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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-09-23 05:26
Subject: [links] Link salad is hermetically sealed for its own protection
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Tags:cool, healthcare, law, media, personal, race, science, travel, weird

Young Bonobo Shows Signs of Autism

Brain Imaging Reveals Moving ImagesResearchers develop an fMRI-based model to reconstruct moving images that people are seeing. Ok, now we’re getting somewhere. Intensely cool and a bit spooky.

How Automation Leads to More Aviation Accidents

The $300m cable that will save traders milliseconds — Wow. (Via David Goldman.)

Roll over Einstein: Law of physics challenged — Speed of light broken? Or experimental error? The Bad Astronomer critiques.

Suicide by Roller Coaster

The Needle and the Damage Done — Some legal analysis on the execution of Troy Davis. Sobering. Ta-Nehisi Coates with an account of events.

Using plastic to pay Anthem bill? Prepare to lose your coverageNotice of cancellation was a shock to one policyholder who had been making automatic payments with her credit card. It’s just one case involving a policy switch at the health insurer. Yep. Best healthcare system in the world. No need for reform here. Move along, citizen.

Breaking News: The Civil War Is Over — States’ rights and Federal HCR. I liked this thought: I can describe the legal arguments and the judicial conclusions, but on a fundamental level, I just don’t get the attack on the federal law. I don’t understand people who voluntarily, without claiming poverty, let their children go uninsured. I don’t understand the moral compass of the owner of the fancy car I saw the other day that sported the bumper sticker: “Repeal Obamacare.” I suppose that the self-satisfied and oh-so-secure car owner never met anyone like the healthy 27-year-old man profiled the other day in USA Today who was denied insurance in the private market because his doctor four years ago had ordered a particular heart-monitoring test – which found nothing wrong with his heart. I do know such people. So do you.

Bill O’Reilly’s Civil WarThe Fox News host thinks America is in dire straits—and what it needs is a history lesson. In this week’s Newsweek, he tells Peter J. Boyer about his new book and why he likes Obama. I never liked O’Reilly’s politics, but ever since the “shut up” incident, I’ve had no respect for him in any capacity. (Not to mention the whole falafel thing, from this conservative guardian of America’s moral rectitude.)

Obama and Perry, geese and ganders — This in turn reminds me of the conservative outrage over the photo of Obama with his feet on the desk of the Oval office, as compared to their dead silence over a virtually identical photo of Bush43. What possible difference could there be? I cannot even begin to imagine.

FACT CHECK: Slippery assertions in GOP debate — I especially like this one: BACHMANN: “President Obama has the lowest public approval ratings of any president in modern time.” THE FACTS: That’s true, if you leave out Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Lyndon Johnson, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Gerald Ford. All of them at some point in their terms dipped lower than Obama’s low point of 38 percent job approval, according to Gallup’s comparison. Of course, GOP voters everywhere will believe her over the facts. It’s what conservatives have been taught to do by the “liberal media” meme — to assume any facts they’re presented contrary to their worldview with have been cooked.

?otD: How’s your immune system today?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (goofing off/post-novel ennui)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (fitful)
Weight: 221.6
Currently reading: Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks

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User: kimberlywade
Date: 2011-09-23 15:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I try to avoid talking about this because it just makes me so angry. I'm one of those people who was paying my Anthem bill by credit card for the last fifteen years or so. Back in May i received a letter saying they were stopping the service in August and i would received further information. Well, August came and i never heard another word, so i went online, signed up for the online bill pay, which was a big rigamarole, but problem solved, right? Nope, i've been informed that i will be charged $2 to receive a paper bill each month despite the fact i don't need or want a paper bill because *i'm paying online*. I called, and the only way to stop the paper bill is to send them my checking account info and sign up for automatic withdrawal. Does this sound like extortion to anyone else?

My husband and i have tried to switch coverage, but due to his "pre-existing condition" we have been denied. We're stuck with Anthem or nothing. Our premiums are raised yearly while at the same time our benefits are cut and there's nothing we can do about it.

Yep, best system in the world. Thanks for listening to my rant.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-09-23 15:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm sorry to hear that.

As I've said before, people who oppose healthcare reform are people who've never had to deal with the healthcare finance system. If every conservative voter had your experience, we'd be having a very different national political discussion today.
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scarlettina: Science Geek
User: scarlettina
Date: 2011-09-23 15:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Science Geek
Go over to Twitter and take a look at the hashtag #mundaneneutrinoexplanations if you want some easy geek entertainment. I think my favorite of them all is the following:

Movie Characters and their reactions to CERN and Neutrinos http://shar.es/HNf32
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2011-09-23 18:36 (UTC)
Subject: speed of light broken
I gotta figure it's experimental error. Otherwise you're violating causality, and I don't see that happening, especially under the Second Law of Thermodynamics.

I'll stick with Einstein on this one for now.
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Jay Lake: tech-b24_turbo_boost_selector
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-09-23 18:50 (UTC)
Subject: Re: speed of light broken
I'm reminded of a cartoon in The New Yorker or Playboy or some such from years ago, which showed Einstein in the back of an NYC taxi, and the cabbie saying, "If it's the speed of light you want, it's the speed of light you got, mac."
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2011-09-25 20:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
>>BACHMANN: “President Obama has the lowest public approval ratings of any president in modern time.”<<

This also ignores the fact that Obama's recent sharp drop followed on the heels of his consenting to cuts in entitlement programs and not raising taxes on the wealthy.
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