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.
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:
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This is a graph of labor capacity utilization in the US:
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.
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."
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!
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:
When [http://www.wikinvest.com/wiki/Economic_downturns David Rosenberg, a top economic analyst and strategist at Merrill Lynch/Bank of America], the largest bank in the U.S., packed up and left his ...