NYT: Love. Labor. Lost.
Good God. Talk about overthinking things.
Italian Ways: Lake Garda in tourist posters.
naked cap: ObamaCare Death Spiral Accelerates as Aetna Pulls out of the Exchanges.
“The [insurance company] dropouts also undermine a key promise of the law: multiple insurers would compete for consumers’ business each year, and the power of the market would control costs and raise quality. Instead, the opposite is happening.” My italic emphasis.
SF New Mexican: Mayor opens dialogue on Santa Fe fiestas.
“Tuesday’s meeting comes nearly a year after a group of demonstrators staged a protest during the re-enactment of the so-called peaceful reconquest of the city by Spanish conquistador Don Diego de Vargas. The protest was followed by calls from city officials for a more ‘truthful’ narrative of the city’s history.” See previous link.
BillMoyers: How Trump Succeeds by Saying Out Loud What Many Voters Think.
“What we’re learning is that a lot of people have been biting their lips, but not changing their minds.” And perpetuating those beliefs to their children.
naked cap: Will Elizabeth Warren Stymie Clinton’s Pro-Big Finance Campaign Promises?
“The Warren-istas understand that the Republicans are likely to have just around half of the Senate, and are likely to retain control of the House. The bad news, for Ms Warren’s supporters, is that new laws will be hard to pass. The good news is that the existing laws, including Dodd-Frank and the SEC’s governing legislation, already give future appointees all the authority they will need.” Why she would have been wasted as VP.
Rolling Stone: Matt Taibbi on the Summer of the Media Shill.
“Media power comes from trust and respect, and both are eroded quickly if you only ever give people what they want to hear.” Can we underline that one, relink it generously?
Ars UK: Nvidia stuffs desktop GTX 1080, 1070, 1060 into laptops, drops the “M”.
CNN Money: John McLaughlin of ‘The McLaughlin Group’ dies at 89.
I suspect he modelled his show after the ‘popularity’ of the Buckley/Vidal debate in ‘68.
Mashable: Olympic runners finish race together after a heartbreaking fall.
Great moment. Face adversity with your head high.
Nat’l Post: If the gig economy is booming, why is ‘freelance’ still a fail?
“As companies become less loyal to workers – creating work conditions most favourable to the Patrick Batemans of the world – people are pushing back and setting their own wages, hours and terms of employment.”
The Atlantic: Aetna to Withdraw From Nearly 70 Percent of Its Obamacare Exchanges.
“Back when UnitedHealth was the only insurance company bailing out, it was easy to dismiss as just one company trying to boost its bottom line. But when all five big insurers are bleeding money, it’s clear you’ve got bigger problems.” Looks like the media wants to make it a talking point. We’ll see if any candidate takes the bait, or that it survives the news cycle.
Slate: Shadi Hamid on Islamic exceptionalism.
“Islamism is by definition illiberal, and they would promote things that are contrary to classical liberalism, in the sense of non-negotiable personal rights and freedoms, gender equality, protection of minorities.” Another information point, for those curious.
BillMoyers: Donald Trump Is Encouraging Intimidation and Racial Profiling at the Polls.
This could be interpreted as no-investment amateur Sturmabteilung (Perhaps a more familiar term: ‘Brownshirt’) tactics.
Vox: This certainly doesn’t look good for Obamacare.
“And it’s fair to say that at this point, Obamacare is going through a major test of its viability. It relies on private insurers to willingly participate, and it is not clear they want to keep participating — or at least it is not clear that enough of them want to keep participating to create the nationwide coverage and competition Obamacare envisions.” As I’ve said, Dems know it’s broken ... but don’t want to fix it until after they win in November. Any mention in a debate will be a tamp-down, de-escalate response.
Youtube: Hot Wheels Road Trip.
Some clever edits. You’ll see ‘em. Tunnels. Reminds me of why I got bored with Hot Wheels so fast. A couple of races, “been there, done that”. I’d head outside to go have real adventures.
FishbowlNY: The Drudge Report Meets Usain Bolt.
“In the month of July, there were a total of 2,678,400 news-making seconds. If you divide the Drudge July page views total by that number, you get an average of 549.66 page views per second.” One look at the DR, you feel the world’s falling apart. As bad as Amazon’s “Most Read” email, if not worse. Do we as a society really love bad news this much?
People: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Reach Settlement In Divorce.
Can’t argue with a video, really. Let’s hope these two get the help they obviously need.
Eidolon: Re-Queering Sappho.
Fiscal Times: Not Just Cargo Shorts - The Slow Death of the Office Dress Code.
If they allow sweat pants and sneaks on Wall Street, it’s the end of the friggin’ world.
The Coolist: The 30 Best Action Movies for Men of the Modern Age.
Linked so you don’t have to read it: “... The Last of the Mohicans takes a hard stare at the cruelty inherent in the wild west as white settlers pushed native peoples off their homeland.” It’s NEW YORK, you buffoons. “Wild west”, my eye.
Dazed: Kesha pulls back New York lawsuit against Dr. Luke.
Why one doesn’t comment on such cases.
c|net: Watch bowling balls plummet to their demise.
Strangely fascinating. I wonder if we guys ever outgrow the childish delight in ‘breaking stuff’ ...
BillMoyers: Why Trump Is In Youngstown.
“While they cheer for Trump’s promise to build a wall and exclude Muslims, they forget that in the 1920s several towns in the Mahoning Valley, including Youngstown, elected mayors and city councils who were openly affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan and who won their elections by fomenting fear and resentment of Catholic and Jewish immigrants who, they warned, could not be trusted because of their allegiance to the Pope or to Bolshevism and would drive down wages.” Those who do fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it.
The New Yorker: The Appalling Last Act of Rudy Giuliani.
How the GOP mighty fall. Makes you wonder, it really does. The nefarious influence of echo chambers. The motivations of humanity.