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Jim Fawcette
Worked at Fawcette Technical Publications
Attended Michigan State University
Lived in Rutland, Vermont
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Best Women's Basketball Player

Elena Delle Donne Emerges as Face of the W.N.B.A. http://nyti.ms/1MNB2e8
With the league’s best players gathered for Saturday’s All-Star Game, Delle Donne’s colleagues, including Brittney Griner, are acknowledging that she has begun to fulfill the lofty expectations with which she entered the league.
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The blonde is Donne, 6 ft 5 in :)
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Playing Both Sides of the Green vs Oil Fight

Even politicians that do more than just talk about climate change run up against one cold reality: They want to cut use of someone else's oil, but not their own, because that hurt$. 

Good summary of how hard it is for politicinas to live up to their own words on climate change. Certainly, no one would call California Gov. Jerry Brown a shrinking violet on global warming and alternative energy, where California leads the nation. Yet, he's also bet big on oil to revive the state's economy and balance his budget.

SFChron (embed/ paywall): "No state has done more to fight global warming. By 2020, under state law, one-third of California’s electricity must come from the sun, the wind and other renewable sources. Brown wants 50 percent renewable power by 2030 and has called for slashing the state’s oil use in half by the same year.

"But he has shown no interest in cutting the state’s oil production. He has touted the economic potential of California’s vast Monterey Shale formation, whose oil reserves drillers are still trying to tap. And he has steadfastly refused calls from within his own party to ban fracking."
To prevent the worst effects of global warming, one-third of the world’s known oil reserves must remain in the ground, Brown told the gathering of government officials from around the world. Burn all the world’s known fossil fuel supplies — the ones already discovered by energy companies — and the atmosphere would warm to truly catastrophic levels. The industry directly employs 184,100 Californians, helps support an estimated 271,840 other jobs...
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Obamacare Rates Up Only 4% in California

One of the states that most enthusiastically supported the ACA healthcare act and set up the largest, state Web site is reaping benefits. Over 1.3 million more people have individual coverage through the exchange and costs are under control -- largely because the state works at it instead of whining .

LAT: "Defying dire predictions about health insurance rate shock across the country, California’s Obamacare exchange negotiated a 4% average rate increase for the second year in a row.

"In all, Lee said, the state’s negotiations lowered premiums by about $200 million compared with the higher rates health plans originally sought . Those savings benefit consumers and federal taxpayers, who are subsidizing nearly 90% of Covered California customers. Together, insurers are projected to post a slim 1% profit margin on their exchange policies under these rates."

I used to buy individual plans in California and it was horrible. Coverage was outright denied for preexisting conditions and prices were radically higher than business plans. Now, the ACA is far, far from perfect. To get real cost controls we need national price negotiations of one form or another, and should probably replace private insurers for basic policies, but compared to what we had the ACA is a great first step -- 40 years too late, but better than nothing (which is what some in this country wanted). 
Defying dire predictions about health insurance rate shock across the country, California’s Obamacare exchange negotiated a 4% average rate increase for the second year in a row.
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Yeah, +George Beckingham I'm sure they'd like more, but this is an industry where return on equity is a better metric. IMHO one way to look at the insurance industry is as giant hedge-funds that manage other people's money yielding a negative-20% per year return, with executives taking deca-million-dollar fees out of the fund. Profits aren't the main driver. 
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I just realized how someone can become a highly-paid female CEO of a large company. Start out male, get the position -- then change gender.

See how easy it is? There's no glass ceiling, you're just going about it wrong.

(Poe's law, because you know someone will take me literally and criticize :)
 
Highest Paid Female CEO is Transgender

via +George Takei Long feature in New Yorker (embed) and WikiP profile here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martine_Rothblatt

News to me. Quite a C.V. "Martine Aliana Rothblatt (born 1954) is an American lawyer, author, and entrepreneur. Rothblatt graduated from University of California, Los Angeles with a combined law and MBA degree in 1981, then began work in Washington, D.C., first in the field of communications satellite law, and eventually in life sciences projects like the Human Genome Project. She is the founder and Chief executive officer of United Therapeutics Corp. and the highest-paid female executive in the United States.[5] She is also the creator of GeoStar and Sirius Radio"
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Highest Paid Female CEO is Transgender

via +George Takei Long feature in New Yorker (embed) and WikiP profile here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martine_Rothblatt

News to me. Quite a C.V. "Martine Aliana Rothblatt (born 1954) is an American lawyer, author, and entrepreneur. Rothblatt graduated from University of California, Los Angeles with a combined law and MBA degree in 1981, then began work in Washington, D.C., first in the field of communications satellite law, and eventually in life sciences projects like the Human Genome Project. She is the founder and Chief executive officer of United Therapeutics Corp. and the highest-paid female executive in the United States.[5] She is also the creator of GeoStar and Sirius Radio"
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My 3rd cousin is Tula!
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Blocking Greek Milk?
So-called "Reform" includes tax dodges and unqualified loans for rich oligarchs, but barriers for selling fresh, local milk

"None of this makes sense even from the perspective of the creditors. It’s like a 19th-century debtors’ prison. Just as imprisoned debtors could not make the income to repay, the deepening depression in Greece will make it less and less able to repay."
         --- Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel economist 

If you want to better understand the true motivations behind the strictures placed on the Greek economy by Germany/ Brussels here's a great example: Greece has been banned from putting the word "fresh" on milk. Yes, the key to "reforming the Greek economy" and paying back a mountain of debt that the I.M.F. says can't possibly be repaid, is not letting Greeks know if their milk is fresh or not. 

Great OpEd by Noble economist Joseph E. Stiglitz explains: "The battle, however, is not just about Greece. It’s not even just about the money, although special interests in the rest of Europe and some within Greece itself have taken advantage of the troika to push their own interests at the expense of ordinary Greek citizens and the country’s overall economy....these policy debates are really about ideology and power." 

Then he describes an example of how industry throughout Northern Europe hopes to exploit Greece through micro-management of its economy: "Consider the case of milk. Greeks enjoy their fresh milk, produced locally and delivered quickly. But Dutch and other European milk producers would like to increase sales by having their milk, transported over long distances and far less fresh, appear to be just as fresh as the local product. In 2014 the troika forced Greece to drop the label “fresh” on its truly fresh milk and extend allowable shelf life. Now it is demanding the removal of the five-day shelf-life rule for pasteurized milk altogether. Under these conditions, large-scale producers believe they can trounce Greece’s small-scale producers."

What about tax reform we might ask, given that tax evasion is rampant in Greece? Turns out the German/Brussels troika demands that the affluent be given tax dodges at the expense of other, less connected groups. Example: Small businesses must pay their entire year's taxes up front  but ... "This requirement seems at odds, too, with another of the demands with which Greece has been confronted: that it eliminate its cross-border withholding tax, which is the withholding tax on money sent from Greece to foreign investors. Such withholding taxes are a feature of good tax systems in countries like Canada and are a critical part of tax collection. Evidently, it is less important to ensure that foreigners pay their taxes than that Greeks do."

"I believe strongly that the policies being imposed will not work, that they will result in depression without end, unacceptable levels of unemployment and ever growing inequality. "


OpEd: http://nyti.ms/1Iv2TC1
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a most interesting read. I think the milk is only as fresh as the cow that made it. but overall Greece has currently been saved and should take the time to sort its self out instead of putting its feet on the desk while paying some chap to shovel cash into the fire to turn the steam turbine to keep the lights on. 
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Governors: Why should you be president when your own constituents don't like you?

C.V. based on governorship that constituents deem a failure


http://lat.ms/1HYmDsc
When Chris Christie recently launched his presidential bid with a pep-style rally at his old high school, Jim O’Neill pointedly skipped the homecoming event.
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He's a punk, he wants to put all stoners behind bars!
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Flying Federer v2

My second attempt at adding motion effects to my photos of Roger Federer and other tennis pros. Please click image and select "Slideshow" to see full size. Hope you like this one. From BNP IW final this March vs Novak Djokovic. 

#ATP   #RogerFederer   #tennis   #BNPIndianWells  

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Yeah, not so much Ted <g> 

Or, as Spock would say "that's illogical"

via +peter k 
 
Ted Cruz claims Captain Kirk is a Republican?!  ORLY...

#SciFiSunday   #StarTrek   #Politics   #YouCruzYouLose   #Cruzifiction  
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About Republican's Mythical Medicare Crisis

Since GOP prez candidate Jeb Bush claims we need to destroy Medicare to save it because the "current system is unsustainable" {and I saw that myth repeated in comments on my posts here} it's worthwhile actually looking at the projections. 

Atop this graphic, modified from Krugman, you see the old, outdated projections with red going up, up, up!. The numbers Bush refers to. Below that you see the updated projections showing Medicare spending flat, flat, flat. Details are at the link. Both are from the Trustees.

Stepping back: Even if the Jeb Bush/ Republican claims were true, their approach would do nothing to solve the underlying problem A voucher program, that increases overhead and costs wouldn't make health care spending more affordable. The key problem lies outside Medicare, in America's higher, unit costs than the rest of the world . Shifting from a centralized system to vouchers, simply shuffles a deck with less than 52 cards. Republicans are adamantly opposed to fixing this problem because any fix will require reducing income for the 0.1%. 

Taking a longer view, the first time Republicans said Social Security spending was "unsustainable" was in the late 1930s, and right-wing demi-god Reagan was among the first to say Medicare was "unsustainable", also at the program's birth. They're wrong every decade. Reliably. 

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/07/26/the-disappearing-entitlements-crisis/?module=BlogPost-Title&version=Blog%20Main&contentCollection=Opinion&action=Click&pgtype=Blogs&region=Body
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Info graphics...when will we learn not to trust these things?
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Bitcoin: Criminal Currency of Choice

NYT: "In a modern day version of a mob shakedown, hackers around the world have seized files on millions of computers, taken down public websites and even, in a few cases, threatened physical harm. The victims — who have ranged from ordinary computer users to financial firms and police departments — are told that their only way out is through a Bitcoin payment that is sometimes more than $20,000.

For Ransom, Bitcoin Replaces the Bag of Bills http://nyti.ms/1CWYohr
These days, there’s a new preferred method for hostage takers: the virtual currency Bitcoin.
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Testing Google+, their third try at competing with Facebook. Looks like video chat and privacy are much better. Oh, yeah, this is the Jim Fawcette that founded FTP, VSLive, DevX.com. Now, I mainly blog about tennis and politics. 

 Favorite book: Gravity's Rainbow. Favorite movie: Chinatown. Favorite myth: Obama is a liberal.
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Do people really put "bragging rights" online? Hey, I was a National Merit Finalist ! ! Woo Hooo!
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MAP: Monthly Personal Disposable Income Around the World
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This map shows the difference in Monthly Personal Disposable Income around the world. Unsurprisingly, in Switzerland, Norway and Australia t

Did a Computer Bug Help Deep Blue Beat Kasparov? | WIRED
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IBM built the first computer that beat a chess champ. But a scientist involved in the project suggests it was a bug in the software that got

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