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Obamacare Is a Rip-Off of the Worst Kind

Redacted and pushed through Congress by the health care industry, it’s no surprise the Affordable Care Act is just one big scam; a Toronto newspaper urged Canada to arrest Dick Cheney for war crimes upon his visit to the country; meanwhile, corporate America has both political parties in its pocket. These discoveries and more below.

On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

Obamacare: The Biggest Insurance Scam in History
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also called “Obamacare,” may be the biggest insurance scam in history.

Ta-Nehesi Coates and Hendrik Hertzberg at MIT on Opinion Journalism
Tom Levenson introduces Ta-Nehesi Coates and Hendrik Hertzberg , who were in conversation at MIT’s Stata Center on the topic of opinion journalism.

Economics After the Crash
The last time ‘business as usual’ in economics was challenged, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, it was students in economics—at the University of Michigan and elsewhere—who were the ones to initiate the change.

One Sociologist’s Epic Quest: Walk New York City, All 120,000 Blocks
Sociologist William Helmreich likes to play a game with students in his intro class at the City College of New York.

Continuing the Sale of Indulgences?
The fact is, neither the sale of indulgences nor acts of contrition will put people back to work now or prevent future financial crises.

A How-To Guide to Blowing Up the Constitution
With America paralyzed by government gridlock, maybe it’s time to admit that our political system doesn’t work anymore. What if we start over?

How the 1 Percent Always Wins: Liberal Washing is the Right’s New Favorite Tactic
Here’s why plutocrats control our politics: Corporate America knows both parties are up for sale.

5 Reasons Obama Never, Ever Should Have Trusted the Healthcare Industry
President Obama has become the health insurance industry’s top salesperson.

Finally a Drone Report Done Right
The U.N. and Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International recently released a flurry of deeply flawed reports on drone murders.

Confucius Institutes Censor Political Discussions and Restrain the Free Exchange of Ideas
Why, then, do American universities sponsor them?

Toronto Star on Eve of Cheney Canada Visit: Arrest Him for War Crimes
Unlike the United States, Canada is a signatory to the United Nations Convention Against Torture, which obliges the Canadian government to investigate and prosecute known instances of torture under the Geneva Conventions.

‘Change is Hard’: Consumer Reports Restructures to Survive in the Digital Era
Consumer Reports is struggling to change as it faces new competition. Can it reverse this downward trend?

‘Researcher’ Paul Cameron Addresses Russian Duma
Want to know how dangerously, rabidly anti-LGBT the climate in Russia is getting?

The Best Airline Safety Video Ever
Check out Virgin America’s new in-flight safety video, starring openly gay American Idol finalist Todrick Hall.

Britain Is Experimenting With a Glowing, Seemingly Self-Aware Bike Path
The spectral blue glow emitted from this British bike path looks like it should be pulsing off of magic crystals inside some miles-deep cavern.

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