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  • Federal judge blocks Trump rollback of ObamaCare birth control mandate

    12/15/2017 4:24:09 PM PST · 29 of 29
    markomalley to Oshkalaboomboom
    A federal judge in Pennsylvania temporarily blocked the Trump administration's recent rules allowing moral and religious exceptions for ObamaCare's birth control requirement.

    ACTUALLY, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act does not mandate birth control.

    The mandates are clearly identified in §1302:

    (b) Essential Health Benefits.--

    (1) In general.--Subject to paragraph (2), the Secretary shall define the essential health benefits, except that such benefits shall include at least the following general categories and the items and services covered within the categories:

    (A) Ambulatory patient services.

    (B) Emergency services.

    (C) Hospitalization.

    (D) Maternity and newborn care.

    (E) Mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment.

    (F) Prescription drugs.

    (G) Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices.

    (H) Laboratory services.

    (I) Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management.

    (J) Pediatric services, including oral and vision care.

    (2) Limitation.--

    (A) In general.-- The <> Secretary shall ensure that the scope of the essential health benefits under paragraph (1) is equal to the scope of benefits provided under a typical employer plan, as determined by the Secretary. To <> inform this determination, the Secretary of Labor shall conduct a survey of employer-sponsored coverage to determine the benefits typically covered by employers, including multiemployer plans, and provide a report on such survey to the Secretary.

    (B) Certification.--In <> defining the essential health benefits described in paragraph (1), and in revising the benefits under paragraph (4)(H), the Secretary shall submit a report to the appropriate committees of Congress containing a certification from the Chief Actuary of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that such essential health benefits meet the limitation described in paragraph (2).

    (3) Notice and hearing.--In defining the essential health benefits described in paragraph (1), and in revising the benefits under paragraph (4)(H), the Secretary shall provide notice and an opportunity for public comment.

    (4) Required elements for consideration.--In defining the essential health benefits under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall--

    (A) ensure that such essential health benefits reflect an appropriate balance among the categories described in such subsection, so that benefits are not unduly weighted toward any category;

    (B) not make coverage decisions, determine reimbursement rates, establish incentive programs, or design benefits in ways that discriminate against individuals because of their age, disability, or expected length of life;

    (C) take into account the health care needs of diverse segments of the population, including women, children, persons with disabilities, and other groups;

    (D) ensure that health benefits established as essential not be subject to denial to individuals against their wishes on the basis of the individuals' age or expected length of life or of the individuals' present or predicted disability, degree of medical dependency, or quality of life;

    (E) provide that a qualified health plan shall not be treated as providing coverage for the essential health benefits described in paragraph (1) unless the plan provides that--

    (i) coverage for emergency department services will be provided without imposing any requirement under the plan for prior authorization of services or any limitation on coverage where the provider of services does not have a contractual relationship with the plan for the providing of services that is more restrictive than the requirements or limitations that apply to emergency department services received from providers who do have such a contractual relationship with the plan; and

    (ii) if such services are provided out-of- network, the cost-sharing requirement (expressed as a copayment amount or coinsurance rate) is the same requirement that would apply if such services were provided in-network;

    (F) provide that if a plan described in section 1311(b)(2)(B)(ii) (relating to stand-alone dental benefits plans) is offered through an Exchange, another health plan offered through such Exchange shall not fail to be treated as a qualified health plan solely because the plan does not offer coverage of benefits offered through the stand-alone plan that are otherwise required under paragraph (1)(J); and

    (G) periodically review the essential health benefits under paragraph (1), and provide a report to Congress and the public that contains--

    (i) an assessment of whether enrollees are facing any difficulty accessing needed services for reasons of coverage or cost;

    (ii) an assessment of whether the essential health benefits needs to be modified or updated to account for changes in medical evidence or scientific advancement;

    (iii) information on how the essential health benefits will be modified to address any such gaps in access or changes in the evidence base;

    (iv) an assessment of the potential of additional or expanded benefits to increase costs and the interactions between the addition or expansion of benefits and reductions in existing benefits to meet actuarial limitations described in paragraph (2); and

    (H) periodically update the essential health benefits under paragraph (1) to address any gaps in access to coverage or changes in the evidence base the Secretary identifies in the review conducted under subparagraph (G).

    (5) Rule of construction.--Nothing in this title shall be construed to prohibit a health plan from providing benefits in excess of the essential health benefits described in this subsection.

    As you can see, neither birth control nor abortion are mentioned in this section. If you click on the law itself and search on the terms:

    • reproductive health
    • birth control
    • abortion
    • termination

    You will see that those words do not exist anywhere in the law. At the top of §1302, you will see the key words, the Secretary shall define the essential health benefits -- in other words, the so-called "Obamacare birth control requirement" is nothing of the type -- it is, in fact, a mere part of a regulation that was pushed out by Sebellius. She was the one who, by law, defined what constituted "essential health benefits." The law explicitly states that "the Secretary shall..." meaning that any HHS Secretary can redefine the list as he/she sees fit.

    Bottom line, this "religious / moral exception" is a bunch of BS.

    What Eric D. Hargan (acting Secretary of HHS) should be directed to do is publish the following letter, very quietly, in the Federal Register:

    In accordance with §1302(b)(1) of PL 111-148, the Secretary has determined that the following are essential health benefits:

    • yada
    • yada
    • yada

    And just leave birth control and abortion off the list.

    If an employer wants to pay for birth control and abortion, they are welcome to do so (see §1302(b)(5)). If they don't want to do so, they aren't required to do so.

    If an insurer wishes to include that on their individual health insurance offered through the "exchange", they can do so. If not, then so be it.

  • The iMac Pro is now available—here’s how people are already using it (Link Only per Copyright)

    12/15/2017 3:47:48 PM PST · 41 of 41
    markomalley to Swordmaker
    No real argument with your response. The bottom line that I gave you was that for the cost of building your own machine to those specs, you may as well just buy.

    One point though on the hard drives: They are not monolithic or contiguous; they'll just be seen as four separate devices.

    If you consider FUSE or XFS multiple drives can certainly act as one device...and FUSE and XFS can be implemented in modern operating systems like BSD (read Mac OS) and Linux. (Sadly, Windows, not so much...)

  • The iMac Pro is now available—here’s how people are already using it (Link Only per Copyright)

    12/14/2017 4:23:12 PM PST · 31 of 41
    markomalley to Swordmaker
    I specced out just the parts to build a similar Windows PC workstation to close to the same computer at the low end yesterday using as close to possible identical components, and before we got to any software other than a professional grade OS, it was over $5112.00, not counting labor time to assemble and configure it, never considering warranty costs, component shipping, etc.

    I just priced out a high-end version and it looked like it would be $9,256.01:

    • (Amazon) Intel BX80660E52697V4 (Xeon 18 core): $2,843.14
    • (B&H) Gigabyte Radio RX Vega 64 Silver 8G: $699.00
    • (Amazon) ASRock X99 Extreme11 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard: $564.00
    • (Amazon) Micron Original 128GB (8x16GB) Server Memory Upgrade for Servers DDR4 2133MHz PC4-17000 ECC Registered Chip 2Rx4 CL15 1.2V SDRAM Adamanta: $1,439.92
    • (Amazon) Crucial MX300 1TB SATA 2.5 Inch Internal Solid State Drive (x4): $274.99*4=$1,099.96
    • (Tiger Direct) LG 27MD5KA‑B (5k 27 inch monitor): $1,609.99
    • Misc: Case, water cooling, power supply, etc: $1,000

    Now that is ballpark and not looking for the absolute best price on everything, so if I was to actually build something like this, it would probably be several hundred cheaper.

    If you throw in an OS and Adobe Creative Cloud, you're looking at another grand or so. So call it $10K when it's all said and done.

    BTW, Final Cut and Logic (according to the Apple website are not included in the base price. Final Cut was $299 and Logic Pro was $199.

    If you were to buy the fully spec'd out version from Apple, it would be $13,926.98. If I was to go that high-end on a workstation, I'd probably buy Creative Cloud anyway.

    As you say, considering the hassle of doing the build and then warrantying the machine, probably not all that bad a price (and I'm not an Apple fan-boi).

    My only question is if Apple was going to go that high-end, why didn't they throw in liquid cooling?

  • Judge Rules that D.C. Can Ban “Religious” Christmas Ads on City Buses

    12/14/2017 3:24:50 PM PST · 23 of 28
    markomalley to detective
    Are they also going to stop running ads like these?

  • Need to disprove a liberal

    12/14/2017 3:14:13 PM PST · 6 of 59
    markomalley to MNDude

    You can watch 20 or so shows at the above link and see if he does or not.

    OTOH, you can watch any other host’s shows and find out if they interrupt to the same degree that he does. I think you’ll find that they all do.

  • Sheila Jackson Lee congratulates 'Doug Moore' for winning Alabama Senate race

    12/13/2017 6:34:57 AM PST · 1 of 61
  • Mint 18.3: The best Linux desktop takes big steps forward

    12/12/2017 6:59:21 PM PST · 81 of 110
    markomalley to adorno
    According to the Linux fanatics, it's always better than Windows, so, why do you suppose it still has a market-share of below 2%.

    Simple enough answer: because Windows is always pre-loaded on PCs. Nothing more complicated than that.

    In recent years, manufacturers have offered Linux (generally Ubuntu) as an option for a PC that is custom-built...but that's it.

    One other point: more than half the web servers in the world run on Linux. 100% of the supercomputers in the world run Linux. 100% of the mainframes run either Linux or Unix-like Z/OS.

    And just so you know, yes, I am a Linux fan...don't mind admitting that a bit. Didn't start off that way. And what pushed me in the direction of Linux was...Microsoft.

  • Mint 18.3: The best Linux desktop takes big steps forward

    12/12/2017 3:24:09 PM PST · 74 of 110
    markomalley to Fungi
    thank you. Is it compatible with all windows applications, ie publisher, word, etc?

    There are two ways to deal with this:

    First, you can run Windows within a virtual machine (either VMWare or Oracle Virtualbox). That works for almost anything.

    In many cases, you can install applications directly in Linux using Wine. Here is a database of applications that have been tested. Don't get me wrong: Wine is not a panacea, but it does work in many cases. You can check what kind of testing has been done on your specific software using the link above.

    Personally, when I absolutely have to use Windows software, I use a VM (through Oracle Virtualbox). Just easier in my case. If you don't have robust hardware, a VM may not be an option.

    Also, there are perfectly good Linux alternatives to many of the paid software packages.

    Having said that, I consider this to be a fault with software publishers rather than a fault with Linux. There is, admittedly, a cost of developing software to work with a different operating system. However, when I see software publishers taking the expense to make software that works both with Windows and Mac, I can't see the justification to not go the extra 2% and look at compatibility for Linux. Maybe at some point.

  • Wife of DOJ Deputy Was Fusion GPS Employee, CIA Research Aid, and Applied for HAM Radio License

    12/12/2017 2:34:24 PM PST · 157 of 177
    markomalley to jack308
    I would guess that most needed communication would be local and there is always Echo Link.

    Honestly, though, I don't see the Ham Radio connection in a conspiracy. Actually, I would think that it would be counter-productive.

    Frankly, a good Internet connection through a VPN from a public hotspot would be better. If there was an absolute need to use radio, getting a used radio from EBay and operating it unlicensed makes better sense...using a digital mode on a non-standard frequency and a one-time pad encryption. Or they could use Slow Scan TV and embed coded text into the image using one of many steganography software packages out there and then post the steg'd picture to FakeBook.

    For example, here's the original:

    Here's the one with the secret message:

    And the embedded text:

    Support your local FReepathon

    (If you want to try it yourself, download the second image, install the steghide package on your computer and do it yourself. The passphrase is "ThisIsATest")

    Bottom line: you don't NEED to use ham radio to pass secret messages.

  • Mint 18.3: The best Linux desktop takes big steps forward

    12/12/2017 1:38:58 PM PST · 68 of 110
    markomalley to Fungi

    “download from where? Forgive my ignorance.”

  • Mint 18.3: The best Linux desktop takes big steps forward

    12/12/2017 12:26:43 PM PST · 62 of 110
    markomalley to Bob434
    mark- i have steam on my windows boot os- how do i get it on linux?

    Just go to your software manager and search on the keyword "steam"

    I would think you could access it from any distribution. This article describes how to install it on Ubuntu by way of the terminal. There are similar instructions for the Red Hat variants that I've seen...and I'm sure there are instructions for SuSE as well.

    The nice thing is if you use the Software Manager or one of the repositories, all the dependencies should be listed and installed.

    Hope that helps.

  • Mint 18.3: The best Linux desktop takes big steps forward

    12/12/2017 12:01:14 PM PST · 55 of 110
    markomalley to familyop
    "I want to install Linux Mint on a separate SSD (desktop computer) to test and experiment. What size SSD should I buy? 60GB is enough?"

    "To test and experiment," yes. 60GB is more than enough to do that and quite a bit of file space. 120GB will go further if used much and run faster with more files stored on it. Either way, you'll be glad that you tried it.

    When I built my current computer, I got a 240GB SSD for my OS and software (my bin, boot, dev, etc, lib, mnt, opt, run, srv, sys, usr, var home directory is on a spinning disk because of the size). I've got a lot of software installed on it on top of the operating system and I'm not anywhere close to 14GB. And as I say, that's with a whole lot of apps installed on my system.

  • Mint 18.3: The best Linux desktop takes big steps forward

    12/12/2017 11:50:18 AM PST · 51 of 110
    markomalley to wyowolf
    Ok a better question, what CANT it do that windows can?

    (Caveat: I am still on Mint 17.3 -- haven't bothered to upgrade to 18 yet)

    Literally the only things where I need to use Windows are:

    • Turbotax (there are Linux packages that can help with taxes, but I've been using Turbotax for so many years, I just don't want to switch)
    • Office 365 (I use LibreOffice for my personal stuff, but for work, I need to actually run real MS Office). Wine will support up to Office 10, but the Office 2016 that is sent out with the current Office 365 isn't supported through Wine yet)

    When I'm in the mood for games, I run Steam (which is perfectly supported in Linux, so no need to mess with Windows there).

    For the Windows software needs, what I do is run a virtual machine using Oracle VirtualBox. I dedicate 4 GB of RAM and 3 computer cores to the virtual machine and that seems to be plenty. Since I have 16 GB of RAM and a 6 core processor, I can basically run both simultaneously. And both do perfectly OK.

  • Mint 18.3: The best Linux desktop takes big steps forward

    12/12/2017 11:37:58 AM PST · 47 of 110
    markomalley to wyowolf
    Beersmith 2 runs just fine in Linux (no VM required):

  • Wife of DOJ Deputy Was Fusion GPS Employee, CIA Research Aid, and Applied for HAM Radio License

    12/12/2017 11:28:52 AM PST · 141 of 177
    markomalley to polymuser; mewzilla
    Are logs of on-air contacts kept?

    No lawful requirement to do so, but most do for contacts on HF radio (not on VHF/UHF--which is where she's authorized to operate per her license class)

    Do most new licensees have an initial flourish of activity?

    "Most"? If they have a radio, then yes. Sometimes people get the license and never use it because, with the exception of Chinese handheld radios, the equipment can be a bit expensive.

    Does anyone have noted radio contact with her?


    Are HAM ops generally big or small government types?

    Yes. (in other words, both)

    Did Nellie take a test to get her license?

    Yes, but it's a pretty simple test all in all.

    If she says so, when and where?

    It would have been administered by a volunteer examiner someplace (they have test sessions all over the place)

    Can that be corroborated? If she didn’t sit for a test and pass, was a license ginned up for her? If so, by whom and why?

    The test is not difficult. The question banks are publicly available. Further, if a person fails the test, they can re-take it the same day.

    Particularly for the technician class, they try to make it really, really, really easy for somebody.

  • Wife of DOJ Deputy Was Fusion GPS Employee, CIA Research Aid, and Applied for HAM Radio License

    12/12/2017 11:16:19 AM PST · 140 of 177
    markomalley to Thibodeaux
    Are we to believe that she was instantly able to acquire the knowledge to pass the theory amatuer radio test?

    It's just a Technician Class license. There's not very much theory required for that class of license.

  • Wife of DOJ Deputy Was Fusion GPS Employee, CIA Research Aid, and Applied for HAM Radio License

    12/12/2017 11:14:55 AM PST · 139 of 177
    markomalley to Andy from Chapel Hill
    I suspect the FCC and NSA record the entire spectrum 24/7, particularly around DC.

    The local FCC monitoring station (near Columbia, MD)

  • Wife of DOJ Deputy Was Fusion GPS Employee, CIA Research Aid, and Applied for HAM Radio License

    12/12/2017 11:10:20 AM PST · 138 of 177
    markomalley to jack308
    Apparently her call sign is KM4UDZ as per QRZ.

    From the FCC Universal Licensing System database:

    A Technician Class license? Unless she has a really good fist (a/k/a the ability to send Morse code clearly at high speeds), she's not doing any long distance least until the sunspot cycle heats up again.

    10 meters, VHF, UHF, and SHF communications only. (See here for the frequencies she's authorized to use).

  • Alabama, other Southern states, re-examine laws allowing child brides

    12/11/2017 4:36:53 PM PST · 5 of 58
    markomalley to Brown Deer

    And note that posting these statistics doesn't indicate an endorsement on my part, but it's always good to have facts out there.

    The above charts come from this page.

  • The end of American prison visits: jails end face-to-face contact – and families suffer

    12/09/2017 11:23:58 AM PST · 52 of 58
    markomalley to eastforker
    Oh I forgot, you are the one that post all the Christian religious readings.

    I do? Sorry, FRiend, I haven't posted a Christian reading in years.

    I suppose you think that no one in jail or prison still has family , kids and other loved ones that still need each other?

    I understand they do. And I understand that not all of them would share my thoughts: if I, personally, fetched up in prison, I would refuse to see any family, accept any mail from them, or have any contact whatsoever (other than to sign divorce papers filed by my wife). If I ever ended up in prison, I would insist that my entire family to count me as dead from that point forward.

    Of course, that's me personally. (And, yes, that is very narcissistic...I would never be able to endure the shame of seeing them and if any of them, even my own mother, showed me any kindness, it would probably drive me to hang myself in my cell)

    For others: yes, no contact while incarcerated. For me, the ban would be for the rest of my miserable life.

    Too bad not everyone in this world can be perfect like you and never find themselves on the wrong end of the law.

    Yup, too bad not everyone can be perfect. FRiend, I deserve no mercy, no sympathy, no friendship. I do not deserve a break. If you saw me bleeding on the side of the road, you should not waste your time calling an ambulance...the only thing you should waste your time on is spitting in any open wounds I might have. And that is without being a felon. If I was a felon, society should throw me into a dark hole for years. (Remember the solitary confinement scene from Papillon? That should be easy time compared to what I should get if I committed a felony).

    Once released from confinement, I should be a total outcast to all of society -- the good citizens of any village, town or city should drive me out of their town with pitchforks and fire so the citizens of that city could not be corrupted by the stain of my miserable existence. I should be forced to exist on garbage...until the owner of the garbage dump catches me and drives me off his land as well.

    Forever more I should be treated as a rabid dog. Chased away from anybody it could possibly infect and put down as soon as possible.

    I should put out so much that I would pray for a speedy death rather than the slow death of disease, starvation, and pestilence that I would deserve.

    My hell should begin the minute I commit the crime and should never come to an end (even in death). THAT is truly what I would deserve.

    Now I'm certainly not calling on that level of punishment for anybody else, only myself. After all, I believe that others should be granted mercy (but it would be the height of arrogance to think that I, myself, would deserve it or would be granted it).

    The only thing I'm calling on for other people is that they should be totally locked away while in prison and that society shouldn't be burdened with the cost of keeping them.

    I wouldn’t let you keep my dog or anything else I cared about.

    I would certainly hope you wouldn't be foolish enough to trust anything you care about to a random stranger who likes to troll on the Internet (see profile page).