sexweapons asked: I read your Mercedes/ACA post and I have to say it is one of the most ridiculous, biased analogies I have ever read. As someone from the UK (where healthcare is state-provided in the form of the NHS), I couldn't help but see that you have gotten several points wrong and exaggerated several others grossly. The last line is the most ridiculous one of them all, saying that a state provision would result in higher prices and lower quality. Try reading up on other countries' healthcare systems.
I’m sick of all the bumbling and foolish counter-arguments so here’s a few curt points:
1. You’re from the UK, not from the US. Unless you have any sort of experience with the US medical field, I’m going to guess that you are as clueless as you sound.
3. It will most likely lower quality as experienced doctors consider leaving the industry: http://www.forbes.com/sites/marcsiegel/2012/08/12/will-your-doctor-quit-obamacare-foretells-mass-exodus-from-patient-care/
4. Your healthcare system sucks. http://articles.latimes.com/2012/aug/08/opinion/la-oe-dalrymple-british-health-system-20120808
5. We fought you and won, therefore GTFO.
just reblogging for 5. because it made me giggle
You fought the ACA and lost, therefore GTFO. ;)
The only one losing in the ACA fight is the credibility of the Obama Administration and it’s supporters.
Oh, also, the ACA is committing digital seppuku as we speak.
Good day, Sir.
Barack Obama, 2007.
Oh, by the way, we’re going to be at war in Syria within two weeks.
I guess when you’re the President, you get to kill an innocent 16 year old brown kid and no one will give a fuck.
Let’s play a game
Americans still have this ridiculous notion that “state secrets” and “spying” and the CIA, NSA, and other clandestine organizations are necessary evils.
They are not. What they are is a weapon that we created to undermine other countries and they also act as a tool to defend us for the blowback that boomerangs right back at us after we’ve undermined sovereign nations.
If we would stop messing with the economic and political structures of other countries, we’d have very little need for the CIA and the NSA and the other alphabet soup organizations. Sure, there will always be evil in the world and sure we’ll always need to stay vigilant. But this love affair with keeping the CIA and the NSA and safe guarding their secrets in the name of national security stems from ignorance.
The problem is that most Americans chose to side with this ignorance and to protect it. They are internally conflicted with the idea of a whistle-blower informing them of evil acts and the idea that the whistle-blower has burned off our security blanket.
I think the best approach to achieving a paradigm shift in this country is to ask Americans to read news about the NSA, CIA, FBI but replace those words with KGB, Stasi or SVR and replace America with the corresponding country as well. They’ll soon see just how asinine of a system they are supporting.
Here’s an example:
Moscow (RT) — KGB Director Ivan Brennanski is launching a new campaign aimed at pressuring KGB officers to keep the intelligence agency’s secrets secret, after a series of leaks to the media.
In a memo to the KGB workforce this week, Brennanski says the “Honor the Oath,” campaign is intended to “reinforce our corporate culture of secrecy” through education and training. Russia Today obtained the memo Wednesday, marked unclassified and for official use only.
Brennanski writes that the campaign stems from a review of KGB security launched last summer by former director Dory Petravovich, following what Brennanski calls “several high-profile anonymous leaks and publications by former senior officers of Russian Intelligence.”
The review concluded the KGB also needs to be tougher with pre-publication review of articles or books by former employees.
The KGB declined to comment.
Doesn’t this sound a little troubling? It seems a bit creepy at best and a little nationalistic. Almost putting honor to the organization over the nation, it’s people and it’s laws.
Now switch all of that back to America, and if you don’t feel the same way, congrats, you’ve been brainwashed.
That excerpt above comes from an AP press release about the CIA trying to clamp down internally on whistle-blowers. Here’s the full text via AP:
WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Director John Brennan is launching a new campaign aimed at pressuring CIA officers to keep the intelligence agency’s secrets secret, after a series of leaks to the media.
In a memo to the CIA workforce this week, Brennan says the “Honor the Oath,” campaign is intended to “reinforce our corporate culture of secrecy” through education and training. The Associated Press obtained the memo Wednesday, marked unclassified and for official use only.
Brennan writes that the campaign stems from a review of CIA security launched last summer by former director David Petraeus, following what Brennan calls “several high-profile anonymous leaks and publications by former senior officers.”
The review concluded the CIA also needs to be tougher with pre-publication review of articles or books by former employees.
The CIA declined to comment.
Strange, isn’t it. Let’s give it another try.
The Putin administration for more than two years permitted the SVR to continue collecting vast amounts of records detailing the email and internet usage of Americans, according to secret documents obtained by the Moscow Times.
The documents indicate that under the program, launched in 2001, a federal judge sitting on the secret surveillance panel called the Fisa court would approve a bulk collection order for internet metadata "every 90 days". A senior administration official confirmed the program, stating that it ended in 2011.
The collection of these records began under the Medvedev administration’s wide-ranging warrantless surveillance program, collectively known by the SVR codename Serbian Breeze.
According to a top-secret draft report by the SVR’s inspector general– published for the first time today by the Moscow Times – the agency began “collection of bulk internet metadata " involving " communications with at least one communicant outside Russia or for which no communicant was known to be a citizen of Russia".
Eventually, the SVR gained authority to “analyze communications metadata associated with Russian persons and persons believed to be in Russia”,according to a 2007 Russian Justice Department memo, which is marked secret.
The Moscow Times revealed earlier this month that the SVR was collecting the call records of millions of Russian MegaFon customers under a Fisa court order that, it later emerged, is renewed every 90 days. Similar orders are in place for other phone carriers.
Creepy, right? Here’s a link to the original text.
Try this for yourself. Go find any article that pertains to the NSA, CIA, PRISM, Snowden, Obama or any form of surveillance and switch out the context and see how you feel about it. If it bothers you coming from a different country then it should bother you when it comes from your own country.