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Best Defense commenters: Are you having problems with the FP paywall system?

"Victor LEsperance" commented today: "On a totally unrelated topic, it sounds like the IT folks at Foreign Policy are moonlighting at the Obamacare sight.  I know they still have their day jobs because I get paywalled on a regular basis despite coughing up for a subscription.   Now the general public has an idea of what it is like to be a Foreign Policy subscriber and sometime blog commenter."

I asked the powers that be. One responded, "Our website is undergoing a very extensive redesign, which among other things will bring improvements to our commenting system, including single sign on. That means the paywall glitches should come down -- way down - once the new site is up and running. It shouldn't be long, now."

In the meantime, if you are having problems, e-mail: 

Be polite, OK? We don't want to give Best Defense readers a bad rep at FP.

Speaking of Obamacare, don't compare it to the ideal, compare it to what exists now. As part of my move to the New America Foundation, I've spent a big part of the last six weeks trying to sort out health insurance for my family. It is nuts. You never get anyone on the phone the first time. They don't answer e-mails. They get back to you with additional questions-a week later. They keep pulling out rules they didn't tell me about when I needed to know them two years ago. And I have been paying a ton of money for the privilege of receiving this pattern of neglect and abuse.

So, for all its frustrations, I will take Obamacare. If I were younger, I'd consider setting up a company to guide people through it.  


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Rebecca's War Dog of the Week: On the scene of Brazil's protests

By Rebecca Frankel
Best Defense Chief Canine Correspondent

Postcard from Brazil

Brazil has had its fair share of protests these last few months -- the teachers' protest that began in August, and now the protests against oil exploration contracts. In this photo, taken in June, a protester is arrested by military police from the special unit Chope, during clashes in the center of Niteroi, 10 kms from Rio de Janeiro. In the background of this chaotic scene, you can see one of Brazil's military police dogs. Apparently, Brazil integrated dogs into their armed forces in the 1960s, " authorized their use within the Military Police organizations of the Army during jungle operations and commando activities, and the Airborne Infantry Brigade." As to the job of the dog in this photo, I would assume, based on the dog's breed (a shepherd) and the situation (a charged protest), that he is there for one thing -- crowd control.