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The U.S. Chamber - A Multi-Million Dollar Shell Game | U. S. Chamberwatch In the late summer of 2009, with the health care reform debate heating up, ads began appearing all over the country attacking the legislation. Months later, the National Journal revealed that major insurers including Aetna, Cigna, Humana, UnitedHealth Group and WellPoint had funneled between $10 million and $20 million to the U.S. Chamber to fund the campaign. Meanwhile, America’s Health Insurance Plans, the industry trade association, continued to public voice support for reform.The duplicitous campaign is typical of the role the U.S. Chamber plays in corporate lobbying since CEO Tom Donohue took over the organization in 1996. Last year, nearly 40 percent of the U.S. The Wall Street Journal unmasked the strategy as early as 2001. The hallmarks of U.S. With the 2010 Congressional elections looming, the U.S. The template?

John Nichols Protesters in Wisconsin, 2011, where communities are voting to amend the constitution. (Darren Hauck/Reuters) Even as the US Supreme Court attempts to expand the scope and reach of the already dangerous dominance of our politics by billionaires and their willing servants, Americans are voting in overwhelming numbers against the new politics of dollarocracy. The headline of the week with regard to the campaign-finance debate comes from Washington, where a 5-4 court majority has—with its McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission decision—freed elite donors such as the politically-ambitious Koch Brothers to steer dramatically more money into the accounts of favored candidates, parties and political action committees. But the five errand boys for the oligarchs who make up that majority are more thoroughly at odds with the sentiments of the American people than at any time in the modern history of this country's judiciary. 76 percent of the Delavan residents who went to the polls voted “Yes!”

TomDispatch LAmyths | A place for discussing L.A. literature and ideas scanners (UPDATED) Stanley Kubrick faked the Apollo 11 moon landing. The Newtown massacre and Boston Marathon bombings were "false flag" government conspiracies designed to take away our guns. Also, black is white, rich is poor, Obama is a foreign-born Muslim, work is freedom, freedom is slavery and Mona Lisa was a man. Continue reading → "I believe he's not guilty." "Are you sure?" "No, but I have a reasonable doubt." The last words spoken in David Mamet's HBO feature film "Phil Spector" are "reasonable doubt." This is a work of fiction. I'm not quite sure what that means (beyond "Don't sue us") -- but it sounds a little like one of Mamet's nonsensical latter-day post-right-wing conversion rants. Continue reading → But what really matters is the Muriels. Continue reading → Another brawl in the square Another stink in the air! I was an eyewitness to "Les Misérables." After repeated exposure to that dreadful theatrical trailer-cum-featurette about how the singing is all done live on camera! (AP photo)

A Business-Oriented Foundation for Service Orientation Ulrich Homann Microsoft Corporation February 2006 Applies to: Enterprise Architecture Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Summary: Automate business activities effectively and efficiently by using service-orientation with Web services. Contents IntroductionEnter Business Capability MappingBusiness Capabilities - A More Stable FoundationCapability Model OverviewConclusion "It is not the strongest of the species that survive, or the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change." Introduction Service-orientation, with the advent of Web services, is the latest technology solution put forward to automate business activities. According to the current definitions of service-orientation, services offer network accessible functionality through standard, published, and discoverable interfaces. These days, however, solving technical integration problems is not enough by itself to justify investing in service-orientation. As we will see, the answers to these questions are interrelated.

Taegan Goddard's Political Wire Thom Hartmann I Don't Know Without help. I mean, I know what time it is when I look at a clock or see it on my phone or on t.v. or the web or ask somebody. But I don’t know what time it is without going through some 3rd Party, you know? Somebody or some thing has to tell me what time it is in order for me to know it. In order for me to know what time it is, somebody or some thing has to *give* me the time. Time isn’t something that’s just hanging around like the air or the water or the Kardashians…it is always…given. I don’t know how to read a sundial or tell just by the sun or the moon or the stars what the time is. I can’t tell by where my shadow is falling the time of day or night it is. (And, no, you’re right, if it’s night I wouldn’t have a shadow. There was a song way way way back in the day (1972, to be exact) called “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It is?” But if knowing THE time is problematic enough for me, knowing what TIME is gets even more hinky. There are lots of ways of looking at what “time” is. and

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