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Personally, I can’t see why anyone but the insurance industry would come out against a single payer system. The insurance industry, by the way, is part of the financialization of the global economy where hedge funds and real estate have do some much damage to the 99% via Wall Street speculation and too-big-to-fail social and political manipulation. Jackie Wolf is a loud voice in defense of humanity and reason. ...(full comment)

Jackie Wolf: Happy Birthday, Medicare — the best form of health insurance

Personally, I can’t see why anyone but the insurance industry would come out against a single payer system. The insurance industry, by the way, is part of the financialization of the global economy where hedge funds and real estate have do some much damage to the 99% via Wall Street speculation and too-big-to-fail social and political manipulation. Jackie Wolf is a loud voice in defense of humanity and reason. ...(full comment)

Jackie Wolf: Happy Birthday, Medicare — the best form of health insurance

Not true - I am making a great return on my FRAK investment and the direct investment AMLP which has as its largest holding Kinder Morgan. I've made a 15% return in the past 6 months. Getting to this middle east crisis - the real people who have blood on their hands for killing these kids are the radical environmentalists in America who are stopping us from being energy independent. Instead we rely on oil from dangerous parts of the world like the middle east. We need alot more nuclear, fraked oil and gas and offshore oil wells. And clean coal. Becasue the radical enviro nazis are against all of this they are the cultprits for the killing going on in the middle east. They have the blood on their hands not the Israelis. Its the radical far left environmentalists who are to blame for the horrible economy (the market may have started is final collapse today - down 300 points). Lets see how you are all feeling when we are in a global depression. ...(full comment)

Rosenberg issues nuanced statement on gas pipeline

Exactly!! Jdurf1 and others like him need to educate themselves on what is really happening over there. Thanks you, Vijay - as always your writing is professional and well informed (after all, he is the expert). ...(full comment)

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

Jdurf1. If people would look at your posts over time, we get a pretty clear picture of your world view. And it's a world where people who disagree with you are all freaks who eat kale, play hackey sack, wear patchouli, smoke pot and are communists. Kale is still pretty fashionable, and many northamptonites do seem to enjoy their cannabis. But I can't remember the last time I saw a "moonbat' playing hackey sack, and I don't think that people still wear patchouli. This might seem like quibbling, but the fact that your imaginary enemy is such a caricature of a hippie is just evidence of how much you yourself are becoming a caricature. Now, a while back, I started feeling a little sympathy for you. So instead of trying to match your usual level of mean-spiritedness, I'll play the part of your "namaste" caricature. I honestly feel a little sad for you. It's a pity that you're so willing to abandon any kind of personal dignity for your online persona. ...(full comment)

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

I'm assuming this will include banning contributions from the municipal unions, teachers unions, environmental groups and healthcare workers since the legislature allocates huge amounts of money to these groups - and these are the largest political contributors by far in the corrupt political system. Or is this just a way to silence opposition to the democrats? The left can only win when it silences opposing voices through censorship. Thats whats going on here. ...(full comment)

Florence group seeks ballot vote to stop politicians from taking campaign money from industries they regulate

What an excellent letter, Melissa! I certainly hope that Sen. Rosenberg not only gets the farm bill out of his committee but pushes it through for a yes vote! MA can be known as the innovative state which, once again, gets in front of a terrible industry practice and prevents it. ...(full comment)

Melissa Tardiff: Urges Sen. Stanley Rosenberg to support protection for animals

Freako, you wouldn't know what would help this country if it was spelled out in kale and hit you in the forehead like a hackey sack. ...(full comment)

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

Amazing!!! Thank You JM!! ...(full comment)

Dignity Project: J.M. Sorrell: Many barriers must be surmounted to achieve death with dignity

Don't like rockets, end the blockade and occupation. Stop the military expansionism. Stop building settlements on other peoples' land. Then look at a map. The Israel Lobby has control over only one country and that is the United States, and it is losing its grip on the people here (although it still has an iron grip on congress, which it maintains with cutthroat tactics). So, it is pretty much Israel against the rest of the world. Israel is dependent on outside sources for its economic well-being and reacted strongly when commercial planes suspended use of Ben Gurion airport for one day. How happy are they going to be as the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction movement gains adherents? You are not helping your country, jdurf1, when you encourage it to race headlong down a self-destructive path. ...(full comment)

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

Judging from the look on the faces of Otto, Juan, and Nancy, they don't seem to grasp the gravity of the situation. Kind of like, "the fix is in". These Central American leaders should be embarrassed. ...(full comment)

Editorial: Immigrant children deserve safe harbor

They should make these people spend a week working in the fields... ...(full comment)

'Most people are not dishonest' Hadley farmers talk farm stand thefts; police arrest two

Don't like being pummeled, don't elect terrorists as your leaders and definitely don't shoot rocket artillery at a more powerful neighbor. ...(full comment)

Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza