The Atlantic: The Difficult Math of American Health Care.
“At the end of the day, who has health insurance in the U.S.? It’s people on Medicare and Medicaid, who don’t pay the full cost of their coverage because the government picks up most or all of it. It’s people on employer-sponsored plans, who tend not to realize they pay the full cost because they get large (though declining) subsidies from their employers. And it’s people who buy Obamacare policies, many of whom don’t pay the full cost because they get subsidies, and many of whom place a high value on insurance because they know they are sicker than average.” Those are the people who say it’s great. The rest of us are stuck with absolute useless, expensive insurance - enforced by law.
Register.UK: Amazon now renting cloudy desktops for $0.22 an hour.
Of note. If you need access to Win7, perhaps ...
ANN: 40,000 shipwrecks waiting to be found off British coast, says Historic England.
NY Daily News: EpiPen price hike sends doctors and patients scrambling.
Criminal. FDA? Mr Obama?
OpenCulture: What Ancient Latin Sounded Like, And How We Know It.
I’d like to see some mention about how it has been perpetuated as a living language in the Catholic church over this long time period, rather than ignoring that vector of input.
Amazon.com: Pendleton Rainier National Park Full Blanket.
Pendleton has made a whole series for all the National Parks.
ArtDaily: In Togo, a revival of the ancient allure of waist beads.
NPR: Should We Be Having Kids In The Age Of Climate Change?
“Back at James Madison University, Travis Rieder explains a PowerPoint graph that seems to offer hope. Bringing down global fertility by just half a child per woman ‘could be the thing that saves us’, he says.” Broadcast this one, far and wide.
Political Wire: Trump Finally Pivots 107 Days Late.
Hate to repeat it, but it should be obvious. Hillary has an easy strategy here. “You conservative voters swore to never vote based on a teleprompter performance. Remember?”
Youtube: Akademia Szermierzy - Fior di Battaglia (medieval longsword techniques).
A bit precious, but as you’ll see, accurate to the historical book.
Devolving into quotes.
I always said I wouldn’t do it. But this is a good one, given natural and political events of this week: “If this earth should ever be destroyed, it will be by desire, by the lust of pleasure and self-gratification, by greed of the green frog skin, by people who are mindful of their own self, forgetting about the wants of others.” ― John (Fire) Lame Deer, Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions
TechDirt: With Republicans Backing Away From TPP, Does It Still Have Any Chance?
“So, you have both candidates claiming to be against TPP, but for weird reasons, and no one believing the Dem candidate, while no one quite understanding the GOP candidate. Meanwhile, the sitting President continues to push for the TPP even as the only two people likely to have his job in a few months insist they won’t support it.” Yes, it’s this bad in America right now. The confluence of media/politics/reality is just a regurgitated mess.
ESPN: Brazilian police say video shows Ryan Lochte’s, swimmers’ robbery story untrue.
“The official said Lochte’s teammates Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz, who were pulled off a plane going back to the United States late Wednesday, told police that the robbery story had been fabricated.” For shame.
The Atlantic: The Couple Who Worked as Truck Drivers Together.
New Yorker: What Happens When We Decide Everyone Else Is a Narcissist.
“If ‘toxic self-absorption’ is indeed the new American disease, then it will be important to remember that no one has immunity.” There is nothing more damaging and wrong than involuntary psychoanalysis. Over each other. Even over politicians. Any psychologist will tell you decent analysis is a time consuming, intricate process. Generalizations are prone to bias. An individual with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology ruined my opportunity to be fluent for decades. ‘60’s. I admit I’m a bit unreasonable and immovable over this, given my own experiences. I don’t think I’m alone. Read James Hillman. Where is moving locations as a therapy in modern psychology? Exactly. Not everyone benefits from the modern SSRI -> endless talk therapy route.
SciAm: Is There Such a Thing as “Fat but Fit”?
“It would imply that you are not protected from bad outcomes if you are a so-called fit and fat person.” I ran across an extensive photo gallery of Woodstock, and was struck (once again) by the low BMI of kids in the ‘60’s compared to the average American today.
Slate: Zika is spreading in Florida, but we know how to stop it.
“It’s because of Dengue that this country’s public health officials have figured out how to control Aedes aegypti, the disease-carrying mosquito that lives in coastal areas during the summer months. We do that with Naled, an insecticide that is almost 100 percent fatal for the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The chemical is already sprayed on about 16 million acres a year in the continental U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Environmental Protection Agency.”
BBC: News site Gawker.com to shut down next week.
Capital and Main: DOJ to End Use of Private Prisons.
“The DOJ’s decision is a testament to the long and tiring work of some of In the Public Interest’s closest allies, including Grassroots Leadership, Detention Watch, ACLU, AFL-CIO, AFSC, AFSCME, Prison Legal News, Enlace, Justice Strategies, SEIU, Teamsters, CWA, AFGE, PICO, the Sentencing Project, Brave New Films, NAACP and many more.” Congratulations!
DebugMe: Sites Where Girls Can Learn to Code Online.
Guardian.UK: Clinton, rig the election? I’ve been a voter fraud expert for the GOP, and it’s fantasy
FYI. “Perhaps Trump would encourage his observers to ‘rough them up a little bit’ or ‘punch them in the face’. Sounds absurd right? No, it doesn’t. It sounds like a scenario that should be expected based on past behavior.” As I stated previously, this is ‘brownshirt’ behavior. Anyone who promotes this behavior should face charges.
Vox: Clinton has eased one of the biggest doubts about her capacity to be a good president.
538: The GOP’s Chances Of Holding The Senate Are Following Trump Downhill.
Good news in the midst of mayhem.
FishbowlNY: NY Times to Shutter NYT Now App.
Not esp. surprising. Another app I can erase.
Atlas Obscura: The Dangerous Origins of the Pentathlon, the Only Sport Created for the Olympics.
Just because it has a military genesis, does not mean it should be dropped. How many objects in our daily lives, how many behaviors, are originally ‘military’? I so wanted to compete at pentathlon when I was a teen. Didn’t have the cash for training.