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ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Obama throws Sebelius under the bus, brings in a Rubinite

Politico:

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning six months after a disastrous rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature health law, according to administration sources.

On Friday, Obama will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, to replace her.

Sebelius, 65, gave no hint of her imminent departure as she testified Thursday before a Senate panel.

So, did she fall or was she pushed? I say pushed: Read below the fold...

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The bad actors in Washington can't even be original. Will the same-old 1994 good cop/bad cop scheme succeed again in 2014?

Assuming the reader has already read the two papers linked at the bottom, and keeping in mind the made for TV drama now playing itself out in Washington, now, please take a look at The Selling of "Clinton Lite", by Trudy Lieberman, from the March/April 1994 issue of Columbia Journalism Review, Read below the fold...

Bounced mail for subscriptions, messages, password resets, new accounts

If you have not been getting mail from Corrente that you would expect to get -- for example, email at registration or email from a post that you have subscribed to -- this is why:

Over the last 48 hours the Yahoo.com domain has implemented a change in its DMARC policy. DMARC, which stands for “Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance” is an email authentication policy record that aims to prevent from address spoofing.

The change in this policy implemented by Yahoo means that any email message that uses a from address in the message headers of @yahoo.com must originate from Yahoo’s own mail servers. Messages sent through.... any other source outside of Yahoo using a @yahoo.com from address will be rejected by any mailbox provider that has implemented DMARC. This includes almost all major mailbox providers like Gmail, Outlook, AOL, Comcast and others.

The site address has been "lambert_strether.corrente@yahoo.com"; that's the Sender for subscriptions, message reminders, password resets, and new accounts. Unfortunately, mail from the Corrente server obviously does not originate from "Yahoo’s own mail servers," and so it bounces. You don't get the mail you expect, and my mailbox gets clogged with it. Read below the fold...

"Consciousness as a state of matter"

PDF from Max Tegmark. Not published April 1, from MIT, funded by NSF:

We examine the hypothesis that consciousness can be understood as a state of matter, "perceptronium", with distinctive information processing abilities. We explore five basic principles that may distinguish conscious matter from other physical systems such as solids, liquids and gases: the information, integration, independence, dynamics and utility principles. If such principles can identify conscious entities, then they can help solve the quantum factorization problem: why do conscious observers like us perceive the particular Hilbert space factorization corresponding to classical space (rather than Fourier space, say), and more generally, why do we perceive the world around us as a dynamic hierarchy of objects that are strongly integrated and relatively independent? Tensor factorization of matrices is found to play a central role, and our technical results include a theorem about Hamiltonian separability (defined using Hilbert-Schmidt superoperators) being maximized in the energy eigenbasis. Our approach generalizes Giulio Tononi's integrated information framework for neural-network-based consciousness to arbitrary quantum systems, and we find interesting links to error-correcting codes, condensed matter criticality, and the Quantum Darwinism program, as well as an interesting connection between the emergence of consciousness and the emergence of time.

Er, simplified: Read below the fold...

California drought horror

Re-entry, again....

More mud season!

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Paul Craig Roberts On Our Economic Doom

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Paul Craig Roberts, former U.S. Treasury Secretary bottom-lines the present economic doom of America’s working -- and non-working -- class in "Another Fraudulent Jobs Report." He writes:

Americans live in a matrix of total lies.

What can Americans do? Elections are pointless.

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"An Upper East Side Ex-Investment Banker Is Now Campaigning as an Elizabeth Warren Democrat"

Best. Headline. EVAH.

Gus Christensen, a former JPMorgan derivatives trader and Goldman Sachs banker, wants to raise the New York state minimum wage to $15. The Upper East Sider, who was registered as a Republican until 2007, is now running for the state assembly as an Elizabeth Warren-style populist Democrat.

At the Lenox Hill Democratic Club dinner in February, Christensen​ outlined his platform: "stronger rights for workers and women, tougher regulation, cheaper housing and 'progress on inequality itself,'" Bloomberg News' Max Abelson reports. Christensen now serves as president of the club, a position some say he bought. He spent $2,600 on dues for 150 of his friends to join the club. Despite this and his "Omega watch and lapis cuff links," Christensen says he's sincere about helping the middle class.

That's the Democratic Party we know and love! Read below the fold...

RE-POST: Obama Pretends to Care About Military Suicides

Re-POST from July 14, 2011, my sentiments re-inspired by Obama's Ft. Hood memorial disingenuousness this week:

Empathy-challenged (war criminal) Obama is pretending he cares about military suicides.

I waited a few days to write this to see if my intensely bitter reaction to Obama's last week’s press conference would subside. It has not. In fact reading about the pride some progressives feel about Obama’s shamelessly hypocritical grandstanding sickens me even further. Read below the fold...

Re-entry...

Here we go. Budded forsythia in the garden:

So I missed a horrible winter -- the house didn't make a dime during my absence,* because fuel ate up everything after I insulated the attic! -- but and so now spring is on the way. Yay! Read below the fold...

ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Paul Krugman's TINA hackery on single payer becomes floridly delusional

Get a load of this:

And as Sahil Kapur reports, at least a few of them are coming to a terrible realization: there is no alternative [TINA]. You can’t just support the popular pieces of reform, in particular coverage for preexisting conditions, and scrap the rest. As Jonathan Gruber taught me, and I and others have said many times, reform is a three-legged stool that requires community rating, the individual mandate, and subsidies; take away any leg and it collapses. And Kapur finds a GOP aide who admits to the awful truth: any workable GOP plan would look pretty much the same as Obamacare.

There is an alternative, even for Republicans: Read below the fold...

I have an answer for Paul Krugman's question!

Paul Krugman:

But here’s the thing: the lived experience is that this effect is not, in fact, symmetric between liberals and conservatives. Yes, liberals are sometimes subject to bouts of wishful thinking. But can anyone point to a liberal equivalent of conservative denial of climate change, or the “unskewing” mania late in the 2012 campaign, or the frantic efforts to deny that Obamacare is in fact covering a lot of previously uninsured Americans? I don’t mean liberals taking positions you personally disagree with — I mean examples of overwhelming rejection of something that shouldn’t even be in dispute.

Yes. Read below the fold...

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This is really neat.

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Are US politicians just pretending to be ignorant about exponential growth in technology and its implications for society re: the future of work? Or are they in fact, ignorant?

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Science builds on itself and the more we know, the faster we learn more. Most of us must know this fact- which leads us in lots of directions. Here's a very important one. Read below the fold...

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