While adding 900,000 formerly uninsured New Yorkers to the insurance rolls is no small success, healthcare remains too expensive for the average family.
The costs of deductibles, copays and out-of-network charges remain major obstacles, and these bloated, unnecessary charges we pay to profit-driven health insurance corporations have not been brought under control by the Affordable Care Act.
Shumlin says he likes the idea, but "this is not the right time." It's unclear if he might resurrect the idea in the future.
Well done, Democrats! Read more about VT Governor Shumlin throws single payer under the bus
I read stuff like this and I shake my head. This to me is by far the most interesting fallout from the hacked Sony email saga:
When Sony Pictures began casting last year for a new comedy to be called “The Interview,” early scripts included the assassination of a fictionalized North Korean ruler. It was not until auditions began that actors learned that the movie would portray something much more brazen: the violent killing of the actual leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un.Sony’s executives now say they knew that basing a film on the assassination of a living national leader — even a ruthless dictator — had inherent risks. But the studio seems to have gotten much more than it bargained for by bankrolling what it hoped would be an edgy comedy. The still very-much-alive Mr. Kim, the leader of an isolated and unpredictable nuclear-armed nation, appears not to have been amused when the premise of the comedy became clear. North Korea branded the $40 million film, to be released on Dec. 25, “an act of war” and vowed a “resolute and merciless response.”
An "edgy comedy"? About assassinating a head of state? Doesn't that seem to you, like, oh asking for trouble? Then again, we've got elites who are totally down with torture and spent most of last summer looking for a war, any war, until the finally struck gold with ISIS. Read more about Our nutcase elites, as illustrated by Sony's movie about whacking Kim Jong-un
My excitement was minimal for a few reasons: (1) The involvement of King Rat, Al Sharpton; (2) the all-too-evident desire of Sharpton's buddy in the White House, and Democrats generally, to drive the protest movement safely into a ditch; (3) skepticism of "marches" generally (see under Iraq); and (4) a general sense that the action is in the Midwest, in St. Louis, which is where the new and interesting work is being done, instead of on the coasts (San Francisco, New York, Washington DC). For example, if you think about two original tactics that surfaced this time, die-ins and freeway blockages, both of those originated from St Louis, and both scale continentally in a way that tactics developed for non-sprawl areas (like San Francisco, New York, and Washington DC) do not.
So here's a random selection of tweets. But first, Al Sharpton on his way home:
— Dr. Cornel Fresh (@WyzeChef) December 13, 2014
I am presently traveling and visiting family out West and was intending to take a December moratorium from blogging. But the issue of the US torture program and the continuing "official" obscene rationalizations and minimizations of it pulled me back to at least post some excerpts from a blog I originally posted on correntewire 7/5/10 and re-posted on correntewire and open salon on 9/2/11 entitled “War Criminal Named Obama Smells Sweeter than One Named Bush?”
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Throngs of frat people dressed in Santa Claus costumes have the run of the roads (yes, where the cars drive) in New York City. Read more about Where's the Military Equipment to Deal with Santacon NYC 2014?
Today is all about saturation: The cloudy sky and late afternoon make for very saturated color, and the 40°s F day has made snowmelt everywhere.
Along the same lines: Read more about In the garden: Persistence of chlorophyll (2)
Sadly I had to take the bus to Walmart (four hours round trip on public transportation). The service was horrible, and I had to go back a second time (total, eight hours) but there was no point losing my temper because clearly all the employees, er, associates, as well as their managers, were in the grip of a system that was being run more cheaply than possible. (I waited outside for the bus home next to some storage containers they had parked outside the building, gawd knows why, and heard a big electrical crackle come from one of them just before the bus arrived. Yikes.)
While I was there I took this picture, because it seemed to sum up a lot of my difficulties with the place:
This is, I believe, a "simpler than possible" awning. Rather it's a notional awning, the dead idea of an awning. It's above an area that serves bread, as you see, so I imagine it's meant to convey the feel of a cheery patisserie. I'm not sure which is worse: The attempt to convey the feel, or success (if any) in the conveyance, because that would have meant such a horridly low baseline for inducing the feel. I hate everything about that awning and no, I don't just strongly dislike it: Read more about The awnings of Walmart
This is truly neat stuff. I can't do it justice, so I'll just quote a big slab of it. Quanta:
The chemistry of the primordial soup, random mutations, geography, catastrophic events and countless other factors have contributed to the fine details of Earth’s diverse flora and fauna. But according to England’s theory, the underlying principle driving the whole process is dissipation-driven adaptation of matter.
This principle would apply to inanimate matter as well. “It is very tempting to speculate about what phenomena in nature we can now fit under this big tent of dissipation-driven adaptive organization,” England said. “Many examples could just be right under our nose, but because we haven’t been looking for them we haven’t noticed them.” Read more about Life as a "dissipation-driven adaptation of matter"
PMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon made calls to lawmakers on Thursday urging them to support the “cromnibus” spending bill, House Financial Services Committee ranking member Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) told reporters.
Dimon's involvement came amidst progressives enraged that the House "cromnibus" included a provision that they said would weaken Wall Street regulations. Read more about Obama and BFF Jamie Dimon whip together to pass bankster-friendly Cromnius bill
All that high tech stuff needs power, right? So you'd think they'd make sure they had it, right? CBS Local:
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Heavy wind and rain from Thursday’s massive storm have left much of San Francisco without power for most of the day, with 276,000 PG&E customers system wide losing power since the storm started, and 110,000 still without power.
San Francisco was hardest hit, with 70,000 customers across a vast swath of the city including downtown high rises in the dark beginning early Thursday morning through mid-morning. ...
The outage forced the shutdown of the Bay Area Rapid Transit Montgomery Station for a time Thursday morning. A transformer blew out near high-rise hotels, including one out front of the Grand Hyatt Hotel. The Embarcadero Center was also shut down for a time after power went out there as well..
[PG&E spokesman Joe Molica] said they have been preparing for the storm for more than a week, but weren’t anticipating as many trees and wires coming down. “All summer we’ve been hearing from our vegetation department that a lot of trees have been stressed, so they were very susceptible to coming down,” he said. “That’s exactly what we saw today. A lot of wires coming down. We do want folks to be safe out there. If you see a downed or hanging low wire, please call us and stay away.”
I love the idea of a "Vegetation Department." Read more about How the heck does San Francisco lose power?!