Monthly Archives: March 2014

Du Pont heir dodged prison for raping 3-year-old daughter after judge ruled he ‘would not fare well’ behind barsNot Fare Well’


	Robert H. Richards IV, 47, was sentenced to eight years probation after pleading guilty to raping his 3-year-old daughter.
Robert H. Richards IV, 47, was sentenced to eight years probation after pleading guilty to raping his 3-year-old daughter.

A du Pont family heir who pleaded guilty nearly six years ago to raping his 3-year-old daughter was never put behind bars because a Delaware judge ruled he “would not fare well” in prison, court records show.

Robert H. Richards IV — scion of the family who built the chemical empire and kin to the co-founders of a prestigious law firm, Richards Layton & Finger — was given eight years probation and was ordered to seek treatment after being convicted of fourth-degree rape in 2008, the records show.

Officials managed to keep the case away from the public spotlight until this month — when his ex-wife, Tracy Richards, filed a lawsuit seeking compensatory and punitive damages for abusing their daughter and son, the News Journal reported.

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Why I Am a Conscientious Objector to the ACA

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I have been an outspoken advocate for a Medicare for all health system. During the health reform process, I did all that I could to push for single payer, including being arrested three times for civil disobedience. I was one of fifty doctors who filed a brief in the Supreme Court which expressed opposition to forcing people to buy private health insurance, a defective product. It pains me to see that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) siphons billions of public dollars to create more bureaucracy and transfers hundreds of billions of public dollars directly to the private insurance industry when I know that those dollars should be paying for the health care that so many in our country desperately need.

I am currently uninsured, so I have to make a choice. I don’t qualify for Medicaid and I’m too young for Medicare. By law, I am required to buy private insurance or pay a penalty. But I find myself in the position of not being able to do either. I can’t in good conscience give money to the health insurance industry that I am fighting to eliminate. And I can’t in good conscience pay a tax penalty that will be given to that industry. So, I am going to be a Conscientious Objector to the ACA.

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Inspection-Of Political Correctness and the Word War

by Ken Carman

 The year? Well, probably about 1996 because I was arguing with a former client about Bill Clinton. He had just “outed” me as politically incorrect: not a member of what eventually became the Tea Bag movement. It wasn’t hard to avoid up with him until towards the end of our business relationship. Look: arguing with clients about politics, in my opinion, is bad form. Besides, all I had to do, and still do with many of these folks, is sit through the rants and, hopefully, find something I could safely comment on with not much more than a word or two: usually a very broad point like government isn’t all that efficient. Read more

I Can’t Believe ‘Real Butter’!!!!!

Ana wanted to share this link to a column by Mark Bittman in the NY Times on eating real vs the brier-patch of decoding the industrial foods claims of healthy.

Julia Child, goddess of fat, is beaming somewhere. Butter is back, and when you’re looking for a few chunks of pork for a stew, you can resume searching for the best pieces — the ones with the most fat. Eventually, your friends will stop glaring at you as if you’re trying to kill them.
That the worm is turning became increasingly evident a couple of weeks ago, when a meta-analysis published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine found that there’s just no evidence to support the notion that saturated fat increases the risk of heart disease. (In fact, there’s some evidence that a lack of saturated fat may be damaging.) The researchers looked at 72 different studies and, as usual, said more work — including more clinical studies — is needed. For sure. But the days of skinless chicken breasts and tubs of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter may finally be drawing to a close.

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Getting Into Hot Water

Last night I went to a meeting of a local sustainability group on home solar hot water installations. There was a room of about 70 mostly older folks like myself. Many of these folks were much better informed than I, but I came away with a clearer understanding of the systems and a clearer view of who was going to have to lead the push for solar hot water heating.

The systems are fairly simple. Two or three solar panels that circulate a water/glycol solution from the solar panels to a heat exchanger wrapped around a storage tank, and back. The storage tank also has an electric element to supplement heat if the solar heater does not provide enough heat for the demand at any one time.

The systems shown cost upwards of $13K and after NYSERDA grants and tax rebates the installed system ends up costing the homeowner $3-4K. Sounds pretty good BUT Read more

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