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Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 10:46 AM PDT

Voting Poll

by treehugger

The front page article had anecdotes on various polling places around the country. I thought I would throw out a poll to consolidate information better. It might be easier to see how voting is going in chart form. In my very blue precinct in a very blue city in a blue county in a blue state, turnout was heavy. But then we did not have any really contested seats.


Voting place turn out- Was your polling place

30%36 votes
29%35 votes
20%24 votes
19%23 votes

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Mon Mar 02, 2009 at 06:15 PM PST

BC/BS cares so much about me.

by treehugger

Today I got the renewal letter from Blue Cross Blue Shield. As they have done every year, I expected that there would be somewhat of an increase in my premium and the deductible. Last year the increase was in the range of 8% and the deductible increased by $100. I was expecting around the same increase.

They did not fail to disappoint. My premium increased by a whopping 10% and the deductible by another $200. I was upset, but only slightly.

What really got me though was the letter that accompanied the rate increase.

The costs of heath care and prescription drugs continue to rise.

Costs of most things are going down, except of course the service they provide.

Covered individuals are using more services

Oh right, it must be entirely our fault. The poor struggling company is doing all it can, despite us greedy consumers who take and take.

We promise we are doing all we can to manage costs

Sure they are, manage costs for themselves, by kicking off the sick from their rolls. But of course despite their "cost management" I'm not holding my breath expecting the savings to be passed on to me.

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Thu Jun 01, 2006 at 11:59 AM PDT

Al Gore conference Call

by treehugger will be hosting a conference call with Al Gore this Sunday. Im sure many folks here are very interested in what he has to say so I thought I would pass on the link. What would you folks like to ask him besides his plans for running? I know I would like to hear more about the investment group he started that focuses on companies that are environmentally friendly.

Will You be calling in

83%15 votes
11%2 votes
5%1 votes

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KARE11, the local NBC affiliate did an excellent piece tonight on Global warming. There was no hemming or hawing, on whether global warming exists, or any such nonsense that the media usually feel the need to include. The report did a great job in pointing out how global warming is affecting Minnesota. I found it extremely effective. The reported talked about how the Moose population in the state has been decimated, how fish populations are affected and how the northern forests are changing. The link to the article and video is
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Today I read horrible, racist comments here that I have only seen so far from LGF and I am upset. I wanted to take this chance to respond to some of the comments that I saw on Georgia 10s post on Muslims and Islam. I also wanted to make it clear why I think this cartoon has turned into such a big issue.
One thing people need to understand is that the Prophet Muhammad is not portrayed anywhere. Not in writing not in pictures. I have no idea whether he was tall or short-fat or thin-had long hair short hair or no hair at all. I cannot say with any certainty whether he wore a beard and a turban. The media however has chosen to represent Islam in this manner. A terrorist in a beard and turban.
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Thu Nov 03, 2005 at 03:55 PM PST

Well it passed-Goodbye caribou

by treehugger

The senate just passed the budget bill containing the provision to drill in the refuge.

Amid the backdrop of soaring oil and gasoline prices, a sharply divided Senate on Wednesday voted to open the ecologically rich Alaska wildlife refuge to oil drilling, delivering a major energy policy win for President Bush.

The Senate, by a 51-49 vote, rejected an attempt by Democrats and GOP moderates to remove a refuge drilling provision from next year's budget.

The action, assuming Congress agrees on a budget, clears the way for approving drilling in the refuge later this year, drilling supporters said.

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About a week ago I posted a diary on Blue Cross Blue Shields Tier system. It looks like unfortunately, this is going to be the trend. Medica, which is the second largest insurance company in MN has decided to follow suit
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I dont know if this is the the norm in other states but Blue Cross Blue Shield in MN has started a ranking system of hospitals in MN. The tier 1 hospitals (which cost them less) are their prefered choice. If patients choose the tier 2 hospitals they then have to pay TWICE their usual co-insurance.
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The US government in the 1990s tested the effectiveness of AIDS drugs on foster kids. The kids who were HIV infected got drugs that were known to have serious side effects in adults.
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Wed May 04, 2005 at 12:44 PM PDT

Iraq Killing fields for Journalists?

by treehugger

May 3rd was World Press Freedom day. Yesterday in a ceremony in VA, the names of 78 journalists were added to the Freedom Forum Journalists Memorial.
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Kerry came to St Paul today to promote his Kids First campaign. It was quite a change from the last time he was here. Then there were over 50,000 people and today there were maybe 500. I did get to get up close so that was good.

He thanked folks for working on the election and said that he really appreciated the hard work and support. He then launched into his talk about how appalling it is that there are so many kids without health insurance-and that the republicans give the wealthy tax cuts while cutting Medicaid. He also took a few jabs at the republican for trying to end the filibuster and Bush on polluting the environment.

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From the Star Tribune this am.
Subscribtion required so here is the jist of the article.  
Rebecca Polzin walked into a drugstore in Glencoe, Minn., last month to fill a prescription for birth control. A routine request. Or so she thought.

Minutes later, Polzin left furious and empty-handed. She said the pharmacist on duty refused to help her. "She kept repeating the same line: 'I won't fill it for moral reasons,' " Polzin said.

Earlier this year, Adriane Gilbert called a pharmacy in Richfield to ask if her birth-control prescription was ready. She said the person who answered told her to go elsewhere because he was opposed to contraception. "I was shocked," Gilbert said. "I had no idea what to do."

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