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Category Archives: Irony

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Better and Better

The Congressional Budget Office has issued an updated accounting report on the Affordable Care Act, and there is good news. We already know some of the good news — more people will be covered by Obamacare than expected. But I just want to remind people how significant that is — the whole point of health […]

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Conflicts of Interest

Politicians! Accused of pesky ethics violations? No problem! In South Carolina, the Republican Speaker of the State House Alan Wilson is being investigated by the Republican Attorney General for ethics violations. How to solve this problem? Just introduce a bill that allows the Speaker to pick the special prosecutor to investigate ethics violations by legislators. […]

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Oligarchy!

© Tom Tomorrow The Republican majority on the Supreme Court seems hell bent to solidify oligarchy in the US by ruling that money is free speech. Indeed, a recent study done at Princeton and Northwestern Universities looked at 1,800 laws enacted between 1981 and 2002 and compared them to the interests of average Americans (in […]

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Too Stoned?

I could never understand why marijuana was classified as a dangerous drug — so dangerous that it was illegal to even do any studies on it, or to prescribe it as a pain killer (even though much more powerful drugs like morphine were routinely used for pain relief). Why? Because opponents claimed that using marijuana […]

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Taking the Piss out of Elections?

The Miami-Dade County elections department received an inquiry earlier this year about whether the bathrooms in their polling places were accessible to disabled voters. Their response? They are closing all restrooms at polling places “to ensure that individuals with disabilities are not treated unfairly.” That’s an interesting way to ensure fairness. Screw everyone! So that […]

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What in the Name of Science?

© Tom Tomorrow Here are the latest updates on the North Carolina sea level change controversy and Republican attempts to de-prioritize government climate change research. It would almost be funny if it weren’t all true. Do they really believe they can just legislate away scientific reality? If so, we are in a heap of trouble.

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Health Education

© Jen Sorensen What is going to happen as people realize that all the lies they have been fed about Obamacare aren’t true? Indeed, the only complaints about the ACA that are actually true is that a single payer system would have been far simpler, easier to implement, and cost less. But of course the […]

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Intolerance

I’ve been watching the kerfuffel about Mozilla (the nonprofit that produces the Firefox browser among other things) and its new CEO with quite a bit of interest. Personal interest, because to me Brendan Eich is better known as the creator of the JavaScript language, which I use to earn my living. And political interest, because […]

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High Frequency Theft

Finally, high frequency trading is getting some attention (I first blogged about it almost four years ago!) The new book “Flash Boys” by Michael Lewis has Wall Street fat cats in an uproar (just what you might expect when they get caught with both hands and maybe even a foot or two in the cookie […]

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Resources and Energy?

I’m not just talking about natural resources or fuels. Do we have the political resources and energy to solve our most pressing national problems: namely global warming, air pollution, and energy insecurity. While it is clear that our elected representatives don’t have the political resources or energy to tackle these problems, a group called The […]

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Deadline

Stephen Colbert is on a roll lamenting the fact that Obamacare exceeded the enrollment expectations by its March 31 deadline: Note that 7.1 million people enrolling exceeds the original projections for the ACA, before all the problems with healthcare.gov and the (premature) reports from conservative sources that enrollment numbers would not reach even the lowered […]

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Why ask a question if you don’t care about the answer?

On March 24, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), he who shut down the government in a failed attempt to repeal Obamacare, went to Facebook and posted the following: Quick poll: Obamacare was signed into law four years ago yesterday. Are you better off now than you were then? Comment with YES or NO! Did he really […]

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Healthy Blowback

© Mike Stanfill I have an actual Obamacare horror story to add to this comic. In Michigan, Democratic senator Carl Levin is retiring, leading to one of the most hotly contested races for control of the Senate. Republican Terri Lynn Land has been leading in the polls against Democrat Gary Peters for the last couple […]

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Proper Media Training

© Matt Bors Just in case you don’t get it, this comic is making fun of CNN and their pitiful coverage of the missing flight in SE Asia. Or as New York magazine put it “CNN Gives Up, Wonders About Supernatural Conspiracy Theories for Flight 370 Disappearance“: There’s only so much “breaking news.” After more […]

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Science!

© John Backderf Science deniers and anti-evolutionists do indeed have their panties tied in knots over the new Cosmos series, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. But what must be the most upsetting of all is that they cannot direct their venom at PBS or other public media, because the new show is being shown on […]

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