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Mergers and Acquisitions

NGC6240NGC 6240 is a cosmic catastrophe in its final throes. It’s a titanic collision of galaxies throwing distorted tidal tails of stars, gas, and dust and undergoing massive bursts of star formation. The two supermassive black holes in the original galactic cores will also coalesce into a single, even more massive black hole. Eventually, only one large galaxy will remain.

Image Credit: NASA

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

A few days ago, I responded to a comment by noting that Brett Kimberlin’s history of frivolous lawsuits includes suing the judges of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal. He filed the suit in December, 1998, when he was back in prison after his parole was revoked. Here’s the final ruling in the case:

Brett C. Kimberlin appeals the district court’s order dismissing as frivolous his action filed under Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of Fed. Bureau of Narcotics, 403 U.S. 388 (1971). We have reviewed the record and the district court’s opinion and find no reversible error in the court’s finding that Kimberlin failed to state a constitutional claim. Accordingly, we affirm substantially on the reasoning of the district court. See Kimberlin v. Judges of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, No. CA-98-1484 (E.D. Va. Apr. 30, 1999). We deny Kimberlin’s motion to certify this appeal to the Supreme Court and dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before the court and argument would not aid the decisional process.

Yes, he’s filed over a hundred lawsuits and lost almost every one.

Thanks for the Links

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Running Out of Other Peoples’ Money

At the end of 2016, the unaffordable Affordable Care Act requires that the state-run Obamacare exchanges operate without any federals subsidy. The Hill reports that states are now trying to find ways to keep the schemes solvent.

A number of states are quietly considering merging their healthcare exchanges under ObamaCare amid big questions about their cost and viability.

Many of the 13 state-run ObamaCare exchanges are worried about how they’ll survive once federal dollars supporting them run dry next year.

Read the whole thing.