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NOW, American women (not just Democrats) see the GOP for the monsters they are.

Why didn't everyone see this back in 1980, when Reagan was running?

None of the outrageous GOP assault on women bullshit we're seeing today is new; they've been pursuing these wet dreams for at LEAST 30+ years.

Let's review the facts.
The current outrage we're seeing didn't happen when Reagan busted the unions. But we already knew the GOP's shitlist because they already made it clear who they hated: the unions, the working class, women, minorities, and the poor. (And I can go on for megabytes about their relentless pursuit of their shitlist between then and 2010, but I won't.)

The current outrage we're seeing didn't materialize when the GOP attacked organized labor again in 2010. Or Occupy Wall Street. Or immigrants. Or Medicare and Social Security. But since 1980 (at the very least) the GOP has gone out of its way to let us know that all of the above was on their shitlist.

The outrage we're seeing now among American women in general - not just Democrats - should have been there in 1980. What took so long?

Is it patronizing or condescending upon women to ask why the GOP, despite making it perfectly clear that they dislike women's rights, carried so much of the female vote until now? Am I factually wrong to ask this? Is it insulting to ask this?

Disease that normally targets the poor, now spreading to the rich

This has already been spreading among the homeless like crazy. Bet you the Plutocrats will give a shit about this disease NOW, won't they?


Drug-resistant "white plague" lurks among rich and poor

By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent | Reuters – 4 hrs ago

LONDON (Reuters)- On New Year's Eve 2004, after months of losing weight and suffering fevers, night sweats and shortness of breath, student Anna Watterson was taken into hospital coughing up blood.

It was strange to be diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB)- an ancient disease associated with poverty - especially since Watterson was a well-off trainee lawyer living in the affluent British capital of London. Yet it was also a relief, she says, finally to know what had been making her ill for so long.

But when Watterson's infection refused to yield to the three-pronged antibiotic attack doctors prescribed to fight it, her relief turned to dread.

After six weeks of taking pills that had no effect, Watterson was told she had multi-drug resistant TB, or MDR-TB, and faced months in an isolation ward on a regimen of injected drugs that left her nauseous, bruised and unable to go out in the sun.

"My friends were really shocked," Watterson said. "Most of them had only heard of TB from reading Victorian novels."

Tuberculosis is often seen in the wealthy West as a disease of bygone eras - evoking impoverished 18th or 19th century women and children dying slowly of a disease then commonly known as "consumption" or the "white plague".

But rapidly rising rates of drug-resistant TB in some of the wealthiest cities in the world, as well as across Africa and Asia, are again making history.

If the U.S. military fires upon someone, is that all the proof needed that the target was guilty?

I'm not making this up.


I'll reserve comment since most of what I say might get my thread auto-locked. Opinions, anyone? I just want to know what the consensus is...

Everyone, post up some LOVE for this family and their incredibly smart kid!!!

This is an absolutely touching "didn't drink the kool-aid" moment that everyone should be inspired by.


'The Event': How My Kid Learned About Humanity's Ugly Side

It all started in the car. I was with my two young girls, looking for a radio station more kid-friendly than NPR -- something poppy, mindless and happy. Except I flipped to a local rock station right as a commercial was beginning. The ad said something along the lines of:

"Do YOU have a talented child? Does your child LOVE the Disney Channel? Can you see YOUR child on television on commercials on sitcoms? Call this number NOW, and if you are one of the first callers you could score your child an interview with a real talent scout in your area looking for new, fresh faces."

Now Oona, like most kids, has had an illustrious begging career already. But that was all minor-league stuff compared to what came next. Bouncing up and down in her booster seat, Oona squealed about how she really, really, really wanted an audition. Acting was her life. It was the only thing she ever wanted to do. Ever. Ever.

Is it time to rewrite the Violence Against Women Act? Not to weaken protections against women

but rather to get with the emerging reality that anyone can be a victim of domestic violence?

Have any Greeks actually started working for free or giving back their pay?

Or have they started to go on strike rather than pay for their jobs?


Offshoring and the myth of the "added value manufacturing industries".

I'm just going to cut to the chase.

Free traders think that we should abandon the production of cheap toys and gadgets - the plastic spoons, the USB memory sticks and even the iPads - and go for "higher value items".

What "higher value items" means today is irrelevant - because whatever is higher value today, is low value / commoditized tomorrow.

The relevant point here is that "higher value manufacturing" is not a big creator of jobs - not in a country with 300 million citizens (and growing). If you send out low end manufacturing jobs and attempt to cram all those people into high value work, you will always end up with the dark side of Comparative Advantage - a bunch of people freed up not to do "other" kinds of work, but rather, a bunch of unemployed people competing with others for lower-paying non-tradable jobs.

We need both higher-value jobs and lower-value jobs in order to keep people employed and keep America agile. The argument that a glut of factories producing plastic spoons and USB memory sticks keeps America from transitioning to building the newest high-value stuff, is an absolute fallacy.

In fact, spending a few years building iPads at an American factory would pay your college tuition to learn all the Six Sigma Black Belt skills and other things you'll need to work in the factory that builds that Next Big High Value Thing[tm].

Getting rid of low value manufacturing does nothing but make a country of 300 million Americans poor.

Toll roads - a taste of things to come for more parts of America?


She also points to the recent announcement of new tolls coming to Hampton Roads on virtually every road in or out of the geographically isolated region. “The Ring Of Fire with the tolls is huge,” she says, referring to locals’ nickname for the proposed ring of tolls encircling the area. “For families on fixed incomes, you’re talking about a crisis that will add $1,000 to a family budget just to get to work.”

Who wants to pay an extra $1,000 for the same road quality we have today?

My post was hidden for questioning someone's morals and moral rules

but it's okay to call me a Rushbot? That's not a personal attack?


I knew it was a matter of time before the fickleness here caught up with me.

We must ignore sexist remarks from "leftist" pundits or the Republicans will win.

<start satire>
“When I read stuff, I imagine her narrating her text, book-on-tape style, with a big, hairy set of balls in her mouth.” - Matt Taibbi

We must not criticize things like this or else we are Rushbots under the thrall of Rush Limbaugh! We mustn't act until it rises to the level of Rush Limbaugh's ugliness, and then only if it is done by a Right Winger.

Because sexist remarks don't matter. It's which team does it that matters!!!

<end satire>
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