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Horserace coverage for NH 2016 primary begins

I want to claw out my eyeballs:

A new WMUR Granite State poll, conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center and released Friday night showed 7 percent of likely Democrats have definitely decided who to vote for, while 1 percent of Republican primary voters have made up their minds.

Among Democrats, Clinton is currently ahead with 65 percent, followed by Vice President Joe Biden's 6 percent. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul leads the GOP field with 15 percent, and 2012 vice presidential nominee and Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire are tied at 13 percent. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gets 12 percent, down from the 21 percent of last July.

I wish the primariez were like Hollywood, where nobody knows anything. Read below the fold...

Single Payer: The Vox video

Here's the Vox original, in case this is just too small for you. (Vox is Ezra Klein's new venture, and apparently he brought along Sarah Kliff, who narrates the video, from WaPo. I have to say that I reread a good deal of Wonkblog's health care coverage looking for ObamaCare big lies, and Klein/Kliff actually seemed to maintain a little critical distance, amazingly enough.) Read below the fold...

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Laying down markers for 2016

Some thoughts on what might make for a better nominating process in the next presidential election.

Cross posted from Pruning Shears. Read below the fold...

Independent single payer candidate in California

A colorful character:

James Hinton of Napa, a former online Texas Hold 'Em poker player, is doing something no Republican has dared to this year: He's going all in and challenging incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson in the heavily Democratic 5th Congressional District.

And Hinton said despite the odds, he's not bluffing in his quest to unseat Thompson.

So, who is Hinton?

In a recent Times-Herald interview, the 39-year-old underdog described himself as a fiercely independent social libertarian. Unencumbered by a political party, Hinton's views are a mix of libertarianism and liberalism: He favors legalizing marijuana, taxing Wall Street and replacing the Affordable Care Act with a one-size-fits-all [note editorializing] single-payer health care system.

His dislikes?

America's two-party system and deep-pocketed special interests, he said.

"I'm running for U.S. Congress ... in order to work with and for the people to protect our beautiful God-given environment, strengthen our economy and improve our health," his campaign leaflet says.

Sounds like a middle-of-the-road reformist, to me. Read below the fold...

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Tweet of the Day

Evil as a state of matter

I ran across this quote from William Burroughs the other day:

We have observed that most of the trouble in the world has been caused by ten to twenty percent of folks who can’t mind their own business, because they have no business of their own to mind, any more than a smallpox virus. Now your virus is an obligate cellular parasite and my contention is that evil is quite literally a virus parasite occupying a certain brain area… The mark of a basic shit is that he has to be right.

So, today we read this about sociopaths: Read below the fold...

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Marcy does the Rizzo CIA lie count for lazy journalists

If Rizzo were to admit that the representations he made to Yoo back in 2002 were false, then the legal sanction CIA got to conduct torture would crumble.

This is an update to my last transcript, Marcy Wheeler last month on CIA torture, comedic Senate oversight, and the presidential authorization for torture that we are not supposed to know about. That one. Just saw this new post up at emptywheel:

A Guide to John Rizzo’s Lies, For Lazy Journalists Read below the fold...

Boeing to experiment by building planes with a de-skilled, demotivated workforce

What could go wrong? Seattle Times:

Boeing’s December disclosure that it will transfer about 1,000 research engineering jobs out of Washington state has sown widespread internal dissent, distrust and confusion, according to internal employee feedback gathered by company managers.

Employees cited in the feedback meetings expressed concerns that those high standards can’t be maintained.

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Misdirection: Rampell Views Entitlements Through the Generational War Lens

Some of the favored children of the economic elite who have a public presence, work hard in their writing and speaking to divert attention from inequality and oligarchy issues by raising the issue of competition between seniors and millennials for “scarce” Federal funds. That's understandable. If millennials develop full consciousness of who, exactly, has been flushing their prospects for a decent life down the toilet, their anger and activism might bring down the system of wealth and economic and social privilege that benefits both their families and the favored themselves in the new America of oligarchy and plutocracy.

Here and here, I evaluated Abby Huntsman's arguments for entitlement “reform,” and, of course, Pete Peterson's son, Michael fights a continuing generational war against seniors in pushing the austerian line of the Peterson Foundation. Now comes Catherine Rampell, who, in a recent column, sets forth the position that seniors haven't paid for their Social Security and Medicare because they “generally receive” more in benefits out of these programs than they pay into them.

I'll reply to all of the main points in Rampell's argument, by quoting liberally and then replying to the points she makes in each quote. She says: Read below the fold...

ObamaCare Clusterfuck: About the 8 million

(Wonkblog has improved since Ezra Klein went elsewhere, interestingly.) WaPo:

Last summer, the administration had hoped that 40 percent of exchange enrollees would be between 18 and 34, based on the Congressional Budget Office's estimates that 7 million people in all would enroll in 2014. Instead, the administration got 28 percent, which the White House and supporters very eagerly pointed out Thursday was nearly identical to youth enrollment in the first year of the Massachusetts health-care law that Obamacare was based on. ...*

The 2014 enrollment stories aren't over, however. We're still waiting to find out at least the following: How many purchased coverage off the exchanges, how many paid their premiums, what kind of coverage they purchased, how many joined Medicaid because of the expansion and more.

Yep. Read below the fold...

Corporate Exec ‘Psychopathic Groupthink’ Crashed Our Economy

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In a highly illuminating article entitled “The Global Money Matrix: The Forces behind America’s Economic Destruction” Dr. Gary Null cites psychologist Clive Boddy as maintaining that “the psychopathological behavior of financial executives was a major cause for the 2007 economic collapse.”

Boddy also has asserted that “individuals with the strongest psychopathic tendencies are those who tend to be promoted fastest.” Read below the fold...

Whatever happened to the captain going down with the ship?

These days, the captain always escape! OK, OK, the Korean ferry disaster has conveniently usurped the MH370 disaster*, but nothing prevents us from pointing out the obvious moral of the story:

And the Korean captain's behavior isn't an isolated case; the Costa Concordia captain did just the same thing**. And then there's this: Read below the fold...

Break out the Victory Gin! Yellen says there'll be full employment by 2016!

Reuters:

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Wednesday the economy was making "very meaningful progress", adding it was "quite plausible" it would be back to near full employment by the end of 2016.

Also, there will be growth in the spring: Read below the fold...

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