Dish Network customers, take note: Dish has updated its terms of service to force you to settle all grievances with Dish in either binding arbitration or small claims court, plus you won't be able to band together with other Dish users in a class action. Pretty sneaky, eh? It's like they're afraid they'll do things they don't want exposed in a court of law. However, you have 30 days from the day you received an email from Dish announcing the new terms of service to opt out of the agreement. Best get on the stick about that.
Here with the perfect tonic to all the vapid yay-us cheerleading about the 10th anniversary of the Katrina disaster is America's Last Journalist, Greg Palast, who reminds us of the real culprit in the storm that killed New Orleans: "the oil industry...who, with greedy abandon, chopped and slashed away dozens of miles of Nature’s protective barrier of bayous which once kept the Gulf from entering the city." You'd think Our Glorious Elites would be more upset that a city has not even 80% of its pre-storm population a decade later, but of course it's more a matter of whom those elites wanted out of the city.
Richard Eskow reminds us that the Affordable Care Act's "Cadillac tax" goes into effect in 2018 -- just in time for Democrats to take yet another midterm shellacking! -- and within a decade it will hit nearly half of all employers, and thus, I would imagine, a considerably larger share of employees. "The notion was that employees, as well as employers, would be more discriminating 'shoppers' for their own medical care if they had to pay more for it" -- in a land that thinks forcing health insurers to charge less is "un-American," that is to laugh.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) plans to introduce legislation permitting Medicare to negotiate its own drug prices. Which, as you know, the plan George W. Bush rammed through back in 2003 doesn't allow, because, again, giving our government the power to reduce costs while not reducing benefits is somehow "un-American." Good for him, though -- let's have the bill's opponents try to explain why they don't want government to run more efficiently, or spend less money for the same services.
Finally, Sen. Marco Rubio describes his plan for energy policy in the event we go insane and elect him President. He'd lift the ban on crude oil exports -- though that doesn't provide for our own energy needs very well, I'd think -- and he'd kill the EPA's climate change rules, because TEH REGULASHUNZ IZ ALWAYS BADZ!!!!, and he'd let the states regulate climate change, even though the EPA's Clean Power Plan actually gives states a lot of leeway oh forget it it's Marco Rubio, the man who thinks "innovation, not regulation" is clever because it rhymes (whereas "regulation spurs innovation" is clever because it's true).