Like lambert ...
I wonder what 40 acres and a mule would be, compounded, to pick the starting point if the country had managed to do Reconstruction right by doing land reform instead of wage labor and then sharecropping.
... I sometimes find myself starting at 40 acres and a mule and projecting forward. Read more about What would reparations look like?
On the other hand, it's not everybody who can afford to run an outfit that truly does investigative journalism, but... Read more about Support Arthur Silber (and cats), support the USPS, ditch PayPal
There are other reasons to leave the land and move to the big city, other reasons to decide to not be a farmer, but this is important:
BILL MOYERS: When you and I were born in 1934 there were almost seven million family farms in this country. There are now roughly around two million family farms and most of us are further away from the foundations of nature than we’ve ever been.
On July 30, 2013, Medicare will turn 48 years old. To celebrate, I'm outsourcing this post.
From an op-ed in last year's Houston Chronicle, written by a Texas physician, because never forget that Medicare was brought to you by a president from Texas: Read more about Happy Birthday, Medicare! Teh Dartmouth Atlas, some peeps shredz it 4 U!
We made some real progress on both those fronts some decades ago, although these social achievements were overshadowed by the horrific war we were waging at the same time. Read more about "Their care is necessary. Their poverty is not."
A lolcat GIFt for you, because the Dartmouth Atlas "researchers" really ought to be laughed off the face of the earth, for this, if for no other reason: Read more about Happy Birthday, Medicare! Teh Dartmouth Atlas, I shredz it 4 U!
Take a page from the Republican play book: have your candidates for office sign a pledge and then hold them to it.
The pledge? Bring back pork barrel spending. Bring home the Federal dollars to your district or state. Tax the rich to pay for it.
It's not really a true jobs guarantee program, and it would be a far far better thing if they spend the money on stuff we really need, but even bridges to nowhere provide jobs, plus they're less morally objectionable than, say, drone manufacturing. Read more about Want more and better Democrats in Congress?
The Dartmouth Atlas is a decades-long project that has primarily documented that some dead old people are more expensive than others and that some parts of the country seem to have more expensive dead old people than do other parts of the country. Read more about Friday Cat Blogging: Dartmouth Atlas of Dead People edition
Corrente | If you have "no place to go," come here! is an apt description of how I got here in the first place, being at the time (the 2008 primaries) a Hillary supporter surrounded by Obama Fan Club members, on the internet, at least, but I found other like-minded people here.
This was followed closely by the Financial Meltdown and there really was no one place where you could find good information - except here. And too, I was a new convert to the idea of single payer, but who was talking about that? Nobody - except Corrente.
All this has to be paid for somehow, and I knew that the US printed its own money, but beyond sort of fuzzily realizing that, how did that work? Ha! Some Correnteans not only wrote about it here, they even organized a conference.
But life is not all politics and economics and activism, and neither is Corrente. Read more about This Christmas, Give the Gift of Corrente
The AMA has come out in favor of voucherizing Medicare.
The Council recommends that the AMA support transitioning Medicare to a defined contribution program that would enable beneficiaries to purchase coverage of their choice through a Medicare exchange of competing health insurance plans.
Hey, I didn't make up that blog post title, somebody else did. It's a nice explication of how flu viruses work, and includes a salutary bit of browbeating too.
h/t to athena1 for reminding me that i don't read nsfwcorp often enough. Read more about "Experts: If You Don't Get A Flu Shot, You're Stupid. And A Dick"
Can I have a Halloween do-over post? Black cats are iconic, but... bats! That's a Lesser Long-nosed Bat and not only is it cute as the dickens, Read more about I don't think these are hummingbirds, Toto...