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  1. Jim B.
    Jim B. August 31, 2018 7:09 pm

    I saw this saying in the comments section of the NPR report article, and I agree with it:

    Censorship isn’t a slippery slope – it’s a sheer cliff. – Anon

    As for the AI hearing aid, as far as I’m concerned that tech with all the hooey-dooey like the translation might be capable in 50 if not a hundred years from now. Hearing loss is a huge, huge problem.

    So much so, it can be said that the other disabilities can cuts you off from stuff, but deafness cuts you off from people.

  2. larryarnold
    larryarnold September 1, 2018 1:00 pm

    I can understand why the educrats are concerned. A threeper might run into a school and do something, instead of crouching in approved fashion behind his car. 😉

  3. progunfred
    progunfred September 1, 2018 5:04 pm

    The first linked article really got on my nerves. I don’t know a single person who gives a hoot what some self proclaimed so called elite thinks, says or does. ” People believe that it is the elites and institutions that don’t value the average person and what they contribute to the nation.” Who in their right mind gets a sense of worth through recognition from these evil toads? Nobody cares what they think.

    But then I changed my mind when the author gets to the nub of the matter; “People’s views of elites isn’t a passing fad. It is an existential threat to government, political parties, the media and even business and academia, because people are fundamentally questioning the motivations and usefulness of so-called experts.”

    Yes, what exactly is their use? If some were to begin using a good length of hemp rope to test our need of these cretins I certainly wouldn’t object at all.

    As to the Oathkeeper, only the SPLC could acuse a constitutionalist of being an anti government danger. Nobody I’ve heard of, save for Justice Clearance Thomas perhaps, is more pro constitution and therefor more pro government than the Oathkeepers. In fact, Oathkeeepers may be the last people in American who seek lawful, rightful federal government.

    The former ER actress? Never talk to police. When the po po ask if you have any guns in the house there is one answer and only one answer; Lawyer. NOW!

  4. david
    david September 1, 2018 7:35 pm

    There are many more OathKeepers and Threepers than the SPLC realizes. And they clearly know nothing about either group.

  5. Claire
    Claire September 2, 2018 11:52 am

    “Yes, what exactly is their use? If some were to begin using a good length of hemp rope to test our need of these cretins I certainly wouldn’t object at all.”

    Elites matter not because we care what they think of us, but because of the influence they have in shaping society (education, media, corporate culture, philosophy).

    As to hemp rope, that’s not the way to go. That’s very much what a lot of elites would probably like to do to us (though of course they’d send agents to do it on their behalf and proclaim it was for the good of all). Nothing good ever comes of that, no matter which side does it.

  6. larryarnold
    larryarnold September 2, 2018 1:57 pm

    As to hemp rope, that’s not the way to go.
    Oh, that usage. Agreed.

    I thought maybe Fred intended to take the elites back to a simpler time:

    The Rope Bed
    Most of the four-poster beds were rope beds. Ropes or strips of leather were laced across the bed frame to support the mattress. Sleepers needed to tighten the ropes frequently to ensure firmer support and a better night’s sleep. Thus, the expression “sleep tight” originated with these beds.

    [/trivia alert]

  7. RickB
    RickB September 8, 2018 2:57 am

    I’m a little behind on my web reading, so just saw this post.

    The article about the hospital bill missed the point. The whole “health insurance” system is based on lies.

    I just took a 6-day vacation in the ICU. My hospital bill stands at $533,262.60. I am uninsured.

    I concluded, after a little research, that I can probably get my total bill reduced to $50,000 (mostly tax-deductible). I even got the hospital billing office to agree that this seems reasonable.

    If I had signed up for “Bronze” BummerCare back in 2014 my total premiums and copay would have been about $60,000 (mostly not deductible).

    This may not be true for everyone, but it looks like negotiating the bill and paying directly is the cheapest way to go.

    And, as everyone I work with keeps reminding me, I can make $50/month payments on the final bill for the next 83 years.

  8. Claire
    Claire September 8, 2018 6:15 am

    “I just took a 6-day vacation in the ICU. My hospital bill stands at $533,262.60. I am uninsured.”

    Holy cats, RickB. Some vacation. Hearing figures like that remains unreal and incomprehensible, no matter how often you hear them. I can only imagine how surreal it is to hear such a figure applied to yourself. May you manage to avoid doctors, hospitals, and Obamacare the rest of your life.

  9. RickB
    RickB September 8, 2018 10:41 am

    It was a little startling.
    I have seen how the sausage is made and it isn’t a pretty sight.

    A friend wants me to write a book about my experiences (he has never written anything). I’m sure you know how I feel about that!

    Here’s a cute little factoid from my stay: Once I was conscious, I had two different phlebotomists drawing my blood; early morning and late evening. Both women were born in Romania. How’s that for typecasting?

  10. Claire
    Claire September 8, 2018 12:29 pm

    “Both women were born in Romania. How’s that for typecasting?”

    You sure that was a hospital and not a big, gloomy castle in the mountains?

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