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"Capitalism: A Love Story"

I was wondering where I was going to put this tube. It seems appropriate here.

Why appropriate? Just a new movie called “Capitalism: A Love Story” by Michael Moore, set to release October 2, 2009. Here is a snippet.

Jesus. Does Michael want us to have armed rebellion against the wealthy? Hmmmmm. Perhaps we could sic the birther/anti-healthcare/teabagging nuts on Wall Steet…

'This is Surreal'

As the USA PATRIOT Act comes under review for expiring provisions by the Senate Judiciary Committee an interesting exchange took place between recently seated Senator Al Franken (D-Minn) and assistant attorney general of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, David Kris:

Franken, who opened by acknowledging that unlike most of his colleagues in the Senate, he’s not a lawyer, but according to his research “most Americans aren’t lawyers” either, said he’d also done research on the Patriot Act and in particular, the “roving wiretap” provision that allows the FBI to get a warrant to wiretap an unnamed target and his or her various and changing cell phones, computers and other communication devices.

Daily Tubes for September 21, 22 & 23, 2009

Again with the lack of daily tubes?! Oy. I am the big suck lately. Sorry to all (3 or 4, heh) of my fans. To be perfectly honest, I have been having trouble getting motivated.

This gave me a chuckle though. It is rather long, but worth viewing. Sort of.

I now understand why Lumpybag doesn’t do live television anymore.

The Onion gives us a batseye view of Congress.

It is so hard watching the sausage being made…

Finally! Some real solutions for the health care crisis. Courtesy of Lee Camp.

I am waiting for my Wally! Yay!

A dream within a dream?

It is a dream. I recognize that right away. I’ve never been in the room before, nor do I recognize the doctor at my side or the gaunt, sickly child who lies in the hospital bed before us.

I ask, “Is there anything…?”

Monday Night Open Thread

Kseniya Simonova, a sand artist, won Ukraine’s Got Talent and has become the star of the newest “must see” Youtube clip. Using an illuminated sand table, she presented a visual tale of the effects of WWII on the civilian population.


Friday September 18, 2009: The Day in Tubes

Yeah I know. It is not Friday. I have been bad. And lazy. You know who is none of the above? First Lady Michelle Obama.

How many of you think Mrs. Obama will be considered the greatest First Lady, the United States of America has ever had?

The Onion reveals another growing problem in the US.

Isn’t there any place where bigotry won’t raise its ugly, ugly head?

Thinking about America at the end of the decade…

The past decade, which allowed the Bush Administration, American corporations and the great financial giants to turn the country into a dispeptic ulcer, which was mostly Bush and some Obama administered, has left us in a slump. It has taken so much energy to try and turn things around that we wonder if we can summon up more just to keep going.

Lack of Health Insurance causes 44,789 deaths in United States every year

Paul Rosenberg at OpenLeft brings to our attention a recent study conducted by Harvard related researchers. The study concludes that 44789 deaths occur in United States because of lack of health insurance!…

The actual article linked below states the following in its conclusion. It is powerful indictment of the state of healthcare in United States. What a shame!!!

The United States stands alone among industrialized nations in not providing health coverage to all of its citizens. Currently, 46 million Americans lack health coverage. Despite repeated attempts to expand health insurance, uninsurance remains commonplace among US adults

Lack of health insurance is associated with as many as 44789 deaths per year in the United States, more than those caused by kidney disease (n=42868). The increased risk of death attributable to uninsurance suggests that alternative measures of access to medical care for the uninsured, such as community health centers, do not provide the protection of private health insurance. Despite widespread acknowledgment tha enacting universal coverage would be life saving, doing so remains politically thorny. Now that health reform is again on the political agenda, health professionals have the opportunity to advocate universal coverage.

Read the full article at…