Daily Archives: September 15, 2009

Fight back against health insurance lies

What does UnitedHealthcare CEO Stephen Hemsley have to lose if Congress passes real healthcare reform this year? Well, for starters, his nearly three quarters of a billion dollars in unexercised stock options might lose a few pennies on the dollar.

What does Isabella, a four year-old girl in Winsconsin who is physically incapable of eating and has had to be tube fed her entire life, have to gain from healthcare reform? The treatment she needs to live a normal life.

Brave New Films is launching a major new campaign to reveal the truth about the health insurance industry, and we need your help to do it. Contribute $25 today so we can create more campaigns exposing the obscene wealth of the CEOs of Aetna, CIGNA, Humana and WellPoint and the policyholders theyve abandoned for profit.

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Carter: Laden is right about the role of Race in the anti-Obama rhetoric

In an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, former Democratic President Jimmy Carter attributed much of the conservative opposition that President Obama is receiving to the issue of race.

“I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man,” Carter said.

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Ninety One Percent of Canadians believe that their heath care system is better than that of the US.

But when Conservatives for Patients Rights, an anti-health care organization, made a commercial designed to scare Americans into opposing heath care reform, they lied to various Canadians and tricked them into making the Canadian system look bad. The same organization did the same thing earlier with the British health care system.

Heres the ad:
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Darwin’s Darkest Hour

Premiering October 6th, the two-hour drama will coincide with the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of his seminal work On the Origin of the Species.

In 1858 Charles Darwin received a letter from naturalist Alfred Wallace, explaining his own theory of evolution. This was the trigger event that led to the publication of Darwin’s seminal theory on the origin of species.

Nova/NGS trailer:
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Obama vs. Bachmann Head to Head (Obama wins)

If you were in the Twin Cities last Saturday and wanted to do something political, you had two choices. Tool over to St. Cloud and visit Michele Bachmann’s Town Hall meeting, which she rudely scheduled on the same day as a visit to Minneapolis by President Obama. Or, you could go to see President Obama.

Rep. Michele Bachmann was in St. Cloud on Saturday for a town hall meeting. Apparently quite a few people in her district just don’t care about her anymore. Her event at the St. Cloud Technical High School was attended by only 60 people!

In contrast, 18,000 people were at the Target Center to listen to President Obama’s speech and he had to compete with the Gopher’s first home game in their new stadium!

Read the rest at Dusty Trice’s increasingly interesting blog.

Culture Dish is Back!

Culture Dish has been sterile for a while, but now it’s back in the swing of things! Rebecca Skloot indicates that she’ll be blogging the later phases of the publication of her book.


I can’t wait to read this book. Years ago, I found out about Henrietta Lacks and I thought it was one of the most interesting science stories I’d ever heard. It was so interesting that I kept telling people about it, but the tale is so strange that few would believe me. So finally, I stopped telling people. Now, with The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks coming on line in a few months, this will all change again!

Racism: A thing of the past. In Texas.

There is no racism in America. People are not excluded from jobs or not allowed admission to a school because of the color of the skin. The whole racism thing is over, solved, kaput, no longer an issue. You’all can go home now. Especially if you live in Texas and/or are concerned with Social Studies curriculum. …
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Hoards of ignorant christian honkies with their racism and their guns

Can we be done with questioning if there is racism, done with respecting the religion, done with worshiping the firearms, and can we start calling out the ignorance?

On 9.12.2009, we went to Washington DC to document the Tea Party protests against, well, a lot of things, including health insurance reform, the IRS, abortion, global warming, and our “socialist/communist/fascist/Nazi/Muslim ” president, Barack Obama. Some of them called for a return to McCarthyism, while others called for Glenn Beck to run for office–indeed, it seemed the only thing that everyone agreed on was Fox News.