Dinner With Pikachu
The Daily Word in bulldozing the Bosque, movie moms and R. Crumb
Balance out those avocados with some spicy chile. Capsaicin "appears to prevent weight gain in mice that are fed a high-fat diet."
The younger Bush can't escape the legacy of his older, poodle-painting brother.
Are insurance companies rewriting Hurricane Sandy damage reports to save money?
Avail yourself of R. Crumb's regimen for staying sane.
Get Your Hands off My Health Care Reform
The Daily Word 05.13.10: Arizona Gets Even Freakier
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signs into law a measure that bans ethnic studies classes that promote racial resentment.
L.A.'s city council is banning most city travel to Arizona and future contracts with companies in the state.
Round two of the NYPD tapes the Village Voice has been releasing. The gist: Just arrest people. We'll think of a reason later.
In Farmington, N.M., three men are charged after a swastika is branded onto the arm of a mentally disabled man with a heated wire hanger.
Mayor Richard Berry retrieves at least 35 body parts from Kansas.
The Blue Cross Blue Shield rate hike may be struck down by the state.
The FAA threatened to shut down the Sunport because of the prairie dog infestation.
A hotel Abu Dhabi installed an ATM machine that dispenses gold.
We've only made a "guesstimate" about how much oil is leaking into the gulf.
U.S. troops are carrying out battlefield executions, says investigative journalist Seymour Hersh.
Meet the vegan ultramarathoner.
Five advantages to being short.
Blue Cross customers battle price hikes against a backdrop of health reform
The national debate on health care hit home for 40,000 New Mexicans with individual coverage through Blue Cross. In February, customers received notice of premium increases as high as 30 percent. Some of them have contacted my office to say they’ve already been forced by earlier premium increases to switch to less generous coverage plans and higher deductibles. They have no options left and can’t afford more increases. The Public Regulation Commission directed Morris Chavez, the superintendent of insurance, to give the Blue Cross hikes a formal review. The increases were suspended pending a Monday, April 26 hearing that will be held at the PRC’s offices in Santa Fe.
Will Ferrell ♥ Insurance Companies
If you haven’t seen this yet, catch Hollywood’s plea to stop picking on the insurance industry. Poor tycoons.
Single Payer: A Slow Train Coming
It’s all noise. Every word, every decibel. This is all just white (and black) noise on a long, messy trail called health care reform. Gray-haired misanthropes are screaming down elected officials; House leaders call them un-American. Whatever. All noise.