- “Outside support for the warring parties in Syria has helped sustain the conflict and transformed it into a proxy battle by regional powers, with Russia, Iran and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah helping the government and with Saudi Arabia and Qatar providing the main support for the rebels. But the flow of private funds to rebel groups has added a wild-card factor to the war, analysts say, exacerbating divisions in the opposition and bolstering its most extreme elements…” [NYT]
- “The Obama administration is pleading with Congress to allow more time for diplomacy with Iran, but faces sharp resistance from Republican and Democratic lawmakers determined to further squeeze the Iranian economy and wary of yielding any ground in nuclear negotiations.” [AP]
- “Software problems with the federal online health insurance marketplace, especially in handling high volumes, are proving so stubborn that the system is unlikely to work fully by the end of the month as the White House has promised…” [WashPost]
- John Boehner’s Big Choice [National Journal]
- How Immigration Reform Died, Part II: Speaker Boehner Bails on Bipartisan Legislation [Hill]
- Partisan Conflict Shadows Budget Conference [National Journal]
- “AMR Corp. and US Airways Group Inc. reached an antitrust settlement with the U.S. government to allow their $17 billion merger to proceed with only limited concessions, paving the way for a new global airline colossus.” [WSJ]
- “It took seven superrich bidders to propel a 1969 Francis Bacon triptych to $142.4 million at Christie’s on Tuesday night, making it the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction.” [NYT]
I really don't want to play with the numbers, and I won't. In time they will tell their own story.
I posted that 106K signed up. That was incorrect.
27K signed up. Another 79K have a plan in their online shopping basket.
I just downloaded Google Chrome and I hope that helps me post on Swampland. I just can't get enough of you characters. I'm hooked! .
Why? Because those are enrollees in the expanded Medicaid. And for some reason, insuring almost half a million poor people isn't newsworthy.
"It is true that the GOP often snatches defeat from the jaws of victory."
Heh, the only post of spambot that hasn't been deleted.
Rolling Jubilee spent $400,000 to purchase debt cheaply from banks before 'abolishing' it, freeing individuals from their bills. A group of Occupy Wall Street activists has bought almost $15m of Americans' personal debt over the last year as part of the Rolling Jubilee project to help people pay off their outstanding credit. Rolling Jubilee, set up by Occupy's Strike Debt group following the street protests that swept the world in 2011, launched on 15 November 2012. The group purchases personal debt cheaply from banks before "abolishing" it, freeing individuals from their bills. By purchasing the debt at knockdown prices the group has managed to free $14,734,569.87 of personal debt, mainly medical debt, spending only $400,000.
"We thought that the ratio would be about 20 to 1," said Andrew Ross, a member of Strike Debt and professor of social and cultural analysis at New York University. He said the team initially envisaged raising $50,000, which would have enabled it to buy $1m in debt.
"We're under no illusions that $15m is just a tiny drop in the secondary debt market. It doesn't make a dent in the amount of debt.
"Our purpose in doing this, aside from helping some people along the way – there's certainly many, many people who are very thankful that their debts are abolished – our primary purpose was to spread information about the workings of this secondary debt market."
Oh my god, an article on Millennials that isn't trashing us. Am I dreaming this?Embracing the Millennials’ Mind-Set at Work
Only 100k signed up.
You'd wish Media would highlight what it fixes instead of the problems, but that's Media for you.
Welcome back, Stevie!
@outsider Wow you got Mittens nailed on both counts.
@Sue_N It's not bad news, either. Like those 3 million flights that landed safely today in this country alone. As staggering it is to think of that feat occurring each and every day, nobody gives a darn until one crashes.
If THAT doesn't drive home the point that they're just against anything Obama says, then nothing will.
@DonQuixotic That the greatest news I've read all month.
@forgottenlord Sorry, Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that.
What happens if our collective likes gain consciousness?
@forgottenlord You think Curly is a Libertarian algorithm gone bad?
It depends, if it's virtual p@rn I assume that's a given.
It'll smooth out. I'm assuming the 100k are the ones above 138% of poverty.
That's the news. 106K signed up.
And you want them to spin it ?????
Why do you demand that the media give up good rating "exciting" stories in favor of being informative?
But he'll be back.
He can't quit us.
He needs us.
In that stalker way..
Well, 15 million and one. Reason #1 being Occupy really does believe in making things better for 99 percent, as opposed to just screwing over anybody who isn't them.
They chase us in our dreams?
It creates an account with an avatar of a bee?
Well, I thought that was a given, but he's not my creation so that's not what I was referring to.
EDIT: Seriously - whenever he gets flummoxed, he goes back to the start and just digs in. Kinda reminds you of "I'm sorry, my answers are limited. You must ask me the correct questions"
I don't care. I'm a end game type of guy. I want a better system then they have in France. For us citizens. That's the end game. 100k is towards that. Borderline Colli of course see the issue, not the solution. He rather keep the broken system because he's 100 percent super perfect or he won't have it.
Well, the basic premise - bear in mind i'm saying premise, not how it turned out - was that everyone who's being controlled by big business should put a stop to it.
An easy example is one you and i have debated in the past: For profit prisons.
The corporations that have an interest in driving up clientele have an interest in over prosecuting for the sake of their bottom dollar.
Occupy was against things such as that.
I never did understand what Occupy was all about.
I don't think they did either.
So, wanting to take care of the 99% equates to anarchy to you?
Or were you being purposely obtuse?
Or maybe you thought you were being clever?
I"m really asking. Because that kind of ridiculousness would come from paulie. i didn't expect it from you, to be honest.
Sue, you never said you were an anarchist before.
@collioure Sure clown. That is why everyone was laughing at you.
I wasn't making the claim.
Third Grade was.
He didn't have a coherent argument.
@forgottenlord To keep piling on, his use of insults increases sharply whenever he's backpedaling, as does the level of condescension. Like, how dare we question what he's saying and how do we have the nerve to disagree with him? And never anything to say why we might be wrong, simply that we are and that should be taken as fact.
He did that with me about the black community. He never linked to his claims, even after I provided along with Mantis several links backed by some 235 references, 18 links, and 10 further reading suggestions among them.
@forgottenlord It's not even that. It's the fact that he does that while expecting others to support his position.
Just look at yesterday's "discussion" on municipalities paying for sports stadiums; he made his claims but then complained when no one else provided the supporting evidence.
@forgottenlord He reminds me of when we outsourced our client support to a Philippine call center and when ever they reached the last option on their flow chart they would go back to the top of given anything different from the menu tree.
The pharmacy co-pays vary according to what they treat, I believe. My heart meds have no co-pay except the .50€ fee. However, allergy pills have a 65% co-pay.
I talked to him on Monday; He took such good care of me that I wanted to invite him to dinner with his new wife, but he was still really weak. I think he has more stents than Cheney.
I know that too, but I did not think it worth mentioning.
My primary doctor just retired and I had to file the papers for the new one.
Probably because - shocker - he's not in France.
@collioure @MrObvious @fitty_three
"We have a lot of co-pays and they are increasing. That's about all I know. "
Finally, to counter the rise in health-care costs, the government has installed two plans, (in 2004 and 2006), which require insured people to declare a referring doctor in order to be fully reimbursed for specialist visits, and which installed a mandatory co-pay of 1 € (about $1.45) for a doctor visit, 0,50 € (about 80¢) for each box of medicine prescribed, and a fee of 16–18 € ($20–25) per day for hospital stays and for expensive procedures.*
For what it's worth, collie, I travel abroad a lot for work, including France, and know quite a few people who live there and elsewhere in the EU. Complaints about co-pays I have not heard.
@collioure says a lot about things he knows nothing about. He is as simple as paulejb: all one needs to know is what Obama's position is on anything and he'll be at the opposite end screaming "foul".
Expecting him to use actual critical thinking and Occam's razor, let alone actualy consider real solutions is like asking a slug to speak French.
I wish I could decide what news is and isn't important for everyone.
I also wish I was a millionaire, had a sweet sports car, and a vacation home somewhere in the Caribbean, pilot's license optional.