Vox: UnitedHealth might quit Obamacare. That would be a huge deal.
“But in the long term, United pulling out of Obamacare might signal something even more troubling: that the marketplaces aren’t a good business decision for other large carriers like Blue Cross Blue Shield or Aetna.” Uh, Vox? BCBS is already gone from NM. Wake up and smell the beginnings of a death spiral.
Civil War Memory: Ta-Nehisi Coates and Civil War memory.
“I don’t think anyone has gone further to engage the tough questions of the Civil War and interpret their relevance for both the black community and for a nation that continues to struggle with race relations.”
Links in the afternoon again ...
Just busy. Tootle along, I’ll be back soon.
NY Times: In Rise of ISIS, No Single Missed Key but Many Strands of Blame.
““It was disregarded by the White House. [snip] It was disregarded by other elements in the intelligence community as a one-off report. Frankly, at the White House, it didn’t meet the narrative.” And yet ... from The Guardian (UK) ... Turkey could cut off Islamic State’s supply lines. So why doesn’t it? “The exact relationship between Erdoğan’s government and Isis may be subject to debate; but of some things we can be relatively certain. Had Turkey placed the same kind of absolute blockade on Isis territories as they did on Kurdish-held parts of Syria, let alone shown the same sort of ‘benign neglect’ towards the PKK and YPG that they have been offering to Isis, that blood-stained ‘caliphate’ would long since have collapsed – and arguably, the Paris attacks may never have happened. And if Turkey were to do the same today, Isis would probably collapse in a matter of months. Yet, has a single western leader called on Erdoğan to do this?”
See the link yesterday about Turkish soccer fans.
Autoweek: 2017 Fiat 124 Spider debut at the 2015 LA Auto Show.
Nice front end; the rest smells like the usual Miata. Any choice between the two, given equal features, I’d take this one.
Archaeology News Network: Prehistoric teeth reveal how our ancestors ate 400,000 years ago.
“Grab some aurochs steak – or whatever is on the menu – with one hand. Grip it between your teeth and, with your other hand, use a small flint blade to slice off a manageable bite size. But watch out because those flint tools are sharp and if you’re not careful, you could chip or graze your own choppers.”
PetaPixel: Reuters Issues a Worldwide Ban on RAW Photos.
Post-production is a time-suck, no doubt; however I think they’ll rue this move. I can do a lot to a JPG, untraceably. Canon users will hate it - gives the boost to higher dynamic range sensors. Nikon and Sony win this one.
Crazy day. Links as I can.
That time o’ the year. Everyone needs stuff done before the holidays start ... and during ...
NY Times: Syrian Passport by Stadium Stolen or Fake, A.F.P. Reports.
“Agence France-Presse is reporting, citing a source close to the investigation, that the passport bore the name of Ahmad al-Mohammad, a soldier in the Syrian Army who was born in 1990 and died months ago.” Which means, all the crazy anti-refugee rhetoric can stop now. But it won’t.
SF Gate: Turkey soccer fans boo moment of silence for Paris attacks.
Turkey, the widely-touted face of ‘moderate’ Islam. This behavior’s not doing anyone any favors.
TG’s Political Wire: GOP Lawmaker Warns Refugees Could Buy Guns.
Chronicle of Higher Ed: Bringing Up Genius.
Hopes&Fears: Can you get high on art?
Some, perhaps. Depending on the art, I certainly get a feeling of ... the ‘numinous’.
Guardian.UK: Umberto Eco - ‘Real literature is about losers’.
“Since it is very difficult to decide what’s true or not I discovered that it’s easier to arrive at truth through the analysis of fakes. I would say that 50% or more of public opinion is shaped by fakes. We are blackmailed by them.”
And cold. Roads are still icy. School’s shut, some state offices. Sun’s out though, so things should clear up soon.
The Verge: Rdio is shutting down and Pandora is buying up the scraps.
Question is, how long for Pandora itself?
The New Yorker: E-Mail Legal Disclaimer.
Macworld: Google to offer deep links to Facebook content inside its search app.
Might be a good time to make sure your posts in Facebook are properly marked either ‘Friends’ or ... ‘Public’.
naked cap: Will the Paris Attacks Herald the End of the Schengen Agreement?
“... it’s hard to continue to argue for more fiscal integration while assembling border crossings. The accompaniment to such border closures would likely be a rise in right-wing, Euroskeptic nationalism across the continent, and subsequent tensions could spark exits.” I hope they don’t feel the need to go from nothing to full-shred TSA in one swoop.
CJR: A gun-carrying journalist, and rightly so.
Something you don’t hear a lot about. The stereotype is ‘martyr’, but there really is no reason why a journalist should be a sitting duck, particularly in dangerous areas.
Autoweek: Nissan: 2016 Titan XD pickup won’t try to beat the Ford F-150.
General comment: Fugly. May look better with larger 4WD style tires.
HuffPo Science: 18 Habits Of Highly Creative People.
A little too ‘new age’ for my taste. I’d like to see a definition of a ‘highly creative person.’
Mashable: Fiat’s all-electric 500e is worth adjusting your life around.
“The entire time, every second I was behind the wheel, I was thinking about the car. I was altering my driving style, suffering from icy toes because turning on the heat would zap precious battery life. And I wonder if I ever looked directly out the windshield at all, as my eyes were oft locked on the battery charge-level screen.” Oh yeah, sounds delightful.