naked cap: Destroying Medicare to Save ObamaCare: Hillary Clinton’s “Public Option” Plan.
“Eliminating Medicaid estate recovery, whereby over-55 people forced into Medicaid by ObamaCare’s eligibility rules have any costs incurred clawed back from their estates. Since the only real asset most people may have is their homes, that means sick elders might not be able to pass their homes down to the kids. Fixing that injustice would be one of those incremental changes Clinton is supposed be so enthusiastic about. Since Clinton doesn’t bring up something so obvious, the only conclusion I can draw is that the Democrats just don’t give a future coprolith.”
Authority Nutrition: 7 “Toxins” in Food That Are Actually Concerning.
Real compounds to avoid.
Vice: ‘GoT’ Confirmed My Immigrant Parents’ Suspicions That Americans Are Violent Psychopaths.
“I think that America has problem, enjoy this kind of movie, really have problem. No wonder they vote for Trump. They crazy.” I’ve been considering this too. When you want to relax in the evening, the choices of untraumatic, non-violent (or simply gun-less) fare is thinner than it should be.
Literary Hub: How Writers Will Steal Your Life and Use it For Fiction.
The Millions: Dear Novel - On Breaking Up with Your Manuscript.
“ Every fiction writer thinks they need to be in a long-term relationship.” Yeah, yeah, yeah. Sometimes the arc is naturally short. Trying to lengthen it, it just gets worse and worse ... and the self-pressure dials to 11, 12 ...
WSJ: How Bugs Bunny and ‘Kill the Wabbit’ Inspired a Generation of Opera Stars.
I’ve said it many times here. My appreciation of classical music started with Looney Tunes.
Mashable: Female pilots who flew during WWII can now be buried at Arlington.
This surprised me. Even the women ferry pilots should be accorded this honor.
Yahoo: Craig out as Bond after refusing mammoth offer, but a likely successor has emerged.
Probably should have left it at Skyfall. I’ve actually not rushed to see Spectre (remains unwatched). That plane-down-the-ski-slope image in the trailer brings too many shivers of Moore/Dalton Bonds. There were good story arcs; the writers just never followed them. I applaud his choice. I will always cherish Casino Royale & Skyfall. Best Bond films, bar none. Best of luck, Mr Craig.
Variety: ‘Mister Ed’ Star Alan Young Dies at 96.
NY Times: Signals From Plane Hint at Swift Catastrophe, Aviation Website Reports.
“Some of the messages appeared to be alerts reporting smoke in a lavatory, smoke in the avionics bay of the plane and problems with several windows. The smoke warnings do not necessarily indicate a fire; those sensor warnings can also be set off by conditions like condensation from a sudden drop in air pressure.”
DP Review: LandscapePro software promises simple steps to dramatic changes.
This kind of software makes me crazy. I saw an article by a photographer the other day, who changes the size of features in his landscape shots via Photoshop. Makes mountains taller, seashells bigger/smaller, that kind of thing. The result is a complete fantasy. Sure, that has a place in photography, but it should be labelled as such. Fantasy. Fine art shot. Not reality. Very hard to place the line between sometimes.
Bad enough we alter colors and ranges of contrast routinely. Worse that we photograph crowded places during slow times, giving the impression that beauty and solitude are guaranteed (Santa Fe, this is getting very hard to do with all the tourism pushes). You see a photo of Santa Fe Plaza empty - it’s fiction. The place always has people in it.
It’s good, occasionally, to ask one’s self “What exactly am I portraying and why”.
BillMoyers: Democrats Can’t Unite Unless Wasserman Schultz Goes!
Moyers himself helped write this.
PS Mag: We’re Inching Closer to Making Solar Power as Cheap as Regular Electricity.
Guardian.UK: NRA members skeptical of whether Trump’s gun rhetoric matches his record.
Trump. With a gun. Is that not what nightmares are made of? Who knows what he’d hit.
Youtube: Duran Duran - Hungry Like the Wolf (Vocals Half-Step Out of Key).
Guardian.UK: US corporate giants hoarding more than a trillion dollars.
Slate: Why the Democrats’ platform actually matters this year.
“‘I expect that there’ll be some conciliation’ on the platform.” We’ll see. I have no doubt Clinton will bull ahead and do what she wants, not what the platform recommends.
Cutestrap, a CSS framework.
8kb. Scanning through ... I like. Have to play.
Bloomberg: Sanders, Defiant on the Stump, Quietly Reassures Democrats on Unity.
Daily Beast: Confederate Flag Loses More Hallowed Ground as US House Votes to Ban Flag in VA Cemeter
“It is likely that the Senate will follow the House’s vote on Confederate flag at VA cemeteries and limit even further the right to display it on public property. We may not be far from a time when the only place that you can display a Confederate battle flag is on the back of a pick-up truck.”
OpenCulture: Werner Herzog Will Teach His First Online Course on Filmmaking.
naked cap: Quelle Surprise! US Big Business Prefers Clinton to Trump by 2:1 Margin.
Economist.UK: Musical innovation - Musicians who keep a-changin’.
Bernie supporters, Nevada, and the larger picture.
I mentioned this on Facebook, but forgot to mention it here. The chairwoman in Nevada made a fundamental mistake. The voice vote should have been reinforced with another form of voting when opposition was raised. If you’ve not attended public meetings, you may not be familiar with Roberts Rules of Order. When she made what seemed to be a bad call, *any* member of the polled group should have been able to ask for a ‘division of the assembly’. I’ve been to enough public events, been the butt of enough bad calls, to predict that I would have been irate at this behavior as well. Roberts is used at just about every political or community meeting I’ve ever been to.
None of the media are pointing this out. Bernie’s run has been showing up the structural weaknesses of each state’s primary and caucus systems, and revealing how they might be gamed. I’m not saying they are, but certainly there’s enough “we’ve gotta make chicken salad out of chicken scratch” procedures that beg justification. I’m hoping these systemic flaws are fixed before the next Presidential election. Where there’s no wood, a fire can’t burn. The fact that thousands of primary voters were excluded because the polls simply could not handle the volume should disturb you enough. Yet the news media’s been remarkably silent. I hear from my readers here, directly (thank you all!). This broken system is just not acceptable in the 21st century.
I have to conclude that the dinosaurs in the DNC, the DLC should-be-extinct reptiles, are dialing up their pressure on Sanders to bow out. They don’t want to make compromises at the Convention (though they’re starting to creak just a little, I suspect it’s all just for show, going through the motions). “Liberal pundits” are starting to realize the situation. The 1992 strategies will not work today or tomorrow. Time for fresh ideas.
Expect more savagery aimed at Bernie, daily. The establishment wants him out, yesterday. The polling putting Trump ahead of Hillary is scaring the bejesus out of them. They think they can put a nice face on Clinton’s campaign and push Trump back. Cue up Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow” (released a couple of months before I graduated high school - 1977!) and talk up a two-executive Presidency (which roused unbelievable amounts of opposition in ‘92) and push Trump to the rear just as they’ve done so effectively with Bernie Sanders.
Excuse me while I engage in a bout of tragic laughter ...
Later: Hillary dropped out on June 7, 2008. I would not be surprised if the Clinton camp is telling the Sanders camp on backchannels that if the writing is on the wall after the votes in CA and NJ, he must kowtow or he won’t get any concessions.
Oh, only 2600+ unread news articles in my agg ...
... as in ‘gag’. Let’s see how far I can scan before I decide to bail for “Mark all as read.”