Morning Reads for 8.17.16

This is your witty intro fro the day.

“You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory” by Johnny Thunders.

  1. Congressman Lewis’ graphic novel(s) dominates New York Times Bestsellers List.
  2. Fawning coverage of the series from London’s The Guardian back to the Times.
  3. Isakson says there’s possibly lots of support for north Fulton MARTA expansion. 
  4. Atlanta, Sam Nunn and Ted Turner featured in lengthy of exploration of is America safer after 9/11.
  5. ATL dropping $5.6m to buy 1200 body cameras for cops. 
  6. New book retraces the Underground Railroad. 
  7. The Telegraph ranks the 15 best classic books of all time. 

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Davo65
Davo65

$4,666 for a camera? Guess it’s cheaper than a lawsuit….but still gotta think BestBuy can beat that price.

xdog
xdog

Does Walmart offload its security expenses to local cops?
https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-walmart-crime/

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Walmart has a big theft prevention program. They are huge, they attract the people of Walmart. But someone can come up with a sales tax rebate for them to start their own police force. Why not have our police stand down from property theft, we tell them to if the store is being looted ?

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Trump is a Bull 5h!tter with sociopathic tendencies, saying for self-aggrandizement what’s in his mind or obtained from any source. The following link to a 4-year-old article on sociopaths is startling in some of its applicability to Trump: http://www.naturalnews.com/036112_sociopaths_cults_influence.html

Soociopaths are charming.
Sociopaths are more spontaneous and intense than other people.
Sociopaths are incapable of feeling shame, guilt or remorse.
Sociopaths invent outrageous lies about their experiences.
Sociopaths seek to dominate others and “win” at all costs.
Sociopaths tend to be highly intelligent,
Sociopaths are incapable of love.
Sociopaths speak poetically.
Sociopaths never apologize.
Sociopaths are delusional and literally believe that what they say becomes truth.

Teri
Teri

Sociopaths also display their children to humanize themselves.

Raleigh
Raleigh

One sure way to find out is Senator Isakson is right. Put the question to the voters on the ballot and let them tell you.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

No mention of some big news as giant healthcare companies merge and drop the Obamacare exchanges ?

http://www.myajc.com/news/news/state-regional/aetna-to-pull-out-of-georgias-obamacare-insurance-/nsGnk/?ecmp=newspaper_email#%23

The Washington Post also wrote a story worth reading.

Affordable healthcare is a national issue not a party issue but that is not how it is going. Neither party has a solution in play but the healthcare industry sure has theirs.

Davo65
gcp
gcp

Cigna is also pulling out of markets. So is it because Cigna ceo got angry when Cigna/Anthem merger was denied? I doubt it.
And why is United also leaving some exchange markets?

If Blue Cross/Anthem exits Obamacare there will be problems. Kaiser would then be a major play but they don’t serve all areas.

One of the main problems with Obamacare is that folks wait until the get sick before they get insurance. For the most part insurers can’t charge for pre-existing conditions and/or other factors. The system is flawed and inefficient.

Benevolus
Benevolus

It’s flawed an inefficient because Republicans wanted it that way.

There are many examples of how this could work throughout the world but alas, we can’t have nice things.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Personalities, nah, money.
More likely because Aetna lost $400 million, Obama promised them he’d repay if they kept rates low……but reserves to handle, Obama said wouldn’t be exhausted, got blown almost immediately.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Marco Rubio killed the risk pool money and that is what caused this. Some of y’all may thank him, but I hope more make him pay. If/when Dems take the Senate this will get fixed.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Marco did not kill the risk pool. The $300 million pool or whatever was gone on the first $1.8 billion claim. He just said that is all there is and we are not going into taxpayers pockets. Obama said he was nuts, that pool would probably never be touched.

The fix you demand is 100% taxpayer guaranteed losses of the insurance companies. They’d be ok with that.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Same difference.
Those premiums would-and will- stabilize over time, we’re just not there yet. But with Republicans’ Pavlovian reaction to anything Obama, instead of trying to make things better the Rubios of the world are willing to make thousands of lives worse. Those insurance companies got in because they saw a path to profitability but they didn’t count on Republicans changing the rules.

P.S. Tesla hasn’t broken even yet either.

gcp
gcp

“stabilize” At what point and at what level will rates “stabilize” and how much will it cost taxpayers?

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Stability: When the last private insurance company declares bankruptcy or the taxpayers bail them all out

Benevolus
Benevolus

Check any objective source you want, they would stabilize at rates lower than they would have been without Obamacare. As I’ve said before, plenty of successful models exist. Unfortunately, in this country “the greater good” is not as important as it is elsewhere. Greed rules.

in our system,

you don’t actually get

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

😎 this time the Republicans played by the rules – it’s an Obama win- win isn’t it ? when Obama says -foul- the rules will never be challenged and then says -foul- playing by the rules is an injustice……

rickday
rickday

I bought all three volumes of “March” at the DNC GA Breakfast and got the author and Con. Lewis to sign them for my grandson. It was an honor.

My grandson’s after I finish reading them, of course. It was both awesome and sobering at the same time.