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Patti Smith on mourning Lou Reed: Lou had chosen the perfect day to set sail—the day of poets

Patti Smith on mourning Lou Reed:

As I mourned by the sea, two images came to mind, watermarking the
paper- colored sky. The first was the face of his wife, Laurie. She was
his mirror; in her eyes you can see his kindness, sincerity, and
empathy. The second was the “great big clipper ship” that he longed to
board, from the lyrics of his masterpiece, “Heroin.” I envisioned it
waiting for him beneath the constellation formed by the souls of the
poets he so wished to join. Before I slept, I searched for the
significance of the date—October 27th—and found it to be the birthday of
both Dylan Thomas and Sylvia Plath. Lou had chosen the perfect day to
set sail—the day of poets, on Sunday morning, the world behind him.

more, just beautiful,

Biden: “Everything they talk about, without exaggeration, is about turning back"

Joe Biden: Ken Cuccinelli's views ‘from another era’

Cuccinelli, Biden continued, is a candidate “whose views on women, you know them well but I think it’s fair to say, are from another era. I mean literally from another era.”


“Everything they talk about, without exaggeration, is about turning back what the rest of the country and the world thinks is progress,” Biden said. “It’s hard to fathom this state being led by a man who rejects all that this new thinking stands for. The whole nation is looking at this race, that’s not hyperbole.”

A Quinnipiac University poll out Monday found McAuliffe leading Cuccinelli by six points, 46-40 percent. Biden urged Democrats not to get complacent.

“There’s only one place the tea party can compete with us,” he said. “And that is, they do turn out their base, they do turn out those who share those views out of the ’30s and ’40s and ’50s. That’s what it is. Don’t take this for granted.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/joe-biden-ken-cuccinelli-terry-mcauliffe-virginia-governor-99314.html#ixzz2jj7IRSPj

If Jesus Were GOP...


What the 1 percent thinks about you---You can just eat cake when you get old.

MON NOV 04, 2013 AT 02:39 PM PST
What the 1 percent thinks about you
byJoan McCarterFollow

It's all so easy if you're part of the one percent.

(Reuters) - I asked a financial services executive recently how our retirement saving system can be considered a success, considering that all but the highest-income households are approaching retirement with next to nothing saved.

His reply: "They don't have any money while they're working, so why would they have any money in retirement?"

It's just that simple. If, like 45 percent of Americans, you're of working age and you don't have a retirement plan, well that's your problem. You can just eat cake when you get old. Because the only the rich deserve to have comfortable retirements.


New data: Conservatives & moguls spending huge sums to turn schools into Wall Street profit centers

Chris Christie’s demented “you people” movement: The right’s school-for-cash obsession
New data proves conservatives and moguls are spending huge sums to turn schools into Wall Street profit centers



As I have previously reported, five years ago, the school system here was turned into a Wall Street profit center and prospective campaign contribution engine by then-school superintendent Michael Bennet. Bennet had zero experience in education policy when he came into the job, but he did have vast business connections from his tenure as a corporate raider for Anschutz, the right-wing billionaire. He put that to work when in 2008 he orchestrated a pension financing deal that made Wall Street banks so much money and cost the school system so much cash it became a national cautionary tale on the front page of the New York Times. Bennet, though, was long gone by the time the destruction was evident. Within a year of the original deal, he was on his way to getting handsomely repaid for his work, with the financial industry that his scheme enriched conveniently serving as one of his top U.S. Senate campaign contributors.

The school budget crisis this scheme exacerbated has empowered billionaires’ foundations to leverage their wealth in the name of corporatist ideology. With Denver schools especially strapped for cash in the wake of Bennet’s scheme, the Waltons, the Gateses and others have in the Denver Public School system a perfect target. The schools’ budget crisis makes local schools particularly willing to trade education policymaking – say, tearing up a school’s union contract – for the much-needed operating cash that foundations provide. Under the rule of this oligarchy, Denver has for years now been on a pro-charter-school, anti-union tear. Despite data showing that such ideology has often produced terrible academic results in Denver, the corporate “reforms” have nonetheless been loyally backed by the city’s corruption-plagued school board. Even by modern standards, that oligarchy-serving corruption is breathtaking, as Denver school board members moonlight in jobs that give them personal financial interests in anti-public-school “reforms.” As I recently reported:

(The school board’s) current president is paid by a private education foundation whose stated goal is to put more public money into privately run charter schools. It’s immediate past president resigned to go work for a private education foundation that does business with the school district. Another of its board members runs a foundation that gets money from the school district. A previous board member went from the board to a run a group looking to bring more corporate influence into the school system. And now another leading candidate for a board vacancy, the pro-voucher former lieutenant governor Barbara O’Brien, says that even if she wins the board seat, she will ignore concerns about self-dealing and remain the paid executive director of a pro-charter foundation to which the school board gives public money.

All of this has created a political climate where corruption and conflicts of interest are just right out in the open. In this local oligarchy, nobody even tries to hide what’s really going on. There simply is no shame anymore – nor is there any pretense surrounding what education politics is now really all about. To see that in action, consider this year’s school board candidate Michael Johnson.


Sen. Heller’s support for ENDA kills GOP hopes for filibustering LGBT rights bill

Source: Raw Story

On Monday, Democrats found their 60th vote when Heller announced that he would also be backing the bill.

“After listening to Nevadans’ concerns about this issue from a variety of viewpoints and after numerous conversations with my colleagues, I feel that supporting this legislation is the right thing to do,” Heller said in a statement. “Under the leadership of this Governor, as well as the legislature over the past several years, Nevada has established a solid foundation of anti-discrimination laws.”

“This legislation raises the federal standards to match what we have come to expect in Nevada, which is that discrimination must not be tolerated under any circumstance,” he added.

Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) has also suggested that he may back ENDA so there could be a few Republicans joining the Democrats by the time the vote is taken on Monday.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/11/04/sen-hellers-support-for-enda-kills-gop-hopes-for-filibustering-lgbt-rights-bill/


1984 Arrives: UK cops officially detained David Miranda for thoughtcrime

crimethink - All crimes begin with a thought. So, if you control thought, you can control crime. "Thoughtcrime is death. Thoughtcrime does not entail death, Thoughtcrime is death.... The essential crime that contains all others in itself."

UK cops officially detained David Miranda for thoughtcrime
Cory Doctorow at 7:45 pm Sun, Nov 3, 2013 • 38 •

David Miranda is journalist Glenn Greenwald's boyfriend, but he's best known for being detained under the Section 7 of the UK Terrorism Act while changing planes at Heathrow. The cops held Miranda for nine hours, the maximum allowed under law, without access to counsel, using powers intended to allow the detention of people suspected of connections to terrorism. But it was clear to everyone that Miranda wasn't connected to terrorism -- rather, the UK establishment was attempting to intimidate people connected to the Snowden leaks through arbitrary detention and harassment.

Now that Miranda's lawyers are chasing down the people responsible, we're getting a more detailed picture of the process that led up to Miranda's detention. Before a Section 7 detention takes place, British cops have to file a form called a Port Circular Notice, and several drafts of the Notice used to detain Miranda have come to light.

The final draft argues that Miranda should be detained under terrorism law because "...the disclosure or threat of disclosure is designed to influence a government, and is made for the purpose of promoting a political or ideological cause. This therefore falls within the definition of terrorism."

In other words: thoughtcrime.

the rest:

West Point Hosts First Ever Male Same Sex Wedding in Military Academys History

Two former male West Point cadets wed on Saturday at The United States Military Academy’s Cadet Chapel. This was the first time two men have married at the house of worship in West Point’s history.

The couple, 28 year old Larry Choate III, who graduated in 2009, and 27 year old Daniel Lennox, a member of the 2007 class, tied the knot in front of 20 guests, The Atlantic Wire reported.

West Point graduate Larry Lennox-Choate, left, and Daniel Lennox-Choate, leave church following their wedding ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at the U.S. Military Academy’s Cadet Chapel (Credit: AP Photo/Jill Knight)

“It’s maybe one more barrier that’s pushed over a little bit, or maybe one more glass ceiling that’s shattered that makes it easier for the next couple,” Choate told The Associated Press on Friday.


Two previous same-sex weddings involving female couples were held late last year, however Choate’s and Lennox’s ceremony marked the first time two men married at the site.


Special Investigation: How Insurers Are Hiding Obamacare Benefits From Customers

"The info that we were sent by LifeWise was totally bogus. Why the heck did they try to screw us?" Donna said. "People who are afraid of the ACA should be much more afraid of the insurance companies who will exploit their fear and end up overcharging them."


Across the country, insurance companies have sent misleading letters to consumers, trying to lock them into the companies' own, sometimes more expensive health insurance plans rather than let them shop for insurance and tax credits on the Obamacare marketplaces -- which could lead to people like Donna spending thousands more for insurance than the law intended. In some cases, mentions of the marketplace in those letters are relegated to a mere footnote, which can be easily overlooked.

The extreme lengths to which some insurance companies are going to hold on to existing customers at higher price, as the Affordable Care Act fundamentally re-orders the individual insurance market, has caught the attention of state insurance regulators.

The insurance companies argue that it's simply capitalism at work. But regulators don't see it that way. By warning customers that their health insurance plans are being canceled as a result of Obamacare and urging them to secure new insurance plans before the Obamacare launched on Oct. 1, these insurers put their customers at risk of enrolling in plans that were not as good or as affordable as what they could buy on the marketplaces.

TPM has confirmed two specific examples where companies contacted their customers prior to the marketplace's Oct. 1 opening and pushed them to renew their health coverage at a higher price than they would pay through the marketplace. State regulators identified the schemes, but they weren't necessarily able to stop them.


President Carter: "That's the closest I've come to getting into a fist fight with a head of state."

“The first time I came here to Cape Town I almost got in a fight with the president of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, because he was refusing to let Aids be treated,” Carter told the Sunday Times newspaper.

He said at the time, then-health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang was standing with Mbeki.

“That’s the closest I’ve come to getting into a fist fight with a head of state”.

Carter said he and Bill Gates senior were trying to convince Mbeki to at least provide antiretroviral treatment to pregnant women with Aids, “but Mbeki was against that”.

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