Blue Shield of California seeks rate hikes of as much as 59% for individuals

Looks like some CEO wants a bigger jet or mansion.

By the way, y’all realize that in most developed nations health care doesn’t involve your getting dry fucked by a corporation that refuses to wear a condom.

From Huffington Post:  http://www.latimes.com/health/healthcare/la-fi-insure-rates-20110106,0,6975599.story

Insurer says the increases result from fast-rising health care costs and other expenses resulting from new healthcare laws. The move comes less than a year after Anthem Blue Cross tried and failed to raise rates as much as 39%.

By Duke Helfand, Los Angeles Times
January 5, 2011

Another big California health insurer has stunned individual policyholders with huge rate increases — this time it’s Blue Shield of California seeking cumulative hikes of as much as 59% for tens of thousands of customers March 1.

Blue Shield’s action comes less than a year after Anthem Blue Cross tried and failed to raise rates as much as 39% for about 700,000 California customers.

San Francisco-based Blue Shield said the increases were the result of fast-rising healthcare costs and other expenses resulting from new healthcare laws.

“We raise rates only when absolutely necessary to pay the accelerating cost of medical care for our members,” the nonprofit insurer told customers last month.

In all, Blue Shield said, 193,000 policyholders would see increases averaging 30% to 35%, the result of three separate rate hikes since October.

Continue reading at:  http://www.latimes.com/health/healthcare/la-fi-insure-rates-20110106,0,6975599.story

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Israeli lawmakers approve ‘McCarthy-esque’ panel to probe ‘left-wing’ groups

Why do the rationales of all war Criminals sound the same?

From Raw Story: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/01/israeli-govt-sets-macarthyesque-panel-investigate-leftwing-groups/

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Israeli left-wing organizations warned that the legislatures approval of a commission to investigate certain non-governmental organizations (NGOs) would “destroy democracy” in the nation.

The Knesset plenum approved a proposal by members of the rightwing Yisrael Beiteinu party Wednesday to investigate the sources of funding for left-wing NGO’s accused of working against the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

“The delegitimization of left-wing organizations by establishing this McCarthy-esque commission will bring Israel negative coverage from around the world,” Knesset member Dov Henin said while the bill was being debated, according to The Jerusalem Post.

The NGOs targeted for investigation were being blamed for material provided to the United Nation’s Goldstone commission, which investigated violations of international human rights law during the Gaza war. The Goldstone report accused both the IDF and Palestinian militants of war crimes, but heavily criticized Israeli forces for a disproportionate military response.

The NGOs “are behind the indictments lodged against Israeli officers and officials around the world” and “are responsible for branding IDF soldiers as war criminals and encourage defamations,” Knesset member Fania Kirshenbaum said.

Continue reading at:  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/01/israeli-govt-sets-macarthyesque-panel-investigate-leftwing-groups/

 

Women’s Rights Advocates Demand U.S. Constitution Guarantee Women’s Rights

NOW PRESS RELEASE:

For Immediate Release
Contact: Mai Shiozaki, 202-628-8669, ext. 116

Women’s Rights Advocates Demand U.S. Constitution Guarantee Women’s Rights

January 5, 2011

While Republicans are reading the U.S. Constitution on the floor of the House of Representatives, women’s rights advocates will be outside the Capitol asking: Where are the women?

“John Boehner and his cronies are holding up the U.S. Constitution as a sacred, perfect document. But we know the Constitution is far from perfect because it does not guarantee women’s equality,” says NOW President Terry O’Neill. “I am honored to join Representative Carolyn Maloney, who has been a tireless advocate on Capitol Hill for women’s rights, to highlight the fact that women still are not fully protected in our nation’s Constitution.”

Who:

Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.)
Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) – invited
Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)
NOW President Terry O’Neill
Leaders from a broad range of women’s rights organizations
What: Call for Equal Rights Amendment to U.S. Constitution
When: January 6, 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Where: House triangle, outside the Capitol at 1st St. SE and Independence Avenue

“We are way past due for a constitutional amendment explicitly acknowledging women’s rights in the United States,” says O’Neill. “Nothing less will do, as long as sexists like Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia feel completely justified interpreting women’s rights as unprotected in the U.S. Constitution.”

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World food prices at fresh high, says UN

From BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12119539

5 January 2011

Global food prices rose to a fresh high in December, according to the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO).

Its Food Price Index went above the previous record of 2008 that saw prices spark riots in several countries.

Soaring sugar, cereal and oil prices had driven the rise, the report said.

The index, which measures monthly price changes for a food basket composed of dairy, meat and sugar, cereals and oilseeds, averaged 214.7 points last month, up from 206 points in November.

It stood at 213.5 points at the high of June 2008 – sparking violent protests in countries including Cameroon, Haiti and Egypt.

There were further riots over food prices in Mozambique in September last year.

However, despite high prices, FAO economist Abdolreza Abbassian said that many of the factors that triggered food riots in 2007 and 2008 – such as weak production in poor countries – were not currently present, reducing the risk of more turmoil.

But he added that “unpredictable weather” meant that grain prices could go much higher, which was “a concern”.

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Israel said it would keep Gaza near collapse: WikiLeaks

From Raw Story: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/01/israel-gaza-collapse-wikileaks/

By Reuters
Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Israel told US officials in 2008 it would keep Gaza’s economy “on the brink of collapse” while avoiding a humanitarian crisis, according to U.S. diplomatic cables published by a Norwegian daily on Wednesday.

Three cables cited by the Aftenposten newspaper, which has said it has all 250,000 U.S. cables leaked to WikiLeaks, showed that Israel kept the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv briefed on its internationally criticized blockade of the Gaza Strip.

The territory, home to 1.3 million Palestinians, is run by the Islamist Hamas group, which is shunned by the West over its refusal to recognize Israel, renounce violence or accept existing interim Israeli-Palestinian peace deals.

“As part of their overall embargo plan against Gaza, Israeli officials have confirmed to (U.S. embassy economic officers) on multiple occasions that they intend to keep the Gazan economy on the brink of collapse without quite pushing it over the edge,” one of the cables read.

Continue reading at:  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/01/israel-gaza-collapse-wikileaks/

Then go to  http://guerrillanews.wordpress.com/2010/12/27/gaza-youth-manifesto-for-change/ and read what the kids suffering from this crime against humanity feel.

Study Shows Atlantic currents have seen ‘drastic’ changes

From Mother Jones:  http://motherjones.com/blue-marble/2011/01/big-changes-north-atlantic-currents

By Julia Whitty

Tue Jan. 4, 2011

There’s an important paper in early view in PNAS describing profound changes in the dominant currents of the North Atlantic since the 1970s. What’s intriguing here—apart from the findings—is the method of determining these changes.

The authors used new technology to parse the story of ocean circulation from the story of ocean productivity using the skeletons of deepwater gorgonian corals. Specifically, they employed a process of amino acid analysis of nitrogen stable isotopes (δ15N-AA), as recorded in the growth rings of corals living between Newfoundland and Maine.

The technique promises to be a kind of Rosetta Stone for deciphering the ecological and physical history of the oceans.

The results reveal a sharply declining influence of the Labrador Current (colder, less saline, and nutrient-poor) in favor of Gulf Stream waters (warmer, saltier, nutrient-rich) since the 1970s, compared to the previous 1,800 years.

Continue reading at:  http://motherjones.com/blue-marble/2011/01/big-changes-north-atlantic-currents

Se also Planet Save: http://planetsave.com/2011/01/05/ocean-currents-changing-due-to-global-warming/

The climate change deniers often seem to have mysterious ties with the same sort of quasi-religious cults that push strangely fictitious ideas like “Creation Science” and Creation museums where one can see Adam and Eve (created from a rib of Adam) riding dinosaurs ala Hanna-Barbera’s “The Flintstones”.

While the non-science idea of Adam,Eve and Barney (if we are going for the impossible let’s make the dinosaur purple and shoot for the ridiculous) might seem good for a bunch of yucks at the ignorant yokel’s expense there is something far more dangerous going on.

I am firmly convinced that among the powerful of the Christo-Nazis and I might add Islamo-Fascists there is a real awareness that we have hit peak everything and have way too many people.  That we face either shared burden and austerity measures for everyone while limiting population by rigidly restricting births or will alternatively face a radical population crash.

Dominionism along with other Armageddon preaching quasi-religious cults preach of a chosen few who will survive the end of the world, sort of the way Noah supposedly survived some sort of mythical flood.  The leaders know that  having 94% of the wealth concentrated in the hands of 20% of the people helps insure that that 20% will have a better chance of surviving.

The trick is to get their virtual slaves to keep from revolting by getting them to think they too are among the elite.

They (the wealthy elite) also have  the goal of keeping the economy contributing to that 94% of the wealth that is in the hands of the elite.  If that huge amassed fortune of the tiny minority were to be utilized  it might help prevent or at least mitigate the looming disaster so we might work for a softer landing  in a 200-500 year plan that would gradually lower the population to 1-2 billion and have a stabilized, sustainable planet.

The problem as the rich elites and the powerful Masters of the Universe see it is that such a long term goal would require a much more unified and egalitarian world society where people work for shared common goals rather than in competition for dominance.

The battle for the environment is one the secularists must win, the fate of the world depends on our being victorious over the forces of intellectual darkness.

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Milwaukee Archdiocese Seeks Chapter 11

YES… Sue the pedophilic cult out of existence… There is no god only an ancient misogynistic cult used to scam money and support the rule of the masses by a rich oligarchy.  The no god rule goes for Jesus too… Or Allah or any other imaginary invisible sky.

From The New York Times:  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/05/us/05milwaukee.html?_r=1&ref=us

By LAURIE GOODSTEIN
Published: January 4, 2011

The Roman Catholic archbishop of Milwaukee, Jerome E. Listecki, announced Tuesday that the archdiocese had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, saying it would allow the church to continue its ministry while giving fair compensation to the victims of sexual abuse by priests.

But advocates for the victims say the church’s real motivation is to avoid disclosing information about priests accused of abuse and officials who covered it up.

The bankruptcy filing comes just before the deposition of an important church official, Auxiliary Bishop Richard J. Sklba, who until his recent retirement served alongside three successive archbishops of Milwaukee. A lawyer for Bishop Sklba was trying to have that deposition sealed.

Other officials expected to be deposed include the former archbishop of Milwaukee Timothy M. Dolan, now archbishop of New York. The bankruptcy filing will almost certainly delay the depositions, although they could eventually proceed.

Twenty-three alleged victims have sued or announced their intention to sue the archdiocese for fraud. Mediation sessions between the archdiocese and the victims’ lawyer, Jeffrey Anderson, who has handled hundreds of abuse lawsuits against the church, ended in a stalemate last month after just two meetings.

Continue reading at:  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/05/us/05milwaukee.html?_r=1&ref=us