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Monthly Archive: August 2013

Aug 31 2013

Live ACA calculator, see if you can break it

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The graphic above is an organizing image a colleague and I worked out. Later we can hyperlink any of the three elements and use it to build up a database of articles. But the even cooler feature below: there should be a partially embedded ACA premium calculator. I say partially because, while you can enter …

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Aug 30 2013

Atheist gets licenses plate

A few weeks ago, an atheist in New Jersey was denied the vanity license plate Athe1st. He tried to get an explanation and was told it was objectionable. Which begs the question, would Bapt1st have received the same treatment?

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Aug 30 2013

A new canyon grander than the Grand

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Trick question: what planet has a canyon grander than the Grand? Answer: if the science denier wing has their way, it may be coming soon to a continent near you: The age of discovery isn’t over yet. A colossal canyon, the longest on Earth, has just been found under Greenland’s ice sheet, scientists announced Thursday …

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Aug 29 2013

IRS extends joint filing benefits to more couples

There are some tangible advantages in two adults enjoying government recognition as a legit and legal union. Chief among them are the tax benefits. If you thought the intolerant wing of the GOP hated the IRS before, they’re gonna go ballistic over this:

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Aug 28 2013

Biggest money saver in Obamacare

We talked a little bit about what an exchange is and how they will be used for enrollment into a healthcare policy after Jan 1, when the main parts of the Affordable Care Act kick in. There’s two important differences between those policies to come on the exchanges and those available now at private insurance …

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Aug 28 2013

The “I have a dream” speech

The I Have a Dream speech has never been shown in its entirety on TV, until a few minutes ago when it aired on MSNBC. It is said the King family guards the rights to it closely. It can be found on the Internet, although it may not play in your country or region. I …

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Aug 28 2013

Time for a new Atlantic storm naming system: Hurricane Bachmann

Aug 27 2013

Pat Robertson jumps the whale of Jonah

Oh Pat Robertson, you rascally rascal, you cuddly wizened little adventuresome fascist. You who so well plays the wise and gentle Vicar of Grift in the US by day and ruthless African dictator ruler of the blood diamond mines in the Congo by night. What brilliant con will you think of next?

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Aug 27 2013

Republican Jesus cuts off the blind

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If there was a real Jesus, son of God or just someone’s son, he was probably a bit of a firebrand idealist. Possibly even what we might call an earth dude or hippy. As opposed to Republican Jesus, the guy reported in the Bible was big on helping the poor, the sick, the blind …

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Aug 27 2013

ACA exchanges maybe coming soon to a website near you

In a few weeks there are these public databases called exchanges which states were supposed to set up. Ideally, one state, one exchange, handled by that state’s department of insurance. This is what the landing page of the exchange in New Mexico may look like when it’s up and running. The exchanges are the more …

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