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[And if you have your own experiences to share, and especially screen dumps, please add them in comments or contact me. Either Federal Exchanges, or state exchanges. I'm especially interested in Covered California! Thank you! --lambert]

Nice timing. from Maine had a registration #FAIL at step 3. Here's the screen dump:

Read below the fold...

Carole Kaye rules

And after the site was assaulted and then a fan cooling the disks failed...

.... and had to be replaced, the site went down again for unknown reasons. Read below the fold...

The site will go down again about 9:00PM EST for a disk upgrade...

... which I hope will give MySQL a lot more elbow room, and make the site less crash-prone. Thanks for your patience, snarl. Read below the fold...

Conservative Texas blogger on Republican triumphalism, the "Blue Wall," and the "Red Fortress"

Chris Ladd writes at the Houston Chronicle. I'll give you his conclusion before I get to his analysis:

This is an age built for Republican solutions. The global economy is undergoing a massive, accelerating transformation that promises massive new wealth and staggering challenges. We need heads-up, intelligent adaptations to capitalize on those challenges. Republicans, with their traditional leadership on commercial issues should be at the leading edge of planning to capitalize on this emerging environment.

What are we getting from Republicans? Climate denial, theocracy, thinly veiled racism, paranoia, and Benghazi hearings. Lots and lots of hearings on Benghazi.

It is almost too late for Republicans to participate in shaping the next wave of our economic and political transformation. The opportunities we inherited coming out of the Reagan Era are blinking out of existence one by one while we chase so-called “issues” so stupid, so blindingly disconnected from our emerging needs that our grandchildren will look back on our performance in much the same way that we see the failures of the generation that fought desegregation.

Something, some force, some gathering of sane, rational, authentically concerned human beings generally at peace with reality must emerge in the next four to six years from the right, or our opportunity will be lost for a long generation. Needless to say, Greg Abbott and Jodi Ernst are not that force.

“Winning” this election did not help that force emerge. This was a dark week for Republicans, and for everyone who wants to see America remain the world’s most vibrant, most powerful nation.

So, OK, that's a rational reason for Pelosi not to have resigned, iron law of institutions aside. And now to his analysis, which begins with a map: Read below the fold...

We're b-a-a-a-c-k!!!!!

What a fucking PITA. Read below the fold...

Sorry for the crashes

I hope to spend a few hours reworking the site tonight. Read below the fold...

In the garden: World weary

Some days I feel a little like that Black-Eyes Susan (like I've got to rebuild the site so it stops crashing).

But sometimes I just feel like pushing upward: Read below the fold...

Tweet of the day (2)

In the garden: Second snow

Still melting!

The clover, still green, is so poignant to me. Read below the fold...

Tweet of the day

Map of the mid-terms Senate vote without legacy parties


The map below shows which party—and candidate—received the most votes in each county in last week's U.S. Senate election, excluding Democrats and Republicans. None of the candidates shown actually won. (Seats in which no third-party candidate received enough votes to register are crosshatched and marked vacant; states in which there was no race are left blank. Colors are randomized.)

It's actually a neat, neat research tool because you can hover over it and see the names of the candidates and their vote totals.* Here's the map: Read below the fold...

Tweet of the day

Yet another curve that inflects in the mid-70s: Top 0.1% share of wealth

When you've lost Oliver Willis...


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