Monday Reads: Let’s get Political

he's not george bushGood Morning!

I’m still not puzzled by the lack of the hopey changey stuff because,as you know, I was never completely convinced of it all from the get-go.  However, I am confused by how Republicans are ruled by the shrillest of their shrill base and the Democratic Party–and its leaders–could care less about theirs.  I still feel I have no place to go. So, let’s look at a few political headlines this morning and see if we can come up with some place other than an island of our own.

I guess no one takes you seriously unless you can endlessly fund some one’s political career. Voting for a republican is not even a rational choice any more because it’s the party of enslaving women. Voting for a third party candidate is a gesture signifying a lot but creating nothing.  Voting democrat is just damned depressing.  There is a real messed up set of people in charge of things these days.

First, a very good question is why the electorate soundly rejects right wing policies but we still have right-wingers running America. Here’s a discussion of that from  Salon and Amitai Etzioni as reprinted by Alternet.

There is more than may appear in President Obama’s plan to cut the social safety net in his  new budget proposal. The offer, on the face of it, reflects a significant violation of a major liberal creed, discarding the strongest liberal political card and Obama’s peculiar negotiation style of making major concessions at the opening of a give-and-take session. But it also reflects the sad but true fact that the dynamics of American politics cannot be understood in terms of Democrats vs. Republicans. Party labels aside, the nation is still being ruled by what I call a majority “conservative party.”

If Democrats and Republicans were the true divide, the meager gun control measures recently introduced in the Senate would have the majority needed to pass. After all, there are 53 Democratic Senators (and two Independents who generally side with them). Moreover, this time, the threat of a GOP filibuster is not to blame. Yet the Democratic majority leader, Senator Harry Reid, removed the assault weapons ban from the draft bill because some 15 Democratic senators, in effect, supported the conservative pro-gun position, making up — with the Republican senators — that majority “conservative party.” Thanks to this party, the same legislative defeat is about to befall liberal proposals to curtail high-capacity magazines. This leaves only better background checks on the table, but these, too, will inevitably be rendered ineffective by the conservatives via the underhanded gutting of enforcement (more about this shortly).

Social security and gun safety are but a couple of the numerous issues on which conservatives in Washington get their way and the minority liberal party loses out. Most recently, every Republican and 33 Democratic conservatives came together to repeal a tax on medical devices, a major source of funding for Obamacare. And on Dec 28, the conservative party — 42 Republicans, 30 Democrats and 1 Independent senator — voted to extend the foreign intelligence law known as FISA, opposed by civil libertarians. We should further expect that the conservative party will keep winning on many fronts, from greatly limiting all new investments in education to unduly slashing social spending.

We still have a president that gives the right an extremely good deal right off the top and it does nothing more than piss them off while they ignore him to run a full scale war on every one that’s not a straight white christian male in this country.  The nation turns its lonely eyes to a future President Hillary Clinton.  Some times you just have to spend your week end shaking your tired old head.  I can’t imagine that right wing republicans will treat a woman any better than a black man. Here’s how the Brits at the Sunday Times see it. BTW, the Times is a Murdoch Publication.  So, be very concerned.

A TOP Democratic fundraiser and confidant of Bill and Hillary Clinton for more than two decades is advising a new group laying the foundations for a possible 2016 presidential bid by the former secretary of state.

Clinton has a 61% approval rating — 10% higher than Obama’s, making her the most popular politician in the US. A McClatchy-Marist poll released last week found she would defeat any Republican opponent. She is also far ahead of the vice-president, Joe Biden, her nearest Democratic rival.

A recent National Journal poll of senior Democratic insiders found that 81% believed Clinton would be their 2016 nominee. “Just the perception she may run has already cleared the field,” said one.

Even MoDo has something to say about that.

Hillary jokes that people regard her hair as totemic, and just so, her new haircut sends a signal of shimmering intention: she has ditched the skinned-back bun that gave her the air of a K.G.B. villainess in a Bond movie and has a sleek new layered cut that looks modern and glamorous.

In a hot pink jacket and black slacks, she leaned in for a 2016 manifesto, telling the blissed-out crowd of women that America cannot truly lead in the world until women here at home are full partners with equal pay and benefits, careers in math and science, and “no limit” on how big girls can dream.

“This truly is the unfinished business of the 21st century,” she said. But everyone knew the truly “unfinished business” Hillary was referring to: herself.

“She’s gone to hell and back trying to be president,” Carville said. “She’s paid her dues, to say the least. The old cliché is that Democrats fall in love and Republicans fall in line. But now Republicans want a lot of people to run and they want to fall in love. And Democrats don’t want to fight; they just want to get behind Hillary and go on from there.”

I thought MoDO was only capable of bromance? At this point, the entire political establishment is ignoring voters so why will the pundits eventually behave differently?

Oh, well, there are still those men that really are beside themselves thinking of the good old days when women were at their beck and call.  Consider the case of Fat Tony Scalia who makes decisions upon which all of our lives and rights depend.  BB sent me this one and I nearly dropped my phone when I read this quote.

Here’s what he says when describing a class picture:

“The teacher standing in the back—that was a lady named Consuela Goins, and she was a wonderful teacher. Every cloud rogerr20110621lowhas a silver lining, and one of the benefits of the exclusion of women from most professions was that we had wonderful teachers, especially the women who today would probably be CEOs.”

In a single sentence, Scalia manages to imply that wonderful teachers are a thing of the past — and that being a business leader automatically makes somebody an excellent teacher.

Then, there’s those guys that insist they’re on the side of women, but you know … we really just need to get a sense of humor, or perspective or something … Tom Matlack is once again telling women they have feminism all wrong because, well you know, father knows best.  It’s another whining boy!  The girls just don’t understand his sensibilities!

Just today, Matlack published another whiny post that basically equates to “Why me? WHY. (Me)” opining, yet again, feminist “attacks” on men, cloaked in this “I really care about women’s liberation, but women are doing it wrong” thing he’s become so fond of.

When a commenter says the following:

If feminists were truly concerned about equality they would not be seeking superiority. There are more challenges that we as men are facing today that females are not. Frankly society is not stepping up to the plate to bat for us. “They just don’t care.”

Tom responds saying he “couldn’t agree more.” These aren’t the words of an ally. This is MRA stuff, plain and simple.

So here’s the thing, Tom. Feminism doesn’t want you. The last thing we need is some rich, white dude explaining to us how REAL liberation should happen. You’ve proven yourself over and over again to be a sexist douche who thinks feminists are bashing all men simply because they call YOU out on your bullshit. YOU are part of the problem. And anyone with two brain cells can see that a man who goes around calling feminists crazy isn’t of any help to the feminist movement.

So here’s my suggestion: Stop talking about feminism. Stop talking about equality. Stop pretending to be on women’s side. You aren’t. You’re on your side. Your opinion on our movement is irrelevant and we keep telling you as much, yet you continue trying to force your opinions about women and “equality” onto the world and then get all butthurt when we tell you, once again, that you aren’t helping. What do you need from us? You’re already making more money than any of us evil feminist bloggers. Do you need attention? Kind of like a spoiled child? LOOK AT ME. ME. ME. Why not just come out, once and for all, as just another MRA who can’t put together a coherent argument to save his life?

128369_600-1Yes, yes yes … men have “special challenges” like trying to figure out which higher paying job to take.  Sheesh.  Just think of how rough the new leader of North Korea has it … it’s just tough out there being a manly man …

A South Korean newspaper is reporting that North Korean troops are scurrying around the site where it tested a nuclear bomb on February 12, its third ever. All signs point to a fourth, and the timing couldn’t be worse. “There are recent active movements of manpower and vehicles at the southern tunnel at Punggye-ri,” says the newspaper JoongAng Ilbo. “We are monitoring because the situation is similar to behavior seen prior to the third nuclear test.” Meanwhile, South Korean officials say that they expect North Korea to test another missile this week, probably on Wednesday.

Well, this isn’t good. The tense situation between the North Korea and, well, pretty much everyone on Earth has been escalating in the weeks since that third test and has become increasingly severe since last week, when supreme leader Kim Jong Un’s top brass promised a “merciless” attack on the United States. South Korea is more or less preparing for a war, while the United States has threatened a swift and decisive response it there is an attack. Even though President Obama’s senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer played down the threat of violence — he said this is just “a pattern of behavior we’ve seen from the North Koreans many times — the U.S. military’s been drawing up a plan in case it does. Accordingly, the U.S. commander in South Korea canceled a pre-planned trip to Washington, just in case something does go down this week.

This all puts the U.S. in a really awkward position. On one hand, it needs to be prepared for the worst, hence the planning. However, it doesn’t want to overdo it, since that might scare the North Koreans into a launching a preemptive attack. At the same time, the U.S. is working hard to keep South Korea calm, because if they get too anxious and launch their own attack or even appear to be preparing one, North Korea could try to hit them first. That would be bad. On the other hand, the government really doesn’t want to scare the bejesus out American citizens.

Cannonfire argues that this may be a show while lil Kim sends us a smaller package in a shipping container. Could NK have a portable nuke?

All the news coming out of North Korea indicates war. The only thing that does not indicate war is the simple, obdurate fact that Kim’s situation is hopeless. He cannot win. I doubt that he could keep the fight going for longer than a day. If he strikes, he dies, along with many of his countrymen (presuming he cares about them).So the question comes down to this: Does Kim Jong-Un want to fulfill his sick, violent fantasies more than he wants to live?Suddenly, I’m flashing on Adam Lanza…

Paging Dennis Rodman (via SNL).

So, speaking of neanderthals, let’s end with the US idiot who supports weapons of mass destruction.  Here’s what Connecticut governor said about the NRA’s Wayne La Pierre yesterday.

Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy had some harsh words for NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre on Sunday, comparing the gun lobby chief to “clowns at the circus.”
Appearing on CNN‘s “State of the Union” with Candy Crowley, Malloy hit back at LaPierre over his dismissal of Connecticut’s strict new gun laws.

“Wayne reminds me of the clowns at the circus. They get the most attention,” Malloy said.

“And that’s what he’s paid to do. But the reality is is that the gun that was used to kill 26 people on Dec. 14 was legally purchased in the state of Connecticut, even though we had an Assault Weapons Ban. But there were loopholes in it that you could drive a truck through.”

Malloy also noted poll after poll that show around 90 percent of Americans supporting a federal expansion of universal background checks.

“This guy is so out of whack, it’s unbelievable — 92 percent of the American people want universal background checks. I can’t get on a plane as the Governor of the state of Connecticut without somebody running a background check on me.

“Why should you be able to buy a gun? Or buy armor-piercing munitions? It doesn’t make any sense. He doesn’t make any sense. Thus, my reference to the circus.”

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What’s on you reading and blogging list today?


67 Comments on “Monday Reads: Let’s get Political”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    Good morning!

    The big news this morning is that Margaret Thatcher died. Frankly I had no idea she was still alive. From what I’m seeing on twitter, her death is being used as an excuse to drag Reagan back into the limelight because these two were supposedly fast friends. I refuse to mourn either one of them. Good riddance.

    • Fannie says:

      R.I.P Margaret Thatcher…………..you are exactly right, here come the white men, comparing who she is to their savior, Ronbo, and annoying the crap out of us by comparing her to Hillary.

    • dakinikat says:

      I saw her speaking in Parliament when I was there in 1982 for our post graduation trip. I stood in line for several hours to go sit in the balcony to watch the House of Commons in action. She was arguing for the Falklands war. I have to admit that I admired her ability to stand up to all the backbenchers and opposition even though I didn’t like a lot of her policies.

      She had extremely bad Alzheimer’s before she died like her pal St. Ronnie of the Peacemaker Missile.

      • Fannie says:

        She broke ground, but not in category of women for women. I am amazed at the articles coming out today defining her feminism, and how she was all action and no talk. \

        Then I listen to Scarface Joe, and he compares Margaret Thatcher’s voice to Hillary Clinton. It was Hillary who developed Vital Voices some 14 years ago, not Magaret. It was Hillary breaking ground voices of women all over the world, at all levels, not just those at the top. Then he went and did what was expected of a white man, he said Hillary’s manner of articulation, her voice levels where inappropiate, and that men don’t like it when Hillary raises those decibels, and that she needed to be more perfect, like Margaret? He proceeds to say she had better deal with that if she is going to pursue the “unfinished” business of 21st century. (Maybe somebody can find the clip )

        Margaret is who Margaret is, and Hillary is who Hillary is, and this crap coming mostly from men who think women’s voices are nothing but to silence, nothing but anger, and nothing but emotions is do nothing by sidestep women and their own leadership qualities. I mean Tina Brown, and Andrea Mitchell threw out some nutcrackers too……….like Hillary campaign of 2008 was a huge mistake, and was caused her lack of MANagement. And Scarface she took a stick to her vote for war in Iraq, like it’s gonna cost her, and saying he wasn’t so sure she’d get it right time, because GOD knows she screwed it up, so he says. How fucking well I remember Obama standing sourrounded by the men who voted for the war, but it was Hillary that he and all the boys jumped on for voting for the War. So they are getting a start on blaming HILLARY, and women. There is a warning here, we told you so.

    • dakinikat says:

      Top Ten Ways Margaret Thatcher’s Policies Made our World more Unequal http://tinyurl.com/dy5rj7f

      • dakinikat says:

        London Calling one of the great THE CLASH songs and the lyrics were aimed at her

      • Allie says:

        I just saw a post at Taylor Marsh – apparently Elvis Costello also wrote “Tramp the Dirt Down” about her.

        Learning a lot about “Faggy Maggie” today – and no that is not a slur. She shilled for Philip Morris after her stint as PM (Brits call cigarettes “fags”).

  2. RalphB says:

    Fuck, everything is just so depressing. What’s wrong with an island of our own?

  3. roofingbird says:

    Enough of us have to move in a block to some red or in trouble states and change the voting blocks. We have to get out of the cities and show up at the local school board and PTA and yes churches an be vociferous.

    We have to invade the red islands.

    • roofingbird says:

      They have to be relatively un-populated states, like Kansas, or Wyoming, or Nebraska, where the red infection can still be subdued. Even Iowa in the rural counties.

      It would be helpful to pick poor counties.

      • dakinikat says:

        I grew up in nebraska and lived there for like 30 unfortunate years. It’s a hopeless pit of rubes and nincompoops. And that’s the folks that don’t vote republican!

    • roofingbird says:

      This would be an ideal form of attack for those of us who are not dependent on work income. Since social security is under attack those of us with that income would be ideal candidates to bring that battle to poor counties.

    • roofingbird says:

      Michigan is in trouble. The rural counties were or are( last time I looked) offering five years tax forbearance if you moved there.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Call me selfish, but I’d rather kill myself right now than move to a red state and attend church and school board meetings. Aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh!!

      • RalphB says:

        The plan might work though. We know a minority controls the party machinery now. As a long term goal, working from the precinct level up might work but I don’t believe we have that much time.

      • roofingbird says:

        I know BB, but wouldn’t be better if you and I were neighbors in Kickapoo Country?

      • roofingbird says:

        Agreed RalphB, so little time, but if we start this year, there might be some little change for the 2016 election. Let’s get/impact the Kansas governor.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Well, I may still end up moving to Indiana where my mom is pretty involved in local politics.

      • dakinikat says:

        I tried fighting them back in nebraska during the 1980s and 1990s. It was awful. Living there was awful. It’s bad enough being in a blue island at the edge of a now-red state with an insane republican governor. They’re religious zealots on a crusade. They take no prisoners. It’s like facing an onslaught of American Taliban using every radical and awful trick in the book and weapon in the arsenal. It’s like handmaid’s tale. The number of religious nuts per capita is just beyond the pale. They only thing that could improve most of those states would be a nuclear bomb that kills the population in the suburban and rural areas and leaves everything else in place. Bombing the big barn churches on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights would lift the IQ of those states–and the country–by 1000s of percentage points alone.

    • roofingbird says:

      If we want to change things we have to go to the places where we can rub shoulders with people and reassimilate. This will take at least ten years, but if we don’t stop the great divide, the rural states will continue to have and increase their disproportionate hold on the country.

      I remind you, that a lot of these places are still on dial up, and don’t have cell service. At the same time the corporate world has taken over agriculture.

  4. RalphB says:

    Charles Pierce has a great post perioherally about Here’s Another Problem With Rand Paul which is actually about the overall loss of freedom in our lives. I’m really glad Pierce is on a good roll.

  5. Allie says:

    I think the best way to spread progressive ideas is through the Internet. After that – we could use more teevee shows like Colbert and Daily Show, although traditional media is hopelessly corporatist. Young people are very smart to catch on. They get led down the garden path sometimes (Obama 2008) but they’re catching on. I really think blogs such as Sky Dancing are invaluable.

    LOL I turned my (much)younger sister on to DK, Crooks and Liars, et al in 2007, I think, and then she became an Obot and I was firmly in the Hillary camp and left those sites. It was awful and we still haven’t revisited that although I’m certain she’s no longer an Obot.

  6. Allie says:

    P.S. Most of the articles about the sabre-rattling from North Korea fail to mention that this happens every spring in response to the war game exercises the U.S. and South Korea play together for the benefit of N. Korea. I think we should all remember these media outlets are in business to sell papers and Lil Kim makes a great story. Is he insane enough to commit nuclear suicide? Are they even capable? I doubt it frankly.

    • bostonboomer says:

      They are, however capable of bombing S. Korea, which would lead to US being dragged into it.

      • dakinikat says:

        or misfiring something on to poor japan. I’m assuming something on one of our navy’s ships could shoot it down pretty quickly though and they’re in the vicinity.

    • quixote says:

      And don’t forget that when the Russians were advised to get their diplomats out of Pyongyang before the apocalypse, they seem to have done nothing but raise an eyebrow and say, “We don’t see any preparations for war.”

      The US media needs to get a life.

  7. bostonboomer says:

    Dylan Byers just can’t let go of the whole “why isn’t it ok to comment on a woman’s appearance in public” argument.

    • RalphB says:

      Even I understand how dumb that is, so what’s up with those assholes. They must be willfully stupid.

      • dakinikat says:

        No one ever stops to think “would I say this about a man?” before they open their traps or pick up their pens. Why doesn’t he just go on and on about how attractive he thinks Mark Rubio is or something?

      • bostonboomer says:

        As Irin Carmon points out:

        It’s also not enough to ask whether Obama would say the same thing about a man, or point out that he occasionally has or that others do. There is simply no comparison between how women’s looks and men’s looks count toward how society values them as humans. For every shirtless shot of Obama, there are probably 500,000 think pieces about the relative elasticity of Hillary Clinton’s skin. If this concept is hard for you to grasp, turn on your television to any news program and ask yourself if a woman who looked like [broadcaster who is not Anderson Cooper] would have the same career.

      • NW Luna says:

        And umpteen thousand photos of her shoes. How many photos of Obama’s shoes have we seen?

    • dakinikat says:

      and I couldn’t resist telling him he’s thick as a brick

  8. bostonboomer says:

    It’s still Thatcher’s world, we’re just living in it.

    Margaret Thatcher may have been out of office for nearly a quarter of a century, but we’re still living in her world.

    The former conservative Prime Minister of Great Britain died Monday morning of a stroke, but her legacy remains at 10 Downing Street.

    The government is once again locked in a pitched battle with British trade unions. And the Labour party—led, ironically, by Ed Miliband, son of the Marxist intellectual Ralph Miliband—is a lukewarm, deracinated shadow of what it was before Thatcher came to power. Wave after wave of budget austerity have wracked the country’s finances and contributed to the gradual dismantling of the welfare state. Even the National Health Service, the crown jewel of the United Kingdom’s social safety net, is being irrevocably transformed.

    • NW Luna says:

      I recall reading in an international health policy class that Prime Minister Thatcher was upset at her staff coming back with studies which found, over and again, that government single-payer was the cheapest way to finance health care. Facts can be so damn annoying.

  9. “It’s coming right for us!!!!!”

    Massachusetts town prosecuting man who killed bear in his backyard | The Raw Story

    A 76-year-old Massachusetts man is facing criminal charges after shooting and killing a bear in his backyard on Friday night.

    Richard Ahlstrand told a reporter for CBS News affiliate WBZ-TV that he was outside refilling his bird feeders when the bear suddenly charged at him.

    Thankfully, Ahlstrand said he’d seen the creature in his yard a night prior and thought to arm himself before walking outside again. Sure enough, there was the bear, all seven feet and 400 hulking pounds of it, rushing toward him and growling viciously.

    “I didn’t have time to aim through the sights, but I aimed in the direction of the head on this thing and I pulled the trigger before it got to me,” Ahlstrand said. “It just dropped.”

    His charges include illegal possession of a firearm, illegally killing a bear and illegally baiting a bear, WBZ-TV noted.

    It’s Coming Right For Us – Video Clips – South Park Studios

  10. dakinikat says:

    Annette Funicello Dead — Mouseketeer Dies at 70

    http://www.tmz.com/2013/04/08/annette-funicello-dead-dies-mouseketeer-dead-at-70/

    Annette Funicello — the undisputed queen of the “Mickey Mouse Club” — has died, according to Disney’s official fan club Twitter. She was 70.

    Funicello was a triple threat — Mouseketeer, pop singer and bigscreen star. She was huge in the 60’s with movies like “Beach Party” and “Beach Blanket Bingo.”

    According to “Extra,” Annette had been hospitalized in Bakersfield due to complications from multiple sclerosis and had been in a coma for years.

    • dakinikat says:

      Annette completes the trio of celebrity deaths. Roger Ebert, Margaret Thatcher, and now Annette Funicello … RIP

      • bostonboomer says:

        Lilly Pulitzer? That’s four.

      • dakinikat says:

        I have to admit that I had and still have little idea of who she is …

      • bostonboomer says:

        I don’t either, but she’s famous, I guess….

      • Fannie says:

        Lilly Pulitzer designed those flowery dresses back in 1960’s……….they were very simply lines, and I remember making my own dress using her fabric. A line type dress, and we wore the 3 cornered scarsf on our heads………..I think somewhere I have a photo of myself in one. But I did buy one of her “go to the beach” terry cloth outfits, big old colorful circles with white pom poms on the bottom, and my long hair in pigtails…….hee hee…………….I remember.

    • peggysue22 says:

      Wow! Annette Funicello, Mouseketeer royalty. My childhood just died :0(. I had no idea she was 70. But I had heard about the MS. Sad that her last years were in a coma.

      RIP!

  11. bostonboomer says:

    Annette Funicello has died. Who’s next?

    • NW Luna says:

      There’s a very simple solution for that problem — the media should cover female candidates’ policies and STFU about their looks.

  12. peggysue22 says:

    Joe Cannon’s piece you mentioned, Dak, is really a scary piece of speculation. Primarily because it’s fairly easy to imagine. How many times have we been told our ports are below par when it comes to security threats? I try to filter out a lot of this but I remember only too well being terrified as a kid during the Cuban Missile Crisis, believing we [those us sitting in Nuke Alley between DC & NYC] were going to be crispy critters. Or worse. Have our eyes burned out [a grisly childhood fear]. Here we go again.

    As for Maureen Dowd? I wish she’d go suck on a pickle out of the public’s view. I’ve tended to steer clear of her venomous columns, her penchant for literary character puppet shows, but I read this one. Really, the Clinton hate is on the move. Could get very hairy!

    What is Dowd’s specific deal? Did she get the brush off by the Clintons at some point? Didn’t feel enough love? Or is she just naturally in a snarky, foul mood all the time?

    Princess of the Backhanded Commentary. Ugh!

    • Fannie says:

      Couldn’t have said it better……..amen.

    • NW Luna says:

      Joe Cannon’s piece you mentioned, Dak, is really a scary piece of speculation. Primarily because it’s fairly easy to imagine. How many times have we been told our ports are below par when it comes to security threats?

      Obama hasn’t improved the port-security process much during his term(s). Not hard to imagine a garbage-can sized dirty bomb somewhere in a shipping container. One of the things I do not like to think about, since I live in a major West Coast port city.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Modo hates everyone. She’s an equal opportunity hater.

  13. NW Luna says:

    Cancer treatment ‘medical arms race’

    Two of the Washington, D.C., region’s largest hospital systems are competing to offer a controversial cancer treatment — joining what critics say is a nationwide medical arms race as hospitals scramble for dominance by investing millions of dollars in technology that has not been proven to be better than cheaper alternatives for some cancers. ….

    Hospitals using proton technology get higher Medicare reimbursements than those using conventional radiation — for example, $32,000 per patient compared with less than $19,000 for prostate cancer treatment, according to a recent study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. “The hospitals make a ton of money,” said an executive who declined to be identified because his company has a financial interest in a proton beam technology firm. “It’s beautifully precise, but it’s not for every kind of tumor. It would be like using a Japanese chef knife to cut weeds in the yard.”

    http://seattletimes.com/text/2020734404.html

    Would be really nice to have more go into research on prevention, instead of another even more expensive and not proven better treatment.

  14. NW Luna says:

    Heh:

    Broadcasters worry about ‘Zero TV’ homes

    Some people have had it with TV. They’ve had enough of the 100-plus channel universe. They don’t like timing their lives around network show schedules. They’re tired of $100-plus monthly bills.

    A growing number of them have stopped paying for cable and satellite-TV service, and don’t even use an antenna to get free signals over the air. These people are watching shows and movies on the Internet, sometimes via cellphone connections. …. Last month, the Nielsen Co. started labeling people in this group “Zero TV” households, because they fall outside the traditional definition of a TV home. There are 5 million of these residences in the U.S., up from 2 million in 2007.

  15. dakinikat says:

    Bobby JIndal just ran away from his own tax plan in this speech to the legislature … guess he and ALEC were the only supporters …

    http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/04/jindal_gives_up_on_tax_swap_pl.html