April 07, 2005

So Much To Read

Imagine how much I could get done if I didn't like to read so much. Hmmm. Well, anyway, back to my regularly scheduled habits.

Doctors warn about the consequences of Medicare reimbursement cuts planned for next year.

Illegal immigrants have been villified for stealing jobs and straining social services. This is the first I've heard anyone point out that they contribute to Social Security even though they can never collect it.

The Three Tree Journal points to the Darfur Information Center.

At Pandagon, Amanda talks about hate crimes, spurred by an article in The Stranger about 3 Evangelicals who savagely beat a gay man in the Seattle area. Also, she notes the deep horror that is women who enjoy sex.

Steve Gilliard tells the real WalMart story, finds that Rick Santorum is clueless about the need for daycare, and recommends the GI bracelet for people who'd really like to help the troops.

The conversation about the Pope continues: The Slacktivist touches on church history, and Julia writing at the American Street highlights at length the Pope's strenuous opposition to the Iraq war and the torture of prisoners and how the Bush administration managed to sell the public on the idea that Bush and the Pope were best buddies while asking the Vatican for political favors. (Both of those last links thanks to Body and Soul.) Billmon expands his musings on the results of the Pope's actions.

DailyKos: Lorraine explains why feminism is an important issue in dealing with the spiraling AIDS crisis in places like Africa. DarkSyde has a brilliantly concise argument for evolution and common descent. Will the catastrophe be slow and gradual or whiplash quick? Only the shadow knows. Also, all the people who got it wrong about the Schiavo talking points memo that really was written by a Republican Senate staffer.

Also, catch Billmon's skewering of the attempted memogate redux. Which serves the wingnuts right. Some Republican shill hands them some information that's exactly what they wanted to hear, and they imagine that they've suddenly been invested with magical and infallible powers of investigative journalism and preternatural wisdom.

Congressman DeFazio (D-OR) on the plan to gut Social Security, which is premised an a threat to default on the financial commitments of the US government. The DCCC put out a memo from the Democratic House leadership describing the changes at the SSA.

Kevin Drum notes that within a fairly broad band of tax rates, there is no connection between taxes and growth.

Wampum: Dwight Meredith returns to pointing out that, just for the record, economic indicators are consistently better under Democratic administrations, a statement that holds true for the last 13 presidencies, and also talks about how the Eli Lilly corporation sees fit to spend the equivalent of 49 lifetimes worth of pain and suffering according to their calculation of what should be the maximum possible court award for medical negligence or corporate malfeasance. Eric highlights the fight of a government whistleblower and the creeping secrecy of the executive branch.

Thanks to Max Sawicky, we get the Lowest Deep explaining the small farm tax shelter.

TalkLeft notes that sneak and peek searches have already been used, and that the citizen border patrol idiots have gotten into trouble, to the very great surprise of no one at all.

Suburban Guerrilla on the depressing chronicle of the outsourcing of IT jobs. You remember, that was the field that people who lost their jobs in other industries were supposed to be able to go into after retraining because software was a service this country was uniquely qualified to offer the world. Barely graduated techies and software geeks would wander through job fairs full of desperate employers, snidely bypassing companies that weren't likely to have an IPO. Recruiters would take people with the barest training to fill entry level tech positions, jobs which at the time were good potential stepping stones. Now, people with real CS degrees are fighting for those rapidly drying up entry level jobs. There's no sure shelter from the global economy.

Well, I run to the rock just to hide my face
And the rocks cried out, no hiding place
There's no hiding place down here

 -- No Hiding Place Down Here by The Carter Family

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