Re: Since Your Bin's Gone

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But did your glee at finding a good pun for a post title outweigh the emotional wallop of the annoyance?


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 11-30-13 10:21 AM
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Heh. It sure did.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 11-30-13 10:24 AM
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Stanley you're terrible at being cranky.

|| okay autocorrect 'ctabky' is seriously not a word. Are you drunk? |>


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 11-30-13 10:38 AM
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I'm always insistent, Spellcheck. But I'm not to be trusted, am I?


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 11-30-13 11:03 AM
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3.1: It's true. Maybe I could apprentice with a curmudgeon for a while.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 11-30-13 11:07 AM
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Just wait until your bin is stolen, you have to explain that it is gone, and no, you didn't do anything strange with it.

And that's before you have to defend it from your neighbor, who fills it because it costs $2 for recycling, and $30 for rubbish, so he only has a recycling bin.

For the record, I approve. I just hate my neighbor.


Posted by: Grumbles | Link to this comment | 11-30-13 11:16 AM
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Also, Spellcheck, I never mean "ducking."


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 11-30-13 11:22 AM
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7: But "skittlefart" and "fuckweasel," these are things you frequently intend to type, right?


Posted by: Opinionated Autocorrect | Link to this comment | 11-30-13 3:14 PM
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I keep seeing this post title and having to sing it in my head. And then I go to the next line, and then I imagine a little scenario in which your recycling bin is full of stinky stuff.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 11-30-13 6:04 PM
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I come to carry the bin, not to laud bin.


Posted by: Opinionated Sanitation Worker | Link to this comment | 11-30-13 6:11 PM
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I certainly thought the government would have been more enthusiastic about capturing another bin laden.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 11-30-13 6:24 PM
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10: Are we supposed to extrapolate to bin laudin' from there? Maybe I should ask Standpipe. Whatever happened to zir, anyway?


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 11-30-13 6:27 PM
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Stanley, you fucker.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 11-30-13 6:28 PM
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Whatever happened to zir, anyway?

People went back to using less ridiculous pronouns.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11-30-13 10:39 PM
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Is there a hierarchy of pronoun ridiculousness?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 11-30-13 10:55 PM
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I think it's more of a binary thing.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11-30-13 11:18 PM
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I heard someone use "zie" ingenuously a few weeks ago.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 12:35 AM
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I heard someone use "zie" ingenuously a few weeks ago.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 12:35 AM
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It made quite an impression.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 12:35 AM
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I think it's more of a binary thing.

One can hardly be said to be ridiculous if one does not use "zir"... Oh.

Puns this bad practically call for an XOR-cism.


Posted by: Awl | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 2:59 AM
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It tastes like zit.


Posted by: text | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 7:41 AM
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When a German needs a new identity, zie goes to the Binladen. Motto: Ich werde sein, der ich sein werde.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 9:00 AM
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OT: I am annoyed with myself at becoming irritated by McArdle, but: is it just me, or is this column on mandated ACA coverage of contraceptives utter gobbledy-gook? The corker:

overall, there's no particular reason to force insurers to cover a minor and predictable expense.

Oh, for god's sake.

I understand that you may think Hobby Lobby's position is ridiculous, or that contraception is a fundamental human right, but here's the problem: Hobby Lobby's owners, and millions of other Americans, hold the opposite opinion at least as strongly. In a pluralistic society, they have the right to fight you on it every step of the way. To state the obvious, Obamacare is probably not going to survive many more such battles.

How can she be so stupid? I ... cannot say more without violating the analogy ban.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 1:01 PM
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You could make a principled distinction between health care and health insurance and how the ACA has smushed them together unnecessarily. However, to do that plausibly, you'd need to have some kind of commitment to saying something besides "sucks for you" to people without income or health.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 1:17 PM
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Has the ACA has smushed them together unnecessarily? I suppose so, insofar as the federal site is called healthcare.gov. That actually is kind of dumb. God knows far too many people do smush them together.

I don't really follow 24.2. Isn't McArdle basically saying that you can get health care -- contraception in this case -- without health insurance, so what's the point in making health insurance cover it given that some people protest? It's an incredibly stupid argument (the analogy I'd draw would be to something like vaccinations, also a relatively minor and predictable expense, but surely that doesn't mean health insurance needn't cover it).

Oh, wait: are you saying that McArdle is attempting to make that distinction between health care and health insurance?


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 1:52 PM
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I'm not going to actually read what she wrote.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 2:07 PM
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Good on you, actually: the memeorandum post that offered up her headline shows no other sites commenting on it.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 2:17 PM
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Why are you reading McArdle? No good can come of that.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 2:36 PM
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It showed up on memeorandum. I was curious what the glibertarian sector might say about the Supreme Court's decision to take up the Hobby Lobby suit. My mistake. They're just so fucking confused about jurisprudence; I, um, heard Rick Santorum this morning babbling about the first amendment -- Howard Dean smacked him down well and ably, but you'd never know it from the coverage.

It's actually really difficult to counter their arguments without venturing into analogy. One wants to ask, say: What if Hobby Lobby were Christian Scientists, arguing that they should not have to provide much of any health insurance coverage at all? Because faith healing and all that.

I actually hope the Supreme Court does venture into that territory: it strikes me as a valid question.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 2:48 PM
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I was curious what the glibertarian sector might say

I think I've isolated the source of the problem.


Posted by: Von Wafer | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 2:58 PM
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Yeah, maybe. Except that their rhetoric has infected the Republican party, so, you know, I sometimes try to know the enemy. Not that it does me any good!


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 3:05 PM
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You can know the enemy without reading shitheads whose prose is crazy-making, I think. Or you can not bother trying to know the enemy at all, because the enemy isn't monolithic, and therefore reading shitheads whose prose is crazy-making probably obscures more than it reveals.


Posted by: Von Wafer | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 3:07 PM
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That said, you should totally do what you want, at least until you find the hard boot of the state planted firmly on your neck. Because be warned, that day is coming.


Posted by: Von Wafer | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 3:08 PM
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Soon.


Posted by: Von Wafer | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 3:08 PM
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Or so say the editors at Reason.


Posted by: Von Wafer | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 3:09 PM
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And a few dudes who hang out in front of the student union wearing Ron Paul shirts.


Posted by: Von Wafer | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 3:09 PM
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And, if I stand in the corner of my back yard, my right molar (the one with the filling).


Posted by: Von Wafer | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 3:10 PM
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I sometimes see Lew Rockwell's face in my toast.


Posted by: Von Wafer | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 3:11 PM
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Maybe "sometimes" is an exaggeration. That's only happened twice.


Posted by: Von Wafer | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 3:14 PM
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This week.


Posted by: Von Wafer | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 3:14 PM
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When you butter the toast, does his face look more acne prone?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 3:42 PM
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Or is it a special toaster like the Hello Kitty toasters?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 3:46 PM
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I thought the Hello Kitty toasters put on a Abe Vigoda.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 3:51 PM
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That is, an image of him.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 3:55 PM
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Don't be gross, Moby.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 3:56 PM
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When I go off the grid (to escape the boot of the state), I will live in one of these.


Posted by: Von Wafer | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 4:00 PM
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45 Thanks for the giving me the opportunity to vote that disgusting definition down. In my neck of the woods that's called a Brezhnev.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 4:00 PM
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The title of the post isn't quite a pun, but is a soundalike sentence to a great Totto song. Cool.

The wheels of the spies keep on turnin.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 6:00 PM
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a great Totto song

"Rosannna"?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 6:49 PM
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Every time I read the post title I get "My Man's Gone Now" in my head. Which is odd. "Since U Been Gone" (if that contains the appropriate kidspeak) is much closer, and is also a thing I get stuck in my head.


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 7:01 PM
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While trying to look up who sang "Since You Been Gone," I learned that somebody did a new song wit the same name. Unless Stanley has any taste at all, I've been inadvertently earwormed by a 70s song.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 7:40 PM
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I definitely have no taste at all.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 8:21 PM
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Great. Then put a video of yourself doing a cover of "Royals".


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 8:24 PM
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While trying to look up who sang "Since You Been Gone,"

Now I have this stuck in my head.

"Her man's been gone for nigh on a year . . ."


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 8:31 PM
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Watching that again, it is such a magnificently strange song . . .


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 8:40 PM
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54 is such a great Who clip. Keith Moon making a sweet little pop song with weird lyrics into total fucking metal explosion just by virtue of being Keith Moon.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 10:27 PM
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Now that I'm finally applying through the CoveredCA website, I'm finding it pretty bad. Opaque password requirements that aren't checked until submission, questions whose meaning and import isn't clear or explained ("Have you had any medical expenses in the last 3 months?" -- what, *any*? Cold medicine? Prescriptions?), and now, the most annoying thing by far, I see that if I click an earlier section of the application it entirely erases my progress and I have to redo the whole thing.

I mean, obviously this is no big deal compared to actually having a big insurance subsidy, but I'd be embarrassed if I wrote an app that made that last mistake, certainly.


Posted by: x.trapnel | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 10:55 PM
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It also seems very confused about my entirely correct street address (XX Noun St., San Francisco, CA 94103)-- except it parses it as
"XX Noun St.,
San Francisco,
CA,
San Francisco,
94103"
and suggests I replace it with
"XX Noun,
St,
San Francisco,
CA,
San Francisco,
94103"

(All line breaks and doubles theirs, obvs.) WTF?


Posted by: x.trapnel | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 10:59 PM
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"Have you had any medical expenses in the last 3 months?" -- what, *any*?

That's probably related to the fact that if you get enrolled in Medicaid, it will retroactively cover you for services over the 3 months prior to application. So in practice it presumably means the kind of major expenses that could remain unpaid - not to deny that it's poorly worded.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 11:00 PM
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Is gift income (yes, parents) included under Other income? I'd imagine so, but it's also not listed as one of the examples. I suppose it's just "miscellaneous."


Posted by: x.trapnel | Link to this comment | 12- 1-13 11:10 PM
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SF city and county? County is the last one?

Sounds pretty ugly.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 12- 2-13 5:41 AM
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60: You're overthinking this.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 2-13 6:07 AM
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57,60: Yes, and from everything I have read, the more someone does not fit into the mold of predictable income from "typical" sources the more confusing it is (especially if you flirt with the Medicaid income line).

And earlier I had indicated that we should hold discussion on most of this until May, but I will say that this article in the NYT with more detail on some of the technical choices made behind the scenes did give me more pause that I anticipated. Things like basic network infrastructure and hosting.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 12- 2-13 6:20 AM
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