Insurance deductibles are too damn high

courtesy of NYTimes.COM


The New York Times has a scathing report on the rising cost of insurance plans across the nation. These plans found on were supposed to be affordable according the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare.   And while the policies themselves are relatively inexpensive, the “sticker shock” comes from the cost of the deductibles.

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Visit to Reno

We went from Newcastle to Reno, Nevada (about a 2 hour ride).  Check out the pics of the Atlantis Hotel…



Visit to Newcastle

Went to Newcastle to see Pam and Greg.  They are both doing well.  They are putting in new deck and stairs as well as a new frame on the windows.



My Cali Trip

My trip to Cali.   First went to Redondo Beach and hung out in my favorite place, Hermosa Beach.


Big Pimpin trial over

Jay Z has succeeded, right out of the gate, in defeating a lawsuit over his and Timaland’s use of an Egyptian song “khosara, khosara”, in his classic Big Pimpin.

The suit filed by the nephew of the song writer , Osama Fahmy, filed almost eight years ago, sought unprecedented damages from the rapper. The lawsuit tried to insinuate the song was so important to Jay’s career, that the plantiffs believed they were entitled to a piece of everything the rap mogul has done since the song’s release over a decade ago.

The case hinged on “moral rights” a concept that exists in US law but is taken to a new level in Egyptian law.  Under Egyptian moral rights, permissions freely given to a song can be taken away if the copyright owners believe the use in some way offends the copyright holder.

The judge decided Egyptian law does not apply and therefore the trial cannot move forward:


“Fahmy lacked standing to pursue his claim,” said Snyder in court Wednesday. “In light of that decision, it will not be necessary to submit to the jury whether ‘Big Pimpin’ ‘ infringed ‘Khosara Khosara.’ ”

“I had to hear the testimony of Egyptian law experts in order to reach that decision,” she added. She discharged the jury at about 10:30 a.m.

The plantiff’s plan to appeal.