The Department of Don't Say You Weren't Warned
UPDATE: This post is simply a suggestion to educate yourself before getting a flu shot. I am NOT opposed to vaccines in general, but am questioning the wisdom of the flu shot for reasons explained below.
Flu shots are nowhere near 100% effective; in fact, even proponents admit that 69% is about the best effectiveness rate they can get in adults, and that’s in a very good year. The sources in the original post were called into question, though, and I agree -- they were not great. So here are new sources, including the CDC, a couple of flu experts, and a major medical journal.
First, here is what the CDC’s own website states in response to the question, “How well does the seasonal flu vaccine work?”: Read more about Flu Watch: UPDATED with Facts and Everything!
Craig Unger has written a new book "Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove’s Secret Kingdom of Power" about the mastermind of George Bush’s two successful but crooked runs at the US Presidency.
Rove, as Unger explains, is at the center of two of the biggest scandals of the Bush administration. The Valerie Plame Wilson affair and the U.S. attorneys’ scandal. Rove was ALMOST indicted for the Plame affair but as we all know, the 13th commandment is not to get caught, and the 14th commandment is if you get caught not to get prosecuted. (Especially easy if you have gamed the judicial system with cronies who selectively prosecute only members of the other Party!) Read more about HE'S BACK!!! Karl Rove, King of Election Fraud!
From Mark Fiore. A simple, easy to understand cartoon explaining ALEC's influence on the legislative process.
Pass it on.
Read this and the phrase 'Freudian slip' came to mind:
“I want to be clear that the United States is not in the business, in Egypt, of choosing winners and losers, even if we could, which, of course, we cannot,” Clinton said at the opening of the consulate."
"In Egypt" ? So the U.S. DOES choose winners and losers, just not in Egypt. Let's see, Haiti and Honduras come to mind easily. And like the withholding of aid or forgiveness of debt has nothing to do with whether the U.S. 'cannot'. Read more about Thoughtful quotes
It appears as though the conspiracy to change/do away with social Security has a friend in Ben Bernanke and the Fed:
Ben Bernanke Is Bankrupting The Social Security Trust Fund
"In June of each year the Social Security Trust Fund (SSTF) reinvests a significant portion of its investment portfolio in newly issued Special Issue Treasury Securities. The interest rates on these bonds is set by a formula that was established in 1960. The formula was designed to insulate the SSTF from transitory changes in interest rates by averaging market based bond yields over a three-year period. Read more about I'll give it a try
This is an introduction to a series of 16 posts I began in reply to a number of posts by John Carney at the CNBC blog and Cullen Roche at Pragmatic Capitalism, and discussions replying to them. The posts by Carney and Roche criticized the MMT Job Guarantee (JG) proposal. Read more about The Job Guarantee and the MMT Core Series
Is the JG a Price Anchor?
More on Cullen Roche's claims about the JG, this time a discussion of his price anchor vs. price buoy post.
Ashley F. Miller has eloquently pointed out why one should not vote for Ron Paul. She gets bonus points from me for not shilling for Obama in the process. Here are some snippets deconstructing the myth of the libertarian hero, exposing him as a dangerous hypocrite:
Ron Paul is Anti-Free Market
So, bureaucracy is good when it keeps the brown people out? Taxing the insanely rich is slavery! Letting foreign people work in America should be illegal!
‘Twas the week before extra-constitutional detention legalization and all through the House and Senate, hardly a rat-bastard, pimped-out-by-the-oligarchy, political or media creature was stirring, not even my own NY senators and rep!
I am away on vacation, despite remnants of the flu, lower back stress and a job that is thin-ice, one part-time day at a time precarious. I desperately needed a vacation since this bottom rung corporate job is as empathyless-ly and amorally run as our country. I am happy at long last to be around long-distance family. Nonetheless I am having fitful dreams along with bouts of insomnia about the deterioration of what used to be the American republic. Read more about Will I Spend My Retirement in a DHS Internment Facility?
This is a re-post from 1-10-11. Almost a year ago. With the ever-increassing militarization of our government Gitmo as of this month has become all the more profoundly entrenched and revitalized. Conveniently useful now for internment of our own most heroic citizens of conscience who can (and will) be declared "belligerent" on the "say so" of someone in the administration and then efficiently and unconstitutionally (but that doesn't matter to the President and the vast majority of Congress) "disappeared" there (or elsewhere) forever without right and access to legal support and protection.
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Occupy Wall Street (OWS) raises the issue of emerging oligarchy, based on wealth inequality, taking control of democracies worldwide through a small global elite composed of the very rich, powerful corporate executives in financial multinationals and other global conglomerates, and their allies in international financial organizations like the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, and the Bank of International Settlements (BIS). Read more about Ruck.us and the Emerging Oligarchy
[Re-post from 11/10/2010]
The Bush and Obama regimes have made Swiss cheese out of the U.S. Constitution. Now it’s apparently time to say goodbye to the First Amendment and a big hello to the United Police States of America.
They say the final stage of the slippery slope -- the fast hardening of soft fascism -- escalates really fast. (Incidentally, Jon Stewart, why should I use my “inside voice” while I am being raped of my civil liberties?)
Ron Jacobs in CounterPunch makes the chilling comment: Read more about In Obamaland Assume Ostrich Stance or the FBI Will Come A-Hard-Knuckle-Knocking On Your Door!
an open letter to President Barack Obama
from his Primary Challenger, Aldous C. Tyler
Greetings, Mr. President,
When I consider where this nation was four years ago, I can’t help but shake my head and smile at how things have actually turned out. At this point back then, the only real question in Presidential politics seemed to be who would get the Republican nomination for President to run against Hillary Clinton, who was assumed to be predestined for the Democratic nomination. Those of us who even knew of you, sir, had no real hope of getting you past the Clinton election machine, it seemed. Read more about A Matter of Trust: Why Don't Democratic Leaders Believe in Democracy?