Legal and Laws

23 Mar 2014

How can you tell if armor is any good? You field test it. You shoot stuff at it. You shoot a lot of stuff at it.

Think Progress created a one page timeline of GOP attacks on the Affordable Care Act. After looking at the extraordinary degree the GOP went to undermine and/or kill the ACA, I came away with a feeling that this thing must be pretty good—look at how it survived all these attacks.

What's a bit sad about the timeline is knowing that the GOP has spent most of its time the last several years either trying to prevent people like me from having access to affordable health care, or ensuring that women have little or no control over their bodies—or both. Seriously, GOP, my god, don't you have anything else to do?!

23 Oct 2013

When last we left our intrepid developer/reporter, she still hadn't completed the application process for getting healthcare coverage.

I still can't sign on, but the nice guy I talked to on the phone said that my application is in progress, so I'll check back in November.

In the meantime, I am a bit concerned hearing politicians talking about bringing in tech people, because to me, this means bringing in the Bill Gates of the world, rather than the foot soldiers who actually work on software day in and out for a living.

However, anything is better than the GOP's plan on bringing in McAfee. I'd join the pundits in listing all the reasons why this is horribly wrong, but really all I have to say is: McAfee? Seriously?

9 Sep 2013

TPM wrote on the big push to rollout ObamaCare in a few weeks.

I live in Missouri. Missouri, the same state whose legislature is voting this week on whether to override a veto on a bill that is attempting to nullify the Constitution in order to protect the Constitution. Needless to say, new fangled things like healthcare for all are not looked on kindly by people in our legislature.

Luckily the federal government recognizes there will always be stupid states, so it's providing a healthcare exchange for my state. I'm already signed up, with my actual preferred user name, so I'm ready for October.

Well, not quite ready.

30 Jun 2011

It is not difficult to make a digital copy of an inspection report. Most modern printers that make copies now have the ability to scan the copies into a PDF just as quickly as you can make the paper copy.

There is no reason for any agency, Missourian or otherwise, to not have digital copies of all their records. Not only does this decrease the need for paper, but it also ensures reasonable access of the records, as well as backup in case of fire, flood, and other disaster.

I have no idea what kind of information system the Department of Agriculture in Missouri has in place. I do know that, considering the interest people have in inspection records, the organization could more effectively deal with requests if it just provided the information via a simple to use online system. The USDA caught on to the advantages of such a system a few years back, which is why we can access so much USDA information online.

27 Apr 2011

The bill we fought so hard for, Proposition B, was killed today. It was killed by the state legislature, and it was killed by Governor Nixon. It had the honor of dying in a bi-partisan fashion, killed by Democrat and Republican alike.

I have found there is one thing that can bring both parties together: the vote of the people. All we have to do is enact direct democracy at the national level, and politicos from both parties will bond tightly, in a mutual shared horror of "we the people".


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