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Flickr's the Commons project.  Blue Ridge Mountains, in memory of Larry Gibson.  Jack Delano, photographer, Library of Congress attribution.  

Welcome to Sunday OND, tonight's edition of the daily feature.   The Overnight News Digest crew consists of founder Magnifico, regular editors jlms qkw, Bentliberal, wader, Oke, rfall, and JML9999, alumni editors palantir and ScottyUrb, guest editors maggiejean and annetteboardman, and current editor-in-chief Neon Vincent.  

I try to select articles by the original authors.  Occasionally, the AP or another service has the best or only writing on a topic.  I have never harmed a link.  

Prominent W.Va. environmental activist Gibson dead at 66
He was named one of CNN's "Heroes" in 2007, testified before the United Nations, traveled to Ecuador to speak to families affected by mining, and spoke to thousands of community, church and university groups nationwide.

In addition to his wife and daughter, he is survived by two sons, Larry Jr. and Cameron.

"I think there will be an outcry in the movement," Victoria said, regarding her father's death. "What do we do now? My father was a leader. The ones who were fearful, he gave courage and the ones with courage he built up and gave them strength.

"He believed in the people. He said everybody deserved a chance to prove who they are and to leave a legacy to be proud of. I think he left an irreplaceable one."

Hopefully, there will be a rec list diary up on this topic by the time I publish.

CONFLICT
US risks chaos on 'new Silk Road'

However, the Asian players, among which Iran is prevented by sanctions to be fully engaged, refused to agree to be encapsulated in a mechanism that was decided from outside. [7] The reluctance of the major Eurasian powers to engage with Washington is also because in its regional enterprise the latter is even more concentrated on advancing the security component in its cooperation with the CARs.

Indeed, if a "silk road" has taken form, it has actually been in the traffic of military items along the Northern Distribution Network (NDN), a logistical scheme introduced in 2009 after the deterioration of relations with Pakistan. [8]

Building on this effort, Washington has striven to expand its military basing rights in an attempt to maintain a key player position in the region even after the withdrawal of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces. [9]

Sections of Taliban ready to accept US presence in Afghanistan – report
Some senior Taliban figures are ready to negotiate a ceasefire and might be ready to accept a long-term US military presence in Afghanistan as part of a comprehensive peace deal, according to a report to be published on Monday based on interviews with Taliban officials and negotiators.

The report, published by the Royal United Services Institute, finds that the Taliban is determined to make a decisive break with al-Qaida as part of a settlement and is open to negotiation about education for girls, but is adamantly opposed to the constitution which it sees as a prop for President Hamid Karzai's government.

The Taliban insurgents will not negotiate with the Karzai government largely because of its record of corruption. They do not trust Kabul to run fair elections, which suggests that, even if the moderates interviewed in the study prevailed within Taliban circles, serious obstacles to a peace deal would remain.

WORLD

Australia's dark side of the mine

Across Australia's mineral-rich outback the stories are the same. The massive influx of mine workers, many of them flying or driving in and out without adding to mining towns or their economies, is straining resources to breaking point.

In the process many are damaging themselves and their families, with high suicide rates, domestic violence and marital breakdowns.

"Some communities will become unsustainable unless a cap is placed on the number of non-resident workers who are associated with the resource industry," the Queensland Local Government said in a submission to a federal parliamentary inquiry into the impact of the transient workforce.

Putin looks east to sell Russia to Asia-Pacific  
The agenda for the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation forum held in Vladivostok at the weekend was formally limited to trade, but the 21 nations, including China and the United States, also took the chance to thrash out wider strategic concerns.

Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, urged leaders of Japan and South Korea to help cool tensions involving territorial disputes, a clear reference to flashpoints in the South China Sea and difficulties with North Korea.
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''Much of the history of the 21st century is being written in Asia,'' Mrs Clinton said yesterday, a motif the US has adopted while seeking to extract itself from conflicts in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

Secrets of Rubens and Michelangelo revealed by 3d scans
For centuries it had been believed that this youthful portrait of the Flemish artist van Dyck was by his teacher, Rubens.

Now 21st century technology has revealed that the masterwork was in fact a self-portrait of the brilliant young painter - who would go on to be lionised in the court of King Charles I before the English civil war.

The unmasking of the work was carried out as part by scientists using new three dimensional scanning technology to build up the most intimate picture possible of the works of art they study.

The technique, which is being developed by a British led consortium called 3D Coform, will help end disputes over the provenance of art works, a problem which dogs museums and auction houses as they attempt to authenticate and value works made centuries ago, and whose histories are not fully documented.

Cartoonist sent to seven-day police custody for sedition
According to the Bandra-Kurla Complex police, Aseem Trivedi had put up the caricatures in the form of posters during an IAC protest in December 2011 at the MMRDA grounds.

"The cartoons by Trivedi depicted Parliament as a commode and showed the national emblem with wolves instead of lions. The cartoons were obviously aimed at creating unrest in the society," said C Bhosale, senior inspector of police.

After a lawyer, Amit Arvind Katarnavre, approached the police in January, they filed a complaint against Trivedi on January 30 under relevent sections of the Indian Penal Code, the National Emblem Act and the Information Technology Act.

Mexican political turmoil: opposition leader Lopez Obrador decides to create his party
“I have separated from the parties that form the Progressive Movement,” Lopez Obrador said. “This isn't a rupture: I leave in the best of terms.”

Lopez Obrador said he would dedicate all his efforts to change Mexico with a new organization called Morena that has yet to be legally incorporated as a party.

Javier Oliva, a political scientist at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, said as many as 15 deputies in the lower house and two or three senators from the leftist coalition will likely join Lopez Obrador in his new movement.

“This is going to have important repercussions” Oliva said. “This will create divisions and a future rupture among the left.”

We know nothing about divisions and ruptures on the left.  /snark

Chileans march to remember Pinochet victims

Thousands of Chileans took to the streets in a march to remember those abducted and killed in the coup that brought Augusto Pinochet to power, almost 39 years after the turmoil.

Police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse the crowd after some marchers threw stones at government buildings and destroyed some traffic lights on Sunday.

Many demonstrators waved Chilean and Communist Party flags, or carried family photos of beloved kin who went missing and were killed in the Cold War-era bloodshed.

Zimbabwe's draft constitution remains in limbo
But the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) wants to put it to a referendum.

Political observers have interpreted this as a sign that Zanu-PF will spurn the mediation efforts led by the Southern African Development Community and South African President Jacob Zuma. Earlier this year, Mugabe said his party reserved the right to reject Zuma as the SADC facilitator if he showed "any bias".

Zuma's team, led by his international relations adviser Lindiwe Zulu, arrived in Harare last week in an effort to break the protracted deadlock over the draft constitution, which also threatens to affect the timing of the referendum, which has been scheduled for October.

Tendai Biti, the MDC's secretary general and a negotiator involved in trying to break the political impasse, said the bickering over the draft constitution could see the country sliding back into chaos.

This is probably good for Robert Mugabe and bad for everyone else.  

USA

The Bailout: By The Actual Numbers

Quick, how many billions in the red are taxpayers on the bailout of GM? AIG? Fannie and Freddie? Is it true that the government has reaped a profit from bailing out the banks?

It should be easy to find answers to such questions. But while it's a snap to find rosy administration claims about the bailout, finding hard numbers is much more difficult. That's why, since the bailouts began in 2008, we've maintained a frequently updated site to provide them. Now we've retooled our database to make it even easier to find these sorts of answers.

For all of your TARP clues.

AP Exclusive: Private school vaccine opt-outs rise

"It's making an extra appointment and paying extra money to go in there and essentially get permission to do what I feel is right for my family," said Dawn Kelly, who sends her unvaccinated 5-year-old son and partially vaccinated 9-year-old son to Monarch Christian School in the Los Angeles area.

Like many parents who refuse some or all immunization shots, Kelly worries her children's immune system could be overwhelmed by getting too many vaccines at once.

Melani Gold Friedman, president of the parent association at Highland Hall Waldorf School, is concerned with what the legislation means for families who normally consult with acupuncturists, holistic healers or other alternative practitioners.

"The bill has an assumption that everyone's seeing one particular kind of doctor, but the people who are opting out, chances are they're not seeing that kind of doctor," she said.

The insights into the parental mindsights is invaluable.  They mimic climate deniers.

Does racial bias fuel Obama foes? Can we tell?

Is it because he’s black?

The question of whether race fuels opposition to President Barack Obama has become one of the most divisive topics of the election. It is sowing anger and frustration among conservatives who are labeled racist simply for opposing Obama’s policies and liberals who see no other explanation for such deep dislike of the president.

It is an accusation almost impossible to prove, yet it remains inseparable from the African-American experience. The idea, which seemed to die in 2008 when Obama became the first black president, is now rearing its head from college campuses to cable TV as the Democratic incumbent faces Mitt Romney, the white Republican challenger.

Four years after an election that inspired hopes of a post-racial future, there are signs that political passions are dragging us backward.

Strange bedfellows: Swindler, Stinger-missile brokers, the CIA
A decade before he launched the celebrated Fort Lauderdale Trump Tower, Felix Sater hatched a bold plan to keep out of prison.

Charged in a New York securities scandal, the 46-year-old businessman traveled to his native Russia where he took on a unique role that went far beyond flipping on dangerous criminals.

He began spying for the CIA.

Tapping into the vast underground of the former Soviet Union, Sater was able to track down a dozen Stinger missiles equipped with powerful tracking devices on the black market.

With the backing of U.S. agents, Sater agreed to buy the weapons — keeping them out of the hands of terrorists. In return, the CIA pledged to keep Sater from going to jail in the stock scam he concocted with New York organized crime figures.

UTAH

At 35, The King’s English considers its book-selling reign

From the hardscrabble days when the store’s ordering system consisted of index cards in shoe boxes, to its turbulent years of facing the competition of big-box retailers, The King’s English wrote its own rules.

That meant staffing the store with passionate readers, stocking titles for strategic use of space, the same way a gallery curates art. Perhaps most of all, it meant staking a claim to the city’s readers and becoming an event location of choice for local and visiting authors. Among the almost 100 employees who’ve manned the shelves and register, many have gone on to become English professors and writers themselves.

Burton could brag about the day novelist IsabelAllende prepared salmon and couscous at King’s English, or the book convention at which Cutting for Stone author Abraham Verghese asked about her special-needs son. Then there’s the story of how she wrestled the luggage of British novelist John Mortimer from her rusted car trunk, then corked a bottle of champagne in his Little America Hotel room.

Beyond bragging, Burton as a business woman and book lover likes to extol the future. The store will soon unveil its partnership with the new Kobo e-reader, giving customers access to e-books in the ethos of an independent bookseller.

OTHER
Utahns strip to their skivvies for a cause  The article describes the course as uphill, however.  
Returned missionaries in 2012 FBS college football
FBS means Football Bowl Subdivision.  
Dutch princess swims in Amsterdam canal  She has the position of Princess Diana in the Netherlands.  
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  •  news tips (22+ / 0-)

    this is right now in my house:

    hidden daughter, happy kitteh.  

    IMG_2462

    Ted Kennedy: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die…”

    by jlms qkw on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 09:02:37 PM PDT

  •  poll workers for Obama (9+ / 0-)

    The OFA Victory Counsel is the volunteer voter protection legal team that will help guide, build, and support our efforts to ensure that every eligible voter can vote on Election Day.

    https://my.barackobama.com/...

    http://ofa.bo/...

    2012: It’s a choice between a country where the middle class pays more so that millionaires can pay less—or a country where everybody pays their fair share. ~ San Antonio mayor Julian Castro

    by anyname on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 09:06:12 PM PDT

  •  one motor neuron target - 70 neuron map (10+ / 0-)
    The first direct brain-machine interface, developed in the 1990s, connected a computer to a rat. By 2003, scientists had mostly replaced rats with nonhuman primates. One of which is Jianhui, an eight-year-old rhesus macaque at Zhejiang University in eastern China.

    Electrodes implanted in his motor cortex intercept electrical pulses fired from approximately 70 neurons.

    70 neuron - motor cortex

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...


    A computer interprets those signals and sends commands to motors in each finger of the robotic hand

    http://www.popsci.com/...


    arthâpatti f. inference from circumstances,


     Arthāpatti — the knowledge gained by superimposing the known knowledge on an appearing knowledge that does not concur with the known knowledge

    There are known knowns; there are things we know
    that we know.There are known unknowns; that is to
    say there are things that, we now know we don't know.
    But there are also unknown unknowns – there are
    things we do not know, we don't know.     ”

    —United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld

    The above statement was made by Rumsfeld on February 12, 2002 at a press briefing where he addressed the absence of evidence linking the government of Iraq with the supply of weapons of mass destruction to terrorist groups.

    Italian economists Salvatore Modica and Aldo Rustichini provide an introduction to the economic literature on awareness and unawareness:
    “     A subject is certain of something when he knows that thing; he is uncertain when he does not know it, but he knows he does not: he is consciously uncertain. On the other hand, he is unaware of something when he does not know it, and he does not know he does not know [emphasis added], and so on ad infinitum: he does not perceive, does not have in mind, the object of knowledge. The opposite of unawareness is awareness.
        ”
    Psychoanalytic philosopher Slavoj Žižek extrapolates from these three categories a fourth, the unknown known, that which we intentionally refuse to acknowledge that we know:
    “     If Rumsfeld thinks that the main dangers in the confrontation with Iraq were the "unknown unknowns," that is, the threats from Saddam whose nature we cannot even suspect, then the Abu Ghraib scandal shows that the main dangers lie in the "unknown knowns" – the disavowed beliefs, suppositions and obscene practices we pretend not to know about, even though they form the background of our public values.

    epistemic perception - some cognition
    non-epistemic perception - no cognition

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    Direct and indirect realism

    Perception, Inference, Comparison and Word.

    presumption - anticipated presumption

    presumption in favor of a proposition; not sufficient for belief, but sufficient to cause the strict principles of a regular induction to be dispensed with, and creating a predisposition to believe it on evidence which would be seen to be insufficient if no such presumption existed.”

     Behavior or attitude that is boldly arrogant or offensive; effrontery.
    n. The act of presuming or accepting as true.
    n. The act of presuming, or taking upon one's self more than good sense and propriety warrant; excessive boldness or over-confidence in thought or conduct; presumptuousness; assurance; arrogance.
        n. The act of presuming or probably inferring; hypothetical or inductive inference.
        n. That which is presumed; that which is supposed to be true upon grounds of probability.
        n. A ground for presuming or believing; evidence or probability, as tending to establish an opinion.
        n. In law, an inference as to the existence of one fact from the existence of some other fact, founded upon a previous experience of their connection, or dictated by the policy of the law. Presumptions are generally inferences in accordance with the common experience of mankind and the established principles of logic; but, as they differ in cogency or convincing power, the term is used variously as signifying different degrees of certainty in the inference.
        n. Surmise, Conjecture, etc. See inference.
        n. Likelihood, probability.

    2012: It’s a choice between a country where the middle class pays more so that millionaires can pay less—or a country where everybody pays their fair share. ~ San Antonio mayor Julian Castro

    by anyname on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 09:14:06 PM PDT

    •  I remember when Donald Rumsfeld discussed (2+ / 0-)
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      the three states of knowing knowns, knowing unknowns, and unknown nones, and almost remembered the original source of that framework he was paraphrasing, three of four possible knowledge states from General Semantics, or one of those symbolic logic disciplines from general information theory.

      I think the forth state was things the subject knows, but doesn't now that he knows.  The original statement was stated in the form of a zen-like poem, which was quite a bit more eloquent than Rumsfeld's paraphrase.

      Not that it matters. Except that if makes me sad sometimes when one witnesses the collapse of knowledge that was once more vibrantly known -- both in a sociology of knowledge communities perspectives as well in my own mind.  

      I once seemed to have a near perfect memory of every idea I had ever read, and I had read a lot. Then as the decades past, I have this said experience of "almost knowing of knowledge that I knew, or almost knew, are was about to know."  

      At, least this is better than the known knowledge of never having known things that others knew,  or knowing that you once knew things, that others didn't know, and know you almost don't know, but may soon not know any longer, but are still encouraged to be learning new things, that one doesn't know yet, but might know before one dies.  

      I am also reminded of that Stephen King horror film that has the line "Something this way comes."  Where the "Tommy-knockers' (or something similar name that I I know I  once knew, but don't anymore - which is better than not knowing it anymore but thinking that you do, or not knowing at all)  assemble reality 20 minutes before people get there, and then disassemble it about 20 minutes in the past.

      So there once was a knowledge of four combinations of knowledge states and Rumsfeld only remembered three of.

      Dang, I really didn't like that guy, what an arrogant boob.  I really need to go see my therapist again, because he was so annoying, that I'm tempted make a research project and go back and look up the forth knowledge state, or original more elegant poem, so I can write a post about what a moron Rumsfeld  was and that he is even now, and what we know, even now, that he doesn't know and couldn't remember, and doesn't even know that he doesn't know.

      But, then people might suspect that I have unresolved issues, that I don't know about, but, they know about, but I really would already now that but it I point that out in advance, they would know.  

      So, maybe I will not.  But, then that will be sad, because then when I die, I might be the last person living who remembers what a true asshole Donald Rumsfeld truly was, and how much he damaged the fabric of our nation and the world.

      But, at least I know this is sad, which is true knowledge that some people don't now, and never might know.  There is another whole dimension of "un-true knowledge" which makes the matrix 8 rather than 4.

       

      The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

      by HoundDog on Mon Sep 10, 2012 at 12:46:27 AM PDT

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      •  yuck (1+ / 0-)
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        arrogant creepy .... with man sized safe in his office;

        2012: It’s a choice between a country where the middle class pays more so that millionaires can pay less—or a country where everybody pays their fair share. ~ San Antonio mayor Julian Castro

        by anyname on Mon Sep 10, 2012 at 01:34:10 AM PDT

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  •  Thank you, jlms qkw! (11+ / 0-)

    Best wishes to all here!!

    Join us at Bookflurries-Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

    by cfk on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 09:16:13 PM PDT

  •  My latest article on Examiner.com (12+ / 0-)

    I decided to do some opposition research.

    Republicans reject incumbent State Board of Education member at state convention

    One of Will Rogers' best remembered sayings about politics was that he was not a member of any organized political party; he was a Democrat.  Less well remembered was his comparison of the two major parties: "Democrats never agree on anything, that's why they're Democrats. If they agreed with each other, they'd be Republicans."  Rogers might have had a different opinion of the two major parties if he had lived to observe this weekend's state conventions.

    The Michigan Republicans just finished a contentious convention in Grand Rapids on Saturday.  They voted not to re-nominate a sitting member of the State Board of Education, instead nominating two more conservative candidates.  The delegates also narrowly picked the establishment candidate for State Supreme Court over a more insurgent choice after a hard-fought campaign to win delegates and decided among multiple candidates for the two nominees each for the governing boards of all three of Michigan's major research universities.

    In contrast, the Michigan Democrats held a more orderly meeting in Lansing today. All of their candidates had already been approved at an endorsement convention in Detroit this past spring and all were officially nominated today.  The only uncertainty was which two of their candidates for State Supreme Court would run for the two eight-year terms, and which would face Republican appointee Brian Zahra for the two years remaining for his seat on the bench.

    In the article, I explain how Nancy Danhof, the incumbent member of the State Board of Education, was not re-nominated because of a combination of Tea Party activists and Republican legislators.  I also describe other cases where the Tea Party succeeded or failed in getting their candidates on the ballot.

    "The party of ideas has become the party of Beavis and Butthead." ~ Paul Krugman.

    by Neon Vincent on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 09:17:29 PM PDT

  •  When A "Loss" Really Isn't A Loss..... (9+ / 0-)

    From The Atlantic: How Hollywood Accounting Can Make a $450 Million Movie 'Unprofitable'

    Here is an amazing glimpse into the dark side of the force that is Hollywood economics. The actor who played Darth Vader still has not received residuals from the 1983 film "Return of the Jedi" because the movie, which ranks 15th in U.S. box office history, still has no technical profits to distribute... Here's actor David Prowse, via Techdirt:
    "I get these occasional letters from Lucasfilm saying that we regret to inform you that as Return of the Jedi has never gone into profit, we've got nothing to send you. Now here we're talking about one of the biggest releases of all time," said Prowse. "I don't want to look like I'm bitching about it," he said, "but on the other hand, if there's a pot of gold somewhere that I ought to be having a share of, I would like to see it."
    How can a movie that grossed $475 million on a $32 million budget not turn a profit? It comes down to Tinseltown accounting. As Planet Money explained in an interview with Edward Jay Epstein in 2010, studios typically set up a separate "corporation" for each movie they produce. Like any company, it calculates profits by subtracting expenses from revenues. Erase any possible profit, the studio charges this "movie corporation" a big fee that overshadows the film's revenue. For accounting purposes, the movie is a money "loser" and there are no profits to distribute... Hollywood can't really work like this, you're thinking. But it does.

    Last year, the website Techdirt revealed a balance sheet from "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix", which, under Hollywood accounting, ended up with a $167 million "loss" even though it's one of the top grossing films of the last decade. Warner Bros. charged about $350 million in distribution, advertising, and interest fees to this external corporation.


    What I've always wondered with this "creative accounting" that Hollywood does, it might work in screwing people out of residual & royalty payments, but does the I.R.S. go for this kind of crap? Since these companies are claiming "losses" with some of the biggest grossing pictures of all-time, I wonder if they claim them as operating losses at tax time too?

  •  Thank you jlms ... (6+ / 0-)

    Good stuff. Your kitteh is so cute as is your daughter although all I can see of her is legs and maybe an arm.

    The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.― Neil deGrasse Tyson

    by maggiejean on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 09:36:22 PM PDT

    •  i peeked in to check (0+ / 0-)

      and it looked like a scene from the wizard of oz.  i ran to get my camera, and no one moved ;-)  

      IMG_2463

      Ted Kennedy: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die…”

      by jlms qkw on Mon Sep 10, 2012 at 06:47:31 AM PDT

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  •  Romney clarifies the clarification on pre-existing (7+ / 0-)

    Seriously. The campaign issued a clarification of the clarification of Romney's comments about pre-existing conditions on MTP:

    At 4:55 NRO posted:
     

    In reference to how Romney would deal with those with preexisting conditions and young adults who want to remain on their parents’ plans, a Romney aide responded that there had been no change in Romney’s position and that “in a competitive environment, the marketplace will make available plans that include coverage for what there is demand for. He was not proposing a federal mandate to require insurance plans to offer those particular features.”

    Not so fast - here's a new clarification from BuzzFeed
     
    "Gov. Romney will ensure that discrimination against individuals with pre-existing conditions who maintain continuous coverage is prohibited," the aide said.

    But the 2010 health care law goes much further: It bars discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions who are applying for health care.

    The new statement appears to amend a report in National Review Online earlier Sunday, which quoted an anonymous aide saying Romney would allow "the martketplace" to sort out coverage for such people.


    The Romney campaign position, as it stands, appears to be repealing the sweeping ObamaCare protections for uninsured people with pre-existing conditions, and replacing them with a market-based plan.
    Why should we expect the market to work any better than it has in the past?

    Note the requirement for "continuous coverage." One Conservative idea is allow a one-time offer for the uninsured to purchase insurance. However, what would the cost of this insurance be? What if I lose my job and can't afford COBRA and develop say high blood pressure - can I never be insured?

    Plus, for those in group plans we already have a guarantee of coverage is any lapse in coverage is less than 63 days - it's called HIPPA.

    Remember that the insurers said they'd cover pre-existing conditions even if the law was repealed. Is Romney's requirement for "continuous coverage" more stringent than what the insurers said they would do anyway.

    This isn't an isolated incident with Romney (it may be the quickest flip flop flip but it isn't isolated) and we have to wonder about Romney's management capability.

  •  jlms qkw (8+ / 0-)

    Thank you for this OND.
    My image for tonight.
    Red Spotted Blenny
    or Pajama Pete
    _PAJAMA-PETE-DSCN5055

    I`m already against the next war.

    by Knucklehead on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 10:06:40 PM PDT

  •  Oh dang, BirtherFest has been cancelled. (2+ / 0-)
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    BirtherFest 2012, featuring Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio as headliner, has been canceled. The Greater Phoenix Tea Party Patriots group admits it just couldn't sell enough of the $10 tickets to hold the event... New Times
    As I wrote last month, in addition to Arpaio, the party featured Pat Boone and a gaggle of other birther nutjobs, including former Army doctor Terry Lakin, who was court-martialed for refusing to obey his Commander in Chief (because, see, he's not a "legitimate" president). Lakin's broke and goes around the country doing his birther schtick for a few bucks. Looks like he'd better look for other work.  

    stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

    by Mother Mags on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 11:45:47 PM PDT

  •  Great post jims qkw. A different kind of (1+ / 0-)
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    jlms qkw

    survey tonight with lots of interesting international politics.

    What does it mean in you masthead when you say you have never harmed a link?

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Mon Sep 10, 2012 at 12:54:26 AM PDT

    •  the AP wrote something awhile (0+ / 0-)

      about not overusing their stuff.  so it's my disclaimer.  

      Ted Kennedy: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die…”

      by jlms qkw on Mon Sep 10, 2012 at 06:48:58 AM PDT

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