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  • reddog commented on the blog post There is No Preparing for Health Care Calvinball

    2014-12-11 18:03:36View | Delete

    People need to look at the map of Congressional districts. See all that RED??

    Those people vote against Dems because they are voting God, Guns and Gays. They are voting against the EPA and the ESA (much of that red area relies on extractive industries for employment). The ACA barely registers as a reason they despise Liberals.

    Betcha those areas overwhelmingly support torturing terrorists, to death even.

    Really, I think many on this list are delusional. The population of these districts does not see the world the way that you do.

  • reddog commented on the diary post ALEC has “No Comment” on Free Markets Contradiction by Connor Gibson.

    2014-08-11 20:39:57View | Delete

    “25% of their power is from as you claim unstable sources you can’t run heavy industry with unstable power.” That is why they have hydro, coal and NG plants on-line. Those plants keep the voltage stable as the winds increase and decrease by ramping their turbines up or down as the grid voltage fluctuates. Well, [...]

  • reddog commented on the diary post ALEC has “No Comment” on Free Markets Contradiction by Connor Gibson.

    2014-08-11 20:25:48View | Delete

    I was giving you the benefit of the doubt until you wrote this: “Nuke plants take awhile to warm up they are not gas turbines” These turbines are always spinning. There is no, zero, warm up. The steam is always there, just as it is in a coal or NG fired plant (unless they have [...]

  • reddog commented on the diary post ALEC has “No Comment” on Free Markets Contradiction by Connor Gibson.

    2014-08-11 17:39:03View | Delete

    Did you read the CS Monitor link? The Monitor explained specifically why Germany needs power plants and what the problem is with total reliance on solar and wind. Basically, Germany can’t rely totally on solar or wind because the load is higher at specific times that the sun isn’t shining and the wind cannot be [...]

  • reddog commented on the diary post ALEC has “No Comment” on Free Markets Contradiction by Connor Gibson.

    2014-08-11 14:21:03View | Delete

    All well and good, but Germany is on a coal-fired power plant building binge. This article explains what is happening and partly why:

    http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Energy-Voices/2013/0716/The-dirty-coal-behind-Germany-s-clean-energy

    And this blog explains more of the why:

    http://theenergycollective.com/robertwilson190/328841/why-germanys-nuclear-phase-out-leading-more-coal-burning

  • No disagreement from me there. I’m just stating what are common practices in the world of management. A company I worked for contracted for said net nanny software and it blocked porn (of course), blogs, sports sites and a lot of other places that were deemed not applicable to business (probably Wikileaks too, I never checked). The unforeseen consequence of this was tied to the nature of the company itself, which was involved with equipment that was highly technical in nature. When said equipment malfunctioned, which was often, and proved difficult to repair, the engineers and technicians relied on the equipment manufacturer’s tech support blogs for hints on troubleshooting, and those blogs were blocked by default. They could be unblocked on an individual basis by contacting the IT department, and the IT folks quickly became fed up with the large number of requests and contacted the software supplier and had all blogs unblocked. We call that the “law of unforeseen consequences”, which likely applies here as well.

  • O.K. Here is how the algorithm works. Let’s take the work “breast” for example. The word is assigned a number and let’s say it appears on a website 5 times. In the olden days, before the algorithms were refined, that would automatically get a site on the block list. But now, the algorithm is more sophisticated. If another word, for example “salt” appears with the word “breast”, the algorithm will assign a lower number to the word breast. And if “oven” and “bake” appears on the same page, the assigned number will be low enough that the page won’t be blocked (it’s a cooking site, duh). If the word “cancer” appears with the word “breast” the algorithm will assign another low number and that site won’t be blocked. If the word “panties” appears on a page with the word “breast” the algorithm will assign assign a multiple to the word “breast” and the page will be blocked. The words used in a site devoted to hacking are assigned a weight by the algorithm in the same way. Even if the site is not devoted to hacking, if enough words appear that the algorithm can associate with a hacker site it will be auto-blocked.

  • What you will probably find out, is that the company that supplies the “net nanny” software (under contract) has a bot program that scans sites and auto blocks any that have the word “hacking” on the page. The bots also block “blog” and sometimes other sites that contain words such as “breast” or “sex”, as well as hundreds of other words. Unblocking requires actual intervention by a living person to move the blocked site to the trusted side of the ledger.

    That is the way net nanny software works, and I’m surprised that readers on this list, who are supposed to be at least somewhat tech savvy, do not know this. Ask your children–they probably deal with this software at their school. But I guess wanking about conspiracy is more fun.

  • reddog commented on the diary post Speak Ill of the Pre-Dead: Prepare Your Obits Now! by spocko.

    2014-05-23 18:52:28View | Delete

    Here lies a man whose grave smells perpetually of urine.

  • reddog commented on the blog post Obamacare: 7 Million Signups Isn’t 7 Million Covered

    2014-04-01 15:47:42View | Delete

    I have BCBS and how I stated it is how mine works. Most (not all) procedures are paid at a rate of 85% of the amount billed (if I’ve used a BCBS in-network provider), which means I pay the additional 15% until I reach my deductible, and then the full amount is paid by BCBS. When I get my statement it plainly has the “Amount Billed”, the “Amount Allowed by your Plan”, and the “Amount You are Responsible for” on the statement. The “Amount Allowed” is the amount BCBS pays the provider (and an amount that it seems no one but the insurance company has any idea how is determined). The last column I pay and is applied to my deductible. Procedures outside of BCBS “network” cost me much more, so I am pretty much forced to use a BCBS network provider.

    I suppose there could be different BCBS plans depending on the state, and even area within a state, that you reside in, but that is how my plan works. I certainly can agree that insurance billing is an indecipherable mess.

  • reddog commented on the blog post Obamacare: 7 Million Signups Isn’t 7 Million Covered

    2014-04-01 14:22:53View | Delete

    That isn’t the way deductibles work, you know. A medical service is allotted a specific amount which the insurance pays and you are responsible for the balance left. When you reach a specific amount (say $5000), after that there is no more balance on a procedure and the insurance picks up the entire amount.

    To illustrate, an inpatient surgery is billed at $1200, the insurance pays $900 and your out-of-pocket is $300 until your accumulated out-of-pocket is $5000 and then the insurance pays the full amount for a procedure.

  • Rodgers was an FBI agent. NEVER forget that.

    nuff said

  • Well, it appears that the judge has decided that they’re guilty.

  • reddog commented on the blog post The Exchange Subsidy Cliff

    2013-12-04 11:23:48View | Delete

    If your hypothetical couple could contribute to an IRA they would avoid the cliff. There are many ways to manipulate income for those that are close to the cliff and a bit of work with a calculator will determine if the manipulation is practical. In your hypothetical couple’s case it is a win-win. They get the subsidy and some principal growth for a small contribution to a retirement account.

    The program has many faults, and the cliff is one of them, but the cliff is not the disaster that you make it out to be. The real question is, “At what income level should an enrollee pay for his own insurance?”. Certainly, it is somewhere, even if we have single payer. I don’t feel that a person making $15K a year should pay the same tax rate (for health insurance or anything else) as the person making $150K a year, and I doubt that you do either. “The cliff” is not a very important part of the discussion that needs to take place and is a micro issue that distracts from the real issues we face when trying to take care of the health needs of our citizens. A more pressing issue would be how we take care of the people below the line that was set for medicare ($12K income) to be the provider of healthcare when so many states have refused the medicare expansion and left those people swinging in the wind. I’m more concerned about the under-$12K’s than I am about a couple in the $60K income range, a couple that can manipulate their income and avoid penalties.

  • reddog commented on the blog post Come Saturday Morning: Why Modern “Country Music” Exists

    2013-11-09 08:57:35View | Delete

    See my comment above. As rock-a-billy as they come and radical enough that the crowd that despises the Dixie Chicks for saying what they feel also despises him.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlPpJtAy7hQ&feature=related

    If you only listen to one song, make it “God Bless America”

  • reddog commented on the blog post Come Saturday Morning: Why Modern “Country Music” Exists

    2013-11-09 08:22:41View | Delete

    James McMurtry

  • reddog commented on the diary post Why I don’t defend James Rosen or the government by Libby Spencer.

    2013-05-26 06:13:33View | Delete

    I have no disagreement with what you’ve said. A shield law that is effective could be written, but such a law is unlikely to pass, even if it were to be proposed.

  • reddog commented on the diary post Why I don’t defend James Rosen or the government by Libby Spencer.

    2013-05-26 06:10:51View | Delete

    There is no settled law that possessing classified information, by a journalist, is protected by the 1st amendment. Publishing it is protected by the Constitution, but the act of obtaining the information falls under the espionage statutes. The judge that issued the warrant was obviously of that opinion and his opinion stands. Our (the collective [...]

  • reddog commented on the diary post Why I don’t defend James Rosen or the government by Libby Spencer.

    2013-05-25 21:40:57View | Delete

    What Turley fails to grasp (I don’t believe he fails, he just ignores) is that the statutes are written in such a way that it is a criminal act to obtain classified information without the proper authorization to do so, for any purpose. The DOJ stance is that publishing may be a 1st amendment right, [...]

  • reddog commented on the diary post Why I don’t defend James Rosen or the government by Libby Spencer.

    2013-05-25 20:54:59View | Delete

    Over reach, yes. Illegal? You will have to demonstrate that. The law is designed with over reach in mind and it is not against the law to prosecute an individual that possesses classified information without the authorization (proper security clearances) to do so. In fact, the law is specifically written to allow it, and only [...]

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