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  • realtime commented on the blog post Obama Doesn’t Need to Care What People Think

    2014-11-21 09:23:32View | Delete

    From The Onion:

    5 Million Illegal Immigrants To Realize Dreams Of Having Deportation Deferred,37503/

  • realtime commented on the diary post Gulf-Bound Tar Sands for Export? Follow the Oiltanking Trail by Steve Horn.

    2014-11-20 17:01:31View | Delete

    As I understand it existing pipelines can be enlarged with larger pipes without a permit. Also even if the pipeline is not built a lot of the oil will end up being refined on the Gulf coast. It will cost more to ship it and there may be less oil refined on the Gulf, but [...]

  • realtime commented on the diary post Who Says Ferguson Can’t End Well? by David Swanson.

    2014-11-20 10:12:38View | Delete

    People speak of Ferguson as if it was an anomaly. It isn’t. There is a book written about towns like this. It is called “Sundown Towns” by James Loewen. From Maine to California, thousands of communities kept out African Americans (or sometimes Chinese Americans, Jewish Americans, etc.) by force, law, or custom. These communities are [...]

  • realtime commented on the blog post Neocons Want To Try Nation-Building In Iraq Again

    2014-11-20 09:45:23View | Delete

    You may not get kicked off the national stage, but you can almost get kicked off the Los Angeles stage. I saw him in person in LA and his message is too radical for this place. I tried to remember what book he was speaking about, but there were so many boos from the audience his message did not get across.

    I do not know how he managed to finish speaking the audience did not want to hear him.

    The US wants to rebuild Iraq like the US, but better.

  • I wrote this because I have not read much about it anyplace.

    I had the occasion to go to a leading medical clinic in the US for medical tests and learned from another patient that they tested for marijuana. I found out that they tested for it because if not stored properly it can contain fungus which when smoked can get into the lungs. I also learned that some fungus has similarities to human cells and can be difficult to cure. It may or may not be important to those that are healthy, but can be critical to those undergoing some major surgeries such as transplants.

  • realtime commented on the diary post Torturer on the Ballot by David Swanson.

    2014-11-20 08:06:45View | Delete

    Outside of a few big cities Michigan is largely conservative, and unions are not what they used to be. The people living in the UP are nuts. Lake effect snowfall can be very high, like over 350 inches in Houghton, MI or other cities. Years ago I read a study that compared the UP to [...]

  • realtime commented on the blog post Jonathan Cohn Rewrites History for Jonathan Gruber

    2014-11-19 19:02:45View | Delete

    I have not worked with economic / statistical / or medical simulations. I have worked with the simulation of physical things. From my experience this is what I think Gruber did. Gruber is a professor at MIT and offered degrees to students that worked for free on his economic medical insurance simulation. He may have provided guidance and organization of the project, but most of the work was done by grad students. I think it would be difficult to generalize without running his model to evaluate it for different incomes and situations. He made $390,000 for promoting the software written by grad students. I found a site that had a model for health insurance. It looks like there is a lot of useful info on the site

    This is a PDF file.,d.cGU

    I don’t know how it compares with Gruber’s model.

    I googled “medical insurance simulation’.

  • realtime commented on the diary post Okinawa Elects All Anti-U.S.-Bases Candidates by David Swanson.

    2014-11-18 00:27:18View | Delete

    I do not believe there it was necessary to drop the bomb on Japan because first of all it is an island and it imported much of its oil. The US could have embargoed the island. I do not know why Japan permitted US soldiers in their country for so long. I have seen Gar [...]

  • At least they know what asses they are and how hated they are.

  • realtime commented on the diary post Just Don’t Call It Democracy by Big Al .

    2014-11-17 10:39:31View | Delete

    I can not make a case for not voting. Voting can produce small changes. The T-Party took over large parts of the Republican Party, but Democrats seem unable to do the same with the Democratic Party. Big changes require activism and if the activism has an economic impact all the better. Sit ins, Segregation, the [...]

  • realtime commented on the blog post Approval of Obamacare Hits a New Low

    2014-11-17 09:42:41View | Delete

    I have some background in software and know that any user, governor or someone who uses the software, can screw it up if they are computer illiterate or refuse to cooperate. Governors can easily cause it to fail by doing a poor job in implementing it. Workers used to be fearful that the computer would replace them and there was always a lot of resistance to learning or working with new software. I think This would be considered a new kind of work not replacing an existing method or system so it should generate less resistance.

  • realtime commented on the blog post Approval of Obamacare Hits a New Low

    2014-11-17 09:30:37View | Delete

    I have a single friend about 50 yrs old that told me his insurance was canceled after Obamacare went into effect in CA. It may be that it did not cover what was supposed to be covered or it may be that he could not afford it, or canceled for some other reason. He went without insurance for 6 months. He told me that he went to an insurance broker who found something he could afford. He said that the reason it was affordable was that it did not cover pregnancy or abortions, procedures he would not need anyway. I can not vouch for the facts but he sounded happy and relieved, so I believed him.

  • realtime commented on the diary post Watchers of the Sky Falls in a Pit by David Swanson.

    2014-11-16 12:21:22View | Delete

    I am familiar with progressives justifying bombing and killing and witnessed a debate between 4 so called progressives (they were introduced as progressives) on the humanitarian grounds of going to war with Iraq. In justifying the war Saddam’s atrocities were discussed namely: From Wikipedia:  Specific charges included the murder of 148 people, torture of women and children [...]

  • realtime commented on the diary post Watchers of the Sky Falls in a Pit by David Swanson.

    2014-11-16 10:37:05View | Delete

    I did find a Chomsky comment on the bombing on the day it happened. He quoted NATO as stating that 2000 people had been killed to date and what did the news media say? That it was a genocide or ethnic cleansing?

  • realtime commented on the diary post Watchers of the Sky Falls in a Pit by David Swanson.

    2014-11-16 10:19:32View | Delete

    I have posted this before in other discussions. I did another search on Samantha Power and could not find any better stats about her actual position and how many lives it saved. This is a quote from Counterpunch and a comment on Samantha Power who wrote a book on the bombing and claimed it saved [...]

  • realtime commented on the diary post The Con-Man Cornered: Obama and the Democratic Debacle of 2014 by GREYDOG.

    2014-11-15 09:33:39View | Delete

    I agree with many things Big Al says, but I think Russia went bankrupt due to its own corruption. Maxine Waters is my representative and I have been to 2 of her teach-ins. She is good at handling questions from the T party. I just read Michael Hudson at Naked Capitalism. He talks about Obama [...]

  • realtime commented on the diary post The World Gets the Wars Americans Deserve by David Swanson.

    2014-11-14 21:03:20View | Delete

    There are generals that spoke against the Iraq War but they will not be invited on television. I don’t know their current views but surely some of them are against the war. Phil Donahue was fired for permitting a discussion of war. In order to change something as pervasive as war it would take a [...]

  • realtime commented on the blog post Get Ready for Legislative Jenga

    2014-11-14 10:41:04View | Delete

    The government deliberately removes any visible signs of hunger or poverty. Unemployment lines don’t exist anymore because much of it is done by mail. The long bread lines during the great depression no longer exist because the government just gives food stamps. The vast numbers of unemployed and hungry are hidden from the general public and given that there is no public viewing of the large numbers many think it there are not many. It is more difficult to organize. It is easier to organize with the others in line by personally talking to them.

  • realtime commented on the diary post The Newsroom: A Fantasy Network Reality Show. An Activist Analysis by spocko.

    2014-11-14 07:09:24View | Delete

    A link to “Outfoxed”:

  • realtime commented on the diary post The Newsroom: A Fantasy Network Reality Show. An Activist Analysis by spocko.

    2014-11-14 07:03:46View | Delete

    Fox News has very low professional standards and has been lying for years. Does it impact their bottom line? Will it change? There was a story out of Florida about 2 journalists who worked for Fox News who refused cover up a story that claimed BGH, bovine growth hormone, was getting into milk, and having [...]

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