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Sun Oct 14, 2012 at 07:18 PM PDT

Tax the Poor

by eyeswideopen

Lest anyone think Romney doesn't really mean what he said in that hidden camera video where he demonstrated his contempt for the 47%, here he is again saying the same thing to another group of people. This was uploaded by ThinkProgress about a year ago. He clearly feels that taxing the poor is a worthwhile project.

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So-called "pro-life" men should worry about loss of contraception and abortion rights as an economic issue if they cannot bring themselves to comprehend it as a critical women's rights issue.

About 40% of children now are born out of wedlock. Unwed noncustodial fathers are required to pay for the mother's medical costs and recovery as well as provide child support until the child turns 18. Paternity tests are now inexpensive and highly accurate. The amount of child support varies, but can typically be about 20-30% of the noncustodial parent's income.

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Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 05:29 PM PST

Obama & meds for the poor

by eyeswideopen

There are many reasons why anyone paying attention and not afflicted with sociopathic lack of empathy for the suffering of others would be elated by President Obama's first month and a half in office. Well, here's one more big one. While Bush piled up corpses, Obama works to bring life-saving medicines and procedures to the poorest among us.

Join me below the jump to see how.

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Wed Sep 10, 2008 at 03:59 PM PDT

The World Prefers Obama

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A new BBC World Service poll released shows that the rest of the world prefers Obama to McCain by a 4-to-1 margin. Over 22,500 people were polled in 22 countries comprising Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, Panama, the Philippines, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Turkey, the UAE and the UK. The poll was taken before the Conventions.

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Sat Aug 04, 2007 at 01:29 AM PDT

CA Elections Saved by SOS

by eyeswideopen

It is a good day in California for voting. Our new Secretary of State, Debra Bowen, has de-certified nearly all of the electronic voting machines and re-certified them with conditions -- in most cases, only one per polling station for use only by disabled voters. Without a linked network of voting machines, vote-flipping computer viruses cannot spread. She expects that the primary elections coming up in February will not be adversely affected, and sufficient paper ballots will be provided. The ES&S Inka-Vote scanners, used in Los Angeles County, have been de-certified without re-certification because the company ignored her request for source code. For a bit of joy, go read the whole article.

Many kudos to the folks at Brad Blog, who stayed up late to transcribe this press conference and who have been absolute heroes for democracy.


Synthesizing several recommended diaries, it dawned on me that the GOP strategy may be to force the Democrats into impeachment and then launch a false flag or domestic terrorist attack and then blame the Democrats for interfering with the Commander-in-Chief, in an attempt to blunt our electoral hopes for '08 or even to perhaps institute martial law.

Keith Olbermann has already tried to inoculate the public against the possibility of a domestic terrorist attack in his special comment about Chertoff's gut when he said that the fault for any such attack would laid at the feet of the administration. We need to loudly inoculate the public against this possibility in order to ward it off. If such a cynical maneuver would redound to the GOP's detriment, they would think twice about it and perhaps even work to avoid it. The battle is in the media and thence in the minds of the people, and we must wage it there. Vigorously.

Perhaps, polling that asks questions such as whether people think Bush would benefit from a new terrorist attack could be employed. Or if the crippling of the DOJ by Gonzo's politicization has weakened us enough to predispose us to an attack, or if Bush's being bogged down in Iraq has disabled his -- and our -- ability to defend the US home turf. Any other suggestions?

Take a look at this and tell me what you think. Here is a news item I saw yesterday that I found interesting. Apparently, al-Zarqawi's wife claims that al-Qaida made a deal with the US government to give up al-Zarqawi's location in Iraq in exchange for the US letting up on the search for bin Laden. Well, then, imagine my surprise when, just a day later, it is announced that the CIA is suspending its search for bin Laden and disbanding the unit performing that task.

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Wed Nov 16, 2005 at 06:09 PM PST

Bird Flu in US - Coverup?

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On October 31, 2005, Canadian officials announced that viral subtype H5 was found in wild ducks in Quebec, Manitoba and then on November 1, in British Columbia as well.  They attempt to assuage fear by pointing out that the birds in question were healthy, so the bird flu most likely isn't H5N1, neglecting to mention that ducks can be asymptomatic and thus have become the migrating carriers spreading the disease worldwide.

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Mon Oct 31, 2005 at 02:57 PM PST

Bird Flu Personal Preparedness

by eyeswideopen

Below are some suggestions for preparing for a bird flu pandemic.  If you are a naysayer, be aware that the consequences of the experts warning about this coming being wrong are enhanced preparedness, excess consumables on hand for a while, and dancing in the streets, while the consequences of you being wrong are millions of unnecessary deaths.  Guess which advice any sane person chooses.

If you have any constructive suggestions to improve this draft, please offer them in the comments; they will be gratefully accepted and incorporated.

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Sun Oct 30, 2005 at 05:19 PM PST

Bird Flu Community Preparedness

by eyeswideopen

We are in a rather odd moment of irony, where we are more highly interconnected than ever and yet seem to fail to acknowledge or appreciate that very interconnectedness and its consequences.  This will be exacerbated by a global pandemic that will doubtlessly bring out the best and the worst in human nature.

I've discovered that attempting to plan on a community or neighborhood level is particularly challenging, as the need for collective action is not obvious to many; in fact, the need for isolation would seem to be more immediate.  While true on one level, there are things we can and must do as communities.  For a social animal with the highest population densities in history, attempting to mitigate a pandemic in the absence of sufficient vaccine, medicines, or medical treatment is a monumental task.  Feedback and ideas gratefully accepted.

I will post my personal preparedness guide tomorrow.
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Tue Oct 11, 2005 at 12:50 PM PDT

The God Rift

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I have noticed an unnecessary rift between theists and nontheists here at dkos and in the progressive community at large that needs addressing.  I here use the term "nontheist", because it includes, among others, agnostics, atheists, Buddhists, Taoists and deists. [Oxford American Dictionary: "THEISM: belief in the existence of a god or gods, especially belief in one god as creator of the universe, intervening in it and sustaining a personal relation to his creatures.  Compare with DEISM."  "DEISM: An intellectual movement of the 17th and 18th Centuries that accepted the existence of a creator on the basis of reason but rejected belief in a supernatural deity who interacts with humankind.  Compare with THEISM." ]  I will be writing from the perspective of a nontheist who has studied and appreciated many religions.  Although I was raised by atheists, there are also Quakers, Buddhists, and Catholics in my family;  I respect them all.  

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Theist kossacks: Would you support a candidate you knew to be a nontheist, all other factors in place?

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Friends, this is an urgent call to action.  Finally, after a frighteningly long period of inaction and idiotic statements from Mike Leavitt of the HHS, our good Democratic senators got an amendment to a military funding measure passed to fund avian flu preparedness to the tune of $3.9 Bln.  However, I just learned that Ted Stevens in going to attempt to kill this desperately needed funding in conference.  
The US Senate voted yesterday to provide $4 billion for antiviral drugs and other measures to prepare for a feared influenza pandemic, but whether the measure would clear Congress was uncertain.

The Senate attached the measure to a $440 billion defense-spending bill for 2006, according to the Associated Press (AP). But the House included no flu money in its version of the defense bill, and a key senator said he would try to keep the funds out of the House-Senate compromise version. The Senate is expected to vote on the overall bill next week.

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