Raven Foundation: How a Pacifist Says Thank You on Veterans Day.
A year old - but still a worthy read. “For the pacifist, the battle is with the Empire of Violence that exists in every nation, in every ideology, indeed, in every human heart.”
Economist: Daily chart - Remembrance.
Most infographics take a couple of seconds to parse. This one takes a couple of minutes.
PS Mag: How the Patients Most in Need of Insurance Are Getting Squeezed.
“But as problems continue to bog down the federal health insurance marketplace, Healthcare.gov, it’s an open question whether people in the risk pools can get a policy in time. ‘They are very frightened because many of them are undergoing chemotherapy or they’re on high-dollar drugs, and they need to make certain that they have coverage effective January 1.’” Because of the problems and the confusion, some have less than seven weeks now to get a policy. The site still isn’t working reliably, and accurate rates are apparently hard to come by, even when the site works properly. A recipe for financial disaster; is it any wonder people are slow to sign up? “Dear Mr President, an extension is the only humane solution.”
Rolling Stone: How Republicans Rig the Game.
“He who controls redistricting can control Congress.” There is no honor in victory through gaming the system.
BBC: WW1 anniversary means battlefield business for Belgium.
“It makes me frown when I see souvenir shops selling poppy gin, poppy chocolates, poppy umbrellas and even chocolate helmets.” Talk about leaving a bad taste.
Guardian.UK: CIA made doctors torture suspected terrorists after 9/11, taskforce finds.
“Doctors and psychologists working for the US military violated the ethical codes of their profession under instruction from the defence department and the CIA to become involved in the torture and degrading treatment of suspected terrorists, an investigation has concluded.” Please, please tell me no inhuman research is being done during the process, a la Dr. Mengele. One ethical barrier broken, the others tend to fall like dominoes in such settings.
Guardian.UK: Modernist art haul, ‘looted by Nazis’, recovered by German police.
I caught this yesterday, and meant to link it. What’s even more interesting, other articles mention that Gurlitt wasn’t registered with his municipality. He was a complete ‘non-entity.’ For all intents and purposes, he didn’t exist.
Later: Here’s that other article.
US News & World Report: Top Hospitals Opt Out of Obamacare.
“Many companies have selectively entered the exchanges because they are concerned that (the exchanges) will be dominated by risky, high-using populations who wanted insurance (before Obamacare) and couldn’t afford it … [snip] … They are pressed to narrow their networks to stay within the premiums.” It’s going to be very difficult to snatch success from the jaws of defeat, when some are not willing to play the game.
The Nation: States Taken Over by the GOP in 2010 Are Screwing Over the American Worker.
Ugh. You’ll excuse the slight title modification, for space.
Metafilter: WWI in Color.
Another amazing find on MeFi.
NBC: Obama admin. knew millions could not keep their health insurance.
“Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC NEWS that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a ‘cancellation’ letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law.”
Lightbeam for Firefox.
Watching us watching them watching us.
CNN: Furloughed workers turn to food pantries.
I sincerely doubt Republicans are winning any voters this way.
ProPublica: In Big Win for Defense Industry, Obama Rolls Back Limits on Arms Exports.
“Come tomorrow, thousands of parts of military aircraft, such as propeller blades, brake pads and tires will be able to be sent to almost any country in the world, with minimal oversight – even to some countries subject to U.N. arms embargos. U.S. companies will also face fewer checks than in the past when selling some military aircraft to dozens of countries.” Arming people we may have disagreements with is the epitome of idiocy, but it makes perfect sense to a capitalist military industrial complex.
KUNM: Exemption To ACA Could Leave Many Native Americans Uninsured.
“Beginning January first, most Americans will be required to have health insurance or pay penalties under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But Native Americans are one of just a few groups that won’t be fined if they don’t buy insurance. That exemption could mean status quo for a big part of Indian Country: high health disparities, and no access to care.”
priceonomics: Making a Living Collecting Cans.
I found the article fascinating.
Guardian.UK: If we want a civilised society, charities can’t fill the void left by government.
Charities are at best an ill-fitting band-aid. The flow of cash and goods is never constant. There are some things that only ‘big government’ can do.
Later, related: New Yorker, How the Government Shutdown Hurts the Poor.
Atlantic/Cities: How Poverty Taxes the Brain.
“Put another way, the condition of poverty imposed a mental burden akin to losing 13 IQ points, or comparable to the cognitive difference that’s been observed between chronic alcoholics and normal adults. The finding further undercuts the theory that poor people, through inherent weakness, are responsible for their own poverty – or that they ought to be able to lift themselves out of it with enough effort.” That it takes a scientific study to get people to understand this, speaks to the lack of empathy in America today. Weight this alongside how the economic/financial deck is stacked against the working poor, and you’ve got a recipe for permanent debt-ridden wage-slaves. And the Republicans scream “Don’t feed the alligators” when debating food stamps and WIC. Don’t get me started.
CJR: Reviewing Obamacare coverage—Week 1.
Always appreciate finding a balanced overview.
The Economist: America’s government shutdown—No way to run a country.
“In the longer term, America needs to tackle polarisation. The problem is especially acute in the House, because many states let politicians draw their own electoral maps. Unsurprisingly, they tend to draw ultra-safe districts for themselves. This means that a typical congressman has no fear of losing a general election but is terrified of a primary challenge. Many therefore pander to extremists on their own side rather than forging sensible centrist deals with the other. This is no way to run a country.” Indeed. Hear hear!
SF New Mexican: New Mexico amid shutdown—Economist warns of another recession.
The poorest, smallest states will be hit the hardest, and we’re on that list. Not looking forward to more economic hardship. Not at all. It just started to pick back up a little, after the housing slump. It was a long, long time coming.
Ourstage: Sinead O’Connor’s Remarkable Open Letter To Miley Cyrus.
“I am extremely concerned for you that those around you have led you to believe, or encouraged you in your own belief, that it is in any way ‘cool’ to be naked and licking sledgehammers in your videos. It is in fact the case that you will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped, whether its the music business or yourself doing the pimping.”
ABC News: Government Shutdown’s Hit Magnified for Tribes.
“… basic services stand to take a direct hit. That includes programs heavily subsidized by federal agencies and others paid for with tribal money that is suddenly unavailable because it’s being held by the Department of Interior, tribal leaders said.”
PS Mag: California Looks to Make Historic Expansion of Access to Abortion.
“AB 154 would allow specially trained nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, and physician assistants to perform first-trimester abortions without a doctor’s supervision. AB 980 would hold abortion clinics to the same building standards as other primary care facilities, instead of the stricter rules that some cities and counties would like to impose. Both are aimed at making the procedure more widely available in rural, largely conservative parts of the state where incomes are low, teen pregnancies are rampant, and finding an abortion provider often means taking the day off from work or school, getting on a bus, and traveling for hours or days.”
NY Times: A Wave of Sewing Jobs as Orders Pile Up at U.S. Factories.
“Here, they are recruiting at high schools, papering churches and community centers with job postings, and running ads in Hmong, Somali and Spanish-language newspapers. And in a moment of near desperation last year — after several companies worried about turning down orders because they did not have the manpower to handle them — Minnesota manufacturers hatched their grandest rescue effort of all: a program to create a skilled work force from scratch.” Thanks for the heads-up, E!