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FIX THE MEDICAL CARE SYSTEM
New York Times
The Case for Medicare for All
“Single-payer national health insurance, also known as ‘Medicare for all,’ is a system in which a single public or quasi-public agency organizes health care financing, but the delivery of care remains largely in private hands.”
World Socialist Web
A socialist policy for universal health care
The capitalist principle of for-profit health care must be ended. Working people must take the position that health care is a social right—along with education, housing, employment, retirement and access to culture—not a privilege reserved for the wealthy, and must be provided to all free of charge.
Beat the Press
New Health Care Plan: Open Source Drugs, Immigrant Doctors, and a Public Option
Now that the Republican health care plan has been sent to the dust bin of history, it’s worth thinking about how Obamacare can be improved. While the ACA was a huge step forward in extending insurance coverage, many of the complaints against the program are justified. The co-pays and deductibles can mean the plans are of little use to middle income people with relatively low bills. at 06:30
We have created a monster, a Deep State with such unchecked power, armed with such Orwellian technology, that it represents a clear and present danger to our constitutional republic. This threat is underscored not only by the latest WikiLeaks revelations, but also by the intelligence community’s intervention in our domestic politics, which has been documented in the headlines of the nation’s newspapers for the past few months.
POLICE STATE WATCH
The CIA is expressly forbidden from spying on US citizens
and anything overheard incidentally when bugging foreigners is supposed to remain suppressed or “masked.”) Somebody at the CIA just handed the info straight to The New York Times, The WashPo, and CNN. That story broke in back in January. How come the CIA has not rooted out the culprit and handed him/her/zhe over to the Department of Justice?
Do We Live in a Police State?
The US president can spy on anybody, anytime, anywhere. No warrants necessary
Judge Napolitano also stressed that “wiretapping” per se, is not even really required, since everything we say or write on our mobile phones or computers is already digitally captured by the NSA and stored for future retrieval. It would therefore have been a simple matter for the Obama administration, as well as those in the intelligence community hostile to President Trump, to obtain private conversations of Trump or anyone they wished.
Paul Craig Roberts
Truth Is Rare and Hard to Find
If the CIA can leave the fingerprint of an innocent party, we must assume the CIA can also put secret documents or child pornography on a person’s computer. Because of the CIA’s capability, henceforth we cannot know if any evidence presented in any trial against any defendant is real of faked.
Border officials have long had broad powers — many people just don’t know about them.
Border officials, for instance, have search powers that extend 100 air miles inland from any external boundary of the U.S. That means border agents can stop and question people at fixed checkpoints dozens of miles from U.S. borders. They can also pull over motorists whom they suspect of a crime as part of “roving” border patrol operations.
The Multibillion-Dollar U.S. Spy Agency You Haven’t Heard of
The NGA remains by far the most shadowy member of the Big Five spy agencies. The NGA is to pictures what the NSA is to voices. Its principal function is to analyze the billions of images and miles of video captured by drones in the Middle East and spy satellites circling the globe. But because it has largely kept its ultra-high-resolution cameras pointed away from the United States. Few civilians have any idea how advanced these military eye-in-the-sky drones have become. Among them is ARGUS-IS, the world’s highest-resolution camera with 1.8 billion pixels. Invisible from the ground at nearly four miles in the air, it uses a technology known as “persistent stare” — the equivalent of 100 Predator drones peering down at a medium-size city at once — to track everything that moves. at 23:50
The broken two party political system
Thomas Frank asserts that the two political parties dominated by societal elites have systemically failed the workers in America, resulting in a space for populism to naturally grow into.
"When Trump makes claims, the press takes him literally, but not seriously;
his supporters take him seriously, but not literally."
Amazon bestseller ‘Reasons to Vote for Democrats’ is a book of 266 blank pages
How the Left Can Win
You might think that the Democrats would, in response to their catastrophic defeat, try to adjust to the populist surge and indeed try to capture it. But it seems to me very unlikely that they’re going to do this, for the very reason that Clinton took the political positions and adopted the electoral strategy she did.
Trump Is Obama’s Legacy. Will This Break Up the Democratic Party?
It is easier to begin afresh than to try to re-design a party (or any institution) dominated by resistance to change, and whose idea of economic growth is a pastiche of tax cuts and deregulation. Both U.S. parties are committed to this neoliberal program – and seek to blame foreign enemies for the fact that its effect is to continue squeezing living standards and bloating the financial sector.
As Trotsky said, fascism is the result of the failure of the left to provide an alternative.
I think the two parties are already being remade.
Trump lost a lot of upper income voters, and he gained a lot of lower income voters. As Trump begins to redefine the Republicans, Democrats themselves will begin to redefine as a response. They’re already moving toward their own kind of populism. I don’t think a candidate like Hillary will be nominated again. at 18:00
The American Conservative
The benefits of prioritizing skilled immigrants.
Common Sense on Immigration
Ten Steps to Re-establish the Integrity of the Immigration System
Does the US want a population of 500 million, a billion?
Bill Clinton Advocates Open Borders, Claims ‘Nationalism Destroying’ U.S.
The phrase “illegal aliens” is banned by the mainstream media
but not be the rest of us.
CORPORATIONS SHOULD NOT HAVE CIVIL RIGHTS
The Supreme Court has ruled that corporations are people with free speech rights
and can spend unlimited amounts of their money in our elections. And as a result, we now see effectively a corporate takeover of our democracy.
Personhood' is not synonymous with 'humans.'
A 'person' is the law's way of saying that entity has the capacity for rights. at 22:56
Unz Review: Andrew Napolitano
THE MEDIA CANNOT BE TRUSTED
Summary of Noam Chomsky's analyses on how the corporate media functions.
Paul Craig Roberts
The media serve as propagandists for military/security complex and Wall Street
Rage between a president and the press is not new.
THE FED, MONETARY REFORM AND PUBLIC BANKING
Monetary reform is the creation of debt-free money by government
for the direct payment of public goods and services.
Public banking creates at-cost and in-house credit to pay for public goods and services
without the expense and for-profit interest of selling debt-securities. North Dakota has a public bank for at-cost credit that results in it being the only state with annual increasing surpluses rather than deficits.
Permit US Postal Service to Accept Deposits and Have ATM's
Audit the Fed, Then Close It
Auditing the Fed is only a baby step. We need to end the Fed, end fractional reserve lending, and have a free market in currencies and interest rates. Regulation can be conducted by other Federal agencies and states.
New York Times
Trump Wants Faster Growth. The Fed Isn’t So Sure.
The central bank, for its part, is indicating that it will seek to restrain any acceleration in economic activity. The Fed does not want faster growth. Fed officials estimate that the economy is already growing at something like the maximum sustainable pace. Fed officials predicted in December that the economy would expand 2.1 percent this year, slightly faster than the 1.8 percent pace they regard as sustainable.
Federal Reserve squeezes retirees, hurts savers
Fed's low interest policy transfered a trillion dollars in wealth from savers to the 1%? at 08:22
Despite Campaign Rhetoric, Trump Wades Further Into Middle East
Despite that campaign platform and electoral mandate, now-President Donald Trump is doubling down on military intervention in the Middle East.
The neocons are most definitely an integral part of the Deep State
Having a plausible and dangerous enemy like Russia on tap keeps the cash flowing from defense industries to the foundations and think tanks that the neocons nest in when they are not running the Pentagon and National Security Council. Follow the money. So it is all about self-interest combined with tribal memory: money, status and a visceral hatred of Russia. at 10:22
THE FOURTH TURNING
Burning Platform, Part 1
The catalyst spark which ignited this Fourth Turning was the 2008 financial crisis
Burning Platform, Part 2
Who will lead the country during the second half of this Fourth Turning Crisis.
Burning Platform, Part 3
Economic distress is likely to be the driving force in next phase of this Crisis
Empire Files: Abby Martin Exposes Steve Bannon
Steve Bannon has been propelled over the last year from fringe media outlier to top propagandist of the U.S. Empire as Trump's Chief Strategist.
Steve Bannon’s Apocalyptic ‘Unravelling’
Donald Trump’s upbeat slogan is “Make America Great Again,” but his chief strategist Steve Bannon sees apocalyptic days ahead, a harsh winter before society’s renewal, writes ex-British diplomat Alastair Crooke.
FASCISM IS A SNARL WORD
A snarl word ia a content-free verbal noise that expresses angry emotions and nothing else
Any fascist movement ALWAYS had these three organizational features
* a cult of charismatic leadership,
* a uniformed Party militia,
* the goal of totalitarianism.
Any fascist movement NEVER had these three features
* Conservatism - the hot-button one
Fascism and the Future
There really is a difference between a troubled, dysfunctional, and failing representative democracy and a totalitarian state, and that a movement that promises to overturn a broken status quo, and succeeds in doing so, is perfectly capable of making things much, much worse.