Frog-Killing Fungus Paralyzes Amphibian Immune Response Science Daily
Fears grow NSW Blue Mountains bushfires will merge and form a ‘mega-fire’ The Australian (skippy)
Maps of Economic Disaster Economic Populist
Bleak House Charles Simic, NYRB (SW)
Obama to call healthcare website glitches ‘unacceptable’ as fix sought Reuters. I’ve helpfully underlined the lawyerly parsing of words:
“The president will directly address the technical problems with HealthCare.gov – troubles that he and his team find unacceptable – and discuss the actions to make it easi for consumers to comparison shop and enroll for insurance while around the clock to the website,” a White House official said on Sunday.
Entrepreneur Park Among Team Assembled to Fix Obamacare Bloomberg. Brooks’s Law violation? (“Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later.”) Note headline’s implicit synecdoche: Exchanges stand in for ObamaCare as such. Exactly what administration PR does not want.
Doing Better: Making Improvements to HealthCare.gov HHS.gov (marym). Scanning the text, note the language of war: “Surge” (Iraq; Afghanistan) and “best and brightest” (Vietnam (!)). That doesn’t bode well for the project (those wars all have something in common) and speaks poorly of the self-awareness and/or historical groundedness of whoever crafted this public relations effort.
HealthCare.gov’s glitches prompt Obama to call in more computer experts WaPo. Backend problems: “The Web site sometimes gives inaccurate information about the federal tax credits that will help most people pay for a health plan, they say. And it sometimes erroneously tells low-income people that they are not eligible for Medicaid.”
Specialists See Weeks of Work on Health Site Times. Backend problems:
Indeed, several said, the login problems, though vexing to consumers, may be the easiest to solve. One specialist said that as many as five million lines of software code may need to be rewritten before the Web site runs properly.
“The account creation and registration problems are ,” said one person involved in the repair effort.
A part of the system, hidden from users [the backend], draws data from several federal and state databases to determine if consumers qualify for coverage and then calculates the subsidies for which they may be eligible. Another part of the [backend] system sends enrollment data to insurers. Several people involved in the project say that problems like those of the last three weeks are not uncommon when software from several companies is combined into a large, complex system.
Should Obamacare Be Delayed — And More to the Point, Can It? KHN. Oddly, privatization isn’t mentioned.
Why electronic medical records are dangerous to older adults KevinMD. Obama’s a big fan of EMRs, which tells you all you need to know.
Big Brother Is Watching Watch
Fucked, Baby Power of Narrative
It is stupid to believe that the Tea Party has no brain FT. “In the past two years, the Tea Party has converted Mr Obama’s fiscal stimulus into a sharp budgetary contraction – a key aim of the movement. It might be wrong-headed. But its success hardly qualifies it as stupid.”
The endless need to take the bait! The Daily Howler
Koch Assets Map (carbon only) International Forum on Globalization
The Port Huron statement and the Southern Strategy Crooked Timber
It’s Top-Two Friday! Mischiefs of Faction. Top two primaries do not depolarize. (Although they do reinforce the two-party duopoly).
The Four Things We Know About How Civil Wars End (and What This Tells Us About Syria) Political Violence @ a Glance
Football has created a public health crisis KevinMD. Every given Sunday….
Analysis: Greenhouse gases case SCOTUSblog
Halfway Portaled ~ Updated High Arka
Book of Lamentations The New Enquiry. DSM-V.
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