . Read below the fold...

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Truthiness: or why making some thoughts unthinkable makes the unthinkable thinkable

Merriam-Webster:

Truthiness (noun)

1 : "truth that comes from the gut, not books" (Stephen Colbert, Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report," October 2005)

2 : "the quality of preferring concepts or facts one wishes to be true, rather than concepts or facts known to be true" (American Dialect Society, January 2006)

For a brief period, when many Americans had tired of the utter mendacity of the Bush administration and its media lapdogs, Stephen Colbert's coinage — "truthiness" — gained national currency.

Nowadays, invoking that term is an uncool as singing "Who Let the Dogs Out?" Or saying "nowadays." Read below the fold...

Steal this riff!

All hail The Editors!

We’ve got what amounts to a reverse Nuremberg defense, where Bush administration officials are let off the hook because they were only giving orders.

Damn! Read below the fold...

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Granholm's Role In The Democratic Primary

Granholm will be at the White House tomorrow and the hopeful word in some feminist circles is that she might be there for the announcement that she is being nominated to the United States Supreme Court. If this is the case, I think Democrats have very good reasons to oppose her appointment. Read below the fold...

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I'm not sure how I stumbled across Dating A Bank[st]er Anonymous, and I'm not even sure I'm glad that I did... Read below the fold...

Dr David Himmelstein on Diane Rehm today; Very strong single payer arguments --$400B v. $100B per year savings

Diane Rehm devoted the first hour today to a very good single payer healthcare discussion, actually giving Dr. Himmelstein, cofounder of PNHP (Physicians for a National Health Program), time to present the rationale and benefits of single payer. The program apparently is a response to listeners' complaints that single payer did not get much time in last week's discussion.

Way to go, listeners!

Save $400 Billion a year, cover everyone. How do we get Congress on board?

From the web sites program description: Read below the fold...

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Back to the Future: CAFE > 40 MPG in 2016

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Over at Eschaton there's a nifty little mention of this. The new national one-size-fits-all standards

will combine California’s tough new auto-emissions rules with the existing corporate average fuel economy standard to create a single new national standard, the officials said. As a result, cars and light trucks sold in the United States will be roughly 30 percent cleaner and more fuel-efficient by 2016. Read below the fold...
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Welcome David Sirota to the single payer movement

It looks like Dave Sirota has joined the single payer movement. Since unlike the Corrente community, Sirota has national reach this is very good news. Hooray! Read below the fold...

Well said, General David M. Shoup

And well done, Mike for posting this quotation:

I believe that if we had and would keep our dirty, bloody, dollar-soaked fingers out of the business of these nations so full of depressed, exploited people, they will arrive at a solution of their own -- and if unfortunately their revolution must be of the violent type because the "haves" refuse to share with the "have-nots" by any peaceful method, at least what they get will be their own, and not the American style, which they don't want and above all don't want crammed down their throats by Americans. -- General David M. Shoup, Commandant of the Marine Corps 1960-63, recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor

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Tribes sue BIA on uncollected revenues from oil leases

Yet again. McClatchy, of course. Alaska Daily News:

An Inupiat Eskimo family says it is owed up to $200 million in unpaid rent after a major oil company siphoned oil from offshore Prudhoe Bay fields for years by using a drill site on the family's land.

The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs should collect the unpaid rent and turn it over to the Oenga family, which 40 years ago acquired its Native allotment on the edge of the vast Prudhoe Bay oil field, the family said in a court filing this month.

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Good questions, perhaps with answers that are not simple

Bronte Capital has an interesting post on Japan and Korea as a controlled experiment in banking crises. Read the whole thing. It concludes:

Policy question: how do you ensure the creative destruction without putting the good bits of the real economy to the sword?

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Atheists suck

This I know, because the L.A. Times tells me so. Read below the fold...

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THANK YOU MADAM SPEAKER!!!!!

The Rose Garden: Obama Backed Off Social Security Push

The White House quietly sought to get the ball rolling on overhauling Social Security earlier this year, but it either abandoned or significantly downgraded the process under pressure from Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and outside liberal interest groups, according to sources familiar with the stalled effort.

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"No one knows how to get decisions made" at Treasury, while White House fiddles with the web site

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WaPo:

While Geithner has taken dramatic steps to address flashpoints in the economy, the work of carrying out those policies has bogged down because critical decisions about how to do so aren't being made, interviews with a broad range of federal officials show.

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