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Daily Kos - 13 hours 58 min ago

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Trump figures he hit a home run. As Donald would put it... he touched the “Middle East”, and “The Jews”, and is now rounding third towards home (where he can be tagged out). David Waldman calls the play by play. Greg Dworkin gives us a preview of all that’s waiting for Trump. The Gop is looking at nine months of failure, meanwhile the Democratic party is busy metamorphosing—while still remembering what they stand forflipping Republican seats. Mitch McConnell remembers what Dems stand for, and isn’t interested. Almost everybody, including some Republicans, are becoming less interested in what Mitch stands for—which is destroying the lives of poor Republicans. Ivanka doesn’t moderate Trump; she sells him to moderates. Melania and Ivanka wore veils to meet the Pope, but not headscarves in Saudi Arabia. Their base (Conservative Russians) probably appreciates this. Anyhow, Melania can’t let Donald get any ideas when she is forced to hang around with him. The Pope wishes he could dress more defensively. Trump gave away the position of two nuclear submarines while talking to murderous dictator Rodrigo Duterte. Greg outs British intelligence agent James Bond with an anecdote revealing his code name. If it’s Wednesday, it’s Joan McCarter day! This Wednesday is also CBO day. Joan tells us what to look for in the upcoming CBO score. It is now President Mulvaney destroying the U.S., which isn’t to say that Trump is not a liar that hates his own voters, because he is. The Gop is full of lying haters, those like Mitch McConnell just don’t broadcast that. Paul Ryan blames a $2,000,000,000,000 math error on his budget. The media completely misses how Social Security is being cut. Trump sabotage is the “single most destabilizing factor in the individual market”. Was John Boehner the hero that talked Donald Trump out of shutting down the government?

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Categories: Politics

How to create a ringtone or text tone in GarageBand

iDownloadBlog - 13 hours 58 min ago

Between purchasing ready-made ringtones for your iPhone on iTunes and converting songs on your computer, GarageBand on iOS is the least talked about alternative to adding more ringtone choices to your iPhone’s soundbite repertoire.

We’re intending to change that by presenting two GarageBand-powered methods that will teach you how to create your own ringtones or text tones directly from your iPhone, for free. One method involves your fingertips and a wee bit of musical wit, the other one your favorite songs and instructions on how to convert them into your daily ringer. ... Read the rest of this post here

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Categories: Misc

Mike's Blog Round Up

Crooks and Liars - 13 hours 59 min ago
Mike's Blog Round Up

The good Dr. Hunter S. Thompson once said,

"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."

He never saw the Trump White House. I submit into evidence the following links, your honor!

Bjork Report reminds us we still have to live through a lot before The Russian Usurper resigns or is impeached.

You Are Dumb wants to know why the Media keeps trying to convince us that The Russian Usurper looks presidential.

Buttermilk Sky is slack jawed at what The Russian Usurper wrote.

Bonus Track: The Awl goes to Hammacher Schlemmer.

Just as we were finishing this post, the CBO score for Trumpcare/Ryancare, or as I call it, Trickle-Down Healthcare came through. It looks bad. It looks really bad. I'm sure we'll have some takes on it for tomorrow's links.

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Categories: Politics

Med Tech Giant’s Case For Repealing ObamaCare At Odds With Its Financial Filings

Crooks and Liars - 13 hours 59 min ago
Med Tech Giant’s Case For Repealing ObamaCare At Odds With Its Financial Filings

In its push to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), one of the world’s top medical-technology companies is making claims about Obamacare that are contradicted by the company’s own financial filings, according to documents reviewed by TYT Politics.

Stryker Corporation CEO Kevin Lobo has made multiple statements on national television about the negative impact that Obamacare’s tax on medical equipment has had on his company and the industry. But those claims appear to be undercut not only by the company’s SEC filings, but also by statements made to Wall Street analysts by Stryker’s own executives, including Lobo himself.

Lobo’s opposition to Obamacare centers on its medical-device tax, which was was added to subsidize the cost of expanding coverage and was projected to net $27 billion for that purpose. Medical-device makers were singled out because they would benefit from expanded insurance coverage.

The tax was suspended for two years at the end of 2015 and would be repealed entirely by the AHCA.

“The tax, really, is a job killer. It’s an innovation killer,” Lobo told CNBC on Dec. 9, 2016. “Congress decided to suspend it. It had bipartisan support just for suspension for a two-year period but we look forward to, with the new administration, a full repeal.”

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Categories: Politics

Apple transitions to Newsroom portal for press releases, updates executive bios page design

9to5Mac - 14 hours 3 min ago

Apple has today officially transitioned away from its aging press portal in favor of the modern Apple Newsroom, which combines company press releases, photo coverage and other news into one place. All links to now redirect to

At the same time, the company has also updated its executive biography pages with a fresh design update to fit in with the company’s recent website design trends and adopts the San Francisco typeface, finally retiring the Lucida Grande font.


Categories: Misc

States, single payer and recessions

Balloon Juice - 14 hours 10 min ago

New York and California are both advancing single payer plans through their legislatures. I have a lot of questions. They both assume incredible waiver authority will be given to them. These hypothetical waivers would direct federal program funding** to a state operated pass through entity to pay for healthcare. But each of these proposals will rely on some state level general taxation.

How do these programs work in a recession?

Depending on how one does the counting, between forty six and forty nine states have a balanced budget constraint. California and New York have balanced budget constraints. There is wiggle room for a bad year or two on the margins but it is incremental.

State tax revenue tends to be cyclical. Consumption and income taxes tend to go up when the economy is growing and down when the economy is in a recession. California heavily relies on capital gains taxation. New York relies on taxing Wall Street bonuses. Both of those are cyclical revenue sources.

Healthcare demand is responsive to recessions as well. Bad times lead to fewer elective surgeries and for more things to be deferred until they really are needed. The primary channel for that is through the increase in cost-sharing. The California and New York proposals don’t have the cost sharing that could shift demand in time.

So my question is what happens to a state with a reasonably strong balanced budget constraint and state run single payer when there is a significant recession? Demand and costs will stay roughly constant. Revenue crashes. This dynamic opens a big financing gap. That gap must be closed. The methods to close that gap are massive provider payment cuts, increased taxes (which is probably a bad choice on a cyclical basis), increased cost-sharing, eliminating some covered services or borrowing for operational reasons. States have some wiggle room to borrow for operational costs but they don’t have the ability to borrow 20% of their operational budget in a year for several years straight. Is it reasonable to assume that the states can access federal fiscal capacity to borrow as they have already accessed all federal healthcare money in a hypothetical waiver?

How does this work in a recession?

Help me out here, please!

** By the way, does that federal waiver money come with Hyde restrictions?

*** Any state single payer proposal post should always end in a Cato-esque “ERISA delenda est”

Categories: Politics

Jony Ive appointed chancellor of ‘the world’s best design school’ the Royal College of Art

9to5Mac - 14 hours 21 min ago

Apple’s chief design officer Jony Ive has been appointed chancellor of London’s famous Royal College of Art (RCA). The RCA has been ranked as the world’s best university for art and design for three years running.

Ive, who was awarded an honorary doctorate by the RCA back in 2009, says he is thrilled by the news …


Categories: Misc

Victory vanishes: Indians fall to Reds as Cody Allen blows first save since August after final out is reversed by replay

Medina Gazette - 14 hours 27 min ago

CLEVELAND — Indians closer Cody Allen has walked the tightrope for much of the season. He was bound to fall off sometime.

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Abbreviated pundit round-up: Bad budget; Ailes destroyed objectivity; Facebook's hate speech laxity

Daily Kos - 14 hours 28 min ago

Steve W. Thrasher at The Guardian writes—The terror of lynching haunts black Americans again:

Lynching is back in America’s headlines. On Saturday, an African American student, Richard Collins III, was stabbed and killed on the campus of the University of Maryland in what was widely – and rightly – called a lynching. That same day, the Mississippi state representative Karl Oliver wrote on Facebook that people who supported the removal of Confederate memorials “should be LYNCHED”. [...]

The man who reportedly killed Collins was a white student named Sean Ubanski, who is said to have been involved with a Facebook group called Alt-Reich: Nation.

A lynching is a spectacular murder that serves as a warning to a whole group, as did Jim Crow-era hangings and 2015’s murders at Emanuel AME Church. The Collins killing reinforces the fear in African Americans that there is no space or activity—not buying Skittles in a suburb, buying a toy in a store, or going to a party—which is safe for us.

State representative Oliver’s call to lynch those standing up to Confederate hagiography is a warning to people fighting anti-blackness that we’re in danger. Regardless of intent, Collins’ lynching assaulted African Americans everywhere, as did Oliver’s threat.

Categories: Politics

Qualcomm accuses Apple of blackmail, seeks injunction against iPhone suppliers

9to5Mac - 14 hours 53 min ago

The legal battle between Qualcomm and Apple over patent royalties for wireless chips has been further escalated. Qualcomm has effectively accused Apple of blackmailing it by instructing its suppliers to withhold royalty payments.

Qualcomm makes the accusation in a court filing requesting an injunction against all four of Apple’s iPhone manufacturers …


Categories: Misc

Trump’s Budget Forgets That Science Is Insurance for America

Wired Science - 14 hours 59 min ago
Trump’s Budget Forgets That Science Is Insurance for AmericaThe President's proposed budget guts scientific research and protection, because it either doesn't know what science is for, or doesn't care. The post Trump’s Budget Forgets That Science Is Insurance for America appeared first on WIRED.
Categories: Bio

ACHA review

Balloon Juice - 15 hours 11 min ago

Here are a few lowlights of the AHCA Congressional Budget Office score. I’ll try to keep this non-technical.

  • Medicaid is still getting changed from an entitlement that is responsive to changing needs to a block grant
  • 23 million people will lose coverage compared to current law projections
  • The MacArthur/Upton waivers are expected to destroy the individual markets that cover 15% of the country
  • Most of the premium decreases are due to older and sicker people being priced out of the market
    • Real easy to have low premiums when you don’t cover anyone who is likely to need services
  • Pre-existing condition protection is effectively destroyed by splitting the risk pool.

Relevant tweets below the fold:

Brookings estimates the apples to apples premium costs equalizing for age and actuarial value mixture.

Dropping AV is a distributional choice. It benefits healthy people who will not get near the out of pocket maximum and makes the sick pay a higher rate.

Categories: Politics

Indians notes: Corey Kluber nearing activation from disabled list

Medina Gazette - 15 hours 15 min ago
CLEVELAND -- Indians ace Corey Kluber (lower-back strain) is scheduled to make a rehab appearance at Triple-A Columbus today and could leave the disabled list shortly after.
Categories: Misc

Browns QB Brock Osweiler expects to win starting job, points to film of last 2 years as proof he's good enough

Medina Gazette - 15 hours 15 min ago
BEREA -- Quarterback Brock Osweiler began the March day like so many others, lifting weights and throwing the football. Then he headed to an Arizona golf course.
Categories: Misc

Browns Notes: Myles Garrett doesn't practice with "a little nick," says he'll be back "full-tilt" next week

Medina Gazette - 15 hours 15 min ago

BEREA -- Defensive end Myles Garrett didn’t rush the passer or do any football drills Wednesday during the organized team activities practice.

Categories: Misc

Jony Ive has been appointed chancellor of London’s Royal College of Art

iDownloadBlog - 15 hours 16 min ago

Jony Ive, Apple’s Chief Design Officer, has been appointed chancellor of London’s Royal College of Art (RCA), which is the world’s leading art school. According to the press release, Sir Jony Ive succeeds Sir James Dyson OM, Provost of the College (2011–17), as this key honorary role is renamed.

“I am thrilled to formalise my relationship with the RCA, given the profound influence the College has had on so many of the artists and designers that I admire,” said Ive.

“Our design team includes many RCA alumni, who embody the fundamental values of the College,” Apple’s design tzar added. “I look forward to advising both the College and students, hoping that my experience proves useful in their work.”

He will take up the role in July.

In 2017, RCA was ranked the world’s best institution for art and design for the third year in a row by QS University World Rankings.

Paul Thompson, Rector of the Royal College of Art, commented:

We are delighted to welcome Sir Jony Ive as our new Chancellor. It is a great honour to be joined by the world’s leading designer of his generation, who has produced consistently innovative and commercially successful technology and design.

As Chancellor, Jony embodies the RCA’s ideals of technology and design excellence, inspiring students and staff, and enabling us to educate the next generation of world-leading artists and designers.

As Chancellor for a five-year term, Ive will advise the College during a period of expansion, embodied in the construction of a new building at Battersea, scheduled to open in 2020.

From the release:

Ive joins the RCA at a critical point in its evolution into a dynamic, STEAM-focused postgraduate university, expanding its research and knowledge exchange centres into the domains of computer and materials science, the impact of the digital economy, advanced manufacturing and intelligent mobility.

Ive received an honorary doctorate from the RCA, conferred in 2009.

He was awarded a CBE in 2006 and a KBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours list. Among others, Ive also holds honorary doctorates from both Oxford and Cambridge Universities. In 2012, D&AD named Ive and his team the Best Design Studio of the past 50 years.

The Chancellor is head of the College, presiding over meetings of the Court, a member of its governing body, Council, and conferring degrees at Convocation. Baroness Gail Rebuck remains Chair of Council and becomes Pro-Chancellor of the university. The posts of Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor are non-salaried.

Ive holds over 5,000 patents.

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Categories: Misc

Thursday Morning Open Thread: The Great War Is Here

Balloon Juice - 15 hours 54 min ago

Paul Ryan and Mick Mulvaney are gonna get matching Blood for the Blood God tattoos…

Released Wednesday, the CBO’s scoring of the new bill finds that a few cosmetic tweaks don’t change the fact that the AHCA remains a breathtakingly cruel bill…

The AHCA is cruel. There is no other word for it. If the law is enacted, people will die because of it.

Given recent headlines, Democrats naturally have been focused on ties between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia and his related actions as president. But Democrats have to make the AHCA central to their plans for 2018 and beyond. In recent polling by the Kaiser Family Foundation, only 24 percent of Trump voters want him to decrease Medicaid spending, and 42 percent say that the program is somewhat or very important to them. Independents and Democrats are overwhelmingly against the bill. And for the vast majority of Americans, health care is a visceral issue, something that affects their everyday lives. We’ve seen this reflected in the sharp confrontations between GOP members of Congress and their constituents, who are furious at their representatives’ support for a bill that voters do not want. For moral — not just political — reasons, Republicans must be made to regret their AHCA vote.

Jeanne Lambrew, in the NYTimes, “Republicans, Get Ready for the Trumpcare Headlines”:

If the Senate makes this flawed bill law, Republicans will have the chance to watch, all the way up to the midterm elections, as Americans pay higher premiums and lose coverage. By the time the bill’s full changes went into effect in 2020, many of those who voted for it could be long gone…

President Trump has repeatedly said that Obamacare should be blamed for any problems in the individual market this year and next. Yet many of the predicted premium increases are actually a reaction to the attempts to repeal Obamacare, an attempt on the part of insurance companies to protect themselves from the uncertainty induced by the congressional debate and President Trump’s executive actions. And poll after poll shows a majority of Americans dislike the Republican approach and will hold Republicans responsible for any future problems.

So Republicans citing Obamacare headlines should take a moment to imagine the likely Trumpcare headlines and what they will mean for their job security.

Since Mormons aren’t supposed to ‘disfigure their bodies’ with tattoos, the First Rat Off the GOP House Ship is feeling pretty good about his latest career choice…

Apart from that freighted discussion, what’s on the agenda for the day?

Categories: Politics

8 In 10 People Now See Climate Change As a 'Catastrophic Risk,' Says Survey

Slashdot - 15 hours 59 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Thomas Reuters Foundation: Nearly nine in 10 people say they are ready to make changes to their standard of living if it would prevent future climate catastrophe, a survey on global threats found Wednesday. The survey of more than 8,000 people in eight countries -- the United States, China, India, Britain, Australia, Brazil, South Africa and Germany -- found that 84 percent of people now consider climate change a "global catastrophic risk." That puts worry about climate change only slightly behind fears about large-scale environmental damage and the threat of politically motivated violence escalating into war, according to the Global Challenges Foundation, which commissioned the Global Catastrophic Risks 2017 report. The survey, released in advance of this week's G7 summit of advanced economies in Italy, also found that 85 percent of people think the United Nations needs reforms to be better equipped to address global threats. About 70 percent of those surveyed said they think it may be time to create a new global organization -- with power to enforce its decisions -- specifically designed to deal with a wide range of global risks. Nearly 60 percent said they would be prepared to have their country give up some level of sovereignty to make that happen.

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Categories: Misc

On The Road

Balloon Juice - 16 hours 58 min ago

Good Morning All,

This weekday feature is for Balloon Juicers who are on the road, travelling, etc. and wish to share notes, links, pictures, stories, etc. from their escapades. As the US mainland begins the end of the Earth day as we measure it, many of us rise to read about our friends and their transient locales.

So, please, speak up and share some of your adventures, observations, and sights as you explore, no matter where you are. By concentrating travel updates here, it’s easier for all to keep up-to-date on the adventures of our fellow Commentariat. And it makes finding some travel tips or ideas from 6 months ago so much easier to find…

Have at ’em, and have a safe day of travels!


Should you have any pictures (tasteful, relevant, etc….) you can email them to or just use this nifty link to start an email: Start an Email to send a Picture to Post on Balloon Juice



The new test site is very much closer to being ready for development work. It’s taken 98% of my Balloon-Juice attention, including some other important community stuff you’ll hear about soon.

So just a small set today; much more to send us off into the holiday weekend Friday morning, don’t lose faith!

From my archive, just a simple reminder that a meaningful image doesn’t have to be while travelling, or even outside the house. My wife shared this, and some of her sisters with me, and I was charmed. Still am, tbh. Nigh-on-20 years later!

Ok, enough about me. As always, I’m sure I messed up some order-to-description.

One of the first things the test site will enhance will be the photo submission and description process. I’ll still be involved, but a systemic approach will reduce human confusion and less-than-ideal attention span.

Now there’s a development site to perfect this kind of enhancement, things should get even better, with less errors, much more quickly. Seriously.

This function will of course work for any other frontpagers. The general goal is to develop some simple enhancements to the site that make it better for you, the reader and commenter. Some things will be better for frontpagers, but those things should benefit all.

Ok – pictures and stories:


From Claudia:

Where it was taken: Seattle, WA
When: yesterday, May 23, 2017

Pictures of a Sunny clear day in Seattle, which I was told are rare particularly after this past winter where they have seen a lot of rain. Other notes or info about the picture:

Space Needle with chihuly sculpture at the bottom right hand

Picture of the Space needle taken from inside the chihuly exhibit.

This actually a picture of a ceiling inside the chihuly exhibit…It was

A picture looking out to Puget sound

Downtown Seattle with Mt. Rainier in the distance.

And finally, a view from the back of my old house in Colorado. For us, the view wasn’t looking down on town like everyone else, it was looking away, up, West to undeveloped country.

As it happened one night, we saw the space station shoot overhead. It was in view for almost 40 minutes – crazy. I literally pointed at the the top of the mountains to the west and told my wife and mother that, “any moment, the space station should rise over there somewhere” and where I was pointing , a golden, shining, moving spot appeared over the mountains. It flew over us and down the Arkansas valley towards Pueblo and I cannot remember feeling more connected to something out out of this world.

And yes, that is a koi pond I designed and built in the Colorado high desert. It was/is an oasis for all kinds of wildlife including spadefoot toads and rare salamanders.


Travel safely all, more tomorrow!

Categories: Politics

Boeing Will Make the Military's New Hypersonic Spaceplane

Slashdot - 18 hours 59 min ago
The Department of Defense has selected Boeing to make a new hypersonic spaceplane that can be reused frequently over a short period of time to deliver multiple satellites into orbit. "DARPA, the agency that tests new advanced technologies for the military, has picked Boeing's design concept, called the Phantom Express, to move forward as part of the agency's Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program," reports The Verge. From the report: The goal of DARPA's XS-1 program is to create a spacecraft that's something of a hybrid between an airplane and a traditional vertical rocket. The spaceplane is meant to take off vertically and fly uncrewed to high altitudes above Earth. From there, the vehicle will release a mini-rocket -- a booster with an engine that can propel a satellite weighing up to 3,000 pounds into orbit. As the booster deploys the satellite, the spaceplane will then land back on Earth horizontally just like a normal airplane -- and then be fueled up for its next mission. DARPA wants the turnaround time between flights to last just a few hours. But perhaps the most audacious goal is the price DARPA wants for each flight. The agency is aiming for the spaceplane to cost $5 million per mission, a significant bargain considering most orbital rockets cost tens to hundreds of millions of dollars to launch. And Boeing says it's up to the task. "Phantom Express is designed to disrupt and transform the satellite launch process as we know it today, creating a new, on-demand space-launch capability that can be achieved more affordably and with less risk," Darryl Davis, president of Boeing Phantom Works, said in a statement.

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