Author: RP

No wonder he is smiling

A really big toothy smile. Jeff Bezos and Mark  Zuckerberg have each seen their fortunes swell by more than $20 billion this year And Mark definitely knows all about you, using techniques to profile you based on your choices to predict what you might like to see and buy or contribute to. Psychometic type profiling in various guises has been around for some time and according to sometimes conflicting reports, is gaining attention for influencing elections in a more sophisticated manner than previous. This article is so blatantly biased it gets the Prime HypPartisan award. Read it, see if you can detect any biases. A couple easy ones revolve around political omissions: Mark Zuckerberg and the Alphabet boys also use similar techniques to deliver relevant ads to you. On their sites for money. And they  don’t pay you anything to you for selling you based on your habits, interests, preference gleaned from data you give them. Democrats use similar techniques in elections. Lots of Republicans at all levels deserve Prime HypPartisan awards, but this rating system is a work in progress. Trump is a mega candidate. Although if he were granted the award as often as he deserves, there might not be any left for others.  ...

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Jonathan Taplin asks “Can the Tech Giants Be Stopped?”

No. They constitute the overwhelming super majority of wealth in America demonstrated so aptly by the startling rankings of the top ten American Billionaires. Eight of whom and many of the over tens are on a path to likely  an even bigger super majority due to their mastery of the spectacular growth of all things internet and in many cases their politial and entrenchment es By the way, many of the recent American internet billionaires deserve our awe and kudos for their inventions and subsequent financial success. As Jonathan effectively points out with paraphrasing, they are juggernauts whose command of technology propels their increasing wealth accumulation and ability to spread out into traditional industries. When Amazon announced their acqusition of the iconic Whole Foods, most foods stocks declined. seems unlimited They are avowed anti Republicans. Bernie and his sister Democratic Party have successfully branded Republicans for a long time as the party of the rich and of the eveil corporations. In  Bernie’s June speech to the Peoples Convention in Chicago blasted the them as the party of nillionaires led by oft negatively mentioned Koch Brothers. Because of the overwhelming drumbeat of the InfoTainment supermajority effectively organizing political support by their ability to demonizes athe other sidesay more often than the other side  branded demon leaders of the various all bad carbon based commodities which have powered the industrial growth...

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Insurance Rates Will Always Go Up Regardless

Allowing insurers to sell plans that aren’t compliant with the Affordable Care Act would undermine protections for those with pre-existing medical conditions and lead to higher premiums, industry groups say Source: Insurers Oppose Cruz Amendment to Republican Health-Care Bill – WSJ First, new treatments will continue to be invented and everyone will want insurance to pay for them. Consumers and providers alike, all voters, will prevail. Second, until providers are required to market treatments with clear prices, consumers will never be able to bring market forces to bear. Complexity of coverage and so much “protective” legal disclsure language no one can read let alone understand and lack of plan portability combine to assure costs of health care continue upward trajectory, a major know risk to our economy and international...

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How Bad Is the Crisis in Illinois? It Has $14.6 Billion in Unpaid Bills and an Exodus from Violence

How Bad Is the Crisis in Illinois? It Has $14.6 Billion in Unpaid Bills – WSJ Illinois is a unique state what with many revolving Democratic and Republican governors convicted of crimes while in office.. Yep, that’s the truth. Google it. And it is the city where the South Side was organized by Barack Obama as his major career accomplishment before a short stint as state legislator followed by a shorter one in the US Senate, who then quickly was elected President of the US. Before taking office he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for get this, stating he did not want any more wars. Likely you want no more wars as I also want, and you would be willing to state that for less than the Nobel Peace prize. How did that work out for the US? Check out the Syrian red line and the millions of refugees and the Obama decision to put US solders back into Iraq and Afghanistan after he had followed up on his pledge of broadcast to the world about military strategy about troop levels and specifically when our troops were going to be leaving. Once upon a time, that would have been considered top secret and guarded so that the enemy did not know what was going to happen. Loose lips still sink metaphorical ships. Evan Moore in November of 2014,...

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