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Love some Saturday music. Thanks, LD.

So, in addition to The Matrix trilogy and Rogue One, Netflix also has Dr. Strange with Benedict Cumberpatch. Awesome FX in Dr. Strange. I got to see it at a theater with my son.

And now for some Caitlin

It makes perfect sense, then, that when the left-leaning outlet The Nation brought the explosive findings of the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity into the public spotlight with a lucid and thorough article, the DNC would want to push back on it. The findings both decimate the Russian hacking narrative and possibly implicate the DNC in colluding to frame Russia for what was almost certainly an insider leak, so some statement from the Committee was to be expected. I don’t think, though, that anybody expected its response to be quite so empty, vapid, butthurt and limp-dicked as the letter they ended up sending to The Nation’s editors:

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… We clear on that? Nobody gets to bully us into accepting the US intelligence community’s assertions as true, least of all the Committee that just got done violating its own Charter and actively sabotaging the will of the American people. Nobody gets to tell us that anyone who questions the same intelligence community who lied to us about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq is a conspiracy theorist or a Trump supporter. Nobody gets to shame us for disbelieving known liars and manipulators. That is not a thing.


Eleven Steps for States to Rein in Health Care Costs While Building Toward Single-Payer

“If we do not do single payer now, there are measures that we can take to reduce the waste in the current, competitive health care system,” he said, then listing 11 steps to start dismantling the medical billing complex, which are the legions of people working in doctors’ offices, hospitals and for insurers. They are:

1. Create a state-chartered body to process all medical bills with a single form.
2. Require all private insurers to offer three uniform plans with simple rules.
3. Create a single state agency to buy drugs for pharmacies and physicians.
4. Restore hospital price regulation so all facilities charge the same fees.
5. File anti-trust legal actions against monopolistic hospital networks.
6. Put price controls in medical group contracts with private insurers.
7. Reject spending caps for hospitals and patients as that hurts care.
8. Ban drug company payments to doctors by their sales reps.
9. Issue public reports on the few doctors causing most medical errors.
10. Integrate other social safety net services with providing health care.
11. Give the state subpoena power to review claims and find fraud.

“There may be enough here to make enemies of every interest group in the state: hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, physicians, health insurers,” Freidman testified. “When you make the next step to single payer then you will be taking on the most powerful financial interests in the world.”

…There’s no getting around the fact that transforming American health care means thousands of people start to lose their jobs.

…We need to talk about this: who will lose jobs, which companies and industries will lose profits, or else, as I say above, our opponents will fill in the gaps.”

When asked who would be on the losing end of such as transition, Friedman was clear.

“These include, of course, those with bad jobs doing billing and insurance related work,” he said. “They include owners and management of insurance companies, drug companies and for-profit hospitals, as well as banks who profit from providing financial services to these companies. And they also include management of not-for-profit hospitals and insurance companies who have been piling up reserves to fund lavish salaries and benefit packages. They also include some unions who maintain their staff with the support of union benefit funds and health programs. Together, the opposition from all these groups is crucial to understanding the failure, thus far, of single-payer health reform.” …

“The easy part is showing how single payer is better because the current system is wasteful and inequitable,” he said. “The hard work is in charting a path from here to there for a $3 trillion industry. That is the work that we have put off, and need to be doing.”


Elizabeth sounds like she aimed for some prog cred at NN17:

Which is good, I think.

Off to try to find some fresh herbs to try my hand at making some chimichurri, be back later!

Happy Saturday to You All!!


Kind of ironic that the image includes an Ossoff supporter.


Well, besides my closest friends, y’all are the first to know. Lost my job. Was in over my head perhaps in structuring a lovely little girl’s free time–she has Down syndrome and I didn’t have clear guidelines. At least the family said that they loved me, especially the child, and will give me glowing reviews.

I miss them, especially her, and am bummed that I couldn’t get up to speed fast enough. But I’m still going to get certified as a personal service worker, and still take their classes, like communicating with a Down syndrome child. Huge difficulty in understanding what she was trying to communicate. Wonderful little being.


@polarbear4 Sorry to hear that PB, hoping a new opportunity comes your way soon, Mrs WI works with a child that requires 24-7 care and finds the work very rewarding, People like you and my wife that do this kind of work are special themselves and not everyone can do this type of work and do it well. Good luck with your certification classes.


Thanks, wi.

Just got off the phone trying to get one last piece of paper that was missed emailed to me so that my former employer and I can both sign and I will be registered. She is getting annoyed and I hope that she will do this last thing so I can already be registered as I look for another job.

It is rewarding. And high five to Mrs. WI.


We seem to be at war in one form or another almost forever!

Back in the 60’s there were all kinds of protests including entertainers. Today not so much. I am throwing out a few anti war tunes.


Love these. Don’t forget


Too bad many of the issues in these classics are still the same problems we face today. Havent made much progress have we 🙁


To cover the “after the war is over” realities.

Also, not overtly an anti-war song, John Prine’s “Hello in There” does have these evergreen lines:

We lost Davy in the Korean war
And I still don’t know what for, don’t matter anymore

and (to your point regarding how little progress we’ve made):

And all the news just repeats itself
Like some forgotten dream that we’ve both seen



Eileen R
Eileen R


But the FCC didn’t choose Carter — or almost any of the other city or state government officials who applied. Sixty-four city and state officials were nominated for the panel, but the agency initially chose only two: Sam Liccardo, mayor of San Jose, California, and Kelleigh Cole from the Utah Governor’s Office, according to documents obtained by the Center for Public Integrity through a Freedom of Information Act request. Pai later appointed another city official, Andy Huckaba, a member of the Lenexa, Kansas, city council.
Instead the FCC loaded the 30-member panel with corporate executives, trade groups and free-market scholars. More than three out of four seats on the BDAC are filled by business-friendly representatives from the biggest wireless and cable companies such as AT&T Inc., Comcast Corp., Sprint Corp., and TDS Telecom. Crown Castle International Corp., the nation’s largest wireless infrastructure company, and Southern Co., the nation’s second-largest utility firm, have representatives on the panel. Also appointed to the panel were broadband experts from conservative think tanks who have been critical of FCC regulations such as the International Center for Law and Economics and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.


Taibbi: Is LIBOR, Benchmark for Trillions of Dollars in Transactions, a Lie?
While nuke kooks rage, British regulators reveal rip in financial space-time continuum and $350 trillion headache

This is a new story, featuring twin bombshells from a leading British regulator – one about our past, the other our future. To wit:

Going back twenty years or more, the framework for hundreds of trillions of dollars worth of financial transactions has been fictional.

We are zooming toward a legal and economic clusterfuck of galactic proportions – the “uncertain future” Bloomberg humorously referenced.

LIBOR stands for the London Interbank Offered Rate. It measures the rate at which banks lend to each other. If you have any kind of consumer loan, it’s a fair bet that it’s based on LIBOR…

Buried somewhere in your home, you probably have a piece of paper that outlines the terms of your credit card, student loan, or auto loan, and if you peek in the fine print, you have a good chance of seeing that the rate you pay every month is based on LIBOR.

Actually it’s worse even than that. LIBOR is probably both manipulated and made up. The basis for a substantial portion of the world’s borrowing is a bent fairy tale.

The admission comes by way of Andrew Bailey, head of Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority. He said recently (emphasis mine):
“The absence of active underlying markets raises a serious question about the sustainability of the LIBOR benchmarks. If an active market does not exist, how can even the best run benchmark measure it?”

more at the link, as always.


This is disgusting!


The mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia confirmed that one person died after a car plowed into a group of counter-protestors during a white nationalist rally Saturday.

“I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will–go home,” Mayor Mike Signer tweeted

Does that mean that the racists can stay?


This isn’t all that far from the truth!



Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke appeared at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va. prior to Saturday’s violent clashes, saying that the event represented fulfilling the promises of President Trump.

“This represents a turning point for the people of this country. We are determined to take our country back, we’re going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump, and that’s what we believed in, that’s why we voted for Donald Trump, because he said he’s going to take our country back and that’s what we gotta do,” Duke said.

The former KKK Grand Wizard’s comments came as the protestors and counter-protestors at the racially charged event, which attracted white supremacists and neo-Nazis, clashed violently.


Meanwhile Trump is doing what the alt-right wants.


The Trump administration appears poised to roll back ObamaCare’s anti-discrimination protections for transgender patients, a move that has activist groups girding for a fight.

A proposed rule from the Department of Health and Human Services is expected to be released in the coming weeks or months that opponents say would make it easier for doctors and hospitals to deny treatment to transgender patients and women who have had abortions.

The proposed rule is expected to roll back a controversial anti-discrimination provision buried within ObamaCare.


Trump is afraid to answer the press’s questions.


How in the blazes did the local and state officials ever think this was going to be a peaceful demonstration when clearly it is one that promotes hate.

Governor McAuliffe and the mayor have a lot to answer for letting the protest get out of hand by not adequately preparing. Hell, they had the friggin militia out in Ferguson who were fearful of AA’s but very little for a well known hate group.

Sheesh! Domestic terrorism.



I hope the driver is charged accordingly. Insane.


But I don’t think he was insane when he did this. Homicide.


Yes. And sounds like battery and assault on others. Or something.


That pic says more than one can in a paragraph, let alone 140 characters.



It is no laughing matter but this one made me smile.



Cornel West plays Councilor West in The Matrix trilogy. :O)


The Battle for Venezuela and Its Oil

To discuss this complex unfolding situation, I interviewed attorney Eva Gollinger this week on Intercepted. She was one of Hugo Chavez’s most prominent supporters, was very close to the late president and knows many of the players in Venezuela personally, including Maduro.

Nuanced (and long) interview. I didn’t finish it. Basically, though, yes, Maduro is not as good as Chavez, but the representation of it here is, as always, very biased. Like she says, if the same kinds of protests (fire bombs, people dying) were happening here, you can bet it would be over lickety split. And we’d use force, too.


Apparently it is now 3 dead.

via NPR, but the 2 more died as a result of a police helicopter that crashed. they’re looking into the crash. jeez.

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