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by Ned Flounders
Tue Jul 25, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Comments on Isthmus & isthmus.com
Topic: Death Star strikes the forum
Replies: 2
Views: 135

Re: Death Star strikes the forum

Ah, no. The problem is not some temporary change to the Photobucket website. It's that PB made an ill-considered decision to start charging very steep fees for linking from other sites (e.g., the Forum) to photos on PB. http://www.technewsworld.com/story/84688.html https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/4/...
by Ned Flounders
Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Comments on Isthmus & isthmus.com
Topic: Death Star strikes the forum
Replies: 2
Views: 135

Death Star strikes the forum

...as if millions of GIFs suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced... So, PhotoBucket seems to have gone ahead and pulled the plug, as threatened. Vast numbers of GIFs posted by many of the Forum's finest citizens have gone up in smoke: http://forum.isthmus.com/search.php?keywords=p...
by Ned Flounders
Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:20 am
Forum: Headlines
Topic: Earthquakes!
Replies: 3
Views: 184

Earthquakes!

Wow. Watch this video to the end ... It's only a minute long.

The contrast between the first 15 seconds and the last 15 seconds is incredible:



From the US Geological Survey
by Ned Flounders
Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: National Politics & Government
Topic: The GOP's health care dilemma
Replies: 442
Views: 14669

Re: The GOP's health care dilemma

The GOP Senate caucus is considering two entirely different plans to kill health care. Yesterday I noted the truly awful numbers for "repeal without replace": http://forum.isthmus.com/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=65568&start=405#p859556 The other option they're considering (BHCA v2) is als...
by Ned Flounders
Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: National Politics & Government
Topic: The GOP's health care dilemma
Replies: 442
Views: 14669

Re: The GOP's health care dilemma

The Ham Sandwich: A Play in Two Acts ACT ONE. VOTER: I'm hungry. OBAMA: Here, have this ham sandwich. VOTER: Thanks, bro. Though it's a bit skimpy on ham and the mustard kinda sucks. OBAMA: Sorry, man, it was a compromise. Best I could do under the circumstances. Anyway, at least you've got somethi...
by Ned Flounders
Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: National Politics & Government
Topic: The GOP's health care dilemma
Replies: 442
Views: 14669

Re: The GOP's health care dilemma

Whee! The official score is in for repealing Obamacare with no replacement, and here are the numbers: * 32 million additional people without insurance * Average premiums in the individual market will double * By 2026, three-quarters of the US population would live in areas with no insurers selling i...
by Ned Flounders
Tue Jun 27, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Catch All
Topic: Urbanism conversations at Vox
Replies: 7
Views: 823

Re: Urbanism conversations at Vox

Two more episodes in the series of interviews with Brent Toderian: 3. Dense urbanism is great for downtowns. But what about suburbs? Urbanist Brent Toderian reflects on which suburbs can be saved and made more walkable. 4. Walkable urban areas can become playgrounds for the rich. Is there any way to...
by Ned Flounders
Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: National Politics & Government
Topic: $231,000 heart surgery bill would not be covered under TrumpCare
Replies: 19
Views: 619

Re: $231,000 heart surgery bill would not be covered under TrumpCare

Why a separate thread since that hospital bill was previously posted in thread that you also posted a reply? Sspambeau has been copying my posts for some time now. Mere hours after I started the first thread about Randy Bryce ("Iron Stache") he started another. The plagiarism is a bit irr...
by Ned Flounders
Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:23 am
Forum: Headlines
Topic: Heat wave cancels flights, cooks bacon
Replies: 21
Views: 1303

Re: Heat wave cancels flights, cooks bacon

To be fair, I did have to check that about twice before posting, to convince myself it was correct. So no worries, Bland.
by Ned Flounders
Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Headlines
Topic: Heat wave cancels flights, cooks bacon
Replies: 21
Views: 1303

Re: Heat wave cancels flights, cooks bacon

I just noticed that the temperature on that sign (122) is exactly half-way between freezing and boiling.
by Ned Flounders
Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Headlines
Topic: Heat wave cancels flights, cooks bacon
Replies: 21
Views: 1303

Re: Heat wave cancels flights, cooks bacon

On the downside, people are showing up at hospitals with burns ... from touching hot cars, hot pavement, etc. The director of the Arizona Burn Center, Dr. Kevin Foster told the Associated Press Thursday that June has been the worst month he's seen at the center in 18 years. The most common reason fo...
by Ned Flounders
Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: National Politics & Government
Topic: The GOP's health care dilemma
Replies: 442
Views: 14669

Re: The GOP's health care dilemma

Here's an example of that. Ali Ranger's son Ethan just had open-heart surgery. She tweeted out the bill: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DDDOXs5VoAAbvUQ.jpg It works out to $231,115. With her husband's insurance it was $500. There are several points to make: * Nobody who isn't a 1%er can pay $230,000 ho...
by Ned Flounders
Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: National Politics & Government
Topic: And the horse he rode in on
Replies: 42
Views: 1458

Re: And the horse he rode in on

doppel wrote:I urge everyone to cease dealing with Amazon for the good of the country and for their own privacy. Let them know why. Amazon is the new cancer.


Doing a search on

working conditions Amazon warehouse

is also illuminating.
by Ned Flounders
Sat Jun 24, 2017 6:01 am
Forum: National Politics & Government
Topic: The GOP's health care dilemma
Replies: 442
Views: 14669

Re: The GOP's health care dilemma

Wow, this is an astonishingly sucky "health care" bill. It may actually be even worse than the House version, and that's saying a lot. 58% actuarial value + no mandate + guaranteed issue = death spiral in private insurance market. Elimination of core benefits = will damage employer-provid...
by Ned Flounders
Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: National Politics & Government
Topic: The GOP's health care dilemma
Replies: 442
Views: 14669

Re: The GOP's health care dilemma

Several senators, including Rand Paul (named after the High Priestess Ayn Rand, was he?) and our own Ron Johnson are opposing the bill because it doesn't completely dismantle the ACA. I suppose we should be grateful for that if it actually ends up preventing the bill from passing. But the bill woul...

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