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"An Upper East Side Ex-Investment Banker Is Now Campaigning as an Elizabeth Warren Democrat"

Best. Headline. EVAH.

Gus Christensen, a former JPMorgan derivatives trader and Goldman Sachs banker, wants to raise the New York state minimum wage to $15. The Upper East Sider, who was registered as a Republican until 2007, is now running for the state assembly as an Elizabeth Warren-style populist Democrat.

At the Lenox Hill Democratic Club dinner in February, Christensen​ outlined his platform: "stronger rights for workers and women, tougher regulation, cheaper housing and 'progress on inequality itself,'" Bloomberg News' Max Abelson reports. Christensen now serves as president of the club, a position some say he bought. He spent $2,600 on dues for 150 of his friends to join the club. Despite this and his "Omega watch and lapis cuff links," Christensen says he's sincere about helping the middle class.

That's the Democratic Party we know and love! Read below the fold...

RE-POST: Obama Pretends to Care About Military Suicides

Re-POST from July 14, 2011, my sentiments re-inspired by Obama's Ft. Hood memorial disingenuousness this week:

Empathy-challenged (war criminal) Obama is pretending he cares about military suicides.

I waited a few days to write this to see if my intensely bitter reaction to Obama's last week’s press conference would subside. It has not. In fact reading about the pride some progressives feel about Obama’s shamelessly hypocritical grandstanding sickens me even further. Read below the fold...


Here we go. Budded forsythia in the garden:

So I missed a horrible winter -- the house didn't make a dime during my absence,* because fuel ate up everything after I insulated the attic! -- but and so now spring is on the way. Yay! Read below the fold...

ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Paul Krugman's TINA hackery on single payer becomes floridly delusional

Get a load of this:

And as Sahil Kapur reports, at least a few of them are coming to a terrible realization: there is no alternative [TINA]. You can’t just support the popular pieces of reform, in particular coverage for preexisting conditions, and scrap the rest. As Jonathan Gruber taught me, and I and others have said many times, reform is a three-legged stool that requires community rating, the individual mandate, and subsidies; take away any leg and it collapses. And Kapur finds a GOP aide who admits to the awful truth: any workable GOP plan would look pretty much the same as Obamacare.

There is an alternative, even for Republicans: Read below the fold...

I have an answer for Paul Krugman's question!

Paul Krugman:

But here’s the thing: the lived experience is that this effect is not, in fact, symmetric between liberals and conservatives. Yes, liberals are sometimes subject to bouts of wishful thinking. But can anyone point to a liberal equivalent of conservative denial of climate change, or the “unskewing” mania late in the 2012 campaign, or the frantic efforts to deny that Obamacare is in fact covering a lot of previously uninsured Americans? I don’t mean liberals taking positions you personally disagree with — I mean examples of overwhelming rejection of something that shouldn’t even be in dispute.

Yes. Read below the fold...


This is really neat.

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Are US politicians just pretending to be ignorant about exponential growth in technology and its implications for society re: the future of work? Or are they in fact, ignorant?


Science builds on itself and the more we know, the faster we learn more. Most of us must know this fact- which leads us in lots of directions. Here's a very important one. Read below the fold...

Hasty lessons from my visit to Thailand....

.... while I'm still transitioning in Boston on my way up to Maine, from (JFK (Taipei (Bangkok)) after my flight was cancelled! (Getting rerouted was a paper-based process; the highlight came when the incredibly conscientious trainee desk agent actually used a ruler and a pen to cross out inapplicable options on the voucher for my new flight, while their supervisor frequently consulted a small notebook full of handwritten notes. Then they gave me a hotel voucher and walked me to the hotel shuttle bus and performed a physical handoff; this last very different from America, where I'm guessing they'd hand you the voucher, period. "You're on your own, kid!" I was grateful, since by that time I was already stunned with exhaustion.) OK, trivial and not-so-trivial lessons while the experience is still fresh:

1) I'm 6'2"; most Thais are not, so me banging my head on stuff was the running gag. ("We look up to them. Because they're tall.") Sometimes, I'd bang on doorway -- pause to find diagram of the parts of a door -- headers, but more often on the -- pause, again -- handrails of BTS cars. It's a new experience for me to have to stand up straight so the blood stays pooled on the top of my skull. I'm not sure what lesson is involved here, except striving for good posture. Wear a hat? Don't cut my hair too short? Don't rush, especially for a subway seat? Don't be Lurch-like? Read below the fold...

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CIO report on privatization disasters shows that one of its main goals is looting.

In my blog post a few days ago about the unseen hand of the various 'free trade agreement' mandates to 'privatize everything' quietly strangling any "hope" of real "health care reform" in the USA, I had a lot to say about the 'FTA's' mandated forced irreversible privatizations of everything people need from and see as good about government, in secret, and the forces I see as driving it. Read below the fold...

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'Welfare Queens'

In my inbox this morning I came across an email titled

Subject: Re: Benefits galore paid by us...

The email begins with:

Want to know what happened to "the work ethic?" Read on..

I get right-wing arguments via email from time to time. I try to read them to understand their mindset. I'm usually left saddened by the knowledge that a swath of Americans are persuaded that the real enemies are the 'welfare queens' and not Goldman Sachs and the politicians they own. Read below the fold...

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Sunday Morning Music


Songs: Ohia - Farewell Transmission

Farewell Transmission by Songs: Ohia on Grooveshark

Jason Molina died last year of alcohol-related organ failure. He was 39.

The real truth about it is no one gets it right
The real truth about it is we're all supposed to try
There ain't no end to the sands I've been trying to cross
The real truth about it is my kind of life's no better off
If I've got the maps or if I'm lost
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Coates, Chait and the Iraq war understanding of gratitude

A debate between the two writers reveals what might be a bit of a blind spot for one of them.

Cross posted from Pruning Shears. Read below the fold...

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Russia prepares to attack the petro-dollar

It would appear Obama has finally done it; his economic sanctions against Russia has apparently been the catalyst for China and Russia to start selling gas and oil with regional currencies being used, not dollars.

Given that Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi were both attempting the same scenario, it would also seem that Putin's maneuver could spark armed conflict.

This is by far the most dangerous time, IMO, in the last 2 decades.

I'm worried Obama won't blink and I'm pretty sure Putin won't. Read below the fold...

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Saturday morning music


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