Monthly Archives: April 2014

Pesky Anonymous

Must be in it for the lulz.

That’s a big ten-four, buddy, looks like we got us a convoy!

Also too, historical memory!

Banging My Head On The Wall

This much madness is too much for me,

April’s tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that months and months—years—of negative coverage of the Affordable Care Act can’t be undone by a month of good news. While the largest percent of respondents—43 percent—answered correctly that 8 million people signed up for private insurance, 57 percent of them think that was a failure, that the target for enrollments wasn’t met.

Ooops, wrong link. Makes you wonder how they can be so emphatic about Benghazi when they can’t even delve out the facts of something going on under their noses in New York.

ObamaCare: Where It’s At

Not the last of the stories,

Dean Angstadt fells trees for a living.

He’s a self-employed, self-sufficient logger who has cleared his own path for most of his 57 years, never expecting help from anyone. And even though he’d been uninsured since 2009, he especially wanted nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act.

“I don’t read what the Democrats have to say about it because I think they’re full of it,” he told his friend Bob Leinhauser, who suggested he sign up.

How’d that work for you Dean?

That refrain changed this year when a faulty aortic valve almost felled Angstadt. Suddenly, he was facing a choice: Buy a health plan, through a law he despised, that would pay the lion’s share of the cost of the life-saving surgery – or die. He chose the former.

“A lot of people I talk to are so misinformed about the ACA,” Angstadt said. “I was, before Bob went through all this for me. I would recommend it to anybody and, in fact, have encouraged friends, including the one guy who hauls my logs.”

Yeah, yeah, yeah, we could’ve have done better too. (A fair and balanced opposition to ObamaCare, I do believe.)

Just Wondering

Do Republicans keep saying asinine things because they believe them, or are they just trying sandbag the rest of us into stealing their cars?

Morning! :-)

So what’s the outrage of the day?

This post has been updated. Tune, not so much.

Et Tu Flash?

CVE-2014-0515

Flash Player 13.0.0.201 and earlier versions for Macintosh and as well as Flash Player 11.2.202.350 and earlier versions for Linux also need patching. The flaw is rated critical on both Windows and Macs but a far less serious threat on Linux machines.

More here.

Update: Fixed.

The Flash update brings the media player to v. 13.0.0.206 on Windows and Mac systems, and v. 11.2.202.356 for Linux users. To see which version of Flash you have installed, check this link.

Slogging The Web

33 sites that do stuff, some of it you can use,

Shows you exactly how to close any social media account forever, not just disable them. Start here.

Because bloggers gotta post.

Ranking The Slogs

CR ranks the economic data reports

Here is an update to a list I posted several years ago with my ranking of economic data releases.

These lists are not exhaustive (I’m sure I left a few off), and the rankings are not static. As an example, a few years ago I ranked initial weekly unemployment claims as ‘B List’ data, but now that claims are close to normal levels, I’ve moved weekly claims down to the ‘C List’. Currently I’m watching measures of household debt a little closer and I’ve moved up the NY Fed’s quarterly “Household Debt and Credit Report” to the C-list.

Note: There has been some research by Wall Street analysts about how “surprises” for many of these indicators impact the stock market. In general the ranking is similar with the employment situation report being #1.

Because bloggers care.

Just Because I Like It

Old rock has a sparse sound next to today’s tunes, but then the untrained ear can actually hear the melody and vocals.

Head Cleaner 2

The struggle continues, hope endures, the dream lives on.

So

I guess the long over due discussion of race has begun.

On that note, Digby has a good graph up, which is worth a look if you wish to address the issue, and not just condemn the actions of cadres of ignorance and hate.

There will always be some racists. It’s deeply embedded in American culture and frankly, the human species. But the Cliven Bundys of the world are dying off and they aren’t being replaced. He may have 14 kids who have the same attitudes but there are 114 out there for every one of them who don’t see the world that way.

It gives you hope.

It’s a process that some people just haven’t begun, some out of isolation, others out of hatred plain and simple. I would think it wiser to start off of the assumption that racists are ignorant, not stupid, and isolated, or within bubbles of views that comport with their own. But what Digby says, these folks are leaving the scene.

Just Saying

If the French economy is doing so poorly and America’s isn’t exactly over performing, maybe there is a golden mean somewhere not there.

Like well regulated capitalism, being necessary to the security of a free state.