What pisses me off is the number of bags used. Locally the baggers just grab a new bag when they have two or three things in a bag. And double bagging-- get outta here.
Years ago I would have agreed with you, but had an unusual conversion to the other side. The conversion was without benefit of consideration or thought and resulted from reading "The Making of the Representative for Planet 8" by Doris Lessing (who just died two weeks ago at age 94). When I began the book I was on one side, after reading, to my surprise and confusion, not. I can't rationalize my conversion or my opinion, it just is.
The thing that strikes me here is the complicity of the society to allowing someone to die without adequate care, without caring at all except to end it. I am not accusing Adams of being heartless (although it is in ignorance of his state of mind, not in knowledge) but society that allows money to be a factor. When my father died, many years ago, his body was eaten up with cancer, he was in horrible pain. The doctors prescribe a mix of morphine and cocaine, which helped the pain tremendously and kept him aware enough to be human. My mother requested that he be given a "prescription" for bourbon, because he had been a bourbon drinker for most of his life. Her rationale was that there was no reason for him to live without it and since everything required a prescription, write him one: they did, and with grace and a smile. He had sunshine in his room at the hospital and kind care from everyone: they spent time with him.
I get the feeling from Adams that his father, being basically inanimate or otherwise unaware, was just ignored. This makes sense in a world where the caregivers are underpaid and over-worked. The hospitals are understaffed, full of deadly, antibiotic resistant bacteria and essentially full of fear and loathing. Who would go there for any reason? Who would want to die there under any circumstances. If ObamaCare helps improve hospitals by helping to improve care-giving through funding then it will be gamechanging: but that has not been its goal. Perhaps it is time to change the focus to affordable quality care, not just affordable care.
Dark energy effect. Prove me wrong>
I use a crap bike, on purpose. I don't need or want to race cars. I don't need or want to have serious money tied up in a fragile and insecure bike, I just want to get to where I want to go, eventually. I use a crap lock because nobody will steal a crap bike. I go slow, often in lower gears just because my crap brakes don't stop so good. I would never even consider using a system like this because I don't care if I have to stop and figure out where to go next.
The best part of my way is that I don't have to wear those stupid biking clothes and a stupid bike helmet, or pay for them, or change clothes and shower when I get somewhere (besides just biking in a circle, I actually use my bike to go to work and go shopping and visit friends and pick up the kids and stuff).
While it is not a popular idea here, and certainly not in western journals, Traditional Chinese Herbology has thousands of drugs that can do all of what western medicine can do. And more. My only worry is that the same idiocy will happen: over and inappropriate use of medicines (and the herbs are medicines, especially when compounded together in synergistic teas) will again cause the loss of both utility and availability.
Not to be too much of a wacko, but the sources of the problems with our medical system are:
Solve these and the medical problems will reduce to insignificance
sorry to quibble, but actually SCOTUS is an initialism, not an acronym. Acronyms spell out something that is a word already, not something that becomes meaningful from the use of the initialism.
my point in the argument with my colleague was that it is this idea that it "works" is actually feeding its failure. His argument was that there were a number of people who had "millionaire" status from this investment policy. I claim both the moral high ground and the economic high ground because your policies are (in my view) feeding the existiing, unhealthy system of boom and bust. I am trying to work outside that system.
One thing I do, (which has not been part of the discussion, and is, therefore an unfair addition, so please ignore it in the basic discussion,) is to invest only in thigs I care about or need. For example, I bought a house. The choice and decision on the house were based on the economics of the time (transition neighborhood, short sale property, adequate space and limited repairs needed) In order to buy the house I took the stock that I had invested in a single company (RedHat) and held them until the earning announcement to catch the bounce-- because RedHat almost always bounces on the earnings-- and used the proceeds to pay the downpayment and closing costs. In fact the bounce covered most of the closing.
I had planned on selling the stock anyway right after the bounce because it obviously was time. It is not magic, but it is principled, and it is the principle (as in ethical principles) which i see scoffed at today and the entire reason for the failure of the system.
walking around my university the number of students with the little bottles of handsoap hanging from backpack loops has exploded in the last two years. Now they are putting the stuff in extra dispensers around the buildings as well. My guess is that there is some corporate sales thing going on at very high levels. I don't hear the kids asking for it (i mean really, they are happy to give blood, but skip the flu vaccine) I wonder if the little soap bottles are just fashion accessories or fragrance thingies?
It used to be, but that ethos was lost in the drug "revolution" of the 70s, the apathy of the 80s and now the narcissism of the teenies (hey, i like that one). I complain about the miasma of fear that is like a fog in the US (and in much of the world, remember the terrorists won) but it was just the last stroke in the continuing battle of power vs rights.
The power mongers have been winning by giving away toys and joys (doesn't anybody remember that the CIA was running a large part of the cocaine into the US for president Reagan???-- or that the queen of England ran the biggest drug cartel in the world in the 1800s to keep the yellow menace in check?). Now they give us toys and TVs. And use them to spy on whether or not it is really working.
Anonymous are freedom fighters, maybe asshole freedom fighters by many measures (because they make us all uncomfortable?) but what they do needs more doing and support, not less.
1) correct. The
But, I should add that the Chinese
2) while almost correct, as in "yes the Chinese today do have a robust middle class while we have a moribund and retrograde middle class"
saying that they have "more" mile class people than we do ignores the fact that they have more poor people in China than the entire population of the US. It's a matter of scale. You have to look in terms of proportion to say anything of value.
I was having a discussion like this with a colleague at work yesterday. What I said was basically that he was drinking the accepted kool-aid that he could invest all his retirement into stocks and just hold on to a highly diversified portfolio for a long time and come out on top at the end.
My side: the boom and bust, bubble and crash cycles we have gone through since WWII (at least) have meant that the only people who can make money on this economy over time are those that profit and dump, waiting out the busts with cash on hand.
I explained I was using a "Pynchonesque, Gravity's Rainbow" approach. I bought real estate right after the bust, assuming that real estate wouldn't bust again until it had built up to bubble heights again, when I could sell out. He is, by his own account, well-invested in tech. It is "the future" after all. Good luck friend.
I saw that in China, somebody in the neighborhood had bought a Ferrari and would put a few gallons in it on Saturday and zoom around the neighborhood at high speed for a few minutes before parking it again for the rest of the week.
Fear, fear and more fear. Even the fear mongers live in fear of those they are supposed to inspire fear into.
OK, My first partner and I home schooled our two kids in 1st and 2nd grade. To very mixed results:
My son, the elder by 18 months, loved it and quickly mastered math through number theory and application (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) by the end of second grade. Together with social studies and English language studies as well as applied science stuff (my wife was teaching him and she was a lib arts major so science was kid fun stuff).
My daughter started a little behind him and also moved quickly forward, though not covering the ground that he did.
We recognized at this point that the daughter was a socially skilled person and needed the interactions of a school. We put her in and she blossomed. Our son went in at the same time and crashed head first into the system: he already knew everything in third grade, not to mention 4th and 5th. By the time he had gotten to 6th grade he had already read everything they were going to learn and math was just pissing him off, and science? fuggetaboutit.
So, when he got to 10th grade he dropped out, even though he was in a really cool school that he loved, it was just too late for him.
Later, with my second partner, we moved to China and took a Dutch home school series for them. It was expensive, awesomely good and designed for Dutch kids overseas to keep up with the national curriculum. (my first partner and I were both Americans, my second partner is Dutch.) It was fantastic in terms of content and perfect for them. Worked great for a year, then the girls went to Chinese school.
Later (like 8 years later) the elder sister came to the US for university and the younger was beginning high school, again in China. We were on a remote island off the coast of ZHejiang province and decided to try home schooling again. Failure. Not a bad curriculum text books or any of that, she just wanted to be in a school. So we moved off the island into the big city where she could go to school.
Home school can work and can be good education. The difference is what the kids want and how they approach it. Parental involvement can help, but the real deciding factor is the kids themselves. School education puts more of the responsibility on the teacher and less on the students. Maybe that is what we should be thinking about.
it certainly is a mmistake to lump private schols in this mix, they are as varied a landscape (or ecosystem) as the entirety of the other education options. From military, tp religious, to wacky, to racist, to elite, to just kind of bland, private schools have something for everyone. I went to what was then an aspiring elite that gave me a full scholarship for 4 years and gave me an education that stood me up well enough to run a few of my own businesses, as well as work successfully for others and then, in my 40s toss it up and finally go to university.
Yeah, I honor my teachers and that school.