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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A woman was fatally shot by an officer while participating in a "shoot-don't shoot" exercise during a two-hour citizens academy hosted by the Punta Gorda Police Department in southwest Florida.


Friday, July 15, 2016

Republican Donald Trump announced Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate on Friday, putting a seasoned conservative politician at his side who could help rally more party loyalists behind his White House bid.


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

For the first time, a federal judge has suppressed evidence obtained without a warrant by U.S. law enforcement using a stingray, a surveillance device that can trick suspects' cell phones into revealing their locations. U.S. District Judge William Pauley in Manhattan on Tuesday ruled that defendant Raymond Lambis' rights were violated when the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration used such a device without a warrant to find his Washington Heights apartment. "Absent a search warrant, the government may not turn a citizen's cell phone into a tracking device," U.S. District Judge William Pauley wrote.


Monday, June 13, 2016

I know there was a brief Bill Maher video with Scott Adams a couple weeks ago. This is a Michael Strong YouTube interview of Scott Adams talking about the Art of Persuasion and how Donald Trump employs it. It is a much longer interview and covers other topics related to it. It actually makes a lot of sense as to Donald's Strategy.


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I am a bit of a cynic on what motivates big medicine. This is big business and like all business it all boils down to the money. The ACA is set up so there is no reason to control costs and here is why.

An insurance company must spend 90% of policy premiums on healthcare. If they exceed 10% on non-healthcare they have to pay a rebate to the policy holders. On the surface that sounds "good". The thing is virtually all the competition in insurances wants to have their 10% bigger - even the non-profits. So they have to balance growing that 10% while competing with other insurance companies. If everyone's rates go up 40-50% it's just an increase in costs right?

If they want that 10% to be 200 million rather than 100 million, they will allow the rates being charged to them to go up so they can charge more for the policy and therefore earn more on the same number of policies. And then people will say "well then someone will just come along and negotiate a better deal." Sure that can and does happen. And sure there are regional operators with lower cost plans - for those "in network". If you don't mind waiting on a list and driving an hour for any sort of Dr visit that works. But lets get real that is why things like the price on Insulin and Epipens have also been allowed to soar. If I go to Canada and buy "retail" - i.e. no insurance - I pay less than my deductible in the US.

Honestly I would not be one bit surprised if there wasn't collusion going on. "But that would be illegal..." Sure and it wouldn't be the first time it's happened in business. It wouldn't be close to the first time.

Here's the deal... The fact seems to be out that Donald cheats people on business deals time and again - little people just trying to make a living types even. If nothing else that to me screams that there is a problem and he should not be POTUS. If he does that now, what does he think about you after he is elected?

No matter what anyone thinks there is corruption on both sides. It comes down to as Heliumrat so eloquently put it - "a choice between a giant douche and a turd sandwich". (I think he's been watching too much South Park...) Neither are appetizing - it's a pick your poison scenario.

Want a current real world comparison? Look at the Brexit. The UK made in a lot of people's mind an "oopsie" The people campaigning for it didn't expect it to win and made all kinds of outlandish complete and total BS promises. The people voted for it (many out of protest) and it became totally clear that they did not understand what it meant (thank you Google!) So now the people are stuck with it. It does not look good for the long term of the UK. Do you really want to wake up and say I helped do "that"?

I'd rather be stuck with Hillary ANY DAY over Donald Trump. There is even potential for good. I don't put it past either of them to sell out the American people and I have confidence in saying they would both do that under the correct circumstances. I do know I will agree much more with Hillary on Social issues. I also know that overall Bill Clinton oversaw a great time in the American economy and he it would seem is about as lacking in the area of morals as they come.

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