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November 2013

"Breakthrough in fight to overcome the deadliest cancers: Scientists find way to shut off gene that causes third of all tumours"

It's only in the lab right now, so a safe, effective treatment is, even if possible, a long way off. But it's still pretty exciting.

Other potential good news about cancer cures:

"There's a Whole New Way of Killing Cancer: Stephanie Lee is the Test Case". WARNING: this article is brutally sad. But at the end, it is brilliant with hope.

"Could 2 Leukemia Wonder Drugs Launch Next Year?".

"Broccoli compound targets key enzyme in late-stage cancer".

"An Unlikely Cure Signals New Hope for Cancer".

"Bristol-Myers, Merck and Roche Develop Drugs to Zap Tumors Via Immune System".

Still more selected recent articles on the ACA

"Lesson Is Seen in Failure of Law on Medicare in 1989".

The year was 1989, and the law was the MedicareCatastrophic Coverage Act, which was supposed to protect older Americans from bankruptcy due to medical bills. Instead it became a catastrophe for Democratic and Republican lawmakers, who learned the hard way that many older Americans did not want to be helped in that particular way.

Seventeen months after President Ronald Reagan signed the measure with Rose Garden fanfare, a series of miscalculations and missteps in passing the law became painfully evident, and it was unceremoniously stricken from the books by lawmakers who could not see its demise come quickly enough.

The tortured history of the catastrophic-care law is a cautionary tale in the context of the struggle over the new health law, the Affordable Care Act. It illustrates the political and policy hazards of presenting sweeping health system changes to consumers who might not be prepared for them. And it provides a rare example of lawmakers who were willing to jettison a big piece of social policy legislation when the political risks became too grave.

"Insurers restricting choice of doctors and hospitals to keep costs down".

As Americans have begun shopping for health plans on the insurance exchanges, they are discovering that insurers are restricting their choice of doctors and hospitals in order to keep costs low, and that many of the plans exclude top-rated hospitals.

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"Capitalism is a 'dirty word': America’s new socialist council member talks to Salon"

She has a Ph.D. in economics from NC State. She wrote under one of our most distinguished faculty members. (Thesis here.)

But she learned very little. We definitely won't be bragging to the BB&T Foundation about her.

And here's more awful evidence of what she didn't learn from us.

Link courtesy of Lee Coppock.

"It’s 1938 all over again"

Melanie Phillips does not mince words:

The most stunning aspect of the Iranian war against the west, however, is that since 1979 the west has effectively denied that it is taking place. When its civilians were murdered in terrorist atrocities with Iran’s fingerprints all over them, when its soldiers were blown up in Iraq by Iranian roadside bombs, when British Royal Navy personnel were kidnapped at gunpoint by Iranian forces on the high seas and held hostage for 13 days, the west turned the other way and refused to retaliate.

Iran has been protected throughout by a mysterious cloak of denial and paralysis. The west took the decision that acts of Iranian aggression and mass murder were to be absorbed without any response. For the west, war with Iran has always been seen as infinitely worse than war by Iran – regardless of the body count of its innocent victims. And now this suicidal farce has reached its last act – with the west tragically still in appeasement mode.

Read the whole thing and try not to cry or scream.