Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Medicare for all is possible

I'm not a great believer in Bernie Sanders.

But I'm a huge believer in real single-payer -- that's Medicare For All.

It's the only answer to our healthcare issues.


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And if Bernie wants to try to deliver it, I will support him.


It's what we need.

It's what we should have received at the end of WWII.

Had FDR lived, we would have it.

We should want it for ourselves and fight for ourselves.

But if you need a more 'noble' purpose than ensuring that all Americans have needed healthcare, do it for the memory of FDR.


This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Monday:


Monday, March, 27, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue as does the illegal war.


Judith Miller didn't work for NPR so they had to depend upon Tom Bowman.





Fortunately for them (and unfortunately for news consumers), they still can.

"Well, Rachel, here's what the Pentagon says happened," Tom offers.

He's always good about that.

And always good about repeating what "officials I talked with" tell him.

Unnamed officials never lie, right?

It's interesting, isn't it, the way he rushes to grab an eraser and try to wipe away the murders.

Murders.

"Concentrated city and there is the risk of all these casualties," stammers and stumbles Rachel Martin, still not up to co-hosting MORNING EDITION.

Naturally, neither Rachel nor Tom ponder the bombing of civilian areas to 'liberate' them.

Naturally, neither point out that the the people of Mosul were told, before The Mosul Slog began -- 161 days ago -- not to leave Mosul.

Repeat that: They were told not to leave Mosul.


ISIS didn't tell them that.  Nor did so-called Rachel Martin.

The Iraqi government told them that.

The Iraqi government told them to stay.

The media did a lousy job then and does a lousy job now.

Tiny child Zaid Jilani pretends he's covering what happened among the press under Bully Boy Bush.  He's not.

He's repeating popular stories and has nothing to share but that which is already widely discussed.

He avoids TV, for example.  That would require doing some work.

More people watched THE TODAY SHOW than read THE NEW YORK TIMES or caught MEET THE PRESS.  But the tiny child is completely unaware of what went on with TODAY.

We're not.  We've told TODAY tales all along.

Let's drop back to June 24, 2013 for one of my favorites:

The question of who's a journalist may be up to a debate.

I agree.  For example, I wouldn't have spent a very long time on the phone January 12, 2004 if a journalist had been doing the 'White House beat' on NBC's Today.  But a journalist wasn't, David Gregory was.  It was the day before Ron Suskind's The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O'Neill.  And what did we learn that day from David Gregory?

What he hoped we would learn was that O'Neill was a thief who'd stolen government documents.  And we would be outraged.

But no documents were stolen.  And what we learned was that David Gregory will report on a book without even reading it's opening pages -- its there that its revealed that O'Neill requested and received from the White House his memos and writings on discs and that's what reproduced in the book.  And we learned that David Gregory wasn't really a journalist.  He was a dummy.  A ventriloquist's dummy.  He moved his lips and said what the White House wanted him to say.  As America saw yesterday, that's still what David Gregory does and he's well paid for it.  January 14, 2004, Today cleaned up David's mess by noting that O'Neill was given copies of the documents in the book -- given copies by the White House.  David always thinks that story will be forgotten.  Not while I'm around.  (I had an advanced copy that I'd already read of Suskind's book and my mouth dropped watching Gregory lie.  I was on the phone talking to everyone I knew at Today about how outrageous David's false charges were.)



Watching David Gregory's career implode was watching justice happen.


Sadly, there's not a lot of justice in the world.

There are a lot of children pretending they are media critics who spend all their time protecting their friends and worse.



tell me this people are terrorist. Who's terrorizing this young boy now? Oh look he's very calm. This is not a movie, this is Iraq.








That's what happened.

Terrorism.


And Tom Bowman remains on NPR because he tidies up and repackages reality into the absurd to ensure that the American people are misled and misinformed.





Over three days, 112 civilian bodies pulled from site of coalition airstrike in Mosul, Iraqi health official says







This is not liberation.

This is not freedom.

These are not deaths caused by ISIS.




What we're doing to today is what we did to Fallujah in 2004, on a far more massive scale. Another day of US-led genocide in .






These deaths have been taking place for over two years now.


And some 'tender hearts' want to be shocked that something like this could happen.


It's happened all along.




UN warns of 'great risk' to civilians as battle for Fallujah looms








 Maybe Americans can now emerge from their 'sleep cure' and face reality -- the reality the Iraqi people have had to live with for the last eight years?

Yes, the media misled.

But after 8 years, you damn well have to take part of the blame for your own refusal to face reality.

"'Improved' Iraq: Civilians killed in air strikes,..." -- that's from November of 2014.

We've been covering this.

It's a shame so many chose to bury their heads in the sand.


Especially since Luis Martinez (ABC NEWS) is reporting this morning, "The U.S. military is sending an additional two companies of soldiers to Iraq to help Iraqi troops fighting to retake Mosul from ISIS, defense officials confirmed to ABC News. Two companies of soldiers is equal to between 200 to 300 soldiers."






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Friday, March 24, 2017

The only answer for our health

This is an issue.

Niles Niemuth (WSWS) reports:
      

The latest research on rising mortality rates by Princeton University economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton, presented this week at the Brookings Institution, shines new light on the depth of the social crisis which has devastated the American working class since the year 2000.

Building off their initial 2015 study which documented a sharp rise in the mortality rate for white, middle-aged working-class Americans, Case and Deaton conclude that the rising death rate is being driven by what they define as “deaths of despair,” those due to drug overdoses, complications from alcohol and suicide. The mortality rate for these causes grew by half a percent annually between 1999 and 2013.

During the course of the 20th century, the annual mortality rate for all middle-aged whites fell from 1,400 per 100,000 to 400 per 100,000. The US experienced a 100-year period of almost uninterrupted improvements in death rates and life expectancy. In this context Case and Deaton identify the recent rise in middle-aged mortality as “extraordinary and unanticipated.”



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Yes, there's open chatter all the time among certain Democrats on how they wish white working class males would die.




As Stoller notes, this is leading some to acting with glee.

It's not a time to be gleeful.

Regardless of race, political beliefs, etc, we are a society that is supposed to look after everyone.

Sadly, that does not happen.

We need MEDICARE FOR ALL.

And we need it now.

Not OBAMACARE, not something Trump's offering -- we need Medicare for all.

It's the only answer.



This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Friday:


Friday, March 24, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, Moqtad al-Sadr stages a huge rally, AP misreports and much more.


Baghdad today?



: Thousands of people flood 's Tahrir Square, demonstration called by 's powerful cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

 







Shi'ite cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr called for today's protest last Saturday:







Muqtada Al-Sadr has called for "million man march" on Friday in Tahrir Square central , Sadr will attend to give "important" speech.













His power to turn out a crowd remains -- visual evidence  of the power he continues to hold in Iraq.


He's never held elected office.

He's never been part of the Cabinet.

The power is internal based solely upon Moqtada himself.

There were times, during the first years of the war, when his power ebbed and flowed.


But the US government always played the wrong hand and would attack or insult him leading supporters to rally around him yet again.

As Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki couldn't command a crowd that size.

As former prime minister, Nouri's lucky to turn out 25 or so people when he visits their towns -- and some of those boo and throw things.

Who is the leader in Iraq?

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani is one.

Moqtada al-Sadr is another.




Smoking a cigarette on top of one of bridges and thought about this.









Please note, Moqtada also has a huge amount of supporters in Basra as well.



Anadolu Agency reports:



In an address delivered to tens of thousands of supporters in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, al-Sadr said he had received numerous death threats -- he did not say by whom -- due to his loud and frequent calls for government reform.

“Continue on the path of revolution and reform… even in the event of my death,” he asserted, while urging followers to keep their protests peaceful.

“If Iraq’s official election commission and electoral law remain as they are, we will be forced to boycott the polls,” he declared.





He writes about the protests that erupted in 2014 -- except they didn't.


Those protests erupted near the end of 2012, picked up steam in 2013 and were eventually stopped by Nouri al-Maliki.


Facts, he leaves out of his AP report.


But the his AP report also manages to mention changes -- undefined -- that Moqtada wants to a 'committee' (unnamed.)


The title of the body is the Independent High Electoral Commission.


Dropping back to February 4, 2017:



Hundreds of Iraqis did useful things yesterday including the hundred who rallied in Baghdad's Tahrir Square.  ALSUMARIA reports they rallied to call for reforms in the government (corruption) and reforms in the election law and the Independent High Electoral Commission.  ALSUMARIA reports hundred also protested in Karbala with the same demands.



To the February 8th snapshot:



Due to the protest, ALSUMARIA reports, the Election Commission has closed shop and gone home for the day to avoid "friction" with the protesters.

And ALSUMARIA is reporting that the protest has started with thousands turning out to demand changes in the electoral commission and in the voting law.


Sadrist respond to link the demonstrations on the anniversary of the Baath coup




ALL IRAQ NEWS carries the above photo in their report on today's protest in Baghdad.




Not only has Moqtada been protesting this for some time, UNAMI's also expressed concerns.


It's day 158 of The Mosul Slog -- and how's that working out?






|i regime digs mass grave for 200+ bodies killed by in Mosul. CNN will tell the world later they found an Yazidi mass grave









Their lives seem to have no worth.








Horrific Video from West of Mosul bombardment by US Coalition air crafts. 230 have died there in just 2 days.





~500 civilians (mostly displaced women and children) were massacred in less than 24-hours in and by the & its allies..









Dozens killed, buried in rubble after Mosul air raid - Iraqi officials, residents







Oh, silly, idiot Elise of CNN, it is a slog.

It always was.


It's also a tragedy.




"People in West are trapped in the situation of penury & panic." Our representative in Iraq explains the latest developments

Mosul situation deteriorating as fighting rages
Around 400,000 people thought to be trapped in the Old City lack food, clean water and fuel to keep themselves warm.







Yesterday, we noted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's comments explaining the US military would not be leaving Iraq even if the Islamic State was defeated.  Jordan Shilton covers it for WSWS:


US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared Washington’s intention to keep troops deployed more or less indefinitely in the territories now occupied by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in remarks delivered at the beginning of a two-day meeting of the US-organized anti-ISIS coalition in Washington.
“The military power of the coalition will remain where this fraudulent caliphate has existed in order to set the conditions for a full recovery from the tyranny of ISIS,” he told an audience that included Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. He gave no indication of when, if ever, US troops could be withdrawn from a war zone extending across Iraq and Syria, where there has been fighting of greater or lesser intensity throughout the 14 years since the US first invaded Iraq.

Tillerson also called for the establishment of “interim zones of stability” in Syria to which refugees from the US-instigated civil war that has raged throughout that country for the past six years could be forcibly returned. Areas will be deemed “safe” if they have been initially cleared of ISIS, an absurdly low standard given the deadly conflicts which continue to rage between different factions in the Syrian civil war.


At some point, we'll get around to Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford's comments this week that the US military will be in Iraq for "years to come."


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