A Video on Wealth Inequality

Here is a good video from TDC which describes wealth inequality in America.  It cites a study where people were asked how much income inequality people think there is, how much there should be, and how much there really is.

Canadian Doctor Schools U.S. Senator on Healthcare

Dr. Danielle Martin

It was only a matter of time before people supporting the “there-is-no-solution solution” to America’s health insurance problems started to foist their opinions on people from other countries.

A U.S. Senate subcommittee invited people with expertise on single-payer healthcare systems to speak before it.  The speakers came from Taiwan, Denmark, France and Canada.

During a meeting with the subcommittee, Republicans even took pains to mention the “problems” and “failures” of The Affordable Care Act to these people from other countries who have no stake in American healthcare politics.

At times, the hearing devolved into Senator Richard Burr taking potshots at foreign single-payer healthcare systems as if he were taking potshots at The Affordable Care Act.

During Burr’s questioning, Canadian Doctor Danielle Martin was asked how many Canadians died per year while on waiting lists. She didn’t know, but she then mentioned a study by The American Journal of Public Health that states 45,000 Americans die each year due to a lack of health insurance.





Sanctions: EU moves towards travel bans, asset freezes for Russians

This is a re-blog. Europe may ramp up sanctions against Russia.

Peace and Freedom

By Martin Santa and Aleksandar Vasovic

BRUSSELS/SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine          Wed Mar 12, 2014 2:57pm EDT

Billboards go up in Crimean capital to advertise independence referendum (01:44)

Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, march outside an Ukrainian military base in the village of Perevalnoye, near the Crimean city of Simferopol, March 12, 2014.  Credit: Reuters/Thomas Peter

BRUSSELS/SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) – The EU agreed a framework on Thursday for its first sanctions on Russia since the Cold War, a stronger response to the Ukraine crisis than many had expected and a mark of solidarity with Washington in the effort to make Moscow pay for seizing Crimea.

The EU sanctions, outlined in a document seen by Reuters, would slap travel bans and asset freezes on an as-yet-undecided list of people and firms accused by Brussels of violating the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said…

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CIA Spied on Senate Intelligence Committee

Diane Feinstein

Creepy –

CIA personnel conducted an unauthorized search and hacking of committee computers, including documents, and committee network communications.

The Senate Intelligence Committee – which also serves as a CIA oversight committee – has been gathering information on the CIA’s misrepresentations regarding detention, interrogation programs, and torture.

The committee had access to an internal report about the programs (the Panetta Report), and the CIA claimed it was searching for “illegally obtained” copies of the report.

U.S. Senator Mark Udall (D, Colorado) stated “The CIA has recently taken unprecedented action against the Committee in relation to the internal CIA review, and I find these actions to be incredibly troubling for the Committee’s oversight responsibilities and for our democracy.”

Committee member Diane Feinstein stated that the CIA has so far refused to answer questions about the unauthorized hacking and about other topics.  She also claims that their copy of the Panetta Report was legally obtained.





Western officials seeking ways to lessen Russia’s energy stranglehold on Ukraine

This is a re-blog.

Peace and Freedom

Gazprom’s recently built Adler thermal power plant in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi. AFP-Getty Images

Moves Are Latest Sign of Growing Pressure on Moscow to End Crisis

By Ian Talley and Amy Harder
The Wall Street Journal

Western officials are scrambling to loosen Russia’s energy stranglehold on Ukraine, the latest sign of growing pressure on Moscow to end the crisis.

The options being considered by officials from Brussels to Washington include larger exports of U.S.-made natural gas, reversing the flow of natural gas through pipelines from Western Europe back into Ukraine, and accelerating plans across Europe to buy more energy from countries other than Russia.

“If no solution to this can be found,” European countries will “recast their approach to energy and economic links with Russia over time,” U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague said Sunday.

Western officials also have threatened sanctions against Russia if the Kremlin continues its occupation of…

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