Comcast takes issue with this story noting that it does not have a data cap when one defines a cap as “to place a limit or restriction on (prices, expenditure, or other activity).” Instead the trials of 300 GB per month limits in select areas have been called both a “data threshhold,” and now a “flexible data consumption plan,” that Comcast wants people to know are in trial mode only.
“It’s not rape, it’s a struggle snuggle”
Every day, medical innovation saves American lives, but those same breakthroughs contribute to our ever-skyrocketing healthcare bill. Part of the reason is that we have no systematic way of determining the value of new gadgets and pharmaceuticals, or of driving down their prices.
For example, Evzio, a new device that rescues people who have overdosed on heroin, should cost about $3, based on its parts—but will instead likely be priced somewhere around $500. In December, Gilead Sciences released a hepatitis C drug that costs $1,000 per pill.
Prices for even generic prescriptions climbed 5.3 percent in 2012. Meanwhile, manufacturers are churning out newer and shinier versions of everything from diabetic pumps to cancer drugs. Reining in the cost of all of these new treatments is widely considered one of the key steps to bringing healthcare costs under control.
America hasn’t figured out quite how to do that yet—but Germany might have.
Sea level rise impacting naval bases. Climate change altering natural disaster response. Drought influenced by climate change in the Middle East and Africa leading to conflicts over food and water — as in, for instance, Syria.
The military understands the realities of climate change and the negative impacts of heavy dependence on fossil fuels.
The U.S. House does not.
With a mostly party-line vote on Thursday, the House of Representatives passed an amendment sponsored by Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) that seeks to prevent the Department of Defense from using funding to address the national security impacts of climate change.
“You can’t change facts by ignoring them,” said Mike Breen, Executive Director of the Truman National Security Project, and leader of the clean energy campaign, Operation Free. “This is like trying to lose 20 pounds by smashing your bathroom scale.”
The full text of McKinley’s amendment reads:
None of the funds authorized to be appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used to implement the U.S. Global Change Research Program National Climate Assessment, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report, the United Nation’s Agenda 21 sustainable development plan, or the May 2013 Technical Update of the Social Cost of Carbon for Regulatory Impact Analysis Under Executive Order
In other words, the House just tried to write climate denial into the Defense Department’s budget. “The McKinley amendment would require the Defense Department to assume that the cost of carbon pollution is zero,” Reps. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Bobby Rush (D-IL) said in a letter to their colleagues before the vote. “That’s science denial at its worst and it fails our moral obligation to our children and grandchildren.”
And they can fix all this healthcare problems with a bill that says nobody is sick.
Metafilter is laying off 3 of its staff, including long time moderator and frequent moral compass Jessamyn who is moving on to Internet Archive’s Open Library November 2012, Metafilter experienced a sharp drop in traffic. Slate asks “Why has Google forsaken Metafilter?” But the problem is endemic of a larger issue. Google is breaking the internet.
Do you ever miss the old internet?
In true Metafilter fashion, there has been an outpouring of support.