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Comment Re:Mayer's failure actually WASN'T a failure... (Score 1) 156

I don't object to the pay, but it should be paid the same as everyone else - in cash and not stock. The "fate of the company" thing seems to be mostly an illusion reading the annual reports. The company management picks the stocks they compare themselves to in order to reap a particular bonus. If they don't seem to be doing well for a long enough period - they pick different companies to compare themselves to that are "more representative". They move yardsticks if that doesn't work. It's all a way of gaming the system to reduce taxes. Just pay what they worth so it's obvious to everybody and easy to understand.

It isn't a good idea for anybody to be investing in the company they work for via stock. If the company goes down the tubes, you not only lose your paycheck, but you lose your stock value as well. Don't get me wrong - stocks are great things - at least until the baby boomers peak out retirement withdrawals. But you need to stay diversified.

Comment Re:There are only four programs that matter (Score 1) 249

So roll Medicare, Medicaid, VA hospitals, and all private insurance into a single payer system administered by the federal government (or a one time bid to corporate America). Handle the buyouts of the private portions via a stock purchase on a given day's price of the health insurance portion of every insurance company, their backing assets, liabilities - the whole works. Also reform the tort system.

Establish two or three tiers of benefit plans. Everybody chooses one regardless of age and pays its premium. Parents pay for minors. You can switch to a higher level of service with restrictions to prevent picking a higher level when you get sick. After you move up, you don't get to move back for another longer fixed period. The young aren't disadvantaged by having to pay for the same level of care seniors might need. But by the same token, there are just two or three levels - each with higher amounts covered and more procedures covered as you go up, so if you want to have platinum level care when young in case something goes terribly wrong, you can pay for it. Provide coverage for catastrophic illnesses at all levels so if you are a rare person who gets some horrible disease, you're covered.

Employers are completely eliminated from having to deal with health insurance, regardless of size for anyone (current or former or retired employees). They should be required to pass the savings along in the form of higher wages as part of the benefit of dropping the responsibility.

One payer. Medical providers win since there's just one entity to deal with and because based on a standard plan they know what is covered. Since everyone in the country is covered (legal or illegal) since everyone pays, there are no more uninsured people to deal with. All costs not covered by your plan are out of pocket so there's an incentive to join up. Since everyone is covered the premiums should be low enough to afford.

Provide an insurance card / day rate for emergencies for any person travelling to the US from a foreign country. This wouldn't cover treatments for pre-existing conditions, for example, but would cover you if you broke your leg while here if not covered by your home policy.

You can go to any provider anyplace in the country for any service if available. Everyone won't be able to get an appointment at Mayo, but if willing to wait everyone could be treated anywhere. On vacation? No problem. Just moved for a new job? No problem. Figure out a national price for all medical services and drugs and allow adjustments for cost of living in particular areas for what is reimbursed to the medical community. Actually publish it so people will know what to expect out of pocket for any procedure. With the ability for any person to go anywhere, there's an incentive for providers to keep their costs down as well.

Each year, the amount paid into the plan by everyone is compared to what is spent by the plan. If less was spent than came in, the premiums go down for that class for the next year. This gives people an incentive to make healthy choices - not a big incentive, but something. If more was spent than came in, the premiums go up for that class for the next year.

Defense is a required Constitutional expense. Privatize Social Security.

Comment Re:How to make your Rights illegal. (Score 1) 249

The voting in many recent elections would tend to indicate that the number of voters willing to vote for someone who supports the constitution is very small. If not the Constitution Party or even the Libertarian Party would be right up there with the R & D parties. These two parties make a lot of platform statements that I don't agree with - just as I don't agree with many platform statements of the R & D parties, but at least the Constitution Party wants to shrink the Federal government back to just its constitutional powers.

The website is an exercise in taking federal programs and trying to guess what preamble clause they would fit under.

The Constitution Party takes the premise that if it isn't obvious what category it fits under, it should go away - as a federal program. That would cause some reorganization of the structure of some parts of the federal government and elimination of others (moving them to any state that cared). It also might increase the total amount spent on a particular function as it would be duplicated by many but probably not all states.

It is a tough call as to where a line should be drawn for many things. For example, I think it is a great thing to expect all kids across the country to learn to particular standards at each grade so I'm in favor of common core (although I think the standards should require more of all students at all grade levels). A person who moves from Mississippi to Washington with children should be assured that their kids will do well at the same grade level and will have learned the same things. So you can make a case that that falls under the promoting the general welfare clause and has federal merit. But does the entire Department of Education when each state also has a Department of Education? Tough calls like this is why we have the huge spending that we do. No politician wants to make the call.

You don't have to use the divisions that are laid out in the preamble. You're free to try to track the spending back to actual text in the body of the document. Either approach is equally difficult. The reality is that many people haven't read the text of the Constitution past the preamble since they were in junior or maybe senior high school (f then). So Mr. B picked a division most could understand.

Comment Re:I almost believed in WordPress (Score 1) 119

Kudos to you. I did a quick survey of most of the checked modules in our site outside core. Drupal 8.0.0 was released November 19, 2015 according to Google and close to 60% of the modules we have in use have no D8 equivalent. A few have something at some stage of development, but nothing at even a alpha or beta release level. Some that do have D8 equivalents are only at alpha or beta stages.

The core developers do Drupal. The plugin developers generally work on drupal modules as a sideline or fun project. I realize that relying on the second tier has this associated cost, but core Drupal without some of the addons really doesn't work in most environments. So making the upgrade easier would be a benefit to everyone (even if the automated solution wasn't optimal). The 5 to 6 and 6 to 7 paths also had very long delays for plugins, so this isn't new. Some were abandoned, sometimes with a different module suggested that may or may not handle the database the same.

Security in core is good. Security in the whole Drupal eco-system has the same risks that WP has when the learning curve takes a new bump every couple of years for people not involved in core development.

Comment Re:I almost believed in WordPress (Score 1) 119

Drupal does have it's advantages and security is one of them. It's biggest disadvantage is that with every major release the core developers change large chunks of API so any add-on you are using has to be upgraded to a stable condition before you as a website maintainer or developer can move forward. After X major rewrites of their plugin because the Drupal developers decided method Y was now the best way to go, many plugin developers give up - understandably - leaving you with no upgrade path if you were using a particular plugin. There is a lot of debate as to the feature load in core - KISS and make everyone rely on plugin modules or actually make core useful. Drupal would be a really, really good choice if they'd just stop re-inventing the API with each release or make an automated conversion tool that would work with all changes and plugins to at least make a stable working version of the plugin on the day of release. It might be able to be done a better way in the new wonder method Y, but at least it would work.

Comment Re: Irrelevant (Score 1) 502

I'm pretty sure we do. Wind farms aren't pretty to look at. Reclaimed coal mines don't look any different than the prairie did before they dug the coal out. I don't know about all the power plants in WY, but the one near us has pretty good scrubbers to help with pollution controls. The wind farm, however, is right next to town and we get to enjoy all the tower's red aviation warning lights on the horizon all the time.

Comment Re:Wyoming = big coal country (Score 2) 502

11% of electricity produced in WY does come from wind. Around 2/3 of generated electricity is already exported according to google searches. The biggest objection to wind farms is disruption of scenic views. The biggest problem with export is again building infrastructure to export the electricity and again scenic views.

People probably wouldn't object as much to the wind farms if the power was needed by the state's residents. When there is a large oversupply, it's a fair argument to not reduce our quality of life by building ugly wind farms. There has been particular resistance in the SW corner. FWIW we now have a wind farm north of town and it really isn't that nice to look at. Another consideration is that wildfires can put a wind farm out of commission for quite a while whereas power plants with a smaller footprint can be better protected. With increasing drought, that's a real concern.

Comment Re: I thought state and religion were separate in (Score 1) 1560

Perhaps that is why God had Peter record in First Peter

4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 4:18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

not that there isn't a lot of other good stuff in the rest of the chapter.

Comment Re:I thought state and religion were separate in U (Score 1) 1560

You may be right about the improbability of an atheist being elected, and I, for one, am glad. It isn't like we've had a great many presidents who actually followed Christ's teaching. Some have certainly done a better job than others. If more Christians lived up to what He expected of us, perhaps you wouldn't be so bitter.

God doesn't care about political correctness. He cares about being correct according to His precepts and His commandments. God loves everyone. He just hates what everyone does for part or most of their lives. If you don't wish to avail yourself of His method of reconciliation to Him and try to live up to those standards with His grace covering those times you fail to measure up, that has and always will be your choice. He's laid out the consequences of the free choice you are making. Hearts are rarely converted with torches and pitchforks.

Comment Re:Casio ToughSolar Pathfinder (Score 2) 232

I have an older model, but I agree. Never having to set the watch and never having to worry about a new battery has been the nicest thing ever. Selecting time zones easily is a plus as well. As for the rest of the bells and whistles - well they're cute, but the other features are really the best for me. If you're out climbing you don't have to worry about getting a phone out to see the time and worrying that it will drop someplace inaccessible or just fall on something hard and break. I'll grant that phones "may" be more useful in a problem situation if you can get cell coverage where you are at (many places around here you can't), but I try not to be that wedded to a phone that one is always available to see the time on. Watches still serve a useful purpose if you are outdoors much.

Comment Re:The question is this (Score 1) 637

I do support the EC. I don't support winner takes all. I really don't support the entire primary process of either major party.

Do the primary election just like the general election. All states vote on the same day and no caucus garbage. Let the state's individual party votes in their respective party convention be broken down based on that state's popular vote for each candidate. At the end of the day, we'd probably know who the candidates for each party would be, but allow some time for mail-in ballot processing as now. After a couple of weeks, hold the convention for each party, add up the totals, and make the results official. No super delegates are allowed.

If you want to make it interesting, allow individual voters to write in an opposing party candidate for a particular office - and have that vote actually count for the opposing party at the cost of no say in that race for your own party candidates. If necessary, scale the cross party vote by some percentage to keep party A from messing with party B which is much smaller. That way people don't have to switch parties for the primary just because of one race and the party benefits by seeing just how many voters think the candidates they selected were truly awful. Four weeks or so later after the individual party conventions - maybe a bit longer - vote in the general election.

The primary process is really the biggest problem we have. The self funded candidates can make it to the end, regardless of their positions. The well connected can as well. Everyone else is eliminated long before some states even get a choice in the matter. The problem is not how the EC decides the election after the damage is already done. Fix the primary system, and all of this uproar about the EC would largely go away.

Comment Re:The question is this (Score 1) 637

Wyoming isn't ignored because it only has 3 electoral votes. It is ignored because it is reliably Republican. It voted (sadly) for Trump by the highest margin of any state. If I remember Time's graph, it's about on par with how heavily Democratic the District of Columbia is. Republican candidates don't need to come here because it is already wrapped up. Democrat candidates don't need to come here because it is hopeless. Advertisements aren't going to change any minds. In many locations in the state, there is only a Republican candidate for office for some state offices. That is how Republican Wyoming is.

Comment Re:Sour grapes (Score 1) 1430

I'd say the main argument for leaving the EC alone is that the lone Representative to the House in Wyoming (and other single Representative states or even the two Representative states) can't get much of anything done for their states compared the the huge number of Representatives from each of the bigger states. Having a bit of advantage - if it can even be called that with only 3 votes in the EC - gives a little balance to the difficult position smaller states like Wyoming have in all other aspects of the the House of Representatives in Congress.

If California wants something badly, they start off with 53 votes in favor. That's not a majority in itself, but it's a good start.

If you want to fix the EC, make all states allocate their EC votes based on the actual outcome of the vote in the state. Eliminate the winner takes all crap.

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