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Friday, January 20, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown's administration miscalculated costs for the state Medi-Cal program by $1.9 billion last year, an oversight that contributed to Brown's projection of a deficit in the upcoming budget, officials acknowledged this week.

In his spending plan, Brown proposed eliminating the Coordinated Care Initiative because he said the program was not cost effective, angering counties that said the change would shift $550 million in costs to them.

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Friday, January 06, 2017

The U.S. dropped 26,171 bombs last year, 3,027 more than 2015.

According to an analysis of Defense Department data from the Council on Foreign Relations, a non-partisan think tank, the majority of the bombs were dropped in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. leads an international coalition fighting the Islamic State group in both countries and has carried out air operations in attempt to reduce the area controlled by the terrorist organization.

Nearly the same amount of bombs were dropped in Syria (12,192) and Iraq (12,095) last year.

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Thirty-five people were killed and 40 wounded in an attack in a nightclub early Sunday as they were celebrating the new year, Istanbul governor Vasip Sahin said. Sahin called the incident "a terror attack." The attacker, who has not yet been identified, opened fire inside the high-end Reina nightclub in the busy Besiktas neighborhood of Istanbul, according to Turkish state-run news agency Anadolu. read more

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Western politicians, "experts" and journalists are going to have to reboot their stories over the next few days now that Bashar al-Assad's army has retaken control of eastern Aleppo. We are going to find out if the 250,000 civilians "trapped" in the city were indeed that numerous.


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Monday, December 12, 2016

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday said recent findings by the CIA that the Russian government tied to influence the U.S. presidential election should be investigated by the Senate Intelligence Committee. Calling the allegations of Russian meddling "disturbing," McConnell said the intelligence panel should take the lead, dismissing calls by Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) and others for a special select committee to review the matter. He said the Intelligence Committee is "more than capable of conducting a complete review of this matter." read more


These folks are telling us, to our faces, that they'll do whatever necessary to achieve their ends.

So Trump is a socialist now? ....

My guess on the Trump "pressing" the "press" is along the adage of, "if you lie about the little things (inauguration crowd), why would I trust you with the big things". This is why they bring it up..... it may seem trivial, but to let it slide allows and enables more egregious behavior, Psych101. Any book on how to train a dog will explain this for you.....

SIDEBAR: Did you know BO bit a visitor to the WhiteHouse? This is a dog without training.....

Trump is attempting to sow the seeds of doubt in peoples mind that the press is "fair and balanced". I would agree with him that it isn't, just look at WikiLeaks and medias collusion with the Hillary campaign.

But at this point it sure doesn't look like this whole 'free press' thing is gonna work out. Changes will need to be made.

For a "free press" to work, it needs to be at least adversarial to the government, regardless of who is in power. Many are asking where was this "free press" when Obama was President, were was the scrutiny?

Much like the congress acceding authority to the executive branch, the press have given up their roles, they are struggling to regain credibility with a large demographic, Trump is taking advantage of that.

build a wall. you con-men are really good at that.

They actually did ... But ad nauseam I have been told walls don't work, bears can just get through checkpoints and stay.

Like I said, here is a video of a bear walking inside the school hallways...

The rabid sheep get stuck on "guns" being the focal point, what she was advocating was the locals should decide what do to, and the Federal government shouldn't be in the business of legislating how locals protect their children, and possibly teach their children.

The only way to stop illegal immigrants is to prosecute their employers. - Speaksoftly

They are hired legally awhile waiting deportation hearing, they are given work visas, illegals have rights too you know. Which is why stopping them from entering at the border is our best bet.

And then that money will be wasted, because people can fly over a wall or cross at a checkpoint and then just never leave.

You can't just fly over willy nilly.... that argument is only for the uninformed, or those that have never traveled abroad ....

1. Visas have quotas.
2. Visas require sponsorship - go after sponsors, put thier skin in the game

So no, not wasted and can be managed ...

And anyone that thinks a wall will stop illegal immigrants is also a moron.

Agreed and anyone that doesn't think making it harder to cross the border won't slow illegal immigration is also a moron, which is what walls do. they add friction to the equation or ROI

And access via alternate methods set records every year, while media companies post record profits. They, clearly, aren't hurting. Why is it so important to you to pretend they are?

You confuse earnings with viewership, which the was the point of his post.....

Also, define "media companies."

Every eye ball is more important each year for "old school" media dinosaurs, since viewership is flat, even as the population increases. Advertising pricing is growing faster than ratings decline, hence the profitablility

2015 Regal 6.9 percent increase in revenue, 8.5 percent drop in attendance.
Gannett saw a 21% dive.
TimeWarner was off $200 Million
ViaCom down 7%
Disney up....

Its really clear people are not going to movies or viewing TV, like they once did.

The "alternative" methods are YouTube and others, and its not watching oldschool Hollywood "produced' content. YouTube pulled in $9 Billion, 4 times what Disney the number 1 old school media company.


You are getting there... but your perspective is from a white privileged PoV. The white culture today has devolved, and is such that in minorities we have a majority of children being born out of wedlock. There is no double income per household.

There is a huge gap between races/cultures, but we have not raised other cultures but deviated downward. There is such a large gap in test scores between racial groups, what seems like the US getting dumber is actually the huge influx of immigration over the last 30years, the growing of . If you think I believe whites are superior, you would be mistaken the test data indicates American subcultures that value education do the best.


The gap is most pronounced in Blue states...

We know in California that the gap is driven by race (culture) and not class.

I will be called a racist for this post, but the data and statistics can't be denied, I don't view it as racial thing, but more the cultures of those races themselves. So I give our relation to the RoW....



You and I beleive agree on alot of the issues regarding our education system. I agree we need a DOE, a common core to makes alot of sense. I do have some issues in common core such as "number binding", which IMO takes away from a teachers ability to give individual instruction. Anyhow below are some of my difference in opinion.

Note: Education is NOT a business.

It is a business, which is why books are so expensive. I have "A practical mans", three books on mathematics from 30-40's and nothing has fundementally changed, there is no reason to re-write these books. But every year there's a new teaching method for math. Why new history books?

We spend money on rewritting/purchasing these books that really doesn't need to be done.

Students are NOT widgets.

I agree there are differences, but do teachers not mold minds? Do schools not have "grades" or progression, aka WorkInProgress?

Quality control is NOT all about numbers (standardized test scores).

Yes it is, teachers give tests/grades based around numbers, some tests are their own, some the districts, some the states, some the countries.

I don't understand your perspective that we should have a "standardized" common core, but not a standardized test.

The Common Core State Standards are a clear set of shared goals and expectations for the knowledge and skills students need in English language arts and mathematics at each grade level so they can be prepared to succeed in college, career, and life.

I understand teachers worry about teaching to a test, but they can't argue in the next breath they want to teach to a standard.

I call it carpetbagging.

Thats not quite carpetbagging ... but the move to NYC is associated with opportunism and exploitation by Clinton an outsider. The purpose, which only a fool would deny, was to gain access to WallStreet funding and bundling, which no doubt Bill and Hillary cultivated when Bill was President.

And to your credit NYMag did call it carpetbagging...

But since you brought it up, the voters of New York had a chance to decide what they thought of her move there. They elected her to the U.S. Senate twice.

Doesn't make his statement false... Using Bills coattails anything was possible....

It figures someone like you would hate Bobby Kennedy.

Well he was a homophobe...

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