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Nope, she really meant chickens

A few days ago i quoted Nevada Republican candidate for Senate Sue Lowden saying that we should barter with our doctors in return for medical treatment. Many thought she really meant 'bargain', not 'barter'. But she's standing firm:

"I'm telling you that this works. You know, before we all started having health care, in the olden days, our grandparents, they would bring a chicken to the doctor."

How many chickens for a week's supply of chemotherapy? For a visit to a psychiatrist? What will the doctor do with all these chickens?

Forget the chickens. What does an unemployed person without health insurance, but suffering from cancer or mental illness, have to offer to a doctor? That's your health care plan? Seriously?

By fnord12 | April 21, 2010, 9:12 AM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (1)| Link

Encouraging crazy people


The Georgia state legislature, on top of the latest threats, is holding hearings on a bill to ban implanting people with microchips -- as one rumor suggested the Health Care Reform bill mandated.

But the good folks who run the Judiciary Committee seemed to have gotten a bit more than they reckoned with when one of their hearing witnesses claimed that she had already been implanted with a microchip.

And not just any microchip, but one the Pentagon had implanted in her "vaginal-rectum area", apparently to track her movements.

Presumably part of the Stimulus Bill.

By fnord12 | April 20, 2010, 3:05 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link

How's That Solar Panel Project Going?

Better get cracking on powering your house with renewables.

The US military has warned that surplus oil production capacity could disappear within two years and there could be serious shortages by 2015 with a significant economic and political impact.

The energy crisis outlined in a Joint Operating Environment report from the US Joint Forces Command, comes as the price of petrol in Britain reaches record levels and the cost of crude is predicted to soon top $100 a barrel.

"By 2012, surplus oil production capacity could entirely disappear, and as early as 2015, the shortfall in output could reach nearly 10 million barrels per day," says the report, which has a foreword by a senior commander, General James N Mattis.


The Paris-based International Energy Agency remains confident that there is no short-term risk of oil shortages but privately some senior officials have admitted there is considerable disagreement internally about this upbeat stance.

But there are signs that the US Department of Energy might also be changing its stance on peak oil. In a recent interview with French newspaper, Le Monde, Glen Sweetnam, main oil adviser to the Obama administration, admitted that "a chance exists that we may experience a decline" of world liquid fuels production between 2011 and 2015 if the investment was not forthcoming.


I believe the "investment" Sweetman is speaking of here is extracting crude from the tar sands in Canada.

According to Greenpeace, extracting crude from the tar sands both increases pollution and destroys the land itself so that it can't support forestry or farming. Meh, It's only Canada.

By min | April 20, 2010, 1:07 PM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (1)| Link

The radicalization of Brad DeLong

Brad DeLong, formerly a NAFTA-supporting neo-liberal economist, is now publishing books acknowledging that "globalization" has failed and advocating that we nationalize our energy industry in order to deal with global warming.

By fnord12 | April 16, 2010, 11:25 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link

Finally, the Obama Administration prosecutes someone from the Bush Administration

Except... it was the whistleblower.

By fnord12 | April 16, 2010, 11:16 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link

The Civil War was about slavery

Not "states' rights" or anger over a powerful Federal government.

Mississippi's Declaration of Secession (via Matthew Yglesias):

In the momentous step which our State has taken of dissolving its connection with the government of which we so long formed a part, it is but just that we should declare the prominent reasons which have induced our course.

Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery -- the greatest material interest of the world. Its labor supplies the product which constitutes by far the largest and most important portions of commerce of the earth. These products are peculiar to the climate verging on the tropical regions, and by an imperious law of nature, none but the black race can bear exposure to the tropical sun. These products have become necessities of the world, and a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization. That blow has been long aimed at the institution, and was at the point of reaching its consummation. There was no choice left us but submission to the mandates of abolition, or a dissolution of the Union, whose principles had been subverted to work out our ruin.

By fnord12 | April 13, 2010, 1:12 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link

The Barter Economy

Sue Lowden, the Republican candidate running for Harry Reid's seat, on how people can get medical costs down:

...I would have suggested, and I think that bartering is really good. Those doctors who you pay cash, you can barter, and that would get prices down in a hurry. And I would say go out, go ahead out and pay cash for whatever your medical needs are, and go ahead and barter with your doctor.

Some think she meant 'bargain' instead of barter. Either way, doesn't sound very realistic to me.

By fnord12 | April 12, 2010, 3:58 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link

Dear Deficit Commission

It's not hard. With easy to understand charts!

By fnord12 | April 12, 2010, 10:31 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link

OKCupid fun with charts & political leanings

Very interesting.

By fnord12 | April 5, 2010, 3:30 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link

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