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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]

Nice timing.

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

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In the garden: Sunflower!

I noticed the first sunflower bloomed late yesterday evening, so here it is. There are others coming along. This year, the deer didn't eat them! Read more about In the garden: Sunflower!

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Sunday Train: The New Gulf Wind, NOLA to Orlando

In this September's Trains magazine{+}, Bob Johnston looks at the history and current state of play of the eastern section of the Sunset Limited route, running from New Orleans through to, most of the time, Orlando Florida. This is a live topic since both houses have passed Amtrak funding bills, which are currently awaiting reconciliation, and both include language setting up a group to study re-establishing intercity rail service on the Gulf Coast.

This also ties into three issues previously examined on the Sunday Train. The Orlando terminus offers the possibility of connecting rail services, which include the Carolina services, some of which extend through to Florida, and also the planned Rapid Rail All Aboard Florida hourly daytime passenger services between Orlando and Miami. And the western connection ties this into the previous Congress-mandated study of upgrades to the existing Sunset Limited, which proposed to replace the current route by extending the Texas Eagle through to Los Angeles, connecting to a New Orleans corridor service at San Antonio.

{+: Note that online access to Trains! magazine is mostly paywalled for subscribers to the print edition.} Read more about Sunday Train: The New Gulf Wind, NOLA to Orlando

Why Do So Many US Citizens Enable Our Police State?

I remarked to a coworker the other day about the tragic death of Sandra Bland. She agreed but hastened to add, “That is why I try to stay away from watching the news as much as possible.”

Before I had time to re-raise my jaw, she launched into an analysis of an impending work project, clearly closing the door to further discussion. Read more about Why Do So Many US Citizens Enable Our Police State?

In the garden: Sky

I grant that, with cherubs, this sunset would be appropriate for Louis XV's bedroom ceiling at Versailles, but still, it is beautiful, isn't it? Here's another: Read more about In the garden: Sky

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Anti-TPP "Activists" blow 400 Conch Shells, Defeat TPP Henchmen Representing 40% of World GDP

The Anti-TPP "Activists" have totally redeemed themselves, by taking the fight to TPP's evil Henchmen, right in their (temporary) home town. Read more about Anti-TPP "Activists" blow 400 Conch Shells, Defeat TPP Henchmen Representing 40% of World GDP

Handy visualization of Clinton's funding and TPP support

Ka-ching. Read more about Handy visualization of Clinton's funding and TPP support

In the garden: After the thunderstorm (yet again)

This was a quick one that left the parking lot in the shopping center up the road looking like Bangkok in the rainy season, and then dropped six-inch hailstones further up the road!

I know. Too many poppies! But I can't get enough of them. I'd make wall-sized photos of them if I could! Read more about In the garden: After the thunderstorm (yet again)

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Are (Deep State) US Government "Connected" Assassins Whacking Doctors Who Are Curing Autism?

I'm not going to defend this proposition, not having looked closely at it. Unfortunately, though, I'm leaning towards believing there's foul play going on. I'm posting this partly to make assassination more problematic for the evil doers. If it amounts to a bunch of "coincidences", and the evil doers are imaginary, well, my intentions were good.

In a nutshell, there's a substance called "GcMAF" which has "has an astonishing success rate (over 80% in some trials) and works by activating the body's own immune system to destroy tumors of all kinds. Read more about Are (Deep State) US Government "Connected" Assassins Whacking Doctors Who Are Curing Autism?

How few of the 0.01% there really are

Here's an interesting story in the Guardian, ostensibly about offshore wealth, but more about wealth, and especially the wealthy.

The world's super-rich have taken advantage of lax tax rules to siphon off at least $21 trillion, and possibly as much as $32tn, from their home countries and hide it abroad – a sum larger than the entire American economy.

James Henry, a former chief economist at consultancy McKinsey and an expert on tax havens, has conducted groundbreaking new research for the Tax Justice Network campaign group – sifting through data from the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and private sector analysts to construct an alarming picture that shows capital flooding out of countries across the world and disappearing into the cracks in the financial system.

$21 trillion?! Even today, that's a lot of money! And capital doesn't "disappear" into the "cracks in the financial system" (indeed, one might even think the whole purpose of the financial system is to have such cracks). The capital goes somewhere and is invested in something by someone. The article doesn't say any of that -- in fact, the tax havens obfuscate capital flows -- but it does have other interesting things to say. For one thing, the Gini co-efficient that measures inequality, bad as it seems now, isn't nearly bad enough: Read more about How few of the 0.01% there really are

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Outing Hillary's Wall Street Lackeys: Tom Nides and Robert Hormats

From The Guardian, "Hilary Clinton aides' Wall Street links raise economic policy doubts."

I am putting the names in bold: Tom Nides and Robert Hormats.

The person expressing "angst" about Hormats and Nides influencing a possible Hillary Clinton presidency is a Neil Sroka, spokesman for "progressive advocacy group Democracy in America." [Where has Sroka been during President Wall Street Obama's reign?] Read more about Outing Hillary's Wall Street Lackeys: Tom Nides and Robert Hormats

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