Links for 1-5-2015

  • The New York Times reports that Harvard professors are up in arms because they’ve become victims of ObamaCare just like the proles:

    Members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the heart of the 378-year-old university, voted overwhelmingly in November to oppose changes that would require them and thousands of other Harvard employees to pay more for health care. The university says the increases are in part a result of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act, which many Harvard professors championed.

    The faculty vote came too late to stop the cost increases from taking effect this month, and the anger on campus remains focused on questions that are agitating many workplaces: How should the burden of health costs be shared by employers and employees? If employees have to bear more of the cost, will they skimp on medically necessary care, curtail the use of less valuable services, or both?

    Later:

    But Jerry R. Green, a professor of economics and a former provost who has been on the Harvard faculty for more than four decades, said the new out-of-pocket costs could lead people to defer medical care or diagnostic tests, causing more serious illnesses and costly complications in the future.

    “It’s equivalent to taxing the sick,” Professor Green said. “I don’t think there’s any government in the world that would tax the sick.”

    Read the entire article. Harvard should sell tickets to the meetings where this is discussed. I’d laugh and laugh and laugh…

  • Sharyl Attkisson filed lawsuits and administrative complaints against the Department of Justice and the Postal Service, accusing them of involvement in the hacking of her computers. She’s seeking $35 million in damages. Last week Attkisson and Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the FBI, which the DOJ will stall to run out the clock on the Obama administration. These latest actions are an attempt to obtain the same information through the discovery process.

  • Pat Caddell released a poll that says up to one third of Republicans are ready to bolt the GOP over the party’s ineffective opposition to President Obama’s policies. Only one third?

  • Joy Pullmann runs down ten cronies making big money from Common Core.

  • Toyota offered to license 5,680 fuel cell-related patents on a royalty-free basis. They’re hoping other automotive companies will do the same.

  • The wife of the former mayor of Iguala, Mexico – the town where 43 college students disappeared – has been charged with organized crime and money laundering. Maria de los Angeles Pineda’s brothers are members of the Guerreros Unidos drug gang.

  • Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is passing the hat in China and in OPEC countries to rescue his country’s economy.

  • Turkey arrested another 15 police officers, accusing them of illegally wiretapping President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other government officials. The arrested officers are supposedly associated with Fethullah Gulen.

  • Lebanon severely restricted the number of Syrian refugees it will accept and limited how long they can stay in the country. The Lebanese government estimates there are 1.5 million Syrians in the country and they say they can’t handle any more.

  • The U.S. Army is considering upgrading Iraq’s M1A1 tanks with improved armor, mine clearing equipment, and counter-sniper guns. The U.S. is also considering the sale of another $2.4 billion worth of new tanks to Iraq.

  • Boko Haram overran a multinational military base on Nigeria’s border with Chad, driving away soldiers from Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, and Niger.