The reports on the near uselessness of tort reform to contain healthcare costs will come and go, and conservatives will continue to offer it as an answer, anyway. Objective reality need not apply.
Do you want the good news first, or the bad news ? :-)
Bad news: the flow moved out of the heavily forested area it’d been moving through and northeast into grassland, and started a brushfire. So far more than 100 acres have burned, but there are no structures at risk. Crews are working to contain the fire and put out hotspots.
Good news: the lave flow has slowed considerably, advancing less than 75 yards since yesterday. However, those wacky guys at the USGS caution that it’s unknown if that’s due to a decrease in output from the source at Pu’u O’o, or if the lava is just filling a small depression in its path. It was noted that there’s noticeable deflation at the Kilauea summit which is consistent with reduced output - but that could change at any time.
Current projection is for the flow to reach Ap’a Street (Pahoa outskirts) on October 2nd; Pahoa Village Road (town center) on October 7th; and Highway 130 (your commute is fucked) on October 10th. But needless to say these projections are revised daily.
Last night, researchers at Malwarebytes noticed strange behavior on sites like last.fm, The Times of Israel and The Jerusalem Post. Ads on the sites were being unusually aggressive, setting off anti-virus warnings and raising flags in a number of Malwarebytes systems. After some digging, researcher Jerome Segura realized the problem was coming from Google’s DoubleClick ad servers and the popular Zedo ad agency. Together, they were serving up malicious ads designed to spread the recently identified Zemot malware. A Google representative has confirmed the breach, saying “our team is aware of this and has taken steps to shut this down.”
Malware served through ad units (or “malvertising”) is nothing new, but this incident is notable because of the unusually broad reach of the attack. “It was active but not too visible for a number of weeks until we started seeing popular sites getting flagged in our honeypots,” Segura says. “That’s when we thought, something is going on.” The first impressions came in late August, and by now millions of computers have likely been exposed to Zemot, although only those with outdated antivirus protection were actually infected.
Although there were 911 calls of gunfire during the search areas, troopers said they have not yet seen Frein or exchanged any gunfire.
The authorities seem confident that he is still in the area and that it is only a matter of time until they find him. In the press conference a couple of hours ago they hinted that they have found more than just the rifle but wouldn’t go into any details.
This is a compilation list of what selected friends and family are planning to TIVO, your mileage or favorites might vary. The people who normally give me feedback on SYFY, TNT, and BBC are MIA atm so those listings are missing too, but I think most of their stuff comes later in season - November and January. CBS, NBC and others are holding cards to play later to counter punch later season shuffles and/or replace shows that bomb. (e.g. final season of The Mentalist doesn’t have a time slot yet.) If you have other recommendations, corrections, or feedback let them fly in comments.
Warning: ALL TIMES BELOW ARE CENTRAL
Madame Secretary 7:00 PM CBS
The Goodwife 8:00 PM CBS
CSI 9:00 PM CBS / CSI Cyber in November
The Walking Dead AMC placeholder
Game of Thrones HBO placeholder
Gotham 7:00 PM FOX
Mom 7:30 PM CBS
Sleepy Hollow 8:00 PM FOX
Scorpio CBS 8:00 PM
Castle ABC 9:00 PM
Blacklist NBC 9:00PM 9/23 Moving to Thursday 8:00PM 11/17
State of Affairs 9:00 PM NBC (November)
NCIS Los Angeles CBS 9:00 PM
NCIS CBS 7:00 PM
The Flash CW 7:00 PM
Agents of Shield 7:00 PM ABC
NCIS New Orleans 8:00 PM CBS
Person of Interest 9:00 PM CBS 10/26
Forever ABC 9:00 PM
Arrow 7:00 PM CW 10/9
The Mysteries of Laura NBC 7:00 PM
Hell’s Kitchen FOX 7:00 PM
Survivor CBS 7:00 PM
Criminal Minds 8:00 PM CBS 9/25
Black-ish ABC 8:30 PM
Stalker CBS 9:00PM
Thursday a.k.a. “Shonda’s Night”
Grey’s Anatomy 7:00 PM ABC
Bones 7:00 PM FOX
Gracepoint FOX 8:00 PM
Scandal ABC 8:00 PM
Bad Judge NBC 8:00 PM
Blacklist NBC 8:00 PM
A-Z NBC 8:30PM
Allegiance NBC 9:00 PM
Elementary CBS 9:00 PM 9/26
How To get away with Murder ABC 9:00 PM
The Amazing Race 7:00 PM CBS 9/29
Grimm 8:00 PM NBC 10/25
America’s Next Top Model CW 8:00PM
Constantine NBC 9:00 PM 10/24
The ad was made by political consultant Rick Wilson and paid for by a group called Americans for Shared Prosperity, which is headed by wealthy California businessman John Jordan.
For me, weird is putting it mildly.
All three providers in Kancare are losing money, which indicates future cuts in care to me. What’s also worrisome are the delays on pay, and the reduced emergency room visits. Reduced ER visits might seem like a good thing — unless people who really do need to visit are being talked out of it, in which case we might see increased mortality showing up later in the stats.
KanCare was launched with promises, some of them written into the contracts with Amerigroup Kansas Inc., United Healthcare Community Plan and Sunflower Health Plan, a subsidiary of Centene.
Medicaid eligibility would not be reduced. Payments to health care providers could not be lowered. Patients would not see cuts in benefits.
Brownback and his lieutenant governor, Jeff Colyer, also promised that in five years, the state would be able to show at least $1 billion worth of savings.
That was a bold pledge. No other state had attempted privatization of its entire Medicaid program. And where managed care had been tried, the record for improving the quality of care while lowering costs was spotty.
More than a year and a half in, KanCare’s record is mixed.
This is amazing — or not really if you think about it — Orbital Angular Momentum Multiplexing (OAMM) for radio waves. Now how well does it penetrate buildings, how much power does it take, and can it really work over long distances? Could it become of the equivalent of Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM ) for radio spectrum communication?
Willner and others have previously demonstrated the twisting technique with beams of light reaching data transmission speeds of 2.56 terabits per second in 2012 and 1.6 terabits per second over optical fiber in 2013. Demonstrating the technique using another band of the electromagnetic spectrum, though, helps to drive home its viability across a variety of waves.
Putting these principles to work in radio waves, Willner and his team used four antennas to send polarization-multiplexed beams, resulting in a total of eight channels of data. Those beams of data were sent through specially shaped “spiral phase plates,” Teflon plates that don’t absorb the beams, but do change their shape, twisting them slightly. The twisted waves are then gathered by a multiplexer and sent through a single transmitter aperture. Since each wave has a slightly different orbital angular momentum, they can travel along a shared axis without interfering with one another, similar to how several subway riders can steady themselves around a single pole by holding it at different points.
The combined beam, which takes on a helical shape like, travels through another aperture at the receiver, after which it is split back into four beams by a demultiplexer. The four beams then pass through another set of spiral phase plates. These plates are inverted versions of the first set, which undo the initial twisting and prepare the waves to deliver their data payload.
Family planning is a good thing - when pregnancy rates fall so do abortion rates - so the zealots who are against all birth control might want to pay attention to this.
Some cite more effective contraceptives and straight talk in schools. Some point to the stigma of abortion and even the long economic slowdown.
For Jasmin Robinson, a Lee’s Summit West High School senior, it was a health course that gave some classmates artificial infants to carry around. They wailed and needed changing at the worst times.
“It’s this huge hassle that’s so annoying. You just knew, I’m not ready to have kids,” Robinson said.
For Trevor Wright, a 2014 graduate of the Barstow School, MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” and other reality shows presented such gritty portraits of kids raising kids that he joined a national group of teens that met with Washington lawmakers to push pregnancy prevention.