Tag: Health

Briefly Out of My Mind for 7 August 2009

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started, and know the place for the first time. — T.S. Eliot

To me, it looks like what remains of the health insurance reform will exclude any limits on reckless denials of treatments. Without reform of that a public option, I’d choose bankruptcy court as my insurer, that and my local ER. And this is so depressing, almost as depressing as the fact that resulting bill will fall short, only question being How Sshort?

Does this mean smokers (like, say, Barack Obama) are schizophrenics??

Asshole and traitor (long overdue, here): Karl Rove. Note to Big Media: Being a person who accomplished absolutely no good ever in his life and did great harm to this nation does not mean you owe him any publicity.

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Much, Much Mellower; Out of My Mind for 2 July 2009

We’re far less independent than we used to be, aren’t we?

So the guy in this video was worship by us lefties ’cause he said some stuff that we liked to hear, but then the wingnuts started bashing him as being a whacko or something — IIRC. But clearly it looks like he was on to something….

Direct action for the public option. (Where’s Barack?) Stop the presses: Looks like a public option is again a possibility.

Xeni got this right: essential reading; Taibbi on Goldman Sachs. I say: read it, then kill the fuckers (I of course say that the exact same way Bill O’Reilly would were he referring to an abortionist.)

I used to like Harold Baer….

Sanford doesn’t have to quit. He can hang around forever, an inspiration for contempt for the modern, Palin wing of the GOP….

Speaking of what the GOP has to offer the world: Rush Limbaugh, GOP head: Michael Jackson was murdered. By Obama. Gotta be pretty sick to give this asshole any legitimacy.

This is cool!

This is not:

My wife might find this funny.

Wankery is actually a good thing.

Talk about incest! All the world’s ants are members of the same family?

Who doesn’t love day-glo???

What we used to create art before the digital era, brushes before Brushes, as it were. (Then again, this guy adapted….)

God bless the Chinese….

See an obsession.

To me, cars just get better and better (and I don’t refer to the flacid Prius):

The blackest black ever? (Not a [I can’t say the name] joke, but black is my favorite color.)

Who doesn't worship Jabba??

I love the movie this is from!

All Over, Covering the Globe! Out of My Mind for 16 June 2009

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
— Thomas Jefferson

Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman. Believing what he read made him mad. — George Bernard Shaw

Where all think alike, no one thinks very much. — Walter Lippmann

Do these ever end? Yet more palaces of Saddam??

Oooh, today’s odd couple: Buzz Aldrin and Snoop Dogg.

This is silly: respect for dead fish.

Seems Wall Street was bothered yesterday by a rise in credit card defaults, like maybe that actually was genuinely bad news.

For real: Click on an ad, download a virus!

Correction? Maybe Obama doesn’t want to screw the victims of medical malpractice too much. Maybe. Although it sounds like just another of his slick lines of bullshit anyway.

My Bill O’Reilly moment: There’s no justification for louses like this guy. He’s an utter waste. Utter.

The story about that last video is here.

Nightmare! President McCain!


Awww, moderate drinking isn’t good for your health??

Special Big Monster-Sized Weekend Edition of Out of My Mind for 13-14 June 2009

Live your life in happiness, even though those around you lead lives which are unhealthy, and wish to spread their illness to you. Be Happiness itself. — Buddha

I am:

BoC

What a bunch of, well, fucking assholes. Name a single significant, essential story the Times has covered in recent years, well and truly and deeply. Sure, it has its moments but no more. Take away the water-carrying, the insignificant and trivial and the old and… there’s not very much left, and even less compelling. Oh, sure, it excels on rare occasions but day to day, well, it’s inessential. Buying it just to keep it in business is silly. When it should be proving it’s essential we get crap like this instead.

What’s really going on in Pakistan, clearly explained:

Incredible! Frogs living in elephant shit!

Yet more, albeit slender, evidence that a stop to music “piracy” would return significant money to RIAA members. That is, piracy isn’t really costing the industry all that much.

In the world’s greatest healthcare system, a teen has to diagnose herself when the professionals fail.

Query: When George Herbert Walker Bush did his 85th birthday skydive, was it some sort of memorial to his WWII bailing out of the plane he captained at the first opportunity, without any concern about his men getting out first (allegedly)?

For the life of me, why would anyone expect genuinely free election in Iran? Hasn’t it been proven that they are never free? And why does the Big Media journos act they are free? Part of their death march to oblivion? And this guy is wrong: stealing elections is stealing elections and the difference of means is not what’s significant.

Some agent of change:

West sees glimmers of that imagination in Barack Obama, but he thinks the new president, like the Panthers years ago, is torn between his best and worst inclinations. “They both got gangsters around ’em,” he says. For the Panthers, it was Eldridge Cleaver and the men who loved bullets more than books; for Obama it’s establishment goons like Larry Summers and his protégé Timothy Geithner. West has a personal beef with Summers, with whom he tangled when he was teaching at Harvard and Summers was the university’s president (Summers was later forced out). But now he sees Summers as simply one more representative of a certain political style. “These folks have no history whatsoever to being fundamentally committed to justice for working people. Nobody else on the team ever thought about defending poor people. Rubinites? No history of it. Arne? In Chicago?” As in Arne Duncan, Obama’s Secretary of Education, who has pledged to run schools like businesses. “Please. Rahm? Please! What are we talking about here? He does not have one figure from the social movements who helped promote his campaign. It’s the typical move of a newcomer who wants to reassure the establishment. ‘Hey, I’m not going to upset you. Please realize your boys are giving me all the advice I need.’”

Link.

Another great idea: Loans where initially only interest is paid and if the business fails…. Yes, I know fixed mortgages work like this but that’s the opposite: money is lent at a fixed amount to borrowers who it is reasonably believed will be have increased earnings. These business loans are the opposite: Future earnings are speculative (if they weren’t, the loans might not be needed, right?). This is similar to ARMs, where it is, at best, unreasonably believed that the borrowers will have income that grows at least as fast as the loan. I’m losing track so this might be a repeat link: Housing? The worst may be yet to come but thank God the Masters of the Universe are generally doing OK.

Query: Why are communist leaders fascists? Why do they hate freedom? Why do they oppress? I refer of course to Comrade President Palin.

New inventions: This would be cool. This is simple thievery, a blatant rip off. The first is the work of a creator, the latter that of a thief. Know the difference.

Scaarry! Late-Soviet era punks!

There he goes again, another (Clintonian) betrayal: Obama’s screwing the gays.

These people are sick, a cancer on the commonweal, to say the least.

The other thing I love about conservatives is the inherent thievery. A recent example is here in the teabaggers’ art.

We Remember Every %^$#ing Day (Memory Permitting); Out of My Mind for 26 May 2009

A belated Memorial Day message.

What is an epigram? A dwarfish whole, its body brevity, and wit its soul. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. — Krishnamurti

Keep emotionally active. Cater to your favorite neurosis. /.

Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time. — Steven Wright

Like that music viddie above?? More here!

Stupid thieves. All they had to do was drop off the face of the earth but no….

All these eco-friendly new technologies: How eco-friendly are they exactly? Is the Prius actually a plus ecologically or does the manufacturing process do more harm than the vehicle will ever make up for? Or this: Ethanol mixed into gasoline — no good? Hint: You have to stay sharp when it’s some big business touting anything eco-friendly.

Drink of the day (if story is true and the claimed significance is true).

Be warned! Toxin of the day.

Understanding Found; Out of My Mind for 25 May 2009

But if you do not find an intelligent companion, a wise and well-behaved person going the same way as yourself, then go on your way alone, like a king abandoning a conquered kingdom, or like a great elephant in the deep forest. — Buddha

Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinions at all. — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

The carcinogen’s plastics’ industry’s health-endangering lies.

This Memorial Day, eat the rich. The only benefit of the truly wealthy is the trickle down effect of their wealth. When it results in economic destruction, mat as well be rid of the destroyers and allow a new constructive group to replace them, no?

Beloved Leader’s ownership society? It was really only ownership of crushing debt, wasn’t it?

Professor K sees the future in California and fears.