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Check out this video about CIGNA, 5 min.
posted by John Nichols on 08/04/2009 @ 08:00am (at The Nation)
How should serious supporters of healthcare reform spend the month of August?
Not by getting trapped in the narrow "debate" between "party of no" Republicans who favor no reform at all, and Blue Dog Democrats, whose "reform" is to make a bad system worse.
Posted on Jul 13, 2009
By Chris Hedges
AP photo / Jacqueline Larma
Images of a young Michael Jackson fill the TV screens at a downtown Los Angeles bar near the site of his memorial service.
In celebrity culture we destroy what we worship. The commercial exploitation of Michael Jackson’s death was orchestrated by the corporate forces that rendered Jackson insane. Jackson, robbed of his childhood and surrounded by vultures that preyed on his fears and weaknesses, was so consumed by self-loathing he carved his African-American face into an ever-changing Caucasian death mask and hid his apparent pedophilia behind a Peter Pan illusion of eternal childhood. He could not disentangle his public and his private self. He became a commodity, a product, one to be sold, used and manipulated. He was infected by the moral nihilism and personal disintegration that are at the core of our corporate culture. And his fantasies of eternal youth, delusions of majesty, and desperate, disfiguring quests for physical transformation were expressions of our own yearning. He was a reflection of us in the extreme.
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