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    When Massachusetts passed its landmark health coverage law under Gov. Mitt Romney in 2006, no one claimed the state would get to zero, as in 0 percent of residents who are uninsured. But numbers out today suggest Massachusetts is very close.

    Between December 2013 and March of this year, when the federal government was urging people to enroll, the number of Massachusetts residents signed up for health coverage increased by more than 215,000. If that number holds, the percentage of Massachusetts residents who do not have coverage has dropped to less than 1 percent.

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    "Americans who have been unemployed for long periods of time are more likely to suffer from depression than those who have been unemployed for shorter periods."
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    The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation [of Yolo County, California] has bought airtime in seven major cities during halftime of tonight's NBA Finals Game 3 for a one-minute spot criticizing the Redskins team name, and calling for it to be changed. Here's the extended two-minute version of the "Proud to Be" video, produced by the National Congress of American Indians back in January, leading up to the Super Bowl.

    The Californian tribe wouldn't say how much the airtime cost, only that it's a "significant investment." The spot will run in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Sacramento, San Francisco and Washington, and ran in Miami during Game 2. Seems like a good time to retire the "No Native Americans have a problem with the name" argument.

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    The deaths happened Monday night in the restive Arghandab district of Zabul Province, where troops were conducting security operations connected to the presidential runoff election on Saturday, said Ghulam Sakhi Roghliwanai, the province’s police chief.

    As the mission drew to a close, Taliban militants ambushed the fighters, Mr. Roghliwanai said. The troops called for air support, but were killed when the airstrike hit them.

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    If you've spent any amount of time using wifi on a train, you've probably been frustrated with a shoddy connection that cuts out intermittently, throttles your speed, and sometimes doesn't work at all. To keep customers from jumping ship, Amtrak has an atypical plan to improve its internet connection—it's creating a dedicated wifi network along the 500-mile Northeast Corridor, from Washington, DC to Boston.
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  • Mississippi sports reporter terminated for calling Lafayette, Louisiana, the worst place in America:
    Matthew Stevens, 29, had been the Mississippi State University sports beat writer for The Commercial Dispatch for about 2 1/2 years. [...]

    Along with radio show co-hosts Joel Coleman and Brian Hadad, Stevens spoke about Lafayette and its people Wednesday during "The Full Court Press," a regular feature on internet station Bulldog Sports Radio.

    "I'm not going to go as far as to say that they're not people," Stevens said during the show. "But I don't know what they are because they don't speak English - and it's not French - but I don't know what it is."

    Hadad responded with, "They're the missing link - if you believe in evolution - between apes and humans, there's Cajuns."

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  •  Many many thanks to the Yocha Dehe Wintun (9+ / 0-)

    Nation for their leadership!!!

  •  at this rate, full connectivity on mag-lev trains (4+ / 0-)
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    nellgwen, citizenx, Gentle Giant, JML9999
    To keep customers from jumping ship, Amtrak has an atypical plan to improve its internet connection—it's creating a dedicated wifi network along the 500-mile Northeast Corridor, from Washington, DC to Boston.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 12:09:23 PM PDT

  •  I'll even believe the converse (6+ / 0-)

    Those who suffer from depression are likely to remain unemployed longer.

    •  As a person who has battled depression for (4+ / 0-)

      most of my life, I can tell you that you are correct. I'm fortunate that I can muster a high amount of objectivity. I had to hit the bricks/web every day with all my energy. To allow even a minute to wallow may have rendered me incapable of continuing.
      Fortunately for me, when I was laid off in May of 2011, I burnt no bridges and even trained my replacements with every mnemonic trick I knew to teach them in 6 weeks as much of what it took me two years to master as I could.

      When a section of my former company was purchased, one of my former coworkers was spearheading the transition and wasted no time setting me up with an interview. I was laid off from the end of May to the end of August, 2011. During those days, I hammered at finding work
      And I had an eye out for the creeping signs of depression at the same time.

      The troubles with our economy are so fixable. It is not natural economic conditions that have retarded our recovery. It is man-made mischief in the form of obstinate right wing partisans. We won't recover until we're rid of enough of them.

      Lead with love. Forgive as a reflex.

      by Gentle Giant on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 12:29:55 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  It's a trinity (2+ / 0-)
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        Physical energy, emotional stability, mental focus.

        Facing chronic or event-related depression, drugs (whether prescription or not), allergies, illness, family problems, other demands on your time, self-esteem issues, …

        I’m glad you were able to deal with it. And I hope the future is good to you.

      •  And on the other half of your post (1+ / 0-)
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        Gentle Giant

        Yes, most of the troubles are due to right-wing partisans and other ideologues, and few if any are due to underlying economic factors.

        But some are due to environmental changes--not just global warming but overcrowding and in many parts of the world a water crisis. And others are due to serious problems with our educational system and the changing nature of work, not all due to the right wing. (Without intending to say they're due to the left.)

        And not every instance of those problems is fixable by even medium-term government action.

  •  We need to get out Afghanistan (8+ / 0-)

    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 12:11:41 PM PDT

  •  Interesting. I've never heard of Beezin' (2+ / 0-)
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    Putting lip balm on your eye lids to get high.
    That's a new one for me.

    I want to be the next Secretary of Antics.

    by nellgwen on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 12:14:27 PM PDT

  •  Now dat fella he got some close at dat. (9+ / 0-)

    Not dat Cajuns are da missing creature in dat evolution ting.

    But dey probably done ate it.

    And it was some good, I'm tell you.

    Frankly, I'd rather have root canal in Lafayette than sex in Starkville, but that's just me.

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 12:15:22 PM PDT

  •  That's a lot of beesness (4+ / 0-)
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    In late 2007, the Clorox Company acquired Burt's Bees for a reported sum of $925,000,000 USD
    •  Bees Knees nt (3+ / 0-)
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      I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

      by JML9999 on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 12:24:52 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Burt Minds His Own Beeswax Since 1993 (3+ / 0-)
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      In 1993 Burt Schavitz' marketer partner (since 1984) bought out Burt, moving "Burt's" Bees from Maine to North Carolina:

      1993: Quimby bought out [Burt] Shavitz's shares in the company. Increasing demand and product offerings necessitated a move from Maine headquarters to North Carolina where other personal care product manufacturers were also situated. Burt's Bees changed its focus to exclusively personal care products.[2]


      2004 Private equity firm, AEA Investors, purchased 80% of Burt's Bees for $173,000,000 USD, with co-founder, Roxanne Quimby, retaining a 20% share and a seat on the board.[17]

      2007 In late 2007, the Clorox Company acquired Burt's Bees for a reported sum of $925,000,000 USD.[15]

      No mention of how much Burt got for "Burt's" Bees over 20 years ago, but it's certainly a lot less than either $173M or $925M.

      "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

      by DocGonzo on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 01:13:37 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I have no pity for broadcasters who say stupid (3+ / 0-)
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    nellgwen, Crashing Vor, JeffW

    things. In my short time as a radio dj, it was stressed from day 1.
    If you're on the radio, you know better. If you choose to say it anyway, embrace the consequences.
    If you don't care about the station's image, the feelings of your listening public or your own public image, what the hell are you doing on the airwaves?!?

    Lead with love. Forgive as a reflex.

    by Gentle Giant on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 12:19:03 PM PDT

  •  The next Gallup Poll to be conducted will have... (1+ / 0-)
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    the all important question:  Do you breathe air? Along with the question: Have you ever ingested water? They could limit the pool of participants to the viewers of Fox News Channel.  Lord knows how high the amount of No votes they could get.

    By the authority vested in me by Kaiser Wilhelm II, I pronounce you man and wife. Proceed with the execution...and the kiddie pool needs to stay open 24/7!

    by HarryParatestis on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 12:31:50 PM PDT

  •  Is the Congress saving US for gun nuts (0+ / 0-)

    air bags
    seat belts
    stop signs
    stair rails
    street lights
    OSHA danger signs everywhere at work.......etc' etc' etc.  

  •  Not just a racist asshole, but an (2+ / 0-)
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    ignoramus who doesn't appreciate good music.

    That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

    by enhydra lutris on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 12:39:10 PM PDT

  •  the ad (3+ / 0-)

    was really powerful. As they read the roll call of names that every American knows, names that call up the history and myths of America stretching from the days before its founding, and across the entire face of the country, interspersed with children, bright and innocent, you knew where it was heading, and began to wish it wasn't, for it was so much a larger statement than the profane and pathetic and small issue that marked its end.

    Bold at inappropriate times. Mediocre at best.

    by steep rain on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 12:47:47 PM PDT

  •  When some nobody kills somebody to be somebody (2+ / 0-)
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    best thing for everybody is to take away their name.

    They Nobody.

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 12:49:43 PM PDT

  •  I didn't see this before I posted my blurb. (0+ / 0-)

    I couldn't get the one minute version to embed either.

    Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature. I scroll with my middle finger.

    by ZenTrainer on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 12:56:56 PM PDT

  •  So Hillary Clinton's a witch, huh? (2+ / 0-)
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    Well no wonder she got elected to the Senate and what's-her-name didn't.

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 01:02:50 PM PDT

  •  Amtrak is becoming its own ISP - Like SPRINT (2+ / 0-)
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    Sprint started its operations as a private phone system by Southern Pacific Railroad along its rail rights of way:

    Southern Pacific maintained an extensive microwave communications system along its rights-of-way that the railroad used for internal communications. After the Execunet II decision, Southern Pacific expanded its internal communications network by laying fiber optic cables along the same rights-of-way. In 1972, Southern Pacific Communications began selling surplus system capacity to corporations for use as private lines, circumventing AT&T's then-monopoly on public telephony. Prior attempts at offering long distance voice services had not been approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), although a fax service (called SpeedFAX) was permitted.[citation needed]

    Southern Pacific Communications was only permitted to provide private line services, not switched services. After MCI Communications won the court battle giving MCI the right to begin offering Execunet services, Southern Pacific Communications took the Federal Communications Commission to court to get the right to offer switched services, and succeeded (the "Execunet II" decision). Southern Pacific Communications decided they needed a new name to differentiate the switched voice service from SpeedFAX, and ran an internal contest to select a name. The winning entry was "SPRINT", an acronym for Switched PRIvate Network Telecommunications[9]

    The Sprint service was first marketed in six metropolitan areas: New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Anaheim. The switches were located in Los Angeles and New York. A customer was required to have a private line connection to one of these switches in order to use the service and paid an access fee per private line. Access was also available by dialing an access number to connect to the SPRINT switch. Customers were then billed at 2.6 cents per tenth of a minute increment.</<BLOCKQUOTE>

    All US railways should pull fiber along their rights of way, covering wireless footprints wherever there's consumers (like rail stations). The more competition among these networks we have, the better they get. I'm amazed that Amtrak is actually getting it together to do something right like this. Maybe there's hope for the system after all.

    I know I'd rather work on an Amtrak train with solid Wifi Internet than take a plane and get molested by TSA amidst all the other hassles.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 01:07:54 PM PDT

  •  I would be appalled at the Clinton Rumors . . . (1+ / 0-)
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    Crashing Vor

    but Fox has left me numb.  Nothing surprises me anymore.

    Rumor: No, it's not the name of my new metal band—it's Hillary Clinton's orientation.
    Rumormonger: Southern Evangelical Seminary president Richard Land, who leveled the charge in response to the secretary of state's advocacy for gay rights in Africa.

    "The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.”" -- Paul Dirac

    by Rikon Snow on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 01:18:50 PM PDT

  •  Gallop must be out of stuff to poll - indeed (1+ / 0-)
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    Meteor Blades

    ..John Oliver pin-pointed the idiocy of Alberto Gonzoles exponding on why there is no problem with the death penalty:

    Oliver asked for a “broad, almost infantile” explanation of the death penalty and when it is appropriate." He found one in Bush Administration Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, who explained that he only believes in using the death penalty on "those who are guilty of commiting the crime.”

    Okay, then, no innocent people should be executed. "Bold statement," Oliver quipped.

     - emphasis added

    Typical republican "reasoning" in many of their "arguments" - spun up BS is more like it and seems to be all that is required in the RWNJ bubble

    John Oliver brilliantly breaks the GOP down to their key components - all of it, just made up crap playing on emotions devoid of any facts.

    The good news is republicans haven't anything new. Different versions, but beneath the facade it's all over used reactionary BS, the same as the pas;t that may work on older generations but the younger - not so much

    Thx MB

  •  It wasn't a "Mississippi" writer. (0+ / 0-)

    If the story was about a Michigan State writer and the author headlined the article with "Michigan sports reporter terminated for calling Lafayette, Louisiana, the worst place in America" people would immediately see the problem with the misleading headline.

    In the context of the article, "Mississippi" would be the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) just as "Michigan" is the University of Michigan.

    Ole Miss has enough problems without being saddled with the sins of Mississippi State.

  •  No need for HRC conspiracies; she's a liar (0+ / 0-)

    The whopper about coming under sniper fire when landing at Tuzla airport and then running for cover is enough for me not to vote for her. Why concoct such a story, other than being deceitful?

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