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"Who likes the ACA? Top Medicare official says law is boon for seniors" | GA Health News | 11/18/13

"Who likes the ACA? Top Medicare official says law is boon for seniors" | GA Health News | 11/18/13 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

Recent problems with the Affordable Care Act — a poorly functioning insurance exchange website and an uproar over canceled policies — have dominated headlines and reignited political debates.


But Jonathan Blum has a positive message to deliver about the ACA and its effect on the Medicare program, which covers about 1.4 million Georgians.


Jonathan Blum Blum, principal deputy administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, says the 2010 health care law has led to better quality of care and more benefits for seniors while containing the costs of the federal program.

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This is the biggest worry of the opponents to ACA.  Once seniors, the most reliable voting block, get use to these benifits, ACA will join Social Security, Medicare and VA Medical Services on the "three rail of politics".

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3 huge surprises at Obamacare’s oral arguments | Vox Conversations | 03/04/15

The takeaway from the day is similar to where the law was in 2012: at the hands of a court that could go in a variety of directions.
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....To me it sounds like they would love to find a way to not have to rule at all.  Just send the whining GOPers back home empty handed!

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"Girls' Leadership Worldwide Summer 2015 Applications Due March 15th | GLW 2015 | 03/04/15

"Girls' Leadership Worldwide Summer 2015 Applications Due March 15th | GLW 2015 | 03/04/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Girls' Leadership Worldwide is the Eleanor Roosevelt Center's 9-day summer camp leadership development program for teen girls who want to make a difference
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.....Girls' Leadership Worldwide Summer 2015 Applications Must be Postmarked by March 16th.  Our daughter, Corinne Bobrow-Williams, attend this program in 2013 and thoroughly enjoyed it!!

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"The positive numbers about black men" | The Boston Globe | 02/22/15

"The positive numbers about black men" | The Boston Globe | 02/22/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Earlier this month, an attention-grabbing 30-second video, released by the Mystic Valley Area Branch of the NAACP and featuring Medford High School students, debunked many stereotypes and myths about young black men. But why stop there?
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....Worth reposting for all those who still think that Black Men are the problem in America!!

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"Rep. Beto O'Rourke: Why I won't attend Netanyahu's address" | El Paso Times | 03/01/15

"Rep. Beto O'Rourke: Why I won't attend Netanyahu's address" | El Paso Times | 03/01/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
The U.S.-Israel relationship is one of the most important that we have with another country. It is certainly the most important for Israel.
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....Rep. O'Rourke makes plain....  "The speech could be rescheduled for another time, apart from elections and with respect for our president, so that we can focus on improving the historic bipartisan relationship with Israel and work together against common threats like Iran. But ultimately my commitment is to this country and our interests, and I won't support any action that will undermine them."

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"16 Reasons To Support The Healthy Montana Plan" | Gov. Bullock on BuzzFeed | 02/27/15

"16 Reasons To Support The Healthy Montana Plan" | Gov. Bullock on BuzzFeed | 02/27/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Montana has an opportunity to bring our tax dollars back to the state to extend coverage to 70,000 of our friends, neighbors, and family members. Governor Bullock has put forward the Healthy Montana Plan to do just that. Below are just a few of the reasons to support the Healthy Montana Plan. Contact your legislator at 444-4800 and tell them all the reasons your support the Healthy Montana Plan! And join us for the hearing on March 6th at the Montana Capitol...
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....Big Sky Democrats and The Young Democrats of Montana encourages you to contact your legislator at 406-444-4800 and share with them your support for the Healthy Montana Plan. The hearing is this Friday, March 6th.  #SupportHealthyMontanaPlanNow!!

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"Man Throws Brick At Car, Brick Bounces Back & Knocks Man Out (VIDEO)" | Huff Post | 03/01/15

"Man Throws Brick At Car, Brick Bounces Back & Knocks Man Out (VIDEO)" | Huff Post | 03/01/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
We've come a long way as a species.

Once nothing but bacteria floating in a salty ocean, we grew legs, pulled ourselves up by our boot-straps, and started walking on land. We hunted animals with our bare hands before developing spears and other we...
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.....Karma is a bitch!!

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Net Neutrality Victory, F.C.C. Classifies Internet Service as Public Utility | NY Times | 02/26/15

Net Neutrality Victory, F.C.C. Classifies Internet Service as Public Utility | NY Times | 02/26/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
The agency’s 3-2 vote is intended to ensure a level playing field for Internet content providers, with no so-called pay-to-play fast lanes.
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.....PeoplePower Wins Again!!

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"Stop the GOP in 2016" | Democrats | 02/25/15

"Stop the GOP in 2016" | Democrats | 02/25/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

Add your name to stand with Democrats-------

The 2016 election is just getting started — but it's already clear that we can't let any Republican candidate near the White House.

Say you're ready to stop the GOP in 2016:

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.......Join me in Stopping the GOP in 2016.  I'm In for Hillary in 2016!! How about You??

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"The First Selfie in Space and More Stellar Vintage NASA Photos" | WIRED | 02/25/15

"The First Selfie in Space and More Stellar Vintage NASA Photos" | WIRED | 02/25/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Astronauts have been held up as pioneers in the American consciousness since Alan Shepard became the first US astronaut to venture into space. Such people came to represent the limitless potential of humanity. As if that weren’t enough, they were pretty exceptional photographers too. On Thursday, Bloomsbury Auctions in London presentsFrom the Earth to the Moon: Vintage NASA Photographs,” a collection of 692 images made over the course of four decades by the likes of John Glenn (the first man to bring a camera into orbit), Buzz Aldrin, and Bill Traub, NASA’s first senior photographer
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.....Another first brought to us by NASA and the U. S. Space Program.  First Selfie In Space nearly 50 years ago!!

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"Teenage Boy Invents Very Useful Gadget To Help Alzeheimer Patients" | Amazyble | 02/24/15

"Teenage Boy Invents Very Useful Gadget To Help Alzeheimer Patients" | Amazyble | 02/24/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

Fifteen year old Kenneth Shinozuka invented a device to track Alzheimer patients to prevent them wandering around. His grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer and was, very often, wandering at night. It was teh day when he was even found far from home in the middle of highway that his grandson decided that he needs to do something about it and he came up with a genius solution to protect his grandfather:

Franklin Delano Williams's insight:

.....we need to invite this kid to our "Rural Medicine Hackathon" next month!

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"HILLARY CLINTON: A FIGHTER FOR EQUAL PAY" | Correct The Record | 02/23/15

"HILLARY CLINTON: A FIGHTER FOR EQUAL PAY" | Correct The Record | 02/23/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Correct The Record – a strategic research and rapid response team designed to defend potential Democratic presidential candidates from right-wing, baseless attacks.
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.....We Be Setting The Record Straight!! #HillaryClintonEqualWorkEqualPay!!

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"Scientists announce anti-HIV agent that can work in a vaccine" | MedicalXpress.com | 02/18/15

"Scientists announce anti-HIV agent that can work in a vaccine" | MedicalXpress.com | 02/18/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
In a remarkable new advance against the virus that causes AIDS, scientists from the Jupiter, Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have announced the creation of a novel drug candidate that is so potent and universally effective, it might work as part of an unconventional vaccine.
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......"Our compound is the broadest and most potent entry inhibitor described so far," said Michael Farzan, a TSRI professor who led the effort. "Unlike antibodies, which fail to neutralize a large fraction of HIV-1 strains, our protein has been effective against all strains tested, raising the possibility it could offer an effective HIV vaccine alternative."

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Big Oil Gave $250,000 to Each Senator who Voted for Keystone XL | DailyKos.org | 02/12/15

Big Oil Gave $250,000 to Each Senator who Voted for Keystone XL | DailyKos.org | 02/12/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
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From International Business Times :

The oil and gas industry gave nearly $250,000 to each of the 62 senators who voted in favor of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project late last month, according to MapLight, a nonpartisan research organization that tracks the influence of money in politics. The revelations come as the House of Representatives is set to vote on and expected to pass the Senate legislation Wednesday that would approve the pipeline and start transferring oil in western Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast. President Barack Obama has threatened to veto the project on a number of grounds, including environmental concerns...
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.........God Bless the President of the United States had this to say about it on Facebook: "I heard it was closer to $500,000 per Senator from the KKKoch-roaches, so this may just be the icing on the cake of the obscene bribery that is now commonplace in Congress. Thanks to the SCOTUS and Citizens United there is no longer any way to even monitor this, never mind prosecute those accepting the bribes. They pass out checks brazenly on the House floor now, something 50 years go would be a crime."

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"Maya Angelou Forever Stamp Revealed by U.S. Postal Service" | BET | 03/04/14

"Maya Angelou Forever Stamp Revealed by U.S. Postal Service" | BET | 03/04/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
A free First-Day-of-Issue stamp dedication ceremony is scheduled for April 7 at 11:00 a.m. in Washington, D.C. .
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.....I must get my DC-MD-VA family and friends to attend!

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How a Town Took on Comcast & Revived Its Economy Using Socialism | NationofChange | 03/03/15

How a Town Took on Comcast & Revived Its Economy Using Socialism | NationofChange | 03/03/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Even if more mergers go through, having a public option for internet, cable and phone service is always better for consumers. Chattanooga, Tennessee showed America just that, by providing municipal broadband internet to residents.
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....every rural county and mid-size city should look at 'broad-band Internet service' as a utility that should be own by the local citizens!

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Almost every insured American is a welfare queen & almost none of them realize it | Vox | 03/01/15

A poll that reveals a huge challenge for liberal and conservative health reformers alike.
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....If you want to understand the politics of health care in the United States, you really need to understand this finding from a recent Economist/YouGov poll that shows why it's so difficult for wonky ideas — of either a left-wing or right-wing slant — to gain much toehold with the American people.

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"Curiosity drill site reveals Mars isn’t red - it’s greyish-blue" | Science Alert | 03/02/15

"Curiosity drill site reveals Mars isn’t red - it’s greyish-blue" | Science Alert | 03/02/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
NASA’s Curiosity rover has drilled down into Mars to collect samples, and it’s revealed that just under the dusty red surface, the Red Planet is actually a greyish blue. The drilling happened at a site called Telegraph Peak, right up in a region called Pahrump Hills, where Curiosity has been working for the past five months. It’s been drilling into the rocky surface to get some idea of how and when Mars evolved from a wet environment to the dry and dusty one we see today, and in the process has discovered that the dusty red top layer is made up of completely different stuff than the actual planet itself...
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....This week color battle to break the Internet.  Is Mars the 'Red Planet' or the 'Blue Planet'?? #IsMarsRedOrBlue?

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VIDEO: "The touching tribute to Leonard Nimoy from space" | Washington Post | 02/28/15

VIDEO: "The touching tribute to Leonard Nimoy from space" | Washington Post | 02/28/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

NASA astronaut Mike Fincke and ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano reflect on the inspiration that actor Leonard Nimoy’s character Spock in "Star Trek" had on scientists, engineers and space explorers around the globe. (YouTube/ReelNASA). American astronaut Terry Virts took a photo of the Vulcan salute, underscoring Nimoy's influence on space exploration.

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...#LiveLongAndProsper!!

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"The FCC Did a Lot More Than Just Approve Net Neutrality Today" | Mother Jones News | 02/26/15

"The FCC Did a Lot More Than Just Approve Net Neutrality Today" | Mother Jones News | 02/26/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

The FCC voted today in favor of strong net neutrality rules, but this is something that's been expected for weeks—and something I've written about before at length. So instead of commenting on that yet again, I want to highlight something else that might be nearly as important:

The Federal Communications Commission will allow some cities and towns to set up and expand municipal Internet services, overruling state laws that had been put in place to block such efforts.

The commission granted petitions by Chattanooga, Tenn., and Wilson, N.C., to overturn laws that restricted the ability of communities in those states to offer broadband service. In all about 20 states have passed such laws. The vote was 3-2 and along party lines. The decisions don’t affect the other states, but they do set a precedent for consideration of similar petitions in the future.

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......It's time for Rural America to Build Regional Broadband Cooperatives!!

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"Adopt Reborn Life Art Dolls | Doni's Dolls | 02/26/15

"Adopt Reborn Life Art Dolls | Doni's Dolls | 02/26/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

Doni’s Dolls was started as a hobby and a willingness to produce a product that is so life-like most people think they are real babies until we tell them that they are dolls. After creating a couple of dolls and noticing family and friends reactions to the babies, Doneva decided she would indulge a little further and this is how Doni’s Dolls was first started.

 

Doneva has a passion and first love for creating her life-like dolls since she is a mother and whose major in college was Art. Great workmanship and an excellent eye for detail goes into each of her doll creations.  There is a great amount of preparation and time put into each doll creation but the outcome is well worth the final product.

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....If your kids are all gone or you never had any, try adopting one of Doni's Dolls.  They are life like in look, feel and weight, but no late night crying (lol)!!

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RWJ's Changes in Health Care Financing & Organization Grant Program

RWJ's Changes in Health Care Financing & Organization Grant Program | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
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"From Peanuts to Power: The Road to Wealth, Success & Happiness" | Amazon | 02/25/15

From Peanuts to Power: The Road to Wealth, Success, and Happiness [Charles W Walker] on Amazon.com. For over 30 years the former Senator Charles W. Walker has dedicated his life and career to public service. He was the first African American chosen to serve as Senate Majority Leader; the second-highest elected position in the Senate Leadership. In this new book, FROM PEANUTS TO POWER, Walker outlines his fascinating journey of going from being a poor, young boy in the south whose father was a share-cropper to becoming a political powerhouse and entrepreneur. Throughout this compelling story he carefully weaves in the importance of wealth accumulation, the steps to achieve it, and his lessons learned for overcoming adversity. Walker's main goal of writing this book is to help get people out of the poverty trap that millions of Americans are stuck in. During his political career Walker served on countless committees to improve local and statewide communities; led nearly every committee in legislature, with the most significant being the powerful Appropriations Committee; and received hundreds of awards and honors for his tireless efforts and philanthropy. Walker is also a highly respected and successful businessman who has founded and grown several multi-million dollar companies. These ventures have led to his becoming one of the largest minority employers in the state of Georgia. Now, in the next chapter of his professional life, Walker is passionate about motivating individuals, college students, corporate groups, small business owners, and entrepreneurs on how to overcome obstacles to achieve the personal and professional success they desire.

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.....Hello my Social Networking Friends. If you would like to purchase my friend Charles Walker's new book , come by the Walker Group tomorrow and get it signed.  There will only be 100 books available for this first signing.  Here's the link to order via Amazon by clicking on the picture above. Thanks!!

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The COMPLETE ACA 2015 Coverage Graph: 32 Million People | ACAsignUps.net | 02/23/15

The COMPLETE ACA 2015 Coverage Graph: 32 Million People | ACAsignUps.net | 02/23/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

Yesterday, the New York Times posted an infographic depicting the breakout of insurance coverage for everyone in the country, based entirely on my data. The grand total of ACA-specific health insurance coverage topped out at around 31.4 million, but left out close to a million people due to rounding and to deliberately leaving out a few items (such as people enrolled in small business coverage via the SHOP exchanges, which I estimate to be around 220,000 people nationally).


Today, I'm posting my own 'complete' ACA graph...which will be familiar to anyone who was following this site last year. In 2014 I tried to display every form of ACA coverage on a single graph (exchange QHPs, off-exchange, Medicaid expansion, woodworkers, SHOP...the works). It became too cumbersome for everyday use, so I split Medicaid/CHIP off onto their own graph and simplified the rest.

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.....The 'train' has left the station and is not returning GOP!  #ObamacareTODAY, #ObamacareTOMORROW, and #ObamacareFOREVER!!

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VIDEO: "14 things President Obama loves" | MSN News | 02/20/15

VIDEO: "14 things President Obama loves" | MSN News | 02/20/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
President Obama says he loves a lot of things.
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.....America feels sorry for Giuliani!! #ObamaLovesAmerica!!

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▶ ENOUGHNESS: Restoring Balance to the Economy | First Peoples Worldwide-YouTube | 02/18/15

The Western, consumer-based economy dominates our life. But is it working? Consider this: - 40% of the Earth's resources owned by 1% of the population. - The combined wealth of the three richest men in the world exceeds the total GDP of  the poorest 47 counties. - There are 497 multibillionaires in the world, yet 3.5 billion people survive on less than $2.50 a day. Is there another way? Yes, we believe so. Indigenous communities across the globe live by the values of interdependance,  decentralized production, extensive use of resources, promoting responsible resource management  abundance, kinship, and a belief in enoughness...
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Jennifer Hill's curator insight, February 19, 8:31 PM

Hoarding money is like hoarding anything else. It's unhealthy, but because you don't literally have a house filled from bottom to top with money it has become accepted. Yes it's just another obsession. Making and keeping more money than you need or can ever use creates too much stress. People worry about their money, plan their lives around keeping their money and develop a distrust of all other humans because you start thinking everyone wants your money! The very poor and extremely wealthy are the same, they spend most of their time thinking about the effect that money has on their lives. Enoughness means that you have enough of all that you need and some of what you want, that you feel safe, cared for, and that life is not a struggle where the goal is to obtain and protect resources and income. These thoughts give form to how we might achieve Enoughness.