Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Perverse Disincentives of Obama's Health Insurance Scheme

The company Staples threatens to fire any part-time worker who works more than 25 hours/week to avoid offering them health benefits, thus effectively lowering their income as well. Cornell University is charging students who refuse to purchase health insurance a penalty of $350. Considering how left-leaning college students tend to be, I'd say they deserve it. After all, the general population who refuse to be coerced into buying health insurance will be fined at least $95. So it's fair for Obama's supporters to be penalized as well. Health insurance premiums are skyrocketing anywhere from 30% in Maryland and Tennessee to 51% in New Mexico.

In Britain, land of the death panels, general practitioners are delaying cancer referrals, costing about 10,000 lives/year. A patient who underwent a pancreas transplant had to remove her own surgical staples because she could not get an appointment with a doctor for a week.

Russia is Emerging as the Moral Superpower

As the US sinks into the moral sewers, Russia is hardening its stand against immorality.

Nutty Professor

Liberal nut went ranting on an airplane.

Wishful Thinking

Lawmakers on Wednesday demanded accountability from the Bureau of Land Management following an investigation that found the government routinely fails to secure proper bonding from wind and solar project developers, potentially leaving taxpayers on the hook for millions of dollars.
The Government Accountability Office report — which gives more fuel to critics who say President Obama will push “green” power at all costs — also said that the administration has kept shoddy records, may have shredded bond documents and blatantly treats renewable power differently than it treats fossil fuel projects.
In related news, a German study revealed that "man-made aerosols had a much smaller cooling effect on the atmosphere during the 20th Century than was previously thought", further undermining the global warming myth.

Espionage on the French Government

As in cases like this, the mistake is in allowing the secret to be exposed.

Benefits of Coffee

The panel cited minimal health risks associated with drinking between three and five cups per day. It also said that consuming as many as five cups of coffee each day (400 mg) is tied to several health benefits, including a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

CSS Hunley

[T]he first submarine ever to sink an enemy warship in combat - in 1864

The 80-Year-Old Agave Plant

The average life expectancy of such a plant is only 25 years.