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From the Left
From the Right
Magazines and Journals
Various Weblogs and Pundits
Think Tanks
Vast Right Wing Conspiracy
Shrill Leftist Garbage


Monday, January 29, 2007

Do names determine fate? 

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

damn straight 

Thunderbird doesn't have to cut the tap early.

There could be an effective public policy argument here. For those of you who remember a certain order or wings of which a certain friend recommended we get tons, you'll recall that takers required significant amounts of beer in order to maintain consciousness.

-Lucky  11:17 EST | |

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Opt out of unsolicired junk mail, credit cards, etc 

If you, like me, are sick and tired of constantly receiving junk snail mail with credit card offers, sierra club membership forms, and sex toy catalogs, check out this post over at lifehacker with websites where you can opt-out of all of it.

In case you forgot it, it has the do not call list info, and some other goodies.

-Ben  21:52 EST | |

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Hey! I need that for diddlin'! 

Angry doctor chops off/chops up man's penis during surgery.

-Miguel Sanchez  10:53 EST | |

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Response from my Congressman 

It looks like the standard form letter sent to everyone who wrote in on the issue (no surprise):
Dear Benjamin:

Thank you for your letter about legislation that would require the Department of Health and Human Services to negotiate with drug companies in order to lower prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries. I appreciate your taking the time to get in touch.

H.R. 4, the Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2007, repeals the part of the current law that prohibits the Secretary of Health and Human Services from negotiating with drug companies for lower prices for those enrolled in Medicare drug plans. The bill would instead require the Secretary to conduct cost-saving negotiations, and in conducting these negotiations, the Secretary may not restrict access to certain medicines in Medicare, for example by requiring a formulary to be used by Medicare Advantage plans. Finally, the bill would require the Secretary to submit to Congress a report on the negotiations conducted no later than June 1, 2007, and every six months thereafter.

I voted for this legislation when the House passed it on January 12, 2007. I have some concerns that it will actually lower the prices of drugs. The non-partisan Congressional Research Service issued a report on January 5, 2007, which said that the bill "may not necessarily lead to lower costs for beneficiaries." The report also said the bill could affect the number and types of drugs that would be available to seniors and the amount of research and development and innovation by pharmaceutical companies. Nonetheless, the Medicare prescription drug program has failed to slow the rapid growth in drug prices, and I think we need to try different approaches to make lifesaving medicines available to our nation's seniors. I will continue to work on a prescription drug program that is effective, accessible and affordable.

Once again, thanks for writing. To learn more about my positions on issues or to sign up for my email newsletter, please visit my website at

Warm Regards,

Mark Udall
Member of Congress

-Ben  23:04 EST | |

Monday, January 15, 2007

What gives? 

I keep seeing people wearing "I <heart> America" buttons. As though I might think they do not.

-Ben  19:13 EST | |

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Letter to My Congressman 


I am writing to express my concern about H.R. 4.

The lack of ability for the government to pull drugs from the medicare formulary when an agreement is not reached in negotiations with drug companies is appaling. It leaves the bill not filfilling it's intended purpose of saving taxpayer money.

The Congressional Budget Office itself has come to this conclusion and I will refer you to a letter from them to Rep. Dingell which states that the bill "...would have a negligible effect on federal spending because we anticipate that the Secretary would be unable to negotiate prices across the broad range of covered Part D drugs that are more favorable than those obtained by PDPs under current law."

I hope that you will work to amend this.
Go here to write your own.

cf this blogpost on the issue.

-Ben  13:45 EST | |

Saturday, January 13, 2007

The iPhone is pretty sweet 

And as an additional teaser, they just released the table of contents from the manual. Check it out here.

Via tuaw.

-Ben  10:43 EST | |

Friday, January 12, 2007

the other Fuzzy... 

Now that the Department of the Interior has proposed the polar bear for the endangered species list, there is a sixty or ninety-day (depending on which of these sites you ask) period for public comment on the matter. I know those with connections in Norway may not agree (jk), but if you are so inclined here are three places you can submit a pre-prepared or custom comment.

Environmental Defense
Environmental Action
Defenders of Wildlife

Hat tip: Treehugger.

-Lucky  09:26 EST | |

Saturday, January 06, 2007

I'm very afraid 

It's 70 degrees in New York today.

-Daddy Brooklyn  13:36 EST | |

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Ben's Tech Roundup 

I just thought I'd share some cool stuff I found today.

First off, I want my computer setup to look like this

So anyone who wants to donate a 30"cinema display or a Mac Pro, give me a call.

Second, I found a rocking new program that first made me think of Ziggy, but then I realized I could use it, too. Called Delicious Library, all you do is point your iSight at the bar code on your books, and it downloads the relevant information so that in your computer you generate a library catalogue of all your media for cross referencing, etc. Cool stuff.

Finally, there appears to be a decent movie download site, CinemaNow, with plenty to offer. They have a three tiered business model, offering movies to buy, rent, and for free. The $$ titles include many almost A-list titles like Mission Impossible: III, A Scanner Darkly, and Little Miss Sunshine. For free, you can watch quality titles like Ninja Academy, and People From Space. I love it!!! Sites like this are the opening salvo in what, overf the next ten years, will be the internet's changing how we watch tv and movies. I dream of the day when I can watch any movie or TV show I desire any time I like.

That's all. Hope y'all enjoy it.

Oh, and I think all of this came from Lifehacker.

-Ben  23:38 EST | |

About us:

This weblog is an ongoing, if periodic, effort by several friends to stay in touch, in reading material, and in ideas.

Lucky Luciano is a former Italian Stallion real estate hustler and Benedict Arnold CEO turned shady lawyer-to-be. He lives in Denver.

Ben is a Paramedic and would-be philantropist who lives in Denver. He knows everything about nothing.

Fuzzy Dunlop lives in Manhattan. He is more than capable of standing up to the stresses of a high crime urban environment.

Jess is a teacher. But have YOU given her an apple? No, you haven't. You should be ashamed of yourself. This crazy feminist currently rests her copy of Awakening in Jersey City.

Matt is a pariah, iconoclast, and professor of gambling living in Oakland.

Miguel Sanchez is not Lionel Hutz.

Daddy Brooklyn lives in Brooklyn. He hates Republicans, though he wouldn't mind being ensconced in the landed elite of New York City.

Paul just smoked my eyelids and punched my cigarette.

Ziggy Stardust has no past.

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