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Bill USA

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Quotes I like: "Prediction is very difficult, especially concerning the future." "There are some things so serious that you have to laugh at them.” __ Niels Bohr Given his contribution to the establishment of quantum mechanics, I guess it's not surprising he had such a quirky of sense of humor. ......................."Deliberate misinterpretation and misrepresentation of another's position is a basic technique of (dis)information processing" __ I said that

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IF Airlines sold Paint - a reprise

this has been around for a while but maybe some haven't seen it. It's a pretty good comment on airline ticket pricing.. enjoy..


Customer: Hi. How much is your paint?

Clerk: Well, sir, that all depends on quite a lot of things.

Customer: Can you give me a guess? Is there an average price?

Clerk: Our lowest price is $12 a gallon, and we have 60 different
prices up to $200 a gallon.

Customer: What's the difference in the paint?

Clerk: Oh, there isn't any difference; it's all the same paint.

-- go to link to read whole 'bit'...

Unplanned pregnancies cost taxpayers $21 billion each year - WaPo


Unintended pregnancies cost American taxpayers $21 billion each year, according to a new analysis released by the Guttmacher Institute. That averages out to a cost of about $366 per every woman of childbearing age in the U.S. Overall, more than half of U.S. pregnancies are unintended, and roughly 1-in-20 American women of reproductive age have an unplanned pregnancy each year.

Nationally there were 1.5 million unplanned births in 2010. Public insurance programs like Medicaid paid for 68 percent of those births. "On average, a publicly funded birth cost $12,770 in prenatal care, labor and delivery, postpartum care and the first 12 months of infant care; care for months 13–60 cost, on average, another $7,947, for a total cost per birth of $20,716," the study found.


In some states -- Georgia, Mississippi and Oklahoma -- more than 80 percent of unplanned births were paid for by public dollars. Georgia taxpayers spent nearly $1 billion on unplanned births in 2010, as did taxpayers in Chicago. California spent $1.8 billion, while unplanned births cost the state of Texas nearly $3 billion dollars in 2010.

If these numbers seem high, they could be a lot higher. Current investments in family planning services, like contraception, family visits and STD testing, save taxpayers $15.8 billion and prevent 760,000 abortions each year, according to a 2014 analysis in the Milbank Quarterly. Guttmacher estimates that expanding these services further could cut the cost of unintended pregnancies by an additional $15 billion.

Digital Lumens promises 90% energy savings via networked LED lighting


Start-up company will target industrial environments such as warehouses and rely on network control and efficient LED fixtures to achieve savings.

Tom Pincince, Digital Lumens President & CEO, states, "We can provide 100% of the light at 10% of the energy cost." The new entrant into the industrial-lighting segment believes that the combination of LED fixtures, network control of each fixture, and lighting-management software can deliver on the promise.

Digital Lumens will target applications such as high-bay lighting in warehouses. For instance the company uses a cold-storage warehouse as an example. According to Pincine, only about 10% of such a facility is occupied at any given time, and lights in the remainder can be dimmed or even extinguished.

In the cold-storage case study, a trial installation provided a 95% reduction in energy usage. The 268,000-square-feet facility energy costs dropped from $225,000 to $10,000 annually. Pincince claims that a thrid of the enrgy used by tarhet customers is presently used for lighting.

after 6 yrs, PBS Newshour 'rediscovers' the word "filibuster" -- now that the Democrats have done it


PBS Newshour 'rediscovers' the word "filibuster" after 6 yrs --- now that the Democrats have used it

On its Monday, Feb 23 broadcast, PBS Newshour permitted the word 'filibuster' to be uttered on their show. But only because it was the Democrats doing it.

After six years of record setting filibustering by the GOP, on just about everything President Obama proposed (especially of bills to stimulate the economy) with no mention of the word 'filibuster' * ... On last night's broadcast, guest NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON reported that the Democrats had filibustered the Homeland Security funding bill - four times(!).

This was the first bill the Democrats filibustered since control of the Senate passed to the Republicans. But the Corporate media outlet, PBS Newshour, didn't want to miss reporting on the fact. Interesting how during the previous six years when the Republicans were setting records for the use of the filibuster, this fact was not deemed newsworthy enough to be mentioned on the Corporate media stations.


GWEN IFILL: Over the Department of Homeland Security — the White House seems to be and the department seems to be pushing back.

NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON: Yes, they’re pushing back. President Obama is pushing back. Democrats are very much united.

We saw just now that for the fourth time they have filibustered the bill because they don’t want to see this funding stripped out.

Hurrahs for the Corporate media: providing all the news judged acceptable to the GOP!!

* okay, there was one time. They allowed resident Liberal contributor, Mark Sheilds, to mention that the Republicans had filibustered frequently - AFTER the 2014 Elections were over - the Obama administration's LAST Election. Apparently, the PBS Newshour management had determined that mentioning The GOP's proclivity to filibuster would no longer be potentially damaging to the Republican brand and would therefor not get NewsHour in trouble with the GOP.

Who knew - Lady Gaga can sing!!! I hope this doesn't ruin her pop music career - being able to sing

happened to walk through the room while my significant other was watching the Oscars and I was floored to hear Lady Gaga singing and she really has a voice. She was singing songs from the Sound of Music. Her singing was, dare I say it: pretty!

Jesus! I hope this doesn't ruin her pop music career!

Dirty Energy Judge Saves Oil Industry Billions


Shopping at the GOP Bargain Basement - posted on Discussionist - check out Conservatives laments and

responses from Dems!


Do you believe we should fight disinformation. if so, how do we best do that.

one place to engage the conservatives is discussionist. I know, it's disgusting. But if you think we should fight disinformation how should we do that?

I just thought it was worth putting this open to discussion.

John Boehner doesn't mind your criticism. It gives meaning to his life.

... thought you might enjoy this....

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