I knew who Deep Throat was for years and years and years. And by the way, had you asked me on this station, on NPR, on WHYY, 15 years ago, I would happily have told you. I told everyone. But no one listened to me. It was very, very, very frustrating.
Carl [Bernstein] had never told me who Deep Throat was. … I am not a discreet person. I would not have kept any secrets. I will tell anyone anything I know, and I knew that Deep Throat was Mark Felt. I figured it out from a clue in the book, and if I gave a speech with 500 people and [someone] asked me, I told them. I was like a tree falling in the forest that no one hears.” —Nora Ephron, in a 2006 interview which NPR rebroadcast shortly after she died. Ephron was briefly married to Carl Bernstein.
DO PEOPLE REALIZE THAT ACTUAL PUSHPINS DON’T COST $5?
Yeah, but they make holes in my laptop screen.
“But in a major victory for the states who challenged the law, the court said that the Obama administration cannot coerce states to go along with the Medicaid insurance program for low-income people.”
I’ve heard very little coverage of this aspect of the ruling, and it makes me kind of nervous. What impact will this have on the Affordable Care Act? Can ”Obamacare” really survive if a whole bunch of states can opt out of participating? What happens to people with no access to affordable coverage who live in those states?
The essence of Roberts’s ruling was:
“The Affordable Care Act is constitutional in part and unconstitutional in part,” Roberts wrote.
“The individual mandate cannot be upheld as an exercise of Congress’s power under the Commerce Clause. That Clause authorizes Congress to regulate interstate commerce, not to order individuals to engage in it.”
But “it is reasonable to construe what Congress has done as increasing taxes on those who have a certain amount of income, but (who) choose to go without health insurance. Such legislation is within Congress’s power to tax.”
So that’s how CNN (and maybe others) got duped into blowing their initial call on Supreme Court’s healthcare ruling! Robert’s majority opinion starts out sounding for all the world as if they’ve decided to overturn the individual mandate. But then suddenly switches things up, and declares it’s actually upheld under a different interpretation. So it’s like …. “We overturned it, but — actually, we didn’t! PSYCH!!”
Am I the only one who didn’t know this?
So today, Gawker is basically a Gawker/Daily What hybrid, I guess. “The Gawker What,” if you will.
“Recorded music revenue is down 64% since 1999.
Per capita spending on music is 47% lower than it was in 1973!!
The number of professional musicians has fallen 25% since 2000.
Of the 75,000 albums released in 2010 only 2,000 sold more than 5,000 copies. Only 1,000 sold more than 10,000 copies. Without going into details, 10,000 albums is about the point where independent artists begin to go into the black on professional album production, marketing and promotion.”