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Katy Perry Ranks Her Ex-Boyfriends in Bed, Reveals the Surprising 'One That Got Away'

Who the fuck cares?

How would Perry feel if her exes rated her performance in bed?

Katy Perry Ranks Her Ex-Boyfriends in Bed, Reveals the Surprising 'One That Got Away'

Katy Perry Ranks Her Ex-Boyfriends in Bed, Reveals the Surprising 'One That Got Away'

I can't imagine why anybody gives a fuck.

OTOH, I wonder how her ex-boyfriends would rate KP in bed?

"Bland, brainless, drivel"?

Universal health plan would save Californians $37 billion annually, study says

Source: San Jose Mercury News

SACRAMENTO — As the California Senate considers voting this week on a proposal to replace private health insurance with a statewide health plan that covers everyone, the bill’s main backers on Wednesday heralded a new study that says the plan could save Californians $37.5 billion annually in health care spending — even after adding the state’s nearly 3 million uninsured.

The favorable findings by economists at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, comes a week after a Senate committee released eye-popping estimates that threatened to dampen enthusiasm for the bill. The committee’s analysis projected that the statewide plan would cost $400 billion annually, half of which would likely need to come from workers and businesses through a 15 percent payroll tax.

If the state adopts a single-payer plan, “Californians will get more and will definitely pay less,” Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, the co-author of Senate Bill 562, said at a news conference Wednesday.

But a statewide poll released Wednesday night could foreshadow the political challenges ahead for enacting a single-payer system — which would inevitably be funded through new taxes. The first-ever question to Californians on the topic by the Public Policy Institute of California shows that the vast majority of state residents were in favor of a universal, government-run health care system — as long as it doesn’t raise their taxes.

Read more: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/05/31/universal-health-plan-would-save-californians-37-billion-and-cover-more-people-study-finds/

Obama had the Post-Racial administration... Trump has the...

... Post-Truth administration ...


How did we elect such a weird man?

His weird handshakes, where he tries to yank the other guy's arm off and pulls them off balance...

His hair. Oh, that hair. The work of an extremely vain man who doesn't have a clue about how fake it looks...

His obesity. The man has gotten truly yuge. Big fat ass. And yet he insists on playing golf without a coat, with photographers around. Doesn't he realize how pathetic his fat ass looks?

His rudeness. Shoving other world leaders out of the way, and then jutting out his chin just like Mussolini. Very weird.

His creepy leering remarks about his own daughter.

His creepy remarks about being a sexual predator on other women, including married women.

The constant exaggerating, lying, conniving.

Now, I can understand a right wing backlash. The pendulum swinging to someone more conservative for the next four or eight years.

But this bag of weirdness? It makes NO sense!

Feds approve $647 million grant for Caltrain electrification project

Source: San Jose Mercury News

In a stunning reversal, the Federal Transit Administration said Monday that it will approve a $647 million grant to electrify Caltrain tracks, nearly doubling capacity on the overburdened San Jose to San Francisco commute route.

The approval comes after months of delays and worries by Caltrain officials and Bay Area leaders that the Trump administration would cancel the grant. If the funding hadn’t been approved by June 30, the $2 billion track electrification project would have lost key construction contracts.

The electrification work will mean faster and more reliable trains on a 51-mile stretch of the Caltrain corridor along the Peninsula, offering more than 110,000 rides per day, up from 60,000. The project will also create 10,000 jobs in California and around the country. The first electric trains are expected to be in service by early 2021, if not sooner, and construction on the project should start in 60 to 90 days.

“This news, quite clearly, is electrifying,” said Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino. “This is all the major holidays wrapped into one with a beautiful Caltrain bow around it.”

Read more: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/05/22/federal-fta-grant-caltrain-electrification/

This indeed is very good news not only for the Caltrain service between SF and Silicon Valley, but also for the California High Speed Rail project which will use the electrified Caltrain route through the Peninsula.

Despite the naysayers, it looks like California may finally catch up with the rest of the civilized world in moving people around in the most efficient manner.

Saudi Arabia Exposed

While Trump is orb fondling and curtsying to the Saudi king, watch this video to see what it is really like to live in that nation...

Mexico agrees to pay...

...for impeachment...

I used to enjoy watching the national news...

But now it's gotten too repulsive every time Trump is shown speaking on screen. His whiny nasal voice, his sniffing and snorting, and even worse, the constant lying and conning. It's revolting.

For a while I was just muting the sound when he came on. But his mug has gotten even redder and uglier with every passing day. So I just turn off the TV entirely.

I'm not about to "tune in, turn on, and drop out", just yet, but I think it's going to be at least four years of getting my news from sources that don't show Trump.

Anyone have suggestions for Trump-free news zones?

It's So Much Harder to Escape Poverty Than You Might ThinkIt Can Take Decades and an Incredible Str

And then you retire and realize that you're poor once again and have to re-learn how to do without...

It's So Much Harder to Escape Poverty Than You Might Think—It Can Take Decades and an Incredible Streak of Good Luck

In order to get out of poverty, you have to basically be extremely lucky for almost 20 years, according to a new bookThe Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy, by economist Peter Temin.

So many deep-seeded factors have lead to the economic and wealth inequality in the U.S. today (from slavery through to the new Jim Crow prisons crisis of today, to technological shifts, to globalization, corporatization and so much else) that few Americans stand a realistic chance of ever changing their economic status. Writer Gillian B. White explains this in a detail in an April 27 piece in the Atlantic, which sums up Temin's new book.

In the book, Temin explains the problem via a concept he calls the “dual economy." He divides the American economic system between an “FTE sector” of college educated, computer literate, high-salaried people (he estimates these make up about 20 percent of the roughly 320 million Americans); and the “low-wage sector,” (which represents the majoirty of the nation).

Temin's estimates trace workers' families back to before 1970, and he does the math to determines that America’s economy runs on a two-class system, in which race plays a significant role. He establishes that it would take almost 20 years of “nothing going wrong,” as White’s piece puts it, for an average person in poverty to dig their way out.

As White summarizes in the Atlantic:

“Education is key, Temin writes, but notes that this means plotting, starting in early childhood, a successful path to, and through, college. That’s a 16-year (or longer) plan that, as Temin compellingly observes, can be easily upended. For minorities especially, this means contending with the racially fraught trends Temin identifies earlier in his book, such as mass incarceration and institutional disinvestment in students, for example. Many cities, which house a disproportionate portion of the black (and increasingly, Latino) population, lack adequate funding for schools. And decrepit infrastructure and lackluster public transit can make it difficult for residents to get out of their communities to places with better educational or work opportunities. Temin argues that these impediments exist by design.”
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