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Congratulations to 'Pearls Before Swine' cartoonist Stephan Pastis on his 2013 NCS Cartoonist of the Year nomination! If you read his daily newspaper strip featuring Pig, Rat, Zeeba & Co. but don't know much about Pastis himself, check out my crazy 2008 audio interview with the artist. And listen for a special appearance by 'LIO' cartoonist Mark Tatulli! Enjoy and please share with your friends! http://www.mrmedia.com/2008/01/stephan-pastis-pearls-before-swine-cartoonist-mr-media-interview-part-1/#.USkuBhkp3-gCongratulations to 'Pearls Before Swine' cartoonist Stephan Pastis on his... more
Federal prosecutors dropped the remaining charges against former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards on Wednesday, less than two weeks after his corruption trial ended in an acquittal and mistrial.
(read the rest at link)Federal prosecutors dropped the remaining charges against former Democratic... more
Swine on ice!
GOP itching to bomb Iran, but scared to death of Rush Limbaugh: George Will
Continue reading on Examiner.com GOP itching to bomb Iran, but scared to death of Rush Limbaugh: George Will - Baltimore liberal | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/liberal-in-baltimore/gop-itching-to-bomb-iran-but-scared-to-death-of-rush-limbaugh-george-will#ixzz1oAfQiyl7GOP itching to bomb Iran, but scared to death of Rush Limbaugh: George Will... more
Sometimes, having huge balls is sh!tty. Poopd!ck. Well, that's enough internet for today. NSFL...Not Safe For Lunch. As an animal science major I feel it is my job to point out that who ever is feeding that pig is feeding it the wrong food.Sometimes, having huge balls is sh!tty. Poopd!ck. Well, that's enough internet... more
By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger
On Tuesday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) unveiled a draft budget resolution for 2012. Ryan’s program would privatize Medicare and gut Medicaid.
“Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, is waging radical class warfare and ideological privatization schemes and selling it as a debt reduction plan,” writes Karen Dolan in AlterNet. Indeed, Ryan’s plan is larded with tax cuts for wealthy citizens and profitable corporations, which according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), would actually increase the national debt over the next decade. The CBO projects that the debt would reach 70% of GDP by 2022 under Ryan’s plan compared to 67% under the status quo.
At TAPPED, Jamelle Bouie predicts that Ryan’s budget plan will become the de facto platform for the GOP in the 2012 elections. Presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty is already gushing about the plan. He notes the irony in Republicans seizing upon a plan to eliminate Medicare when they campaigned so hard to “protect” the program during the fight over the Affordable Care Act.
Attacking Medicare is politically risky. The conventional wisdom is the program is all but invulnerable because it is so popular with the general public, and especially with senior citizens–who reliably turn out to vote in large numbers.
Suzy Khimm of Mother Jones argues that, in order to win this political fight, the Democrats need to emphasize what they’re doing to grapple with the rising costs of Medicare–such as creating an independent board to regulate the reimbursement rates for all procedures covered under Medicare. Republicans have harshly criticized such a board as an example of health care rationing. Their proposed plan, however, would ration care far more severely, based on ability to pay. Ryan’s plan would give seniors a voucher to defray part of the cost of buying private health insurance. The voucher wouldn’t cover care equivalent to that which is offered under Medicare. So, under Ryan’s plan, care would be rationed based on each person’s ability to pay for extra coverage.
In a separate piece, Khimm notes that the GOP is taking a further political gamble by proposing massive cuts to Medicaid. She cites a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation which found that only 13% of respondents favored major cuts to Medicaid. Republicans may be betting that they can cut Medicaid because they associate it with health care for the very poor, a constituency with little political capital and low voter turnout. But while Medicaid does serve the poor, a large percentage of its budget covers nursing home care for middle class retirees and services for adults with major disabilities–care that their families would otherwise have to pay for.
How to save $15 billion in health care costs
New research suggests that the federal government could save $15 billion by reducing unnecessary emergency room visits through investment in community health centers, Dan Peterson of Change.org reports:
This week, new research, from the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative, pinpoints just how much we stand to lose in health care efficiency savings if the funding is cut as proposed; $15 billion. Put another way, for every $1 invested in CHC expansion, there is a potential savings in health care costs of $11.50.
Peterson reports that money to expand the CHC program may be cut from the budget. The report explains that if the funding is lost, then CHCs will not be able to serve the 10-12 million additional patients who were supposed to get care through expanded CHCs under the Affordable Care Act. If Congress refuses to allot $1.3 billion for cost-effective primary care, $15 billion in projected savings will evaporate.
If Republicans are serious about balancing the budget, they should happily expand the Community Health Center network.
Danish Antibiotic Resistance Education
D.A.R.E. to keep pigs off drugs. The U.S. hog industry is heavily dependent on low-dose antibiotics to keep its swine infection-free. This practice comes at the cost of increased antibiotic resistance. Sixteen years ago, the government of Denmark, the world’s largest exporter of pork, took the bold step of asking its pork industry to reduce the amount of antibiotics given to pigs. Ralph Loglisci of Grist notes that the experiment has been a huge success: The industry has slashed antibiotic use by 37%, antibiotic resistance is down nationwide, and production has held steady or increased.
Twenty-nine-year-old Barie Shortell’s face was shattered in an apparent anti-gay attack in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in February. Joseph Huff-Hannon reports on AlterNet on an obstacle in Shortell’s already-long road to recovery:
After blacking out, and spending 10 hours in surgery and five days in the hospital, Shortell is now taking another whipping from one of the insidious antagonists of 21st-century American life—the private health-care system. Shortell, like many of his fellow American twentysomethings, is uninsured.
Up to 30% of people in their twenties are uninsured. The Affordable Care Act should reduce the number of uninsured twenty-somethings, but as Huff Hannon notes, the number of uninsured young adults is expected to continue to rise for some time. The ACA allows young people to stay on their parents’ health insurance until age 26, but this reform is of little help to the millions of families who lost job-linked health coverage during the recession.
This post features links to the best independent, progressive reporting about health care by members of The Media Consortium. It is free to reprint. Visit the Pulse for a complete list of articles on health care reform, or follow us on Twitter. And for the best progressive reporting on critical economy, environment, health care and immigration issues, check out The Audit, The Mulch, and The Diaspora. This is a project of The Media Consortium, a network of leading independent media outlets.By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger On Tuesday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)... more
European Union regulations demand a higher standard of treatment for certain breeds of pigs and chickens. Providing the animals with room to move around or have access to fresh air and sunlight often make European pork, chicken, and eggs more expensive.
link: http://news.discovery.com/animals/cluk-if-you-r-happy-110331.htmlEuropean Union regulations demand a higher standard of treatment for certain breeds of... more
Lord Of The Flies, anyone?
He should just make a little wheel chair for it's hind end. Find a used stroller and get to work....or just make some bacon?He should just make a little wheel chair for it's hind end. Find a used stroller... more
Few things are as life-affirming and triumphant as a baby monkey riding backwards on a pig. Add a catchy song to the mix, however, and the world nearly implodes with joyous celebration.
Thank you, pig. And thank you, monkey.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_sfnQDr1-oFew things are as life-affirming and triumphant as a baby monkey riding backwards on a... more
The filmer of this cute lil video has discovered the loveliness that is the mini pobelly pig. The youtube video says she'll be filming Carnitas as he grows up but also notes 'this pig is not for eating'.The filmer of this cute lil video has discovered the loveliness that is the mini... more
What EVERY woman needs to know about why men cheat... by a man who spent years talking to hundreds of unfaithful husbands | Mail OnlineThis week, after 26 years of marriage, LibDem MP Chris Huhne admitted he’d been having an affair. So why do men cheat?
Playwright PEADAR DE BURCA, 36, who is married with a baby daughter, has spent five years interviewing 250 adulterous men. Here, he tells TESSA CUNNINGHAM the secrets cheating men would rather we didn’t know...This week, after 26 years of marriage, LibDem MP Chris Huhne admitted he’d been... more
There's nothing to hate in this video of a tiny hog pig playing a toy piano for treats. All we need to do now is train a Meerkat to hold a microphone and we can go on a Lion King karaoke tour.
(googled meerkat spelling and discovered confused.com has gone some counter google ads for compare the meerkat)There's nothing to hate in this video of a tiny hog pig playing a toy piano for... more
John the Baptist's head is brought to France, pig convicted of murder, attempt made on famous artist's life, first bank robbery with an automobile.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUDwgJPOfB8John the Baptist's head is brought to France, pig convicted of murder, attempt... more
This video shows a "pocket piglet" .. a miniature pig as a baby. Watching this, I can certainly understand the attraction that people have for keeping them in their homes -- as this pig demonstrates, they're a helluva lot cuter and smarter than either puppies or kittens!This video shows a "pocket piglet" .. a miniature pig as a baby. Watching... more
WHACKO-TV traveled to the farms of upstate New York to capture the footage of a major breakup. While everyone is curious about Tiger and Elin, or Brad and Angelina's possible split, we were there live as the goofy guy with the Viking hat broke-up with his pig wife. You won't see this on the history channel.WHACKO-TV traveled to the farms of upstate New York to capture the footage of a major... more
The Minnesota Pork Congress at the Minneapolis Convention Center kicks off Jan. 16 with the Taste of Elegance Culinary Judging at 2:30 p.m., followed by the Taste of Elegance Culinary Awards at 6:30 p.m. at the Minneapolis Hilton.
At the show Jan. 17, an all-morning Custom Manure Applicators Workshop covering nitrate testing, manure value, business economics, business insurance and labor issues will be offered.
Morning sessions also include how to become a successful supervisor and a market outlook by John Lawrence of Iowa State University.
Afternoon program features “The Corn Conundrum: A Mini-Conference on the Use of Corn in the Pork Industry.” Topics include:Jan. 16-18 The Minnesota Pork Congress at the Minneapolis Convention Center kicks off... more
A teenage girl has been forced to marry and sleep with her boyfriends father after he handed over the gift of a pig to her family.
The animal was taken as payment and the girls family, of Tongan descent, agreed to handing her over for marriage.
The girls mother and stepfather have since been charged with detaining the girl and of forcing her to be the groom's wife and to have sex with him, according to reports in New Zealand.
http://www.metro.co.uk/news/808528-pig-gift-forces-teenage-girl-to-marryA teenage girl has been forced to marry and sleep with her boyfriends father after he... more