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"Robust"

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.

For example:

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."

Public option: What's the plan?

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.”

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How to exceed expectations and please Wall Street, health-insurance parasite style, part 2

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

Obama's plan for gay rights

Finally!

Good to know! Man, that airbrush style gives me the creeps the more I see of it. Read more about Obama's plan for gay rights

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Meanwhile, over in Pakistan....

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Things are looking more dicey every day. The indispensible Ahmed Rashid tells the story and it's not a pretty one. Read more about Meanwhile, over in Pakistan....

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For those of us playing catch-up on Iranian politics....

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....

"Nobody ever went broke...

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Influence of Hispanic Immigrants on Community/Labor Organizing

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

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Women in the GOP: Heartless, brainless, or both?

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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?

Oldsters use Improvised Bankster Takedown Device after 2 million Euros looted from their pensions

walkerUK Independent:

A group of pensioners has been accused of kidnapping and torturing a financial adviser who lost over €2m of their savings.

There he goes again!

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!

Burn!

Today's must read.

NOTE Hat tip, Vast Left. Read more about Burn!

Progressive leadership on torture

Why don't we turn the banks into regulated public utilities?

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?

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