I’m Currently Planning to Vote No on #1

Back in June, I posted about signing the petition to expand the Massachusetts Automotive Right to Repair law. It’s great they got enough confirmed signatures, including mine, so the initiative is on the ballot.

I’ve now read all I can find on the pros and cons of this initiative and am left feeling let down by the Massachusetts Right to Repair Committee. Very serious cyber security concerns have been raised by the NHTSA testimony and I have not been able to find any refutation of the NHTSA claims from known independent security experts. Both sides on this question have a financial interest in the outcome and I don’t trust either side to be looking out for my interests.

Only one side has brought forth information from an organization with no monetary interest in the outcome. So unless the Massachusetts Right to Repair Committee can provide a serious rebuttal to the NHTSA report, I’m voting no.

Sadly True

This is actually happening now in the US with the history of slavery. For example, 41% of people in a recent survey believe that the civil war was about something other than slavery, when the historical record is clear that slavery was the driving issue. Recently Trump announced that he thinks the US should be engaged in “patriotic education.” He stated, “Children must be taught that America is “an exceptional, free and just nation, worth defending, preserving and protecting.” We know what this means in states that take this approach to education – white-washing the history of slavery.

Source: The Holocaust and Losing History | NeuroLogica Blog

Go read the rest, sadly Trump is following the playbook that worked so well for Hitler, any bets on when we see book burnings.

 

Two Ars Technica Articles One Sad One Happy

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If all those costs are passed on to residential customers, the savings compared to 2015 would mean everybody would save a grand total of 49 cents each year.

In return for that, the societal-level savings from decreased pollution are basically wiped out.

Source: EPA issues new rules on coal plant pollution | Ars Technica

🙂

On Friday, the first small modular reactor received a design certification from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, meaning that it meets safety requirements and could be chosen by future projects seeking licensing and approval.

Source: NuScale’s small nuclear reactor is first to get US safety approval | Ars Technica

A Death Absolutely Caused by an Irresponsible & Ignorant US President

An Arizona man has died and his wife is in a critical condition after both ingested chloroquine phosphate in an apparent effort to stave off Covid-19.

President Donald Trump has touted the medication form of chloroquine as a possible treatment for the virus.

Shortly after ingestion, the couple fell ill, said Arizona-based hospital system Banner Health. The couple were both in their 60s. The woman told NBC News she had seen a televised briefing in which Mr Trump discussed the potential benefits of chloroquine as a treatment Covid-19.

“We saw his press conference. It was on a lot, actually,” she said. “Trump kept saying it was basically pretty much a cure.” “We were afraid of getting sick,” she told NBC.

They mixed a small amount of the substance with liquid to drink. Within 20 minutes, both fell ill. “I started vomiting,” she said. “My husband started developing respiratory problems.” Her husband could not be revived in hospital and she remains in critical care.

Source: Coronavirus: Man dies taking fish tank cleaner as virus drug – BBC News

Wisconsin Republicans Want to Kill Wisconsin Democrats

Republicans don’t need to vote in the Wisconsin primary election, Trump is the nominee. Their actions to prevent a delay clearly show they want only Democrats to be forced to go congregate in large crowds. The very active voters in the population are mostly in the highest risk group for death in this pandemic. Therefore the Wisconsin Republicans are clearly hoping to kill many Wisconsin Democrats.

The Supreme Court, in an unsigned opinion from which the four liberal justices dissented, reasoned that extending the date by which Wisconsin voters could mail absentee ballots “fundamentally alters the nature of the election.”

Source: Wisconsin: Supreme Court halts absentee ballot deadline extension

Summary of Healthcare in America in 2020.

How do health insurers continue to see huge profits during this crisis? “If medical claims start to rise uncontrollably,” @bobjherman reports, “they’ll increase everyone’s premiums next year.” Humana CEO Brian Kane put it more opaquely: “We would price for this for 2021.” (7/11)

They’re already prepping for big rate increases next year. California officials say they expect insurers to hike premiums up to 40% next year for plans in the state’s Obamacare exchange. Those getting coverage through employers should also brace for big premium hikes. (8/11)

In addition, Anthem’s CEO said his company expects to realize a “net saving” because hospitals are canceling non-emergency & elective procedures due to COVID-19. And we already know insurers are refusing to waive copays & deductibles for COVID-19 treatments. (9/11)

This is all music to investors’ ears, who are rushing to buy these stocks.

Source: Thread by @wendellpotter: As a former health insurance exec, I don’t think any story better illustrates my old industry’s racket than the one I’m about to tell you: R…