Fox: Paul Ryan’s block grant scheme is doomed — for one simple reason.
“Ryan’s block grant ‘proposition’ is not just terrible policy, though it’s important to show that it is. It’s another phony gesture, like the balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution — a plausible-sounding scheme that is perpetually on the table because it will never happen, an excuse for not proposing or standing behind the real choices about whose benefits should be cut and whose expanded.”
jonathan sprague: spare change.
This has unexpected impact, sans the folks who carried them.
Guardian.UK: Robin Williams was ‘disintegrating’ before suicide, widow says.
I understand his choice better now, than just straight Parkinson’s.
Naked Cap: Mussolini-Style Corporatism, aka Fascism, on the Rise in the US.
“Fascism is again rising in America, this time calling itself ‘conservativism.’ The Republican candidates’ and their billionaire donors’ behavior today eerily parallels that day in 1936 when Roosevelt said, ‘In vain they seek to hide behind the flag and the Constitution. In their blindness they forget what the flag and the Constitution stand for.’”
TechDirt: Law Enforcement - Traveling From Anywhere To Anywhere Is Suspicious Behavior.
naked cap: The New York Times Covers ObamaCare as Enrollment Opens.
Oh yeah. In NM, now that BC/BS has pulled out, Healthcare.gov shows three providers: Molina, Christus (Catholic) and Presbyterian. All HMO. NM Health Connections screwed up something, and won’t be available on the Exchange until the 15th of the month.
NY Times: Arbitration Everywhere, Stacking the Deck of Justice.
NY Times: ‘Would Jesus Wear a Sidearm?’
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.
nakedcap: Will Adverse Selection Force ObamaCare into a Death Spiral?
“So if an ObamaCare death spiral moves from mere hints and intimations to harsh realities, progressives in and around the Democratic Party will be confronted with a historic choice: Will they die in the last ditch to defend ObamaCare as is? Will they advocate tweaks? Will they revive the so-called public option? Or — especially given that Clinton has already head-faked left on so many other policies — will they finally push for the simple, rugged, and proven ‘Everybody in, nobody out’ single payer program advocated by Bernie Sanders?” What boggles me is, noone’s talking about this. Dems are silent, for the most part, or still showering encomiums on the ACA ... even when it’s doing violence their monthly budgets.
Guardian.UK: Planned Parenthood vandal with hatchet damages New Hampshire clinic.
Politicians and press continue to impress with ideological irresponsibility. Instead of using facts, they goose the outrage, encouraging their beloved ‘edge cases’ to go postal.
The Atlantic: Why Do So Many Workers With the Flu Still Come in?
Is this not the most useless article? Who can afford to lose those pay-days?
The Atlantic has been letting me down of late. I’m putting it in my ‘probation’ folder in NewsBlur.
Alternet: 5 of the Biggest Acts of Corporate Hypocrisy in America.
Remember these, as election rhetoric heats up.
Civil War Memory: Black Family Reclaims History From Sons of Confederate Veterans.
DIY Photography: 500px In Hot Water For Creating A Chinese Sister Site.
Hmmm. Forewarned is forearmed. Say something next time, 500px.
Mashable: Defiant hedge fund bro still hasn’t lowered the $750 price of AIDS drug for babies.
How much time did it take to raise the price?
NY Times: Jennifer Lawrence Speaks Out Against Gender Pay Inequality.
FishbowlNY: Playboy to Stop Featuring Nudity.
The Atlantic: 1491.
“Indians were here far longer than previously thought, these researchers believe, and in much greater numbers. And they were so successful at imposing their will on the landscape that in 1492 Columbus set foot in a hemisphere thoroughly dominated by humankind.” I take issue with this article. They ignore the Dutch explorers, my own ancestors, dammit. Much to cause controversy inside, I suspect - some conclusions seem based on best-news-sensationalism, rather than scholarship. Still, a worthy read.
LA Daily Post: Even When It’s Out Of Commission, Everybody Wants A Piece Of WIPP.
Another excellent Roger Snodgrass piece. They can’t even safely handle the low-level waste, and they still want to get approvals to chuck the high-level stuff in the Carlsbad hole ...
The Rumpus: Rihanna Talks Dolezal, Domestic Abuse, And Success.
This is why pop stars are terrible morality judges. Once again, Americans prefer the ‘authentic replica’, rather than the actual article.
Dazed: People under 25 ‘don’t deserve living wage’, says minister.
“You’d be forgiven for assuming that the Conservatives just really, really, really hate young people. They’ve cut their benefits, sent them to boot camps and destroyed university fees and funding – and now, for the hell of it, they’re not including them in their highly lauded ‘living wage’ scheme either. According to Cabinet Office minister Matthew Hancock, this is a perfectly justifiable decision. Why? Because people under the age of 25 are just ‘not as productive’ as older workers.” %@%@$#%$@
In These Times: How California Birthed the Modern Right Wing.
“After Creel issued a report on the baleful working conditions in the valley, an area newspaper—which, like most local institutions, was firmly in the growers’ pockets—wailed: ‘By all that is fair and just, have American farmers no rights over Communists and aliens?’”
NakedCap: TPP - It’s Not a Deal, It’s Not a Trade Deal, and It’s Not a Done Deal.
More info. No passage, until we read it in full.
Forbes: The Myth of Gun Liability Insurance. [2 year old link.]
Sound con, but is actually pro. I believe this is would be the most workable method to reduce the number and increase the safety of guns in America.