Aetna Leaves Obamacare: A Public Option is the Answer

Aetna Leaves Obamacare: A Public Option is the Answer

August 22, 2016 | Madeleine Kando  | European-American Blog Aetna, one of the major insurance companies in the country, is pulling out of the Obamacare exchanges in 11 of the 15 states where it currently offers plans. The reason the company gives is that it is losing money selling insurance to individuals who are in need of more care than was anticipated. But some experts (including economist Paul Krugman) say that it is vindictiveness after antitrust authorities…

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Ballad of Gilber Park Benches

Ballad of Gilber Park Benches

Downtown Tabby | August 18, 2016 | Sardonic Spectator   Because he was in the ruling class, nobody cared where he parked his ass. So Max Ehrmann’s got his own damn bench on 7th and Wabash where the mensch sits immortal in bronze. But meanwhile, down the highway east in Gilbert Park the whole contrast couldn’t be more stark. There, police had seats carted away, saying they need to keep crime at bay. Removing a place…

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Silencing the United States as It Prepares for War by John Pilger

Silencing the United States as It Prepares for War by John Pilger

Originally published by John Pilger on johnpilger.com/ May 28, 2016 Returning to the United States in an election year, I am struck by the silence. I have covered four presidential campaigns, starting with 1968; I was with Robert Kennedy when he was shot and I saw his assassin, preparing to kill him. It was a baptism in the American way, along with the salivating violence of the Chicago police at the Democratic Party’s rigged convention….

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Post-Conventions: Terminal Craziness on the Road to the White House

Post-Conventions: Terminal Craziness on the Road to the White House

“Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?” –Joseph N. Welch “I watched as my beloved country lost its goddamn mind.” –Lewis Black Well, the Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention are both over, Trump sealed it for the GOP and Hillary got the Party nod. Now we move into the general election, usually when both parties tone down the rhetoric they spouted during the…

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[Review] BzzAgent: International Delight Simply Pure BzzCampaign

[Review] BzzAgent: International Delight Simply Pure BzzCampaign

What’s the latest Bzz? It’s International Delight’s Simply Pure Coffee Creamer BzzCampaign! Find out what this Pretty Nerdy Mama thought about it!

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[Early Access Preview] We Happy Few

[Early Access Preview] We Happy Few

If you like playing games set in a dystopian future and packaged with good satire, then this game is just what you’ve been waiting for. We Happy Few, being developed by Compulsion Games, takes place in the fictional town of Wellington Wells and does a great job of painting a world which thrives in a 1960s-style backdrop. The citizens of Wellington Wells are required to take “joy” pills, drugs which make its users ostensibly happy; they forget…

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Terre Haute Tribune Pay Mike Pence Left-Handed Compliment

Terre Haute Tribune Pay Mike Pence Left-Handed Compliment

Originally published on Sardonic Spectator/August 6, 2016 Despite his bravado, Trump needs support from traditional Republicans; hence the choice of Mike Pence who has conservative credentials and actual experience in politics. Indiana newspapers have been touting the native son, and the Terre Haute Tribune-Star headlined an editorial “Pence takes the high road.” The subhead claimed our soon to be ex-governor now “ascends to the role of GOP unifier” which to us suggests a figure of…

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[Preview] Pansy Division, Quite Contrary

[Preview] Pansy Division, Quite Contrary

Twenty-five years after they first burst onto the burgeoning queercore scene, Pansy Division shows that age doesn’t stop a kick-ass rock and roll band with their new album Quite Contrary. Lead by Jon Ginoli on vocals and guitars and backed with Chris Freeman on bass, Joel Reader on guitar and Luis Illades on drums, the Pride flag waving kings of queer rock are back with a vengeance. “I once wrote a song about being a…

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The Beatles Reanimated: Rubber Soul

The Beatles Reanimated: Rubber Soul

Originally posted on Medium, July 26, 2016 I took another break between “Help!” and “Rubber Soul”, which makes a bit more sense. “Rubber Soul” exists in the Beatles canon as the quantum leap forward into maturity. The new demands of folk rock, especially Bob Dylan, and the access to drugs are pointed to as the contributing factors, while The Beatles used their clout to begin refining their albums into cohesive sonic statements instead of collections…

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Omnibus Poetry Corner: Crucify Me

Omnibus Poetry Corner: Crucify Me

The Omnibus Poetry Corner is a monthly showcase for the best and brightest unknown or underrated poets. This month features poetry from Morgan Benjamin, Carrick McDonald, Tiffany Mertz, and Cortnie Owens.   Morgan Benjamin The Beautiful Desolation in Divorce   Carrick McDonald The Dog #847   Tiffany Mertz Or No One Lives   Cortnie Owens Crucify Me

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Pokemon Go Indy event attracts more than 5,000 fans

Pokemon Go Indy event attracts more than 5,000 fans

On July 23, 2016, gamers of all ages gathered at White River State Park in order to “catch ’em all!” The event, created initially on Facebook, was successfully organized by Jake Waddell and received support from Pop Con. The event itself,  with all its proceeds, will go towards supporting a local charity. According to Waddell, the event couldn’t have gone better. “The community was fantastic, we had no rain, the servers had no issues and…

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DEMING PARK DISASTERS

DEMING PARK DISASTERS

Originally published on Sardonic Spectator  | July 25, 2016 The pool had to be bailed out. The train’s not running again. Several of the big old trees that gave the park its character lie twisted and scattered. So far, it’s been a tough year for Deming Park. While surveying the damage recently, we expressed sadness to a fellow gawker. “It’s just how Mother Nature is,” she said cheerily. True, you can’t control the weather, but…

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Out, Loud, and Twangy Proud: A Night of Queer Honky Tonk with The Anointed and Lavender Country

Out, Loud, and Twangy Proud: A Night of Queer Honky Tonk with The Anointed and Lavender Country

On a hot July evening, I put on a borrowed blue leopard dress and got in my beat-up grey Nissan with my romantic partner in crime Millie and our mutual friend Rabbit, and headed down to Bloomington to a joint called The Back Door to see queer country legends Lavender Country. I was excited heading down, it was our second queer show of the summer. We had seen Pansy Division back in May and now…

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[Review] Loot Crate DX Dystopia June 2016

[Review] Loot Crate DX Dystopia June 2016

I received a package in the mail weighing about five pounds on July 6th, 2016 labeled Loot Crate DX, remember SPOILERS. I was excited to know my package had finally arrived after I got an email saying that the box would be delayed and we all got the “great” five dollars off a future package. Irrelevant, I finally got my package, but I had to wait for my girlfriend to come home. I became more anxious…

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Five Cliché Eco-Friendly Kids’ Movies You Still Love

Five Cliché Eco-Friendly Kids’ Movies You Still Love

With Finding Dory all the rage right now, I find myself nostalgic for some of the original clichéd environmentally friendly kids’ movies. Even though they each repeatedly bash the “respect mother earth” mantra into the squishy brains of children, there’s something unique and enjoyable in each tale. Below are five of my favorites. Don’t see yours on my list? Add it in the comments section below or at The Unrefined Forum! Of course, Finding Nemo…

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Life Lessons: Rape, the Surrounding Stigma, and Your Choice

Life Lessons: Rape, the Surrounding Stigma, and Your Choice

“Never sacrifice your needs and wants based on someone else’s sexual agenda. You’re numero uno.” The topics of rape and rape culture are very mainstream issues these days. Women and men raging out against it in order to fight the stigma; both genders raging against those who don’t see it as a problem. The thing is, it is a big deal – it’s a huge deal and it’s wrong on so many levels. The subject…

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Walt’s Soapbox: Funny Wax, Walt’s Top Ten Comedy Albums

Walt’s Soapbox: Funny Wax, Walt’s Top Ten Comedy Albums

The last few weeks have been nerve-wracking and insane; I’ve been on edge for personal reasons, political reasons, and other reasons that aren’t fit to print. Sue’s to blame for it, she made the costumes. So in lieu of a rant about how fucked the electoral system is or how I’m tired of cops murdering people in cold blood, here’s a Top Ten for you, call it Walt’s Comedy Countdown. 10. Andy Griffith – What…

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All Lives Matter, But That’s Not What We’re Talking About: The White Flight Away From Discomfort

All Lives Matter, But That’s Not What We’re Talking About: The White Flight Away From Discomfort

Where do I even begin? How about the 60’s, when racism ended once and for all? Never mind the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. or the fact that it took until 1997 for a majority of Americans to stop viewing interracial relationships unfavorably. Or, the stigmatization and misrepresentation of black youth in our media narratives, both fictional and in the news. And, need I mention the eight years of vocal disbelief that an educated black…

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[Environmentally Friendly Review] Finding Dory

[Environmentally Friendly Review] Finding Dory

After 13 years, the original fans of Finding Nemo (2003) finally get their long called-for sequel, and it does not disappoint! While I will admit that the jokes and some of the new characters seemed a bit more childish than those from Nemo, Dory’s search for her family still hits you in the feels. While taking a new direction with their familiar plot, Disney spends less time looking for Dory’s parents in the ocean and…

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[Review] June’s Dystopia Loot Crate

[Review] June’s Dystopia Loot Crate

There are many subscription boxes out there created by different companies. How do you pick the one that’s right for you? How do you pick one at a price you don’t mind spending monthly, bi-yearly, or yearly? The answer: look at the different companies there are and what they are offering. Subscription boxes are nothing new. They have become more integrated into popular culture. The masses have been craving items sold more to our tastes–and companies have…

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[Environmentaly Friendly Recap] CBS’s Zoo S2E1: The Day of the Beast and S2E2: Caraquet

[Environmentaly Friendly Recap] CBS’s Zoo S2E1: The Day of the Beast and S2E2: Caraquet

SPOILER ALERT! I apparently missed the last episode of season one, but it made for a fantastic season two premiere! Since this recap is supposed to be about the actual season two premiere, I’ll just answer a few of the burning questions from my last Zoo recap instead of completely covering season one, episode 13: That Great Big Hill of Hope.   “Will the second season try to take a more serious approach to the…

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10 Pinteresting Things I Won’t Be Trying for the 4th of July

10 Pinteresting Things I Won’t Be Trying for the 4th of July

Along the lines of the idea of Pinterest fails, here are some things that I stumbled upon via Pinterest in relation to the 4th of July that I will NOT be attempting. Red, White, & Blue Deviled Eggs Firecracker Cakes  Patriotic Waffles  These Patriotic “Mom ordered an extra shot of espresso at Starbucks today” Cookies Patriotic Oreos Taco Salad Flag  Forth of July Ice Cream Sandwich Giant Jenga Game  Blue Noodles Red White & Blue…

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Five Animes so Bad You Just Can’t Stop Watching

Five Animes so Bad You Just Can’t Stop Watching

I’ve always enjoyed the stories and art styles of anime, and thanks to many nerdy friends, I’ve seen some of the greatest shows in the genre. When I don’t have someone guiding my binge sessions, though, I tend to get sucked into less-than-awesome series. But I just can’t stop watching them! Beneath bad artwork, shotty story lines, and cringe-worthy dialogue, I always find something that pulls me to the end of the show. So watch…

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I’ll Raichu a Recipe: Almond Joy Chia Seed Pudding

I’ll Raichu a Recipe: Almond Joy Chia Seed Pudding

I’m going to answer your first question right out of the starting gate…”What is a chia seed??” Yes, it’s the same seed we used on our chia pets as kids, (I still say “Ch-ch-ch-CHIA!” every time I get them out of the pantry) but they actually have a lot of things going for them in the food department! From chia seeds alone, this recipe actually gives you 9 grams of protein and 15 grams of dietary…

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World News in a Nutshell: Britain Leaves the EU

World News in a Nutshell: Britain Leaves the EU

By now, I’m sure most of you have heard the game-changing news regarding the United Kingdom officially leaving the EU. As world leaders meet tomorrow to discuss future actions, this massive shot in the dark has attached to it such troubling ramifications as to inspire uncertainty onto not only Great Britain but the economy all the world over.   To understand the full gravity of this decision, we must take a close look at why this has happened, and view…

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Aesthetics

Aesthetics

Originally published on Medium, January 13, 2016 When I was six years old we took a field trip to see the play version of “Pinocchio”, a story about a little Italian prick making hell for everyone by disrupting the flow of capital for several older men who tried to make a comfortable living on opposite sides of the wood industry. The movie version always occupied the side of my mind where I filed away things…

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Omnibus Poetry Corner: The Things We Grow Into

Omnibus Poetry Corner: The Things We Grow Into

The Omnibus Poetry Corner is a monthly showcase for the best and brightest unknown or underrated poets. This month features poetry from Courtney Hancock, Leah Hedrick, Amanda McDaniel, and Anna Wilson.   Courtney Hancock Home   Leah Hedrick The Things We Grow Into    Amanda Mcdaniel I Am All Seasons    Anna Louise Wilson  A Failed Television Set

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[Review] Orange Is The New Black S04E01: “Work That Body For Me”

[Review] Orange Is The New Black S04E01: “Work That Body For Me”

“Nobody knows you, gangster with an A.” Spoiler Alert: You have been warned. There will be spoilers ahead. Tread carefully. Overview: The episode opens precisely where we left off the ladies of Litchfield Prison: enjoying a hot day jumping around in the lake. We find Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” and Maureen kind of innocently exploring each other’s “soft parts”. Maureen presents the idea to Crazy Eyes that they shouldn’t go back to Litchfield; they should stay…

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