"Master class" at UMKC.
Film at 11, but the administration is about to declare the most definitely not relaunched ObamaCare website ("marketplace"), healthcare.gov, a success. Pass the victory gin:
HealthCare.gov will meet deadline for fixes, White House officials say
Administration officials are preparing to announce Sunday that they have met their Saturday deadline for improving HealthCare.gov, according to government officials, in part by expanding the site’s capacity so that it can handle 50,000 users at once. But they have yet to meet all their internal goals for repairing the federal health-care site, and it will not become clear how many consumers it can accommodate [about the lowest baseline you can set] until more people try to use it.
And they also appear to be doing some not-Expedia-like, not-Amazon-like things to make the site "work" that shouldn't come under the heading of repairs. For example, the waiting area: Read below the fold...
In the process of cleaning my elder abuse-style kitchen -- kidding! Almost ... -- I've brought a rug to the surface. It's in fine shape, having had the dust beaten out of it, but it's rubber-backed. It's about the size of two bathroom rugs end to end. I've heard that you shouldn't wash a rubber-backed rug in the washing machine, and the daring souls who have done this did it with bathroom rugs. Read below the fold...
A devastating fire ripped through a Bangladesh garment factory supplying major Western retailers in a blaze set by workers angered over rumors of a colleague's death due to police gunfire.
At the scene, a Reuters photographer said burnt garments strewn on the floors bore brand names from U.S. retailers such as American Eagle Outfitters Inc, Gap Inc and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Other brands on the clothes included Li and Fung Ltd, Marks and Spencer Group PLC, Sears Canada Inc, Fast Retailing Co Ltd's Uniqlo and Inditex S.A. brand Zara.
Nur-e-Alam, a senior manager of Standard Group, said the factory had stored the next six months of its supplies for top global retailers, including Gap and Wal-Mart.
"We were the biggest supplier of Gap in Bangladesh," he said, adding "Our cargoes were ready for shipment and all that was burnt up."
So maybe a union would be cheaper in the end? Read below the fold...
Since the retail industry sees its customers as cattle, one can only imagine how they see their workers
I was struck by the language used by these executives:
Bill Simon, chief executive officer of Wal-Mart’s U.S. division, was asked about the [handcuffing] incident on a conference call today with reporters.
“Any time you get more than 22 million people together you’re going to have some behavior you’re not proud of,” said Simon, who also said “the number of incidents” was down from last year and that it’s “hard to tell what happened in any individual incident.”
Shoppers are “anxious to be first,” [Rich Mellor, the NRF’s vice president of loss prevention] said. “They get really rambunctious coming in the door. You have to be informative so they’re not going crazy looking for whatever.” ....
“They’ve probably consumed a few and they probably shouldn’t be out shopping,” [Garth Gasse, director of retail operations and asset protection at the Retail Industry Leaders Association] said.
“I saw the crowds were getting bigger,” said [Pete Marrero, the general manager of Taubman Centers Inc.’s Dolphin Mall in Miami]. “We opened the doors early to avoid people trampling.”
I'm reminded of nothing so much as Temple Grandin's work* on how to get cattle into a slaughterhouse without panicking them. Read below the fold...
How about a post-holiday thread for syntactical irritations? Prompted in part by lambert's post about "folks," and in part by his use of "Big Pharma" (the day after Thanksgiving is the traditional Bash Your Blog Host day). The name for the pharmaceutical industry's lobbying arm is Pharma, not Big Pharma. It's big by definition; adding "Big" is redundant.
So what gets your goat, language-wise (besides rustic and inscrutable idioms, that is)? Read below the fold...
Bill Van Auken in “US ultimatum on permanent occupation of Afghanistan” writes:
... In 2012, the Democratic incumbent campaigned for reelection vowing that all US troops would be out of Afghanistan by December 31, 2014. His running mate, Joe Biden, declared, “We are leaving Afghanistan in 2014, period. There are no if, ands or buts.”
snipRead below the fold...
Before most Thanksgiving turkeys even approached the oven on Thursday, a small line of tents had formed in front of a Best Buy in Falls Church, Va., their inhabitants waiting for the holiday deals to begin. First in line was William Ignacio, who pitched his tent at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.
Traditionally, the holiday shopping season kicks off on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. But every year, more stores are opening on the holiday itself and keeping their doors open longer, beginning in the predawn hours, and shoppers are taking advantage, whether before dinner or after.
At some point, we're going to move from discussion of how bad the ObamaCare website is, to how bad the ObamaCare policies are, but that can only happen after the end of November, when the administration will call a touchdown, after dropping the goal wherever they've managed to move the goalposts. Pass the Victory Gin! Meanwhile, the ObamaCare story is so vast, and has so many threads, that I'm not even sure I've got a handle on it any more, so I'm going to make this post a (longish) compendium of the current state of play. On moving the goalposts:
"The 30th of November is not a magic go, no go date. It is a work of constant improvement. We have some very specific things we know we need to complete by the 30th and that punch list is getting knocked out every week," Sebelius told The Associated Press. ....
The Obama administration has staked its credibility on turning HealthCare.gov around by the end of this month. From the president on down, officials have said the website will be running smoothly for the "vast majority of users" by Nov. 30, but have been vague about what that actually means.
The definition has morphed in the past few weeks. At an Oct. 30 congressional hearing, Sebelius projected "an optimally functioning website" by the end of November. On Nov. 5, Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, testified that the site would be "fully functioning" by that date.
"We recognize that there will still be periodic spikes, glitches, whatever that people will experience," [Sebelius said on Tuesday].
My family always used to play this Stan Freberg album on Thanksgiving, so here it is: