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Sun Oct 10, 2010 at 02:49 AM PDT

A Rising Tide: Beyond Party and Class

by jsalsman

A rising tide lifts all the boats. And a partnership, by definition, serves both partners, without domination or unfair advantage. Together we have been partners in adversity. Let us also be partners in prosperity. —John F. Kennedy, Frankfurt, Germany, June 25, 1963

For decades, medical science has studied many aspects of the quality of life, such as lifespan, infant mortality, crime, obesity, and educational attainment just to name a few; along with the correlations between those aspects and environmental, behavioral, and genetic factors. Epidemiologists are unique among health professionals in that they use powerful statistical techniques and careful research to distinguish actual causes from the mere correlations that become apparent. Perhaps because of the rigor necessary in their science, it has only been in the past decade that epidemiologists began considering how factors from economics affect the quality of human life.

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Will we as a society reach across the boundaries of class and political party to lift all boats, or will we all sink together?

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Tue May 11, 2010 at 06:08 PM PDT

Ask WonkRoom for Single Payer Savings

by jsalsman

Please ask the Center for American Progress's WonkRoom to publish a weekly estimate of the budget and consumer savings expected from single payer health care, i.e., H.R. 676 Medicare for All (Conyers.) The WonkRoom claims to be informed with facts and figures for the highbrow croud, and for the most part they do a pretty good job.  But the only post they had mentioning single payer over the past year was a joke about how some Republican said it would be a good idea.  Later Tim Carney -- a D.C. muck-raker who complains about establishment Democrats and (less frequently) Republicans, found out that CAP accepted money from WalMart.  Hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Did that affect the Center's position on Single Payer?  Please write these people and ask:

Please copy-and-paste to retweet (preferred) or click to retweet this:

Please RT to ask @wonkroom to publish estimated savings of #singlepayer #hr676 health care weekly @fshakir @aterkel @CAPaction @igorvolsky

Then, as importantly, please send email...

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The Center for American Progress should publish an estimate of the savings from single payer health care

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This is a graph of labor capacity utilization in the US:

Labor Capacity Utilization, 1965-Present

As you can see from the long-term trend, we could make huge progress in the unemployment problem simply by giving all regular employees an extra day off work.  This diary from January recommends Friday be added to a new three-day weekend because of the Muslim faith.  

Please take the poll, and please vote up the Treasury Consumers Bill of Rights which includes labor and housing capacity in Right 3. Thank you!

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Which day should be added to the weekend (or the weekly holidays)?

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Thanks to Daily Show co-creator -- and the second voter for the Treasury Consumers Bill of Rights -- Liz Winstead (@lizzwinstead)

1:30 is where... oh never mind

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So, have a look at this graph from "On spending, conservatives are quite conflicted" (Salon.com, yesterday)

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Is that hilarious or what?  Is that a typical result from that question set or was that poll an outlier?

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Seriously, what is up with that?

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The U.S. Treasury recently started a "Government 2.0" project at http://opentreasury.ideascale.com so:

PLEASE VOTE FOR THE TREASURY CONSUMERS BILL OF RIGHTS

You have to give the Treasury your zip code to vote it up, for reasons that I don't understand.  Please retweet / repost / etc. to save the economy which, is, sadly, still on the brink.

The text of the Bill follows.

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Favorite right?

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The 25 Top Censored Stories of 2009 according to Sonoma State University's excellent Project Censored are listed after the fold.

There is also a poll: please vote for the story you think was the most important of them all.

I agree so much with this Walter Cronkite quote: "Project censored is one of the organizations that we should listen to, to be assured that our newspapers and our broadcast outlets are practicing thorough and ethical journalism."

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Which was the most important censored story?

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Wed Jul 29, 2009 at 10:15 PM PDT

Budget priorities meta-poll

by jsalsman

I was shocked that given the huge numbers Kos is reporting, after more than a day only 20 people took my budget priorities poll.

Even worse, the linked ranked ballot poll has just me so far, so you can see what I voted for. (Will the anti-Employee Free Choice Act people have a field day?)

So, I am posting another poll to see why my first set of polls had a poor response.

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Why were the budget priority polls so poorly responded?

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Tue Jul 28, 2009 at 09:56 AM PDT

Budget priorities POLLS

by jsalsman

The following polls ask what you think is/are the most important underfunded budget priority(s).  I have been studying reports from Davos and other reports concerning economics, medical care, climate change, education and science in general. I selected the choices from the priorities found in and from comparing those sources.

Ideally I would ask you to rank these, but sadly ranked polls (such as you can get from http://demochoice.org/ ) are not available here on dKos.  However, it was very easy for me to copy the choices to demochoice.org, so you can rank them!

So: PLEASE ALSO TAKE THE SAME POLL WITH RANKING HERE

If you have any questions about the poll options, please ask in comments.

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Which is the most underfunded budget item?

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I lost access to my dKos account twice now because I forgot to renew domain names on time.  Let that be a lesson to me.

While I was away, I thought about how to maximize my influence. My first stop was Wikipedia.  Did you know that the Wikipedia article on the Iraq War was viewed 164,101 times last month? Or that plug-in hybrids were looked up 13,672 times in the same period?  How about the Wikipedia article on depleted uranium? viewed 25,508 times in June.  Here's what I learned about Wikipedia:  Anything goes, as long as your first priority is to improve the quality of the encyclopedia.  That is, believe it or not, one of the oldest and still-standing official Wikipedia policies ("WP:IAR" as Wikipedians say.)

But recently I discovered Twitter.  Who have I been able to influence there?  After the fold....

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Which is the most useful for progressive influence

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Sat Apr 12, 2008 at 05:48 PM PDT

UN revisiting depleted uranium

by jsalsman

The UN General Assembly is taking another look at depleted uranium.  Detail on the reason why follows.

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Have you talked to your congressperson(s) about depleted uranium

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I was hoping that smintheus's front page post (The FBI: Retroactive blanket immunity in action) would have touched on this aspect of the story, but surprisingly there has been no discussion of the implications of the FBI General Counsel's disagreement with the FISA court about the First Amendment.  The court said that someone can not be investigated merely because they are associates with an existing subject of an investigation, because that would violate the First Amendment right to freedom of association.  The FBI illegally circumvented the court's decision, and in defending that decision, the FBI admitted that violating the right to freedom of association is a common practice. The following is from the AP story:

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Should people who are no more than associates of suspicious people also be investigated?

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