Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, Tower of London and Sydney Opera House are among sites that could be lost to rising seas if current global warming trend continues.
Here’s the video from my CNBC appearance tonight debating Obamacare. My point? If Obamacare is such a failure, why have 4 million people signed up for exchanges? Why are 3.6 million new people getting health care from Medicaid expansion? Why did the Republican-controlled New Hampshire State Senate vote yesterday to expand Medicaid? And why do only 28% of Americans want to repeal it?
The clip on the website cut this out, but I also discussed the well-funded misinformation campaign against Obamacare and spoke about Perry Bacon’s piece last month on a Kentucky Republican woman who hates Obama but just signed up for Obamacare.
When you break down the law’s components, most Americans actually like the Affordable Care Act. They like coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. They like kids being able to stay on parents’ health care plans until they turn 26. And they like banning insurance companies form imposing lifetime limits on coverage.
Finally, the truth is any new major initiative will create some problems that can be exploited. When Social Security was started in 1935, it created massive government headaches dealing with duplicate surnames and no computers, and it took years to fix the problems and develop a system to cover 22 million workers.
Truth nuggets about the ACA.
Religious Breakdown of the United States Supreme Court Over Time [OC]
The Democrats are FAR from perfect, but the prominent Republicans of late have been simply batshit.
via Occupy Democrats
Explains a lot…
Wildlife Oases in New York’s Concrete Jungle
A resourceful researcher discovers that urban green roofs attract surprisingly large numbers of migratory birds and their insect prey
by Rachel Nuwer
NEW YORK CITY’S CONGESTED AVENUES and imposing skyscrapers hardly seem like suitable wildlife habitat, save perhaps for the most hardy pigeon or rat.
But each year a teeming diversity of migrating birds pass through this urban jungle. While most of those feathered visitors are drawn to large expanses of green such as Central Park, Prospect Park and Jamaica Bay, others congregate in whatever small pockets of habitat they can find—a vacant lot or a bushy median strip—where they feed and rest before continuing on their way.
Now, a growing number of green roofs in the city are adding to those avian refuges, providing safe havens high above the honking cabs and frenetic crowds…
(read more: National Wildlife Federation)
photos: Magnolia Warbler - Sanjib Bhattacharya and rooftop garden - Dustin Partridge
George W. Bush, November 2001, not too long before Vladimir Putin invaded and occupied the Republic of Georgia.
"Republicans may have bet too heavily on the wrong issue going into the midterm elections.
"When the health care law’s website wasn’t working, the law itself was at its most unpopular and its most newsworthy, and the president’s poll numbers were cratering, many Republicans made the calculation that they could ride the wave of woe to an overwhelming electoral victory in November.
"But betting on stasis is stupid. Things change…"
Another baby born with H.I.V. and treated with drugs shortly after birth is now 9 months old and apparently H.I.V.-negative. The success of the treatment raises hopes for a path to rid babies of the virus that causes AIDS.
3 Studies: Poverty Is Toxic to Childhood Learning
No one doubts that poverty harms children’s ability to learn in myriad ways, from causing a child to go to school hungry and tired, to making unavailable the resources a child needs to do homework, to living in dangerous neighborhoods or households where domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse distract from schoolwork and may even prevent a child from going to school regularly.