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  • Multiply the damage awards by twenty, and we’d begin approaching the threshold of meaningful compensation and meaningful deterrence.

  • PCM commented on the blog post Democrats Suffer From Significant Enthusiasm Gap

    2014-07-24 11:41:31View | Delete

    [M]ost of my D-voter friends are still madly “in love” with Obama and are champing at the bit to vote for Hillary the Inevitable.

    They’re called low-information/high-propaganda voters.

  • PCM commented on the blog post Democrats Suffer From Significant Enthusiasm Gap

    2014-07-24 11:33:45View | Delete

    Obamacare has more elements in common with organized-crime protection rackets and corporate welfare programs than with the much more egalitarian, much more cost-effective, much more universal, much more humane healthcare systems used for decades by our peer developed countries. Why would you want the treacherous sellouts who foisted it on us to do a good job advocating for it?

  • PCM commented on the blog post Sen. Schumer Calls for the National Adoption of Top-Two Primaries

    2014-07-23 13:41:03View | Delete

    The purpose of top-two primaries is to make third-party challenges to the corporatist Republican/Democratic duopoly even more difficult than they are now. With a top-two primary, third parties can’t even use the threat of a spoiler in the general to drag one of the parties closer to their position.

    Every unhappy rule, however, has the odd happy application. A case in point is Washington State’s 43rd legislative district, where all of the corporatist candidates wear blue. In that district, a Socialist Alternative candidate is very likely to place in the top two, as one did two years ago. (That 2012 challenger would be Kshama Sawant, who got 29% of the vote against sitting speaker of the house Frank Chopp. Sawant went on to win a seat on the Seattle City Council — in an at-large election, at the time — where she, her party, and their coalition can be credited with winning a $15-minimum-wage ordinance.)

  • So we don’t have any docs? Not to worry. They are all being provided to congressional intelligence oversight committees on a strict need-to-ignore basis.

  • “I think the government will do the right thing on this,” he says. “I think that the president, once he understands the scale of constitutional problems from 12333, will agree that we need a change…”

    And I think one of two things: Either Tye has drunk the entire pitcher of Kool-Aid and asked for more, or he’s an Obama Administration propaganda plant, hand-selected to showcase how fair Obama is to good, responsible whistleblowers.

  • PCM commented on the diary post Hillary Clinton On The Daily Show Promotes Standard Elite Narrative by BrandonJ.

    2014-07-22 08:36:39View | Delete

    I appreciate this write-up Brandon. I stopped watching the moment the “interview” was slotted to begin because I have neoliberal-treason-induced PTSD and even moderate amounts of Democratic Party horseshit PR can set it off. Reminder: like Colbert, Stewart works for Sumner Redstone, the billionaire media magnate who owns CBS and Viacom and who (apparently) almost always [...]

  • PCM commented on the diary post John Oliver Takes on the U.S. Prison System with Puppets by Zach Tomanelli.

    2014-07-21 16:09:41View | Delete

    Courtesy text link to YouTube video, for readers whose browsers won’t play the embedded video: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Prison (HBO) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Pz3syET3DY Really enjoyed this one, by the way, despite the sexist lapse. (Why is Satan’s secretary necessarily a woman? Why couldn’t his secretary be a man? Oh, that’s right: because it’s [...]

  • PCM commented on the blog post Piketty and His Critics Chapter 4: Netroots Nation

    2014-07-21 12:15:25View | Delete

    I’m just chiming in to say how tickled I am that everyone has ignored eCAHNomics’ hit-and-run trolling, Cheneyesque in its conclusory brevity, at @6. Well, except for me, I guess.

    Also, wealth/power inequality has gotten so egregiously bad that I don’t think an estate tax cuts it. We need a progressive annual wealth tax, with a high-enough floor so that enterprising, hard-working, inventive, innovative, revolutionary-thinking, etc., individuals have a shot at “having it decently made” for the rest of their own lives but that then ramps up enough to effectively make it impossible for them to become local, state, national, or international kingmakers (or kings). The devil would be in the details, and we’d have to take a close look at what led Austria, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Spain, and Greece to repeal their wealth taxes in recent years. (I suspect that yet another international race to the bottom was involved.) The US asserts worldwide tax jurisdiction over its citizens (and theoretically disregards tax-motivated renunciation of citizenship), so asset flight and rich-people flight wouldn’t be the same level of problem it has allegedly been in France.

    Anyway, I guess what I’m saying is that we can’t defer depriving plutocrats of their power to corrupt democracy until they die. It has to start NOW, and it has to phased in fairly quickly. The multi-billionaires who treat my state’s legislature — Washington’s — as their own privy council have a good 20-30 years of life left in them. And, hey, with the Waltons, we could recoup enough to pay us back all of the Medicaid, CHIP, and food stamp money Walmart has used to subsidize its sub-living-wage workforces for so many years.

  • PCM commented on the blog post The Roundup for July 16th, 2014

    2014-07-17 18:06:42View | Delete

    Google Maps and EDF are developing a mapping system to identify natural gas leaks in your vicinity.

    Uh oh. It’s hosted in the new-and-improved Google Maps’ Street View. Unless you have a cutting-edge gaming rig, you’ll already be burnt to a crisp by the time it loads and you finish navigating to your location.

  • PCM commented on the diary post Two More Reasons to Reschedule, President Laughy-Boy by patrick devlin.

    2014-07-17 14:28:28View | Delete

    I half-see where you’re coming from. I don’t have a lot of sympathy with people who consider the right to get stoned the premier human- and civil-rights issue of our time or who believe as a matter of faith that marijuana is nature’s own panacea. And it does often seem that every other article on [...]

  • Don’t leave us hanging! What’s the brave, stupid person’s name?

  • I feel fairly confident that the chart above, and others like it, depend almost entirely on how much and what manner of coverage America’s conglomerate news media oligopolies decide to give the various potential candidates. I’m a little less certain of how blatant the pressure from corporate advertisers is on shaping those decisions, but I have no doubt that is there. We get the candidates that our media conglomerates and their corporate advertisers pre-select for us.

  • PCM commented on the blog post Immigration Surges to Number One Issue With Americans

    2014-07-17 11:44:54View | Delete

    Really? The issue that America’s commercial media conglomerates have been headlining for the past week is now Americans’ number-one issue? And income and wealth inequality no longer is? Well, knock me over with a feather.

  • Yes, I was like, OMG!, WTF?, WHHBSBIWST!*, too. But then, I’ve always thought it rude to use specialized or otherwise obscure acronyms in writing targeted at a general audience without explaining what they stand for.

    But not to worry. All you have to do is follow the thoughtfully provided WHO link, figure out that you have to download the first PDF under “Downloads,” wait around 30 seconds for it download, search for one of the acronyms, and voilà!, right there, on page 13 of 184, you have it:

    NSP = needle and syringe programme
    OST = opioid substitution therapy

    Easy peasy, lemon squeezy, as people who spell program “programme” might be wont to say. (Or difficult difficult, lemon difficult, as someone who doesn’t work in public health might do.)

    But apart from taking a cheap shot at Jon — doubtless motivated in part by annoyance at his recurring efforts to “make the best” of the Obamacare fustercluck — I think WHO’s recommendation is a wonderful development that wouldn’t just improve public health, but also greatly reduce government corruption and illicit-drug-funded violence. I can already see the narco-leeches at DEA, state and local police forces, and the Prison Industrial Complex allying with the Taliban and various Mexican drug cartels to condemn it.

    *And WHHBSBIWST! = What Has He Been Smoking, Because I Want Some Too!

  • What if Democrats were to set up an additional exchange where people could hire a health insurance exchange adviser? And what if Democrats raised taxes a bit more to fund subsidies for the less well-off, so the little people can afford to hire an adviser, too? Maybe not the best, platinum- or gold-tier, advisers, but at least ones who know what “copay,” “co-insurance,” “deductible,” and “exclusion” mean? Of course, we’d need to police the advisers for conflicts of interest, but I’m sure, with a little extra tax- or premium-based funding, state AG’s offices and insurance commissioners would be up to the challenge. What do you think of that, Jon? Why don’t you suggest it to them?

    I’ve long thought that the reason so many small businesses in southern Italy are plagued by petty crime is because they aren’t equipped to rationally choose among the protection packages offered by competing organized crime syndicates and families. The Cosa Nostra? The ‘Ndrangheta? The Camora? And what family should they go with within those syndicates? Will they actually provide the protection they claim to? If you are burglarized or robbed, how much of your property will you actually get back? What will their network of enforcers look like when you need it? Will it be big enough to provide timely relief? Will it have competent specialists equipped to deal with your particular problem? Clearly, Southern Italian businesses need a protection racket adviser exchange, too. But, hey, your idea is a great second-best.

    And meanwhile, all of the citizens of our peer developed countries are getting actual healthcare at 50% to 60% the cost of the dog’s breakfast we’re getting

  • PCM commented on the blog post Demagoguing Feminism for Fun and Profit

    2014-07-15 11:32:06View | Delete

    [T]he Democratic candidate for president in [20]20 (should HRC win) or [20]24 (should HRC lose) will be an out gay neo-liberal financier, and the good wibewals of the Democratic Party will love their gay rightwing candidate.

    Way ahead of you. I live in what is supposedly one of the most “liberal” state legislative districts in Washington State. One of my two state representatives is an openly gay corporate lawyer who is “of counsel” with K&L Gates (look ‘em up in Wikipedia). At the height of the state’s recent crippling, recession-plus-regressive-taxes-induced budget crisis, he voted to give Microsoft amnesty on over a billion dollars in evaded software license royalty taxes. [I'd be interested to know what law firm(s) had a hand in designing the tax-evasion strategy.] Later, he voted to have the little people of Washington subsidize public university tuition for Microsoft and Amazon’s H1-B workers and their families. My other state rep was also openly gay. He voted the same way on both issues, raised a bunch of money from big business interests, and left the legislature to become mayor of Seattle. His young, malleable replacement, picked by the local Democratic Party and appointed by the Democratic governor, is — wait for it — openly gay and worked for five years for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Something tells me that he’s not going to be calling on Microsoft, Amazon, or their multi-billionaire shareholders to pay their fair share of state taxes anytime soon, either. I’m confident that, under progressive gay-friendly Democratic leadership, billionaires’ stranglehold on Washington’s state government will remain intact.

    I gotta tell ya, like race, sex/gender and sexual orientation can’t die as identity-politics marketing façades soon enough. Voters need to start seeing the turd beneath the polish and the gem beneath the coal. (Obviously, I just threw in that bit about gems for rhetorical balance, although Kshama Sawant might be a case in point. But let’s be realistic: it’s mostly polished turds we’re going to be seeing.)

  • PCM commented on the blog post Demagoguing Feminism for Fun and Profit

    2014-07-15 10:28:05View | Delete

    Let’s face it: a lot of us here are misogynists, and the only cure for that is to walk a mile in the average woman’s shoes by serving on Walmart’s board of directors and giving speeches to Wall Street banks for $200,000 a pop. Also, Benghazi.

  • Accidentally soaked in water? This is just getting ridiculous.

    DS, that is just so unfair. As a former file clerk, I can personally vouch for how easy it is to get documents accidentally soaked in water when you’ve been waterboarding persons of interest in the fileroom…

  • I think it’s so cute than anyone would still bother “calling on” Obama to do anything in the public interest. You know, like it was cute when Oliver Twist called on Mr. Bumble for more gruel, or when Sansa Stark called on Joffrey Baratheon to show mercy to her father. But I guess if pressure mounts, Obama might give another inspirational speech lauding the American press … maybe trot out a few Democratic Party shills from MSNBC, the Times, and the Huffington Post as extras … maybe have Holder give some friendly editor a “Truth and Justice” medal or something.

    But once again, I’ve been prolix; AshenLight nailed it much more concisely.

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