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Does your insurance insure nothing?

What is the good of having 'insurance' that you cannot afford to use? I personally would say that it is basically just good for nothing except ripping you off, and so think others, as well as I do. Insurance where one cannot afford to pay the deductible is 'insurance' that does not actually insure. See Americans have insurance but can't afford to use it.

Brand New Rope Syndrome.

The simple part of this is that before being elected, one of our New Royal Court in City Hall, one Councilman Leigh, had an accident in a parking lot where he hit two people, one of them an INFANT And then in court was given a ticket, which initially had two insurance points (higher rate) and a fine of $85. The mom and baby weren't seriously hurt, but that's not the point. The point is that Councilman Leigh, darling of the local Real Estate associations and the Chamber of Commerce, meaning, he's only going to represent the Wealthy in our town, and the rest of us can go fish... bitched, whined and sniveled about how unfair it was that he would get a ticket for what could have killed two people including a BABY. Let's see, how would that work? The Chamber of Commerce were among the Royalist Pukes who insist that Insurance Companies have every right to deny service if it's too expensive and to charge whatever rates they want, unlike Organized Labor who are supposed to take what's offered and shut our cake-holes about it. Mr Leigh was never an objector to those policies, when it only affected the working class who feed his rich-bitch ass Another point is that, contrary to the beliefs of aggressive drivers, Pedestrians DO own every bit as much of the road as drivers, and so do bicyclists. In any case in any state where a car strikes a pedestrian, the Pedestrian had the right of way. Bitch about all you want, but possession of a motor vehicle does NOT give you the privilege of striking anybody with that vehicle. According to Mr Leigh, though, that doesn't apply to rich folks like him. So he threatened to punish the court for "wronging" him. SAY WHAT? I once was arrested for carrying a three-inch fishing knife on my belt, had to pay the bondsman a hundred dollars, a fine and community service, and didn't actually harm ANYBODY. Plus had to spend time handcuffed. And this Rich Bitch Prick is whining that he had to pay a fine that was less money, and spent exactly zero time in handcuffs? For almost killing two people. Then, of course, vowing to, once his Wealthy Friends got him selected for Shitty Council, cut the court down to size, for DARING to give him a ticket? And he got elected, that's amazing, and stupid. He compared himself to Richard Cheney as a "great leader" well, maybe so. Richard Cheney got drunk and shot a human being (ok, a corrupt Texas Republican Lawyer, but it did have two legs, two arms and a face) and is complicit in the deaths of thousands of American soldiers in wars he started for his own profit. Maybe Mr Leigh IS like Dick Cheney. Dick Cheney also got away with almost killing the lawyer. For the same reason Mr Leigh got away with a tap on the wrist (imagine how much he would snivel if he'd gotten a SLAP on the wrist! OMG

America Wins! Tea Party LOSES!

One of their congressional whiners, from Michigan: "The American people know you can't reduce health care costs by spending $1 trillion or raising taxes by more than one-half trillion dollars. The American people know that you cannot cut Medicare by over one-half trillion dollars without hurting seniors," said Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich. (as though the lying hypocrite ever gave two shits about seniors or the deficit) "And, the American people know that you can't create an entirely new government entitlement program without exploding spending and the deficit." (unlike the current over ten trillion deficit with more to come from an "entitlement program" for the Oil and Coal corporations and the War Industry billioniares) You see, the Daddy WarBucks DeathMongers and their partners in the Oil Industry, they're entitled to take any oil resources in any country they want, tax free (on their part) and the American People are obligated not only to do their fighting for them, we have to pay for their Wars of Conquest as well. As for their so-called concern for "Seniors" their party has sucked Medicare and Social Security funds dry to fund THEIR War. They've repeatedly robbed Social Security trust funds for the past three decades and campaigned not only against any increases in health care to the older Americans who rely on it, but against the very institution of Medicare in the first place. Rush Limbaugh vowed two weeks ago that he would leave the country if it passed... Wow, you think for once he'll keep his word? Bye, Rush, nice seeing you(r back as you're leaving) and don't you worry none, if them thare Costa Rican Peasants ever rebel against you and your equally Fat Retarded Friends, you know you can always count on your Dittoheads to come and fight for you, just like you and your Fat-ass retarded brother did in Vietna... ooops... Never Mind. When left for the ChickenHawks to do anything like that, you're screwed.

Is the Museum of Nature and Science gathering health data for insurers?

DENVER- At the Denver Museum of Nature and Science the most popular exhibit this summer is called "Expedition Health" and features high-tech diagnostic kiosks where visitors can gauge the general state of their health. Judging by the long lines, you'd think these people haven't visited a doctor lately. I suspect that unless the medical insurance underwriters of the exhibit can be trusted, many of the DMNS-goers won't get to see a doctor again. My hypothesis-- that "Expedition Health" is surreptitiously collecting personal medical data on every visitor who comes through their doors, to add actionable factors to insurance customer files. If this is happening or not, it easily could. And the DMNS is not offering any assurance that it is not. Basically, everybody who goes through the Expedition Health exhibit is surrendering personal health data, which in the hands of insurers could be critical in their decision about whether or not to offer them medical coverage. Museum staff insist that the personal information is purged every night, although with a simple internet link this explanation is disproved. Staff explain that attendee magnetic cards are erased, perhaps innocently ignorant of where the information actually accrues as the public circulate from one kiosk to the next. At pharmacies you can measure your blood pressure without a personalized magnetic card. But at the DMNS health exhibit, sponsored by Met Life, Kaiser Permanente, et al, you have to tell the machines who you are before you can learn your heart rate, your vital statistics, results of a stress test, a measure of your "stride," digital imagery of your body at rest and in motion, scans of your fingers and palm, and a 3-D imaging of your face. A telling detail, to my mind, is that the DMNS offers no printed assurance that the health information of its attendees is not being harvested by data merchants. Is it? Do I have any proof? I will offer you the clues, and you can be the judge. I think there are enough signs of subterfuge to suspect that "Expedition Health" is not serving your health. Here's how it looks to the average exhibit visitor: the attendee is given a magnetic card to use at the electronic kiosks, at the culmination of which a "Peak Pass" card will be generated to reflect the user's health results. In the process the attendee learns about positive and negative factors which govern human health. Attendee are free to initiate the card with whatever fictitious ID data they wish, depending on how helpfully relevant they want their results to be. The impression of anonymity is bolstered by several insincerities. I will illuminate a few. A. The ruse of an aliased identity Part one, the ID. Before museum-goers can attend "Expedition Health," they must obtain an admission ticket marked with the time they can be scheduled to enter. This is done ostensibly to ease congestion through the exhibit hall. In purchasing their museum passes, or submitting their DMNS membership cards, the visitors are of course revealing their verifiable identities.

Strip Gaza bare to put down a prison riot

ISRAEL IS READY TO DECLARE A CESSATION OF ITS MOP UP OF GAZA? Israel moved its troops into Gaza under the pretext that Palestinians imprisoned there had rioted. As if tanks can stop the rocket fire with brute force. What society has eradicated crime by threatening collective punishment of its subjects? As jailer of Gaza and the West Bank, Israel intends to strip the Palestinians of everything: food, shelter, dignity, even their children, but then Israel will have to throw away the key. The world won't stand idly by, but America, Israel's lone supporter, and financier, is being kept in the dark by a corporate media which doesn't want to interrupt the lucrative military contracts which depend upon unrest in the Middle East. While Israel bombs hospitals and UN shelters, and blocks every effort to bring aid to the besieged civilians, Israeli pundits divert attention to envoys purportedly trying to discuss a ceasefire. Bombing the UN headquarters, full of food supplies, not to mention 700 refugees, with no less than the chemical weapon white phosphorous, and the leading news headline on US networks, including BBC World, is a casualty-free plane crash and, by the way, Israeli envoys waving a white flag while its soldiers continue to attack even the journalists who are trying to document their heavy handed repression?! Peace or Rest In Peace. Why else have Israeli soldiers been targeting hospitals, food supplies and aid providers? Why won't Israel permit aid agencies to bring relief to the Gazans? Does Israel accuse the U.N. of smuggling rockets? The Qassam rockets fired by Hamas were in response to Israel failing to lift its 18 month blockade of the Gaza borders, in default of their previous ceasefire agreement. Here's what the prisoners of Attica were rioting about: "We are not beasts, and we do not intend to be beaten or driven as such.... What has happened here is but the sound before the fury of those who are oppressed."

Want a public psychological profile?

I’m not one to shy from self-expression online, but I draw the line at providing survey-question data, particularly psychological tests. They may plow up interesting stuff, but online, associating my IP and cookies, for harvesting by profile aggregators, I don’t think so. I've done the 6-question Which Book Are You, but I won’t do the List Your Favorite Books and I certainly won’t do a Myers-Briggs type analysis. For whom? What could an online profiler deduce from such results? I’ve no idea. But that’s my lack of imagination. I’m not in the business of trading social profiles and profiting by it. I do know that psychoanalysis is still a crap shoot, likewise so is literary interp. But carbon pencil marks on a multiple choice form can be tabulated by number crunchers which size up everyone with tables and graphs. Heavy machinery can then make informed decisions about you based simply on how the numbers come together. It’s punch card technology. You prefer Tiramisu over Creme Brule, Boggle over Scrabble? The survey says: we need two times the security deposit from you, sorry dude. Handling internet sales at the Bookman, we use a rudimentary fashion of account profiling. Its efficacy is something we’ve wised up to over the years. Here’s how it works: if someone makes an inquiry about shipping details before they place an order, we reject their order. Period. They may be earnest, even upstanding, but our experience shows they’ll be trouble. Our actuarial table says basically, this customer is so likely to be a bother, let them go. So we pass. It seems a shame, but it's the only bureaucratic edge Bookman has, and why not take it? Shipping books is a business after all, for profit. Who needs the aggravation of someone figuring they can get their money back AND keep the book. The odds they won’t? Not good enough. That’s the way profiling works in business applications. If you’re a client falsely cast, you’ve no recourse. The semi-literate customer service rep on the phone has no discretion to treat you differently. And why should they? The designers of the business model know where to fish for profit and when to cut bait. The statistical overlay supersedes any argument you can make. What are you going to say? I’ll be an exception, I promise!? Insurance companies didn’t grow such tall impressive buildings with unreliable actuarial tables.

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