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Friday, June 23, 2017

The Senate Releases Its Version of the Health-Not-Care Bill

republican healthcare

We now know why the senate Republicans didn't want anyone to know about what was in their bill, because they are cutting just about everything to give themselves tax break.

Personally that doesn't impact me since I'm not on Medicaid, but those Republican voters in the red states that voted these people into office, say goodbye to some of your heath coverage... I guess that's what happens when you don't give any real thought into the people you vote for. Suckers!

Let's break down the 50th attempt at repealing the AHCA by the Republicans.

  • Allows insurers to charge older people up to 5 times as much as younger
  • Massive tax break for the rich, to be paid for by cuts into Medicaid. 
  • No more funding for planned parenthood. This means no more birth control, no more medical care, no more prenatal care.  
  • Don't like the requirement that you need to have health insurance? Under the Republican plan. The tax penalty for not having health insurance would be dropped. Now, anyone who goes without insurance for more than two months would face a 30% premium surcharge when they try to buy a new plan. 
  • Percentage of uninsured Americans would increase.   23 million fewer people would have insurance over the next decade.
  • Allows states to permit insurers to charge more for pre-existing conditions

There is more in in that screws Americans but hey, that's what we get for voting these people into office. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Doctor Who Drinking Game


drinking gmae
  • Whenever you hear the Tardis 
  • Whenever a Dalek says, "Exterminate" 
  • Whenever the Dr. uses the sonic screwdriver 
  • Whenever the Dr says "run" 
  • Whenever anyone says, "he's the doctor" 
  • Whenever the Doctor uses his psychic paper (fake ID) 
  • Whenever the Doctor and companion encounter a famous person from history (ex. Agatha Christie)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Google Views Supporting Free Speech as Hate Speech

Back in January of 2015 I did a blog post in support of Charlie Hebdo. You might recall the situation, the magazine had a cover depicting Mohammad and as a result a crazy person shot up the magazines office.

My blog post was this, "In light of recent events I feel need to add my support to France and freedom of speech in the right against extremism." 

I then posted the magazines image. 

Charlie Hebdo


With the text, "The more you extremest try to tell us what we can not do, the more we will do it..."

The page as received a massive 408 page views since it was posted to today. Two days ago I received the below from Google basically referring to my supportive post as something that:

  • Threatens or advocates for harm on oneself or others;
  • Harasses, intimidates or bullies an individual or group of individuals;
  • Incites hatred against, promotes discrimination of, or disparages an individual or group on the basis of their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or other characteristic that is associated with systemic discrimination or marginalization.

Personally I don't see how supporting a magazine, free speech, and have an attitude of anti-shooting of others falls into this category, but apparently that's just me. 

So I've taken the post down as they requested, since they don't provide an option to appeal... lets see what happens to this post. 

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Affected website: thecrankymonkey.com
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  • Incites hatred against, promotes discrimination of, or disparages an individual or group on the basis of their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or other characteristic that is associated with systemic discrimination or marginalization.


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Sunday, May 07, 2017

Macron Wins

French President

And in some oddly good news, Emmanuel Macron won the presidential election in France over the crazy-assed right-winger Marine Le Pen. Good job of learning from the mistakes of the UK and the US France.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Old People Vote Against Themselves

It's an odd thing about voting in America. The older you are the less likely you are to vote in your best interest. For example the Republicans usually get votes by older Americans. In the last election 53% of the people over 45 voted for Trump.

And now that Republicans are in control of all branches of government the healthcare bill includes these items:

Loosen the age-band so insurers can charge older folks more. Under Obamacare, insurers could only charge older enrollees three times more than younger policy holders. The GOP bill would widen that band to five-to-one, which would hike premiums for those in their 50s and early 60s, but reduce them for younger folks.

End enhanced federal funding for Medicaid expansion. It would also end the enhanced match rate for Medicaid expansion for new enrollees starting in 2020. Those already in the program could stay as long as they remain continuously insured. States that have not already expanded would not be allowed to do so, starting immediately.

But hey on the plus side for old people, the bill will also defend planned parenthood. We don't want those poor people to have access to birth control anymore, to prevent them from having children and then ending up on welfare.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Trumps War Budget

large military
What first caught my attention about this article by salon.com is the title, "Trump’s budget vision would transform America into war-obsessed, survival-of-the-fittest dystopia"What they did is look at his proposed budget that would increase the Pentagons budget to $56 billion dollars a year and pay for the increase in spending by cutting the budget for everything else. Because if there is one thing America needs it's a larger military to invade other countries with and less spending on domestic issues. After all, it worked so well for Soviet era Russia.  

The article is an interesting read as to what we can expect if Trump gets everything he wants, which he probably will with the Republicans in congress.

Friday, March 17, 2017

The League Drinking Game


drinking game
  • Whenever someone takes a drink of alcohol 
  • Whenever Taco sings a song 
  • Whenever someone gets hit in the nuts 
  • Whenever someone swears 
  • Whenever someone says "balls deep" 
  • Whenever Andre makes a unintentional reference to something in his butt 
  • Whenever Ruxin says "collusion" 
  • Whenever someone says Shiva's full name, "Shivakamini Somakandarkram" 
  • Whenever someone shows their "vinegar strokes face" 
  • Add any time someone references "three penis wine"

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Older Americas Get Screwed in Republican Health Bill

I love how Republicans vote against there best interest in each election, never learn the lesson, and then do it again. The republicans just released the proposed replacement to the Affordable Care Act. In the new bill they would allow insurance companies to charge older workers health insurance premiums five times as much as younger ones. Under the ACA  insurance companies are limited to charging the oldest customers only three times the prices charged to the youngest ones.

Douch-bag Trump received more votes from the over 45 crowd than Clinton did. No surprise there, most elections the older you are the more likely you are to vote Republican over Democrat. So when you old Republican voters start to see the amounts you pay go up, well, you only have yourselves to blame.   

To spell this out for a few of the older voters, by voting in a Republican majority you are now allowing them to make your heath insurance more costly. 

Read more about it here... 

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Archer Drinking Game

drinking game
  • When someone gets shot 
  • When someone drinks 
  • When someone starts a sentence with "He said," or "She said." 
  • When someone swears - bleeped or not bleeped 
  • When someone has sex - Two drinks if it involves people of the same sex 
  • When someone references Lana's huge hands or feet 
  • When Malory uses Archer's full name "Sterling Malory Archer" 
  • When Archer says, "Danger Zone" 
  • Whenever Lana loses an article of clothing

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Where Were All the Women in November?

It is interesting to note that with inauguration day this weekend that we have since seen protesters all over the world, mostly women, protesting President Trump. I'm curious where all these women were before he was elected? Yes, there were some protests before he was elected but not to this number? 

anti-trump


If millions of women and a few men were out this week protesting him, how many of these women actually voted this year? In fact in the United States the ratio of women to men his higher, with approximately 51% women to 49% men. And in key states like Florida it is  51.1% women to 48.9% male, according to the 2010 census. So women, if you suddenly care so much where were you?

I would imagine that a large number of these protesters did in fact vote, as political activists, but it would be interesting to know how many didn't. As a male who voted for Hillary, I am a bit annoyed at all these women who didn't vote and are now suddenly against the pussy grabbing, multiple times married, wife cheating, prostitute using president of the United States. Although I was already annoyed at any women who actually did vote and voted for Trump. 

Even Trump is calling out these protester...


I don't know if celebrities hurt causes but in a country where we are always hearing about the pay gap, the glass ceiling, spousal abuse, and more when it comes to men and women, it is crazy to think that nearly half of the women voters voted against their own best interests.Yes, actual women who voted nearly half voted for him.  

When I rant on how the country is getting dumber, I want the women out there to know that it's not just men getting dumber, it's you as well! 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Star Trek Beyond Review

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I should start by saying their might be spoilers in this review but that is under the assumption that something happens in this movie that isn't totally predictable and hasn't already been done before.

The movies starts with a joke. Not an action moment of much, but a low quality CGI moment between Kirk and a new race. But I knew what I was getting into when I decided to go see this movie. Which is low quality action. From there we have a touching moment between Kirk and Bones and a nice moment with Spock and the films acknowledging the passing of Leanord Nemoy.

Of course, this is supposed to setup the emotional story arc of the film. Instead it turns into a typical CGI filled action flick that rotates and rotates more from one scene to the next. Watching this movie is like riding a roller coaster for hours! Of course they have to cut to the Jason Born inspired  shaky camera extreme close-up fight scenes as everything rotates into the same movie tropes we have become to expect from the latest iteration of this franchise. And by that I mean doing everything that has been done before just with bigger special effects.

And of course… Big surprise since it's been a few movies since they last blew up the enterprise, it is time to do it again.

The bad guy is the same bad guy we have seen before bent on destroying worlds or people. And…. Well you get the point. Nothing new to see here either.

The movie does have a few redeeming qualities, like Karl Urban's portrail of Dr. McCoy. The only one of the crew that seems to have any actual acting talent. Well, him and Sofia Boutella as Jaylah. I'm slowly becoming a fan of hers, after Kingsman and this. But Urban's and Boutella's performances aren't enough to makeup up for a copy and paste script co-written by Simon Pegg. He clearly was heavily influenced by the check and what the previous Abrams produced movies have done and that's copy previous Star Trek movies. It worked before so might as well keep doing it right?

The movie jumps from one unbelievable action scene to the next and expects us to buy into a 100 year old spaceship that crash landed on a planet and was never meant to fly in an atmosphere can suddenly fly again. Yes, just like an airplane built in 1916 can keep up with a modern jetliner.

The movie does eventually end with… big surprise… a fight scene between Kirk and the bad guy and Kirk winning…. There's your spoiler. Or was the enterprise blowing up the spoiler? Oh and the emotional arc setup at the beginning with Kirk and Spock… it doesn't really pay off.

Justin Lin's directing works for the Fast and Furious franchise because it doesn't try to be something it's not. Star Trek used to be something more than it currently is. Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek this is not. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Impressive Attempted E-Mail Scam

I received an email from this guy Mike Browning (mkbrowning87@gmail.com) with a request for photography at a wedding anniversary. I often get requests for event photography services, I am a photographer after all. So I reply asking for more information on what he is after, I sent him a quote.

He then replies with this:

The price is fine by me and I’m ready to make full payment of the service now with my credit card so I can be rest assured the date is secured for the event.

I need you to render me a favor regarding the event planner that is handling the event for me. The favor is that the event planner is currently not authorized to accept credit card so I want you to help coordinate his fee on my card along with your payment.

I will give you my card to charge for your service and the event planner fee (You will charge your fee then charge an additional €2,550 for the event planner), As soon as you charge it through and it approves you will forward it to him so everything can be set for the event.

Reason I’m asking you for the favor is cause I just got out of Intensive care and currently and My Psychiatrist strongly  advice me to minimize the stress I go through else I might develop severe weakness and tiredness.

I am willing to offer you an extra €100 as tip for your assistance, Bear with me I will be authorizing and responsible for all the charges on my credit card.

Below is the breakdown of the charges you will be running on my credit card:

Photo-shoot : €300
Event Planner : €2,550
Tip: €100
CC Charges: 3.5%


Regards,
Mike.

What's impressive about this scam is that he takes the time to contact a business about legitimate services they offer, versus asking for help from the king of Nigeria or his sick grandmother. He even they tries to sweeten the offer with a tip to feed on my greed.

I thought about playing along, taking the charge, then never going along with the rest of the scam to the event planner part but the reality is I do have an actual business to run so instead decided to write a blog post about it. But good attempt Mike or whatever your real name is. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Men's Room Etiquette Rule #1 - Space

Tips for appropriate behavior when using the men's room. In this tip, we provide advice on spacing between you and the next guy.

 

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

4Team Corp Sync2 Review

Last year I bought this service from a company called 4Team that allows people using outlook to sync email calendars with the software. It worked okay and cost 40 bucks at the time and included one year of support. 

I'm assuming you can see where this is going. 

So I used the product for a year with no issues and then bought a new computer. I went to move everything to the new computer and of course wasn't able to activate the software. Thinking I simply needed to deactivate it on the old computer I contacted support.

Me : Hi. i'm moving from one computer to another and when i enter my activation code i get an error that the activation has failed. I'm assuming this means it needs to be deactivated on the old computer in some way?

Support: Please hold on, I will transfer you to our sales department as they are dealing with activations. You will not need to retype your query.
Please wait while I transfer the chat to the best suited site operator.
Support 2 : As I can see from your account, your subscription for the software updates and technical support expired on 9/29/2016. In order to activate the newest version, license must be valid. You can extend it by purchasing a license upgrade. Extension price is 24.98 EUR. Would you like to acquire it and receive a purchase quote?

Me : I'd prefer not to as i don't really consider moving from one computer to another a necessary reason to pay for support. you would think that would be something that is a common task people would do. I'm fine with my current version. i don't need the new one i just want it to work on my new computer in the same way it works on the old one

He goes on to tell me that they are only supporting the current version of the software. If I happened to save the original version I had I could use that (without support of course), but since I didn't save the original downloaded installation file I'm S.O.L. 

Support 2: Sorry for the inconvenience, but our licensing policy as well as EULA states that we provide free support and software updates free for one year after the purchase. Your scenario is considered support case, therefore it's necessary to purchase a license upgrade.

Me Like i said i don't want to new version, just to use the one i already have.

Support 2 : I completely understand how this can be a tough situation for you and I sincerely apologize for this. However, policies are determined at a higher level and we are left with the enforcement of it. Here is a direct link to our licensing policy: http://4team.biz/Help.aspx#Licensing.

Many years ago I worked customer service at AT&T and whenever we found a customer annoying about stuff like this we would respond with, "It's in our terms and conditions. Did you read the terms and conditions?" because of course no one ever had. But I would rarely ever do this and often try to help my customers out. Sometimes this would involve creative workarounds, because as they say a happy customer sometimes tells people about the good service but are way more likely to tell people about the bad service. It seems more and more that the point of having customer service is less and less necessarily as there is no service involved, there is only, "the policy in front of me tells me to do this, and the people in charge say to only do this." As AI becomes better I can see this being one of the areas it will move into, as it is not like an actual person does anything different than a machine would. 

So instead of providing some type of workaround or more than 10% off the subscription price they lost a customer. As there are more companies out there that do the same thing, and for the creative free workarounds. And it gives a cranky monkey something to blog about.