ravan: (nevermore fuck you - dried_frog_icon)
( Jun. 14th, 2009 09:04 pm)
The year was 1979. I was in college, often skipping class to argue with the Iranian protesters who wanted to overthrow the Shah and institute an Islamic theocracy in Iran.

They got what they wished for. Not a democracy, a theocracy.

Now the next generation has to try to fix it without getting themselves killed.

I wish them luck - the current regime is more repressive than the Shah.
ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( Jun. 11th, 2009 01:52 pm)
Single Payer Health Care and Prevention.

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A racist conspiracy theorist answered the dog whistle again: Security Guard Is Killed in Shooting at Holocaust Museum in D.C. The lunatic fringe of the American Taliban is out in force this year.

See Another Right Wing Nut Terrorist Shooting
Here are some nasty statistics, generated by an independent and respectable method Medical Bankruptcy in the United States, 2007: Results of a National Study The survey was performed by the Department of Medicine, Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Mass; the Department of Sociology, Ohio University, Athens; and Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass. This is not some insurance company 'study' that tells you what they want you to hear.

The findings? 62.1% of all bankruptcies are due to medical bills, and 3/4 of filers started out with "insurance"!! Most were middle class, college educated, and owned (note the past tense) their own homes. People who are poorer often can't even afford the filing fees - I know that when the dot bomb crash happened I couldn't even think about affording to file.

The 'insurance' industry is a rip-off - it eats 1 out of every 4 dollars paid in as "administrative expenses" (read that as "executive salaries, bonuses and shareholder profits"), and then denies care to people who need it most. Yes, a lot of companies terminate coverage after a major illness has happened.

Yet jackasses like Baucus want to "mandate" that we pay these jackals, either through employers or privately, with "assistance" if we can't afford it. What good is that, if we can't get real coverage, just a token with high deductibles, high co-pays, low maximum coverages, and contracts riddled with exceptions, exclusions and loopholes for the benefit of the insurer.

Fuck that. Single payer, please.

Read the survey. It's a short PDF of what they found. Then think about what would happen if you ended up with, say, a stroke, cardiac problem, or cancer.
Dr George Tiller was gunned down in the lobby of his church by an anti-abortion terrorist today.

Yes, we have domestic terrorism. Operation Rescue, and their lunatic fringe followers, are exactly that. Same as the radical anti-gay bigots, the white supremacists, or the anti-government nutjobs. I really wish that the government would take them as seriously as they do Muslim Jihadists. The Christian Taliban deserves to be watched and arrested for their plots as much, if not more so, than the few Muslim extremists in this country.

I recommend that people who want to "do something" donate to either Planned Parenthood (protecting doctors and clinics is expensive) or the ACLU in memory of Dr. Tiller.
The tides of time and justice flow against them. All of the bible thumping, science denial, and sheer homophobia are an evolutionary dead end. They fear what they can't control, what they can't shame, what they can't bend to their and their small, petty God's "will".

Now, I'm bi, I could "choose" to be "straight", but reality isn't that way. But I can pass if I want to, be the "high yeller" of the LGBT spectrum. Others can't. When a man is only attracted to men, he can't change it. If he could, our society wouldn't have uncloseted gays - any sane person would chose to be straight, if they had a choice.

But the person I love is female, not male. Also, all of my full gay friends have rights too, rights that the stupid desert religions can't believe away.

This nation was founded on the principle of equality, even if the founders fell short of that ideal themselves due to their own cultural blind spots. In the end, equality and love will conquer the bible based hate and fear.

We need to speak out, gay and straight, on how gays marrying strengthens our communities, our families, and our nation.

We need to secure the favorable tax codes, inheritance rights, housing rights, hospital visitation rights, medical decision rights, and legal testimony rights that now *only* accrue to "married" hetero couples. These rights are just not there with "civil unions" or "domestic partnerships" - they just aren't. It's not only separate, but decidedly unequal. Anyone who really thinks about it knows it. But the churches lie to their parishioners, saying "oh, but they have civil unions, its the same, but marriage is sacred". They don't really understand that gays are cheated of some of the "meat" of marriage rights.

If civil unions/domestic partnerships are so equal to marriage, then all these whiny religious gits wouldn't mind giving up state sanctioned marriage entirely, would they? They could keep "marriage" as a purely religious matter, and any legal benefits would be associated with civil unions. But if you suggest that, they whine, saying "it's not the same", then turn around and tell us again that it is "equal".

This isn't over. However, if you are against gay marriage, please, remove yourself from my "friends" list. I'm no longer willing to be "tolerant" of any viewpoint that wants to deny me and mine their rights. Tolerance doesn't mean doormat, doesn't mean open headed acceptance of everyone's bullshit, doesn't mean allowing bigots and bullies to make the rules, doesn't mean swallowing someone else's dictates and morals as binding on anyone else. I'm tolerant, not a pushover.

If you don't approve of gay marriage, don't marry someone of your own gender. But don't even dream that you have the right to make me live and love by your fucking religious rules. No more nice gay.
ravan: (give me coffee - siliconshaman)
( May. 19th, 2009 11:10 pm)
In the US, healthcare still involves leeches.

Only we call them "Insurance Companies" now.

Seriously, I'm pissed that the cowards in Congress have taken Single Payer National Healthcare off the table. Now the insurance leeches are lobbying hard to remove a public option.

These jackals want us to be required by law to pay them for the "privilege" of being cheese-pared and denied coverage. The health insurance and pharmaceutical industries are jackals, gnawing at the bones of the American people while we try to survive.

We must take the profit motive out of health insurance. Whether it's single payer, or requiring all health insurance to be provided by non-profit "co-op" style copmanies (mutualization), I don't care.

I'm tired of them making their obscene profits based on denial of coverage and squeezing the people who actually provide care.
ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( May. 12th, 2009 05:56 pm)
This isn't someone else's talking point, it's mine:

"Better a government bureaucrat than a corporate bureaucrat (like we have now.) The government bureaucrat doesn't get a bonus based on denying coverage to people.

Take the profit motive out of health insurance."

Seriously, I hate health insurance companies. They are a leach on our society, right along with "investment banks". Hell, some combine both parasitical business models.

See also this petition
ravan: (Blog Against Theocracy - tengrain)
( May. 6th, 2009 01:27 pm)
Vermont, Iowa, DC, now Maine. Why is Californika so backward? Massive political propaganda efforts by the LDS and Catholic churches.

How do I get a ballot prop to shitcan Prop 8 on the ballot in 2010?? Something like:

"SECTION 1. Title This measure shall be known and may be cited as the "California Marriage Equality Act."

SECTION 2. Change Section 7.5 of Article I of the California Constitution, to read:

SEC. 7.5. All marriages between two consenting adults are equally valid and recognized in California. "

If this won't pass, then remove the word "marriage" from all California state laws and Constitution. If "marriage" is a religious institution to be "protected", then it has no business in US or State law, because of the First Amendment. If it's civil, then religious biases against it are moot.
Democratic complicity and what "politicizing justice" really means
'Action Memo' For Obama: Recommendations For Dealing With Torture
Reclaiming America’s Soul

The long and short is that we need a bipartisan, independent investigation and prosecution under US law for those whose authorized torture in the so-called "War on Terror", and in Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and "Extraordinary Rendition". When the facts have been found, the people who authorized it, supervised it, and claimed it to be legal must be charged, period. Even if that includes half of Congress from both sides of the aisle, and current cabinet members.

Seriously, no matter how people tried to spin it, that shit is illegal, both under US and International law. Hanging a few underlings out to dry for "excesses' won't cut it. Someone authorized it, someone got the reports and knew how they were obtained. The big guys, Republican *or* Democrat, I'm not picky who, need to be found, charged, and tried in a court of law.

So sorry, Mr President, no just saying "Oh, here's a few memos." - We want to know the full extent of the wrongdoing in our name! We want the violators prosecuted!

We ca not allow torturers and their bosses to go unpunished. Not In Our Name.

Full and open investigation, or you just bought yourself into it. Silence and inaction is assent.
Democratic complicity and what "politicizing justice" really means
'Action Memo' For Obama: Recommendations For Dealing With Torture
Reclaiming America’s Soul

The long and short is that we need a bipartisan, independent investigation and prosecution under US law for those whose authorized torture in the so-called "War on Terror", and in Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and "Extraordinary Rendition". When the facts have been found, the people who authorized it, supervised it, and claimed it to be legal must be charged, period. Even if that includes half of Congress from both sides of the aisle, and current cabinet members.

Seriously, no matter how people tried to spin it, that shit is illegal, both under US and International law. Hanging a few underlings out to dry for "excesses' won't cut it. Someone authorized it, someone got the reports and knew how they were obtained. The big guys, Republican *or* Democrat, I'm not picky who, need to be found, charged, and tried in a court of law.

So sorry, Mr President, no just saying "Oh, here's a few memos." - We want to know the full extent of the wrongdoing in our name! We want the violators prosecuted!

We ca not allow torturers and their bosses to go unpunished. Not In Our Name.

Full and open investigation, or you just bought yourself into it. Silence and inaction is assent.
The Real Boston Tea Party was Against the Wal-Mart of the 1770s

Yep, a rebellion against taxation of small business and individuals while giant multinational corporations were exempt from taxes.

If entity A doesn't pay taxes, and you do, you are being taxed, they are not - even if they have just been given an exemption from the taxes. When corporate entities weasel out of paying their fair share for the infrastructure and services they use, including the education of its workforce, you have the same situation.

I've worked for large companies, and will again. However, the bigger they are, the more cumbersome and rigid they become. Like the water empires of old, when they reach their limit of effective communication and coordination, they start grinding themselves, and their employees, apart from inside. The smart ones splinter into smaller, nimbler businesses, just leaving a core "holding company" to deal with the stockholders. The dumb ones, even if they splinter, don't know when to get rid of their unproductive units, because the spread of bullshit is so thick its hard to see when they're in trouble before its too late.

Now, any politicians who are owned by these company's lobbyists are just as bad. They pass laws and regulations essentially written by the industry they are intended to regulate, leaving the public on the short end of the stick. The bankruptcy "reform" a few years ago was little more than a credit company ("bank") wish list. It did nothing to help individual citizens, just fake people called corporations.

If I had my way, there would be no corporate "personhood" without the ability to, in a court, try and convict the corporation, and "sentence" it to "jail" (business and employment moratorium in the US) or "death" (dissolution and collection of its assets and intellectual property by the state). Also, the corporate charter would be for a fixed period of 50 years, just like a person's working life is from about 18 to 67.

The balance of power needs to be restored, and if the Democrats can't let loose of the corporate teat long enough to do it, and restore real accountability to our government and economy, we'll have to found a real alternative party, one that doesn't dance to the tune played by religious fanatics and corporations, andmake the changes needed.

The real culture war is the one that the corporations are waging on the common man. The religious conservatives are just cannon fodder, being fed propaganda from corporate funded pulpits and media whores.
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ravan: (451F)
( Apr. 15th, 2009 08:22 pm)
Screw you.

Seriously, your man Bush spent us into this hole, all the while cutting services and infrastructure. His guy Paulson wanted us to bail out the fucking banks without any oversight at all on where the money was going.

The Republican administrations have all been "Borrow and Spend", "Fuck You, I've Got Mine", and "Contract On America". So now our education sucks (No Child Gets Ahead), our infrastructure is crumbling, and the banks, insurance companies and their fucking lobbyists are running the country into the ground.

Seriously, you rich fucks don't pay enough tax. Waah, Waah, your top tax rate will go up. It's still less than you paid under your tinkle-down Republican savior Reagan. I want the top rate to go back to that, so we can fucking pay for the fucking war your guy started (you know, the liar Bush's war in Iraq.)

Yes, I will pay more tax. I already do, since you bigoted shitheads put Prop 8 in place - I can't get married except to some dick I don't want to marry, so I have to file as "single", but have the expenses of married, head of household. Not to mention the mess California has made of its budget, and consequent increase in sales tax (the most regressive kind there is) since the yuppies and fat cats didn't want their yachts and private jets taxed.

So yeah, teabaggers, I don't want to see any of you pussy-faced whiners taking any stimulus money, including COBRA assistance or extended unemployment. Hell, don't drive on any of the fixed roads, either. You see, that where that oh, so horrid spending is going - right back into America's pockets, not overseas to Iraq on shrink-wrapped pallets of cash. Here, into the U S of A, not some defense contractor headquartered int the Cayman island that farms its jobs out overseas, or imports indentured scabs to take work away from citizens and green card holders.

So STFU, lilly-white "protesters" - you really have nothing to complain about. The Neo-Con party is over, and we all have to pay the fucking bill, especially the rich fucks. You can pay it on tax day, happily, or you can pay it by madame guillotine. I really don't care which.

The Democratic Congress and Administration have to do "Tax and Repay" to fix the mess your Republican hacks made. Deal with it, whiners. You had your turn, now it's ours.
ravan: (451F)
( Apr. 3rd, 2009 04:00 pm)
Lawmaker sees Fannie, Freddie bonus "insult"

When are these fucking jackasses going to get it:
If a company loses money, and has to be bailed out, no bonuses should be paid, period. They're lucky to still have jobs!

Retention? So what? These fucking entitled people should just be glad they still have a company to work for. That's their retention bonus from us, the taxpayer. We don't need to give them extra to convince them to stay. There are plenty of people willing to take their jobs from all the banks that have failed.

In every other sector, if your company loses money, you don't get any performance or retention bonuses. The only bonus you get is being spared the layoff axe. What the fuck makes these vultures think they are so fucking special that they should get bonuses on the taxpayer dime just for not quitting?

Seriously, if the manufacturing sector can rip up union contracts to avoid bankruptcy, then these jackals can rip up their precious bonus contracts for their pampered employees. Seriously, banks, it's time to put on your big kid panties and suck up the pain like the rest of us have been for years.
Iowa Court Says Gay Marriage Ban Is Unconstitutional

Of course, the H8ers will mobilize their religious drones and phone trees, and try to pass Prop H8 constitutional amendment there, too. The petty theocrats that prevailed (for now) in California will set their sights on Iowa, and start trying to write discrimination into that state's constitution, too.

The fact that people feel they need to dictate how others live and love still saddens me immensely.
The Great Repudiation: Why voters have had enough of conservative rule

True, we are not in any sort of liberal nirvana. And the Democrats who sucked up to the movement conservatives are just as much to blame as the Republicans.

But I am heartily sick of the "I Got Mine, Screw You" conservatives, the "My Moral Mythos Must Be Law For All" conservatives, and "Oh, Look It's A Terrorist/Liberal/Criminal/Drug User About to Ruin America™" conservatives.
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Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act of 1980: While this allowed a few better banking services (for higher fees), it is also why savings account interest rates dropped like a rock (from 5% or 0.5%) while credit card rates rose. Where'd the money go? Into shareholders' pockets! The customer got screwed coming and going.

< href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garn-St._Germain_Depository_Institutions_Act">the Garn-St. Germain Depository Institutions Act of 1982: This piece of work was a Reagan Administration pet, and led almost directly to the Savings and Loan crisis of the late 1980s - after Reagan was no longer in office, but his ideological heirs were still going strong. The S&L problem was chalked up to an anomaly, a few "bad actors", and the Republicans were never held accountable.

Instead, they dismantled *more* of the depression era regulation that was designed to prevent our current crisis with the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999. A pile of Republicans, riding high on their "Contract OnWith America" and their ongoing witch hunt of the Clintons, pushed this doozy through with enough votes to override a veto, even if Clinton could have with them digging into his private sex life.

Because of this, the Republicans and their corporate sponsors (and the Democrats that sold out to the megacorps) undid all of the Depression era legislation that was put in place after the last great financial meltdown (which was global then, too) to prevent it from happening again.

They all knew why the legislation had passed, they just either a) didn't care, as long as they and theirs got rich, or b) assumed that it couldn't, wouldn't happen again. I'm inclined to believe "a)" out of the Republicans, and "b)" out of the Democrats. (Yes, I'm saying Republicans are avaricious and Democrats are stupid.) But the majority behind this crap were Republicans.

Yes, some of the regulations were dated, but they threw out most the meat with the bones in the stock.

So, when the financial ship of state runs aground, the Republicans put up up washed up candidates for election, hoping that they won't be stuck holding the bag. It worked. Even if Obama was a Saint, with the capital S and all, he would not be able to stop the meltdown. The seeds for the disaster were sown by the Reaganites in the 80s, and watered very, very well by the Gingrich cohort and their Contract On America.

IMO, any institution that requires bailout money that exists because of these deregulations should be denied. They asked for this, they wanted it, they should bear the consequences.
In the world of common sense, this statement would be obvious: "Too Big To (allow to) Fail" is "Too Big To (allow to) Exist". Otherwise, you are always on the hook for bailouts and concessions to these institutions. Simple, no?

But Washington, DC and Wall Street don't live in the land of common sense. They live in the land of automatic welfare for megacorporations, but no welfare for the poor or out of work. They live in the land of socialized corporate losses and bailouts, but no "socialism" for the citizen regardless of the social good. They live in the land of what's good for big business is good for everybody, even when it isn't. They live in a land where obscene profits are a "right", but a roof over your head, food in your belly, and care for your health are unearned "entitlements" and "privileges", to be doled out by your corporate masters for good consumer behavior.

When they repealed Glass-Stegal, (look up Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act) they lined their own pockets, created the "too big to fail" (or be regulated) monster, and doomed us and future generations to indenture to international corporate interests. The "Reagan revolution" had "succeeded", for those who were behind the revolution. The rest of us a stuck paying the bill.

I have nothing against real businesses, that either produce real goods or real services. But when corporate quarterlies are more important than giving value to customers for money, it's not a real business any more, it's a leech on society.

When the average person can't understand "complex" securities, it indicates that those financial instruments are probably funny money, and possibly fraudulent. The kind of companies whose "lifeblood" is trading paper and promises need to be eliminated - broken up, regulated,or closed with their corporate charter revoked. Enron, WorldCom, AIG, and others like them need to be stopped before they suck more of our real wealth into their maw.

Those who trade in pure paper (CDOs, SIVs, futures, etc), not backed by real goods or real services, need to be run out of business (and out of town) on a rusty rail.

Paper burns at 451° F - phony, made-up "securities" aren't even worth the paper they're printed on. Burn them for fuel.
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