What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Linkee-poo same hurt in every heart, same trailer, different park

So, tired of pressing all those buttons to unlock your "device"? Engineers to the rescue! Now you can use a digital tattoo to unlock it. Hey, engineers, you aren't helping. Ever hear of biometrics? Remember when people laughed at Apple's iPhone 5S fingerprint unlocking? Doesn't look so bad now, does it? (Grokked from Dan)

What happens when all the jobs belong to robots. Lots of good points in there, even if he doesn't come to a conclusion. One of those good points, and something applicable to the current income inequality conversation, "… we'll definitely come to a future where there aren't enough owners of robots to buy all the things that robots make." (Grokked from Brent Bowen)

The US Chamber of Commerce, pitting themselves against the Tea Party. It's like Mortal Kombat. Not that I like either's positions. But the fight should be interesting.

The only "gotcha" here is the exposed snooping of the opposition. "'Did it sound, like, not staged?' the tracker asks nervously as she and an accomplice leave the Grettenberger event. 'Do you think they knew?'" Here's the thing Jockamo, we aren't the ravening beasts Fox News portrays us as. Compare this campaign to the constant litany of "gotcha" moments in the last race, mostly against conservatives. And here's the kicker, it was done without the "spy kids" apparel, the candidates were fully aware they were being taped and they still made those comments (the most notable exception was the leaked Romney campaign event footage).

"All along, (Republicans) insisted that the ACA wouldn’t work, that it would raise costs — and when reality didn’t match with their scary stories, they took deliberate action to make the bad outcomes they fervently wished for more likely." A little political dissection of the Halbig decision and the GOP taking a victory lap. Pretty much matches to what I've been thinking that if the conservatives are able to make health insurance more expensive for people, at this point they're injuring their own cause. Because they're "taking something away", not keeping people from something. I expect in a week or two conservative activists will realize the blowback from all this crowing will affect them both this Fall and it 2016 and then they'll all start moderating their response. But I won't hold my breath. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

But, then again, it's been four fucking years since Obamacare was passed and the Republicans still don't have their "replacement plan." Seriously. Four years. That right there should convince most thinking people that conservatives just aren't serious about this and at best are lying through their teeth when they say "repeal and replace." They have no intention of replacing it should they ever get to repeal it. (And, yes, for all my Progressive friends, the GOP is still trying to repeal Social Security and Medicare, do you really think they're going to stop on Obamacare, especially now that it's known by that name?)

"The fact is, children from Guatemala, where health care is fully subsidized by the government, have a better chance of being vaccinated than kids in Texas, where one in six people is uninsured. The fact is, in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala again, the vaccination rate for measles is 93%, compared to 92% in the U.S.—and it’s much lower in some poorly vaccinated pockets like New York City, where there has been a recent measles outbreak." But what's a few facts to the chance for fear mongering and fund raising among the xenophobes? Tell me again how we don't have rampant racism in this country, 'cause that never stops being funny (in a sad way). (Grokked from Steven Gould) Whackaloon quotient on the rise. (Grokked from Dan) So, now there's some data in on if raising minimum wages curbs job growth. So far, not really. In fact there's a small, but statistically significant growth in jobs in those states who have raised the minimum wage. Not that I expect facts to repudiate conservative ideology.

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