Hmm, I see some of our friends from Russia are still here. But man have you guys been overtaken by China. (Debates adding ads and starting a turf war between Russian trolls and China link farmers)
"Oxfam's accounting works like this: your net worth is your assets minus your debts… That means if you are debt-free, and have one penny, you are richer than the poorest 40% of the Earth: 2,800,000,000 people." What it really means is that those who are least able to afford debt, are the ones who carry the most. And here in the US, much of your debt is indexed against your FICO. The lower it is, the more you will have to pay (and that includes everything from not being able to get a good paying job, to what you pay for insurance, to your interest rates on loans - if you're even able to get a loan).
"The newly-minted chair of the House Appropriations Committee said Monday that both House and Senate leadership, as well as the incoming Trump administration, had made a “promise” to have a replacement ready for Obamacare as soon as it is repealed." Would you trade Obamacare for what's behind Curtain Number 3?
"Under this (legislative) proposal (from a conservative controlled legislature), if a utility provided energy produced by a large-scale wind or solar plant to Wyoming residents, it would be fined $10 per megawatt sold. Only energy from coal, natural gas, nuclear, hydroelectric, oil and small-scale, privately-owned solar panels and wind turbines could be sold without repercussions." Remember when Republicans where the "free-market" party? (Grokked from John Scalzi)
"Generally, this model forces insurers to take fewer risks so that they can still make money. They do this by excluding preexisting conditions and paying fewer claims. In such a market, fewer people are helped, and when they are able to get insurance, they pay a lot more for it than if they were part of an employee-sponsored plan… The Affordable Care Act changed all of this. Companies were required to stop doing these bad things. In exchange for taking on substantially more risk of less healthy patients, they were promised more business by getting access to more potential customers." On what went wrong and why repealing will not lead to a replacement. (Grokked from Ferrett Steinmetz)
"U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, faced a skeptical and at times testy crowd Tuesday as dozens of people arrived at an afternoon meeting to make sure he knew they would not let the Affordable Care Act end without a fight." He still supports repeal. (Grokked from Kathryn Cramer)
"Millionaire president-elect Donald Trump tweeted at @Ivanka, but that ain't his daughter. Even better, Ivanka Majic smacked him down for good measure." It's. His. Own. Fucking. Daughter. Drunk tweeting again. (Grokked from Dan)
The DeVos confirmation hearing train wreck. I guess "extreme vetting" isn't for internal consumption. This is what happens when you choose people for ideology, especially when it's a one-trick-pony kind of ideology (school vouchers/dismantle public education). Mrs. DeVos is all over that. (Grokked from Kathryn Cramer)
"Conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham says she's considering a 2018 challenge to Democrat Tim Kaine for a U.S. Senate seat representing Virginia." Oh please let us see that salute at the RNC 1000x over creating another "I'm not a witch" moment.
"In response to Donald Trump’s pending inauguration, Shepard Fairey has designed a series of posters featuring groups he considers traditionally marginalized. The “We the People” series is the work of Fairey — with contributions from artists Jessica Sabogal and Ernesto Yerena — and it has raised several hundred thousand dollars to purchase full-page ads with the posters in the Washington Post to make a statement on Inauguration Day." Stands and salutes. (Grokked from Dan)
So, with only a few days left, how is the transition going? Opens door. "The Obama administration has written 275 briefing papers for the incoming Trump administration: nearly 1,000 pages of classified material on North Korea’s nuclear program, the military campaign against the Islamic State, tensions in the South China Sea, and every other kind of threat the new team could face in its first weeks in office… Nobody in the current administration knows whether anyone in the next has read any of it." Closes door. To be fair, there's a lot that needs to happen for the transition, and almost no modern transition has been without hiccups (you might remember the stream of Obama appointees who had tax issues). But, yeah, sorta wow. (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)
Tweet of my heart: @Attervar If you feel like you're in the wrong universe, remember all this weird crap only started after they turned on the Large Hadron Collider. (Grokked from Joshua Parker)