Daily Archives: August 14, 2009

Emily Friedman has a great article on the Whole Foods Boycott at ABC News:

This is only part of it… go in and read the whole thing (BTW, I’m replacing Whole Foods with Trader Joes.)
clipped from abcnews.go.com

Health Care Stirs Up Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, Customers Boycott Organic Grocery Store
Joshua has been taking the bus to his local Whole Foods in New York City every five days for the past two years. This week, he said he’ll go elsewhere to fulfill his fresh vegetable and organic produce needs.
“I will never shop there again,” vowed Joshua, a 45-year-old blogger, who asked that his last name not be published.

John Mackey's op-ed elicits boycott of Whole Foods
Like many of his fellow health food fanatics, Joshua said he will no longer patronize the store after learning about Whole Foods Market Inc.’s CEO John Mackey’s views on health care reform, which were made public this week in an op-ed piece he wrote for The Wall Street Journal.
Michael Lent, another Whole Foods enthusiast in Long Beach, Calif., told ABCNews.com that he, too, will turn to other organic groceries for his weekly shopping list.
Many say Mackey was out of line to opine against the liberal base that has made his fortune possible.
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Obama did a Town Hall in Montana Today – and I think he scored.

So, if you listened to Obama, you would know that:

a.) this was not a government takeover of health care

b.) there was no possibility of government deciding to euthanize grandma

c.) there was no fear mongering on hs side

d.) the government was not going to decide who your doctor would be

Here’s how it went:

OK… so much for that. Max Baucus spoke earlier on and really laid into insurance companies, which surprised the hell out of me since their lobbyists have given him more money than many other Senators.  Perhaps he means it.

The big difference between this Town Hall and the Senatorial ones (like the one I went to with Ben Cardin) the audience seemed respectful and all sides seemed to listen to each other. The key, I guess, is Obama’s presence and personality.

The President made it really clear that the Republicans and those opposed to the Health Care plan were trying every FEAR tactic they could to scare the public away from support. It is the clarity he brought to the situation… letting people see that FEAR is a technique and not a reality… which stood out.

Best of all, Obama still said he was behind having a Public Option to compete with the Insurance Companies.

Quote of the Day

“President Obama is now facing the same kind of opposition that President Bill Clinton had to deal with: an enraged right that denies the legitimacy of his presidency, that eagerly seizes on every wild rumor manufactured by the right-wing media complex.

This opposition cannot be appeased.”

Paul Krugman, NY Times

And if it cannot be appeased perhaps it can be crushed.

From Bloomberg: Cancer Stem Cell destroying Drug Identified…

This is good news. There’s more in the original article.
clipped from www.bloomberg.com
A drug that can selectively target
and kill the stem cells that drive the growth of tumors has been
identified for the first time by scientists who searched more
than 16,000 compounds to find it.
Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and
the Broad Institute looked for compounds that could destroy the
stem cells, which often resist conventional cancer treatment.
One, salinomycin, cut the number of stem cells at least 100
times more than did Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.’s Taxol, a common
chemotherapy medicine, according to a report on the findings
published today in the journal Cell.
Stem cells appear to fuel the growth of several kinds of
cancer including breast, lung and brain tumors, according to
studies done in recent years. The cells are resistant to
standard cancer therapy, so finding a way to thwart them is
important, said Judy Lieberman, a professor of pediatrics at
Harvard Medical School who researches cancer stem cells.
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