Working in Bare Feet
If I could live again - I will travel light, If I could live again - I'll try to work bare feet at the beginning of spring till the end of autumn. Jorge Luis Borges, Instants
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Your Tax Dollars at Work
The Raw Story
"The U.S. Navy has decided to spend as much as $600,000 for landscaping and architectural modifications to obscure the fact that one its building complexes looks like a swastika from the air," Tony Perry reports in Monday's edition of the LA Times. "The four L-shaped buildings, constructed in the late 1960s, are part of the amphibious base at Coronado and serve as barracks for Seabees." More ...
How often should you see your doctor?
No woo today. The Archives of Internal Medicine, the same journal that brought you yesterday’s acupuncture article, also had a study of the cost of annual exams by your primary care doctor. It turns out it’s expensive. But expensive for whom? It has never been determined how often “everyone” should see their doctor. It seems obvious that sicker people should go more often, and healthy people less often. But it would be essentially impossible to design a good study to answer this question. More ....
Friday, September 14, 2007
Move America Forward is as fake as Bush's Military Record
The pro-war organization Move America Forward is a sleaze machine run by Russo Marsh & Rogers, a GOP consultation firm that made its bones using political gutter tactics camouflaged under an explosion of patriotic icons. This organization has ties to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth group that attacked John Kerry's documented military record.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Sometimes, when I am particularly depressed, I ascribe our behavior to stupidity—the stupidity of our leadership, the stupidity of our culture. Thirty years ago we suffered military defeat—fighting an unwinnable war against a country about which we knew nothing and in which we had no vital interests at stake.
Arthur Schlesinger Jr., The
Tennessee Congressperson Blackburn
After hearing Tennessee Congressperson Blackburn speak for a second time, I must say that I've heard more intelligent commentary spoken by a Tickle-Me Elmo doll.
I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. John Stewart Mill
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
At the most chaotic juncture in Iraq's civil war, a new law is unveiled that would allow Shell and BP to claim the country's vast oil reserves. Immediately following September 11, the Bush Administration quietly out-sources the running of the "War on Terror" to Halliburton and Blackwater. After a powerful tsunami devastates the coasts of Southeast Asia, the pristine beaches are auctioned off to tourist resorts. New Orleans's residents, still scattered from Hurricane Katrina, discover that their public housing, hospitals and schools will never be reopened. More ...
In a few short years, the complex [disaster capitalism] has already expanded its market reach from fighting terrorism to international peacekeeping, to municipal policing, to responding to increasingly frequent natural disasters. The ultimate goal for the corporations at the centre of the complex is to bring the model of for-profit government, which advances so rapidly in extraordinary circumstances, into the ordinary functioning of the state - in effect, to privatise the government.The Shock Doctrine
Excerpt from Shock Doctrine
by Naomi Klein
Childrens' Dental Health Protected
American Dental Association
The House and Senate have passed versions of legislation reauthorizing the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, but both met with disapproval from the White House, which objects to expanding the program. House and Senate conferees will meet this month to iron out differences. Whether the president follows through on his veto threat remains to be seen. Our grassroots advocacy team, responding to a series of ADA action alerts, was instrumental in ensuring that important dental provisions remained in the respective bills. Not only were our efforts successful, but several members of Congress spoke during the debates about the need for dental care for SCHIP-eligible children. The most important provision in the House version is a federal dental guarantee for eligible children. Most states currently offer a dental benefit, but it's not required under federal law. The Senate bill is more complicated. While it doesn’t include the dental guarantee provision, the Senate did include $200 million in grants for states to improve SCHIP dental programs.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services last month surprised enrollees, patient advocates and state government officials with new, tougher guidelines on how states may use SCHIP funds to pay for health (and dental) benefits for children in families with incomes greater than 250% of the federal poverty level. The new guidelines are part of the Bush Administration's efforts to refocus SCHIP on lower-income people. Some state officials believe the new regulation sets unattainable requirements and would force at least 12 states to modify plans to revoke coverage and in the process lower the amount of federal dollars those states receive. We’re reviewing this new regulation to determine its full impact. This development also could affect SCHIP legislation currently under consideration in Congress.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Our single-minded focus after 9-11 should have been to bring the al quiada terrorists and osama bin laden to righteous American justice. What did Duyba do to avenge the thousands of American dead? He facilitated the transfer of billions in taxpayer dollars to his corporate friends in Halliburton, KBR, and Blackwater Security. Impeach Bush Now!
Monday, September 03, 2007
International Red Cross: War Crimes at Abu Ghraib
History Will Not Absolve Us
The Village Voice Aug 28, 2007
If and when there's the equivalent of an international Nuremberg trial for the American perpetrators of crimes against humanity in Guantánamo, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the CIA's secret prisons, there will be mounds of evidence available from documented international reports by human-rights organizations, including an arm of the European parliament...
[A] former CIA officer: "When you cross over that line of darkness, it's hard to come back. You lose your soul. You can do your best to justify it, but . . . you can't go back to that dark a place without it changing you."
If we, the people, are ultimately condemned by a world court for our complicity and silence in these war crimes, we can always try to echo those Germans who claimed not to know what Hitler and his enforcers were doing. But in Nazi Germany, people had no way of insisting on finding out what happened to their disappeared neighbors. Full report ...* Abu Ghraib painting by Fransisco Botero (more in series)
The only way for us to avoid complicity in this "crime against humanity" is to force our government to launch a full and complete investigation into the abuses of human rights carried out by the Bush/Cheney/Gonzales triumvirate. "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil," cautioned Edmund Burke, "is that good men do nothing."