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Itís time to fix it later.

When we fought for and passed the PPACA (Obamacare) we did so screaming pass it now, fix it later. Well, weíre just a couple of years into it and we desperately need to fix it! 19 million more have been insured, yet 29 million remain uninsured. The 29 million uninsured are those that can least afford it and are getting fucked on their federal taxes for it. Most of those 29 million probably donít even have the means to cover a copay, let alone a means to make a monthly payment.

Some of the 19 million newly covered under the PPACA are eternally grateful. They had insurance, paid in for decades, only to be dropped when tragedy hit. Those people were helped in ways many will never understand. However, itís not the majority. The majority of newly covered have a barebones, slightly better than nothing, insurance plan. Those in that majority canít even afford to use that plan. They pay in every week and get nothing in return because they canít afford the copay.

Itís time to fix it later and we need to realize the FACT that we canít fix a for profit system. We cannot fix a system where a company is allowed to take 20% while providing zero care or benefit. We cannot fix a system that allows unchecked pharmaceutical profits. We cannot fix a system that leaves our hospital system as a for profit industry. We cannot fix a system that makes us consumers. We must become patients.

If even one person in our country cannot be guaranteed healthcare, not emergency care, but healthcare, then we all fail. We need to be more important than greed.

Build single payer now, scrap the PPACA once weíve built it. We can spend trillions for pointless wars, we can find trillions for our own healthcare.

I dared to hope for change in 2008

I dared to hope for change in 2008 and we made it.

If we compare the last 7 years to the previous 30, we made some good and some significant change. Obama can't take credit for all the great changes and he can be burdened with some of the negative changes.

We did get change though.

One of the areas we did not make any serious movement was balancing income inequality.

I get it, we all have a personal list of issues and absolute needs. BLM, gender equality, LGBT rights, healthcare..... the list to pick from is endless.

For me, economic equality hits the top of the list. Money can't make you happy, but I would love to see you live without it.

All of our needs and desires simply get EASIER when we have financial stability. When we get a fair wage for our hard work. When we can step away from that precipice by at least a couple of months of down time. All of our other needs get easier to achieve when we're not living under the threat of poverty.

So, I'm supporting Bernie Sanders for President. We've made some change, now it's time to redouble the efforts. To focus on the disgusting income inequality we suffer.

Let's balance the economic scales. While we do so, we'll gain the stamina, the resources, the safety to do everything else we want and need.

What's on your list? What do you want that having a strong economy and income equality can't help us build?

Bernie 2016. It's just too important to settle for the status quo. We need to continue change.

Comet Catalinaís closest point to Earth

UPDATE JANUARY 7, 2016: Comet C/2013 US10 (Catalina) will pass nearest to Earth at a very safe distance on January 17, 2016. At its closest, the comet will be some 68 million miles (110 million km) from Earth. Thatís very, very far away Ė hundreds of times farther than the moonís distance. Still, itís fun to think of this cosmic visitor sweeping past, as it heads out of our solar system. The comet isnít visible to the eye alone, but binoculars should reveal it as a small fuzzy patch of light in your predawn sky. Try looking a few hours before sunrise. In the coming week, the comet is coming near on the skyís dome to the stars that form the Big Dipper. If you received a telescope or binoculars for Christmas, this comet would make a fantastic target. Current brightness estimates put Comet Catalina at a magnitude 6.2 to 6.4, just below the level for viewing with the unaided eye, but visible in binoculars, and a fine object for a small telescope. Notice the illustrations above and below, and youíll see how easy it will be to find Comet Catalina this month!

When and where should I begin to look? The comet has been in our predawn sky throughout this past month. Its brightness has been pretty steady. As the New Year begins, it will gradually become a night sky object.

The comet was closest to the sun on November 15, so it is moving away from the sun now. But itís still drawing closer to the Earth. On January 17, 2016, Comet Catalina will be at its closest point to Earth, about some 68 million miles (110 million km) away. Thatís in contrast to the moonís distance of about a quarter million miles Ö so you can see the comet is coming nowhere near us. Still, as it passes closest to Earth during mid-January, we might see the comet appearing a bit brighter than now.

By all reports, Comet Catalina has never risen above magnitude 6, the limit of visibility to the unaided eye. But it has hovered just below that limit. The moon was full on December 25, meaning its light is flooding the predawn sky now. But the moon will be waning, becoming smaller in our sky, in the weeks ahead. If you go to a location far from city lights Ė say, beginning around New Yearís, when the moon is waning in the predawn sky, you might be able to sweep with your binoculars and find the comet.

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Quadrantids meteor shower this weekend.

Midnight Sunday to Dawn Monday.


The annual Quadrantid shower is nominally active during the first week of January, and is best seen from northerly latitudes. However, peak activity lasts less than a day. So you need to be on the night side of Earth when this shower exhibits its relatively short peak to witness the Quadrantids. In 2016, we donít expect the waning crescent moon to seriously obtrude on this meteor shower. So if youíre game, try watching between midnight and dawn on January 4.

This meteor shower favors the Northern Hemisphere. Thatís because its radiant point Ė the point in the sky from which the meteors appear to radiate Ė is far to the north on the skyís dome.

The Quadrantid meteor shower is capable of matching the meteor rates of the better known August Perseid and December Geminid showers. It has been known to produce up to 50-100 or more meteors per hour in a dark sky.

So why isnít the Quadrantid shower as celebrated as the Perseid and Geminid showers? Itís because the Quadrantid shower has a narrow peak that lasts for only a few hours. If you miss the peak Ė which is easy to do Ė you wonít see many meteors.


Below is an image that displays who might have the ability to catch this brief yet spectacular shower. This year we're right in the ideal window.

Good luck everyone. Sadly rain and clouds are in my forecast, but I'm still posting hoping others might catch this shower.

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