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I haven't listened to very much but it doesn't take long to get to the part where the Male Feminist explains that Pro-Choice Women have been indoctrinated by the Church to work against their own interests and it is up to men like him to teach these poor misguided souls how to think.

That is why I am not a Feminist - because I am not a Misogynist.
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If you aren't sure why Friedrich Hayek could probably explain it to you.

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The hope was these nonprofits would push others to lower premiums — but a new federal report suggests that the co-ops are not faring well.
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I don't think Vox cares about this child any more than the boy in that video yesterday.

http://www.vox.com/2015/7/31/9079223/ali-dawabsheh-israel-west-bank

This is about never letting an opportunity to attack Israel go to waste.

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Last night, a 18-month-old Palestinian was burned to death, and his family hospitalized. Here's what we know about the movement believed responsible for the attack.
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"Skin in the game": another #Stoooopid  thing republican #Ignoramuses  like to say

Conservatives like to say that consumers need to have "skin in the game" in order to reduce healthcare costs i.e. higher deductibles. Otherwise they won't shop around for the cheapest healthcare services. Professor Krugman completely blows this idiotic argument out of the water by comparing medical costs to dental costs:

"For many years conservatives have insisted that the problem with health costs is that we don’t treat health care like an ordinary consumer good; people have insurance, which means that they don’t have “skin in the game” that gives them an incentive to watch costs. So what we need is “consumer-driven” health care, in which insurers no longer pay for routine expenses like visits to the doctor’s office, and in which everyone shops around for the best deals....

As it turns out, many fewer people have dental insurance than have general medical insurance; even where there is insurance, it typically leaves a lot of skin in the game. But dental costs have risen just as fast as overall health spending, and it may be that the reduced role of insurers actually raises those costs."

You (and I) have a lot more "skin in the game" when we go to the dentist versus when we go to the doctor. Many people don't have dental insurance and for those who do (e.g. me, PPKFP), it really sucks (i.e. it covers nothing). 

According to the #Ignoramuses , because I have a lot more "skin in the game", I would shop around more for the best deal. Guess what I did and there were no good deals to be had. My root canal cost about $3K and my insurance covered about $500 of that. Dental costs are rising just as fast as medical costs despite people having toothaches like me having more "skin in the game."

Why is this?

Have you heard of a cartel? That is what dentistry is: a cartel protected by the republican #Ignoramuses . It shouldn't surprise you that the idiotic dentist who shot and killed Cecil the Lion was a big Mitt Romney supporter. The supply of dentists is carefully regulated by the ADA (just like the supply of doctors is carefully regulated by the AMA), and they have completely prohibited dental hygienists from operating independently of dentists (http://goo.gl/f5pgD8).

The whole raison d'etre of the republican party (pardon my French) is to protect the interests of the Wealthy and Extreme Wealthy by allowing them to form cartels and oligopolies and monopolies to maximize their market power. Then of course they bust unions and consumer organizations to minimize the market power of workers and consumers. Why are the #Ignoramuses  doing this? Sheldon Adelson and this idiotic Lion Killer are giving Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney millions of reasons why. 

The only entity with the market power to face down the Medical-Industrial Complex (which includes the ADA) is our Democratically Elected Government.

Professor Krugman quotes the Washington Post piece on why dentists are so darn rich (http://goo.gl/f5pgD8):

'In the rest of medicine, insurers have an important function in limiting costs and promoting quality. The market power of Medicare and major national insurance companies allows them to insist on better rates for their customers when they negotiate with doctors and hospitals.

“There’s been less presence from all kinds of insurance payers in the dental sector,” explained Andy Snyder, who is in charge of oral health at the nonpartisan National Academy for State Health Policy. “Medicare does not cover routine dental services, and private dental coverage is far less common than private medical coverage. So, the dental industry has faced less of the cost containment and quality improvement pressures that the rest of the health care sector’s experienced over the last couple of decades.”

So it is pretty obvious that having "skin in the game" does nothing to control costs. Then why is "skin in the game" such a rallying cry for the #Ignoramii ? Well to put it bluntly, having more skin in the game meant that I had to pay more out of pocket for my root canal (which is fine because I can afford it). The problem is that Paul Ryan and the republicans want the kid with leukemia to have more "skin in the game" so that Medicaid pays less. If Medicaid pays less, then that leaves more money around to give back to the dentists in the form of extreme tax cuts for the Wealthy so that they can go on more hunting safaris to Africa. 

(Note that patients in the UK and Canada and basically every other wealthy country in the world have no "skin in the game", and yet healthcare costs in these countries with Universal Healthcare is half that of the U.S. where we tend to have much more "skin in the game.") 
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Steven and i go around at times but this is the silliest one yet. He contends that the Abortion Debate is only about emotion and no one has EVER paid attention to the science. First, I quoted to him from the actual text of Roe v. Wade. Then I quoted accounts of how Harry Blackmun used both his background from working for the Mayo Clinic and even spent a week there doing more research.

But apparently there is no amount of evidence that will convince Steven this isn't all some vast conspiracy.
 
Rumor is that Walter Palmer is in hiding after receiving death threats. Usually I hate death threats but I also usually express my opposition to hunting as "how would you like it if someone shot you while you were eating dinner, lopped off your head, and made your skin into a rug?"

So, you know, there's that.
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"you basically provide $100 for every citizen in the United States of America"

So you kindly give people who pay taxes $100 back.

And you kindly give people who don't pay taxes $100 - which was probably borrowed.

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"I think that would democratize very significantly the political process in America and take us a long way away from these Super PACs controlled by billionaires who are now buying elections."
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I have it on good authority that in one of the videos the Planned Parenthood Board dresses up in white sheets, burns a cross and then celebrates their success in implementing Margaret Sanger's master plan to wipe out those she considered unfit. If I were in a video like that I would work really hard to find an Obama appointee who thought the Pentagon Papers was wrongly decided.
 
The National Abortion Federation doesn't want video from a meeting of abortion providers released by pro-life journalists. An Obama appointee is helping.
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So if I understand it right Planned Parenthood claims the extremists are on the other side.
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Choppin' up babies for parts, that's OK....We're in so much Trouble....
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> #Gamergate is a hashtag associated with an ongoing controversy within the gaming community. The battles are largely fought in social media, notably Twitter, hence the hashtag. Some in the gaming community believe it is a movement seeking to improve the ethics of the gaming industry, specifically the large game developers and the media that covers them. Others, including women who have been subject to threats and harassment, see it as a symbol of a strain of anti-feminist and misogynistic behavior in the gaming world. It erupted a little over a year ago when Eron Gjoni, a 24 year old American, posted a blog implying that his ex-girlfriend, game developer Zoe Quinn, exchanged sexual favors for good reviews of her work. It escalated from there. Other women were harassed and threatened, Brianna Wu among them.

There are those who claim that #GamerGate is a consumer movement and it is protecting the gaming world against censorship. #GamerGate supporters insist that those who associate with the hashtag are not responsible for the attacks, and question the integrity of the women involved and the veracity of their claims of harassment. They accuse some women and their supporters of being “social justice warriors,” politically correct to a fault and lacking understanding of the culture of gaming.
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Nobody cares in the real world. I kid you not.
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It is over for Hillary now
 
Those of you who might be concerned about how Dems are faring with the Republicans getting all the press. Fear not.


In a surprise, a new poll shows that Bernie Sanders is beating his Republican contenders.
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    Library and Information Science, 1995 - 1997
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I spent 4 nights there during DragonCon. Outside of a refrigerator, there are no frills. The rooms are small and have minimal furniture. There seemed to be no snack machines on the site so bring your own. There was also (as stated) no Internet access offered. On the plus side, the room rate was extremely reasonable compared to other hotels in the area. A Pizza Hut that makes deliveries is very close by. Driving distance to downtown is 5 minutes. It isn't the kind of place I would want to vacation in, but as a place to go back to at the end of the night and leave early the next morning, it suited my purposes extremely well.
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