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  • smcclurk commented on the diary post The Crisis at Fukushima 4 Demands a Global Takeover by solartopia.

    2013-09-21 12:53:01View | Delete

    Exactly. The Russians constructed that sarcophagus and the massive refrigeration unit that still works today to keep the site under control in a matter of weeks. We’re two years into this and the Japanese are fumbling around like Keystone cops. I think frankly it is because the true nature of the problem is probably so [...]

  • smcclurk commented on the diary post The Crisis at Fukushima 4 Demands a Global Takeover by solartopia.

    2013-09-21 12:44:43View | Delete

    Yeah I pretty much figured, but this has gotten so outrageous that its now to the point that it can’t be swept under the rug. I knew that once the Japanese government and TEPCO admitted the leak problem. Enenews.com has been reporting that for 2 years while industry shills kept saying no such thing was [...]

  • smcclurk commented on the diary post The Crisis at Fukushima 4 Demands a Global Takeover by solartopia.

    2013-09-21 12:39:23View | Delete

    The problem with what you propose is that the radiation is so high near the pools and the reactors that the robots fail and/or melt.

  • smcclurk commented on the diary post The Crisis at Fukushima 4 Demands a Global Takeover by solartopia.

    2013-09-21 11:53:04View | Delete

    I have to say, I’m ecstatic someone is finally talking about this on this site! As for the situation itself, it’s a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation. The whole thing is clustering to something almost comically outrageous. They built thousands of tanks to hold all of this radioactive water leaking from [...]

  • Why aren’t you guys getting it? This isn’t a mistake or a “problem”. This was done by design. This is the first step to those elements being canceled just like other aspects were canceled. The newly strengthened politico-insurer complex (by way of the individual mandate) cannot have any sort of competition (lower cost health care) to interfere with their plans (exorbitant compensation through profiteering and the concomitant increased political donations). They probably rightfully assume that most people don’t even know those elements are supposed to be in the ACA and so aren’t expecting them. Most people are too busy dreading the mandate and expecting premium increases for the plans they already have or are expecting turbulent yet somewhat positive change in the initial year. They aren’t really expecting it to work off the bat so most people are already braced for messiness but aren’t prepared to notice missiing elements. So, when they announce sometime in 2014 that those parts are being canceled, the only people who will get upset will be people here and other left wing blogs who care about these issues. It will take a few years of disaster to make others focus not just on the failure that Obamacare will be by that point but on the broken promises that were supposed to be its key selling points and best hues of lipstick for this stinking pig. But in the meantime, that politico-insurer complex will be reinforced, reinvigorated, and even more removed from the concerns of the newly indentured American people.

  • Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) are almost always a rip-off of the taxpayer. They are always sold to the taxpayer as a money saving idea but always turn out to be more expensive than the previous publicly funded solution. See Britain’s healthcare experience with PPP. Also look at Chicago’s parking meter fiasco. Businesses love PPP because they always end up making much more money and it’s a much more certain revenue stream for them. I believe on of Dennis Kucinich’s first acts as a public servant was to prevent the sale of Cleveland’s power authority to PPPs. That’s ended up saving that city tens of millions of dollars ($195 million according to Wikipedia) while other city’s have been broken by the constant increases in prices of electricity in their privatized systems.

  • smcclurk wrote a new diary post: Scalia, Voting Rights, and Flip Flops

    2013-02-27 15:30:56View | Delete

    I caught this Scalia quote from Huffington Post on today’s Voting Rights Act trial: “Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political processes.” This quote is very interesting given what it says of Scalia and the rest of the Court’s Conservatives. First, when did [...]

  • This should tell you more than anything that there is another financial collapse coming and the powers that be are terrified.

  • Goldman never stopped doing this. Zero Hedge comments on their duplicitous behavior regularly, particularly with reference to buy/sell recommendations they give their clients that they then bet against and end up winning. One Goldman employee in particular, Tom Stolper, is one they love pointing to as evidence of this in that every single one of his recommendations to clients for the past 4 years has been a loser for the client. Goldman merely does the opposite of whatever that guy tells the clients and ends up winning every time.

  • smcclurk commented on the diary post What does the “Left” actually want? by cmaukonen.

    2013-02-18 00:08:10View | Delete

    So are canned responses that show you didn’t actually read my post.

  • smcclurk commented on the diary post What does the “Left” actually want? by cmaukonen.

    2013-02-17 01:52:49View | Delete

    Excellent! I didn’t think I’d get you, TarheelDem, to respond. I think any idea of the Left today that deals with inequality or with labor is probably an outmoded or old/stale idea. Not that inequality is something that is old and should be foresaken but that the ideas put forward usually are. I’ve been thinking [...]

  • smcclurk commented on the diary post What does the “Left” actually want? by cmaukonen.

    2013-02-16 15:41:55View | Delete

    I think you and Tarheel are arguing 2 sides of the same coin and not realizing it. I think Tarheel is confusing “the Left” with the ideas of the Left. It seems to me that what he is really lamenting is that their hasn’t been another period of Left thought and ideological formation corresponding to [...]

  • No truer words have been spoken, my friend.

  • smcclurk commented on the blog post A Recap on the State of Play on the Fiscal Slope

    2012-12-14 11:35:21View | Delete

    The Republicans have no reason to agree to anything until after January 1st. They do not want to have to say that they voted for a tax increase so they’d rather wait until the tax rates go up and then vote for the bill that will allow tax rates for incomes under $250,000 to be “cut”. They really have no leverage in these negotiations, so the emphasis is on mitigation

  • smcclurk commented on the blog post DeMint: Obama Will “Get His Wish” on Taxes

    2012-12-13 14:45:34View | Delete

    I think you’re missing the subtext of what DeMint is saying. He’s not saying they’ll vote for the Senate bill. By invoking the claim that taxes will go up on everyone he’s telegraphing to those paying attention that there will be no deal until after the New Year. Hence, the Bush tax cuts expire and go up on everyone until a bill is passed that lowers them on those with incomes less than $250,000. That way Republicans get to claim that they never voted for a tax increase. The only thing they’re crying uncle to is their fealty to Grover.

  • This is all perfectly understandable. The entire system is careening towards apocalyptic disaster. It’s why Bernanke instituted QE Infinity in September. The Powers that Be in the Shadow Banking system are deleveraging their fake assets now before the imminent collapse to come, forcing Bernanke to continue to push more new money into the system to keep the entire financial system from collapsing right now. But once the market participants realize that QE Infinity has crossed from diminishing returns to negative returns, the markets will collapse just like 2008 only much larger. However, those same Powers that Be will have the money to buy everyone else’s hard assets for pennies on the dollar. Why do you think all these people are heading for the exits? People like Geithner and Hillary. Do you think they want to be around once this apocalypse hits? Why do you think Obama signed the NDAA? Look at the links below, some of which are from 2 years ago and tell me if it isn’t eerily familiar? Especially that Oliver Wyman analysis. Good analysis in the links, but you’ll have to deal with their constant (and purposeful in my opinion) conflation of Keynesianism with Monetarism and Cronyism.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-09-23/fed-has-another-39-trillion-qe-go-least

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/chris-martenson-are-we-heading-another-2008

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/bagus-bernanke-rebuttal-redux

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/guest-post-federal-reserves-cargo-cult-magic-housing-will-lift-economy-again

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-11-02/reform-collapse-dysfunctional-status-quo

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-11-09/are-markets-and-macro-repeating-2008

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/chris-martenson-we-are-about-have-another-2008-style-crisis

    http://www.oliverwyman.com/media/OW_EN_FS_Publ_2011_State_of_Financial_Services_2011_US_Web.pdf

  • smcclurk commented on the diary post Did You Catch That Preemptive Cave Yet?? by smcclurk.

    2012-11-14 14:28:24View | Delete

    Oh no, not shouting at you at all. In my head, we are of like minds discussing this and I’m shouting in the 3rd person at the amen corner who will be quick to defend this debacle.

  • smcclurk commented on the diary post Did You Catch That Preemptive Cave Yet?? by smcclurk.

    2012-11-14 10:24:06View | Delete

    And as always I ask that Progressives finish Obama’s sentences for him since he always leaves off the ending. Such as “bitter pills for whom?” or “Grand Bargain for whom?” It’s the answers to those questions that tell you with whom you are really dealing.

  • smcclurk commented on the diary post Did You Catch That Preemptive Cave Yet?? by smcclurk.

    2012-11-14 10:20:23View | Delete

    Why should they? You have a president who is already acting like he lost. Just gave away 1:1 spending cuts to tax increases and didn’t even flinch. I just want to know how you sell that to people who right now have puffed up chests talking about the demographic demise of the Republican party and [...]

  • smcclurk commented on the diary post Did You Catch That Preemptive Cave Yet?? by smcclurk.

    2012-11-14 10:16:18View | Delete

    Amen corner, lol. That is exactly what they are. I’m going to start using that. It’s nice to have terms other than Obamabots. :)

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