More Behavior Modification Coming To The Herds

(I want to thank reader BB for introducing me to two blogs that are worthy of your time; America20xy.com and Technofascismblog.com.)

Ah, the liberal secondary education system at work.  It appears that the speaker in this video, Jesse Schell, believes that our society is moving toward a ‘game point’ system that will reward us for better behavior.  Mr. Schell is a professor at Carnegie-Mellon University, CEO of Schell Games who is currently working on an online multiplayer game for ‘The Mummy’, and former manager and designer at Disney.

All the same names still working toward the same direction…’making people better’.  This is my daily “Serenity” moment.

This 28 minute video that is rather dry up until minute 17:25, (so skip ahead), where you will hear about all the wonderful points awarded for brushing your teeth, taking public transportation, achieving good grades in school, and how this is already starting with the virtual plant growing inside Ford hybrids when you burn less gas, and Lee Sheldon, “teaching at the University of Indiana.  One of the first things he did was – ‘you know what? this grading system kinda sucks’, cause school’s a game, right? You go, you get scores, you take, and you know, you come out and there’s a leaderboard, ya know.  And he said, ‘I’m going to do this better’.  He doesn’t give out grades for each assignment, he gives out experience points, and you level up through the class.” Mr. Schell is convinced this game point system is coming and only wonders who will bring it to us first, hacks or game designers.

Excerpt from Technofascismblog.com:

It seems Schell’s best idea for our future is to turn us into point-chasing, gamebot automatons that are manipulated into performing whatever actions are desired by the controllers of the global game system. The scariest part of this presentation for me is not the Orwellian world Schell conjures up but the fact that he seems to think this is all desirable and wonderful.

“Dice 2010: Design Outside The Box Presentation”:

Jesse Schell’s bio from The Art Of Game Design:

Jesse Schell has taught Game Design and led research projects at Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center since 2002. Jesse is also the CEO of Pittsburgh’s largest videogame studio, Schell Games, and the former chairman of the International Game Developers Association. In 2004, he was named one of the world’s Top 100 Young Innovators by Technology Review, MIT’s magazine of innovation. Before coming to Carnegie Mellon, he was the Creative Director of the Disney Virtual Reality Studio, where he spent seven years as designer, programmer and manager on several projects for Disney theme parks and Disney Online. Before that, he was a software engineer at IBM and Bell Communications Research, and a writer, director, performer, juggler, comedian, and circus artist for both Freihofer’s Mime Circus and the Juggler’s Guild.

And So The Contraction That Obamacare Promised Begins

And So The Contraction That Obamacare Promised Begins

A few of my readers know the mandated health insurance here in Hawaii has caused major problems for patients, doctors, and small businesses (even though the NY Times would like you believe that it is the most wonderful thang since sliced bread).

A few health insurance companies have a monopoly on coverage, employers are required to pay for health insurance for employees working 20 hours or more (so they have many part-time workers to stay afloat), there is no such thing as tort reform, and doctors are leaving the islands (especially the Big Island) because of the high cost of lawsuits and the reimbursement rates are so low.  An added benefit to the health insurance law is that dependents aren’t covered at all; the cost is completely out of pocket to the employee.  I just loved turning all my paychecks back over to my boss to cover my son’s insurance.

Dr.  John Bellatti, 10.15.2008:

My son is ten and has not seen a pediatrician since our move to Hawaii, our family has no general practitioner, and I have not seen a doctor regularly for over three years because they keep moving back to the mainland and the few that remain aren’t seeing new patients.

Here is your future America! Welcome to Obamacare where coverage and care goes in the toilet, and your taxes go up.

Changing Stance, Administration Now Defends Insurance Mandate as a Tax

WASHINGTON — When Congress required most Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty, Democrats denied that they were creating a new tax. But in court, the Obama administration and its allies now defend the requirement as an exercise of the government’s “power to lay and collect taxes.”

And that power, they say, is even more sweeping than the federal power to regulate interstate commerce.

Administration officials say the tax argument is a linchpin of their legal case in defense of the health care overhaul and its individual mandate, now being challenged in court by more than 20 states and several private organizations.

Under the legislation signed by President Obama in March, most Americans will have to maintain “minimum essential coverage” starting in 2014. Many people will be eligible for federal subsidies to help them pay premiums.

When I lost my job last year, my son and I lost our coverage.  I guess it’s not a big deal though, without a job, I couldn’t cover the cost of the flights to Oahu for care.

And then there is Massachusetts’ great idea to provide universal health coverage. Thanks Mitt!

Firms cancel health coverage

With cost rising, small companies turning to state

The relentlessly rising cost of health insurance is prompting some small Massachusetts companies to drop coverage for their workers and encourage them to sign up for state-subsidized care instead, a trend that, some analysts say, could eventually weigh heavily on the state’s already-stressed budget.

Since April 1, the date many insurance contracts are renewed for small businesses, the owners of about 90 small companies terminated their insurance plans with Braintree-based broker Jeff Rich and indicated in a follow-up survey that they were relying on publicly-funded insurance for their employees.

In Sandwich, business consultant Bill Fields said he has been hired by small businesses to enroll about 400 workers in state-subsidized care since April, because the company owners said they could no longer afford to provide coverage. Fields said that is by far the largest number he has handled in such a short time.

“They are giving up out of frustration,’’ Fields said of the employers. “Most of them are very compassionate but they simply can’t afford health insurance any more.’’

Precisely how many small businesses have recently given up offering insurance is hard to pinpoint. The Office of Labor and Workforce Development said the most recent quarterly insurance data collected from small companies has not been compiled.

But insurance brokers say the pace of terminations has picked up considerably since then among small companies, of which there are thousands in Massachusetts. Many of these companies — restaurants, day-care centers, hair salons, and retail shops — typically pay such low wages that their workers qualify for state-subsidized health insurance when their employers drop their plans.

“Those employers are trying to keep their doors open, and to the extent they can cut expenses, they will cut health insurance because they know their people can go to Commonwealth Care,’’ said Mark Gaunya, president of the Massachusetts Association of Health Underwriters, a trade group representing more than 1,000 brokers and other insurance professionals.

And the 40% of the population that doesn’t want to repeal this POS law the first chance we get thought the insurance companies were going to be put in their place….hahahahahahahahaha.

Insurers Push Plans Limiting Patient Choice of Doctors

As the Obama administration begins to enact the new national health care law, the country’s biggest insurers are promoting affordable plans with reduced premiums that require participants to use a narrower selection of doctors or hospitals.

The plans, being tested in places like San Diego, New York and Chicago, are likely to appeal especially to small businesses that already provide insurance to their employees, but are concerned about the ever-spiraling cost of coverage.

But large employers, as well, are starting to show some interest, and insurers and consultants expect that, over time, businesses of all sizes will gravitate toward these plans in an effort to cut costs.

The tradeoff, they say, is that more Americans will be asked to pay higher prices for the privilege of choosing or keeping their own doctors if they are outside the new networks. That could come as a surprise to many who remember the repeated assurances from President Obama and other officials that consumers would retain a variety of health-care choices.

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