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Happy Easter Weekend

I'm neither a "believer" nor churched, so Easter as such leaves me cold. However, we may wish to celebrate the advent of spring! Read below the fold...

healthcare.gov opens at midnight on the day of the government shutdown and lambert finds a bug

[And if you have your own experiences to share, and especially screen dumps, please add them in comments or contact me. Either Federal Exchanges, or state exchanges. I'm especially interested in Covered California! Thank you! --lambert]

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john.smith@gmail.com from Maine had a registration #FAIL at step 3. Here's the screen dump:

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Mr. Pascal

by Alison De Vere, 1979. Man, I hope this works. I cannot see youtubes now:

Happy Easter everyone! Read below the fold...

Robert Fitch's awesome 2008 called shot on Obama and the Democrats: "Friendly FIRE"

(As in the FIRE sector: FInance and Real Estate, a.k.a "the banksters.") Via Eyes That See gives the full text of Fitch's speech to the Harlem Tenants Association on November 14, 2008:

Obama’s political base comes primarily from Chicago FIRE—the finance, insurance and real estate industry. And the wealthiest families—the Pritzkers, the Crowns and the Levins. But it’s more than just Chicago FIRE. Also within Obama’s inner core of support are allies from the non-profit sector: the liberal foundations, the elite universities, the non-profit community developers and the real estate reverends who produce market rate housing with tax breaks from the city and who have been known to shout from the pulpit “give us this day our Daley, Richard Daley bread.”

Aggregate them and what emerges is a constellation of interests around Obama that I call “Friendly FIRE.” Fire power disguised by the camouflage of community uplift; augmented by the authority of academia; greased by billions in foundation grants; and wired to conventional FIRE by the terms of the Community Reinvestment Act of 1995.

And yet friendly FIRE is just as deadly as the conventional FIRE that comes from bankers and developers that we’re used to ducking from. It’s the whole condominium of interests whose advancement depends on the elimination of poor blacks from the community and their replacement by white people and—at least temporarily—by the black middle class—who’ve gotten subprime mortgages—in a kind of redlining in reverse.

This “friendly FIRE” analysis stands in opposition to the two main themes of the McCain attack ads. Either they try to frighten people into believing that Obama is a dangerous leftist who hangs with Bill Ayers the former Weatherperson; or they assert he’s a creature of the corrupt Chicago machine.

Lots of interesting material here! Read below the fold...

Cam replacement

Apparently the Humboldt Bay Eagle cam was causing some users problems, so I replaced it with another, and possibly more interesting, cam: Read below the fold...

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ObamaCare Clusterfuck: If you've got leukemia and good coverage, wait, and your policy will hit the lowest common denominator

An interesting paper from Millman, Inc (a provider of actuarial services):

2014 Individual Exchange Policies in Four States: An Early Look for Patients with Blood Cancer
The ACA rules do permit variation among exchange plans, and these variations can be significant for services important to people with blood cancer.

This variation among plans is high in the initial 2014 exchange launch, but the authors believe it may diminish in future years as competing insurers converge toward lower-cost and more restrictive features.

So if you like your plan, you won't be able to keep it. Read below the fold...

Classholes

Mashable ran a Glass* launch post mortem in early April. Tossing aside the tech stuff, I found this interesting:

Glass in 2014 has become an emblem for technology's worst stereotypes: ultra-geeky, expensive and — worst of all — privacy-destroying.

The ostentatious design had a secondary effect: It ensured Glass's earliest ambassadors would be people who wanted to be noticed. These aren't the soccer moms and guitarists we saw in the earliest promo videos for Glass, sharing clips and getting directions to the nearest cool food truck. No, the people introducing Glass to the world are digital marketers, consultants and bloggers — people more likely to use Glass for a reality show or advertising campaign than logging their everyday moments.

[B]ut standing out from the crowd is part of the deal, and a large number of Glass Explorers clearly see the device as a $1,500 ticket to notoriety.

I suppose that neo-feudalism** requires banners and devices exactly as did feudalism, so Glass instead of armor, a lance, and a shield? This Wired article sharpens the class angle:

Wearing Glass separates you. It sets you apart from everyone else. It says you not only had $1,500 to plunk down to be part of the “explorer” program, but that Google deemed you special enough to warrant inclusion (not everyone who wanted Glass got it; you had to be selected). Glass is a class divide on your face.

And this Glasshole sharpens the class angle and cuts themselves on it: Read below the fold...

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More Misdirection from Rampell in the Service of Generational War

In my last post, I took issue with a recent column by Catherine Rampell, who tries to make the case that seniors haven't paid for their Social Security and Medicare because they “generally receive” more in benefits out of these programs than they pay into them. Rampell relies on an Urban Institute study to make her case. Since that post, she's offered another that replies to some of the questions raised by commenters on her earlier effort. I'll reply to that new post shortly, but first I want to present key points emerging from my analysis of Federal monetary operations in my reply to her earlier post. See that post for the full argument.

First, once Congress mandates spending, there is no way that the Treasury can be forced into insolvency or an inability to pay its obligations as long as it is willing to make use of all the ways it can cause the Fed to create reserve credits in Treasury spending accounts which can then be used for its reserve keystroking into private sector account activities that today represent most of the reality of Federal spending. Read below the fold...

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Lies and consequences - Marcy Wheeler interviewed on the CIA torture report, cont'd

Marcy Wheeler: I think that the people close to Cheney, they’re going to double down. John Rizzo, going to double down. Jose Rodriguez, they’re going to double down. And the reason they can do that is because the press is not going to hold them to account... I mean, that’s what happened the last time, and I do think that the people who really stake their reputation on torture aren’t going to back down. Because partly they can’t legally. Cheney should go down as a war criminal, but he’s going to do what he can to avoid getting that reputation, at least while he’s still alive.

More between Marcy and Scott on the CIA torture report – another transcript that I'm late posting; this one from April 4. Podcast here. Earlier interview here. Read below the fold...

Horserace coverage for NH 2016 primary begins

I want to claw out my eyeballs:

A new WMUR Granite State poll, conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center and released Friday night showed 7 percent of likely Democrats have definitely decided who to vote for, while 1 percent of Republican primary voters have made up their minds.

Among Democrats, Clinton is currently ahead with 65 percent, followed by Vice President Joe Biden's 6 percent. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul leads the GOP field with 15 percent, and 2012 vice presidential nominee and Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire are tied at 13 percent. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gets 12 percent, down from the 21 percent of last July.

I wish the primariez were like Hollywood, where nobody knows anything. Read below the fold...

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