Here’s Proof Pigs Actually Do Fly (Almost) ABC. Kids are bad enough. But emotional support animals?
Leonard Grunstein: Sell city assets to ease fiscal woes Crains New York Business (furzy mouse). Ka-ching!
2014 Holiday Shopping Guide for the Weather and Climate Change Enthusiast Weather Underground
Black Friday, Or the Circulation of Commodities The New Inquiry
Black Friday Blues Slate. “Semantic satiation.”
Right-to-carry gun laws linked to increase in violent crime, Stanford research shows Stanford News (furzy mouse)
On Rooftops of Ferguson, Volunteers — With Guns. Ammosexual vigilantes. What could go wrong?
Colorado man arrested after pointing banana at officers like a gun New York Daily News. “[L]ighten the holiday spirit.”
How Police Unions Stopped Congress From ‘Militarization’ Reform Bloomberg. 1033 reform falls off the radar.
The Dismantling of Medicaid In These Times
Suit on Health Law Puts Focus on Funding Powers New York Times
Medicare’s Chronic Care Management Payment — Payment Reform for Primary Care NEJM. EHRs, 20% co-insurance, missing crucial details on care plans, including no dedicated functions in current EHRs. 2015 launch.
I’m Pretty Thankful This Year. Here’s Why. Kevin Drum, Mother Jones:
And one more thing: health care is suddenly a lot more real to me than ever before. Sure, I’ve always favored universal health care as a policy position. But now? It’s all I can do to wonder why anyone, no matter how principled their beliefs, would want to deny the kind of care I’ve gotten to even a single person. Not grudging, bare-bones care that’s an endless nightmare of stress and bill collectors. Decent, generous care that the richest country in the richest era in human history can easily afford.
As I keep saying: I’m happy that some poeple get lucky under ObamaCare. Why shouldn’t everyone?
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Germany signs no-spy deal with BlackBerry after NSA phone tapping New York Daily News
‘We have no homeland’: Ukraine dissolves as exiles flee Globe and Mail
More U.S. dishonesty The Daily Star. “Does anyone really believe … there is no tactical or strategic coordination between Washington and Damascus?”
Hosni Mubarak: Egypt court drops charges over 2011 uprising deaths BBC. Court erupts in cheers.
Thousands gather in Tahrir Square to protest Mubarak’s verdict Daily News Egypt
Umbrella Movement Tents Population Census Google Maps. 2,235 tents at Admiralty
The American Dream Is an Illusion Foreign Affairs
Falling The Hedgehog Review
U-Va.’s entrenched fraternity culture at tipping point WaPo. Block that metaphor, but good article.
The Excrement Experiment New Yorker
How transparency met total corruption and they beat Napoleon The Yorkshire Ranter
“Everything is problematic” McGill Daily (MR)
Friday lay day – real resources are available but not used, why? Bill Mitchell. With Burning Spear bonus track.
Hallelujah chorus flash mob Suburban Guerilla. “Yes, I know it’s Macy’s. But I’ll call it Wanamaker’s until I’m dead.”
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