ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Facing March 31 deadline, Enroll America's Anne Filipic catapults the propaganda
If career "progressives" were worthy of my hatred, I'd hate them with the white hot intensity of a thousand suns. Fortunately for us all, they aren't. This story shows so much that's wrong with the good NPR-listening -- and very well-funded -- Lord and Lady Bountifuls who carry out Obama's policies. The press coverage is pretty soft-ball, too. Even McClatchy:
WASHINGTON — After an horrendous start and months of playing catch-up against a barrage of political attacks, Affordable Care Act supporters have hit the homestretch in their six-month effort to educate and enroll millions of Americans in health insurance.
"Supporters" implies that this "effort to educate and enroll" -- that is, close insurance sales -- is a grassroots effort. It's a well-funded effort that provides a shit ton of walking around money to Democratic operatives. Read below the fold...
We've recently seen the results of a settlement in the Ukraine, and a live debate has been proposed for Thailand. Below is a discussion of a similar proposal in Venezuela. While "to jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war," it's not clear that such events can resolve what are, in the end, crises of legitimacy. "All dreaded it, all sought to avert it…. And the war came." I'd welcome counter-examples.
Paul Jay of the Real News Network interviews Miguel Tinker-Salas, professor of History and Latin American studies at Pomona College in Claremont, California, and Alexander Main of CEPR:
Right now it reads:
II. Election Reform
4. Public Campaign Financing
5. Paper Ballots Counted in Public
6. Compulsory Voting
I'm wondering if I've got the wrong level of abstraction, here. Maybe something more like this: Read below the fold...
WaPo grabs some tidbits from the Clinton Library document dump:
1) Hillary Clinton said an individual mandate would be too risky
Clinton said in a 1993 meeting with Democratic lawmakers that an individual health insurance mandate would send "shock waves" through the American public.
That, I assume, was what the incredibly slow -- and lethal -- implementation of ObamaCare was designed to avoid. Read below the fold...
Here's the existing wording:
I. Stop the Bleeding
- A living wage
- Medicare for all
- Tax the rich
I wonder if we might toughen up compliance by adding some numbers in there. Something like: Read below the fold...
This excellent post at Macrobusiness -- an Australian finance blog -- puts it all together:
Bow to Davos Man, your homeless overlord
Economist Adam Smith wrote famously in 1776 that:
A merchant, it has been said very properly, is not necessarily a citizen of any particular country.
Over 200 years later, the head of Gillette, Al Zeien, espoused a similar view.
A global company views the world as a single country. We know that Argentina and France are different, but we treat them the same.
These quotes both highlight the global capitalist drive to accumulate profit in any market. But there is a difference between the two. Smith focuses on an economy in which capital flows between nations. Zeien alludes to an internationalism of capitalism into a singular global system that has occurred since the 1970s.
It is this very shift in capitalist accumulation that has created a new, transnational capitalist class. The formation of this class has evolved from the opening up of national economies and global integration since the Thatcher and Reagan era. Capital has become more mobile. This means that class formation is less and less tied to a particular nation-state or territory.
The transnational capitalist class is a global ruling class. It is a ruling class because it controls the levers of an emergent transnational apparatus and global decision-making. It is a new hegemonic bloc of various economic and political actors from both the global North and South, which has come out of the new conditions of global capitalism.
Well put and concise. Read below the fold...
The internet is fucked
o ahead, say it out loud. The internet is a utility.
There, you’ve just skipped past a quarter century of regulatory corruption and lawsuits that still rage to this day and arrived directly at the obvious conclusion. Internet access isn’t a luxury or a choice if you live and participate in the modern economy, it’s a requirement. Have you ever been in an office when the internet goes down? It’s like recess. My friend Paul Miller lived without the internet for a year and I’m still not entirely sure he’s recovered from the experience. The internet isn’t an adjunct to real life; it’s not another place. You don’t do things "on the internet," you just do things. The network is interwoven into every moment of our lives, and we should treat it that way.
""Common carrier rules are basically free speech.""
Yet the corporations that control internet access insist that they’re providing specialized services that are somehow different than water, power, and telephones. They point to crazy bullshit you don’t want or need like free email addresses and web hosting solutions and goofy personalized search screens as evidence that they’re actually providing "information" services instead of the more highly regulated "telecommunications" services. "Common carrier rules are basically free speech," says the Free Press’ Aaron. "We have all these protections for what happens over landline phones that we’re not extending to data, even though all these people under 25 mostly communicate in data."
It’s time to just end these stupid legal word games and say what we all already know: internet access is a utility. A commodity that should get better and faster and cheaper over time. Anyone who says otherwise is lying for money.
Very good article. Read below the fold...
In a follow-up to his Harper's piece, Adolph Reed goes on Bill Moyers:
The Surrender of America’s Liberals
ADOLPH REED: ... I mean here's an illustration of the limits of it. President Obama in the speech he gave a couple weeks ago, the ballyhooed speech where he mentioned the word "inequality" a couple times.
He leaves the podium in effect and goes straight to try to, you know, strong arm his own party to support fast track for Trans Pacific Partnership.Read below the fold...
In response to jo6pac's request, here's a food pr0n post, except not, as you will see. Since by this point I have established at least one foraging routine -- exactly as I have routines in Maine, since wherever you go, there you are -- I thought I'd go through that routine and see what I could photograph and record along the way. (This post may be slow to load, because there are a lot of images.) I started during "sweet light," but through the course of the walk, which takes a little over half an hour, night will fall. And isn't it great to be walking an hour a day and eating good food?
Here's where I started, on the corner of Rama IV and Sukhumvit "soi" [alley] 42:
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