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Unfortunately, Kay will not only be held accountable for all the glitches in the implementation of the ACA nationally, but for the fact that Blue Cross Blue Shield is virtually the only provider willing to take on NC, which means that if you don't qualify for subsidies, you were no better off than you were before. From what I hear, other providers just don't even want to deal with NC, which means no free market competition. That being said, I am one of the grateful who qualified for subsidies and now has insurance for the first time in 12 years. And while I know this is a many-sided issue, I'm not complaining about the tech obstacles I had to overcome to finally have insurance. Although, I would be happier if BCBS would get their issues straightened out and send me my insurance cards. Guess they weren't even expecting the robust enrollment scenario.
Toggle Commented Jan 29, 2014 on Own it, Kay at EdCone.com
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Toggle Commented Jan 14, 2014 on Roll your own at EdCone.com
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Having just finished reading The Circle by Dave Eggers, the mere thought of huge tech companies is the monster under my bed right now. I'm sure I'll get over that -- just like the kool-aid drinking characters in the book. ;)
Toggle Commented Jan 14, 2014 on Roll your own at EdCone.com
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Yea! Couldn't get there today so I'm glad I have another chance -- everybody's photos on FB look yummy.
Toggle Commented Mar 11, 2013 on Here all week at EdCone.com
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Having been uninsured for the last ten years - and periodically before that, I can tell you, it's pretty scary out there. I have found that doctors are pretty good at discounting fees because they actually have to look you in the eye. Hospitals are another story -- if you even get that far. Many of us in the subculture of the uninsured have simply stopped going to the doctor for fear that something unaffordable will be discovered or that we will have something recorded on our "permanent record" that will then become a pre-existing condition should we ever be able to afford health insurance.
Toggle Commented Mar 11, 2013 on Finest system in the world at EdCone.com
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Unleash the hounds!!!
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2013 on Bye, DGI? at EdCone.com
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How in the world is what Guilford College does with Palestinians against Israel germane to whether or not MKA was a CI or whether or not she lied about sending the emails that YW purports she sent or whether or not her career is now in shambles because of the perception of any of these allegations?
Toggle Commented Feb 14, 2013 on Email trail at EdCone.com
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In my experience, which is, granted, limited and focused on one specific area and the particular population there, they will not migrate to an area where meds are more readily available -- they will go without the meds. The homeless I know who need meds are where they are because it is what they know and there is a sense of safety in that.
Toggle Commented Feb 13, 2013 on That's nuts at EdCone.com
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My impression is that "people" are definitely deterred from crossing the tracks BECAUSE of the scary boarded up building on the tracks. And as much as I theoretically am enamored of the idea of preserving the historical flavor that is part of what makes Greensboro's downtown so interesting, realistically -- who's buying into this building right on the tracks?
Toggle Commented Feb 10, 2013 on Blood on the tracks at EdCone.com
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I, too, in my official capacity, have been asked to report any information I discover that might impact public safety to the unit that monitors rallies, protests, potential riotous gatherings, etc. I've never had any so it's been a moot point so far. I do know that had I seen any of the Twitter posts that brought together the hundreds of kids who gathered at my Park and rampaged down Elm last July 4th, I would have reported it in a heartbeat. The question is always going to be what price is too high for public safety -- and who determines the answer to that?
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2013 on Somebody's watching at EdCone.com
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I guess you would have to define "people who work for us." I think you mean in the sense of people who are directly paid by taxpayers -- government employees. But that term can also apply in a much broader sense -- the grocery store manager who requires check out staff to ask for your zip code so they can collect demographic information on you, for example. But yes, I take your point that a discussion should be had about how far government employees should be allowed to go in collecting information to be used against us without our knowledge. Again, though, would my desire to be protected outweigh my desire to protect your civil rights? It's an interesting question. And one that should certainly be asked.
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2013 on Like that Rockwell song at EdCone.com
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I think that's a very interesting issue -- which as all interesting issues do, brings up a host of other interesting issues. I agree that there is no expectation of privacy in public matters -- which to me includes, not just public persona, but we comparatively ordinary folk who choose to express our opinion in public forums. I think sometimes people get fooled into thinking that, in this world of the internet, they are still living private lives. One of the questions this brings up for me in this post-9/11 world is -- to what degree am I comfortable with the invasion of privacy, others or my own? I don't know that I've been presented with enough scenarios in real life to formulate one answer to that yet. My guess is that my answer may be somewhat fluid.
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2013 on Like that Rockwell song at EdCone.com
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First of all -- pay attention -- it's Shirlee, not Shirley. Secondly -- anyone who watches tv or who has talked to teenagers in the past 5 years understands the colloquial use of the word tool as Ed used it. Thirdly -- I don't know where this thread got off on Obamacare, but hey, I'll jump in. Speaking as someone who hasn't had health insurance in over 10 years (I work for a tiny non-profit who has not been required to provide it and can't afford to, and working for said tiny non-profit, I make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford individual health insurance), I am thrilled that Obamacare will be providing pools of people I can join in with so that perhaps I can finally afford health insurance. And finally, while the liberalism/fascism conversation is endlessly fascinating, going back to the original thought about retail correctness, my guess is that most of us do not have the luxury to be too concerned about that. Whole Foods isn't even a blip on my radar because most months, I'm wondering if I can afford Harris Teeter or if my budget will only stretch to the Wal-Mart -- and despite their noble allowance of Salvation Army bell-ringers, the folks that rule Wal-Mart, in my humble opinion, are some of the biggest tools around. And I may hate myself in the morning, but it won't stop me from getting in bed with them when I have to. I live in a world that requires a large degree of pragmatism.
Toggle Commented Jan 18, 2013 on Retail correctness at EdCone.com
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Well -- I know I'd be holding out my favors for a heck of a lot more than free tickets, and my guess is, given that the N&R could easily be a very high-priced call girl in this metaphor, that they would, too. If they were into that and all. I mean, I guess they could give the tickets to advertising clients as bait, but I'm thinkin' those folks could get their own free tickets from the Coliseum. Just doesn't seem to add up to a big enough payout for them to whore themselves out for to me. And maybe, just maybe, the N&R simply thinks -- like many others -- that the GPAC is a good idea.
Toggle Commented Jan 15, 2013 on In case of emergency click here at EdCone.com
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Ooooo, that's good Andrew. The plot thickens. I always figured you were screwing the taxpayers over somehow. It's going to be a lot trickier than that to figure out how I'm in collusion, though. George is the man for that. I BELIEVE!!
Toggle Commented Jan 15, 2013 on In case of emergency click here at EdCone.com
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Ah, Andrew, I'm hoping to discover HOW I'm part of the conspiracy. I think it will give new direction to my life. Embracing the dark side and all that. People spend years trying to figure out who they are in the world. I've decided to just let George tell me.
Toggle Commented Jan 15, 2013 on In case of emergency click here at EdCone.com
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Wait -- what? Receiving free tickets from the Coliseum is an indicator of -- seriously -- what? If the N&R has been a sponsor of an event at the Coliseum, then of course they've received tickets -- just like any other sponsor would. If there's something inherently nefarious in the gift of tickets, then you had better suss out what I've been up to, George, because I have received free tickets from the Coliseum on more than one occasion.
Toggle Commented Jan 15, 2013 on In case of emergency click here at EdCone.com
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Sounds like a job for Hartzman. ;)
Toggle Commented Jan 15, 2013 on Snow crash at EdCone.com
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As the adage goes -- everyone will describe an elephant differently depending on where they are standing. I'm loving seeing George from the opposite end from the one he frequently shows in this forum. You did good, George.
Toggle Commented Jan 9, 2013 on Big media George at EdCone.com
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Avett Brothers on NYE was so much fun. I was exhausted the next day from standing for the 2 1/2 hours they played. I can only imagine how they must have felt. They certainly gave us our money's worth. Big shout out to John Fields at Greenefields Productions (and his quieter cohorts at Natty Greene's) for making it happen!
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2013 on Liner notes at EdCone.com
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I second that motion. I'd settle for a glass.
Toggle Commented Dec 19, 2012 on For general audiences at EdCone.com
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All I can hear is the sound of hearts breaking.
Toggle Commented Dec 14, 2012 on Sick sad world at EdCone.com
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I'm so sorry to read this, Ed -- do you know if there is a way to send a message to Billy directly without invading his privacy?
Toggle Commented Dec 13, 2012 on RIP at EdCone.com
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Not ragging on you, Brian -- I hope you know how much I value you and your efforts. Just curious. Because semantics often get in the way, though, I do want it to be perfectly clear for those who may not know that the benches are happily residing on the Downtown Greenway -- just in a different spot than where they were originally installed. They would appreciate being visited. They reside right above the parking lot where Freeman Mill exits off to Lee. On another note, a day in which I find any/all of the members of Scythian busking -- in any definition of the term -- in downtown GSO will be a very good day for Pegs.
Toggle Commented Dec 3, 2012 on IFYI at EdCone.com
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Hmmmmm, Brian -- my source on that story was pretty genuine so I'd love to hear the rest of it. But yeah, no need to rehash it here. Let's do that privately. And no -- I still haven't found a house. :(
Toggle Commented Dec 2, 2012 on IFYI at EdCone.com
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