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    Healthcare: What's So Wrong with Having Government Protection?

    BENEATH THE SPIN • ERIC L. WATTREE Healthcare: What's So Wrong with Having Government Protection? Those in congress who are protecting the insurance industry from government intrusion are doing a great job - of protecting their campaign contributions. They've...
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    Ready, Aim, Sing!!!

    I'm back in the office today, still packing up for the move to new digs across campus.  UGH!  But I had a marvelous weekend at the Newport Folk Festival...(nobody calls it by its new "official' name)...the 50th Anniversary Year.  You...
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    Newly minted pennies to celebrate Lincoln's 200th birthday out today. Kill the penney instead!

    A penny today costs between 1.4 and 1.7 cents to mint.  The coin is largely zinc now, the mining of which  causes great environmental degradation.  Billions (4.6 billion, I think) are minted each year, but most are stashed in jars and...

    RIPPER'S DC TRIP: First Thoughts

    First, thanks to all who contributed to send Gumbun and me to the Healthcare Now! single payer rally last week. Special thanks to Gumbun for standing up so tall for this issue and to Jason for going above and beyond...
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    "Stop the Bleeding!" First a Cure, then Recovery for Health Care System

    The fact that most other industrialized countries are spending 50% less and receiving better care would seem to indicate that there is a structural failure in our health care system. Wild guess here, but I'm betting that a "health INSURANCE...
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    My Words on Bill Moyers' Lips - I'm Speechless

    (So there's no confusion about the way it's worded, this is a cross-post of my original blog at Ramona's Voices.) I missed Bill Moyers Journal on Friday night, and I was away from home all day yesterday until about 8...
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    Cannot we all just take five minutes and wish the other person well.

    Over the last year, only one person has indicated to me that they would rather I not quote them or cite them in any of my blogs or comments.  Amazing that so many people have no self respect!!!  ...
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    TPMCafé Reader Voices | August 01, 2009 5:18 PDT

    From the front page of TPM . . . August 01, 2009 5:18 PDT . . .  TPMCafé Reader Voices 50recs OldenGoldenDecoyBill Moyers Points to TPM Cafe Over Wendell Potter Interview 15recs Rowan WolfKudos to Ramona! 12recs OrlandoCongressman Mark Souder...
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    Obesity in America - a personal story

    Yep, I'm obese. It's such an ugly word. It's hard for me to write it. I prefer overweight, but by definition, since I weigh more than 20% more than I should, obese is the correct term. At 5' 3" I...
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    Why is President Obama Losing Momentum in the Polls?

    BENEATH THE SPIN • ERIC L. WATTREE Why is President Obama Losing Momentum in the Polls? President Obama is beginning to lose the politically essential enthusiasm of many independent voters. The primary reason for that is that he seems to...
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    Bill Moyers Points to TPM Cafe Over Wendell Potter Interview

       Hmmmm . . . This is GREAT to see . . .Very very interesting . . .And big huge THANKS goes out to Ramona for her efforts here in her blog . . .Bill Moyers shines light on the...
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    SATAN NEVER SLEEPS

    Titles: Satan Never SleepsIf you recall Clifton Webb and William Holden are priests attempting to spread Christian Truths to the Chinese Barbarians in 1949 China while Holden battles his...er...manhood.Now you might ask, what has this to do with anything?...
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    "It's All in the Wrist" a new Health Care Advocate Strategy

    As we've been reminded over and over, our representatives are going to be "checking the temperature" in their constituencies back home during the August Recess.  If your state is anything like my birth state (I am an American Citizen, honest),...
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    Are we sure there was a single pay rally???

    Did I miss something? Did anyone see anything on msm indicating there was a single pay rally yesterday? There's not even anything on the TPM front page is there? What is up with that?***Edit:  If you have seen or heard...
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    FANNING THE FLAMES OF POPULIST IRE

    The storming of the Winter Palace, St Petersburg, Russian I would tell you to take the following with a grain of salt. I am out of tobacco for the next 36 hours and it has been a little blue...
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    http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/09/medicareadvantage/index.shtml#TOC

    So it's basically what I originally said . . .Your opinion is based on your anecdotal observations of other systems in other countries totally unrelated to the system of Medicare here in the good ol' U.S..Well ... As you no...
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    First the "Birthers," now the "Deathers." Seriously.

    Here is an editorial from yesterday's Washington Times explaining how "Obama's" health plan equals euthanasia.  It is evil to scare so many old people this way.  Obama even got the question at a health care event on Wednesday. Thank you,...
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    It's Time for a Congressional Housecleaning

    BENEATH THE SPIN • ERIC L. WATTREE It's Time for a Congressional Housecleaning It's become increasingly obvious that simply taking away control of congress from the GOP wasn't quite good enough to disengage the corpo-congressional alliance. Self-service has now become...
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    Chinese Checkers

    Between 1947 and 1967, this was a somewhat accurate image, as the distribution of income made the population look more and more like a bell curve with each passing year. Yet since 1967, this story has reversed course. For...

    Honduras, Myth vs. Reality - a challenge to journalists.

    Not since the Iraq war have so many journalists written so many stories based on facts that simply don't add up. From Fox news to our own TPM, assertions are being presented about the Honduran situation as fact that can...
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    Deep thought: Will Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich) now offer a bill that Sergeant Crowley needs to offer an apology to Lucia Whalen?

    McCotter wants there to be checks and balances in the Gate-gate affair, and wants the President to apologize to Crowley.  He scolded the President for not having his fact-ducks in a row before he castigated Officer Crowley and maligned the Cambridge...
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    "Be Prepared": the motto of a good scout

    When I first came to TPM I wrote a lot -- perhaps ad nauseum -- about the contrast between FEMA and insurance company response to Hurricane Hugo -- in Charleston, SC, in1989 -- and to Hurricane Ivan, which pulverized...
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    The Wacko Wingers: We "...will not put seniors in a position of being put to death by their government"???

      Did anyone see that UFO fly through here? Ah YES! The latest scare mongering BS coming out of the right . . .You know they are really feeling the heat when they get this far down in the toilet....
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    That Jefferson - What a Spoilsport

    We are still frantically thumping our chests, pretending that America is alive and well, while the rest of the world sees us as we really are--a sad and sorry lot. But ain't we got fun. . .?
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    "The Takeaway" Becomes the Throwaway (Updated)

    The Radio and Internet as news source have certain faults.  When I read something stupid, offensive,slanderous or all three in print media, I can turn it to good use:  I can use it  to clean windows, or pickup hairballs, or...

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