Sequester press conference

I feel the same way I used to feel when I saw George W. Bush on my teevee — angry and disgusted:

THE PRESIDENT: Look, we’ve already cut $2.5 trillion in our deficit. Everybody says we need to cut $4 trillion, which means we have to come up with another trillion and a half. The vast majority of economists agree that the problem when it comes to deficits is not discretionary spending. It’s not that we’re spending too much money on education. It’s not that we’re spending too much money on job training, or that we’re spending too much money rebuilding our roads and our bridges. We’re not.

The problem that we have is a long-term problem in terms of our health care costs and programs like Medicare. And what I’ve said very specifically, very detailed is that I’m prepared to take on the problem where it exists — on entitlements — and do some things that my own party really doesn’t like — if it’s part of a broader package of sensible deficit reduction. So the deal that I’ve put forward over the last two years, the deal that I put forward as recently as December is still on the table. I am prepared to do hard things and to push my Democratic friends to do hard things.

If you missed it, he threw progressive Dems under the bus, too: People who “don’t want any cuts at all in anything.”

Call your congress critter. Ask them to vote to the “Cancel The Sequester” bill in the House, and tell them you don’t support any cuts at all in Social Security and Medicare.

Bradley Manning

Don’t be distracted by the “he took an oath” crowd. The fact is, soldiers are told if they see an illegal act, they’re supposed to report it. (Manning tried.) And they’re still taught about the Geneva Conventions.

If he’d successfully leaked to the New York Times, he’d be hailed as a hero. The fact is, Bradley Manning is a hero. We should be grateful for what he did to help end this Iraq war.

And the liars, crooks and profiteers who got rich and furthered their careers at the expense of the war dead? Why, you can see them every Sunday morning on the talk shows. And the allegedly anti-war constitutional law professor looks on in approval.

About damned time

All this talk about “search for the cure” — what search? This is why I don’t give to cancer organizations. We already know capitalism is poisoning our air, our water and everything we eat and touch:

In a landmark report, the WHO warned “synthetic chemicals” had “serious implications” for human health. The global health watchdog suggested so-called “gender-bending” compounds found in toys, PVC flooring and even credit cards should be banned in order to protect future generations.

The study said that more research was needed to fully understand the links between endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) – found in many household and industrial products – and “specific diseases and disorders”.

It found links between exposure to EDCs and health issues such as testicular problems, breast, prostate and thyroid cancer, developmental effects on the nervous system in children and attention deficit hyperactivity in children.

The UN agency said the study, titled State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, was the most “comprehensive” report on EDCs to date because it has evaluated several chemicals and related evidence rather than focusing on just one.

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