As Obesity Rises, Remote Pacific Islands Plan to Abandon Junk Food NYT (Furzy Mouse).
How will President Trump reshape the Fed? Gavyn Davies, FT
Trends in International Arms Transfers, 2016 (PDF) Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
French weekly magazines review 19 February 2017 RFI. Election wrap-up from the French press.
Reflecting On One Very, Very Strange Year At Uber Susan J. Fowler
Why Do So Many Americans Fear Muslims? Decades of Denial About America’s Role in the World The Intercept (Furzy Mouse).
Food label sell-by dates get simplified, here’s what to know Treehugger (J-LS).
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Market Stabilization (PDF) DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (71 pp). On a quick reading of the executive summary of these proposed rules, they look to me like an attempt to move toward continuous coverage by tightening the eligibility period. And then there’s this:
Third, we propose revising our interpretation of the guaranteed availability requirement to allow issuers to apply a premium payment to an individual’s past debt owed for coverage from the same issuer enrolled in within the prior 12 months. We believe this proposal would have a positive impact on the risk pool by removing economic incentives individuals may have had to pay premiums . We also believe this proposal is important as a means of encouraging individuals to maintain continuous coverage throughout the year and prevent gaming.
“[O]nly when they were in need of health care services.” In other words, those pesky consumers are treating the ACA is if it were about the delivery of health care, instead of being a vehicle for collecting insurance payments. Can’t have that.
2016 Post Mortem
Onetime Rival Endorses Ellison for DNC Chair Common Dreams (MR).
Samuel Ronan: Democrats ignored working class for years Al Jazeera. Oddly, Ronan didn’t make the cut for CNN’s DNC chair debate.
Bernie Sanders in Los Angeles: ‘We are looking at a totally new political world’ LA Times. Theoretically a book tour stop.
The White House Needs an Injection of Calm Peggy Noonan, Patriot Post. Don’t much like the site, but I wanted the complete piece. Nooners: “But it may mean something that the other night in a speech in Trump-loving Oklahoma, I said of the president’s colorful aides, ‘They should get off TV,’ and the room burst into applause. They should go and sit in their offices and plan something. White Houses, which are always dramatic places that deal with daily crises, don’t need more drama. They need systems, order, process, calm. They need clear lines of authority and responsibility.”
Russia, US should start with minor steps to restore ties — US expert TASS. Normally, I wouldn’t quote TASS, but this seems an obvious signal, along the lines of China stopping coal shipments to North Korea.
More About Russia and Less About Flynn? Philip Giraldi, The American Conservative
President Trump’s motorcade hit by wood; 5 students face charges CBS. (A wood block, the “2×4” reports exaggerate.)
Protests are ‘a cry from America’s moral center’ Raleigh News and Observer
SF reaches $400K settlement proposal in Nevada patient-dumping case San Francisco Examiner
Inequality in the Robotic Age The Wire (MR).
Meritocratic Myths Jacobin
Who Rules the United States? National Review
Our Miserable 21st Century Commentary
Antidote du jour:
If only I could forget!