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(but it's required)Shade(Sunday, Apr 30. 2017 03:58 PM)On “Face the Nation” Sun, Trump said his latest healthplan “guarantees” coverage 2those w/PE conditions. However, unlike O’care, ins co(s) could charge higher rates should ppl ever allow coverage2(Sunday, Apr 30. 2017 03:48 PM)lapse (as usually happens when one becomes too ill 2work). Pence says there w b subsidized state-op pools 4those w/PE conditions, but AARP projects those prem $25k/yr+ & Repubs w underfund pools w/block grants. Result? Profits privatized, ppl w/serious med probs get underfunded coverage @ public expense. http://tiny.cc/4o6ukyEmployers dont hire/keep those w/poor hlth. But SSDI only awards benefits if it finds that4 med reasons, u unable 2earn $1170/mo 4a period of 1yr+ – regardless of ur prev earnings! It usually takes yrs 2b(Saturday, Apr 22. 2017 03:47 PM)approved, most lose absolutely everything 1st. Benefits r’t high either. Say u prev earned $50k/yr supporting a family & u recv SSDI award. Avg benefit ~$1.2k/mo, & if u have kids, an additional $600/mo divided amongst them. Ppl dont live this application hell & then meager award if they have other options. http://tiny.cc/x3fpkyThe Washington Post ran a correction to its disability story. Here’s why it’s still wrong. There’s a term for using data this way: cherry-picking. Media should take great care in its coverage of critical(Saturday, Apr 22. 2017 01:07 AM)programs like SSDI. Reporting based on outliers—not to mention flawed data analysis—risks misleading the public & policymakers in ways that could jeopardize the economic wellbeing & if not the very survival of millions already on the financial brink w/severe illnesses & disabilities. http://tiny.cc/df4okyShade(Wednesday, Apr 19. 2017 03:43 PM)Addendum to Dr Theodore Postol’s Assessment of the White House Report on Syria Chemical Attack(Wednesday, Apr 19. 2017 02:11 PM)On China & N Korea: The Strength Of Weakness & The Limits Of Power. Most of China’s lrg state enterprises have scant inv w/ NK; there’s ltl luv tween t leaders. But sml firms often find smuggling worth risk, & Beijing often(Wednesday, Apr 19. 2017 02:01 PM)cant control them due2 endemic coruption. China less centralized than W believes. Beijing sets priorities, such as birth ctrl, but price4 local support is Beijing must look away elsewhere. China could cutoff coal/oil trade, but this risks collapsing NK & hoards of refugees &/or united Korea China doesnt want. http://tiny.cc/ypankyShade(Monday, Apr 17. 2017 05:51 PM)MIT Prof Theodore Postol rebuts “proof” of Syrian responsibility for nerve agent release last wk, sees contrived event…. Prof admits chem attack took place, but stressed evidence doesnt support(Sunday, Apr 16. 2017 09:40 PM)conclusions of T admin, whose rpt cites wide body of open-source material & social media accts as filmed/pub by Wht Helmets rescue group. Postol says most plausible conclusion is sarin w/dispensed by improvised dispersal device made from 122mm rocket tube filled w/sarin & capped on both sides. http://tiny.cc/w65kkyhalginsberg(Sunday, Apr 16. 2017 09:13 AM)Thanks Shade. Very interesting stuff here.Thank Obama we not now @ nuke war w/ N Korea. 3yrs ago, Obama ordered Pentagon 2step up cyber strikes against N Korea’s missile pgrm 2sabotage test launches in their opening seconds. Soon lrg # of NK(Saturday, Apr 15. 2017 11:22 PM)rockets began2 explode, veer off course, disintegrate in midair & plunge2 sea. Most likely sabotage is done in the parts pipeline NK is so dependent upon f/China etc. Basically we doing2 N Korea what VW did2 us. Software & parts test out 100% good in static test enviro, but launch the missile & they no longer meet spec.Earlier this mo, DC Post ran frontpage story re SS DIB benefits in rural counties, followed this past Sun by editorial calling4 wholesale restructuring of SSDI. Several SSDI experts pub responses explaining what(Friday, Apr 14. 2017 05:43 PM)Post rprt missed, but article probs go deeper; the data analysis they pub is just plain wrong. http://tiny.cc/1rgjky I have a lots of experience dealing w/those applying4 or getting SSDI & will guarantee vast majority sufficiently medically dib that they cant compete in empl marketplace. Most lose everything b4 they approved.Why MIGHT T’s bluff b called? Cuz all 3sides (US/NK/SC) only c path2 “victory” if their side launches hard/quick. Thus r missile shootdown 2bluff China 2action could trigger immed nuke retaliation. Unfortun, it imposs(Friday, Apr 14. 2017 01:12 AM)2quickly preemptive strike/elim NK counterattack w/only conventional weapons. Many NK missiles mobile & NK has good air defenses + artillery/manpower aimed at Seoul. So NK can strike back hard b4 degradation. A “decapitation brigade” might be more successful, though it too likely 2little 2late. http://tiny.cc/8iwikyWhy will T’s bluff b called? Cuz all 3sides (US/NK/SC) only c path2 “victory” if their side launches hard/quick. Thus r missile shootdown 2bluff China 2action could trigger immed nuke retaliation. Unfortun, it imposs(Friday, Apr 14. 2017 01:11 AM)2quickly preemptive strike/elim NK counterattack w/only conventional weapons. Many NK missiles mobile & NK has good air defenses + artillery/manpower aimed at Seoul. So NK can strike back hard b4 degradation. A “decapitation brigade” might be more successful, though it too likely 2little 2late. http://tiny.cc/8iwikyTrump playing bluff that will likely be called. 1st we may try shootdown of NK missile, we may then heavy strike the nuke sites. Pres Xi called 4a peaceful resolution refusing NK coal & sending top negotiators2(Thursday, Apr 13. 2017 11:14 PM)NK 2communicate gravity of situation. Moscow says “We r gravely concerned about DC’s plans re NK, considering hints about the unilateral use of a Mil scenario”. T hoping China intervenes, but NK could launch nukes against r ships & sink them all 1st. Also, only way 2stop NK overrunning S may be neutron (nuke) bombs.Today US dropped its most powerful non-nuke bomb, never b4 used in combat, on cave/tunnel complex used by ISIL in E Afghanistan near Pakistan. The GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb AKA Mthr Of All(Thursday, Apr 13. 2017 03:03 PM)Bombs (MOAB) is a 30′, 21.6k lb GPS guided munition w/ ~1/2 pwr of sml nuke, having a 1mile+ blast radius. Sean Spicer said US “took all precautions 2prevent civilian casualties/collateral damage”. Sher Nabi, commander w/Afghan Local Police, said bomb landed ~1/2mile outside town of Shogal, near Pakistan border.Inspectors from the FL Dept of Business & Prof Reg on Jan 26 cited Mar-a-Lago for 13 violations, several that “could contribute directly 2a foodborne illness or injury”: Meats werent stored@ proper temp,(Thursday, Apr 13. 2017 02:07 PM)fish served raw/undercooked hadnt “undergone proper parasite destruction”, coolers werent properly maintained, no hot-water or hand-drying device @employee sink, employees prepping food w/o hairnets. Trump, a reluctant hand-shaker, prev said fast-food chains’ cleanliness part of their appeal. http://tiny.cc/giiikyWhen N Korea launched its Kwangmyongsong-4 satellite into space last Feb, an unexpected prize occurred 4the West: priceless intel from rocket parts that fell into YellowSea. Entire sections of(Thursday, Apr 13. 2017 11:19 AM)Washington used2 say N Korea would not b allowed 2possess nukes. After their 1st nuke test in ’06, that shifted2 demanding they not test any more. Now after 4 more tests, ineffective sanctions, &(Thursday, Apr 13. 2017 03:39 AM)w/another nuke test apparently pending, it’s clear Kim regime feels the further it forges ahead w/its program, the more power it will have. Trump may be about 2shoot this down -literally- by negotiating4 China’s cooperation & likely by also attempting shootdown of N Korea missiles. Pray 4the world. http://tiny.cc/204hkyIn Jeff Sessions’ published prepared speech at the border on Tues, immigrants from our South were referred2 as ‘filth’. However, Sessions left out the word when he delivered his remarks. The phrase(Wednesday, Apr 12. 2017 07:58 AM)remains pub on DoJ website, where Sessions told grim tale of hordes crossing border & wreaking havoc on US citzns. At best this word insensitive as it commonly used by racists. Word in no way describes vast majority who illegally cross border looking2 financially & otherwise survive. http://tinyurl.com/mybqsda
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