31 December 2010
04 March 2010
After reading Robert B. Reich’s article, I cannot help but ask what may seem a naïve question. He writes, “America’s five largest health insurers made a total profit of $12.2 billion last year.” When is this country going to realize that health care should not be a for-profit industry but a basic human right in a civilized society? Where did those $12.2 billion go, or rather, where did they not go?
As long as we are unable, as a country, to face this question, everything else in the health care debate seems irrelevant and a paltry response to our problems. Colette Windish
Mobile, Ala., Feb. 24, 2010"
I don't think $12.2 billion is going to do anything miraculous in this country. We spend trillions per year on problems and they still aren't solved; $12 billion isn't going to fix anything. But that's beside the point. The ultimate result is this: Remove the profit motive from the health insurance industry, and you remove the availability of health insurance to those who can afford it now. I thought the goal of health care reform was to get more people insured, not less.
For some reason it seems that most talk about health care reform frames the problem in the following manner: in order to get more people insured, we have to make health insurance less expensive. I'm not so sure this is the best way to think about the problem.
05 February 2010
As Internet culture has grown, we’ve come to romanticize certain kinds of unmediated, old-fashioned “human” interactions. But this fantasy ignores how much of normal social interaction is fleeting, bite-size, instant, tweetlike. Humans have always talked to each other via a kind of analog Twitter. These new technologies just get us there with maximum efficiency. Meeting a new person is thrilling, in a primal way—your attention focuses completely, if only for a nanosecond, to see if the creature in front of you has the power to change your life for better or worse.Very insightful. Many people these days complain about how Twitter and Facebook and the likes are making human interaction less...well, "human". I've not really agreed with this idea, and the idea presented above is why. Just because the interaction isn't face-to-face doesn't make it any less "real". Read the article, it's very interesting.
Read more: Is ChatRoulette the Future of the Internet or Its Distant Past? -- New York Magazine http://nymag.com/news/media/63663/index1.html#ixzz0eicpG7tp
28 January 2010
But that's all over now. Thanks to the Lobos. What's that you say? Oh yes, you're correct, UNLV did beat the Lobos....on the road. So by the logic I see displayed in the polls that got BYU to #10, that means UNLV should slide in to the top, say, 20? Heck, how about top 10? Because we beat the team that beat the #10 team, so we must be THE BOMB! Right? Wrong.
BYU never belonged in the top 25. And if they aren't dropped on 2/1/10, we can totally disregard anything the polls have to say about college basketball. I don't know why the polls even bother me, I know that they mean absolutely nothing. I guess it's because so many others think they DO mean something. Have you ever tried to contest the thinking of an idiot? That's what it's like talking college basketball with somebody who thinks the polls mean something.
Anyway, I'm glad they finally got served a loss. Can't wait until 2/6/10 when they roll to the Mack. IT IS ON!