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NY Times: Many See I.R.S. Fines as More Affordable Than Insurance.

I do not believe it serves the public good to entrench private insurance programs that put actual care out of reach for those they purport to serve.” If Democrats lose in ‘16, it’ll be because of what they’re not appreciating about the awfulness of the ACA. People often vote based on who hits them in the pocketbook; noone’s impacted us like this – ever – in my memory. I repeat this point for a reason - if we as Democrats don’t start recognizing the problems, and offering solutions ... the Republican harangues will gain traction.

01/03/16 • 08:13 AM • EconomicsHealthHome & LivingPolitics • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

CR4: Holiday Lights are an Unlikely Source of Wi-Fi Interference.

Unless you wrap your router in them.

12/23/15 • 10:53 AM • GeneralHome & LivingInternet • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vox: Martin Shkreli is the symptom, not the problem.

True. The only point I care about: “Either drug companies should be able to charge what the market will bear or America should — as every other developed country already does — directly set drug prices.

12/17/15 • 05:23 PM • EconomicsHealthHome & LivingPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

In These Times: 8 Terrible Things About the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Generally good points. The unions can’t let go of NAFTA; if you look at the numbers, China’s entry into the WTO is what tanked jobs. American manufacturers flocked to cheap labor. 1994-2000, jobs were still climbing (making NAFTA look pretty good). But look at the plunge after 2000. I oppose the TPP.

12/16/15 • 07:21 AM • EconomicsHome & LivingPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Princeton university grounds become legal battlefield over new construction.

I hope the Princeton Battlefield Society remembers the book, “The Battle of Princeton” by Thomas Jefferson Wertenbaker. It was the best resource for many decades, and still stands tall in some libraries (though forgotten by Princeton itself). [Caveat: I knew Professor Wertenbaker, as a child. Very nice man. Built his home on Prospect, adapted from a {Thomas} Jefferson architectural plan.]

12/13/15 • 01:35 PM • HistoryHome & LivingPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

CR4: Tankless water heaters.

Of note. Our hard water would probably clog one in a month.

12/10/15 • 01:30 PM • ConsumptionDesignHome & Living • (4) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

nakedcap: Demise of the US Middle Class Now Official.

Good grief, what a chart.

12/10/15 • 11:00 AM • EconomicsHome & LivingPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Rolling Stone: Scott Weiland’s Family - ‘Don’t Glorify This Tragedy’.

December 3rd, 2015 is not the day Scott Weiland died. It is the official day the public will use to mourn him, and it was the last day he could be propped up in front of a microphone for the financial benefit or enjoyment of others.

12/08/15 • 09:34 AM • HistoryHome & LivingMusic • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Curbed: What It’s Like to Live in a Frank Lloyd Wright Home.

With these homes, you have to understand the maintenance is going to be a little more expensive than you’d encounter with another house.” Because they’re showpieces, not pragmatic designs for living. Roof and window leakage are often the biggies.

12/01/15 • 11:09 AM • DesignHistoryHome & Living • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Bicycling: Free Electric Could be The New Power Source of India.

... but I want one!

The Atlantic: Are Higher Minimum Wages Eliminating Restaurant Jobs?

Misleading. When Santa Fe increased the minimum wage, the businesses that were operating on a shoestring failed almost immediately. Restaurants cut back on personnel and portion size, but that was neither sustainable nor sensible (customers dwindled) ... so eventually supplies were re-sourced, economies found, prices raised a smidge or so ... and hiring resumed. So any ‘elimination’ is temporary at best.

11/20/15 • 09:31 AM • Home & LivingPoliticsSanta Fe LocalSmall Business • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Salt Supply - A Safe Gun For A Safe Home.

Interesting concept.

11/11/15 • 11:00 AM • Home & LivingHuman RightsLaw • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

naked cap: Hysteresis and Aircraft Maintenance - Don’t Go Up In Any Large Planes.

Guys who grew up fixing cars and tractors on the farm are being replaced by newbies whose closest experience to ‘turning wrenches’ is the Playstation controller.” Good lord.

11/11/15 • 09:55 AM • EconomicsHistoryHome & LivingTravel • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

WolfStreet: Fed Trips over Commercial Real Estate Bubble; Looks, Sees “Early Signs”.

It has been one heck of a party in commercial real estate.” Good lordy. “When the walls, come tumblin’ down ...”, I hear it in my head.

11/10/15 • 03:29 PM • EconomicsHome & LivingPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

MeFi: His Noodly Appendage.

Cool. I’ll have to try this with a gluten-free dough.

11/10/15 • 03:04 PM • FoodHome & LivingTravel • (4) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Mag: Ambling Through America’s Most Stoned Suburbs.

I expected to see unicorns. [snip] But when I started smoking I just got so connected to God.

11/05/15 • 12:17 PM • HealthHome & LivingLawPoliticsReligion • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Atlantic: Regulating Payday Loans Is a Start But It Won’t Fix the Underlying Problem.

Short on cash and without a strong enough credit history to get a bank loan to tide them over, Melissa went to a payday lender, taking out a meager $450. When they weren’t able to pay the debt back in a matter of weeks, the amount ballooned to $1,700 thanks to the high interest rates, fees, and rollover loans (loans that get folded into new, larger loans when a borrower is unable to repay their initial loan).” On usury.

11/05/15 • 08:53 AM • EconomicsHome & LivingHuman RightsLawPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

PS Mag: Confessions of a For-Profit College Inspector.

Debt was what everyone paid off with lucrative post-college careers.” This idea was starting to grow moss even when I attended college.

11/02/15 • 09:51 AM • EconomicsHome & LivingScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Atlantic: For Some Americans, the Housing Crisis Isn’t Over.

I’ve been feeling mighty alone on the internet, saying the ‘recovery’ isn’t here. Look at the chart, ‘Negative Equity by County”. Looks like an entire third of New Mexico is affected. Presidential candidates, the ball’s in your court. Let’s hear what you will do.

11/02/15 • 08:34 AM • EconomicsHome & LivingPolitics • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Smithsonian: Arsenic and Old Graves - Civil War-Era Cemeteries May Be Leaking Toxins.

... in 2002, a USGS-sponsored survey in Iowa City found arsenic levels at three times the federal limit near an old cemetery.” War, the gift that keeps on giving. Arsenic back then, depleted uranium today ...

10/31/15 • 11:54 AM • HistoryHome & LivingScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Grist: No BFF? You’re not alone, sad adult. Wait, never mind, you’re very alone.

The problem, of course, is that friendship is about more than FaceTime: It’s about face time. A tribe 3,000 miles away can’t pick you up from the airport or give you a couch to sleep on when your roof caves in.” I’m afraid that, except for a few wonderful exceptions, our attempts at friendship have been “What can you do for me, for free?” relationships. Is this a Santa Fe only situation, or encountered across the country?

10/31/15 • 09:01 AM • Home & LivingPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Swash 10-Minute Clothing Care System.

Saw this via another site. Looks pretty nifty, if just a smidge too much like a Keurig for your clothes ...

10/30/15 • 08:03 AM • DesignFutureHome & Living • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: A Rainstorm in Penn Station.

And that is all I have to say for today about the state of America’s mass-transit infrastructure, the inability of government to build and maintain decent public spaces, the abandonment of excellence in construction and infrastructural integrity, and the gross loss of dignity suffered daily by workers who are forced to depend on neglected, rotting, overcrowded, underfunded, abysmal, soul-deadening transportation systems to get to work and home and back again.” Think about all the damage you *can’t* see. Here’s a thought - infrastructure failure may start killing more people than gun violence.

10/30/15 • 07:59 AM • EconomicsHome & LivingPoliticsTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Atlantic: Unions Are Basically Dead and That’s Really Bad.

Because unions tend to benefit workers so much, corporate executives seem to have it in their heads that those benefits must, by definition, amount to drawbacks for companies.” This is the same old schtick, rehashed. I’ve seen both the benefits and the detriments. The unions of Las Vegas, NV were some of the worst I ever encountered. For every skilled A/V tech we brought, we had to hire a duplicate (at union rates) locally, even when their skillsets were nowhere near what we needed - limiting the needed overtime, because of the double-cost rates. A group of union thugs sat and watched what we did all day, every day, drinking all our coffee. One would come back and check the ballroom after hours to make sure noone was working - because if even one person was working, the whole crew was contractually set up to be paid their overtime rates. Those costs racked up damned fast. Someone made a mistake and didn’t include my role (video graphics) in the agreement. And I was working stupid amounts of overtime. They were NOT happy. Efforts were made to destroy my equipment and harm my person. So in spite of the benefits, the downs are pretty significant, too. Unions need to modernize. For all their benefits, their modus operandi isn’t supposed to be Mafia-like.

10/28/15 • 10:54 AM • EconomicsHome & LivingHuman RightsPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

naked cap: Hillary Clinton on Social Security Expansion - Words are Wind. A Cold Wind.

Let’s start with the caveat that with Hillary Clinton, as with Bill Clinton, you’ve always got to parse the words.” My italic emphasis.

10/21/15 • 10:13 AM • EconomicsHistoryHome & LivingPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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