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Offline Eli_Freysson

Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #2670 on: June 07, 2018, 10:42:15 PM »
So apparently organic matter has been discovered on Mars.

That's... ah... something.
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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #2671 on: June 08, 2018, 04:12:11 AM »
Just reading that US may be in danger of losing Pre-existing Conditions Protection under health insurance.  So sorry about how your system is set up, that sounds seriously scary and horrendous. Hope there is some way you can prevent this happening.
Otherwise insurance companies will easily be able to refuse insurance or charge extra high premiums.

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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #2672 on: June 08, 2018, 07:00:25 PM »
Just reading that US may be in danger of losing Pre-existing Conditions Protection under health insurance.  So sorry about how your system is set up, that sounds seriously scary and horrendous. Hope there is some way you can prevent this happening.
Otherwise insurance companies will easily be able to refuse insurance or charge extra high premiums.

https://takecareblog.com/blog/texas-fold-em

Yes, though many of the blue states are fighting back by trying to pass state regulations that will continue to forbid insurers from pricing people out of insurance due to "pre-existing condition" BS (and in some cases, sentencing them to bankruptcy or death). So, at least in blue states, there is still hope. Texas is F'd though.

I don't know when Republicans got so determined to kill people. As many say, I really do think it was Obama's election. The fact that a black man got elected president, and also that he did so much for the country (saved the auto industry, put the economy back on track, got the Iran deal done, etc) and was blissfully scandal free, just drove so many subtle racists insane. They'd probably kept their racist tendancies largely quelled, but when Obama got elected and Fox News/Breitbart started spewing lies at them about Obama being a secret Muslim Kenyan Terrorist with No Birth Certificate, those people went off the deep end into irrational hatred, determined to undo anything that helped black/brown/gay people even if it hurt themselves.

I guess Republican politicians saw that they could take advantage of the perfect dupes to take power and give themselves tax cuts? Either way, the ACA (or Obamacare) remains a tremendously flawed accomplishment (thanks to the Republicans who tried so hard to sabotage it before it passed) but an accomplishment. I don't think Republicans will rest until it is undone. It may be less about killing people (though they certainly don't care if that happens - those people are poor, after all) and more about ensuring Obama has no accomplishments left. That is Mitch McConnell's stated goal, after all - to ensure no Democrat president can do anything positive for this country, because he cares more about denying credit to Democrats than serving America.

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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #2673 on: June 10, 2018, 05:21:31 AM »
Thanks for reply @tebakutis. Rightwing govts always make a point of walking back any progressive moves by a Left leaning government but the personal spite involved re ACA/Obamacare is clear. But even beyond that, it is always inevitably about profits for party donors, shareholders and business, as usual.


Our govt is trying to do exactly the same, with our system,Medicare, chipping away at the edges to diminish it,  with a long term goal to demolish and privatise it, leaving us in a similar condition to US. But Medicare is precious, under national rather than any State administration, so policy like that meets huge resistance, outcry and publicity, so hopefully will never succeed.

Pretty clear same tactics are being used in UK with their NHS which was a wonderful system, but being deliberately neglected and allowed to run down. So sorry for the staff in NHS,  all my family have had wonderful care at various times when we were living and working in UK. My granddaughter had life saving hole in the heart op when she was eleven months old as an emergency and it cost nothing.
 
I just hope that for all of you in US the right to proper healthcare for all will be achieved eventually.
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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #2674 on: June 10, 2018, 10:26:55 AM »
Yesterday I heard this joke:
"We used to have a 6-month waiting list for any procedure.
Now that the immigrants are going home, we have an 18-month waiting list: turns out they were the staff!"
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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #2675 on: June 10, 2018, 11:05:09 AM »
Schrödinger's Immigrant:  Simultaneously steals jobs and gets unemployment benefits.

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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #2676 on: June 10, 2018, 06:51:34 PM »
I can't get over how well this photo represents Trump/the US vs the rest of the G7 countries.



http://time.com/5307314/donald-trump-angela-merkel-g-7-photograph/

That's Trump ... the pelutant child with his crossed arms and his "na na na na na can't hear you!", being confronted by the exasperated adults who lead sane countries.

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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #2677 on: June 10, 2018, 07:55:48 PM »
I remember a headline from Trumps first visit to Berlin:

Leader of the Free World meets Donald Trump

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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #2678 on: June 10, 2018, 09:25:33 PM »
@tebakutis, I bet this picture will be the meme of the week soon. Here are the first two interpretations...





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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #2679 on: June 11, 2018, 04:08:57 PM »
So... does Trump have some kind of actual motive for angering all of his county's allies, or is he really just acting in blind chaos?
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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #2680 on: June 11, 2018, 04:13:08 PM »
So... does Trump have some kind of actual motive for angering all of his county's allies, or is he really just acting in blind chaos?

He has believed for decades that our allies are taking advantage of us. He sees trade deficits as evidence that we have lost jobs to them. He is fundamentally stupid and deeply ignorant.
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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #2681 on: June 11, 2018, 04:23:32 PM »
This.
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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #2682 on: June 11, 2018, 07:57:28 PM »
Yeah. Whoever comes after Pence is sure going to have their hands full.
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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #2683 on: June 12, 2018, 07:05:36 AM »
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Yeah. Whoever comes after Pence is sure going to have their hands full.

You think there would be anyone after Pence?

On the bright side even America can only elect so many unstable lunatics....

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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« Reply #2684 on: June 12, 2018, 08:11:03 AM »
For the EU folks around here.

Today is 'Repeal article 13' day here.
Article 13 is an article snuck into the upcoming copyright law that will be voted on June 20.
It forces big media sites to monitor their content for copyright infringement and forms a certain kind of censorship on the internet.

More about it here:
https://www.reddit.com/r/europe/comments/8q1mfc/on_the_eu_copyright_reform/
and here
https://saveyourinternet.eu