I wasn’t worried

Until now.

After Losing 2 Passenger Jets, Malaysia Airlines Suspends Trading And Plans To Become State-Owned

One plane was shot down by a hostile foreign power. Before that, one of their aircraft was flown off course by a possibly deranged pilot.

Two circumstances, completely out of the control of the corporate ownership is all that it takes for statists to be able to “reasonably” privatize a corporation.

The next US automaker bailout will be similar. The government won’t accept a loss on the stock. They’ll just take all the stock.

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My head hurts

Jason Linkins’ head probably doesn’t. He probably has horribly stupid ideas regularly.

Let’s bring back earmarks!

Wherein he decides the thing that would be able to make Congress a better place would be to return to legislators being able to bribe one another to vote on things.

I’m not sure what color the sky is on his world, or what the definition of the word “better” means there, and I don’t care. I think that Congress being out of session and having passed very little while in session has led to a slowing of the rate at which I lose my rights, and that that is a good thing.

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Let’s Do This

The Superbowl Half-Time performance has become a joke over the past few seasons. This year it should be done by a guy who doesn’t take himself too seriously.

Want Weird Al Yankovic at the Super Bowl? There’s a petition for that

If you’re tired of the likes of Madonna, Bruno Mars and the Black Eyed Peas headlining the Super Bowl halftime show and you, dammit, want some humor injected into your music, you should think about signing this Change.org petition that suggests making Weird Al Yankovic the intermission entertainment in 2015.

Imagine a Half-Time Show that is actually watchable AND entertaining.

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Is getting their feels mixed up with reality.

Inventions for a greener world, life-saving medical devices and soaring skyscrapers are often seen as the pinnacle of achievement for engineers, designers and inventors.

But until now there has been no recognition for the people that created iconic guns or effective gas-guzzling machines that harm the environment.

Now, The Dead Prize has set out to highlight the individuals and companies that have created objects which have a detrimental effect on the planet, whether the fruit of their labours was a harmful success or an epic commercial failure that has left the world a worse place.

Of course, because anyone can nominate anything via Twitter, this will become a news item.

To be the monkey with the wrench, I have nominated The Communist Manifesto.

I would appreciate it if you all would do the same.

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The next step in government control

Of your medical needs

A doctor’s perspective on Obamacare plans

On a recent afternoon at his office in Hartford, Conn., Dr. Doug Gerard examines a patient complaining of joint pain. Gerard, an internist, checks her out, asks her a few questions about her symptoms and then orders a few tests before sending her on her way.

For a typical quick visit like this, Gerard could get reimbursed $100 or more from a private insurer. For the same visit, Medicare pays less — about $80. And now, with the new private plans under the Affordable Care Act, Gerard says he would get something in between, but closer to the lower Medicare rates.

That’s not something he’s willing to accept.

“I cannot accept a plan [in which] potentially commercial-type reimbursement rates were now going to be reimbursed at Medicare rates,” Gerard says. “You have to maintain a certain mix in private practice between the low reimbursers and the high reimbursers to be able to keep the lights on.”

My GP stopped taking any new Medicare/Medicaid patients a couple years back because of the “new” low reimbursement rates. The last time I was in (when I dislocated my thumb after a plate I was welding above me slipped and hit my, thankfully gloved, hand) I asked about how Obamacare was treating her, she mentioned the possibility of lowered reimbursement rates and her unwillingness to accept less than she was already getting.

I used this as an opening to ask her about the possibility of Concierge Care being an option. She said that while she wasn’t a big fan of it, she’d be open to thinking about it if she had to start dropping/turning away patients.

My yearly physical is a week from today. I think I’ll bring it up to see if she has had second thoughts. I was ushered out of the work force and into the Obamaconomy just before Obamacare took effect. I’ll be rejoining the work force in December and I am not looking forward to rejoining a job market wherein benefits such as medical/dental coverage have declined/disappeared and wages have not gone up accordingly to replace them.

The Wife and I have always arranged it so that we are double covered, which made the transition to her coverage being my primary coverage rather quick and simple. But her medical plan stinks (the dental is great though) and I want to shop for my own. If I get the opportunity for a reasonable Concierge plan, I’ll be on it like militant feminists on hypocrisy. Before they’re made illegal.


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Not quite an illegal Mayor

More along the lines of “illegal Judge”

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge and former state lawmaker Lance T. Mason punched and bit his wife, causing “serious physical harm,” according to criminal charges he now faces in connection with his arrest Saturday.

The judge is charged with felonious assault in the incident involving Aisha Fraser Mason, his wife of eight years. Mrs. Mason’s orbital bone was fractured, according to charging documents.

The victim was hospitalized following the attack that took place in both private and public, said Shaker Heights Chief Prosecutor C. Randolph Keller. She has since been released from the hospital.

Mason has been charged with second-degree felonious assault, which carries a penalty between two years and eight years in prison.

Former DEMOCRAT state lawmaker, appointed to the bench by former Ohio Governor, Ted Strickland (D).

The leftosphere has conveniently forgotten those facts and are attempting to portray him as just another NRA member on a night out with the family.

They do this by posting the list of weapons confiscated from Mason which, aside from the smoke grenades and the samurai-style sword, is comparable to the compliment I leave the house with for a short trip to the range (but which they are calling “an arsenal”).

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Granite Cocks, Champagne and Bacon

Meditations on Moloch is a Long-form musing I found alternately infuriating and fascinating, but utterly enjoyable.

Updating the ancient personification of abstract concepts into deities is fun: if Ares was War, and Mammon Commerce, then it’s not too far a stretch to say that Cthulhu is “the blind marketplace of memes.

Also enjoyable: a salty, perhaps fried food (French fries work; bacon works even better) paired with a sweet champagne. Check it out: since discovering this a couple weeks ago we’ve partaken a couple times a week. Hard to stop, frankly….

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Thunderstruck — Tractors & Anvils Version

h/t: Drang. From Sweden. Crank your bass — these guys sound awesome.

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What are they afraid of?

When you have an idea but are in a country that has no intellectual or property freedom, where do you go?

Beijing, Bangalore, Singapore and Shenzen are vying to become the world’s next Silicon Valley, yet the place to find cutting edge Asian-led innovation is the United States.

Dreams of rubbing shoulders with companies like Facebook, Google and Apple is luring high-tech Asian immigrants to the US at an astonishing rate.

Over 100,000 Asians move to California each year, more than any other ethnic group. Stereotypes abound about a “smart race” and start-up companies are seeking out Asian brain power.

In this age of digital transformation, 101 East asks if Asia is losing its best and brightest to the US.

They say this like it is a bad thing.

Of course, this story is at al Jazeera, so they probably think it is.

It’s one of the reasons why the left loves al Jazeera: They both hate capitalism.

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RNS Quote of the Day: 08/05/14

Since I’ve been using my phone to read the intarwebz lately, and my phone crashed, losing all my links (because I can never remember to use the restart function in reasonable durations), this and the post above is all I got today.

The power which a multiple millionaire, who may be my neighbour and perhaps my employer, has over me is very much less than that which the smallest functionaire possesses who wields the coercive power of the state, and on whose discretion it depends whether and how I am to be allowed to live or to work.

Friedrich Hayek

I promise to try and do better in the future.

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