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

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Linkee-poo, you got blood on your face, you're big disgrace, waving your pecker all over the place

"The American College of Physicians, whose membership includes 143,000 internal medicine doctors, published a position paper Monday calling for the government and industry to take steps to rein in spiraling costs." Yeah, unfortunately we tried all that, but the GOP didn't like all the non-competition of allowing the government to negotiate drug costs and allowing importation of drugs from other countries (that have more sensible laws controlling the price of pharmaceuticals). And by that I don't mean, "the RNC position papers and platform documents are against it" I mean "we tried putting that into the law and Republican Representatives and Senators stripped it out and added their own amendments to make it illegal."

But Good News, People, "A Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist and Harvard oncologist have a proposal to get highly effective but prohibitively expensive drugs into consumers' hands: health care installment loans." What a marvelous, inventive, idiotic idea they had. Yes, lets take the people having problems paying for their prescriptions that they need to live and make them debtors as well. What could possibly go wrong? "While it may be 'distasteful' to talk about patients mortgaging their lives for treatment, (Andrew Lo, a professor of finance at MIT's Sloan School of Management) said, they hope the proposal will spur change." Oh, well, that's alright then. "Someone who wanted… treatment might take out a health care loan with a nine-year term at an annual interest rate of about 9 percent, the authors suggest. In a twist on conventional loans, if a therapy doesn't work or the patient relapses or dies, the patient isn't obligated to repay the loan." How did these people get doctorates?

So, not only do we have a plethora of cameras catching a lot of stuff on Earth, apparently we're looking out into space the same way. In this case, we caught something impacting on Jupiter (or at least the atmosphere of Jupiter). Seems someone didn't finish their hyperspace calculations before making the jump. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)

And speaking making the wrong calculation, police arrest Trump spokesperson for battery after another video surfaced showing him grabbing and shoving Michelle Fields who was reporting and trying to ask a question. Oh, wait, I meant that there were cameras everywhere looking at most things. And in a fabulous twist, apparently Mr. Lewandowski's lawyer resigned from being a US Attorney after he bit a stripper in Florida. You just can't make this shit up. (lawyer story grokked from Lisa N. Morton)

The Capitol shooting yesterday. Interesting that they had a "shelter-in-place" drill that morning (not in a conspiracy theory way, but in a "what, didn't we do this earlier" way). Wonder if lawmakers may actually strengthen protective orders now (hahaha, yeah, I know). But you know, if people were allowed to carry guns in the Capitol, I'll bet this never would have happened (whistles innocently, rocking back and forth on heels, hands in pockets). So, I wonder if there will be a call for all good Christians to denounce this lunatic, or maybe (as some of my friends on twitter stated) Ted Cruz will come out with his proposal for police to patrol and secure Christian communities.

Fifteen years of Mac OS X. Has it been 15 years. My, they grow up so fast. (Grokked from Dan)

Say which party wants to get between you and your doctor? And considering those doctors are Ob/Gyns, that's a little more than creepy and controlling.

"For decades she’s been portrayed as a Lady Macbeth involved in nefarious plots, branded as 'a congenital liar' and accused of covering up her husband’s misconduct, from Arkansas to Monica Lewinsky. Some of this is sexist caricature. Some is stoked by the 'Hillary is a liar' videos that flood Facebook feeds. Some of it she brings on herself by insisting on a perimeter or 'zone of privacy' that she protects too fiercely. It’s a natural impulse, given the level of scrutiny she’s attracted, more than any male politician I can think of… Hillary Clinton is fundamentally honest and trustworthy." I know, you could've knocked me over with a feather. But hey, at least Fox News won't have to search far for a new drum to beat once she's President (and they have to retire the "Obama is coming for your (guns, healthcare, jobs, SCOTUS, whatever)." (Grokked from John Scalzi)

"There are voters whose vote is an act of playing offense, and there are voters for whom their vote is mostly an act of very necessary defense." On who is voting for Clinton or Sanders and why. Okay, that's an interesting take. Not sure I completely agree with it, but I think there is some truth to it. (Grokked from Joe Hill)

"Confronted with an ad attacking him on his past comments about women, Donald Trump dismissed his previous remarks by explaining he 'never thought I would run for office.'" Well, that explains it so well. Ah, we should all be more comfortable now. That's about as good as someone asking you why you made a comment you did and responding, "I didn't think anyone was recording" or to a Facebook post, "I didn't think it would be permanent." It's not an excuse.

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