'Public Option' in Health Plan May Be Dropped By SHERYL GAY STOLBERGPublished: August 16, 2009 PHOENIX - The White House, facing increasing skepticism over President Obama's call for a public insurance plan to compete with the private[...]
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On August 7, the Secular Student Association, PZ Myers and 300 friends toured Ken Ham's Creationism World O' Superstition in Northern Kentucky.
A scientist who scoffs at those who believe that men and dinosaurs cohabited the Earth rode a saddled triceratops last weekend. Paul Zachary Myers, an associate professor of biology at the University of Minnesota, Morris, was on an unlikely field trip to the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky.
Here is proof that the freakazoids are so intimidated by facts and reality that they threw out a visitor who was doing nothing at all, just to prove how big and strong their invisible sky wizard is.
Here are PZ's responses to Ham's desperate lies about what happened and what's in the World O' Superstition:
Embark on Cross Country Care-A-Van to Demand Single-Payer from CongressFrustrated with the health care 'options' coming out of Washington, D.C., six "Mad as Hell" Oregon physicians are taking an unprecedented road trip across America to lobby Congress[...]
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In other words, what is needed in the health care debate is the opposite of an ongoing Kitty Dukakis moment:
Just as [Sarah Palin] was able to stir up the mob against Barack Obama on the trail, now she is fanning the flames against another Harvard smarty-pants ? Dr. Zeke Emanuel, a White House health care adviser and the older brother of Rahmbo.
She took a forum, Facebook, more commonly used by kids hooking up and cyberstalking, and with one catchy phrase, several footnotes and a zesty disregard for facts, managed to hijack the health care debate from Mr. Obama.
Sarahcuda knows, from her brush with Barry on the campaign trail, that he is vulnerable on matters that demand a visceral and muscular response rather than a logical and book-learned one. Mr. Obama was charming and informed at his town hall in Montana on Friday, but he?s going to need some sustained passion, a clear plan and a narrative as gripping as Palin?s I-see-dead-people scenario.
I’ve heard that phrase used to describe the damage done to our society by the failure to construct a fair and effective health care system.
As I visit patients this weekend, everyone has the TV on. I see the crowds in Los Angeles lining up to recieve medical care. It reminds me of the disaster of 2005, but this storm is ongoing.
LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Remote Area Medical (RAM), the global non-profit that has turned the L.A. Forum into the nation?s largest healthcare event, has experienced high levels of demand for services during the first two days, August 11 and August 12.
Each day, volunteer doctors, dentists, optometrists, and other medical professionals have provided approximately 1,500 patient services, at a medical value of over $200,000 a day. Patients, many of them uninsured or underinsured, have been lining up for hours, hoping to gain entry. Many have been turned away.
The charitable organization, Remote Area Medical, normally serves people in distant villages overseas and rural parts of the US. What does it say about us that RAM is delivering disaster care on a quiet weekend in LA?
The problem with depending on this kind of clinic, as admirable as the volunteer effort is, is that there is not adequate follow-up. The clinic can help people with immediate needs, and give referrals, but often it opens a can of worms.
The patients need diagnostic tests, more doctor’s visits and treatment to care for problems revealed by screening.
I speak from experience. There’s no lack of good-hearted medical workers who give volunteer service to help their fellow citizens, but it’s not enough. When the RAM clinic is done there needs to be continuity and security for the patients.
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Josephine Barstow is Lady Macbeth at Glyndebourne in 1972, with Rae Woodland as the Gentlewoman and Brian Donlan as the Doctor, directed by Michael Hadjimischev, conducted by John Pritchard.
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DOCTOR: We've waited two nights in vain.
GENTLEWOMAN: Tonight she will appear.
DOCTOR: What has she spoken of in her sleep?
GENTLEWOMAN: I don't dare repeat it to a living soul . . .
Here she is!
[Lady Macbeth enters slowly, walking in her sleep. She carries a candle.]
DOCTOR: She carries a light in her hand?
GENTLEWOMAN: The lamp she always has by her bed.
DOCTOR: Oh, how her eyes sparkle!
GENTLEWOMAN: Yet she doesn't see.
[Lady Macbeth puts the candle down and rubs her hands, making the gesture of washing them.]
DOCTOR: Why does she rub her hands?
GENTLEWOMAN: She thinks she's washing them.
[0:50] LADY MACBETH: A spot, and here this other . . .
Go, I tell you, o accursed one!
One . . . two . . . this is the hour!
You tremble? . . . You don't dare go in?
[1:41] A warrior, so cowardly?
Oh, shame! Come now, hurry.
Who could have imagined
in that old man so much blood?
Who could have imagined so much blood?
[2:49] DOCTOR: What is she saying?
[2:54] LADY MACBETH: The Thane of Fife,
now wasn't he a husband and father?
What happened to him?
GENTLEWOMAN, DOCTOR: Oh, terror!
[3:18] LADY MACBETH: And will I never be able
to clean these hands?
No, I will never be able to clean them.
[3:46] GENTLEWOMAN, DOCTOR: Oh, terror!
[3:50] LADY MACBETH: Of human blood
it still smells here . . . All of Arabia
with its perfumes
can't sweeten this little hand. Alas!
[4:54] DOCTOR: She's sighing?
[4:58] LADY MACBETH: Put on your night clothes.
Now go wash yourself.
Banquo is dead, and from the grave
one who has died cannot rise again.
[5:45] DOCTOR: This again?
[5:52] LADY MACBETH: To bed, to bed.
[Barstow instead anticipates the line "Somone's knocking"]
What's done can't be undone.
Someone's knocking . . . Let's go, Macbeth!
Don't let your pallor accuse you!
[6:33] GENTLEWOMAN, DOCTOR: Oh, terror!
[6:34] LADY MACBETH: Someone's knocking . . . Let's go, Macbeth!
Don't let your pallor accuse you!
[7:09] Let's go, Macbeth! [repeated several times] Let's go!
WHAT VERDI SAID TO MASCAGNI
Wikipedia, in a brief entry on Re Lear, passes on this anecdote provided by the composer of Cavalleria rusticana:
The Re Lear project kept haunting Verdi to the end of his life. In 1896, he offered his Lear material to Pietro Mascagni, who asked, "Maestro, why didn't you put it into music?. According to Mascagni, "softly and slowly he replied, 'The scene in which King Lear finds himself on the heath scared me.'"
I'm prepared to believe that Verdi said this, but I also don't believe it for a second. I think Lear on the heath would have been second-nature for him. It's a scene that's inherently operatic to begin with, and the kind of challenge to which he rose with distinction his whole career, again starting with Nabucco's madness. I don't know if Verdi was kidding Mascagni or himself, but I don't think this is at all the sort of problem in the Lear material that stumped him.
Health insurance reform. Health insurance reform. And, health insurance reform. That pretty much sums up the discussion on the shows today. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Robert Gibbs are representing the Obama administration.
Dick Armey, the head of Freedworks, is speaking for the GOP on "Meet the Press." He's allied with the teabaggers and organized the town hall intimidation campaign. So, actually, he's the perfect representative for the GOP.
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Here's the lineup:
ABC's "This Week" ? Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius; Sens. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.
CBS' "Face the Nation" ? White House press secretary Robert Gibbs; former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb.; former Rep. Lee Hamilton, D-Ind.
NBC's "Meet the Press" ? FreedomWorks chairman and former Rep. Dick Armey, R-Texas; Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.; former Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D.; R. Bruce Josten, executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.; Gov. Bill Ritter, D-Colo.
CNN's "State of the Union" ? Sebelius; Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo.; Reps. Mike Ross, D-Ark., Tom Price, R-Ga., and Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas.
"Fox News Sunday" _ Sens. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., and Richard Shelby, R-Ala.; J. James Rohack, president of the American Medical Association; John Rother, executive vice president for policy and strategy at AARP.
It's well worth reading Rick Perlstein's entire article. He is basically reminding us that the Republicans have been crazy for as long as anyone can remember and that their recent reaction to losing power is nothing which we haven't seen before.
So, what we are witnessing at the moment is not some new wave of outrage because Obama is talking about "socialising" healthcare; we are witnessing the latest incarnation of Republican anger at no longer controlling the direction America is moving in.
In the early 1950s, Republicans referred to the presidencies of Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman as "20 years of treason" and accused the men who led the fight against fascism of deliberately surrendering the free world to communism. Mainline Protestants published a new translation of the Bible in the 1950s that properly rendered the Greek as connoting a more ambiguous theological status for the Virgin Mary; right-wingers attributed that to, yes, the hand of Soviet agents. And Vice President Richard Nixon claimed that the new Republicans arriving in the White House "found in the files a blueprint for socializing America."
When John F. Kennedy entered the White House, his proposals to anchor America's nuclear defense in intercontinental ballistic missiles -- instead of long-range bombers -- and form closer ties with Eastern Bloc outliers such as Yugoslavia were taken as evidence that the young president was secretly disarming the United States. Thousands of delegates from 90 cities packed a National Indignation Convention in Dallas, a 1961 version of today's tea parties; a keynote speaker turned to the master of ceremonies after his introduction and remarked as the audience roared: "Tom Anderson here has turned moderate! All he wants to do is impeach [Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl] Warren. I'm for hanging him!"
Before the "black helicopters" of the 1990s, there were right-wingers claiming access to secret documents from the 1920s proving that the entire concept of a "civil rights movement" had been hatched in the Soviet Union; when the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act was introduced, one frequently read in the South that it would "enslave" whites. And back before there were Bolsheviks to blame, paranoids didn't lack for subversives -- anti-Catholic conspiracy theorists even had their own powerful political party in the 1840s and '50s.