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Obamacare Lesson Coming in Minnesota

Minnesota is preparing a state plan to deliver health insurance premium assistance to citizens adversely effected by premium spikes for 2017 ACA plans. This is a good thing, a response to a real problem that may impact 120,000 Minnesotans. If one is astute and wants to actually do the work necessary to read the actual legislation, the coverage assistance looks wonderful. Very few voters have the time, energy, or motivation to spend on that pursuit, of course. The problem is it was quietly gutted into something that is NOT wonderful. This is manipulation that needs to be stringently monitored at every level of government,. It isn't easy, we couldn't find the changes quickly using our techniques that work in Arizona. Magically Shrinking Coverage Andy Slavitt, the former … [Read More...]

Fear is Personal and Real

Social media is abuzz with people dismissing fears expressed by others concerned with where the next Presidential regime will take the United States and how it will affect them. Protesters marching the streets of cities across the country are being characterized as babies, wimps, whiners, and sore losers. The list of reported racist incidents after Trump's victory continues to grow. Some of these incidents are probably not directly related, some may be manufactured or fictional, and some may be overblown. But, it's a long list. Nationwide Angst An incident at an International Baccalaureate middle school in Michigan where, in the presence of adult supervisors, seventh grade children … [Read More...]

Life With a Neato Botvac Robot Vacuum

We have a Neato robot vacuum (a BotVac 75 to be precise) named Hazel, and we love her. We live in an under 2000 square foot single story home in Arizona on a dirt road with complete xeriscape (no water) landscaping. We have five kids, four of which have moved out and rarely contribute to the dirt in the house. We have two large dogs that enjoy the freedom of a large back yard and a dog door to go in and out as they wish. If you have dogs, you know that's a lot of daily ins and outs. Both of them shed hair prodigiously. We leave the windows and patio doors open as much as possible, so we get an extra coating of dust from the yard when the wind picks up and the dirt road when somebody … [Read More...]

Reality Hits You Hard, Bro

Let's get the title reference out of the way, click here for the YouTube where an Arizona resident reminds us that, sometimes, reality hits you hard, bro. The realities that hit you hard in this matter are convoluted but not complex. Aggressive Council Moves The City of Glendale City Council voted 5-2 to negate an existing contract with the Coyotes at a contentious June 10, 2015 special City Council meeting which had been scheduled one day earlier. Reasonable people recognize scheduling a voting meeting and giving your business partner one day's notice to prepare as an extremely aggressive move, especially given one of the two councilmembers supporting the Coyotes was out of … [Read More...]

Obamacare Lesson Coming in Minnesota

Minnesota is preparing a state plan to deliver health insurance premium assistance to citizens adversely effected by premium spikes for 2017 ACA plans. This is a good thing, a response to a real problem that may impact 120,000 Minnesotans. If one is astute and wants to actually do the work necessary to read the actual legislation, the coverage assistance looks wonderful. Very few voters have the time, energy, or motivation to spend on that pursuit, of course. The problem is it was quietly gutted into something that is NOT wonderful. This is manipulation that needs to be stringently monitored at every level of government,. It isn't easy, we couldn't find the changes quickly using our … [Read More...]

Trump’s Circus of Distraction

Vice president elect Mike Pence attended a performance of “Hamilton” on Friday, November 18. He was booed by the audience and, after the show, was presented with a speech from the cast. While Pence was escorted out by his Secret Service detail, appearing to miss the speech from the cast, he later stated he actually heard […]