August, 2009 archive
From time to time, I tinker with my sidebar. That thing over there
that almost no one (spellcheck won’t find missing words) looks at after the first visit.
Usually the tinkering takes the form of adding or removing a plugin (like that “Deep Tho’ts from John Handey” thingee that every once in a while rolls over and plays dead) or changing the order of stuff (as when I moved the “Search” window higher, which I did because I use it frequently to make sure I’m not repeating myself or to remind myself of exactly what I might have driveled on about in the past).
Some while ago, I gave the blogroll a major trim and restyling, reflecting more my changing interests since I first set it up than anything about who might have been removed from it. I tried to do two things: cut it down to a manageable length and reduce the number of big, well-known sites that most folks are likely to have bookmarked anyway, unless they were sites that I regularly visit myself.
Today I added a new link to the Blogroll. I wouldn’t usually mention that, except that this blog is particularly creative.
I’d suggest starting with this post.
He calls himself a libertarian. He seems saner than most libertarians I’ve known personally, most of whom could give how-to lessons on dogmatism to Jesuits.
Judith Stein at Neiman Watchdog:
Before Medicare, 50 percent of everyone 65 or older had NO health insurance. Now, as a result of Medicare, almost all older people are insured. Medicare, which is national, government-run health insurance, succeeded in insuring older people where private insurance failed. Further, until the Bush Administration privatized Medicare with huge subsidies to private “Medicare Advantage” and Part D plans, Medicare was also remarkably cost-effective. It’s private Medicare, not the traditional, public program, that’s bleeding taxpayers of billions of dollars.
Traditional Medicare has been a success, fiscally and morally. It took on the job of insuring health coverage and care to people that private insurance had abandoned. Since 2003, on the other hand, private Medicare plans have cost tens of billions of dollars that have gone to support the private insurance industry, not to providing health care. In addition, private Medicare plans have too often engaged in marketing abuses and restrictive coverage practices.
If spamming is so lucrative, why can’t spammers hire competent translators?
Received in my spam trap account:
It’s not about the cost of medical care. It’s about the cost of affording medical care.
When I worked for the railroad, a porter passed away and two wives–one from each end of his run–appeared to claim the Railroad Retirement Death benefit.
He had nothing on this fellow.
According to the Beeb, in his defense, he’s claiming he married only three times.
Which reminds me of the sailor who always ordered wine for his dates.
Christopher Swann at Retuters. Read the whole thing.
. . . it does.
Chris Broughton, the man who brought an assault rifle and a handgun to the Obama event in Arizona last week, attended a fiery anti-Obama sermon the day before the event, in which Pastor Steven Anderson said he was going to “pray for Barack Obama to die and go to hell”, Anderson confirmed to TPMmuckraker today.
I’ve never read the Bible in the original Hebrew and Greek, just in English.
But I don’t think Jesus Christ would buy into this approach. Sounds more like the gospel according to Jereboam to me.
Listen to the commenter point out the deeply hypocritical nature of the Senator’s response.
The government is damned answer. Health care should be a right, not a profit center.
I was looking for a defunct website at the Internet Archive and stumbled across a place that had squatted on the name of the site.
That page redirected to one of those fraudulent sites that pretends to scan your computer for malware so it can trick you into buying their anti-malware product. Most of the time, their product is actually more malware.
I clicked “Cancel” scan and it pretended to scan anyway while popups cascaded. One give away was that the phony scan’s progess bar moved faster than a scan from a local disk would have allowed, let alone a scan over the net (and I have used internet AV scans from reputable vendors such as Trend Micro and Symantec. It then told me that I had oodles of trojans, viruses, and other assorted baddies on my C:\ and D:\ drives.
This box runs Ubuntu Linux with Fluxbox. I don’t have C:\ and D:\ drives; I have sda1* (a very small boot drive) and sda3* (everything else). I don’t have a “My Documents” folder.
Here’s what it claimed to see:
Here’s what’s actually there:
This is wrong on so many levels I don’t know where to start.
I’ll put it this way. Somebody burns down a house. Someone else comes along and tries to rebuild the house.
That does not change who set the damned fire to begin with.
After all, Friday is commonly the day when banks bite the dust. That gives the FDIC and the receiving bank, if any, the weekend to allow the dust to settle.
The U.S. added 111 lenders to its list of “problem banks,” a jump that suggests rising bank failures may force the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to deplete a reserve fund that shrank 40 percent this year.
A total of 416 banks with combined assets of $299.8 billion failed the FDIC’s grading system for asset quality, liquidity and earnings in the second quarter, the most since June 1994, the Washington-based FDIC said in a report today. Regulators didn’t identify companies deemed “problem” banks.
We’ve gone from MBA’s to MBE’s–Masters of Business Embalming.