Vox: AP’s big exposé on Hillary meeting with Clinton Foundation donors is a mess.
BillMoyers: Why a Single-Payer Health Care System is Inevitable.
“Health insurers spend lots of time, effort and money trying to attract people who have high odds of staying healthy (the young and the fit) while doing whatever they can to fend off those who have high odds of getting sick (the older, infirm and the unfit). As a result we end up with the most bizarre health-insurance system imaginable: One ever better designed to avoid sick people.” My italic emphasis.
Tax Justice Network: Corporate tax cuts - why the old analyses don’t stack up any more.
Dazed: Teenage girls in the UK feel ‘worthless’ and ‘unhappy’.
“If all that wasn’t enough, a major new survey from the Department for Education has revealed that more than a third of teenage girls in the UK now suffer from depression and anxiety. According to stats obtained by the organisation, 37 per cent of female 14-year-olds feel unhappy, worthless, or unable to concentrate – which is double the amount compared to boys of the same age.” Begs the question, why?
Political Wire: Trump Begins Preparing for Debates.
Ailes. Don’t poo-poo this. He and Atwater engineered the character assassination of Dukakis, back when Bush Sr. ran for Prez. The challenge will be keeping the messenger from going rogue; unless they use an earpiece [and even if they do], it ain’t happening.
The Hill: Republicans say party can’t afford to cut ties to Trump.
“While some in the GOP have called for Republicans to cut Trump loose sooner rather than later to avoid lasting damage, strategists concerned about control of Congress in 2017 say that would be disastrous.” More popcorn moments.
BillMoyers.com: What Would Joseph Campbell Say About Donald Trump?
“Unlike the hero who serves humanity, Trump is simultaneously serving his own self-destructive “dark side” while calling forth America’s dark side — bullies obsessed with money, power and materialistic success, absorbed with their own hubris and empire. Instead of trying to improve the system and make it better for all, he is trying to blow it up. The alternative he offers would be chaos.”
PS Mag: Here’s Why the Navajo Nation Is Suing the EPA Over Colorado’s Mining Catastrophe
SF New Mexican/AP: Trump advisers waged covert influence campaign.
Jeebus. The Republican’s nominee’s advisers were in direct cahoots with ... and I use their term ... “the commies.” If this were the pre-internet media, revelations would blow the campaign to smithereens. As it is, it’ll be gone in the news cycle in hours.
The Atlantic: The Difficult Math of American Health Care.
“At the end of the day, who has health insurance in the U.S.? It’s people on Medicare and Medicaid, who don’t pay the full cost of their coverage because the government picks up most or all of it. It’s people on employer-sponsored plans, who tend not to realize they pay the full cost because they get large (though declining) subsidies from their employers. And it’s people who buy Obamacare policies, many of whom don’t pay the full cost because they get subsidies, and many of whom place a high value on insurance because they know they are sicker than average.” Those are the people who say it’s great. The rest of us are stuck with absolute useless, expensive insurance - enforced by law.
NY Daily News: EpiPen price hike sends doctors and patients scrambling.
Criminal. FDA? Mr Obama?
Political Wire: Trump Finally Pivots 107 Days Late.
Hate to repeat it, but it should be obvious. Hillary has an easy strategy here. “You conservative voters swore to never vote based on a teleprompter performance. Remember?”
Devolving into quotes.
I always said I wouldn’t do it. But this is a good one, given natural and political events of this week: “If this earth should ever be destroyed, it will be by desire, by the lust of pleasure and self-gratification, by greed of the green frog skin, by people who are mindful of their own self, forgetting about the wants of others.” ― John (Fire) Lame Deer, Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions
TechDirt: With Republicans Backing Away From TPP, Does It Still Have Any Chance?
“So, you have both candidates claiming to be against TPP, but for weird reasons, and no one believing the Dem candidate, while no one quite understanding the GOP candidate. Meanwhile, the sitting President continues to push for the TPP even as the only two people likely to have his job in a few months insist they won’t support it.” Yes, it’s this bad in America right now. The confluence of media/politics/reality is just a regurgitated mess.
New Yorker: What Happens When We Decide Everyone Else Is a Narcissist.
“If ‘toxic self-absorption’ is indeed the new American disease, then it will be important to remember that no one has immunity.” There is nothing more damaging and wrong than involuntary psychoanalysis. Over each other. Even over politicians. Any psychologist will tell you decent analysis is a time consuming, intricate process. Generalizations are prone to bias. An individual with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology ruined my opportunity to be fluent for decades. ‘60’s. I admit I’m a bit unreasonable and immovable over this, given my own experiences. I don’t think I’m alone. Read James Hillman. Where is moving locations as a therapy in modern psychology? Exactly. Not everyone benefits from the modern SSRI -> endless talk therapy route.
Capital and Main: DOJ to End Use of Private Prisons.
“The DOJ’s decision is a testament to the long and tiring work of some of In the Public Interest’s closest allies, including Grassroots Leadership, Detention Watch, ACLU, AFL-CIO, AFSC, AFSCME, Prison Legal News, Enlace, Justice Strategies, SEIU, Teamsters, CWA, AFGE, PICO, the Sentencing Project, Brave New Films, NAACP and many more.” Congratulations!
Guardian.UK: Clinton, rig the election? I’ve been a voter fraud expert for the GOP, and it’s fantasy
FYI. “Perhaps Trump would encourage his observers to ‘rough them up a little bit’ or ‘punch them in the face’. Sounds absurd right? No, it doesn’t. It sounds like a scenario that should be expected based on past behavior.” As I stated previously, this is ‘brownshirt’ behavior. Anyone who promotes this behavior should face charges.
Vox: Clinton has eased one of the biggest doubts about her capacity to be a good president.
538: The GOP’s Chances Of Holding The Senate Are Following Trump Downhill.
Good news in the midst of mayhem.
Wonkette: Let’s Try Talking About Juanita Broaddrick, Again.
“But truly — back then, men were taught that a girl has to say no a couple times before she says yes, so no one will think she is easy.” Read it, see what you think. Most are only linking the original article; this is the ‘apology’. In the ‘90’s? Please. ‘50’s, maybe. I was born in 1959, and I understood “No” to be “No”. And it never went that far, in my hearing. And ‘taught’? Where in the world did that idea come from? And religious redemption is the slippery slope by which terrible politicians regain the limelight.
Sometimes, as a blogger, you have to step back and avoid the ‘I need to answer my mistake right away’ urge. A longer, more thoughtful process is required. Most readers will understand the pullback-and-contemplate time, if you ask for it. “I didn’t express myself well, let me take the time to carefully rephrase my intended meaning.”
Speaking more generally: Given the youth of today’s journalists, I really do wonder sometimes at their portrayal of previous decades. It only rarely resembles the realities I lived through. The first lesson: Avoid making broad generalizations without evidence!
The Atlantic: Does ‘Economic Anxiety’ Explain Donald Trump?
naked cap: ObamaCare Death Spiral Accelerates as Aetna Pulls out of the Exchanges.
“The [insurance company] dropouts also undermine a key promise of the law: multiple insurers would compete for consumers’ business each year, and the power of the market would control costs and raise quality. Instead, the opposite is happening.” My italic emphasis.
SF New Mexican: Mayor opens dialogue on Santa Fe fiestas.
“Tuesday’s meeting comes nearly a year after a group of demonstrators staged a protest during the re-enactment of the so-called peaceful reconquest of the city by Spanish conquistador Don Diego de Vargas. The protest was followed by calls from city officials for a more ‘truthful’ narrative of the city’s history.” See previous link.
BillMoyers: How Trump Succeeds by Saying Out Loud What Many Voters Think.
“What we’re learning is that a lot of people have been biting their lips, but not changing their minds.” And perpetuating those beliefs to their children.
naked cap: Will Elizabeth Warren Stymie Clinton’s Pro-Big Finance Campaign Promises?
“The Warren-istas understand that the Republicans are likely to have just around half of the Senate, and are likely to retain control of the House. The bad news, for Ms Warren’s supporters, is that new laws will be hard to pass. The good news is that the existing laws, including Dodd-Frank and the SEC’s governing legislation, already give future appointees all the authority they will need.” Why she would have been wasted as VP.