Wednesday Open Thread

“The two words ‘information’ and ‘communication’ are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.”

–Sydney J. Harris

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  1. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    But gag, what stench from yonder White House falls?

    It is the East, and Trump doth stink.

    Great God Almighty, Trump stinks.

    But a thin, bespectacled woman has a plan for that.

    And she is persisting.

    She was warned.

    She was called Pocahontus.

    But nevertheless, she is persisting!

    Hold on, America, 

    Help is on the way.

    So for God's sake, stay upwind!

  2. PseudonymousPseudonymous says:

    How the GM workers strike makes Bernie Sanders’s case for Medicare-for-all: Joe Biden argued Medicare-for-all would be bad for unions. Then General Motors cut health benefits to striking union workers.

    This argument is playing out in real time. Thousands of GM employees are on strike this week in a bid for better wages and benefits and to address concerns for temporary workers. GM dealt its employees’ union, the United Auto Workers, an incredible blow on Tuesday; Employees’ generous health care plan is being used as leverage to get workers to cross the picket line.

    GM has cut off health benefits to striking employees, shifting the cost to the workers — and in turn the union. UAW has offered striking members COBRA health care, which allows them to continue medical and prescription drugs coverage, but it doesn’t include dental, vision, hearing, and accident insurance.

    Whole Foods is cutting medical benefits for hundreds of part-time workers

    Whole Foods has about 95,000 employees, so it means about 1,900 people will lose benefits.

    The benefits that the company is cutting are offered to part-time employees who work at least 20 hours a week. The changes will not affect full-time employees.

    Whole Foods said it was making the change "to better meet the needs of our business and create a more equitable and efficient scheduling model."

    Universal health care.  Free at the point of service.

     

  3. PseudonymousPseudonymous says:

    Me, trying to figure out how I'll pay for a major surgery I have to schedule next year.

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      Buy medical insurance that includes surgery.

      • PseudonymousPseudonymous says:

        I have a $6,250 annual individual max out of pocket.  Surgery will cost all of that.  Plus transport, wife's time off work (no paid time off), minor bits and bobs (bandages, gauze, new sheets for the ones that get blood on them, etc.), etc.  So, another $1,000 to $1,500.  That's not cash I have laying around.

        All with pretty good insurance. Honestly, that’s me getting off easy compared to others.

        Just so folks know, the Pew definition for “middle class,” which seems pretty well accepted, is 2/3 to 2x the median income, or, in the case of the greater Denver area, roughly 40k to 140k. Maybe if they defined it with values instead…

  4. Genghis says:

    There's a savage and more than a little disturbing PSA from Sandy Hook Promise titled Back-to-School Essentials here.

    This particular organization focuses not on firearm regulation but rather on identifying and getting help for potential school shooters. Hopefully, that plus the fact that this comment is fairly well buried will keep the usual dipshits from slithering in and telling us about how the tree of liberty must on occasion be watered with the blood of murdered school children.

    • notaskinnycooknotaskinnycook says:

      Someone posted the ad on the Colorado Democratic Women's Facebook group, Genghis. It was chilling and heartbreaking, but as long as the ammosexuals hold sway in this country, it is reality. 

  5. kwtreekwtree says:

    Ed Perlmutter , who voted against an impeachment resolution  last July, concedes that an impeachment investigation is ongoing, and that it’s time to take the next steps. “Next steps” are hearings- Lewandowski’s  bellicose performance before the House Judiciary Committee yesterday was the first of many to come.

     

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