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Ron Paul and Greenwald?

Glenn Greenwald comments on Ron Paul’s success at fundraising. There are several updates worth reading as well.

Antigua pushes some more in WTO GATS tribunal

The Antigua Sun reports: Antigua and Barbuda’s claims against the US are likely to reach as high as US$7 billion as the internet gambling dispute continues.Antigua and Barbuda’s attorney at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Mark Mendel has warned the US to expect billions more in sanctions as the country prepares to file its claim […]

Healthcare share

LA Times reports diverse interests coming together on healthcare costs and plans. If MA has found a better formula in the companies of Tufts and Harvard Pilgrim, maybe the rest of the nation can as well. The National Federation of Independent Business will join AARP, the Service Employees International Union and the Business Roundtable — […]

Four more soldiers

More soldiers have concerns about policy. Rear Admiral Donald J. Guter, United States Navy (Ret.) Judge Advocate General of the Navy, 2000-02 Rear Admiral John D. Hutson, United States Navy (Ret.) Judge Advocate General of the Navy, 1997-2000 Major General John L. Fugh, United States Army (Ret.) Judge Advocate General of the Army, 1991-93 Brigadier […]

GUILIANI SAVED FROM DEATH BY GOVERNMENT SPONSORED HEALTH PROGRAMAnd leave it at that for any anonymous person to protest the accuracy in a boring explanation.

Costs not in the news…boring Part 1

The Prostrate Cancer Foundation reports costs of treatments often are not reported accurately. Wilson and colleagues compared patterns of healthcare utilization and direct costs of prostate cancer-related treatments over a 5.5-year period in 4553 newly diagnosed patients, stratified by age, risk group, and ethnic group In the first 6 months after diagnosis, direct prostate-related costs […]

More accurate information is valuable on the surge

Thinkprogress has reported on Congressional testimony the other day and carries a video excerpt on site. Looking for signs of progress in Iraq, the Bush administration has been quick to jump on reports of reduced violence in Iraq. The “violence is thankfully coming down,” said White House spokesperson Dana Perino. Violence is “down significantly from […]

Good news report

Al Quaeda is defeated I assume means tribes have come together to eliminate rogue groups and probably want to eliminate rogue criminal groups as well. Islam is changing also indicates Islam in parts of the world is finally figuring out how to deal with radicalism.

Innovation only happens when maximizing? Or failure of imagination?

NYT reports on another innovator for the less affluent. Add in the $100 laptop, less expensive ways to chain wifi, and voila…freer markets without the huge drain of billion dollar Ceo networks who weigh us down with bloated bureacracies and constricted thinking about profit structures. Maybe ‘maximize’ and ‘innovation’ are not synonomous after all, as […]

Transparent market expenses

New England Journal of Medicine reports the following about transparency in the market: On September 6, 2007, Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA), the ranking member of the Committee on Finance, and Herb Kohl (D-WI), chairman of the Special Committee on Aging, introduced the Physician Payments Sunshine Act — so named because it aims to “shine a […]