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Whole Foods CEO: Government Shouldn't ‘Take Over Entire Health Care System'

Whole Foods CEO: Government Shouldn't ‘Take Over Entire Health Care System'

Commented Dec 19, 2013 at 12:16:39 in Business

“But Obamacare is a free market solution to the healthcare problem in this country!

I agree the US is the best country in the world, but that doesn't mean it is perfect. Look up how our current healthcare system fares when compared to other developed nations. There is a lot of room for improvement.”
Whole Foods CEO: Government Shouldn't ‘Take Over Entire Health Care System'

Whole Foods CEO: Government Shouldn't ‘Take Over Entire Health Care System'

Commented Dec 19, 2013 at 12:10:42 in Business

“The government is not taking over the whole healthcare system. It is just giving consumers more leverage by creating 'groups' consumers can join. It is setting standards for minimum coverage and subsidizing those who cannot afford the full amount of their premiums. And you know what? Insurance companies love Obamacare! Because it means millions of new customers.

I cannot understand how a smart, successful individual can be so irrational when it comes to healthcare policy. When confronted will practical details of the law, he agrees they make sense. But he opposes the law as a whole based on what? Ideology?

Maybe he thinks if all capitalists were as 'good and conscious' as he is, Obamacare would not be necessary. Wake up, dude! Most capitalists are not.”
Windows 8 Sales: Survey Shows Lukewarm Enthusiasm For Microsoft's New Operating System

Windows 8 Sales: Survey Shows Lukewarm Enthusiasm For Microsoft's New Operating System

Commented Nov 23, 2012 at 11:25:30 in Technology

“Likely to upgrade = Unlikely not to upgrade.
What was the exact language used in the poll?”
Impeach Obama Robocall Campaign Launched By Conservative Group

Impeach Obama Robocall Campaign Launched By Conservative Group

Commented Nov 15, 2012 at 10:02:56 in Politics

“Hateful?
They are so worthy of ridicule. I'm just helping point out the obvious.
Don't you think God would find what they are doing ugly?”

Cobra Six on Nov 15, 2012 at 12:52:49

“got it..”
Impeach Obama Robocall Campaign Launched By Conservative Group

Impeach Obama Robocall Campaign Launched By Conservative Group

Commented Nov 14, 2012 at 23:57:10 in Politics

“Only option?
What about self-deportation?”

Cobra Six on Nov 15, 2012 at 00:06:29

“asemeco:Why are you so hateful?? God don't like ugly better watch yourself and pray..”
Obama Campaign Releases Ad Hitting Back Against Mitt Romney-Castro Attack Spot

Obama Campaign Releases Ad Hitting Back Against Mitt Romney-Castro Attack Spot

Commented Nov 2, 2012 at 16:19:50 in Politics

“Ahem...
Venezuela and Cuba.”
Obama Tied To Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro In Mitt Romney Spanish-Language Ad

Obama Tied To Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro In Mitt Romney Spanish-Language Ad

Commented Nov 1, 2012 at 10:31:10 in Politics

“Barlovento is a predominantly black region of Venezuela. Chavez's statement about Obama and Barlovento is racist and disgusting. If anything, it should elicit sympathy towards Obama.
If the head of the German neo-nazis endorsed Romney, I wouldn't hold that against him.
The designers of this ad are making the same mistake the EPA employee made: Offending Latinos by messing with issues whose implications they don't fully understand.”
Mitt Romney Rips Russia On Campaign Trail

Mitt Romney Rips Russia On Campaign Trail

Commented Oct 21, 2012 at 10:24:46 in Politics

“"On every major issue, we have received nothing but intransigence, obstruction, counterproductive behavior,"
Mitt describing the behavior of Republicans towards Obama.”
HuffPost Pollster API  Enables Open Access To Polling Data

HuffPost Pollster API Enables Open Access To Polling Data

Commented Oct 16, 2012 at 17:30:11 in Politics

“A developer question: Is there any way I could get the picture of the electoral vote color-coded map? I would like to run an animation of how the map changes over time.”
HuffPost Book Club: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

HuffPost Book Club: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Commented Sep 27, 2012 at 11:03:51 in Books

“Oops. Cabral, not De León. Sorry.”
HuffPost Book Club: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

HuffPost Book Club: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Commented Sep 25, 2012 at 14:12:26 in Books

“I'm lost with the page numbering differences between the paper book and my Nook. I assume we are covering Abelard, the patriarch of the De León family.
This is definitely a political book. Cleverly disguised as "... only a story, no solid evidence, the kind of s**t only a nerd would love.", it accurately depicts what happens to a country and its people during and after 36 years of dictatorial rule. The crucial role of the 'good' citizens who do nothing, hoping to stay unnoticed. The lasting damage: "Ten million Trujillos is all we are."
Of course, there is more than this political stuff; we get to see how the family fukú started, and later on there may be a way to put a stop to it.”

asemeco on Sep 27, 2012 at 11:03:51

“Oops. Cabral, not De León. Sorry.”
HuffPost Book Club: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

HuffPost Book Club: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Commented Sep 25, 2012 at 11:38:33 in Books

“My outlook from this interview was actually hopeful and optimistic: We are all in a journey towards wisdom. While we may start off from the misconceptions of our culture, we are supposed to rise above them and become better people. Improving our attitude towards women is just one facet of that growth.”
HuffPost Book Club: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

HuffPost Book Club: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Commented Sep 11, 2012 at 10:28:50 in Books

“NPR interviewed Junot Diaz this morning about his latest book, This is how you lose her.
http://www.npr.org/2012/09/11/160252399/fidelity-in-fiction-junot-diaz-deconstructs-a-cheater
My summary: Womanizing behavior is pretty much universal, and intelligence is not the same as wisdom. What do you think?”

Unum on Sep 13, 2012 at 17:20:32

“I think chivalry is dying and real men need to rise up.”
DNC Protest Leads To Arrest Of 10 Undocumented Immigrants

DNC Protest Leads To Arrest Of 10 Undocumented Immigrants

Commented Sep 5, 2012 at 15:50:33 in Politics

“Act nicely? As in 'know your place and don't act uppity?'”

Stephen Stafford on Sep 5, 2012 at 15:55:45

“If such is your mindset, go with that.

Where I am, manners and decency are never considered uppity. Perhaps you hail from a coarser environment.

As far as knowing your place, for once such would be appropriate. Their place is not to be causing a ruckus, especially at an allies convention. As they failed to exercise commons sense on many levels, they need to be gone.”
HuffPost Book Club: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

HuffPost Book Club: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Commented Sep 5, 2012 at 10:07:07 in Books

“Ahead of this afternoon's discussion, I think we should keep in mind a few points:
- The relationship between a Latino mother and her teenage daughter is as complicated as everywhere else, only with much more love, guilt, and drama involved.
- For Latino parents, raising kids in this country presents a big challenge: They can't use the same strategies as in their original country, because children quickly learn that "things are different around here." Here children have more rights, and parents are supposed to play fair, while the kids break the rules all the time. For Lola's mom, every dirty trick is fair game in the war with her daughter. Unfortunately for her, the balance of power tilts further in Lola's favor due to Beli's increasing physical weakness.
- When Beli was a teenager, the usual teenage feelings of being trapped and wanting more freedom, were magnified by the pervasive climate of repression from the dictatorship. If you misbehave, not only you get grounded; you may get killed or "disappeared." Try to imagine your teenage years under a repressive government that spies on your private life.”

hp blogger Annemarie Dooling on Sep 12, 2012 at 09:53:51

“We're bringing this up during the video chat today. Great point about the cultural parenting differences. It's a very valid argument.”
HuffPost Book Club: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

HuffPost Book Club: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Commented Aug 31, 2012 at 12:58:28 in Books

“I didn't mean to imply that it always works out for them. It's just the way they choose to cope, to make the best of an awful situation. Besides, sometimes the brutality comes from political repression and strikes at men and women alike.
Later in the book we find out what the wife of one of our heroines' lover is capable of.”
HuffPost Book Club: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

HuffPost Book Club: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Commented Aug 31, 2012 at 10:47:09 in Books

“The women in this book share a view of 'feminism' that may be baffling to some, but it is not unheard of in other cultures. It boils down to this: They teach their sons to be tough and 'macho,' and their daughters to be even tougher than the boys.
They don't fight male dominance, because they know they can take it. Contrary to surface appearances, they hold the real power. They are defiant, not defeated.
I'm not arguing for or against this point of view; I'm just saying this is the way my grandmothers saw the world in terms of male vs. female.”

techie4ever on Aug 31, 2012 at 11:58:17

“Great insight! I see evidence of this with the characters just as I've seen it in real life. Oscar and Lola's mom seems to offer them tough love. I laughed when Oscar asked his mom if he's ugly and she replied, "Well, jiho, you certainly don't take after me." I can think of several loving members of my own family who would be that blunt. If you ask, you need to be tough enough to hear the truth. Similarly, I think the mom's treatment of Lola is motivated by her desire to make Lola strong. I disagree, however, that the women hold the real power because there are too many examples in the book where male dominance crosses the line and violence enters the picture. I'm still struggling a lot with brutality being a trait of a "real man."”
HuffPost Book Club: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

HuffPost Book Club: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Commented Aug 29, 2012 at 17:11:38 in Books

“This is the one on Barnes & Noble:
ISBN-13: 9780679776697
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.
Also available in audiobook (Audible.com)”
HuffPost Book Club: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

HuffPost Book Club: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Commented Aug 29, 2012 at 10:17:46 in Books

“I'd like to point out that this book is also available in Spanish. It's funny how the footnotes change, illustrating English terms that may be unfamiliar to Spanish readers.

By the way, I'm originally from Venezuela and the term 'galletazo' is as foreign to me as it could be to you. To me, the literal meaning would be 'hitting you with a cracker.'

I'm reading both. So far I'm ahead in English, but I'm going to read more Spanish for a while. There is such a big difference between reading something the first or the second time.”

Jan de la Rosa on Aug 29, 2012 at 13:39:49

“¡No sabía que se había publicado en español! ¿Tienes la edición de Grijalbo Mondadori?”
HuffPost Book Club: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

HuffPost Book Club: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Commented Aug 27, 2012 at 10:42:36 in Books

“It is comforting to know our life experiences are shared by so many. There have been nerds since at least the 70's, and there has been teenage angst since forever.

And you're right, a lot of what is described is universal, and the author's foreign roots give him just the right amount of 'out of the box' perspective. I love this style of narration.”
Mitt Romney Mistakenly Calls Paul Ryan 'The Next President' (VIDEO)

Mitt Romney Mistakenly Calls Paul Ryan 'The Next President' (VIDEO)

Commented Aug 11, 2012 at 11:57:14 in Politics

“And I thought Palin's choice could not be outdone.”
The Sun Also Rises: HuffPost Book Club Discussion

The Sun Also Rises: HuffPost Book Club Discussion

Commented Jul 17, 2012 at 14:31:57 in Books

“To get in the mood of US expats after WW1, I recommend:
- HBO's Hemingway & Gellhorn
- Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris and Vicky Cristina Barcelona

I know, Vicky Cristina Barcelona is more from our time, but it captures the excitement and expectations of Americans exploring exotic Spain. And it's a lot of fun.

Read this book while listening to some bullfighting music: Pasodobles and zarzuelas.

Enjoy!”
'The Night Circus': Join The Discussion

'The Night Circus': Join The Discussion

Commented Jul 12, 2012 at 10:40:01 in Books

“Thanks for this insight! I'm reading this book again, and the parallels are amazing.”
'The Night Circus': Join The Discussion

'The Night Circus': Join The Discussion

Commented Jul 12, 2012 at 10:37:36 in Books

“In one phrase: Transcendent magical realism.

I am borrowing from previous comments. Thanks to this discussion group, my understanding of this book has deepened. I was aware of the Shakespeare/ The Tempest connection, but the similarities with "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell" had escaped me.

I love the matter-of-fact description of magical circumstances, and even more the transcendental discussion on the nature of magic, dreams and storytelling towards the end of the book.

It is funny how Victorian England and rural Latin America can share a taste for a parallel magical world where touching ice for the first time is more magical than seeing the ghosts of your ancestors every day.

And this is just the author's first work.”
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