...The Eagle 56 was one of 60 Eagle boats built by Henry Ford as his contribution to the US effort in WW I - a production line for anti-sub ships that was a great idea in theory, didn't work out quite so well in practice. The boats had problems, and apparently seakeeping was not good. Eight of them held on into WW II, and the 56 boat was the only one ever lost to enemy action.
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[Breitbart] A D.C. federal judge upheld Friday the Trump administration’s expansion of short-term health insurance, which offers Americans a more affordable alternative to high-cost Obamacare plans.
D.C. District Court Judge Richard Leon upheld Trump’s expansion of short-term health insurance plans, which are less expensive compared to Obamacare plans. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in 2018 expanded short-term plans to offer Americans more affordable options.
Short-terms plans cost less than Obamacare plans because federal statute does not require the insurance plans to comply with all of Obamacare’s onerous insurance regulations, thus they serve as a good alternative for many younger and healthier Americans.
The Trump administration’s rule allowed Americans to purchase short-term plans for up to 364 days and renew the plans for up to three years. The Barack Obama administration curbed these rules to encourage Americans to purchase Obamacare; "encourage" = FORCE
Several states such as Maryland, Delaware, California, and Washington have implemented rules to prohibit insurers from issuing short-term plans for longer than three months. Other states have also issued rules to block short-term plans’ renewability.
Short term is short term. If I could see one reform, it would be to extend the same tax credits to individuals buying health care that employers receive. You could choose the plan you want and keep it even when changing employers. Also, since they know you'll be with them longer (current average is just under 5 years), the insurance company would have more incentive to keep you healthy.
Play stupid games - Win stupid prizes
[Legal Insurrection] In November of 2016 right after the election, students at UC San Diego tried to take over a freeway at night while protesting Trump. A girl was hit by a car and then tried to sue the school. A judge just told her that’s not going to fly.
The College Fix reports:
Court dismisses lawsuit filed by student hit by vehicle during anti-Trump freeway protest
A judge has tossed out a personal injury lawsuit filed by a young woman who sued UC San Diego and others after she was hit by a vehicle as she protested the election of Donald Trump in the middle of a busy San Diego freeway.
The San Diego Superior Court has issued a notice of dismissal against Maria Ana Carrola Flores’ case, according to court documents obtained by The College Fix.
Flores, reportedly a UCSD student at the time of the November 2016 incident, partly blamed campus officials in her lawsuit, alleging Resident Advisors had effectively organized the protest by encouraging it, therefore campus officials shared responsibility for her injuries.
Her case was officially dismissed without prejudice on May 26, court documents show.
Reached for comment, her attorney Jerold Sullivan told The College Fix that the outcome was "a tragedy" and that the case will not be refiled.
"The person that ran her over did not have insurance and is judgement proof with no assets. Ms. Flores is left with no recourse for catastrophic physical injuries and a lifetime of medical expenses," he said. Prolly an Illegal. The tragedy is Sullivan won't be getting paid. Oh wait. The best part, not tragedy
UCSD declined to comment to The College Fix...
The lawsuit, filed in 2017, named as defendants the UC system Board of Regents, the city and county of San Diego, the driver of the vehicle, and UC San Diego.
But late last year, Sullivan had filed an amended complaint that did not name the city and county of San Diego as defendants after a judge ruled the two entities bore no responsibility in the case, the UCSD Guardian reported.
Sullivan has noted that Flores never saw herself as completely fault-free in the accident, yet others listed in the lawsuit should be required to bear some of the responsibility.
Flores’ attorney, Jerold “Gene” Sullivan in Manhattan Beach, said by telephone on Tuesday that his client suffered multiple broken bones and has permanent disabilities.
He said Flores accepts some responsibility for her injuries — but not all of it.
“We think it’s a case of shared responsibility of the school, Maria and the driver, and we’re not saying that anybody is without fault or fault-free,” Sullivan said. “We think other people bear some responsibility as well.”
Specifically, the lawsuit alleges UCSD or the UC Board of Regents bear some responsibility for the protest. The lawsuit says the school and other defendants did not contain the protest and allowed it to spill onto the freeway, where security was inadequate to keep protesters safe.
All learning is useful, ‘tis said, but the bit about not running into traffic, — while usually taught when one’s age is in the small single digits — is definitely more useful than most. And it will be nailed home as her income is garnished (or her credit history tarnished by non-payment) to pay off her hospital bills. Unless she is on Medicaid — they seem to just pay without questioning, and it’s harder to get them to pass the charges on when appropriate than to just let the payment stand.
[American Spectator] Man ascended to the glorious heavens and sank to the murky depths 50 years ago this weekend. The juxtaposition serves as a metaphor for modern times, when our technology races to infinity and beyond as our behavior periodically knuckle-drags toward barbarism.
On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the moon, and a few hours later, on July 21, Neil Armstrong, and then Buzz Aldrin, bounced on the regolith-over-rock surface of our only natural satellite. They spent more than 21 hours walking on the moon. The hard part followed the pedestrian part. The Eagle took off, linked up with the Apollo 11 command module in lunar orbit, returned to Earth’s gravitational pull, and splashed down in the Pacific.
Less than 66 years after the Wright brothers’ first flight and 42 years after Charles Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic solo in the Spirit of St. Louis, man had somehow flown to a heavenly body without water, oxygen, and atmosphere 239,000 miles away ‐ taking a stroll, planting a flag, and collecting nearly 50 pounds of souvenirs while there. What boys reading Galaxy Science Fiction, listening to Dimension X, and visiting Walt Disney’s Tomorrowland dreamed about in the early 1950s they accomplished as men in the late 1960s.
Perhaps President John Kennedy most embodied this "If you can dream it, do it" mentality. While Eisenhower had launched the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, his successor dared pledge his nation to put a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s, a pronouncement not without the possibility of egg-on-the-face consequences given the decided possibility that the same Soviets who beat us putting a man in space would also beat us to the moon. Ironically, the same weekend Americans amazingly fulfilled Kennedy’s audacious promise, the promise of Camelot was extinguished.
A half century ago this morning, Sen. Ted Kennedy drove Mary Jo Kopechne, a 28-year-old former aide to Sen. Robert Kennedy, off a bridge and into Poucha Pond. The senator’s main failing came in neither organizing a party for married men and unmarried women nor drinking and driving (without a license and with a chauffeur available), but in consciously deciding not to get help for Kopechne lest it reveal his misdeeds. He placed his political interests above the life of a woman who sacrificed for his brother and his party.
"She didn’t drown," the diver who retrieved Kophechne’s body from the Oldsmobile Delmont 88, maintained. "She died of suffocation in her own air void. It took her at least three or four hours to die. I could have had her out of that car in 25 minutes after I got the call. But he didn’t call."
[DAWN] A mob in an Indian village beat to death three men suspected of stealing cattle on Friday in a new "cow vigilante" attack reported by police that highlights hardening Hindu nationalism.
A fourth man was at death's door in hospital after the attack in a village in the eastern state of Bihar.
Police said three people were tossed into the calaboose for the killings and others in the village were suspected. At least one of the dead was Moslem.
The group had been driving a truck and were stopped in Pithori Nandlal village by a crowd who accused them of stealing cows, which are considered sacred by Hindus.
Many Indian states ban the eating and slaughter of beef. Attacks on individuals suspected of trading in cows have been increasing since Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in 2014, according to rights groups.
A Bihar police official told AFP the latest victims, who came from a rival village, "were badly beaten on suspicion of stealing cattle and died on the way to the hospital."
As news of the deaths spread, residents from the men's home village went to the hospital to stage an angry protest, police said. Relatives of the dead beat up a man from Pinthori Nandlal.
[DAWN] Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR) Chairman Shabbar Zaidi on Friday called on the nation to pay taxes as "giving zakat, charity money and donations is simply not enough".
The remarks came as he addressed a symposium in Islamabad, titled 'Pakistain Economy and IMF Programme: Challenges and Opportunities' organised by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI).
"I have endured enormous pressure over the past two weeks. I meet 13-14 delegations every day with whom I hold discussions."
"Everyone says the same thing: 'Please stop charging all these taxes'. We must realise that simply giving zakat, charity and donations is not enough," he said, adding, "Everyone is equally liable to pay taxes."
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07/20/2019 00:00 ||
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2017 story: ELON MUSK'S NEURALINK COULD TURN US INTO CYBORGS
Neuralink’s ultimate mission is to level up the human brain with “ultrahigh-bandwidth brain-computer interfaces.” The startup began as a medical research company that has downloaded $27 million since its inception in 2016. Musk remains cryptic about the project with the exception of rare public comments about the advantages of augmenting human intelligence with technology. What we do know is that his fear of AI as a threat to humanity is what inspires him to seek innovative ways of keeping up with the droids.
[WND] Officials of the Miss World America pageant removed Miss Michigan’s title because she refused to allow a Muslim woman to "forcibly" put a hijab on her head and then reported the incident on social media.
"I suggest you all fully review what you stand for and what you condemn," wrote Miss Michigan Kathy Zhu to pageant officials after they ordered her title removed.
The IBTimes reported Zhu, a 20-year-old model who supports President Trump, was informed she had been stripped of the Miss Michigan title.
Pageant officials accused her of "offensive, insensitive and inappropriate content" and told her "effectively immediately, MWA does not recognize you as a participant of any sort or in any capacity as it relates to any and all events of MWA."
The condemnation was signed by Laurie DeJack, state director of MWA Michigan.
Media reports cited Zhu’s "controversies" such as her mention of the fact that a majority of violent black deaths are caused by other blacks.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.