Boston Globe: High-deductible health plans make Affordable Care Act ‘unaffordable.’
November, 2015. This is *exactly* what ACA touters are missing. I went from a $500 individual deductible to $5,000 to keep my premium the same. The ACA has hurt me by giving me less. Significantly less. And I’m supposed to be happy? Sure, I appreciate the other aspects of the ACA (preexisting conditions, etc.). But this feels like a colossal ripoff. You wonder why Sanders does well in certain states - look no farther. Hillary would do well to propose common-sense repairs.
Gallup: U.S. Uninsured Rate 11.9% in Fourth Quarter of 2015.
“... the uninsured rate declined 5.2 percentage points since the fourth quarter of 2013, right before the key provision of the health law requiring Americans to carry health insurance took effect in early 2014.” I have previously quoted the number of 3%, prior to this update, as the decline - the new number is officially 5.2%.
Guardian.UK: Climate guru James Hansen warns of much worse than expected sea level rise.
Youtube: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - Border Wall.
The thing that depresses me most about modern political comedy, is that they have to be the ones who lay out the idiotic realities our news media persist in ignoring. Even the smallest bit of investigative journalism is too big an investment, it seems. We all know a wall is ridiculous, and an argument could be made that any sensible person would know this. But rallies and turnout prove that an explanation - in detail - is *not* ridiculous. Indeed, such explanation is sadly necessary. Where are the in-depth analysis - with modern infographics? The fancy Medium/Exposure style image pages with animations? Where are the stats of how many billion gallons of concrete that would be necessary?
Then again, perhaps noone wants to even hint that the whole project would likely be contracted to the Chinese.
Register.UK: Amex ‘fesses up: Your credit card data was nicked ...
Hello ... what?!!
Macworld: Kasita is a tiny house that comes connected right out of the box.
A floorplan would be helpful, Macworld.
CEPR/VoxEU: Balance of payments statistics and hidden assets.
Jeebus. Makes me think of the Bing Crosby quote, “Everyone’s got a little larceny in ‘em.”
Racked: The Last Lifestyle Magazine.
“How Kinfolk created the dominant aesthetic of the decade with perfect lattes and avocado toast.” Never heard of it. But we in Santa Fe are immersed in lifestyle publications. I doubt Kinfolk has many vigas, ristras or green chiles in their photo essays.
Return of the Cafe Racers: The Worlds Strongest Denim by Saint.
For riding, but given the import/export featherweight denim being sold these days, you might need a really tough pair of jeans. Comfort? Well, that’s probably secondary ...
FiveThirtyEight: What The Stunning Bernie Sanders Win In Michigan Means.
“If, however, pollsters are missing something more fundamental about the electorate, then the Ohio and Illinois primaries could be a lot closer than expected.” I keep telling you folks, factor in ACA Co-op failures. Michigan lost theirs, too. I know the Dems don’t want it mentioned until after the election, but if the black hole in people’s monthly budgets isn’t influencing their vote, nothing is. Time for the media as a whole to stop ignoring the elephant in the room.
Later: Naked Cap has some interesting observations, gathered from pundits.
MercerSpace: McMansions threaten Princeton’s unique character.
In which my hometown loses its soul. If you’re going to build something big and ugly, at least have the compassion to obscure it with trees.
SciAm: Clinton Would Limit Fracking; Sanders Just Says No.
Well, now. Makes me feel a *little* better about Ol’ Hill. She’s gone on the record, and mentioned “locality”. Just saying “states” puts the choice in too many GOP Governors’ hands.
Stat: Alzheimer’s activists splinter in angry fight over priorities.
Important read, if you have family members suffering - or caregiving. Thanks, E!
Music Business WW: Paramount Pictures puts hundreds of full movies on YouTube for free.
Tuvie: Wash Your Clothes While Riding The Stationary Bike.
Hey, I’d purchase it.
BBC News: IEA warns consumers of spike in oil prices.
“Only in 2017 will we finally see oil supply and demand aligned but the enormous stocks being accumulated will act as a dampener on the pace of recovery in oil prices when the market, having balanced, then starts to draw down those stocks.”
Re/code: Amazon Free Shipping Minimum Is Now $49, Up From $35.
Yet ‘Prime’ is no longer prime. They don’t promise delivery dates anymore, and hand off deliveries from reliable FedEx to unreliable USPS. Two-day is now three, four day. The value of Prime is dropping. If you need to raise the price, Amazon, you should do it, rather than give us long waittimes on delivery. When I need something, I need something.
Medium: To Men I Love, About Men Who Scare Me.
“Consider that while you’re just joking around, a woman might actually be doing some quick mental math to see if she’s going to have to hide in a fucking bathroom stall and call someone to come help her, like I did three days ago. Please adjust your mindset and your words accordingly.” So many times I’d like to compliment someone, but there is just no way to do it in our modern day and age without freaking people out. So I stay silent. I’ll think: “Fantastic shoes. Perfect choice for the ensemble.” And I move on.
The Economist: A vote for what? [On Bernie Sanders]
“Compared with left-wingers there — Jeremy Corbyn in Britain, for instance — Mr Sanders is no socialist. It is freewheeling America which puts Mr Sanders on the far-left.” One of your more-important reads for the day.
Messy Nessy Chic: Take an Eerie Tour of Greece’s Sinking Ghost Town.
GroopSpeak: GOP Congress Breaks With History For First Time In 41 Years To Snub Obama.
Beyond just gridlock. Remember this in November.
Guardian.UK: Average gas price in US drops below $2 a gallon for the first time since 2004.
Good news. Price drops for consumer goods shipped by truck ... ? MIA?
Mashable: Dick Nixon on the Democrats: Hillary’s weak and Bernie’s clueless
Atlantic: Clinton and Sanders Fight Over How to Tame Big Business.
Worthy read. Though I can’t help thinking articles like this award more historical background and altruistic motivation than actually exists - we saw this with the deep analyses of Obama’s policies, pre-election. No great shakes, in retrospect.
The Nation: Elizabeth Warren Blasts a Republican Plan to Protect White-Collar Criminals.
“ Banks or payment processors would no longer be held criminally responsible for simply aiding fraudulent activity involving customer accounts, since the fraud was not primarily conducted by the bank, nor against it.” What the bloody hell? Mattresses, not banks. Mattresses. I’m convinced.