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by Jennifer
Yesterday, 18:49
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: There must be a pony in here somewhere.
Replies: 1668
Views: 56772

Re: There must be a pony in here somewhere.

Another thing (regarding the difference between mandatory car insurance only if you drive a car, versus mandatory health insurance simply because you exist): for states with mandatory car insurance, the minimum legal coverage requirement is to cover damages you might cause another person; I don't th...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 18:34
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: There must be a pony in here somewhere.
Replies: 1668
Views: 56772

Re: There must be a pony in here somewhere.

I will never understand the obsession with that feature as a lynchpin of reform. We already have a mandatory insurance purchase program or three. Nobody who voted on it was confused about this feature then woke up and were like “it’s a tax oh noes!” What other mandatory insurance programs are there...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 17:59
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: There must be a pony in here somewhere.
Replies: 1668
Views: 56772

Re: There must be a pony in here somewhere.

I will never understand the obsession with that feature as a lynchpin of reform. We already have a mandatory insurance purchase program or three. Nobody who voted on it was confused about this feature then woke up and were like “it’s a tax oh noes!” What other mandatory insurance programs are there...
by Jennifer
15 Dec 2018, 17:34
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: There must be a pony in here somewhere.
Replies: 1668
Views: 56772

Re: There must be a pony in here somewhere.

Federal judge in Texas rules individual mandate unconstitutional. https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/14/politics/texas-aca-lawsuit/index.html I have not read the specific details of this ruling, but my gut is to agree with it. The mandate was my primary complaint about O-care in the first place: I have no ...
by Jennifer
14 Dec 2018, 21:48
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: There must be a pony in here somewhere.
Replies: 1668
Views: 56772

Re: There must be a pony in here somewhere.

no incentive to actually have employer-provided healthcare IMO that would be a good thing -- the idea that health insurance is something you get through your job rather than something you get on your own is a huuuuuge problem with the current (and pre-Obamacare) status quo. Even in the land of NHS,...
by Jennifer
14 Dec 2018, 18:13
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: There must be a pony in here somewhere.
Replies: 1668
Views: 56772

Re: There must be a pony in here somewhere.

JD wrote:
14 Dec 2018, 13:53
no incentive to actually have employer-provided healthcare
IMO that would be a good thing -- the idea that health insurance is something you get through your job rather than something you get on your own is a huuuuuge problem with the current (and pre-Obamacare) status quo.
by Jennifer
14 Dec 2018, 17:45
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6613
Views: 211987

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

New York City Council member Ritchie Torres, who represents parts of the Bronx, proposed a bill Wednesday that would affect shops that currently only take electronic payments with credit and debit cards. Torres says establishments that don’t accept cash could be discriminating against communities t...
by Jennifer
11 Dec 2018, 17:11
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Ladyfashun
Replies: 509
Views: 25111

Re: Ladyfashun

Serious question (although I feel a bit silly for asking it): was there or is there some change in style for women's shirt-sleeve cuffs, specifically that cuffs are supposed to be bigger now? Why I ask: I'm wearing a new-to-me shirt right now (as with most thrift-store clothing purchases, I have no ...
by Jennifer
09 Dec 2018, 16:20
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: When journalism goes bad
Replies: 4008
Views: 139455

Re: When journalism goes bad

The first time I said this I meant it as a joke, but now I'm kinda thinking it might be for real: Trump seems to think the game of Monopoly describes how economics actually works -- "mutually beneficial trade" and "prosperous, peaceful economic co-existence" are not possible, because the only way yo...
by Jennifer
09 Dec 2018, 15:33
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Tiny Triumphs
Replies: 1014
Views: 62924

Re: Tiny Triumphs

Not a triumph OR a failure, but since I was already talking abut my definitely stunted sense of smell, and presumably stunted sense of taste: a few months ago Jeff discovered the joys of making mojitos, after discovering many of the Asian supermarkets we frequent sell sugarcane juice in their freeze...
by Jennifer
08 Dec 2018, 21:11
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1395
Views: 47981

Re: Inequality

Don’t know that I have a solution, but it certainly isn’t putting non academically inclined people into 4 year programs. It would look more like trying to get those people trained into skills with market demand. Lots of medical stuff. Relocation is also a part of that story. And the high costs/debt...
by Jennifer
08 Dec 2018, 19:29
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1395
Views: 47981

Re: Inequality

I’m not an avotoast determinist. I’m mostly a guy who thinks the bulk of the structural issue is related to non degree holders Which seems to suggest that the solution is for non-degree-holders to change that status and get a degree? Presumably while ignoring or dismissing any suggestion that "high...
by Jennifer
07 Dec 2018, 13:50
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1395
Views: 47981

Re: Inequality

Related: Millennials are indeed poorer than Boomers and Gen Xers were at the same age. https://slate.com/business/2018/12/millennials-are-the-brokest-generation.html?via=homepage_taps_top Millennials don’t spend money all that differently from past generations. They just have less of it. Such is the...
by Jennifer
07 Dec 2018, 01:16
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Tiny Triumphs
Replies: 1014
Views: 62924

Re: Tiny Triumphs

This is a review of the Chase and Sanborn coffee can, not the coffee itself: of all the metal coffee cans I've converted into emergency space heaters, this can is probably the best because, while it has pretty much the same width as any standard-sized coffee can, it is several inches shorter from t...
by Jennifer
06 Dec 2018, 20:56
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The author is dead, but is the performer?
Replies: 16
Views: 318

Re: The author is dead, but is the performer?

Copying what I said about this once before: Even though the song Baby It's Cold Outside is older than my parents, I was not aware of it until a couple years ago, when I first read an article on the theme "This song is terrible and promotes rape." But ... I listened to the song, and read the lyrics, ...
by Jennifer
06 Dec 2018, 20:35
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1395
Views: 47981

Re: Inequality

Tl;dr: while some examples of "I have a degree or two yet still can't find a job to support myself" are due entirely to poor decision-making, plenty more are not, and there's enough of them that I do indeed think there's an overall systemic problem: it's not purely a case of too many individuals ma...
by Jennifer
06 Dec 2018, 17:51
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Op-ediots
Replies: 492
Views: 17434

Re: Op-ediots

Why We Miss the WASPs: Their more meritocratic, diverse and secular successors rule us neither as wisely nor as well.
"Meritocratic?" "Diverse?" Well, at least the "secular" part applies to Donald Trump.
by Jennifer
06 Dec 2018, 17:45
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Finally, a celebrity speaks out against something actually important
Replies: 7
Views: 164

Re: Finally, a celebrity speaks out against something actually important

You know, I never bothered checking my TV's setting sin the first place, and until reading Painboy's post I had no idea there was any such thing as a motion smoothing feature, but now that I know I kinda wanna check it out, and only my inherent laziness is keeping me from doing so.

Streisand effect!
by Jennifer
06 Dec 2018, 17:26
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1395
Views: 47981

Re: Inequality

Jason: I fundamentally disagree with that entire Jennifer post Jennifer: What is wrong with retatement of premise Jason: it all wrong because choice of degree, choice of field and continued costs, and lack of observation of current market conditions are all on you - you have no right to a good payi...
by Jennifer
06 Dec 2018, 15:09
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1395
Views: 47981

Re: Inequality

And it may be my headache talking, but every damn time I hear someone talk about how people with a master's degree can't find decently-paying jobs, I lose more sympathy for those very people. If you've pursued six years of post-secondary school and haven't put effort into planning how to get a dece...
by Jennifer
06 Dec 2018, 14:15
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Tiny Triumphs
Replies: 1014
Views: 62924

Re: Tiny Triumphs

This is a review of the Chase and Sanborn coffee can, not the coffee itself: of all the metal coffee cans I've converted into emergency space heaters, this can is probably the best because, while it has pretty much the same width as any standard-sized coffee can, it is several inches shorter from to...
by Jennifer
06 Dec 2018, 04:45
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Tiny Triumphs
Replies: 1014
Views: 62924

Re: Tiny Triumphs

I'm just wondering if maybe it's my use of sugar (or Jeff's disinterest in doing so), rather than my presumed taste-bud weakness, to explain why Jeff disliked two out of five coffees we've tried that I found ordinary or even better than average. Two more anecdotes I remember: on occasion, where ther...
by Jennifer
05 Dec 2018, 20:15
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Tiny Triumphs
Replies: 1014
Views: 62924

Re: Tiny Triumphs

I may have to look up some C&B and see how it tastes to me. Mind, this gets me reflecting how smell and taste are senses where it's hard for people without any obvious impairment to calibrate against other people. There's no such thing as 20/20 smelling, as a general thing. (Sommeliers, perfumers, ...
by Jennifer
05 Dec 2018, 19:37
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Tiny Triumphs
Replies: 1014
Views: 62924

Re: Tiny Triumphs

The Chase and Sanborn coffee is almost gone -- I'll be using the last of it when I make tomorrow's batch of coffee -- and the timing is perfect, because on Sunday/Monday, Atlanta is forecast to get ... [ ominous music ] ... actual snow. Maybe as much as an inch or two! That's fucking serious for th...
by Jennifer
05 Dec 2018, 18:53
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Tiny Triumphs
Replies: 1014
Views: 62924

Re: Tiny Triumphs

For our regular daily pick-me-up cup of coffee (as opposed to "coffee we serve to guests" or other special-occasion coffee events), Jeff and I usually buy cans of store-brand coffee, either from Target or Kroger. A couple weeks ago, we were browsing an overstock outlet where they happened to sell ca...