curlydan commented on the diary post A Nation Fails Its Youth When Millions Go to College Presidents, Not Students by BrandonJ.
The presidents’ salaries are “another brick in the wall”, and I viewed with dismay the president of my university in the millionaires club. These guys (and a few gals) are basically fundraisers and salespersons–how much money can they get donated in the shortest period of time. Forget concepts about education and students. The presidents can [...]
curlydan commented on the blog post Seymour Hersh: Obama Administration Cherry-Picked Syria Intelligence, Avoided Al-Qaeda Connection
Good points, Knut. So Hersh was a bit rambling on Democracy Now. The guy is old, knows a ton, and has a big exciting story to tell. He told it and tried to cram a lot of facts into a small segment. I’m glad we have both Glenn Greenwald and Sy Hersh in the world. Hersh can get deep into the intelligence establishment and show that it’s not just a monolithic mindset.
There are limits on the required repayment of health care premium tax credits. Click on exhibit 2 from the following link.
curlydan commented on the blog post Public Education Privatizers Join Fight To Cut Social Security
Don’t stop with Bill Gates. One day I just noticed that the big charter school pushers and “Waiting for Superman” types all seemed to go to private schools. So I decided to test that hypothesis. Here’s what I found:
Arne Duncan – University of Chicago Laboratory Schools (private)
Barrack Obama – Punahu School (private)
Mark Zuckerberg – Phillips Exeter Academy (private)
Bill Gates – Lakeside School (private)
Michelle Rhee – Maumee Valley Country Day School (private)
Joel Klein – William Cullen Bryant High School (public)
Alice Walton – (pretty sure it was public)
Penny Pritzker – Castilleja School (private)
Melinda Gates – Ursuline Academy (private)
Lo and behold! 7 out of 9 of the super-reformers were actually private school kids and usually very exclusive private schools. These folks have dreams that they can flash some cash and private enterprise toward the poor kids, and suddenly all will be well and all will be headed to a university. Give me a break! Public schools are very good (full disclosure: that’s where I went through high school). Are we going to let this biased sample of nimwits strip mine our public schools.
It’s all fun and games until the rich man’s pocketbook starts to suffer!
curlydan commented on the blog post HHS Releases Some Data About Premiums on Federally Run Exchanges
Is there a link to the HHS data?
curlydan commented on the blog post Brazil’s President Cancels Trip To US Over NSA Spying
Following a decades long policy on apologies, White House officials responded this morning with the following statement:
“Apologies? We ain’t got no apologies. We don’t need no apologies! We don’t have to give you any stinkin’ apologies!”
curlydan commented on the blog post Report: US and UK Preparing For First Strike In Syria To Support Al-Qaeda Linked Rebels
Great point, maa8722. Assad would be a fool to use chem weapons because it endangers his rule, but the other side has a great incentive to try to convince others that he is using them. Unfortunately, when the warships move in, they usually want to do something. Putin’s gonna be pissed.
curlydan commented on the blog post Chinese Communist Party Memo Warns of ‘Seven Perils’
Exactly! They ought to copy our “Constitutional democracy”–what better way to control the populace and enrich the 1% while pretending the rest of us have “choices”
Wow, I thought the rumors were just a trial balloon and noted as much in one of your earlier blog posts from this week. I was wrong!
I wish I had your optimism for a pardon, but I’d say there’s no chance in hell for that. Prez O wants to make him an example. Since he can’t get Snowden or Assange (yet), he’s going to have to make an example of Manning.
curlydan commented on the blog post Mubarak To Be Released As Killings Of Protesters Continue In Egypt
I’d emphasize the “might be” in the headline. If this is a trial balloon, it will not go over well. Definitely reveals the links between the military and the old regime.
I love Matisse. His paintings of interiors and crazy colorful wallpaper and upholstery are mesmerizing. Picasso, a guy with a bit of an ego :), said he considered Matisse one of his favorites and basically his only competition.
curlydan commented on the blog post NSA’s XKeyscore Collects Everything User Does On The Internet
BOOM! That’s going to leave a mark.
curlydan commented on the blog post President Carter Supports Snowden, Says America Does Not Have A Functioning Democracy
Dammit, Jimmy! First you made us turn down our thermostats, wear sweaters, and conserve energy. Then you equated Palenstine with apartheid. Now, this! You are officially out of the US Prez Oil Thirsty Imperialist Club. Yours Truly, Poppy, Bill, W, and BO
Hmmm…I wonder who will have the better lawyers? The bondholders or the public employees’ pension fund?
Slightly off topic, but I noticed Twinkies have emerged from bankruptcy and are selling again. Management was enriched, the employees making a decent wage have been purged, and the popular surgary snacks are back. Watch as more companies take a similar tack, leveraging the popularity of certain brands to cutoff the workers through bankruptcy but re-emerge “healthier”. That’s 21st century capitalism, American style.
curlydan commented on the blog post Obama Builds Off Legacy of Reagan by Charging Leakers Like Snowden Under Espionage Act
Agree. Kevin: Maybe your best blog post ever! Perfect.
there’s also a major soccer tournament occurring in Brazil now–the Confederations Cup. It’s kind of like a warm-up/test rn for the World Cup. Protests now must make the Brazilian govt very nervous for next summer.
curlydan commented on the blog post NSA Scandal Seems to Have Done Serious Damage to Obama’s Image
It’s obviously time then for a middle of the road/”let me be clear”/”troubling times”/”I’ve asked Congress to do…”/”God bless America” speech.
He’s pro-choice and he likes gay people, but when 8 years are over, that may not be enough.
And what makes us think Russia is going to roll over and let us do what we want with their key Middle East ally?
Agree with your summary. To me, it sounds like we’re responding to specific actions (or alleged actions) with no grand plan.
Let’s remember in Iraq there was no Plan B.
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