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We are using less healthcare as a country, but providers and insurers are not suffering because they just keep raising their prices on what we DO use. This is an opaque, sick system
The New York Times
– Feb 18, 4:37 PM
Laurence Berland had just gotten out of the subway in New York, some 3,000 miles from his desk in San Francisco, when he learned that Google had fired him. It was the Monday before Thanksgiving, and the news came to him, bad-breakup-style, via…
francine hardawayPretty amazing how these bigtech companies ended up being just as stifling as old line companies when it came to employees becoming activists. Nothing different.
Today, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced that he would be committing $10 billion to fight climate change through a new fund called the Bezos Earth Fund. He announced new fund in a post on Instagram: Bezos said that the money will be used to help…
francine hardawayThe business community now realizes climate change will nit be good for business and is now going all in! It’s about time.
ElectionGuard isn't designed to make voting machines safe from hackers. It's meant to make hacking them pointless. This story is part of Elections 2020, CNET's full coverage of the 2020 elections. Building 83 doesn't stand out on Microsoft's…
francine hardawayElection security should be our most important concern.
This story is part of The New Rules of the IPO, a multi-part special report. Welcome to a place where words matter. On Medium, smart voices and original ideas take center stage - with no ads in sight. Follow all the topics you care about, and we'll…
francine hardawayHere's the full back story of the Silicon Valley Long Term Stock Exchange. A disrupter for you.
Sometimes you wonder where the line is in health care. And perhaps more importantly, whether anyone in the system cares. The last few months have been dominated by the issue of costs in health care, particularly the costs paid by consumers who…
francine hardawayA must-read about the health care system.
Last year, novelist, bird lover, and wind-turbine hater Jonathan Franzen wrote a curious essay about climate change. In it, he argued that humanity will fail to divert global disaster. Radical collective action is needed to save the planet, he…
francine hardawayDo you read Doomer lit? Most science fiction, whether about climate change or not, is pretty dystopian. That’s just part of the genre. Non fiction futurists tend to be cheerier.
San Diego Union-Tribune
– Feb 18, 6:01 AM
Two San Diego women have created an app for travelers that's gaining a sizable following of nomadic young people living out of vans. Inspired by a social media phenomenon, Breanne Acio, a former San Diego State University lecturer, and public…
francine hardawayVanLife is good until you want to start a family. I wonder if this is just a coverup for lack of affordable housing.
In yet another Bitcoin ransom demanding scheme, websites and publishers using the Google Adsense program get threatening emails from Bitcoin scammers demanding Bitcoin ransom in exchange for letting them keep their Google advertisements active…
francine hardawayEvery time people start to take Bitcoin seriously, something like this happens. I'm learning at an advanced age how many scammers are out in the world.
NAPA (CNN) — The price of wine is expected to drop to its lowest levels in five years thanks, in part, to a surplus of California grapes. Combined with a decreased demand for wine, drinkers can expect to get better value for every drop they…
francine hardawayI drink wine. But not from California because of chemical pesticides I’m the dirt.
The Globe and Mail
– Feb 13, 5:06 PM
Tyler Seguin drove to Brampton to visit his mother on Wednesday night. The Dallas Stars centre, who grew up in Southern Ontario, rummaged around in the garage and unearthed four hockey sticks while he was there. “As it is right now, you have…
francine hardawayI’ll just leave this one here with the other posts I’ve done about the law of unintended consequences.