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2017-03-10 11:28:16 (16 comments; 5 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

I'm going to go bang my head for a while. Next person who snivels at me that it'd be too expensive to go to Medicare for all will find his head put through a wall at this point.

The graphic shows that about 80 percent of every premium dollar goes toward medical expenses ― prescription drugs, doctor visits, hospitalization and other services. Approximately 18 percent goes to administrative costs, and some 3 percent is profit. (The total is more than 100 percent because of rounding. America’s Health Insurance Plans explains how it gathered the figures for its infographic here.)

By contrast, Medicare, the largest U.S. public insurer, paid just 1.5 percent of its budget to administer traditional insurance plans for seniors and workers with severe disabilities in 2015, according to official data. The rest of Medicare’s budget went to paying doctors, hospitals, drug companiesand o... more »

Most reshares: 5

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2017-03-24 03:56:37 (0 comments; 5 reshares; 51 +1s; )Open 

Most plusones: 76

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2017-03-13 22:22:11 (6 comments; 4 reshares; 76 +1s; )Open 

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2017-03-25 11:05:15 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

I will take 3 albums now thanks.

And now something just for fun: The second movement of Beethoven's Symphony no. 7, transformed into a Rumba.___I will take 3 albums now thanks.

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2017-03-24 19:59:47 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

A quick post because I don't have time to write a full piece right now: Seth Abramson has done a very serious job of connecting the dots, and a picture of direct Russian influence and/or control over key aspects of the Trump campaign and its policies is starting to emerge. In particular, we're starting to get names, dates, places, and subjects of meetings.

For those of you old enough to remember, this is reminding me a lot of what happened with Iran-Contra around the middle of 1987, when the big chunks of information started to come out. Suddenly it was going from conjectures to concrete timelines, graphs of people and who knew what and when. But unlike Iran-Contra, here the top-level principal – in this case, Donald Trump – was clearly directly in the room from the get-go.

I'd expect this to start to develop very seriously in news articles in the next few days.Quest... more »

A quick post because I don't have time to write a full piece right now: Seth Abramson has done a very serious job of connecting the dots, and a picture of direct Russian influence and/or control over key aspects of the Trump campaign and its policies is starting to emerge. In particular, we're starting to get names, dates, places, and subjects of meetings.

For those of you old enough to remember, this is reminding me a lot of what happened with Iran-Contra around the middle of 1987, when the big chunks of information started to come out. Suddenly it was going from conjectures to concrete timelines, graphs of people and who knew what and when. But unlike Iran-Contra, here the top-level principal – in this case, Donald Trump – was clearly directly in the room from the get-go.

I'd expect this to start to develop very seriously in news articles in the next few days. Questions of Congressional investigation, FBI investigation, and so on will obviously be highly politicized, and the Congressional situation in the near future will depend heavily on the aftermath of the AHCA vote later today. However, this may soon reach the scales where even reluctant members of Congress feel forced to act. I've never seen anything like this – not Iran-Contra, and not Watergate. We're heading into uncharted territory.___

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2017-03-24 16:34:26 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

ART

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Amazing Graffiti Of Greek Gods On Containers.___ART

via private share

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2017-03-24 03:56:37 (0 comments; 5 reshares; 51 +1s; )Open 

Via +Keith Wilson​

___Via +Keith Wilson​

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2017-03-23 16:07:18 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Good summary of the past day's news in US politics, complete with short (but accurate) backgrounders on each major story. 

Good summary of the past day's news in US politics, complete with short (but accurate) backgrounders on each major story. ___

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2017-03-23 03:55:01 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

#founditontumblr

#founditontumblr___

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2017-03-23 01:59:24 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

#dinosaurs
#paleontology

#dinosaurs
#paleontology___

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2017-03-22 13:40:28 (12 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

INCREASED LAPRAS SPAWNS THIS IS NOT A DRILL

Starting today, Magikarp, Squirtle, Totodile, and friends will be making a splash in the Pokémon GO Water Festival! http://pokemongolive.com/en/post/waterfestival2017___INCREASED LAPRAS SPAWNS THIS IS NOT A DRILL

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2017-03-22 11:58:27 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Now we definitely need to have a game night.

Quest Builder, A Fantasy LEGO Set That Lets You Build and Investigate Dungeons and Lairs___Now we definitely need to have a game night.

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2017-03-22 11:50:13 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Hey guys. Hey.

Hidden Valley sells a Ranch Fountain!

It's $100, which sounds like a lot until you read that it comes with twelve 36 oz. bottles of Hidden Valley Ranch. Since the retail price of Hidden Valley Ranch is $5.69 per 36 oz. bottle, this fountain is more like $31.72. Paying $31 to have the most bad ass appetizer display of any of your friends is well worth it.___Hey guys. Hey.

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2017-03-21 21:09:16 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

ಠ_ಠ

Trump Tower was wiretapped!
It turns out there was an FBI wiretap at Trump Tower... from 2011-2013. The FBI had a court-approved warrant to eavesdrop on a sophisticated organized crime money laundering network that operated out of unit 63A in Trump Tower. That's three floors below Trump's penthouse and 30 people were arrested.
Guess who they were? ‬

‪Russians.‬___ಠ_ಠ

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2017-03-21 13:11:44 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

Via +Dan Thompson​

___Via +Dan Thompson​

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2017-03-18 22:50:38 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

This is an extremely thoughtful article about the underlying political dynamics which shape the debates over health care in the US, and it's helping me understand many things going on in our country today; as the author says, "When it seems like people are voting against their interests, I have probably failed to understand their interests."

His key point is this: "[T]he bulk of needy white voters are not interested in the public safety net. They want to restore their access to an older safety net, one much more generous, dignified, and stable than the public system – the one most well-employed voters still enjoy."

That is, the US has had a social safety net for a very long time, a very generous one, publicly funded through various tax subsidies, and giving people a sense of having earned those things as well, through individual work. But unlike mostc... more »

This is an extremely thoughtful article about the underlying political dynamics which shape the debates over health care in the US, and it's helping me understand many things going on in our country today; as the author says, "When it seems like people are voting against their interests, I have probably failed to understand their interests."

His key point is this: "[T]he bulk of needy white voters are not interested in the public safety net. They want to restore their access to an older safety net, one much more generous, dignified, and stable than the public system – the one most well-employed voters still enjoy."

That is, the US has had a social safety net for a very long time, a very generous one, publicly funded through various tax subsidies, and giving people a sense of having earned those things as well, through individual work. But unlike most countries' safety nets, the American net was never intended to cover everybody – a fact which is ultimately tied to the fact that America never viewed itself as a single polity, but rather as a collection of racial polities whose natural relationship was hierarchical. That is, what we had in the US was "white socialism" – and this is what many people want back, although they don't realize exactly what it was.

Very worth reading and thinking about.
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2017-03-18 18:35:52 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 44 +1s; )Open 

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2017-03-18 11:37:44 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Hadn't heard this one yet. I like Pink's voice in the style of Sia.

___Hadn't heard this one yet. I like Pink's voice in the style of Sia.

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2017-03-18 11:05:04 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Via +Terry Poulin​

Omg
😂

--Eru___Via +Terry Poulin​

2017-03-17 16:58:00 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

#founditontumblr

Ouoting Tumblr People #20
Once again, it has been quite a while since I last posted the Tumblr quotes I collect. So, time for another round of quoting Tumblr people.


actuallyalivingsaint.tumblr.com:
Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is looking pretty good right now.


captainofalltheships.tumblr.com:
I can't believe that 2016 has ruined even my desire for 2016 to be over.


fartgallery.tumblr.com:
What if you took off your coat and looked in the mirror to see that you were actually 2 kids stacked on top of each other the whole time?


just-shower-thoughts.tumblr.com:
English is a difficult language. It can be understood through tough thorough thought, though.


officialleoneabbacchio.tumblr.com:
Things to do if you are a shapeshifter:
1) Get into a place that horses shouldnt be able to get into.
2) Turn into a horse.


just-shower-thoughts.tumblr.com:
My mom asked me how to screenshot on her iPhone. I laughed and then remembered she taught me how to use a spoon and a toilet.


librarianarchy.tumblr.com:
I love when small children identify all quadripedal animals as "doggy!"
It always reminds me of the time Plato offered the definition of a human as any "featherless biped" and Diogenes busted into the Academy with a plucked chicken screaming, "BEHOLD A MAN!"


just-shower-thoughts.tumblr.com:
People aren't scared of being alone at home or the woods. They're afraid that they're NOT alone.


teaboot.tumblr.com:
Okay, new rule: If you regularly consume the blood and flesh of a demigod in a room full of chanting elders you're not allowed to call other religions primitive and evil.


just-shower-thoughts.tumblr.com:
Teenage girls saying "I can't even" is basically the same as old ladies saying "well I never".


callmebliss.tumblr.com:
Apparently my exhusband decided to spend part of Thanksgiving playing Cards Against Humanity with his girlfriend and his mom. My sweet, darling, apple-pie-and-snowflakes former MAH got explained by her youngest son what bukkake is.


joshpeck.tumblr.com:
I lost my glow stick and I was ready to cry but then I turned off the lights and found it because it was glowing I am so fcking smart, Stephen Hawking got nothing on me.


vortisaurus.tumblr.com:
My dad just walked in, asked me "what do you get when you cross a joke with a rhetorical question?" and left.


skeletonhaver.tumblr.com:
Apparently texas has a limit on how many sex toys you can own. Imagine a homeowner staring, stonefaced, at a pair of police officers as they haul armload after armload of dildos out of a closet and into their squad car, write a ticket and hand it to them without making eye contact, and drive off.


swevani.tumblr.com:
I'm not a Christian but at this point I want Jesus Christ himself to descend from the afterlife to take the microphone out of Trump's hands and say "are y'all fuckin serious?"


lionkin.tumblr.com:
You ever bite into something that's supposed to be 100% soft and feel something crunch and then you go through the 5 stages of grief in the span of like ten seconds?


danielnelsen.tumblr.com:
I'm watching a food show and one of the contestants literally said "I was introduced to food when I was very young" - like fuck I sure hope you were!?!?


i-just-rode-up-on-a-unicorn-and.tumblr.com:
I did meet a fake geek girl once.
We were at school and she started to casually drop in that she liked comics/games/"geek stuff", at the time I was wearing an Iroman shirt. Deeper into the conversation I found that she didn't know what I meant when I was referring to anything about the characters. When I questioned her about it a few days later she admitted that she had really just said it to get to know me better. We ended up dating and while we were dating she got really into comics, DC especially, and found out that she really did enjoy the things she first said she did. I took her to her first convention. She met another guy there and ended up breaking up with me for him. I went on to discover I was gay and fucked her brother.
Moral of the story. Comics lead to sex in the most unexpected ways.


weavemama.tumblr.com:
Please don't tell me this country isn't going backwards when a man who was too racist to be federal judge in 1986 is now the head of the US justice department.


captainphasmaz.tumblr.com:
Darth Vader but every time he breathes you hear a harmonica.


memedad.tumblr.com:
Jurassic Park: Jeff Goldblum walks seductively towards a big pile of dinosaur shit.


kingcheddarxvii.tumblr.com:
"Not all men" I say, "there is but one who is purely good." But which man am I referring to? In Hungary, deep in the woods and the snow, there lives a lad raised by wolves who feasts upon sunbeams and loves all of nature, unburdened by man's sins. Tenderly, he strokes a hungry squirrel, sharing with her the last acorns of the autumn harvest. A tear rolls down his cheek. Who is he?


linda-belcher.tumblr.com:
Binge-watching is great until you run out of the show and have to start watching it weekly, like some sort of medieval peasant.


milostrology.tumblr.com:
So I was trying to google that scene in Pirates of the Caribbean where Jack and Will are walking underwater with the rowboat over their heads cause it looks cool and I wanna try it
but the thing is I googled "boat scene in Pirates of the Caribbean".


door-maker-gal.tumblr.com:
I hate how on Tumblr, a username like lisa486 is almost certainly a pornbot, while someone named solidsnakesasscheeks is almost certainly a real person.


swarnpert.tumblr.com:
Male country artists: I love my truck and my beers.
Female country artists: I am going to kill my husband.


billy.tumblr.com:
If you step on a person's foot they open their mouths, just like trash cans.


apiologies.tumblr.com:
Me, rollerblading into my therapist's office this week with sunglasses and a piña colada: Maurice, you're not gonna fucking believe this.


plisetskis.tumblr.com:
Me: <opens messages> Guess I'll reply later.
Narrator: She didn't.


ectoplasm-bodyshots.tumblr.com:
Omg there's a dog in my yard, this is the best day ever.
Hello fuzzy baby friend.
NOT A DOG!
NOT A DOG!!!
BEAR!!!
ABORT! ABORT! ABORT!


twocubes.tumblr.com:
She knocked that smug look off my face but luckily I was wearing a second, smaller smug look underneath.


My previous posts with quotes from Tumblr:
#1: http://plus.google.com/+HalfdanReschat/posts/Sna2qV5asKQ
#2: http://plus.google.com/+HalfdanReschat/posts/j9ffU29VRiw
#2: http://plus.google.com/+HalfdanReschat/posts/66K6uEBAUSs
#4: http://plus.google.com/+HalfdanReschat/posts/BSxoR1g5975
#5: http://plus.google.com/+HalfdanReschat/posts/VFuz7zU31ci
#6: http://plus.google.com/+HalfdanReschat/posts/PRpB5iLKy2E
#7: http://plus.google.com/+HalfdanReschat/posts/9rq7ZoNiagi
#8: http://plus.google.com/+HalfdanReschat/posts/eN3wfr8FFgQ
#9: http://plus.google.com/+HalfdanReschat/posts/7QmRDmBbpFH
#10: http://plus.google.com/+HalfdanReschat/posts/ZKruwkSMpT3 
#11: http://plus.google.com/+HalfdanReschat/posts/Z7uCScC4ECz 
#12: http://plus.google.com/+HalfdanReschat/posts/EYhmQ5Q2X1x 
#13: http://plus.google.com/+HalfdanReschat/posts/dDXZ1W7EFH4
#14: http://plus.google.com/+HalfdanReschat/posts/5ZfF7zzakAy 
#15: http://plus.google.com/+HalfdanReschat/posts/dib9bxNxHeX 
#16: http://plus.google.com/+HalfdanReschat/posts/b6sxkodNntK
#17: http://plus.google.com/+HalfdanReschat/posts/ThaVgQ3GmaH 
#18: http://plus.google.com/+HalfdanReschat/posts/5zq9Ra2x836
#19: http://plus.google.com/+HalfdanReschat/posts/BaUDeDFkPSH___#founditontumblr

2017-03-17 13:08:47 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

IRON FIST

That... was a terrible first episode. I am convinced Marvel outsourced this one. Just so much of it feels forced that it is actually painful to watch. And I don't find Danny to be relatable, or even that nice.

I made it through episode 2 with the help of plants vs zombies. Although toward the end of it I got slightly more interested because the doctor started acting like a reasonable person and Danny finally realized how ridiculous he sounded.

Not really looking forward to the rest of the episodes.

IRON FIST

That... was a terrible first episode. I am convinced Marvel outsourced this one. Just so much of it feels forced that it is actually painful to watch. And I don't find Danny to be relatable, or even that nice.

I made it through episode 2 with the help of plants vs zombies. Although toward the end of it I got slightly more interested because the doctor started acting like a reasonable person and Danny finally realized how ridiculous he sounded.

Not really looking forward to the rest of the episodes.___

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2017-03-15 23:33:03 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

Hey, turns out those role playing skills come in handy.

Turns out all those hours we've spent gaming is turning us into the next Jason Bourne.

http://nerdi.st/2nbN1yT___Hey, turns out those role playing skills come in handy.

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2017-03-15 15:07:37 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

From skin to brain: Stem cells without genetic modification - A discovery, several years in the making, by a University at Buffalo research team has proven that adult skin cells can be converted into neural crest cells (a type of stem cell) without any genetic modification, and that these stem cells can yield other cells that are present in the spinal cord and the brain.

From skin to brain: Stem cells without genetic modification - A discovery, several years in the making, by a University at Buffalo research team has proven that adult skin cells can be converted into neural crest cells (a type of stem cell) without any genetic modification, and that these stem cells can yield other cells that are present in the spinal cord and the brain.___

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2017-03-15 12:31:21 (8 comments; 2 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 


Seth Abramson helps put the Maddow report in context.

--- 8<

(THREAD) Here is why tonight's release of a portion of Trump's tax returns actually matters. Don't be fooled into thinking it a non-story.

1) Trump said he couldn't release data from his 2005 & other returns due to an audit. Tonight he did so willingly--revealing that he'd lied.

2) We now know that, whensoever the WH should consider itself under threat of imminent release of Trump tax info, it will release that info.

3) We now know that there are people in possession of Trump tax info who are willing and able to send that info anonymously to reporters.

4) Maddow's handling of Trump's '05 1040 confirms that reporters are willing to receive Trump tax info & publish it under the 1st Amendment.

5) The WH's frantic and... more »


Seth Abramson helps put the Maddow report in context.

--- 8<

(THREAD) Here is why tonight's release of a portion of Trump's tax returns actually matters. Don't be fooled into thinking it a non-story.

1) Trump said he couldn't release data from his 2005 & other returns due to an audit. Tonight he did so willingly--revealing that he'd lied.

2) We now know that, whensoever the WH should consider itself under threat of imminent release of Trump tax info, it will release that info.

3) We now know that there are people in possession of Trump tax info who are willing and able to send that info anonymously to reporters.

4) Maddow's handling of Trump's '05 1040 confirms that reporters are willing to receive Trump tax info & publish it under the 1st Amendment.

5) The WH's frantic and clearly "spooked" reaction to the release of Trump's '05 1040 will confirm to many that Trump has something to hide.

6) Given where the housing market was in '05, Trump making "only" $150 MILLION in that year (gross) belies his claim he's worth $10 BILLION.

7) The return reveals that Trump paid a paltry 3.3% in taxes excluding the AMT--a figure that could cause upset among some Trump supporters.

8) Given that Trump paid 600%+ more in AMT than he did in "regular" taxes, his tax policy of abolishing the AMT is revealed as self-serving.

9) The release of Trump's '05 return puts squarely back into public discourse the question of why Trump refuses to release any returns.

10) The renewed focus on Trump's taxes tonight highlights a previously under-reported story: that Trump may have lied to the FEC (a felony).

11) The WH response to release of Trump's '05 1040 can be seen as a direct threat to the national press--and that would normally be a story.

12) The massive interest in Maddow's scoop we saw tonight belies the WH claim (& media assumption) the public doesn't care about this issue.

13) The return begins to paint a picture of how Trump does business: he holds almost no bonds & heavily invests in closely held companies.

14) The WH's willingness to talk about this return sets a standard we can use later on if/when the WH balks at discussing other returns.

15) Indeed, the moment the WH reacts differently to the possible release of a tax return than it did tonight, we'll know something's up.

Bonus) IOW, when CNN's Borger or others say tonight's tax return release was a non-story, I don't know what the HELL they're talking about.

--- >8

<https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/841833971700899841>___

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2017-03-15 00:55:30 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

When satire gets too close to the truth.

"Although the AHCA has been condemned from persons all along the political spectrum, not to mention literally everyone else with an informed opinion, it’s still uncertain if any of that will have any bearing on whether the bill is signed into law."___When satire gets too close to the truth.

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2017-03-15 00:53:06 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Oh hey so this is happening soon.

I need to catch up, I guess.___Oh hey so this is happening soon.

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2017-03-15 00:40:52 (9 comments; 3 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

HOLY FRICK WHERE IS MY POPCORN

It's only the 1040 form, and it's from 2005, but still.

Tweet here: https://www.twitter.com/maddow/status/841795163664089089

Rachel Maddow Just Tweeted This - trump Is Probably Wetting His Pants___HOLY FRICK WHERE IS MY POPCORN

It's only the 1040 form, and it's from 2005, but still.

Tweet here: https://www.twitter.com/maddow/status/841795163664089089

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2017-03-14 20:32:53 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

Possibly the best bathroom art I've come across. This was in a Pie Five 😂

Possibly the best bathroom art I've come across. This was in a Pie Five 😂___

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2017-03-14 12:20:25 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

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2017-03-14 12:15:43 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Why am I still surprised at being constantly surprised. Like everything about this presidency is some next level ABC drama where the writers are like "but how do we make this even more insane?"

Corruption.

The political drama around the federal courthouse in Manhattan did not end with the sudden, unexplained turnabout of President Trump in firing Preet Bharara, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York.

While that prominent post always gets attention, one candidate frequently mentioned as a possible successor to Mr. Bharara could sharpen the scrutiny to new levels: Marc L. Mukasey, a former prosecutor who now works in white-collar criminal defense.

As it happens, Mr. Mukasey has represented Roger E. Ailes, the former chairman of Fox News, who has long had a mogul-to-mogul relationship with Mr. Trump.

Whomever Mr. Trump nominates to replace Mr. Bharara will inherit an investigation of Fox News.___Why am I still surprised at being constantly surprised. Like everything about this presidency is some next level ABC drama where the writers are like "but how do we make this even more insane?"

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2017-03-14 11:34:01 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

#founditontumblr

You guys. This is the best.

#founditontumblr

You guys. This is the best.___

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2017-03-14 10:02:19 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

This is an interesting speculation.

-- 8<

1. Dear Moderate Conservatives: Trump, Bannon & Miler want any GOP attempt to address healthcare to fail. Here's why...

2. They don't see the 2018 midterms as an opportunity to bolster GOP majorities in the House & Senate. Rather they want a sea change.

3. They see the midterms as an opportunity to repeal and replace moderate Republicans with extremist right-wing candidates.

4. They have already begun to disown the AHCA proposal and will offer no viable alternative. They want Ryan and others to wither on the vine

5. Trump is loathe to accept responsibility for anything. He will continue to point fingers at anyone but himself.

6. If a Republican alternative to The ACA fails - either to pass, or in execution - Trump and his cohorts will throw the GOP under the bus.... more »

This is an interesting speculation.

-- 8<

1. Dear Moderate Conservatives: Trump, Bannon & Miler want any GOP attempt to address healthcare to fail. Here's why...

2. They don't see the 2018 midterms as an opportunity to bolster GOP majorities in the House & Senate. Rather they want a sea change.

3. They see the midterms as an opportunity to repeal and replace moderate Republicans with extremist right-wing candidates.

4. They have already begun to disown the AHCA proposal and will offer no viable alternative. They want Ryan and others to wither on the vine

5. Trump is loathe to accept responsibility for anything. He will continue to point fingers at anyone but himself.

6. If a Republican alternative to The ACA fails - either to pass, or in execution - Trump and his cohorts will throw the GOP under the bus.

7. He has zero party loyalty, as he has shown repeatedly in the primaries and during his brief tenure in office.

8. He will bang on the "drain the swamp" drum and tell his supporters to vote for extremist candidates that will be his yes-men in Congress.

9. And because Congressional districts are so gerrymandered, with lopsided bases, along with voter suppression, he may just succeed.

10. That is, unless you pressure your current GOP reps in congress to stand up to this unprincipled fraud.

11. If you make your voices of reason heard, if you still value representative government and the rule of law, you will not remain silent.

12. Liberals will challenge you on policy. We will certainly challenge your candidates in elections.

13. But those challenges are healthy in a working democracy. They lead to a middle ground that is palatable to the majority of Americans.

14. The alternative is to stand idly by & watch Trump destroy your party and reconstitute it with those who will push for an extreme agenda.

15. Don't allow this disloyal, self-serving tyrant to hijack your future. You still have a voice within your party. Please use it.
/Thread

>8 --

<https://twitter.com/BeauWillimon/status/841326179638362112>___

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2017-03-14 00:27:42 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Dear Friends, the White House wants to hear Obamacare "disaster" stories.

I plan on sharing the fact that the ACA saved me $150/mo in insurance payments and forced improvements to SC's state employee plans which covers breast cancer screenings. This came in handy when I had a scary situation, and helped insure that I could get free screenings to monitor future developments. The disaster would have been PRIOR to the ACA. It didn't save my life, but it did improve my quality of life through preventative healthcare.

Go tell your story. Bombard the link with positive accounts, and let this administration know the truth about how many have been helped by the ACA.

Dear Friends, the White House wants to hear Obamacare "disaster" stories.

I plan on sharing the fact that the ACA saved me $150/mo in insurance payments and forced improvements to SC's state employee plans which covers breast cancer screenings. This came in handy when I had a scary situation, and helped insure that I could get free screenings to monitor future developments. The disaster would have been PRIOR to the ACA. It didn't save my life, but it did improve my quality of life through preventative healthcare.

Go tell your story. Bombard the link with positive accounts, and let this administration know the truth about how many have been helped by the ACA.___

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2017-03-13 22:22:11 (6 comments; 4 reshares; 76 +1s; )Open 

Definitely feels like it!

Via +John Poteet​

___Definitely feels like it!

Via +John Poteet​

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2017-03-13 16:20:18 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 49 +1s; )Open 

Go, Boaty!

Yay !___Go, Boaty!

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2017-03-12 23:11:38 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Via +Kee Hinckley​


Why Our Truths Don't, Often, Reflect The Facts


Excerpt:

Stripped of a lot of what might be called cognitive-science-ese, Mercier and Sperber’s argument runs, more or less, as follows:

Humans’ biggest advantage over other species is our ability to cooperate.

Cooperation is difficult to establish and almost as difficult to sustain.


For any individual, freeloading is always the best course of action. Reason developed not to enable us to solve abstract, logical problems or even to help us draw conclusions from unfamiliar data; rather, it developed to resolve the problems posed by living in collaborative groups.

“Reason is an adaptation to the hypersocial niche humans have evolved for themselves,” Mercier and Sperber write. Habits of mind that seem weird or goofy or just plain dumb from an “intellectualist” point of view prove shrewd when seen from a social “interactionist” perspective.

Consider what’s become known as “confirmation bias,” the tendency people have to embrace information that supports their beliefs and reject information that contradicts them.

Of the many forms of faulty thinking that have been identified, confirmation bias is among the best catalogued; it’s the subject of entire textbooks’ worth of experiments. One of the most famous of these was conducted, again, at Stanford. For this experiment, researchers rounded up a group of students who had opposing opinions about capital punishment. Half the students were in favor of it and thought that it deterred crime; the other half were against it and thought that it had no effect on crime.

The students were asked to respond to two studies. One provided data in support of the deterrence argument, and the other provided data that called it into question. Both studies—you guessed it—were made up, and had been designed to present what were, objectively speaking, equally compelling statistics. The students who had originally supported capital punishment rated the pro-deterrence data highly credible and the anti-deterrence data unconvincing; the students who’d originally opposed capital punishment did the reverse. At the end of the experiment, the students were asked once again about their views. Those who’d started out pro-capital punishment were now even more in favor of it; those who’d opposed it were even more hostile.

If reason is designed to generate sound judgments, then it’s hard to conceive of a more serious design flaw than confirmation bias. Imagine, Mercier and Sperber suggest, a mouse that thinks the way we do. Such a mouse, “bent on confirming its belief that there are no cats around,” would soon be dinner.

To the extent that confirmation bias leads people to dismiss evidence of new or underappreciated threats—the human equivalent of the cat around the corner—it’s a trait that should have been selected against.

The fact that both we and it survive, Mercier and Sperber argue, proves that it must have some adaptive function, and that function, they maintain, is related to our “hypersociability.”

Mercier and Sperber prefer the term “myside bias.”

Humans, they point out, aren’t randomly credulous. Presented with someone else’s argument, we’re quite adept at spotting the weaknesses. Almost invariably, the positions we’re blind about are our own.

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This lopsidedness, according to Mercier and Sperber, reflects the task that reason evolved to perform, which is to prevent us from getting screwed by the other members of our group.

Living in small bands of hunter-gatherers, our ancestors were primarily concerned with their social standing, and with making sure that they weren’t the ones risking their lives on the hunt while others loafed around in the cave.

There was little advantage in reasoning clearly, while much was to be gained from winning arguments.

Among the many, many issues our forebears didn’t worry about were the deterrent effects of capital punishment and the ideal attributes of a firefighter.

Nor did they have to contend with fabricated studies, or fake news, or Twitter.

It’s no wonder, then, that today reason often seems to fail us. As Mercier and Sperber write, “This is one of many cases in which the environment changed too quickly for natural selection to catch up.”

Steven Sloman, a professor at Brown, and Philip Fernbach, a professor at the University of Colorado, are also cognitive scientists. They, too, believe sociability is the key to how the human mind functions or, perhaps more pertinently, malfunctions.

They begin their book, “The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone” (Riverhead), with a look at toilets.

Virtually everyone in the United States, and indeed throughout the developed world, is familiar with toilets. A typical flush toilet has a ceramic bowl filled with water. When the handle is depressed, or the button pushed, the water—and everything that’s been deposited in it—gets sucked into a pipe and from there into the sewage system. But how does this actually happen?

In a study conducted at Yale, graduate students were asked to rate their understanding of everyday devices, including toilets, zippers, and cylinder locks. They were then asked to write detailed, step-by-step explanations of how the devices work, and to rate their understanding again.

Apparently, the effort revealed to the students their own ignorance, because their self-assessments dropped. (Toilets, it turns out, are more complicated than they appear.)

Sloman and Fernbach see this effect, which they call the “illusion of explanatory depth,” just about everywhere. People believe that they know way more than they actually do. What allows us to persist in this belief is other people. In the case of my toilet, someone else designed it so that I can operate it easily. This is something humans are very good at.

We’ve been relying on one another’s expertise ever since we figured out how to hunt together, which was probably a key development in our evolutionary history. So well do we collaborate, Sloman and Fernbach argue, that we can hardly tell where our own understanding ends and others’ begins.

“One implication of the naturalness with which we divide cognitive labor,” they write, is that there’s “no sharp boundary between one person’s ideas and knowledge” and “those of other members” of the group.

This borderlessness, or, if you prefer, confusion, is also crucial to what we consider progress. As people invented new tools for new ways of living, they simultaneously created new realms of ignorance; if everyone had insisted on, say, mastering the principles of metalworking before picking up a knife, the Bronze Age wouldn’t have amounted to much. When it comes to new technologies, incomplete understanding is empowering.

Where it gets us into trouble, according to Sloman and Fernbach, is in the political domain. It’s one thing for me to flush a toilet without knowing how it operates, and another for me to favor (or oppose) an immigration ban without knowing what I’m talking about. Sloman and Fernbach cite a survey conducted in 2014, not long after Russia annexed the Ukrainian territory of Crimea. Respondents were asked how they thought the U.S. should react, and also whether they could identify Ukraine on a map. The farther off base they were about the geography, the more likely they were to favor military intervention. (Respondents were so unsure of Ukraine’s location that the median guess was wrong by eighteen hundred miles, roughly the distance from Kiev to Madrid.)

Surveys on many other issues have yielded similarly dismaying results. “As a rule, strong feelings about issues do not emerge from deep understanding,” Sloman and Fernbach write. And here our dependence on other minds reinforces the problem.

If your position on, say, the Affordable Care Act is baseless and I rely on it, then my opinion is also baseless. When I talk to Tom and he decides he agrees with me, his opinion is also baseless, but now that the three of us concur we feel that much more smug about our views. If we all now dismiss as unconvincing any information that contradicts our opinion, you get, well, the Trump Administration.

“This is how a community of knowledge can become dangerous,” Sloman and Fernbach observe. The two have performed their own version of the toilet experiment, substituting public policy for household gadgets. In a study conducted in 2012, they asked people for their stance on questions like:

Should there be a single-payer health-care system?

Or merit-based pay for teachers?

Participants were asked to rate their positions depending on how strongly they agreed or disagreed with the proposals. Next, they were instructed to explain, in as much detail as they could, the impacts of implementing each one. Most people at this point ran into trouble. Asked once again to rate their views, they ratcheted down the intensity, so that they either agreed or disagreed less vehemently.



Sloman and Fernbach see in this result a little candle for a dark world. If we—or our friends or the pundits on CNN—spent less time pontificating and more trying to work through the implications of policy proposals, we’d realize how clueless we are and moderate our views. This, they write, “may be the only form of thinking that will shatter the illusion of explanatory depth and change people’s attitudes.”


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One way to look at science is as a system that corrects for people’s natural inclinations. In a well-run laboratory, there’s no room for myside bias; the results have to be reproducible in other laboratories, by researchers who have no motive to confirm them. And this, it could be argued, is why the system has proved so successful. At any given moment, a field may be dominated by squabbles, but, in the end, the methodology prevails.

Science moves forward, even as we remain stuck in place.



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___Via +Kee Hinckley​

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2017-03-12 22:39:51 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

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2017-03-12 15:33:52 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

WONDER WOMAN

Okay now I'm excited.

Omg, that theme tho___WONDER WOMAN

Okay now I'm excited.

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2017-03-12 03:53:46 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

Via +Kee Hinckley​

___Via +Kee Hinckley​

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2017-03-12 03:44:06 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Found myself a neat background after doing this. Not one of the ones they recommended, but still great.

Via +Ryan Moore​

From donuts to designs, let your home screen tell your story. Take the #myAndroid Taste Test to find the home screen of your dreams: https://goo.gl/rX2iY7___Found myself a neat background after doing this. Not one of the ones they recommended, but still great.

Via +Ryan Moore​

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2017-03-11 18:07:00 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

UPDATED EGG CHART

For all your egg chart needs.

UPDATED EGG CHART

For all your egg chart needs.___

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2017-03-11 14:44:59 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 48 +1s; )Open 

POLITICAL LOLs

Via +Eve Sullivan​

___POLITICAL LOLs

Via +Eve Sullivan​

2017-03-10 22:36:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

If you haven't followed +Shinae Choi Robinson​ yet I don't even know what you've been doing with your life. Hecking delicious posts, you guys.

If you haven't followed +Shinae Choi Robinson​ yet I don't even know what you've been doing with your life. Hecking delicious posts, you guys.___

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2017-03-10 16:41:18 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

popcorn.gif

popcorn.gif___

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2017-03-10 13:52:51 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

The US has a lot of money, but it does not look like a developed country

The US has a lot of money, but it does not look like a developed country___

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2017-03-10 11:28:16 (16 comments; 5 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

I'm going to go bang my head for a while. Next person who snivels at me that it'd be too expensive to go to Medicare for all will find his head put through a wall at this point.

The graphic shows that about 80 percent of every premium dollar goes toward medical expenses ― prescription drugs, doctor visits, hospitalization and other services. Approximately 18 percent goes to administrative costs, and some 3 percent is profit. (The total is more than 100 percent because of rounding. America’s Health Insurance Plans explains how it gathered the figures for its infographic here.)

By contrast, Medicare, the largest U.S. public insurer, paid just 1.5 percent of its budget to administer traditional insurance plans for seniors and workers with severe disabilities in 2015, according to official data. The rest of Medicare’s budget went to paying doctors, hospitals, drug companiesand o... more »

I'm going to go bang my head for a while. Next person who snivels at me that it'd be too expensive to go to Medicare for all will find his head put through a wall at this point.

The graphic shows that about 80 percent of every premium dollar goes toward medical expenses ― prescription drugs, doctor visits, hospitalization and other services. Approximately 18 percent goes to administrative costs, and some 3 percent is profit. (The total is more than 100 percent because of rounding. America’s Health Insurance Plans explains how it gathered the figures for its infographic here.)

By contrast, Medicare, the largest U.S. public insurer, paid just 1.5 percent of its budget to administer traditional insurance plans for seniors and workers with severe disabilities in 2015, according to official data. The rest of Medicare’s budget went to paying doctors, hospitals, drug companies and other health care providers.

When you account for administrative costs of Medicare’s private plans, which cover some one-third of Medicare beneficiaries, Medicare’s overhead approaches 6.4 percent of its budget.

The comparison shows that expanding Medicare to cover the entire population ― or adopting a single-payer health insurance system ― would significantly reduce health care costs by eliminating a whole lot of expenses that aren’t related to medical care. That’s in part because Medicare does not have to advertise its services, make a profit for investors, or reward its executives with multi-million-dollar compensation packages, as private insurers do.

THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS ARRRRRRRGGGGGHHHH___

2017-03-09 23:35:52 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

RIOS SPAWN

Little Man (6): "The president is a mean person, so they fired him."

Oh, honey. If only.

RIOS SPAWN

Little Man (6): "The president is a mean person, so they fired him."

Oh, honey. If only.___

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2017-03-09 21:33:22 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Call Your MoC over Proposed Budget Cuts to EPA, NOAA, etc

Read the article below (and there are many similar ones) to understand some of the scope of the effect proposed budget cuts could affect, plus 45's known intent to "gut" EPA.

Put together a short statement about why you think the EPA should be preserved. (The more individual each phone call, fax, email, or postcard is, the more seriously it is taken. This is why I do not generally include call scripts.)

And then contact your Congress[wo]men and Senators. If they plan to fight against the cuts, thank them for their hard work. Either way be perfectly polite.

CONTACTS

The Congressional switchboard number is: 202-224-3121
You'll be prompted as follows:
- Press 1 to contact your Senators, 2 to contact your Representative (in the House)
- Enter your... more »

Call Your MoC over Proposed Budget Cuts to EPA, NOAA, etc

Read the article below (and there are many similar ones) to understand some of the scope of the effect proposed budget cuts could affect, plus 45's known intent to "gut" EPA.

Put together a short statement about why you think the EPA should be preserved. (The more individual each phone call, fax, email, or postcard is, the more seriously it is taken. This is why I do not generally include call scripts.)

And then contact your Congress[wo]men and Senators. If they plan to fight against the cuts, thank them for their hard work. Either way be perfectly polite.

CONTACTS

The Congressional switchboard number is: 202-224-3121
You'll be prompted as follows:
- Press 1 to contact your Senators, 2 to contact your Representative (in the House)
- Enter your 5-digit Zip code (or speak your state name in the case of Senators)
- For your Representative, only 1 choice will be offered - press 1.
- For your Senators, select 1 or 2 to be connected to whichever one you want to contact. (You'll need to call twice to contact both your Senators.)

To fax, mail, or email you'll need to look for more detailed contact information here: <https://www.congress.gov/members>

MORE INFO

Trump Plans To Slash Federal Funding That Preserves Our Coasts
<http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2017/03/-trump-is-gutting-program-that-keeps-our-coasts-safe>

What President Trump's Proposed EPA Budget Cuts Mean for Your Health
<http://time.com/4688753/donald-trump-epa-budget-cuts-public-health/>

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2017-03-09 17:54:56 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

When illegally emigrating from USA to Canada, it's important to know the local manners:

A husband and wife got out. He loaded on a backpack, a duffel bag and several shopping bags. She carried a young boy. The couple declined to speak with a reporter, though the man said they were Turkish. The family was the second spotted arriving that day on Roxham Road, with at least two other cabs coming later. By the count of the people living on the road, it was a slow day. Almost 20 people had come the day before.

As the family approached the border, a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police told them it was not legal for them to enter here. If they continued, he said, they would be arrested.

“I apologize about this,” the man replied, his voice unsure, “but I have to break your rules.”

He paused.

“I’m sorry.”

The couple hoppedacross a narr... more »

When illegally emigrating from USA to Canada, it's important to know the local manners:

A husband and wife got out. He loaded on a backpack, a duffel bag and several shopping bags. She carried a young boy. The couple declined to speak with a reporter, though the man said they were Turkish. The family was the second spotted arriving that day on Roxham Road, with at least two other cabs coming later. By the count of the people living on the road, it was a slow day. Almost 20 people had come the day before.

As the family approached the border, a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police told them it was not legal for them to enter here. If they continued, he said, they would be arrested.

“I apologize about this,” the man replied, his voice unsure, “but I have to break your rules.”

He paused.

“I’m sorry.”

The couple hopped across a narrow, mucky creek that divides the two countries. A Canadian officer gently grabbed the woman’s left arm as she held her son in the crook of her right arm, helping her up.___

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2017-03-09 01:38:15 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Haven't watched the linked video yet but the article was great.

This is really fascinating: https://www.nyu.edu/about/news-publications/news/2017/march/trump-clinton-debates-gender-reversal.html ___Haven't watched the linked video yet but the article was great.

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2017-03-08 13:54:34 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Anyone participating today?

For all that women do....___Anyone participating today?

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