"Right now, we’re watching six U.S. Senators (from some of the most sparsely populated states) and seven Commerce Committee Blue Dog Democrats hijack the health care debate. Together, these 13 tyrants represent just 13 million people - or 4 percent of the total population. And they are obstructing a health care bill for the other 300 million of us.
I ran the numbers on these districts and states - and there’s some particularly interesting things to note.
First, the Congressional Black Caucus is right - it’s not a coincidence that the people holding up health care are not only themselves all white, but represent disproportionately undiverse districts. In all, these districts have about half the African-American and Latino populations as the country at large. Put another way, the districts and states whose representatives are obstructing health care disproportionately underrepresent two major communities with a particularly vested interest in health care reform.”
This is actually my favorite unreleased Radiohead track (it was Nude until In Rainbows came out). It was originally written to be in the Avengers movie (you know the Emma Peel one from the mid 90s), and also makes a brief cameo in the Meeting People Is Easy documentary. It never made it into the Avengers but the band did play it live a few times in the 90s. This version is from Salamanca in 2002 and is my favorite recorded version of the track with every lead guitar line striking a chord through my bones.
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Then you should check out my sister’s new vegan dessert blog Sugar Beats Eggs. Even if you’re not vegan you should still check it out. As a non-vegan who’s tasted some of these I can promise you this stuff’s delicious. She only has three recipes up right now, but expect many more in the near future.
I hear Republicans talk a great deal about how the government can’t manage things, that’s one of the big arguments against having a government run health care system. Frankly I’m sick of this argument. How about instead of saying that government is broken they try to FIX THINGS. Farming everything out to private industries is just laziness, it’s not a solution to government being broken. People elected you to work hard to make government work, so do it. Making government more efficient and effective is something both Democrats and Republicans can work on together. The private health care system IS broken for most Americans. So let’s see both parties work together to create a government run system that can show all Americans that yes, the Federal Government is capable of creating effective and efficient programs.
“Today, 10:30 AM, at Washington’s Union station. A young man approached me and said, excitedly, “I read your book on my flight back from South America — and it’s great!” He opened his briefcase, and triumphantly pulled out a copy of … Hot, Flat, and Crowded.”—
Even a Nobel Prize winning economist can’t catch a break.
11.21am: Question now from someone who appears to be a celebrity, although I’m not sure who. He says he’s devoted the last six months of his life to creating Lost-inspired art. It’s a painting of the boys posing alongside a polar bear.
This is pretty huge news for comic book fans. For the past 20 years or so Alan Moore’s seminal series Marvelman (or as it’s known in the U.S. Miracleman) has been caught up in a legal battle involving Todd McFarlane, Neil Gaiman and I’m sure many others. The biggest loser in all this is the fans who have had to hunt down torrent files or pricey out of print trades and back issues if they had any hope in reading this series. Hopefully the fact that Marvel now owns the rights to the characters Moore’s (and Gaiman’s) series can finally be printed for fans to see.