"Colin Kaepernick can make the courageous decision to sit on the bench during the national anthem, and he's applauded for courageous dissent and protest by all the usual suspects in the Drive-By sports media. But the Dallas Cowboys asked to put a sticker on their helmet this season to honor cops, particularly the five officers killed in that mass assassination attempt, and the NFL said, 'No, no!' I guess it would be unnecessarily provocative to honor the police." -Rush
"It's ironic that we have now a quarterback who was adopted and raised by a white family, who was scouted and signed by white scouts, was employed by white owners, the National Football League, decides now to steal the stage of the National Football League to make personal statements..."
Carter, the hero of last year's World Cup winning New Zealand team, no longer playing International rugby, but doing it in the French professional league (currently the highest paid rugby player in the world).
A British athlete who was trying to run, cycle and swim from Marble Arch in London to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris has died crossing the Channel.
Nick Thomas got into trouble in the water near Calais, according to Enduroman – the event’s organisers. The 45-year-old from the Shropshire town of Ellesmere, near the Welsh border, had been swimming for 16 hours.
Enduroman, based in Dorset, says the Arch to Arc event includes an 87-mile run from London to the south coast and a 181-mile bicycle ride to Paris. In between, athletes must complete the Channel swim – usually 21 miles and in water temperatures of 16C (61F) or below.
Enrollment in the insurance exchanges for President Obama’s signature health-care law is at less than half the initial forecast, pushing several major insurance companies to stop offering health plans in certain markets because of significant financial losses.
As a result, the administration’s promise of a menu of health-plan choices has been replaced by a grim, though preliminary, forecast: Next year, more than 1 in 4 counties are at risk of having a single insurer on its exchange, said Cynthia Cox, who studies health reform for the Kaiser Family Foundation.
“As part of a heart-healthy diet, I advise my cardiac patients to enjoy full-fat cheese, along with olive oil and vegetables,” says Dr. Malhotra, who regularly indulges in grass-fed meat and three-egg omelets, yolks included. “You should see the look on their faces when I tell them.”
Dr. Malhotra, who works with Britain’s National Health Service, is among a small but increasingly vocal group of doctors in the United States and Britain who are challenging the medical and nutritional orthodoxy around fat, carbohydrates and calories. He has been a fixture on social media and on television programs in Britain, thanks in part to a series of controversial papers he published in medical journals arguing that saturated fat, especially from dairy, can be protective against heart disease, that sugar is “public health enemy No. 1” in the Western diet, and that the dangers of high cholesterol are overstated.
In May, as a member of the National Obesity Forum, a nonprofit group, he helped write a widely publicized report that criticized the British government’s dietary advice to avoid saturated fat and eat low-fat foods. And in a country known for its sweet tooth, Dr. Malhotra is outspoken about the harms of excess sugar.
His critics – of which there are many – have pushed back. Public Health England, the agency that issues the country’s dietary guidelines, said the obesity forum report that Dr. Malhotra helped author was “irresponsible and misleads the public.”
But government-imposed price controls always have a predictable result, which is reduction in those willing to supply the service at the regulated price. This is evident in the Medicaid program. Many hospital and physicians purposely steer clear of the program because of its very low reimbursement rates. As a result, Medicaid enrollees often have much more trouble accessing care than do patients with private insurance.
This does not mean that a public option wouldn’t attract enrollment. It probably would because the regulated prices it would pay to providers would allow it to charge a premium below that charged by many of the private offerings. Some consumers would take that option not thinking much about what it might mean when it comes time to find a doctor to take care of them.
In selling Obamacare to the electorate, President Obama argued repeatedly that the law wouldn’t lead to “government-run” health care because the coverage would be delivered by private insurance, at least for those who get their insurance through the exchanges. But this was always more of a debating point rather than a statement based on conviction. The president himself has always favored public over private insurance, as do most of those who supported the legislation. The only reason a public option wasn’t included in the ACA in the first place was because a sufficient minority of Democrats in Congress feared the idea would sink the entire bill.
Now that the ACA is on the books, and the private-insurance options are on shaky ground, there’s no real reason for proponents of the ACA not to fully embrace the public option. It’s what most of them wanted all along, and the turbulence among the private insurers provides the perfect excuse to pursue it.
The fact that introducing a public option at this stage would only add to the instability of the private options offered on the exchanges is not a reason for the public-option advocates to abandon the idea because they never really wanted a functioning private-insurance marketplace anyway. The goal all along has been government-run health care, even if they haven’t always been willing to admit that.
This is from mercatornet, an Australian/New Zealand website.
Tiny Grenada finished atop the medals per capita table with one silver medal shared amongst the population of just 106,000.
On the medals per capita list the top ten is very different: Grenada, Bahamas, Jamaica, New Zealand (hurrah! it was in fact New Zealand's most successful games in terms of total medals won - 18), Denmark, Croatia, Slovenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Hungary. Hardly world powerhouses. In fact Great Britain came 19th on this list and the USA came 42nd. Now they just need to do a list based upon medals per government dollars spent on sports.
Included among the Abedin-Band emails is an exchange revealing that when Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain requested a meeting with Secretary of State Clinton, he was forced to go through the Clinton Foundation for an appointment. Abedin advised Band that when she went through “normal channels” at State, Clinton declined to meet. After Band intervened, however, the meeting was set up within forty-eight hours. According to the Clinton Foundation website, in 2005, Salman committed to establishing the Crown Prince’s International Scholarship Program (CPISP) for the Clinton Global Initiative. And by 2010, it had contributed $32 million to CGI. The Kingdom of Bahrain reportedly gave between $50,000 and $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation. And Bahrain Petroleum also gave an additional $25,000 to $50,000.
The chief diplomat of of the United States - corruption at the highest level.
AND: Here are some more things I want to see from you to prove that you really believe in global warming.
1. Your weight should be at the low end of normal, indicating that you are not overconsuming the products of agriculture.
2. You should not engage in vigorous physical exercise, as this will increase your caloric requirements. You may do simple weight-lifting or calisthenics to keep in shape. Check how many calories per hour are burned and choose a form of exercise that burns as few calories as possible.
3. Free time should be spent sitting or lying still without using electricity. Don't run the television or music playing device. Reading, done by sunlight is the best way to pass free time. After dark, why not have a pleasant conversation with friends or family? Word games or board games should replace sports or video games.
4. Get up at sunrise. Don't waste the natural light. Try never to turn on the electric lights in your house or workplace. Put compact fluorescent bulbs in all your light fixtures. The glow is so ugly that it will reduce the temptation to turn them on.
5. Restrict your use of transportation. Do not assume that walking or biking is less productive of carbon emissions than using a highly efficient small car. Do not go anywhere you don't have to go. When there is no food in the house to make dinner, instead of hopping in the car to go to the grocery store or a restaurant, take it as a cue to fast. As noted above, your weight should be at the low end of normal, and opportunities to reach or stay there should be greeted with a happy spirit.
6. If you have free time, such as a vacation from work, spend it in your home town. Read library books, redo old jigsaw puzzles, meditate, tell stories to your children — the list of activities is endless. Just thinking up more items to put on that list is an activity that could be on the list. Really embrace this new way of life. A deep satisfaction and mental peace can be achieved knowing that you are saving the earth.
In Peru, at the famous site two days ago - actually Joe took the picture - that's Brigid on the left and my brother Jim's wife Maria on the right. In the middle, Nancy and Arthur, two friend's of Jim. Brigid and Joe get back next Tuesday from their 12 day trip.
Olympic javelin final is today. Loved this video. A real resemblance and same build to my favorite javelin thrower, Tim! Yego is the first Kenyan to win the championship of a field event at World or Olympic level. He will be one of the favorites to win Olympic gold in Brazil
Here was his World Championship winning throw, the fourth longest javelin throw ever.