Quasit

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  • Quasit commented on the diary post How To End This Depression by Tyler Healey.

    2014-03-06 15:40:24View | Delete

    I imagine they’d just counter by demanding that the cuts be paid for by completely eliminating the safety net – including elements that don’t factor into the budget, like Social Security.

  • Quasit commented on the diary post An Open Letter To The Middle Class (spoiler alert: F*ck You) by Dennis Trainor Jr.

    2014-03-06 15:23:03View | Delete

    Well done!

  • Quasit wrote a new diary post: The biggest, most brilliant power-grab ever!

    2013-10-03 06:40:20View | Delete

    Someone in the Republican party is a genius. Their offer to restart the government piece by piece is possibly the most arrogant power-grab in the history of the country – and that’s no exaggeration. Because when they start re-funding parts of the government, they won’t re-fund the parts that they don’t like . In one fell swoop [...]

  • Quasit commented on the diary post Presidential Pardon for Bradley Manning by Dennis Trainor Jr.

    2013-08-06 19:18:48View | Delete

    Obama would be far more likely to drone-kill Snowden than pardon him. Snowden embarrassed Obama’s corporate masters.

  • Disagreeing about what? On what issues?

  • Why is he being targeted? Wikipedia doesn’t say, and the links in Google News all seem to be in Turkish.

  • Quasit commented on the diary post The Next American Revolution: Parties? by Quasit.

    2013-07-26 19:31:06View | Delete

    Thanks for the link to your cousin’s essay – it makes some great points. I agree that if “parties” (meaning any social event) are deliberately organized as political events, they won’t work. And in fact, I think it would be a mistake to go into them with specific expectations. Direct interaction between people can and should [...]

  • Quasit commented on the diary post The Next American Revolution: Parties? by Quasit.

    2013-07-25 16:39:49View | Delete

    Of course I realize that there’s a certain irony in posting a plea for direct human interaction on the internet. But as I said, I don’t have an answer. I’m just hoping somebody else does!

  • Quasit wrote a new diary post: The Next American Revolution: Parties?

    2013-07-25 16:33:14View | Delete

    This may not be any great insight, but it suddenly occurred to me tonight that the next great social movement in this country might well be based around parties. Not political parties – real ones. The fun kind. Most people are terribly isolated these days. TV and the internet dominate their lives. Actual human contact and interaction [...]

  • Quasit commented on the diary post Surviving the High-Deductible Health Insurance Labyrinth by Quasit.

    2013-05-18 16:38:21View | Delete

    So assuming I do a substantial rewrite and expansion, I’ll want to come up with a more interesting title. How about “Beating America’s Health Racketeers”? Or “Surviving the ‘Health’ System That Wants You To Die”?

    Any thoughts?

  • Quasit commented on the diary post Surviving the High-Deductible Health Insurance Labyrinth by Quasit.

    2013-05-18 12:40:02View | Delete

    My particular benefit administration company has one of those wonderfully Orwellian names – I can’t hear it without thinking of the evil company in RoboCop. As for dental, that’s a whole different nightmare. For all that the free market is supposed to supply all our needs, there’s a critical need for dental coverage that actually covers dental costs . [...]

  • Quasit commented on the diary post Surviving the High-Deductible Health Insurance Labyrinth by Quasit.

    2013-05-18 11:18:06View | Delete

    Thanks, techgeek15. As I think about it, though, that numbered list should probably be re-ordered. In fact, the whole piece could do with a re-write, adding in some of the points that came up in the comments as well. While I’m at it, I should probably explain HRAs, FSAs, and how they are so effectively [...]

  • Quasit commented on the diary post Surviving the High-Deductible Health Insurance Labyrinth by Quasit.

    2013-05-17 16:16:23View | Delete

    The thing is, my family’s medical situation isn’t all that complicated. If any of us had a really serious or expensive condition, one that required frequent trips to the hospital or a lot of tests, there would be absolutely no way to survive our modern health-insurance system. And that’s the problem. America doesn’t really have a [...]

  • Quasit commented on the diary post Surviving the High-Deductible Health Insurance Labyrinth by Quasit.

    2013-05-17 13:47:57View | Delete

    Thank you! And thanks, CTuttle! I’m afraid I may not have given the piece a sufficiently-interesting title, though.

  • Quasit commented on the diary post Surviving the High-Deductible Health Insurance Labyrinth by Quasit.

    2013-05-17 07:13:01View | Delete

    Have you ever noticed that they never make a mistake in your favor? It’s always a denial of service, never an acceptance of a charge that was inappropriate. Of course, most of us just do what our doctors tell us to do. So there’s no reasonable way to try to put in a claim for something that [...]

  • Quasit wrote a new diary post: Surviving the High-Deductible Health Insurance Labyrinth

    2013-05-16 21:09:34View | Delete

    ThumbnailFor various reasons I am not going to use names in this post. Several years ago we (my family and I) were forced to change our health insurance from a classic HMO plan to a “high-deductible” one. That plan is effectively incomprehensible; ever since we were switched to that plan, we’ve been in collection or sued [...]

  • Quasit commented on the diary post The Day That NPR Lost Me by Quasit.

    2013-02-18 23:25:55View | Delete

    NPR is government run radio. Do you expect them to tell you the government is doing something illegal or wrong?

    During most of my lifetime, they would and did at least acknowledge when the government acted in a questionable manner, and would at least include voices which were actually critical of controversial governmental activities. Were they storming [...]

  • Quasit commented on the diary post The Day That NPR Lost Me by Quasit.

    2013-02-18 21:41:35View | Delete

    I suppose it makes me a bad person that the first thought that occurred to me on reading that was “Gee, if I became disabled in an ability that was necessary to my job, I’d be unemployed before I knew what hit me! And soon after, my family and I would be homeless and indigent.” But [...]

  • Quasit commented on the diary post The Day That NPR Lost Me by Quasit.

    2013-02-18 08:45:21View | Delete

    The problem is that our godlike and unchallengeable Free Market doesn’t offer any sort of tolerable alternative for radio news in our area. Nor, as I understand it, in most other areas of the United States. If the people never even get to hear an alternative viewpoint, what chance do they have to actually change the [...]

  • Quasit commented on the diary post The Day That NPR Lost Me by Quasit.

    2013-02-18 07:29:23View | Delete

    Honestly, I never knew what was so great about NPR to begin with.

    If the only alternatives are right-wing talk radio, whatever what used to be called rap is now called, or country radio – and god, modern country radio is the worst thing that I can imagine, cultural programming to produce a nation of ignorant, [...]

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