Songs about health insurance

In a desperate, last-ditch attempt to get 18-34 year-olds to sign up for Obamacare–those “young invincibles” who are expected to foot the bill for everyone else–the administration and allied independent groups are trying to reach them with comedy routines, cash prizes, and–most humorously of all–songs about health insurance.  After the jump, a link to an article about all of this AND a link to such a song, including its various pop, folk, alternative, techno, dub, and hip-hop versions.

My esteemed 18-34 year-old readers, do you find this kind of insulting? [Read more…]

Predict the Final Four

It’s time to pay attention to college basketball now that the teams have been announced for the NCAA basketball tournament. [Read more…]

Converting the barbarians

Today we express our appreciation to the Irish for saving civilization.  St. Patrick converted the Irish, who copied books from classical literature through the Bible and kept alive the ability to read them, as the barbarians ravaged Europe after the Fall of Rome.  The consequent “Dark Ages” (not to be confused with the Middle Ages!) lasted until the Irish and others  converted the barbarians to Christianity.

No offense to the “barbarians”–as they were termed by the Greco-Romans–who did, actually, have civilizations of their own, but these pagan warlike tribes really did settle down, once they accepted Christianity, giving us the High Middle Ages and the various nations of Europe.  So let’s give credit to St. Patrick, but also to those other missionaries who brought the Gospel to the ancestors of us European-Americans: [Read more…]

U.S. giving up control of the Internet

What do you think of this?

U.S. officials announced plans Friday to relinquish federal government control over the administration of the Internet, a move that pleased international critics but alarmed some business leaders and others who rely on the smooth functioning of the Web. [Read more…]

The missing plane kept flying

The plot thickens in the mystery of the missing Boeing 777.  After the transponder went silent, automatic signals from the plane’s engines kept functioning for several more hours, revealing abrupt changes in course and altitude.  Then those shut off, but the satellite that receives the data kept its “handshake” with the plane.  That, plus a couple of possible radar sightings from the Malaysian military suggest the plane may have stayed in the air for 7 hours.

Investigators are now saying that all of this can only be accounted for  by “deliberate action” from the cockpit.   That means the plane was hijacked or stolen by a crew member.  There are countless little islands with WWII-era landing fields that could hide the plane.  This means that someone has 239 hostages, if they are still alive.  And that someone has a massive flying weapon.

UPDATE:  The pilot is looking really suspicious.

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Crimea votes to join Russia

The plot also thickens in the Ukraine.  Crimea, the heavily ethnic Russian section of the Ukraine with the warm-water port, voted to secede from the Ukraine and join Russia.  The new pro-Western government claims that is illegal, as is the European Union and the United States, which are considering sanctions against Russia, which had already moved troops into the region. [Read more…]