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Sat Jun 07, 2014 at 07:05 PM PDT

The Cost of Healthcare (Images)

by Bandaloop

I came across some reminders of why it is so necessary to reform the US health care system.  If nothing else, these images should serve as a stark warning, especially to young people, why they should sign up for health insurance, either through their workplace or their state exchange established by the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

My apologies if these have made the rounds already....

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AmericaBlog published an item purported to be from "Alice Walton, Chair of The Board of Directors" of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. It appears to be getting passed around on Facebook and Twitter.  Unfortunately, it may not be true.

The statement reads, in part....

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BENTONVILLE, AR- The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art will close on Friday, November 23, out of respect for the Walmart workers engaging in Black Friday strikes, walkouts, and pickets. Alice Walton, Chair of the Board of Directors, also asks all Americans to stay home with their family rather than shop on Thanksgiving, so that Walmart workers do not have to report to work in the middle their Thanksgiving meals on this national holiday. The Museum will reopen on Saturday, November 24.

It's a nice letter with some lovely sentiments.  The complete statement can be seen here: http://crystalbridgesfoundation.org/

But sadly, Alice may not actually be standing with the striking workers.  The URL of the statement is different from the actual URL of the museum website.  In fact a quick WHOIS check shows it was registered in Panama City, Panama only 3 days ago.  Add to that the museum Facebook page and Twitter both indicate the museum is open today.  So, no shutdown in support of workers.

Update: Even as I type this, AmericaBlog has confirmed that it is a hoax.  As they say, sigh and I have to agree.  I guess it was just too good to be true.

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Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 08:50 PM PDT

2% and 20%

by Bandaloop

Just a quick thought.  The President had been talking about our nation's oil consumption and using statements along the lines of how the USA uses 20% of the oil produced in the world but only has 2% of the supply.  

Not arguing those facts, however the two percentages are not directly related; some conversion is required to compare a consumption rate to given quantity.  For all I know, our annual consumption rate of 20% of the world's oil output would use up the USA's 2% portion of the world's oil resources in 2 years.  Or 20 years.  Or 200 years.  

Suggestion:  instead of "we only have 2% of the oil", replace it with, "we only produce 10% of the oil".  That way we're comparing production to consumption.

Main point has been stated, but there is semi-related jibber-jabber below the scroll-thingy.

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When will the USA transition from an oil economy?

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I give up.  I want to surrender to the GOP.  I see now that it is in the best interest of the United States of America for all Democrats and liberals to stop rabble-rousing and start toeing the GOP party line.

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I (your name) hereby surrender to

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Wed Sep 22, 2010 at 08:12 PM PDT

Billionaire and Out

by Bandaloop

Here’s an idea I’ve been kicking around for awhile and similar in intent to a recent diary on eating the rich.  Not as drastic and lower in cholesterol, it accomplishes the same end: finding a useful way of dealing with the useless billionaire population.

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Should This Plan Be Implemented?

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