How to Fix Obamacare

Bernie Sanders: We Need Medicare for All, Not Cutbacks That Will Kill Our Seniors | Alternet:

"We need to expand Medicare to cover every man, woman, and child,"

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Police State

Well, not all cops are dicks but .....?

Cops Pose as Road Workers to Catch Drivers Checking Their Phones:

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War Party

Paying people to find terrorists. What could go wrong?  Revealed: The private firms tracking terror targets at heart of US drone wars | Informed Comment:

Israeli Terrorists kill Palestinian Toddler.

Peace Loving people against the Iran Deal?

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Our funny leaders

Will a member caught with two prostitutes bring down the UK House of Lords?:
"Sewel – in the photographs joyously released last weekend by the tabloid the Sun– showed the 69-year-old man in the company of two prostitutes at a party hosted by his lordship in his Westminster flat. In one photo he’s seen wearing little but a bra and a leather jacket. In another, he is snorting what appears to be a line of cocaine from the breast of one of the women. The depth of his moral descent was underscored by heavily stressed references to his position as deputy speaker (presiding over debates when the speaker is absent) of the chamber, which carries an £84,500 ($132,000) salary and — best of all! — his chairmanship of the Privileges and Conduct Committee"

I wouldn't expect any less of our elite. If he were a US pol, he'd be making a helluva lot more than $132,000.

How our elite think: Retirment Package

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Iran Nuke Deal

How much democracy can we afford?

Snuff Ads: Multimillion Dollar Campaign Tries to Kill Iran Nuke Deal:
 "But the most compelling reason that so many elected officials will oppose the deal is the power of lobby groups and think tanks, backed by hawkish billionaires who are determined to quash a deal they see as bad for Israel."
Also,.. The Israel Lobby’s $50M Campaign Against The Iran Nuclear Deal

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Mass Shootings

Hullabaloo: on the back-to-back mass shootings.

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The Middle East’s Only Democracy

Well, not really.

Richard Silverstein On Israel's Gag Orders And ‘The Middle East’s Only Democracy’:
And he isn’t the only one arguing that Israel, which controls the fate of 4.5 million Palestinians who cannot vote, isn’t a democracy: Last year, The Economist named Tunisia as the only democracy in the Middle East.
... Silverstein says the Israeli government targets free speech and freedom of the press with censorship and gag orders, subverting the democratic drive.
... One of those documents made it into the hands of a Haaretz reporter, who wrote a 2008 report exposing the IDF’s cover-up of the deaths of three Palestinian militants. The IDF had said the militants were killed in a firefight, whereas the document showed they were assassinated by a senior IDF commander in violation of a 2006 Israeli Supreme Court ruling.

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Quadcopter Gun

No, Mounting A Gun To A Quadcopter (Probably) Isn’t Illegal | Hackaday:

Yet. I'd expect our leaders to make it illegal pretty quickly.

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Nerds - Sex ?

Tyler Cowen wonders about a Great Teen Sex Stagnation.
The share of teen girls who reported they’ve had sex at least once dropped from 51 percent in 1988 to 44 percent in 2013, they found. Abstinence was more pronounced among the guys: 60 percent of teen boys in 1988 said they’d had sex, compared to 47 percent in 2013.
I'm guessing it's related to the The Rise of the Nerds that Noah Smith talks about here: Noahpinion: Nerd Culture and its Discontents:

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Very Serious People

Mostly Serious People seriously discussing Very Serious People here. Seriously.

A Brief Theory of Very Serious People — Crooked Timber: (worth reading, comments and all)

More VSP Definitions here Balloon-Juice and here Rational Wiki

The simplest definition may be that VSPs are In The Bubble while MSPs aren't.

Also, How to Speak VSP


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.....and how it propagates. GG follows a story through the media.

The Spirit of Judy Miller is Alive and Well at the NYT, and It Does Great Damage:

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Cochrane vs Smith

Noah Smith vs John Cochrane on Jeb Bush’s 4 percent solution

I think history will show that Reagan's real, lasting legacy won't be the economic turn-around of the 80s, the fall of the Soviet Union, or the explosion of the national debt. Instead Reagan's stamp-on-history will be his influence on a generation of future US leader-elite, who saw the US shake off the post-Vietnam malaise of the late 70's with Free-Market Reaganomics and who now think those same free market policies can, and should, be applied to every economic situation.

When you grow up as a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.

The generation of Noah Smith may save us.