June 26, 2009 archive

White House health care forum: Obama’s plan for “evidence-based” medical cuts

Original article, by Kate Randall, via World Socialist Web Site:

A White House forum on health care provided some insight into the Obama administration’s vision for a reform of the system. In the ABC News program “Questions for the President: Prescription for America,” broadcast Wednesday night, Obama outlined proposals for a revamped health care system in which medical services would be subject to “evidence-based” analysis and the profits of the insurance giants would remain intact.

Late Night Karaoke

Its On


This won’t make much sense to most of you but I wanted something sweet tonight after this long day.

And I’m out of chocolate.

So.. .  here ya go.

What is power? Peet’s Geography of Power

This is a book review of an ambitious text, Richard Peet’s 2007 book Geography of Power, which gets at the issue of social power by defining it as a physical thing and by locating it in time and space.  As will be shown in this book review, this is really a thing worth doing, and so the critique of this book will be aimed at sharpening Peet’s discussion of “power” while helping him resist just being another David Harvey.

(Crossposted at Big Orange)

My interview with Cindy Sheehan

A few days ago I interviewed Cindy Sheehan, half as an blogger and half as an interested citizen activist.  Below the fold is the audio of the interview.  I’ve also typed up a brief summary of the interview, or at least what I could write down of her answers while holding a tape recorder in my other hand.  I’ll be posting a picture of both of us that a press photographer took if it makes it into a local newspaper, or if he sends me any pictures.

She talked about her political future, taking action locally, prosecuting Bush, Afghanistan, and more.  I had previously taken questions here and on a few other websites.

R.I.P. Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson dead at 50 after being rushed to hospital

by Express-Times staff and wire

Thursday June 25, 2009, 6:30 PM

Michael Jackson, one of the world’s most popular entertainers, has died. He was 50.

Jackson apparently suffered from cardiac arrest and was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital this afternoon. Paramedics performed CPR on Jackson in the ambulance but were unable to revive him, according to TMZ.com.

The emergency entrance at the UCLA Medical Center, which is near Jackson’s rented home, was roped off Thursday with police tape.

News trucks were gathered, helicopters flew overhead, and orange cones were laid out to redirect traffic.

May He Rest in Peace

TMZ . . .

Michael Jackson suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this afternoon at his Holmby Hills home and paramedics were unable to revive him. We’re told when paramedics arrived Jackson had no pulse and they never got a pulse back.

Michael Jackson had problems, we all know about the scandals, but he was a gentle soul and an immensely talented artist.  Thank you, Michael, for giving the world this song . . .

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