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"Dems Play with Private Insurance Industry, Get Burnt"

Wendall Potter is a hero. I've wondered how the insurance industry would react if the individual mandate was struck down, but the rest of the ACA remains. It seems the health/profit insurance industry fears that scenario the most.

Et tu, Ron?

As President Obama read former Aetna CEO Ron Williamsí op-ed in The Wall Street Journal renouncing his support for a key provision of the health care reform law, he must have felt like Julius Caesar when Caesar realized, as he drew his last breath, that his close friend Brutus was in cahoots with his assassins.

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Williamsí op-ed would never have appeared in the Journal if industry leaders werenít nervous about what the high court will do. Their worst fear is that the mandate will be struck down but the rest of the law will be allowed to go forward. Knowing they canít rely on Obama and the Democrats to get rid of the new regulations and consumer protections under that scenario ó theyíve tried without much success so far ó they will need to help flip the White House and the Senate to Republican control to be certain the job gets done.

Williamsí real audience for that op-ed was Republicans lawmakers and kingmakers. It was a signal to the GOP that the industryís brief and often rocky affair with Obama is over and done with, that they were just playing the Democrats all along.


http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/06/25-11

Drones... the future of journalism?!?!

Rupert Murdoch lost his News of the World "news"paper over phone hacking. Tampering with an individual's personal phone in order to get the story, in the UK, is not condoned. But what if the surveillance equipment wasn't the personal property of the target? It appears that in the US, our journalism schools are now teaching students how to conduct surveillance via drones.

http://www.fastcompany.com/1835533/why-flying-drones-are-the-future-of-journalism

This looks like a good new HBO series



Recount officially ordered in Wisconsin

This is for the one seat that gives the Dems a small minority in the state Senate.

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entries/recount-officially-ordered-in-wisconsin-state-senate-recall

McCain recognizes systemic corruption and calls for regulation...

in boxing. I guess he couldn't think of any other areas that are plagued with corruption and affect so many Americans' lives. Our Senators sure do have a lot of time on their hands.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-congress/2012/06/mccain-boxing-corrupt-in-need-of-regulation-126539.html

What's going on with the John Doe investigation of Walker?

Does "winning" the recall stop the investigation?

Why do our universities and government need to be run like a business

when the best and the brightest in business (Wall Street) ran the world's economies off a cliff?

Here's another example of university suffering from this failed run-it-like-a-business mantra:

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/hey_wait_a_minute/2012/06/teresa_sullivan_fired_from_uva_what_happens_when_universities_are_run_by_robber_barons_.single.html

Silver linings, small as they may be...

The failed Recall, the women-hating news, waiting for the ACA decision from the SCOTUS is like a huge dark cloud... BUT...

Some things give me an immense amount of child-like joy, almost glee. One of those things is getting the exactly correct amount of milk to cookie ratio. It's difficult to get this measurement right as my cookie portions often vary, and then it's hard to gauge the milk portion. But tonight, I nailed it.

Kay, who else will share a small pleasure to take the mind off the dark clouds?

This is why we can't have nice things...

A draft agreement leaked Wednesday shows the Obama administration is pushing a secretive trade agreement that could vastly expand corporate power and directly contradict a 2008 campaign promise by President Obama. A U.S. proposal for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact between the United States and eight Pacific nations would allow foreign corporations operating in the U.S. to appeal key regulations to an international tribunal. The body would have the power to override U.S. law and issue penalties for failure to comply with its ruling. We speak to Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizenís Global Trade Watch, a fair trade group that posted the leaked documents on its website. "This isnít just a bad trade agreement," Wallach says. "This is a 'one-percenter' power tool that could rip up our basic needs and rights."


http://www.democracynow.org/2012/6/14/breaking_08_pledge_leaked_trade_doc

Four years ago, Cedar Rapids, Iowa flooded.

Large portions of the city were lost. I'm not sure how other countries can rebuild and prosper after all-out warfare that include things like fire-bombing, yet cities in the US can't rebuild after floods.

http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/Four-Years-Later-Remembering-the-Flood-158875925.html

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