Late Night: Monday Science, Fukushima Update

By: Monday September 8, 2014 8:00 pm

Fukushima Update:

The official position is that dropping the 1000lb console into the #3 SFP did no additional damage. They’ve been removing debries from the #3 SFP remotely for quite awhile and they’re quite behind schedule. Fuel rods ARE damaged in the #3 SFP, scans of the water indicate busted rods. And if the differene explosion came from there, those rods are WAY damaged.

But don’t worry.

Corporations and The Commons: The Contest in Chattanooga

By: Monday September 8, 2014 7:15 pm

There’re the old myths: the free market, the Invisible Hand, free enterprise, competition equals better products, and so forth. Of course, when those shibboleths don’t translate as they should in real life, there is often a turn toward “investing” in politicians and political parties, advertising to grab and ensure a market and, well, just plain old whining. And that’s what seems to be happening in Chattanooga as a public utility confronts a corporate biggie.

American Hospitals Waste a Shocking Amount on Administrative Costs

By: Monday September 8, 2014 6:30 pm

The United States has, by far, the most expensive health care system in the world. Partly because the federal government lets the industry overcharge people and partly because its Rube Goldberg-like structure requires a huge amount of money spent on keeping it all running. Every hospital has to negotiate a different price with every insurer for just about every single item.

FDL Movie Night: Pay2Play

By: Monday September 8, 2014 4:59 pm

Congress is never going to reign itself in until there is a much more broad public understanding of the problem, and a much stronger desire to see change. And that will mean, at the very least, voting enough of the bums out that it scares the rest of them into action. People are still largely unwilling to do that, but as they learn more we can only hope they will be moved to take action.

So if you have friends, relatives, acquaintances, co-workers or simply no-nothing blowhards at the water cooler who need an education on the subject of money in politics, point them in the direction of Pay2Play. They will come away more informed, but perhaps more importantly, with the conviction that they can make a difference.

Why Does Fox News Side With Abusers Like Ray Rice?

By: Monday September 8, 2014 4:05 pm

Today’s Ray Rice story is still developing, but one thing it illustrates is the role outsiders can play in demanding justice and then expecting change from an institution that failed to act–or failed to act with sufficient seriousness about a problem.

Digby and Perlstein wrote today about what happened when we failed to hold individuals accountable for malfeasance. When institutions protect individuals, by explaining away their actions, it prevents change from happening.

The other thing it is illustrating is how great it is to have a group of people like Fox News or the RW media on your side, even if only temporarily.

Right Wing Militias in Ukraine Say They’ll March on Kiev Next

By: Monday September 8, 2014 3:21 pm

Though the right wing militias battling in East Ukraine were ostensibly fighting for the government in Kiev, it appears once the east is secured they have other plans. After the right wing militias who are referred to as “volunteers” were routed in the recent fighting they told Western media they held the government in Kiev responsible for their loses and would one day overthrow it the same as they had overthrow former President Victor Yanukovich.

While the official military units under the control of Kiev had pulled back from East Ukraine the volunteers kept fighting the separatists and were ultimately defeated and forced to run west. Both the defeat and the lack of support from Kiev left a bad taste in their mouths and led to public announcements that the current government in Kiev may be the next to face their fire.

Our Unrepresentative House Is a Problem Easily Solved

By: Monday September 8, 2014 2:34 pm

There seems little value in just talking about problems if we aren’t even going to acknowledge the existence of solutions, and there are solutions out there.

Armored Vehicle Manufacturer Flips Out After Its Representative Explains Why Vehicles Used at Protests

By: Monday September 8, 2014 1:27 pm

Armored vehicle manufacturers are especially sensitive to suggestions that their vehicles will be used against protesters, even though that is exactly how they were used in Ferguson, Missouri, after a white police officer gunned down Mike Brown, an unarmed black teenager.

The Armored Group LLC was recently present at Urban Shield, an annual trade show and training exercise in Alameda County, California, supported by law enforcement and security agencies at the local, state and federal level.

All Federal Politics Is National, Not Local

By: Monday September 8, 2014 12:22 pm

Over the weekend there were a slew of new polls from NBC/Marist and CBS News/New York Time/YouGov covering every single senate race and they almost all fit a clear and simple pattern. In states that traditionally go Republican in Presidential elections the Republican Senate candidates hold the lead, while Democrats are ahead in the states President Obama carried in 2012.

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