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Zany Umbrella Circus Photoblogging

I particularly like the last shot.

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July 29th, 2009 at 06:26pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: People,Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

The Hypocritic Oath

I know I’m stating (and probably re-stating) the obvious here, but I just needed to spell it out and get it out of my system.

As the increasingly discouraging healthcare “reform” process plays out, the endgame makes the most sense when you remember that the Prime Directive for Obama and most of Congress is this:

First, do no harm… to the insurance companies.

Sure, Obama and the Democrats really do want to improve healthcare – it’s morally the right thing to do, and it would probably help them in 2010 and 2012 – but they just can’t bring themselves to place the physical health of $50 donors over the financial health of $50,000 (or $500,000) donors.

This is why single-payor is off the table (and how many of today’s public option advocates wouldn’t prefer single-payor if they thought it was attainable?) – it would kill the insurance industry outright (aside from the much smaller business of providing gap coverage), whereas a correctly managed (i.e., small or unsuccessful) public option would only wound them.

The fundamental problem is that the starting point has never been “How do we improve healthcare for our constituents?”, but rather, “How do we make sure this doesn’t hurt the insurance industry?”

But the pretend goal and the real goal are fundamentally incompatible – it’s like trying to turn Iraq into a democracy and a U.S. client state, or, say, trying to clean up our corrupt campaign finance system without making it easier for challengers to knock off incumbents.

2 comments July 29th, 2009 at 11:26am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Healthcare,Obama,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Wedesday Why-I-Love-The-Weekly-World-News Blogging

Man, I knew the movie could have been so much better…

Startling new evidence indicates the S.S. Titanic was attacked and sunk in 1912 near Newfoundland by laser shots fired from an alien submarine.

A team of scientific experts has concluded a barrage of laser shots sent the 800-foot-long luxury liner to a watery grave with a loss of more than 1,500 lives.

“We discovered three huge holes on the starboard side of the ship below the waterline,” said noted physicist Dr. Josef Hostettler at a press conference.

“We have concluded the holes could only have been made by a laser beam fired from an underwater craft,” Hostettler added.


Hostettler headed an international 10-member team of scientists who concluded that an alien spaceship capable of operating underwater was responsible for the Titanic disaster as well as the sinking of two other ships and an attack on a Greek trawler in the same area of the North Atlantic in mid-April 1912.

Their evidence:

– The Swedish ship, Angelholm Bay, lost radio contact with the outside world after its captain reported seeing a mysterious, oval-shaped object hovering off the port side at 1300 hours on April 13 – the day before the Titanic disaster.

“The captain reported the strange aircraft landed on the sea 1,000 yards away and quickly submerged. That was the ship’s last communication,” Hostettler said. “Our divers discovered the wreckage of the Angelholm Bay at the bottom of the ocean off the Greenland coast. Six laser-type holes were found in the hull.”

– At 1530 hours of April 14, the captain of the Russian trawler Padomju Jaunathe radioed he was under attack by a strange-looking airship with the ability to also maneuver atop and underwater. The craft, he said, was “firing deadly rays of light.”

“His last communique was picked up by a ham radio operator in Iceland,” Hostettler said. “The Padomju Jaunathe never reached its destination.”

– The Greek trawler, Constantine, limped into Newfoundland shortly before dawn on April 15, less than 24 hours after the tragic sinking of the Titanic. “Capt. Aris Nickolaidis reported that his ship had been attacked by a strange aircraft that ‘melted’ his ship,” Hostettler said. “Sixteen crew members gave identical accounts of the attack, but there is no record their stories were ever investigated.”

Hostettler thinks the fates of these other ships were forgotten because the world was focused on the Titanic.

And the shame of it is that James Cameron was totally capable of showing what really happened.

July 29th, 2009 at 07:26am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weekly World News

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