From the “Looking for, and Not Finding, a Dark Cloud on a Sunny Day” Department (HT Confederate Yankee, who says “you can almost feel their pain”):
‘Fragging’ Is Rare in Iraq, Afghanistan
From the “Inventing a Dark Cloud on a Sunny Day” Department:
As violence falls in Iraq, cemetery workers feel the pinch
As a Mac user, I wish I could, but I can’t:
Yeah, I like working in OS X. I’m looking forward to Leopard. And yes, I find myself using Boot Camp a lot, spending half my time in Vista on my Macbook Pro. Both OSes have merits. Apple deserves plenty of credit for a lot of what they do, and genuinely puts out some great products. Hell, there’s nothing even close to the value, functionality, and elegance of iLife on Windows. But the more time I spend on the Mac, the more I end up interacting with a group of people who obviously and transparently treat their favorite company by a different set of rules than everyone else. And worse, don’t realize it or won’t admit it. To all you Mac users that are calm, rational, objective, and fair: god bless you. Now, could you please give the Cult members a hard kick in the ass? They’re making you look bad.
I could spend the rest of my life doing following the author’s suggestion, and it would hardly make a dent (so to speak).
Here’s a post (“Three Reasons [At Least] Why Mac Users Need to Cool the Smugness and Condescension”) from 2 years ago on this very topic. Though today’s specifics would be different, the general points still hold.
Let me be the first to say it: It’s becoming painfully clear (link requires subscription) that Mitt RomneyCare in Massachusetts is blowing up, and will get nothing but worse between now and November 2008. If he’s the nominee, he’ll be playing the same game Michael Dukakis played unsuccessfully in 1988 — covering up the Bay State’s disastrous financial situation. Except this time, the other party controls the Governor’s Office. Deval Patrick will gleefully point to the mess he has inherited, and will then tout HillaryCare II as the “better, more comprehensive” solution.
For this reason alone, I believe that Mitt Romney should NOT be the GOP nominee. Period.
Last week, although he didn’t frame it this way, John Stossel offered another reason for the left to despise Wal-Mart:
Speaking of Wal-Mart, medical clinics are popping up in Wal-Mart stores and in other similar markets. The clinics offer people with simple problems like sore throats and ear infections relatively hassle-free care cheap. Almost everything costs $59 or less. And the clinics are typically open seven days a week.
Grace-Marie Turner, president of the Galen Institute, a health-policy research organization, explains how these clinics thrive: “They’re figuring how to do something faster, better, cheaper! They’re responding to consumer demand because they see that they might make some money on this.”
When consumers pay for medicine themselves, saving insurance for the big things, and doctors deal directly with consumers, doctors begin to compete. They start posting prices and work to keep them low.
And consumers gain more control of their health care. Instead of governments and insurance companies deciding for patients, patients decide.
Competition gives consumers more choices. And choice gives them power. Remember that when you hear a politician promise to make health case accessible and affordable through the force of government.
Earlier in the piece, Stossel writes of a general practitioner who (gasp!) won’t accept insurance:
His mostly uninsured patients save money, too. Unlike doctors trapped in the insurance maze, Berry works with his patients to find ways to save them money.
These examples offer two things:
a) proof that many of the uninsured have access to care, and aren’t required to huddle in gutters with their untreated children because of the “greedy” medical system;
b) hope that, despite the already considerable barriers, what’s left of private medical care can address a large portion of the uninsured population, and eliminate the hue and cry for comprehensive “government-paid” (i.e., taxpayer-funded) health care.
The ultimate alternative: This (“Hospitals ‘failing’ hygiene tests”). If a 2001 link is too old for you, try this one (“Horrific state of hospitals blamed for lethal bug outbreak which killed 345″; HT Sweetness & Light) from just a week ago. Almost 7 years later, the British National Health System, despite ginormous increases in funding, and four more years of big increases on the way (see last few paras at link), is a crumbling mess.