Clearly I’m obsessed with you - as is evidence by the liberal propeganda machine that is my blog. But I want you to know: I am not on board with this.
"Ultimately, we need to move beyond the tired debates of the left and the right, between business leaders and environmentalists, between those who would claim drilling is a cure all and those who would claim it has no place" - President Obama
This is an issue that merits compromise, not blind opposition on the basis of theoretical environmentalism. After all, we consume massive amounts of oil, and much of it is bought from people that hate us (I’m talking about Saudi Arabia, a country we should probably stop doing business with…). Drilling will create jobs, plain and simple. Blindly rejecting all energy exploration is our version of Drill, Baby, Drill, and I think we’re better than that. Let’s not be totally against something just because our opponents are blindly for it.
In July, 1798, Congress passed, and President John Adams signed into law “An Act for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seamen,” authorizing the creation of a marine hospital service, and mandating privately employed sailors to purchase healthcare insurance.
This legislation also created America’s first payroll tax, as a ship’s owner was required to deduct 20 cents from each sailor’s monthly pay and forward those receipts to the service, which in turn provided injured sailors hospital care. Failure to pay or account properly was discouraged by requiring a law violating owner or ship’s captain to pay a 100 dollar fine.
This historical fact demolishes claims of “unprecedented” and “The Constitution nowhere authorizes the United States to mandate, either directly or under threat of penalty…”
Perhaps these somewhat incompetent attorneys general might wish to amend their lawsuits to conform to the 1798 precedent, and demand that the mandate and fines be linked to implementing a federal single payer healthcare insurance plan.
The other option is to name Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison et al. in the lawsuits. However, it might be difficult to convince a judge, or the public, that those men didn’t know the limits of the Constitution.
Excerpt from the latest Green Day newsletter, announcing the summer 2010 tour with AFI:
“In keeping with Green Day’s trailblazing and innovative mind-set the band will feature all-inclusive ticket pricing for all tickets throughout their entire tour with no additional fees of any kind. A limited number of lawn seats will be offered for $20 when tickets go on sale to the general public. Tickets go on sale in select markets beginning March 26th at LiveNation.com.”
So $20 lawn seats aren’t that bad, but let me let you in on the giant TRICK/HOAX/BULLSHIT that is going on with the “all-inclusive ticket pricing.” I bought tickets during the pre-sale to the NJ show at $70 a pop. I thought it was weird because Ticketmaster didn’t list any fees during check-out, like they normally do. However, what I thought was even weirder is that in my twelve years of attending Green Day shows, I have NEVER paid over $49.50 for a Green Day show, pre-fees. This includes a practically sold-out show at Giants Stadium at the height of their American Idiot success in 2005.
So basically, the only thing “all-inclusive ticket pricing” means is that Live Nation is HIDING an approx $20 of their fees into the ticket price. I would much rather know how much of my money is going to my favorite band and how much of it is going to bullshit than be under the infuriating guise that all 70 of my dollars are going towards something that I love.
It’s like they’re finally admitting. “Okay, you’re right, it’s getting too hard to justify things like “facility charge” and “convenience charge” so we’re just going to switch to lying/hidden fees, instead.”
Seriously people, how are we going to get rid of this absurd monopoly!?
It would be very difficult to tote up all the times pundits pronounced the health care bill dead, and the prospects for the Obama administration dire—especially after the election of Scott Brown in January. Intrade, the political futures market, which functions as a conventional-wisdom-processing machine, also got health care wrong. Check out this chart for the contract on health care reform being passed by June 2010. The contract is worth 100 if it is passed, zero if it is not. After Brown’s election, it slumped to as low as 20. As recently as March 17, it was below 40. Even as late as Friday, it was trading in the mid-80s. These trading data show that “investors” in this market were skeptical of the Obama administration’s ability to pass significant health care legislation, right up until the end.
Is there a larger lesson here? (Aside from the obvious one, which is political futures markets usually aren’t very good at predicting what actually will happen in the future?) I think so. And it’s this: Don’t short Obama. In fact, that’s been the lesson of Obama’s entire career so far.
Come senators, congressmen Please heed the call Don’t stand in the doorway Don’t block up the hall For he that gets hurt Will be he who has stalled There’s a battle outside And it is ragin’ It’ll soon shake your windows And rattle your walls For the times they are a-changin’.
I’m running the 2010 NYC Half Marathon this Sunday with Petra. Here is what I’ll be listening to while I run, in order. This isn’t an exercise in diversity or good musical taste. This is just hard hitting, familiar, inspiring songs that I love. So you can probably guess which bands I’ll be listening to.
Unthought Known - Pearl Jam I Can See For Miles - The Who Breakerfall - Pearl Jam Even Flow - Pearl Jam (from Drop in the Park) Once - Pearl Jam (from Drop in the Park) State of Love and Trust - Pearl jam (from Drop in the Park) Life Wasted - Pearl Jam Worldwide Suicide - Pearl Jam Comatose - Pearl Jam Severed Hand - Pearl Jam Brother - Pearl Jam (from Ten Redux) Breath and a Scream - Pearl Jam (from Ten Redux) Shake Me Like a Monkey - Dave Matthews Band Funny The Way It Is - Dave Matthews Band Why I Am - Dave Matthews Band Dive In - Dave Matthews Band Spaceman - Dave Matthews Band Seven - Dave Matthews Band Tracks 1-10 of Pearl Jam Backspacer: Gonna See My Friend, Got Some, The Fixer, Johnny Guitar, Just Breathe, Amongst the Waves, Unthought Known, Supersonic, Speed of Sound, Force of Nature Garden - Pearl Jam (from Ten Redux) Deep - Pearl Jam (from Ten Redux) The Real Me - The Who Love, Reign O’er Me - The Who Who Are You - The Who Won’t Get Fooled Again - The Who Baba O’Riley - The Who Last Exit - Pearl Jam Spin The Black Circle - Pearl Jam Corduroy - Pearl Jam Hey Hey My My (Into The Black) - Neil Young This Is Shangrila - Mother Love Bone Crown of Thorns - Mother Love Bone Go - Pearl Jam Animal - Pearl Jam Rearviewmirror - Pearl Jam Leash - Pearl Jam
Now you may understand why I like running so much!
I am super excited for tonight’s SNL with Pearl Jam making their 4th appearance as musical guest. I wasn’t into the band when the played the first time in 1992, but I absolutely was into them for their second appearance in 1994. I remember watching the VHS recording the next morning like a dozen times. They opened with Not For You, which at that point was unreleased. They wasted their big promo spot—the reason most bands play SNL to begin with—with a song only diehards knew. What a great fucking rock band. 11:30ET, set your DVRs, or just watch it live!
SNL 1992: Alive, Porch SNL 1994: Not For You, Rearviewmirror, Daughter (how many bands play 3 songs, not including credits?) SNL 2006: Worldwide Suicide, Severed Hand
My predictions for tonight: SNL 2010: Just Breathe, Unthought Known
A new parody-medley, including Lady Gaga’s Poker Face (“Kosher Plate”), Kanye’s Heartless (“Latkes”) and Black Eyed Peas’ I’ve Got a Feeling (“I’ve Got Tefillin”). We’re either hilarious or super dorky… probably both?
Mike Boxer wrote the lyrics and produced the track, nailing it as usual. I’m actually not on this one, but the guys did a great job anyway! :)
A petition to make Hella- the official SI prefix for 10^27, for measuring things bigger than Yotta- (the prefix for (US) billion trillion). For instance: ‘the sun (mass of 2.2 hellatons) would release energy at 0.3 hellawatts.’ It would also come in handy for eventually measuring Internet traffic and US national debt.
I don’t want to live in a world where this doesn’t happen.
The annual number of American medical students who go into primary care has dropped by more than half since 1997. It’s hard to get an appointment with the doctors who remain. In some surveys, as many as half of primary-care providers have stopped taking new patients. The other half are increasingly overworked and harried. Clearly we need to find a way to increase their ranks, and both the congressional health-care bills and President Obama’s reform proposal make moves in that direction. But those efforts are somewhat limited, and a more comprehensive solution could be thwarted by the same thing that’s stalled the rest of health-care reform so far: politics.
The reason behind America’s doctor gap is a matter of money. The average income in primary care is somewhere in the mid-$100,000s, which sounds like a lot but is less than half what specialists such as radiologists and dermatologists make. Given that doctors may graduate with as much as $200,000 in med-school debt, it’s easy to see why primary care started hemorrhaging recruits more than a decade ago and why radiology and other well-paid, high-tech specialties took off in popularity.