Submitted by twig on Wed, 09/12/2012 - 1:31pm
Someone at Facebook temporarily banned New Yorker magazine for violating the "Nudity and Sex" standards. The problem: a cartoon that used two dots to represent female nipples.
The scandalous pencil dots are the subject of a follow-up blog post -- "Nipplegate" -- from the cartoon editor, a not-to-be missed gem. Read below the fold...
Submitted by twig on Tue, 09/04/2012 - 4:53pm
UPDATE: This post is simply a suggestion to educate yourself before getting a flu shot. I am NOT opposed to vaccines in general, but am questioning the wisdom of the flu shot for reasons explained below.
Flu shots are nowhere near 100% effective; in fact, even proponents admit that 69% is about the best effectiveness rate they can get in adults, and that’s in a very good year. The sources in the original post were called into question, though, and I agree -- they were not great. So here are new sources, including the CDC, a couple of flu experts, and a major medical journal.
First, here is what the CDC’s own website states in response to the question, “How well does the seasonal flu vaccine work?”: Read below the fold...
Submitted by twig on Thu, 08/16/2012 - 3:57pm
The Social Security Administration is requesting bids for supplying 174,000 rounds of hollow-points. Earlier this summer, NOAA ordered 46,000, and DHS asked for 450 million rounds. Read below the fold...
Submitted by twig on Tue, 08/14/2012 - 7:47pm
A couple weeks ago, LA's City Council voted unanimously to ban all of the city's medical marijuana dispensaries.
Medical marijuana has been legal in California since 1996. The state's dispensaries are real job creators, employing thousands of people. They also pay taxes, a lot of taxes, somewhere between $58 million and $105 million each year. Read below the fold...
Submitted by twig on Wed, 06/20/2012 - 11:22pm
Remember those 30 years you spent working at a job you didn't like all that much so that you'd be able to retire one day? Sorry about that. The states' public employee retirement and health care funds are in the hole by nearly $1.4 trillion -- with a T. Read below the fold...
Submitted by twig on Wed, 03/21/2012 - 1:27pm
Deadly "superbugs" that have evolved from antibiotic overuse may be the solution to all those pesky poor people in the world. They won't be able to afford the medical care to survive ordinary infections. Margaret Chan, director general of WHO (World Health Organization) via ABC News: [emphasis added] Read below the fold...
Submitted by twig on Sat, 01/21/2012 - 11:06pm
if it's inaccurate or misleading , please. But the way I read it, the fuckwits in power are determined to destroy the internet one way or another.
I only just discovered the ACTA ("worse than SOPA") treaty and am still trying to sort it all out. If anyone here knows more, feel free to console me! Read below the fold...
Submitted by twig on Wed, 12/28/2011 - 8:21pm
Submitted by twig on Wed, 12/21/2011 - 10:31pm
Buzz kill alert! After debating about whether or not to post this and ruin everyone's holiday, I decided to do it anyway. The story's too important and I'm not seeing it covered anywhere else. Grab a tissue and read all about it, the preznit's latest historically historic achievement.
And how's this for irony -- the BO website is currently themed "Home for the Holidays" ... nice timing, halfwits. Read below the fold...
Submitted by twig on Sat, 12/17/2011 - 8:12pm
The Profiteer in Chief's former car czar, multi-millionaire Steven Rattner, has the solution to GM's low stock price all figured out -- cut wages!
See, if these overpaid auto workers would just give up some of the big bucks they're raking in, everything would be just fine. [emphasis added]
"...500 or so UAW workers are paid about $16 an hour — a rate, adjusted for inflation, equal to the famed $5 a day Henry Ford started paying his workers in 1914. Read below the fold...
Submitted by twig on Wed, 11/30/2011 - 1:35pm
Submitted by twig on Mon, 10/17/2011 - 11:54pm
via Andy Borowitz:
Up until now, Goldman Sachs has been silent on the subject of the protest movement known as Occupy Wall Street. That does not mean, however, that it has not been very much on our minds. As thousands have gathered in Lower Manhattan, passionately expressing their deep discontent with the status quo, we have taken note of these protests. And we have asked ourselves this question:
How can we make money off them? Read below the fold...
Submitted by twig on Thu, 09/29/2011 - 1:18pm
Debuting in 2012, $5 monthly fee for the privilege of using your ATM card.
As you've probably guessed, the new fee only applies to the less fortunate:
It [debit card fee] will be waived for the bank's premium or platinum privileges accounts tied to the Merrill Lynch brokerage. Read below the fold...
Submitted by twig on Tue, 09/27/2011 - 4:07pm
Submitted by twig on Fri, 09/23/2011 - 1:42pm
According to a new study for the Ohio Department of Insurance:
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) could cut the number of uninsured Ohio residents by 790,000 in 2017, but it also could increase premiums for the 735,000 residents who have individual coverage by more than 55%.
Actually, the 55% increase is the low end of the predicted increase.
"...the price of individual health insurance coverage might rise about 55% to 85%, excluding the impact of medical inflation...." Read below the fold...