Gorgeous day, albeit pretty windy. I want to get mulch from the Transfer Station aka Dump, can only do it on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Yesterday was also really windy so no can do this week.
Playing with software again. Got Debut Capture Pro which lets you get video-capture live recordings. Going to test it on Cspan, but also plan to watch some Texas Legislature House or Senate events and make clips.
Here is the absolute solid reality of what this decision to scrap the FCC rules means:
ISPs were previously able to do what they can do now, ie, sell their customers' private data.
But they were previously at risk of being investigated by the FTC and then, later, the FCC.
If they had been found to have broken data privacy rules, they faced huge fines and most likely the requirement to get prior approval from the FTC/FCC before doing anything similar in future.
Now, however, there is no backstop. The FTC does not have jurisdiction. And nor does the FCC. The ISPs currently exist in a regulatory-free world.
What this means is significant and it is the source of (Democrat) claims that ISPs will soon be selling your private data and the counter-claims (by Republicans) that people are fear-mongering and inventing problems.
Beck recalled his reaction when former President Bill Clinton put then-first lady Hillary Clinton in charge of his administration’s task force on universal health care shortly after his inauguration in 1993.
“I remember thinking, ‘I don’t know anything about the first lady. … This seems like nepotism,’” he said. “That wasn’t what we voted for.”
But now, Beck said, “that looks like kindergarten” compared with the family affair taking place inside the Trump administration.
It’s not just Kushner who’s raising red flags, but also Trump’s daughter Ivanka, who recently confirmed that she too would be taking a formal role, as an unpaid White House employee.
Noting that he has a daughter who is 20 weeks pregnant, Forbes asked that under the bill, would his daughter have to carry her child to term even if a doctor told her there was no longer a heartbeat.
"Is that good medicine?" Forbes wondered.
"This bill wasn't written for the intent to protect or govern on the side of the woman. It was written to save babies' lives, giving the choice and being the voice of those babies...that don't have one. I understand what you're saying—this fetus, this baby, is not alive. I would concur that in that instance, if your daughter's life is not in danger, that yes, she would have to carry that baby."
Though he is neither terribly articulate nor a seasoned politician, he has a remarkable instinct for discerning which conspiracy theories in which quasi-news source, or which of his own inner musings, will turn into ratings gold. He targets the darkness, anger and insecurity that hide in each of us and harnesses them for his own purposes. If one of his lies doesn’t work — well, then he lies about that
There is nothing requiring Trump to disclose when he takes profits from the trust, which could go directly into his bank or brokerage account. That’s because both the trust and Trump Organization are privately held. The only people who know the details of the Trump trust’s finances are its trustees, Trump’s son, Donald Jr., and Allen Weisselberg, the company’s chief financial officer. Trump's other son, Eric, has been listed as an adviser to the trust, according to this revised document.
The Trump Organization did not answer detailed questions about the trust. In a statement to ProPublica about the companies’ corporate structures, a Trump Organization spokeswoman, Amanda Miller, said, “President Trump believed it was important to create multiple layers of approval for major actions and key business decision.” (Sic. Read the full statement.)
There is a chance Trump will list his profits in his next federal financial disclosure, in May 2018, but the form doesn’t require it. The surest way to see what profits Trump is taking would be the release of his tax returns — which hasn’t happened. Income has to be reported to the IRS, whether it comes from a trust or someplace else.
“For tax purposes, it’s as if the trust doesn’t exist at all,” said Steven Rosenthal, a senior fellow at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. “It’s just an entity on paper, nothing more.”
“Freedom,” House Speaker Paul Ryan explained in February as he rolled out his ACA replacement, “is the ability to buy what you want to fit what you need. Obamacare is Washington telling you what to buy regardless of your needs.”
The problem here is that no one anywhere has any idea what their “needs” are when it comes to healthcare. When Hamlet soliloquized about the “thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to,” it was a huge understatement. With bodies that can be afflicted by anything from anaplasmosis to zoonotic hookworms, it’s incredible any of us are alive.
For instance, one morning in January 2009 my father went outside to bring in empty trash cans, slipped on some ice, and fell and bruised his spinal cord. He lay there in the driveway for five minutes, unable to move anything below his neck, until my mother came out and found him.
Until that moment he had no idea he would need four operations, 45 days in a rehabilitation hospital, and a pump implanted in his abdomen with a thin tube threaded up his spinal column to drip muscle relaxant into his spinal fluid at his c3 vertebrae.
Medicare was the greatest imaginable blessing during all of this. It paid the enormous cost of almost all of my father’s treatment, so he could concentrate on regaining the ability to walk without worrying whether his one misstep would force him and my mother to sell their house to pay for it.
My family experienced this as pure, precious freedom. But to Paul Ryan, we were wrong about that, and actually were being crushed under the boot of tyranny. To be truly free, Ryan would say, my parents required the opportunity before my father’s accident to run millions of Monte Carlo simulations of the future to calculate whether it was financially rational to buy insurance that covered these extremely unlikely needs. Instead Washington forced them to purchase Medicare’s damnable one-size-fits-all coverage.
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