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Articles Posted by Mike Darancette

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  • McDonald’s Is Microsoft

    12/29/2014 2:50:24 PM PST · by Mike Darancette · 12 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 12/29/2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    "The aggregate effect of competitive capitalism is indistinguishable from magic, but we are so used to its bounty that we never stop to notice that no king of old ever enjoyed quarters so comfortable as those found in a Holiday Inn Express, that Andrew Carnegie never had a car as good as a Honda Civic, that Akhenaten never enjoyed such wealth as is found in a Walmart Supercenter. The irony is that capitalism has achieved through choice and cooperation what the old reds thought they were going to do with bayonets and gulags: It has recruited the most powerful and...
  • My Idea of a Hybrid Automobile

    12/06/2014 2:23:28 PM PST · by Mike Darancette · 35 replies
    Vimeo ^ | Today | Top Gear
    Help save the Planet.
  • The world through the eyes of Russian state television

    05/16/2014 9:41:15 PM PDT · by Mike Darancette · 10 replies
    Radio Free Europe via Free Speech Debate ^ | April 04, 2014 | Robert Coalson, a Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty correspondent, covering Russia, Ukraine, Belarus,
    Have you heard about the nefarious Polish general who made Napoleon invade Russia? No? You must not have been watching Rossia-1 television on March 31. According to a documentary aired on Russia’s main state-run channel, General Michal Sokolnicki’s goal was the dismembering of the Russian Empire and the establishment of a Greater Poland extending from the Baltic to the Black Sea, buffered from a rump Russia by a series of garrison states.
  • America's Nine Classes: The New Class Hierarchy

    05/07/2014 6:19:57 PM PDT · by Mike Darancette · 12 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | April 29, 2014 | Charles Smith
    There are many ways to slice and dice America's power/wealth hierarchy. The conventional class structure is divided along the lines of income, i.e. the wealthy, upper middle class, middle class, lower middle class and the poor. I've suggested that a more useful scheme is to view America through the lens not just of income but of political power and state dependency, as a Three-and-a-Half Class Society (October 22, 2012):
  • The Looking Glass World of "Climate Injustice"

    04/15/2014 2:27:35 PM PDT · by Mike Darancette · 6 replies
    Manhattan Contrarian ^ | 4/12/2014 | Manhattan Contrarian
    When Alice went through the looking glass, she found a world where things were completely the reverse of what they are in the real world. Of course, Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece was intended as a parody of the mendacious politicians of the day. Today we have something beyond parody, and that is the U.N. climate bureaucracy and its acolytes. Because the U.N. agencies are bureaucracies, it is perhaps understandable that they should seek at all times to increase their own power and control over the world’s people. But what is not understandable is when that quest turns into a campaign to...
  • Stop reporting enrollment and start reporting policies in force

    04/01/2014 12:16:45 PM PDT · by Mike Darancette · 11 replies
    ACA Death Spiral ^ | 3/31/14 | ACA Death Spiral
    In theory, open enrollment ends tonight. No longer can individuals without any excuse whatsoever wait to purchase health insurance policies on the Exchanges that will be in effect during 2014. I very much expect we will hear numbers over the next few days such as 6.5 million or 7 million bandied about as “enrollment figures.” Many supporters of the ideas behind the original ACA who have managed to tolerate its metamorphosis over the past year will herald those numbers as signs of success. And, indeed, those numbers are considerably better than many had feared. I, for one, am prepared to...
  • Vote to join Russia could leave Crimea without water, electricity

    03/23/2014 7:31:02 AM PDT · by Mike Darancette · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 16, 2014 | Iana Zagoruiko
    As Russia’s stranglehold on Crimea tightens, the Ukrainian province to the north is warning it could make life on the peninsula miserable if the coveted region chooses sides with Moscow in Sunday's referendum. Pro-Moscow officials in Crimea, who favor secession from Ukraine, have said they will seize all utilities and assets owned by the Kiev-based Ukrainian government if the referendum goes as expected. But Crimea's electricity, freshwater and natural gas all flows in from the province of Kherson, where leaders warn they will shut everything off if the referendum they say is illegitimate, goes forward. Last week, Kherson’s regional legislature...
  • My Global Warming Skepticism, for Dummies

    03/09/2014 9:49:11 AM PDT · by Mike Darancette · 22 replies
    Global Warming ^ | Feb., 2014 | Roy Spences, PHD
    I receive many e-mails, and a recurring complaint is that many of my posts are too technical to understand. This morning’s installment arrived with the subject line, “Please Talk to Us”, and suggested I provide short, concise, easily understood summaries and explanations “for dummies”. So, here’s a list of basic climate change questions, and brief answers based upon what I know today. I might update them as I receive suggestions and comments. I will also be adding links to other sources, and some visual aids, as appropriate.
  • The Feminist Mystique

    02/06/2014 10:43:18 PM PST · by Mike Darancette · 16 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 2/6/2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Feminism is not an idea or a collection of ideas but a collection of appetites wriggling queasily together like a bag of snakes. Feminism has nothing to do with the proposition that women should be considered whole and complete members of the body politic, though it has enjoyed great success marketing itself that way. (Virginia I. Postrel recently denounced me as a “creep” for suggesting that the substance of feminism, if indeed there is any, differs rather radically from its advertising campaigns.) A useful definition is this: “Feminism is the words ‘I Want!’ in the mouths of three or more...
  • BREAKING: Yellowstone’s Supervolcano Belly Rumbling

    02/04/2014 8:24:36 PM PST · by Mike Darancette · 341 replies
    A Sheep No More ^ | 2/3/14 | Andrew Pontbriand
    A seismometer inside a borehole at Yellowstone National Park has begun reporting staggering underground activity near the southwest corner of Yellowstone Lake, possibly signaling the beginning of an eruption of the Super Volcano at the Yellowstone National Park Yellowstone National Park is home to many beauties, with it’s ancient landscape, geysers, and hot springs. It is also the site of one of the worlds most destructive forces. A supervolcano.
  • Great Caesar’s Ghost

    01/28/2014 6:40:58 PM PST · by Mike Darancette · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/28/2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    The annual State of the Union pageant is a hideous, dispiriting, ugly, monotonous, un-American, un-republican, anti-democratic, dreary, backward, monarchical, retch-inducing, depressing, shameful, crypto-imperial display of official self-aggrandizement and piteous toadying, a black Mass during which every unholy order of teacup totalitarian and cringing courtier gathers under the towering dome of a faux-Roman temple to listen to a speech with no content given by a man with no content, to rise and to be seated as is called for by the order of worship — it is a wonder they have not started genuflecting — with one wretched representative of their...
  • Kang Wong Jaywalking: 84-Year-Old Gets Ticket, NYPD Beating

    01/25/2014 8:45:00 PM PST · by Mike Darancette · 21 replies
    NEWSMAX ^ | 01/21/2014 | Michael Mullins
    Kang Wong, 84, was jaywalking on New York City’s Upper West Side on Sunday when police stopped him and attempted to issue him a ticket for the time-honored infraction among New Yorkers. He ended up in a hospital after a police beating.
  • If Santa Claus were scientifically accurate, he'd destroy the world

    12/16/2013 1:22:37 PM PST · by Mike Darancette · 37 replies
    io9 ^ | 12/15/ | io9
    Very Funny Santa Claus Explanation (video).
  • Sale of iconic Catskills resort signals the end of an era

    12/01/2013 11:21:43 AM PST · by Mike Darancette · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/01/2013 | Fox News
    Movies such as “Dirty Dancing” offered everlasting memories of the once-affluent getaway spot. Now, the last of the iconic Catskills resorts has been sold to a company that plans to turn the property into a healthy living resort.
  • Grump the Parrot

    11/27/2013 3:53:37 PM PST · by Mike Darancette · 10 replies
    Yhe Oatmeal ^ | November. 2013 | The Oatmeal
  • Blame game as insurers dump doctors

    11/09/2013 7:35:06 PM PST · by Mike Darancette · 34 replies
    New York Post ^ | 11/9/2013 | Carl Campanile
    Let the blame game begin over ObamaCare’s oversights. The nation’s largest health insurer, UnitedHealthcare, claims the Affordable Care Act is responsible for forcing it to boot doctors from its Medicare Advantage program that serves thousands of elderly patients in the New York metro region. CEO Jack Larsen, under fire for separating seniors from their MDs, took out full-page ads to explain that cuts in Medicare spending forced the ­insurer’s hand.
  • Report: White House might expand eligibility for ObamaCare subsidies

    11/08/2013 7:38:03 PM PST · by Mike Darancette · 73 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/08/2013 | Elise Viebeck
    The White House might broaden the availability of federal discounts on healthcare coverage under ObamaCare to help consumers whose premiums are going up, according to a report. The administration is considering expanding the premium tax credits that are available to some people purchasing insurance coverage on the new exchanges, according to Huffington Post.
  • More Good News

    10/29/2013 6:32:42 PM PDT · by Mike Darancette · 9 replies
    Lying Weasels ^ | Who Knows | Barack Obama
    From the healthcare.gov site: Can I buy a plan outside the Marketplace outside of the open enrollment period? Yes, but only if you have a special enrollment period. You get a special enrollment period if you lose other coverage or have a change in family status like a birth, divorce, or adoption. Otherwise, you generally have to wait until the next open enrollment period to buy a health plan inside or outside the Marketplace Can I buy a plan outside the Marketplace outside of the open enrollment period? Yes, but only if you have a special enrollment period. You get...
  • D.C. Outlawed Private Health Insurance Sales

    10/18/2013 9:52:52 PM PDT · by Mike Darancette · 34 replies
    Kaiser Family Foundation ^ | 10/01/2013 | Kaiser
    In June 2013, the DC City Council passed legislation requiring carriers to sell all individual and small group products through DC Health Link, effectively dissolving the non-Marketplace individual and small group markets. Individual plans may only be offered through the Marketplace beginning on January 1, 2014, while small group plans have until January 1, 2015 to transition to DC Health Link.6 In addition, the SHOP and individual markets will be merged into a single risk pool.7
  • Don't Believe The Debt Ceiling Hype: The Federal Government Can Survive Without An Increase

    10/04/2013 11:46:19 AM PDT · by Mike Darancette · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10/03/2013 | Op/Ed
    Ignore what you hear and read in the news. The federal government actually reached the legal debt ceiling about four months ago. Since then, the government has been financing its monthly budget deficit by stealing/borrowing money from other government funds, like the federal government employees’ pension fund. In about two weeks, the government will run out of tricks to keep operating as if nothing has happened. If the debt ceiling is not raised by then, the government has to balance its budget.