Well, well, well. I was looking over my money situation and realized I hadn't seen my annual estimate of Social Security benefits that's been coming every July for years. Hmm, I wondered, did I throw it in the wrong pile? Or did the feds cunningly decide to terminate this service as one more step in the path leading the American people to believe that Social Security will not be there for us and there's nothing we can do about it?
You guessed it!
Googling for "social security annual statement" got me to this helpful page, where the gummint explains that
In light of the current budget situation, we have suspended issuing Social Security Statements.
In today's New York Times there is an article by Jackie Calmes titled Rightward Tilt Leaves Obama With Party Rift. While it begins by addressing the discontent the Democratic base has with Obama it ends with this "reassuring" paragraph: Read more about Even Peggy Noonan of Murdoch's WSJ gets it!
I admit to still reading the NY Times on line. Today they published this article on the latest debt ceiling compromise proposal, containing 1223 words of horse-race coverage and 0 words about the actual proposal.
That's right, no information whatsoever about what's in the proposal, other than "new revenues" and "deep spending cuts."
This is a newspaper?
Even more distressing are some of the comments ("this is hopeful news", "looks like the grown-ups will prevail"). Read more about Why nobody knows anything
Meh, for me today it was 12 hrs with one client and four more with another on the west coast later before I can sleep, so this is going to be short. I'd like to fill the rest in as I respond in the comments, reading what you all have to say. But the question is: what supplements do you take? Vitamins? Oils, cremes, salves, teas, and any other delivery device that doesn't come from Big Pharma or Big Ag, that helps you feel better? Why do you take them? How did you learn about them? Why do you know they work? What scientific-standard of proof can you offer they do, if only in your case? Read more about What Supplements Do You Take, And Why?
Today, the MSM noticed that there's an issue of constitutionality related to the debt ceiling. Ryan Grim and Samuel Haass report that some Democratic Senators, including Chris Coons and Patty Murray, have begun to discuss. Read more about The Debt Ceiling Is Not Unconstitutional, Right Now!
Today, Fred Griesbach, AARP Campaigns sent me one of those unsolicited e-mails telling me all about AARP's wonderful work in defending Social Security and Medicare, and then asking me for a donation, so they could continue working their magic. Here's my reply.
I know about AARP's willingness to compromise on Medicare and Social Security for the sake of deficit reduction, and I'm Mad As Hell About it! Read more about AARP: I Know What You're Doing
(527 Obama-dumping days until 2012 election-Hugh's Obama's Scandals List)
It is not we who are the "media unpeople."
We get acknowledged and manipulated as the sheeple that we are by the media mouthpieces of the obscenely rich and black-hearted bastards of the universe. (Sorry, I stopped using nuance since Obama date-raped America and so many of his victims still refuse to admit it). Read more about 'Media Unpeople'
From Rolling Stone magazine, the latest in a rash of negative articles about Faux News:
How Roger Ailes Built the Fox News Fear Factory
The onetime Nixon operative has created the most profitable propaganda machine in history. Inside America's Unfair and Imbalanced Network
Fascinating look at Ailes career. One thing you learn is that political astroturf predates the Internet. Read more about Roger Ailes, the bad one
(553 Obama-dumping days until 2012 election-Hugh's Obama's Scandals List)
Pepe Escobar of Asia Times suggests the motivation for the alleged take-OUT not take-down of Osama Bin Ladin:
The hero, fully equipped, pumped up, is face to face with the real Osama bin Laden, unarmed, just out of bed, trapped in a drab room. There's no possible escape; the whole compound is "secured". This is it - the moment America has been dreaming about since September 11, 2001.
[Welcome Confluence readers! -- Lambert]
Sorry folks, there is no activism today. I'm still processing my feelings about the shocking developments of last Sunday evening.
What I've ultimately settled upon, after my initial excitement has faded, is a feeling of despair. Read more about A Feeling of Despair
note - the following is my theory of Donald Trump's presidential candidacy based on sheer speculation
Going back to 2008, there seemed to be some sort of understanding between General Electric and candidate Obama. Rachel Maddow got a show (I think Schultz's show did not come until after the election.)
From GE's point of view they needed a plan B. Judging from executive stock dumping, they knew that they had driven the company off the rails and would need a bail out, and must have felt out all the major presidential contenders. Obama must have given them some reassurance. Read more about The Donald Diversion