- Bag of Fresh Breath on eBay, bidding presently up to $150 AU. Inspired idiocy.
- Lousiana’s efforts to privatize its own state employees’ health care turns hideously embarrassing when Scott Kipper, the CEO of the Office of Group Benefits (the OGP manages the state workers’ health plan; Kipper is conducting an RFP process to turn the plan over to a private bidder) admits to not having read something called the “Chaffe Report” which is a recently completed evaluation of the OGP. But this isn’t incompetence, it’s far worse–Kipper testified that he doesn’t want to read it because it he does not want his judgment to be “jaded” during the RFP process. But why really?
“The report might tell you there’s no need to privatize it,” Murray said.
“That might be the case,” Kipper admitted.
Disturbing video and deeper explanation at Talking Points Memo.
- Newt Gingrich’s top aides quit his doomed campaign “en masse” on Thursday, according to NPR.
- Sun explosion, via Bad Astronomy: