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"Mandatory warning label to place on every newborn human upon birth"

Wise words: "One person dressed as a badger might just redeem Meet The Press."

Lost Career Opportunities
By Charles P. Pierce
at 9:47am


Personally, I don't think we're anywhere near as imaginative as we need to be in employing ridicule in our politics. One person dressed as a badger might just redeem Meet The Press.


http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Political_Zoology?src=rss

Mitt's "CHEAP THRILLS"

HOLDING COMPANY

The man who was almost president




"The White House staff is similar to a holding company with a large collection of offices, each of which has its own set of responsibilities, constituents, and work flows," says a slide that would have been part of a victorious Romney's post-Election Day briefing. "It is a holding company with three main divisions." Those divisions were to be "'Care & Feeding Offices,' like speechwriting, 'Policy Offices,' like the National Security Council, and 'Packaging & Selling Offices,' like the office of the press secretary."

In addition to "restructuring White House operation's to suit Romney's corporate management style, with clear deliverables," Miller says R2P recommended "corporate-style training seminars" intended to teach appointees and nominees "management skills" before the inauguration, the extensive use of flow charts to "achieve unity," and the installation of a deputy chief of staff for Cabinet oversight to "systematically (assess) the efforts of their (Cabinet secretaries') departments in contributing to (Romney's])priorities and objectives." And, of course, the agenda included plans to repeal Obamacare, reform the tax code, and loosen federal regulations, as the Republican candidate vowed to do during his campaign. Unfortunately for Romney & Co., voters decided to put a pin in all that indefinitely.

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the rest:
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/06/romneys-transition-team-releases-agenda.html

hahahahah: Jennifer Rubin: Bush Demanded 'Accountability and Candor' on Plame Leak

Jennifer Rubin: Bush Demanded 'Accountability and Candor' on Plame Leak


Maybe Rubin could do a little reading here http://crooksandliars.com/2007/01/23/libby-sacrificed-to-save-rove, and here, http://crooksandliars.com/2007/08/19/matt-cooper-says-rove-did-leak-valerie-plames-identity-to-him and here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/03/patrick-fitzgerald-legacy_n_1575631.html to refresh her memory about the Plame affair and whether Karl Rove told the truth to the grand jury.

And I hate to break it to Rubin, but Lois Lerner, the Bush appointee who took the Fifth when asked to testify before Issa's committee, is not one of President Obama's "people."

video, transcript & more:
http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/jennifer-rubin-bush-demanded-accountabilit

It's official: poverty bad for health

QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥65 Years Who Reported Excellent or Very Good Health,* by Selected Race/Ethnicity† and Poverty Status§ — National Health Interview Survey, 2009–2011¶
Weekly
May 31, 2013 / 62(21);431



more:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6221a5.htm?s_cid=mm6221a5_e
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/06/03/1213364/-It-s-official-poverty-bad-for-health

Robert Gibbs: Darrell Issa made himself ‘the biggest joke in all of Washington’

Source: Raw Story

“Darrell Issa should call Jay Carney and apologize this morning,” Gibbs told MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Monday. “He’s laying out the charge and then saying it might be true. And then he’s saying, ‘As the investigator, I know where I want to get, now I’m just getting around to proving it.’”

“I mean, it’s a stunning thing. It’s why five people in this town take Darrell Issa seriously. And it’s the surest bet that the Republicans are very much on the verge of overplaying their hand publicly and that the American people will lose interest in their side of this,” he added. “To throw around the words liar and perjury as easily as he did is shameful. And if he’s got information that these people lied, he should put it out there today.”

Co-host Mika Brzezinski pointed out that “Darrell Issa just kind of took it down to a level that makes us all just want to walk away and ignore it.”

“It shows how unserious he is about investigating anything,” Gibbs agreed. “The notion that he’s in charge of — quote — Government Oversight might now be the biggest joke in all of Washington.”

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/06/03/robert-gibbs-darrell-issa-made-himself-the-biggest-joke-in-all-of-washington/

Large Group Of Mormons Joins Salt Lake City Gay Pride Parade

Source: Talking Points Memo



Some 400 people from the grassroots group Mormons Building Bridges marched under a banner reading “Family Reunion” in the annual parade in Salt Lake City.

Last year, their participation marked the first time such a large group of Mormons had joined the parade.

Mormons Building Bridges organizer Erika Munson told The Salt Lake Tribune (http://bit.ly/1aSR16q ) that the group and others have helped change public attitudes toward gay people. She notes bishops no longer excommunicate members who come out.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints still teaches its members that marriage is between a man and a woman, and that same-sex relationships are sinful. But the church recently launched a campaign encouraging members to be more compassionate toward gay and lesbian members of the church.

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/large-group-of-mormons-joins-salt-lake-city-gay-pride-parade.php?ref=fpb

Markets Erode Moral Values

Markets Erode Moral Values
Researchers from the Universities of Bamberg and Bonn present causal evidence on how markets affect moral values


Many people express objections against child labor, exploitation of the workforce or meat production involving cruelty against animals. At the same time, however, people ignore their own moral standards when acting as market participants, searching for the cheapest electronics, fashion or food. Thus, markets reduce moral concerns. This is the main result of an experiment conducted by economists from the Universities of Bonn and Bamberg. The results are presented in the latest issue of the renowned journal “Science”.

Prof. Dr. Armin Falk from the University of Bonn and Prof. Dr. Nora Szech from the University of Bamberg, both economists, have shown in an experiment that markets erode moral concerns. In comparison to non-market decisions, moral standards are significantly lower if people participate in markets.


In markets, people ignore their individual moral standards

"Our results show that market participants violate their own moral standards," says Prof. Falk. In a number of different experiments, several hundred subjects were confronted with the moral decision between receiving a monetary amount and killing a mouse versus saving the life of a mouse and foregoing the monetary amount. "It is important to understand what role markets and other institutions play in moral decision making. This is a question economists have to deal with," says Prof. Szech.

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more:
http://www3.uni-bonn.de/Press-releases/markets-erode-moral-values

The Geezers Are All Right - by Paul Krugman

The Geezers Are All Right

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So what are we looking at here? The latest projections show the combined cost of Social Security and Medicare rising by a bit more than 3 percent of G.D.P. between now and 2035, and that number could easily come down with more effort on the health care front. Now, 3 percent of G.D.P. is a big number, but it’s not an economy-crushing number. The United States could, for example, close that gap entirely through tax increases, with no reduction in benefits at all, and still have one of the lowest overall tax rates in the advanced world.

But haven’t all the great and the good been telling us that Social Security and Medicare as we know them are unsustainable, that they must be totally revamped — and made much less generous? Why yes, they have; they’ve also been telling us that we must slash spending right away or we’ll face a Greek-style fiscal crisis. They were wrong about that, and they’re wrong about the longer run, too.

The truth is that the long-term outlook for Social Security and Medicare, while not great, actually isn’t all that bad. It’s time to stop obsessing about how we’ll pay benefits to retirees in 2035 and focus instead on how we’re going to provide jobs to unemployed Americans in the here and now.

the rest:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/03/opinion/krugman-the-geezers-are-all-right.html?smid=tw-NytimesKrugman&seid=auto

The True Size of the Student Debt Crisis



http://billmoyers.com/2013/06/02/the-true-size-of-the-student-debt-crisis/
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