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Name: Steven Leser
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Hometown: New York, NY
Home country: USA
Current location: NYC
Member since: Tue Jan 4, 2005, 04:36 PM
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Number of uninsured drops below 10% for first time in 50 year history of CDC Study of Uninsured

Yeah, really horrible that Obamacare.


For the first time in more than 50 years of surveys, the CDC on Wednesday reported that more than 90% of Americans — 90.8% of us, to be specific — have health insurance.

Until now, no major survey had ever found that the uninsured rate in America has hit single digits.

The data comes from the National Health Interview Survey, which the CDC has been conducting for more than 50 years. The questions have sometimes changed, but until this year, the answers haven’t: More than 10% of respondents, and sometimes as many as 18% of Americans, have reported that they’ve been uninsured.

FYI, my post about the Farrakhan march (updated)


Updated to include full text:

I agree with this OP. This is unfortunately not a new problem. If you are Jewish in this day and age

as I am, Farrakhan is hardly the only issue you have to deal with. For instance, I am in favor of the Iran deal. But it is also hard to escape the fact that key members of the Iranian leadership have uttered some harshly anti-Semitic stuff. Not just anti-Israeli stuff, anti-Semitic. So do we Jews say, don't deal with those antisemitic assholes and watch the situation devolve into yet another war? Or a situation in which Iran goes nuclear?

As far as Farrakhan is concerned, being a mixed race person in addition to being Jewish makes Farrakhan's status as a leader in the AA community particularly painful for me. The only solace I take is that outside of these occasional spates of activism, he doesn't seem to have much effect on the country.

But there are many other examples of situations like this that we Jews simply seem to have to deal with. We deal with a torrent of antisemitism all the time all over the place.

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Russia, in midst of exploding HIV epidemic, plans to ban importation of condoms

Another brilliant move brought to you by the administration of Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin


Russia has unveiled plans to ban state procurement of imported condoms, prompting a wave of risque jokes in the country’s media. But for anyone following the alarming rise in HIV infections in Russia the proposal was hardly a laughing matter.

Russia is one of the few places in the world where the HIV virus is still rapidly spreading, driven mainly by intravenous drug use and unprotected sex.

Within five years at least two million people are expected to be officially registered as HIV-positive, while three million – or 2 per cent of the total population – will be carrying the virus, according to Dr Vadim Pokrovsky, the head of the Russian Federal Aids Centre.

In most cases infection is an avoidable tragedy. However at “an adult level there are hardly any information campaigns to warn the public to take steps to protect themselves against the virus. We need to attend to these problems very urgently,” Dr Pokrovsky told The Irish Times.

Would love to hear from members of this group regarding this OP I created in GD


Protest 101: Raise the visibility of your group and it's goals - BLM's netroots and seattle are wins

You may not like how they protested or whom they protested, but their actions are successful by at least one major criteria of protesting.

They have raised the visibility of Black Lives Matter and thus its goals. And by that important criteria, they did it right and were successful.

We're probably going to be talking about BLM and what to do about protecting the lives of African Americans for the rest of the 2016 election season.

And that is as it should be.

Trump's Implosion in the Debate was Breathtaking to Behold.

Frank Luntz' focus group of grassroots Republicans went from overwhelmingly pro-Trump to absolutely despising him.

I was tweeting during the debate that Trump's performance was a disaster but you never know for sure how Republicans will see things.

I cant wait to watch what I've nicknamed as "17 Shades of Cray"


I didn't realize this but this past June 22 was the 10th anniversary of "Chicken"

At least of Skinner's hilarious and famous "Please no more threads about Chicken" post: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php=show_topic&forum=105&topic_id=3499154

Skinner ADMIN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-05 04:30 PM
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Please, no more threads about chicken.

I am trying to keep a sense of humor about this, so please bear with me.

I have instructed the moderators to lock new threads about chicken. If you must discuss chicken -- and, yes, I understand it is a *vitally* important topic in which you all have an intense interest -- please do so in one of the threads that was opened previously. Here's a good one:


Go post in there. Or post here.

I think that some of you are well aware that the discussions about chicken are not about chicken at all. The purpose of these threads is to dig up an old flame war and wave it in the faces of certain people, because you want to get under their skin. To their credit, those people have not taken the bait. But we really think that a dozen threads on a topic specifically intended to bait people is really enough.

But now we are in a completely idiotic death-spiral of enforcement and boundaries-testing. The mods lock a thread, and then three spring up. And so the purpose of starting threads about chicken is no longer about tweaking a few of your fellow DUers, it's now about tweaking the moderators.

And then I get incredulous emails from people who are shocked, shocked that discussion of chicken -- chicken fercryinoutloud -- is not allowed. As if the discussion of chicken is something that is vitally important and that everyone is really interested in.

So please, if you really need to discuss chicken, do it in one of the threads that is already open on the subject. But please stop posting new threads about chicken or turkey or whatever. I know it's really fun to tweak people, especially when those people are the moderators, but I think it's time to find to something else fun to do.

Thank you for your understanding.

DU Admin

PR Firm hired by killer of Cecil the lion quits



The Backlash Continues! Lion Killer Walter Palmer’s PR Firm Quits As African Officials Close In

Lion killer Walter Palmer just lost one of his only allies: RadarOnline.com has learned that the public relations firm formerly associated with the American dentist has quit, as the outrage against his alleged poaching of Cecil the lion continues to mount.

After being publicly outed by the London Telegraph, Dr. Palmer hired J. Austin & Associates, a public relations firm.

Wednesday afternoon, the public relations firms issued a statement on social media, stating their work with Palmer was finished.

“Yesterday another PR firm asked to help distribute Dr. Palmer’s statement. Having completed that task, we’ve ended our work on this issue,” the post on Twitter stated.
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