Why is it so simple for right wing haters to forget that the existing healthcare system is fraught with failures and inadequacy?
The writer articulates so much of the bad old days of healthcare that the right pretends never existed.
NYTimes: Rooting for Failure
Campaign finance rules are our of control and the public is paying the price.
The organization cited in this article may or may not have acted wuthin the law, but the problem is the same. The organization took unlimited contributions with one hand and helped run campaigns with the other.
When arw we going to see this for the problem it is?
NYTimes: In Campaign, Cash Flowed Circuitously
We have to remember that the most important conversation about healthcare is the one we don’t have: Why does it cost so much and what value are we getting for our money?
We’ve lulled ourselves into a rut bickering back and forth about who should pay for healthcare; governments, employers, individuals, the Rich, the Poor, the Chinese.
Our system is broken and we’re stuck in a decades old political fight that will never resolve the real problems with healthcare. This chart from the Atlantic makes a nice simple point. We are not getting the proper value for our healthcare dollar spending. Most other countries are doing a better job than we are at allocating our healthcare spending and their resultant ROI.
This is a rant and there is more whining than solutions, but it makes several good points.
If we let America’s current poisoned partisan political BS to let us play the blame game we’ll lose sight of the goal: preventing nuclear capability for a government which clearly has evil aims.
The blame game is very popular right now because it creates sound and fury, but we all know what that signifies.
We need to return to something our political system excels at: coming together to face a common enemy. Our country is really good at this. Really good.
We even do it when the reasons are all lies. I disagree with the writer though. We may be distracted, but we’re never so tired that we can’t come together to impose our will on the despots of the world.
As the writer says about the settlements in Israel, we can’t negotiate while Iran is still producing nuclear material.
NYTimes: How Bush Let Iran Go Nuclear
One way to beat the ISP monopolies is to join a mesh WiFi network. It may also be a great way to avoid some government snooping. Poorly implemented mesh networks could leave users wide open to other snoops and hackers.
No need to worry about customer service. It couldn’t possibly be worse than the commercial providers.
NYTimes: Home Wireless Network Keeps the Snoops Away
Despite being a poorly written ideological rant this article makes a great point. Trading one environmental problem for another still has a net negative effect. This whole corn/ethanol BS is about Big Ag, not Big Green. Big Ag is not a friend of the people. It can be counted upon to ruin the environment, harm public health, and poison land and people all in the rapacious name of profit. Profit subsidized by an enormous lobbying machine which has manipulated the government for so long we no longer even recognize it.
Obama and cronies are so desperate to become energy independent they’re willing to sacrifice a lot. The problem is that its all about compromise with the Special Interests. Pushing to turn corn into an efficient bio-fuel doesn’t mean we must destroy the Heartland to do it. Except when you have to give something to Big Ag to get them on board.
Ethanol is different.
The government’s predictions of the benefits have proven so inaccurate that independent scientists question whether it will ever achieve its central environmental goal: reducing greenhouse gases. That makes the hidden costs even more significant.
But it’s a cost the administration is willing to accept. It believes supporting corn ethanol is the best way to encourage the development of biofuels that will someday be cleaner and greener than today’s. Pulling the plug on corn ethanol, officials fear, might mean killing any hope of these next-generation fuels.
There’s no need to pull the plug on corn ethanol studies. We just need to wait until it becomes efficient instead of subsidizing and forcing farmers to grow enough to produce the smoke and mirrors necessary to support the administration’s push for it.
Sounds like it’s a little too early to say whether this alcohol substitute will ever be a safe, reliable, addiction free consumer alternative to boozing, but its interesting to consider. Who wouldn’t want a safe alternative to alcohol; the effects of which could be reversed with an “anitdote”? The marketers will certainly need to find a much friendlier term than antidote to get people to try this.