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  • You don’t understand, Sarah: in Britain’s former colonies, an epigenetic transformation has taken place whereby teeth (and, to a significant degree, eyes) are no longer part of the human body.

  • PCM commented on the blog post Must be one of those “y-ending” days

    2014-10-24 10:01:35View | Delete

    erik and Jon Walker.

  • PCM commented on the blog post Voters Like Democrats But Think They Are Incompetent

    2014-10-24 08:47:59View | Delete

    Modern Democrats haven’t met a core principle they won’t throw under the bus to make their corporate donors and revolving-door clients/employers happy.

    Fixed that for you.

  • Why do you keep posting misleading statements about this?

    Because he’s a troll?

  • PCM commented on the blog post The Roundup for October 22nd, 2014

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    I like to remind people that Stewart and Colbert both work for billionaire media magnate Sumner Redstone, who generally favors pro-Big-Business Democrats. Even if they were inclined to lampoon and savage neoliberal Democrats to the same degree as they do Republicans — and I think it’s conceivable Colbert might be — there are limits to the types of truth-telling a king will put up with from his jesters. Has anyone else noticed how much tamer and more diversionary the Daily Show and Colbert Report have become over the past couple of years?* I suspect Redstone’s privy council must be tightening the leash.

    And of course, everyone at MSNBC works for Comcast. Before that, they worked for General Electric. And they know from Phil Donahue and Cenk Uygur, among others, that if they buck the party line more than cosmetically, they won’t be working for MSNBC for much longer.

    *I’m not going to bother digging up the clip, but Stewart’s on-air ducking of Israel’s destruction of Gaza was particularly shameful and revealing. And even in what I consider to have been one of his best segments, “World of Class Warfare,” the bottom line was not that Warren Buffet should be paying a far higher effective income tax rate than his secretary, but that he shouldn’t be paying a lower one.

  • Unless you end up — wittingly or not, willingly or not — being treated by an out-of-network provider. Or an exclusion or limitation applies to some of the care you happen to need. Or the exorbitantly priced drug you need turns out not to be in your plan’s formulary. Or you get so sick that you lose your job and no longer qualify for that plan. But maybe I’m being presumptuous; perhaps you actually do have America’s Most Awesome High-Deductible Plan.

    By the way — I’m not going to bother digging up the cite; I think it was probably an article by Himmelstein and Woolhandler in the American Journal of Public Health — prior to the ACA, a majority of insured patients who got cancer lost most or all of their life savings paying the out-of-pockets and incidentals. Since median net worth in the US is around $45,000, I’m guessing that’s not going to change dramatically under the ACA. Regardless, ditto to what Sarah said — good luck.

  • And as we know, in around half the states, for recipients over 55 Medicaid is not a public benefits program but a loan secured by a lien on the recipient’s estate. So, if you’re a worthless, good-for-nothing, freeloading Exchange-subsidy moocher and you fuck up on your premium payments or projected income estimates, the feds will come after you whether you’re dead or alive, and if you’re an older worthless, good-for-nothing, freeloading Medicaid moocher and you don’t fuck up at all — well, apart from being poor — state revenuers will come after you when you’re dead.

  • If Leung is concerned about giving the poors a choice, I guess that must mean Hong Kong still has independent, diverse, competitive, investigative new media. That’s simply not a problem over here in the States. Big Capital Propaganda News In, Big Capital Election Results Out. And if perchance the poors vote the wrong way, Big Capital just captures their reps once they are in office. Democracy in action!

  • I wonder if Congressman Grayson would agree that, for the 40 million completely uninsured and the many additional millions of functionally uninsured like Wandrich, the Democratic plan is, “If you get sick, die, and die quickly.”

  • PCM commented on the blog post For Conservatives it is all About Fox News

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    Don’t forget to point out that Fox News’s number-two shareholder is Saudi prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, who is also the number-three shareholder of the new News Corp. No need to trouble your debate opponents with the detail that his holdings are only in the single digits and come with reduced voting rights due to his being a foreigner. Rupert Murdoch is the Great Satan behind right-wing news, but letting right-wingers know that they’re enriching a (cosmetically?) pro-Palestinian Saudi billionaire when they consume Murdoch’s inverted-fascist agitprop might plant an additional seed of doubt in the minds of some.

  • PCM commented on the blog post For Conservatives it is all About Fox News

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    Yup. If “liberals” are content to consume the distraction, misdirection, and propaganda carried on corporate advertisers’ and sponsors’ “liberal” news mills, they can be indoctrinated into believing that the Democratic Party (still?) represents their interests.

  • PCM commented on the blog post State Dept Says I Shouldn’t Write This!

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    And yet, the claim rings a bell. Didn’t Il-sung develop the basic concept while he was still living at the Kim family farm in Rigby, Idaho?

  • PCM commented on the blog post State Dept Says I Shouldn’t Write This!

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    The first rule of State Club is: you do not talk about State Club. The second rule of State Club is: you do NOT TALK ABOUT STATE CLUB. The third rule of State Club is: when State Club tells you to shut up, you shut up.

    Does that about sum it up?

  • PCM commented on the blog post This Could Be the Beginning of the End of Pot Brownies in Colorado

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    Goodbye store-bought brownies, hello store-bought Brussels-sprout-and-spinach quiche. But seriously:

    The actual danger of anyone accidentally consuming a cannabis cookie not knowing it contained marijuana is extremely small, but it is a concern that has received a disproportionate amount of media attention and has become the number one thing to attack by opponents.

    Wrong, wrong, wrong. I cooked up a batch of very strong pot brownies for my cancer-stricken mom and kept them in a well-labeled container in the fridge. By “well-labeled,” I mean with a warning saying “Marijuana Brownies — For Mom Only” written in big fat Sharpie marker. The first accidental consumer was my dad, who was scrounging around in the fridge for a late-night snack. He had been fully briefed on the brownies, and the warning was right there in his face, so I imagine something like this must have happened. He’d never been high before and was totally freaked out. The second accidental consumer was a new home-hospice-care aide who wasn’t wearing her glasses and who wanted something sweet to accompany her morning coffee. (I had taken the night shift and had already turned in when she arrived, so my dad did the introductory briefing and — if you can believe it after his own experience — forgot to explicitly point out the brownies.) She had also never been high before and she thought she was dying. (They were really very powerful brownies.) She called her daughter, who called 911, and soon a fire truck and a squad car were at the house. (By the way, medical marijuana was already legal up here and there was no ugly criminal or civil fallout. The aide went home to sleep it off and ended up staying with us until my mom died.)

    Anyway, if fully grown adults can be incapable of distinguishing pot brownies from regular brownies, little kids are even more susceptible to doing so. But the thing is, the danger with home-baked goods is probably even higher than with store-bought goods. Store-bought goods can be prepackaged with Mr. Yuck stickers already on them. (And in fact, after that second incident, I went to the drug store, picked up a bunch of Mr. Yuck stickers, and slapped at least one on every side, top, and bottom of every container. Sheesh.) Whether marijuana edibles are store-bought or home-made, or well-labeled or not, the important thing is to keep them out of reach of kids — and maybe some old folks, too? — period.

    PS: I won’t tell you the full story of how my mom secretly scarfed down three brownies while I was peeing before taking her out for a walk. Suffice it to say that the walk back home was epic.

  • PCM commented on the diary post Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Stephen R. Donaldson by dakine01.

    2014-10-19 17:56:48View | Delete

    I’ll be happy when The Winds of Winter comes out, but I can’t begrudge the man for taking a break and enjoying his success. The books are really quite massive: books four and five were originally intended to come out as a single volume and together they are more than 700,000 words long,* not including the [...]

  • PCM commented on the diary post Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Stephen R. Donaldson by dakine01.

    2014-10-18 19:57:41View | Delete

    OMG, OMG, OMG! Berek Halfhand ? Beric Dondarrion? Qhorin Halfhand? From George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire ? (That’s Game of Thrones to you TV watchers.) They are not wrong when they say, “Good artists copy; great artists steal.” I could say much and more of George Martin’s masterwork but I know little and less of Donaldson’s oeuvre, so I’ll stop there. (All [...]

  • An American newspaper sanitizing and slanting its coverage of political candidates? Say it ain’t so.

  • PCM commented on the blog post The Washington-Oregon Marijuana Tax Inversion Point

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    Washington has the most regressive state and local tax system in the country and it has the highest liquor prices — I’m assuming due to taxes — in the contiguous 48 states. I know an 80-something-year-old woman who drives to Reno with her girlfriends a couple times a year for a few days of gambling and fun, and she comes back with a trunk packed full of cheap liquor. Portland is a whole lot closer than Reno; if you start out early, Portland is a day trip from Seattle.

    By the way, The Washington sales tax rate is slightly lower in counties bordering Oregon (which as Big Al pointed out has no sales tax). I wonder if the legislature will have to lower marijuana taxes in those counties as well…

    Anyway, it will be an interesting calculus. If lots of Washingtonians make pot-shopping trips to Oregon, I guess we’ll see Washington law enforcement stepping up “civil asset forfeiture” (stealing travelers’ cash) on the way down and possession-limit enforcement (seizing travelers’ weed and arresting the travelers) on the way back up. Will the stolen cash (if indeed it’s vouchered in full) be enough to cover the cost of arresting, prosecuting, and imprisoning these dangerous drug smugglers? I doubt it.

  • PCM commented on the blog post Hating the Other Party Really Drives Turnout

    2014-10-18 10:18:21View | Delete

    What does hating both parties do?

  • PCM commented on the blog post Obama Appoints Ebola Czar, Third Health Worker Isolated

    2014-10-18 10:17:23View | Delete

    What if we stopped calling them czars and started calling them emcees instead?

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