Saturday, March 20, 2010

From Reuters: Healthcare bill to cut deficit: CBO

A patient waits in the hallway for a room to open up in the  emergency room at Ben Taub General Hospital in Houston, Texas, July 27,  2009. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional budget analysts said on Thursday a broad healthcare overhaul would cut the U.S. deficit over 10 years and sharply expand insurance coverage, boosting the momentum for final passage in the House of Representatives.

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Proof of the Failure of NCLB

From SLOG:

"Do It for the American People"

Posted by Anthony Hecht on Sat, Mar 20, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Obama's impassioned rallying speech to House Democrats today.

I defy anybody to watch this and argue that this man doesn't honestly care deeply about this issue. Whether you agree with him or not, it's clear that he's not fucking around. He's not just trying to win, he's trying to change something.

He really needs to make more public speeches like this.

From JMG: Teabaggers Threaten Gun Violence Over Health Care Reform

"If Brown can't stop it, a Browning can!" Teabaggers continue to threaten violent revolt over health care reform. Via ePluribus Media:
This is the type of violence that the Republicans and their anti-American supporters have been striving for ever since the Obama Administration took office with the pledge to clean up the GOP's mess. In attendance and apparently proud to be part of a group of anti-American traitors engaged in seditious behavior were Republican Reps. Steve King (IA), Michele Bachmann (MN), and Mike Pence (IN), and the insanity was in part organized by Dick Armey's Freedomworks and Art Pope's Americans for Prosperity. Americans for Prosperity "advocates pro-tobacco industry positions on issues like cigarette taxes and clean indoor air laws"

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From JMG:Mormon Church And Boy Scouts Sued In Massive Molestation Cover Up

The LDS Church and national Boy Scouts organization have been sued by a man claiming that both covered up evidence of his molestation. The case has uncovered extensive files kept by both groups cloaking sexual predators.
The Boy Scouts of America has long kept an extensive archive of secret documents that chronicle the sexual abuse of young boys by Scout leaders over the years. The "perversion files," a nickname the Boy Scouts are said to have used for the documents, have rarely been seen by the public, but that could all change in the coming weeks in an Oregon courtroom. The lawyer for a man who was molested in the 1980s by a Scout leader has obtained about 1,000 Boy Scouts sex files and is expected to release some of them at a trial that began Wednesday. The lawyer says the files show how the Boy Scouts have covered up abuse for decades.
Membership in the Boy Scouts is strongly encouraged by the LDS Church and they are accused of having collaborated in the cover-up.
The Mormon bishop who also served as head of the Scout troop, Gordon McEwen, confronted [accused pedophile Timur] Dykes after receiving a report of abuse by the mother of one boy in the troop in January 1983. In a video deposition played for the jury, the bishop said Dykes admitted abusing 17 boys. But McEwen said he contacted the parents of all 17 boys and the boys themselves, and none would confirm any abuse. Dykes was arrested in 1983 and pleaded guilty to attempted sexual abuse, received probation and was ordered to stay away from children. Clark told the jury Dykes continued with his scouting activities until he was arrested in July 1984 during a routine traffic stop while he was driving a van full of Scouts on a camping trip. A spokesman for the Boy Scouts of America at its headquarters in Irving, Texas, said in a statement the organization cannot comment on details of the case. But it has worked hard on awareness and prevention efforts, including background checks.
The Catholic Church is doubtlessly happy for this momentary diversion from their own boy-fucking scandals.

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A cool find from Aatombomb:

thedailywhat:  Amazing Ad Campaign of the Day: To creatively demonstrate their sound  engineering capabilities, GGRP Sound sent out a mess of cardboard record  players — designed by GREY of Canada —  to creative directors across  North America. The cardboard record player is exactly what it sounds like: A record  player made from corrugated cardboard: Once assembled, a record can be spun on the player with a pencil. The  vibrations go through the needle and are amplified in the cardboard  material. I don’t know much, but I do know this: Every single last record should  come wrapped inside a cardboard record player. [adsoftheworld.]  Marketing done right.

thedailywhat:

Amazing Ad Campaign of the Day: To creatively demonstrate their sound engineering capabilities, GGRP Sound sent out a mess of cardboard record players — designed by GREY of Canada — to creative directors across North America.

The cardboard record player is exactly what it sounds like: A record player made from corrugated cardboard:

Once assembled, a record can be spun on the player with a pencil. The vibrations go through the needle and are amplified in the cardboard material.

I don’t know much, but I do know this: Every single last record should come wrapped inside a cardboard record player.

[adsoftheworld.]

Marketing done right.

From Belirico

On Selling Paranoia, Or, Conservative Emails, Examined

Filed by: Don Davis

March 20, 2010 4:00 PM

It seems that many of those who are regular guests of this space are committed to a worldview based on some degree of reason and rationality.

That's a handy thing if the "Covert Alarm Locator Apparatus" in your Isaac Daniel® Compass Global 1000 GPS sneakers should happen to fail and you need to find your way back to where the rest of us are; sadly, not all voters are equipped with such a helpful worldview.

Luckily for them, there are lots of conservative "mouth organs" ready to fill the "information gap."

They send out lots of emails every day, spreading their Word, and as a public service I receive several of them; this to help keep track of just what's out there, exactly.

If you ever wondered why otherwise normal people believe some of the craziest things about "Obama's Secret Death Care And National Virgin Sacrifice Program," have a look at some of the things I get every single day, and it might all make a bit more sense.

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Quote of the Day

"Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it." - Noam Chomsky

Mensagem para Naw-Ruz (21 de Março) desde Brasil

O Ano Novo já veio

“Sabeis em que ciclo fostes criados e em que era da história humana existis? Esta é a era da Abençoada Perfeição e este o tempo do Máximo Nome! Este é o século da Manifestação, a era do Sol dos Horizontes e da bela primavera de Sua Santidade, o Eterno!

A Terra está em movimento e crescimento; as montanhas, as colinas e as planícies estão verdes e esplendorosas; as benesses estão florindo; a misericórdia é universal; a chuva caí das nuvens da generosidade; o Sol brilha resplandecente; a lua cheia ornamenta o horizonte do éter; a grande onda oceânica está em plenitude com as águas de todo corrégo pequeno; as dádivas se sucedem; os favores são intermináveis; e a brisa refrescante está soprando, trazendo o frescor perfumado das florações. Tesouro inexaurível encontra-se nas mãos do Rei dos Reis! Levantai as bordas de vossas vestes para receber suas riquezas.

Se não sois felizes e alegres nesta estação do ano, por qual outra esperareis?

Este é o tempo de crescimento; a época de reunião alegre e festiva! Tomai em vossas mãos a taça do Testamento; pulai e dançai com êxtase na procissão triunfal do Convênio! Depositai vossa confiança na generosidade eterna, voltai-vos para a presença de Deus, que é generoso; pedi ajuda do Reino de Abhá; buscai confirmação do Mundo Supremo; volvei vossa visão para o horizonte da riqueza eterna; e implorai pela ajuda da Fonte da Misericórdia!

Logo vereis os amigos atingindo seu destino longamente esperado e armando suas tendas, enquanto estamos apenas no primeiro dia da jornada.

Este período de tempo é a Era Prometida, a reunião da raça humana para o “Dia da Ressureição”, e agora é o grande “Dia do Julgamento”. Logo o mundo inteiro, como na primavera, mudará toda a sua aparecência. A mudança e a queda das folhas de outono já ocorreram; a frieza do inverno terminou. O novo ano já veio e a primavera espiritual está presente. A terra obscura está se tornando um jardim verdejante; os desertos e as montanhas estão enfeitados com flores vermelhas; da aridez dos desertos surgem espessos gramados como guardiões diante de formosos ciprestes e das árvores plenas de jasmins; enquanto os pássaros cantam em meio a roseirais perfumados como anjos do céus, anunciando as boas novas do aparecimento daquela tão esperada primavera espiritual, e a doce música de suas vozes fazem com que se movam e balance a essência de todas as coisas.”

'Abdu'l-Bahá

Friday, March 19, 2010

First Airplane Flight - Santos Dumont 14 Bis.

Naw-Ruz - March 21

Now Ruz, Naw Ruz, NouRooz (Persian)

Naw-Ruz – The Baha'i and Zoroastrian New Year

Via JMG: Sean Hannity Accused Of Charity Scam

Media Matters reports that a conservative blogger has accused a charity affiliated with Fox News' Sean Hannity of deceptive fundraising practices. The blogger claims:
For the last several years, Sean Hannity and the Freedom Alliance "charity" have conducted "Freedom Concerts" across America. They've told you that they are raising money to pay for the college tuition of the children of fallen soldiers and to pay severely wounded war vets. And on Friday Night, Hannity will be honored with an award for this "Outstanding Community Service by a Radio Talk Show Host" at Talkers Magazine's convention. But it's all a huge scam.

In fact, less than 20%-and in two recent years, less than 7% and 4%, respectively-of the money raised by Freedom Alliance went to these causes, while millions of dollars went to expenses, including consultants and apparently to ferret the Hannity posse of family and friends in high style. And, despite Hannity's statements to the contrary on his nationally syndicated radio show, few of the children of fallen soldiers got more than $1,000-$2,000, with apparently none getting more than $6,000, while Freedom Alliance appears to have spent tens of thousands of dollars for private planes. Moreover, despite written assurances to donors that all money raised would go directly to scholarships for kids of the fallen heroes and not to expenses, has begun charging expenses of nearly $500,000 to give out just over $800,000 in scholarships.
Media Matters notes that the blogger making the accusation has a spotty track record, but after reviewing the charity's financials, they conclude that there may be something to this claim.

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via JMG

Obama: Press Covers DC Like It's Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots

Eugene Robinson | "Kumbaya" No More

Eugene Robinson: "If health care reform finally staggers across the finish line, it will be because President Obama and Congressional Democrats recognized - at long last - the truth that has been staring them in the face for more than a year: They'll be better off politically if they just try their best to do the right thing."

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The Growing Movement for Publicly Owned Banks

Ellen Brown, Truthout: "As the states' budget and credit crises deepen, four states have initiated bills for state-owned banks, and candidates in seven states have included that solution in their platforms."

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Returning the Senate to Majority Rule

Steven Hill, Truthout: "Standing at the edge of the health care precipice, President Barack Obama has reached a defining point in his presidency. The recent news that Anthem Blue Cross is planning to jack up individual premiums as much as 40 percent is just the latest example of our flailing health care system."

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