Beginning last summer, and continuing unabated until a few weeks ago, conservatives undertook a variety of efforts (both subtle and explicit) to discourage people, particularly young people, from enrolling in ACA-compliant health plans.
The idea was to deny state-based insurance markets critical mass, and sound risk pools, and send them into actuarial death spirals. In almost every instance, conservatives were appealing to strangers to undertake considerable personal risk in service of dubious ideological principles.
Though these efforts failed to achieve the larger goal, they almost certainly succeeded at convincing some people to skip Obamacare. And when confronted about the recklessness of their strategy, the most unscrupulous conservatives would say, No biggie! Obamacare allows people to enroll after they get sick or injured. So there’s no risk at all.
This was a lie. And if it weren’t such a dangerous lie, I’d be amused to find that conservatives now want you to be outraged about the fact that the Affordable Care Act creates limited open-enrollment periods each year to prohibit precisely that kind of free riding.
This is how the right planned it all along. It’s one of their favorite tactics. Kind of like throwing a wrench into a machine and then freaking out that the machine isn’t working.
No media about the fact that there’s a All Male, African American High school on the southside of chicago who year after year has a 100% graduating senior class who ALL get accepted to 4 year universities/colleges.
they just want to talk about how whether a person’s death on the southside is gang related or not.
Oklahoma residents who produce their own energy through solar panels or small wind turbines on their property will now be charged an additional fee, the result of a new bill passed by the state legislature and expected to be signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin (R).
On Monday, S.B. 1456 passed the state House 83-5 after no debate. The measure creates a new class of customers: those who install distributed power generation systems like solar panels or small wind turbines on their property and sell the excess energy back to the grid. While those with systems already installed won’t be affected, the new class of customers will now be charged a monthly fee — a shift that happened quickly and caught many in the state off guard.
As one of the commentators over on Think Progress said, this is like charging people for growing their own food instead of buying it at the grocery store.
The statement from Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. about “keeping it fair” seems particularly absurd. How is it “fair” to charge someone for not using your product - because when it comes down to it, that is precisely what is happening.
Fucking hypocritical Republicans. When it works in their favor, they’re happy to scream “FREE MARKET” from the top of their lungs, but when it means someone isn’t lining their pockets properly suddenly free market doesn’t work without government force. Oklahoma Gas and Electric isn’t offering those people what they want or need at a reasonable price, so they’ve taken their money elsewhere. They used it to purchase something else, from someone else, that better fit their needs and budget. THAT is free market. By all GOP standards, we should be telling Oklahoma Gas and Electric that if they don’t like it they had better change something to stay relevant, or else they’ll die, in that capitalistic “only the strong survive” way we’re told to hold so dear. Instead they’re doing what the GOP has gotten sooooooo good at doing, which is moving the fucking goal post.
“The press still thinks [global warming] is controversial. So they find the 1% of the scientists and put them up as if they’re 50% of the research results. You in the public would have no idea that this is basically a done deal and that we’re on to other problems, because the journalists are trying to give it a 50/50 story. It’s not a 50/50 story. It’s not. Period.”—Neil deGrasse Tyson, podcast interview (via fourteendrawings)
“Trauma impels people both to withdraw from close relationships and to seek them desperately. The profound disruption in basic trust, the common feelings of shame, guilt, and inferiority, and the need to avoid reminders of the trauma that might be found in social life, all foster withdrawal from close relationships. But the terror of the traumatic event intensifies the need for protective attachments. The traumatized person therefore frequently alternates between isolation and anxious clinging to others. […] It results in the formation of intense, unstable relationships that fluctuate between extremes.”—Judith Herman in Trauma and Recovery (via we-are-star-stuff)
So if we have to show women what the baby looks like in their womb and tell them how the process works before allowing them to get an abortion, does that mean we should teach our soldiers about the culture of the lands we’re invading, and explain to them that the people we want them to kill have families and feel pain, just like Americans?
Furious with Neil DeGrasse Tyson o their Fox channels and his anti-Creationist “knowledge” and his truthy “facts” have gotten a group of people in Oklahoma so hopping mad, they’ve threatened to secede from the Union if Cosmos isn’t pulled off the air. You know, to form a freer union with one god, one religion, where science is outlawed and the truth about what we know about the world squashed. Good times those will be.
the anti vaccination movement basically consists of random people with no knowledge of medicine going “I can medicine better than doctors” and it would be hilarious if it wasn’t literally killing people
The American Right is, like, the grand champion of Moving the Goalposts. Can’t make it as a teenager? Why didn’t you go to college? Graduated from college, swamped in debt and struggling to get by? You should’ve gotten a relevant major, or stop being snooty and thinking you’re too good for a minimum wage job. Working a minimum wage job, with a degree? You deserve it for not putting your skills to use.
“Breasts play a big role here as men have become accustomed to getting aroused to large, silicone-enhanced ones, and their girlfriends’ seem small and uninviting by comparison. Pubic hair has become a big turnoff, especially today when many young women in the real world are removing it, so a woman who has “ungroomed” hair is less desirable. Josh told me how over the years the type of woman’s body he likes has come to resemble porn performers in that he likes them “shaved, oiled, and well-toned.” I asked him how he would feel if his girlfriend didn’t match up, to which he replied, “I would think that she didn’t take care of herself… that she needed to make herself look good, not just for me, but for herself also.” Also disappointing is that these women do not behave like the women in porn - they are not begging for rough sex, nor do they respond orgasmically to every touch. Many of these men don’t want to think of their girlfriends in the same way they think of porn women, but they find it increasingly difficult to separate the two.”—Gail Dines, Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality (via wretchedoftheearth)
Bad news. A major vulnerability, known as “Heartbleed,” has been disclosed for the technology that powers encryption across the majority of the internet. That includes Tumblr.
We have no evidence of any breach and, like most networks, our team took immediate action to fix the issue.
But this still means that the little lock icon (HTTPS) we all trusted to keep our passwords, personal emails, and credit cards safe, was actually making all that private information accessible to anyone who knew about the exploit.
This might be a good day to call in sick and take some time to change your passwordseverywhere—especially your high-security services like email, file storage, and banking, which may have been compromised by this bug.
You’ll be hearing more in the news over the coming days. Take care.
“I wish men weren’t so fucking weak. You make me look bad. I have to answer for all the bullshit you get up to. I have to endure women saying shit like, “Ok, there’s so much testosterone in the air,” when she sees some men fixing a car. I hate it when men go to strip bars. It lowers the rest of us that know if a man has to pay to see a woman naked, he is a loser and probably should get weeded out. I hate having to be put in the same category as with these pieces of shit that wouldn’t make it in the jungle. Little boys in men’s bodies. No wonder women hate them. I do too. Fuck it. I hate all of you. People are disgusting.”—Henry Rollins - Solipsist (via just-legalize-everything)
“We praise people for being “naturally” smart, too, “naturally” athletic, and etc. But studies continue to show, as they have for some time now, that it is generally healthier to praise schoolchildren for being hardworking, than for being naturally gifted. We know now that to emphasize a child’s inherent ability places pressure on that child to continue to be accidentally talented, which is something that is hard for anyone to control. When the children who are applauded for their natural skills fail, they are shown to take the failure very personally. After all, the process of their success has always seemed mysterious and basic and inseparable from the rest of their identity, so it must be they who are failing as whole people. When students are instead complimented and rewarded for their effort and improvement, they tend to not be so hard on themselves. When they fail, they reason, “Well, I’ll work harder next time.” They learn that they are capable of success, rather than constantly automatically deserving of it, and they learn simultaneously that they are bigger and more complex than their individual successes or failures.”—
I was a “writing prodigy” at 5 who now can’t find the time or motivation to lift the pen, and I feel utterly worthless and my (actually quite full) life to be devoid of real meaning. My “natural gift” isn’t being fulfilled to its ultimate potential so obviously my entire existence has been wasted. I try to remember this with my artistic son and my writer daughter. I try to remember that they need to know that the effort and motivation matter, and everything else is fleeting.
barebeachbumblr said: Your thanks are totally misplaced because health care delivery has never been more screwed up. Prices are out of line with the costs and taxpayers are paying for your medical care.
Oh honey. Bless your heart.
See, here’s the thing…my insurer is a private company. A for profit company. Blue Cross Blue Shield, to be exact. Blue Cross Blue Shield is also one of the companies that denied me coverage over & over & over no matter how much money I was willing to give them, because lupus is a pre-existing condition in a major way. I get no subsidies, no tax breaks, nothing. I give money to a for profit company on the ‘free market’ & in turn they cover what a Platinum Plan covers in the state of TN.
The only reason I have any insurance at all is because people with pre-existing conditions can no longer be discriminated against by insurance companies.The only reason that is not allowed anymore is because of the ACA. That is literally the only reason.
And I’m gonna point out that now that I have actual access to decent medical care I’m not as sick as I have been in the past, & when I do get very ill/injured my ass can go to a damn doctor to get some help. Know what’s happened since Jan. 1? I can work more. Work in the form of making money…that I pay taxes on. My ‘quality of life’ has improved, & even though I’m technically self employed, my ‘employee productivity’ has jumped by leaps & bounds. See, I want to work. I want to go do things & try & ‘live’ as best I can with the illnesses I have.
Maybe I’m a dreamer…thinking when quality of life improves for a person’s health maybe other things in their lives improve as well. Or that not being able to discriminate against people for being ‘sick’ is a good thing. Maybe I just think too highly about the idea of empathy for others.
So yes, I’m sorry that there are people in ‘Merica that are totes cool with telling people that are sick to go figure that shit out on their own or die trying because there are healthy people that don’t give a flying fuck about whether they can get some healthcare or not…but human effing beings in what’s touted as the ‘best nation on Earth’ shouldn’t have to decide whether or not to pay their mortgage or buy their medication.
White privilege is complaining when a black man is cast as a canonically white superhero, but when a canonically PoC character is whitewashed you defend it with reasons like “maybe the white actors who auditioned were simply more talented” and “ugh why do PoC have to make everything about race?!!”
50 years ago, America’s biggest employer was General Motors, where workers made the modern equivalent of $50 dollars an hour. Today, America’s biggest employer is Walmart, where the average wage is eight dollars an hour.
… And Walmart released their annual report this month, and in it was the fact that most of what Walmart sells is food. And most of their customers need food stamps to pay for it. Meanwhile, Walmart’s owners are so absurdly rich that one of them, Alice Walton, spent over a billion dollars building an art museum in Bentonville, Arkansas… And she said about it, “For years I’ve been thinking about what we can do as a family that can really make a difference.” How about giving your employees a raise, you deluded nitwit?