CBO’s estimate of the impact of the Medicaid expansion and other health reform coverage provisions on state budgets is, as noted above, only a partial estimate — because it only reflects the impact on state expenditures for Medicaid and CHIP. The CBO estimate does not reflect the substantial savings that states and localities taking the expansion will realize from no longer having to bear the costs for various health services they were providing to large numbers of people who were previously uninsured but now have Medicaid coverage. The Urban Institute has estimated that if all states took the Medicaid expansion, states would save between $26 billion and $52 billion in this area from 2014 through 2019, while the Lewin Group has projected state and local savings of $101 billion.
"bilingual" and "ESL" are not the same as "spanish-speaker." there are a whole lot of students in the US for whom english is not their first language and their first/home language is something other than spanish. we can’t pretend that having spanish-speaking teachers in every classroom means there will be no more language problems. we also can’t pretend that translating materials and curriculums into spanish means that there will be no more language problems. bilingual is a lot broader than spanish-speaking.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday voted, 6-2, to uphold Michigan’s ban on state affirmative action programs, finding that the court has no authority to set aside the measure approved by voters. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the main opinion for a fractured court. In announcing the ruling, Kennedy said the decision is “not about the constitutionality or merits” of affirmative action generally. Read the court’s opinion here (PDF). Justice Sonia Sotomayor read from her dissent, which was joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In her 58-page dissent, Sotomayor said the court “eviscerates” a key equal-protection guarantee that government should not make it harder for minorities to participate in self-government. Justice Elena Kagan recused in the case, probably because she was involved in the litigation at earlier stages as solicitor general at the U.S. Department of Justice. “I cannot ignore the unfortunate outcome of today’s decision: Short of amending the state constitution, a Herculean task, racial minorities in Michigan are deprived of even an opportunity to convince Michigan’s public colleges and universities to consider race in their admissions plans when other attempts to achieve racial diversity are unnecessarily hobbled in their pursuit of a diverse student body,” Sotomayor wrote in dissent.
If your main reason for talking is to socialize, you’ll want to talk about whatever everyone else is talking about. Like say the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. But if instead your purpose is to gain and spread useful insight, so that we can all understand more about things that matter, you’ll want to look for relatively neglected topics. You’ll seek topics that are important and yet little discussed, where more discussion seems likely to result in progress, and where you and your fellow discussants have a comparative advantage of expertise. You can use this clue to help infer the conversation motives of the people you talk with, and of yourself. I expect you’ll find that almost everyone mainly cares more about talking to socialize, relative to gaining insight.
first day in over a week (since i got that blister on the sole of my foot) that i’ve been able to do my usual walking. saw lots of easter sunshine and easter flowers and easter kids wearing bunny ears and easter ladies wearing easter dresses. very satisfying.
today i went with friends to see a whole bunch of lions (who roared!) and tigers (who lolled like cats) and bears (who were either fuzzy things i wanted to hug and give honey - black bears - or terrifying wrestling creatures of pure muscle - grizzlies) - and also wolves and panthers and mountain lions and bobcats and foxes and …
then we ate super yummy mexican food - shrimp tacos, yay - and now i am at home making a batch of granola while it rains outside. cozy cinnamon smells while i watch burn notice episodes.
“Do you know what people really want? Everyone, I mean. Everybody in the world is thinking: I wish there was just one other person I could really talk to, who could really understand me, who’d be kind to me. That’s what people really want, if they’re telling the truth.”—Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook (via thatkindofwoman)
States that implemented the ACA’s Medicaid expansion saw a larger decline: their uninsurance rates for adults dropped 4.0 percentage points since September, compared with a drop of 1.5 percentage points for the nonexpanding states. The average uninsurance rate for adults in the 24 nonexpanding states was 18.1 percent in March 2014, well above the 12.4 percent average in the expansion states.
“Among the most important sources of happiness are: a sense of security; a good outlook; autonomy or control over our lives; good relationships; and skilled and meaningful activity. If you are unhappy, there’s a good chance that it’s for want of something on this list.”—
tumblr keeps attaching this tag to my posts, even though i haven’t typed it, and then won’t let me take it off. so, it’s a sign. tumblr is trying to communicate this important message to us in the only way it knows how. spring is a myth and we will be trapped in eternal winter until the moment summer scorches down on us. be prepared.
Using data-mining techniques, the researchers studied 900,000 online restaurant reviews and discovered some interesting relationships between the reviews and their writers. As the headline on a Stanford News report boldly summarized: “Online Food Reviews Reveal The Inner Self.”
Quoting the Stanford News report, here were some of the main findings:
"Positive reviews of expensive restaurants tended to use metaphors of sex and sensual pleasure, such as ‘orgasmic pastry’ or ‘seductively seared foie gras.’" “Positive reviews of cheap restaurants and foods often employed metaphors of drugs or addiction — ‘these cupcakes are like crack.’” “Women were more likely than men to use drug metaphors to describe their attitudes toward food.” “The foods most likely to be described using drug metaphors were pizza, burgers, sweets and sushi.” In tweeting that you need a hit of chocolate, are you inadvertently communicating something about your socioeconomic status? Or your gender?
I mention this study as a lighthearted illustration of a much more general point: that with the rise of big data and powerful methods for data analysis, those with access and know-how will increasingly be able to identify subtle associations between public bits of information and their individual human producers. And that, in turn, can support reliable inferences about those individuals from public information.
When — if at all — do such efforts cross the line from merely socially inappropriate and embarrassing, in a Dr. House or “Holmesy” sort of way, to worrisome violations of privacy? Or do they just feel that way? And if so, why?
”Revenues derived from college athletics is greater than the aggregate revenues of the NBA and the NHL,” said Marc Edelman, an associate professor at City University of New York who specializes in sports and antitrust law. He also noted that Alabama’s athletic revenues last year, which totaled $143 million, exceeded those of all 30 NHL teams and 25 of the 30 NBA teams. Texas is the largest athletic department, earning more than $165 million last year in revenue — with $109 million coming from football, according to Education Department data. The university netted $27 million after expenses. Other major programs such as Florida ($129 million), Ohio State ($123 million), Michigan ($122 million), Southern California ($97 million) and Oregon ($81 million) also are grossing massive dollars. Those numbers of course are not counting the fundraising value of collegiate athletics.
Your ex-husband, the rapper Nas, put your wedding dress on his album cover. Why did he still have the dress?It’s not even the dress. The joke behind that is that it’s the slip to the petticoat to my dress. I think when I moved out I just left it. That’s all he had, poor thing.
oh my god this whole interview is so condescending and gross and kelis is so great and so fucking done in her responses and this is why you don’t get a Political Reporter from the WSJ to interview Kelis.
test interrater reliability of reactions to lady gaga outfits - which ones make you think? which ones are gut reaction awful? which are interesting? - by sitting people down and showing them pictures of lady gaga in different outfits and measuring responses through skin conductance, affective response, explicit utterances, coding facial expressions, etc.
“In an attempt to control his unruly class, a Belgian teacher began revealing Game of Thrones plot twists each time his pupils acted up. “I’ve read all the books,” he warned. “I will write the names of the dead on the board.” After a few major spoilers, a student reports, the class now maintains a “religious silence.””—The US Weekly I am reading right now