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I'm just a geek with attitude.
Interests: animals, science, computing systems, politics
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Whatever for? She has no political experience. And you really need to have that when a bunch of lawyers get together to write health care laws....
This is bound to really tick them off.
Toggle Commented yesterday on Sarah Palin Channel at MaxRedline
I was thinking this was right up Muslim Alley; no bombs required.
Toggle Commented yesterday on U.K. Heat Wave at MaxRedline
Do the hipsters get to juggle while they pedal? And who takes the selfies?
Toggle Commented yesterday on A Bridge Too Far at MaxRedline
I've had several friends with similar stories out of City of Portland and Metro. Yet a surprising number of people here still seem to believe that NDAs aren't widely used in state and local government.
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Money For Nothing at MaxRedline
It struck me as interesting because they were able to do so much for so little in resources - and in only six weeks! I agree about the insurance providers; their excuse is that they can't purchase and fit prosthetics for kids because they need replacement as the children grow, which strikes me as a pretty lame excuse. The prescription issue is a little murkier because it really depends upon the kind of prescription and availability of generic equivalents, in many cases. One drug I take is actually considerably more expensive when purchased through CostCo (which I avoid for several reasons, among them the fact that the founder's a big Obama supporter)or Freddies (which charges the same as CostCo). On the other hand, I can get a 90-day refill of a drug I take for "essential tremor" (why they call it that beats me; it's so non-essential that I take a drug to stop it) for six bucks at Freddies - whereas through the pharmacy at my HMO, it runs $40 for the exact same stuff. But at least I can get a free breast pump!
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Another 3-D Printing Success at MaxRedline
Are you privy to the wording of the law? The article refers generically to "smoking" - and it's worth noting that public vaping has been rolled into the existing smoking bans.
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Propaganda Machines at MaxRedline
In Portland, that's demonstrably true - but I'm guessing it's a little different out there in Big Sky country. He was facing a tough race already.
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Well, He's A Democratic, So... at MaxRedline
Some folks used to refer to it as "the fish-wrapper". But nowadays it's so thin that you can only wrap guppies in it.
It'd make too much sense for the feds and brokers to get the full percentage from insurance providers for each enrollee, TD. So Oregon has worked out a deal with the feds whereby they continue to collect their 2.5% while providing no service - this allows them to continue to pay staff: their new executive director, Aaron Patnode, is being paid some $35,000 more than former director Rocky King, who I believe was pulling down $230,000 a year. Meanwhile, Clyde Hamstreet, who held the position on an interim basis after Rocky "retired" and replacement Bruce Goldberg was fired, opines that given the small population in the state, Oregon can't afford to run an exchange on its own. That's not stopping them, though: The state's planned 2015 partnership with the federal exchange is called a "supported state-based" exchange. But it's supposed to be a temporary fix before setting up a full-fledged state-based exchange. It allows Oregon to keep insurer fees of about 2.5 percent of premiums for itself until the state resurrects its own website. Much like the CRC, which should have died years ago, special interests are keeping the zombie moving while they search for more money. After all, they don't expect to see much more than $10 million next year - which is about what they spent last month. They need more money, and then all will be peaches and cream.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Zombie Apocalypse at MaxRedline
Add to that the fact that when they had greater circulation, The Oregonian failed to take advantage of a great opportunity: pushing classifieds in both their daily print editions and on their website for one low price. Why they didn't remains a mystery. Now, in addition to losing content (unless you count reprinted agency press releases as content), they're continuing to bleed subscribers - a problem which they've tackled by cutting back home delivery to four days a week. What a concept!
They may not be able to provide services, but they can still burn through an easy $120 million a year. And the way they've got this set up, they still collect. 2.5% from insurance companies per enrollee - even though they can't provide any enrollment services. Most people would be looking at jail time if they tried something like that.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Zombie Apocalypse at MaxRedline
Wow. Great comment, TD - and nice to see you bringing that up. I was going to mention that the Zero has been pretty much relying on grocery stores and Macy's ads to fill space in their print issues, but your comment is much more comprehensive (as usual).
They need more of your money to keep those propaganda machines in top shape. Roads? Oh, then they'll need more of your money.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Propaganda Machines at MaxRedline
Interesting. I was under the impression that Advance purchased a stake in the company some decades ago, but only purchased it outright some eight or so years ago. Certainly, the big changes started happening after Stickel's departure.
There's much to like and to dislike, as is generally the case. But Perry made the right call; it'd be great if the other southwestern states followed up as well. It's long past time to put a stop to the nonsense. After all, those people have three legal approaches that they can take already: they can apply for a green card, they can apply to immigrate, and they can apply for refugee status. But they'd rather just scamper across the border, as the options all require medical screening and stuff.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Mexico Gripes About Texas at MaxRedline
I assume that "medical marijuana" is exempt. Of course, if Oregon voters legalize recreational use (which would be stupid until we at least see how it plays out in WA and CO), then they'll have to revisit their bans.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Propaganda Machines at MaxRedline
I noticed it was picked up on national news this evening, and the reporter noted that although the design might have made the UCF guys a lot of money, they put the designs and instructions on the 'Net. Very cool.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Another 3-D Printing Success at MaxRedline
True. Arrogance, thy name is Kids-hobbler.
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Not "Up To Speed" at MaxRedline
Ketamine+hamburger. 'Nighty, doggies....
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Cheap Spoof at MaxRedline
Claymores might be a bit much - I'm good with a buried gas line equipped with jets every foot or so, with motion detectors. Set off a detector, and jets of fire shoot up.
I'm just thinking it's probably not a good idea to buy a place in the desert with manicured bluegrass and putting greens. Kinda water-intensive, especially from a guy who tells the rest of us to pay more and use less.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on pResident Sustainability at MaxRedline
Portland's "leaders" would never stand for it. As for me - if I have a place to get out of the weather, warm and dry, for cheap (comparatively), I'm not going to worry about which door I use to get in there.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on New York, New York at MaxRedline
When asked on-camera about dope smokers running daycare centers, he said he wasn't "up to speed on that", then turned and walked away. Dr. Accountability, as they call him.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Richardson Gets Indy Endorsement at MaxRedline
Thanks, Sam. I can probably teach her to ride a bike, if need be. She's older now. When she was a kid, it didn't work because if anything odd happened, she'd just jump off. :-)
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Job Hunting at MaxRedline