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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-08-12 04:53
Subject: [links] Link salad for a hump day
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One more pointer back to the SF and religion discussion, which unfolded in two parallel comment threads to some very interesting stuff [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — Followup post here: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

How I spent three days at Worldcon and never saw Neil Gaiman — I draw your attention to this remark by the Mighty God King: If there is a single definitive Worldcon uniform, it is the Hawaiian shirt. This was most common among pros who had nothing to prove Hahahahah. (Thanks to the_flea_king.)

Red Meat touches on our SFnal world — And possibly other parts of our world...

Airships and TentaclesDark Roasted Blend interviews artist Myke Amend.

Won Park's Money Origami — The koi is pretty damned amazing, but also check out the Millenium Falcon.

Meteorite Found on Mars Yields Clues About Planet's Past — Cool! (Snurched from io9.com.)

Aspirin Seen Aiding Colorectal Cancer Patients — This is ironic to me, because I'm basically off aspirin for life, as my colorectal cancer originally presented through an internal hemorrhage.

New Rule: Not Everything in America Has to Make a Profit — Bill Maher explains Communism (and pre-Reaganite America) for you. (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Salon.com snarks on the current debate

mizkit rants on healthcare — I just cannot understand why conservatives think the current system works, and why they are so afraid of changing it. A combination of selfishness and ignorance is the best answer I can come up with, given that no one has articulated a clear vision of opposition beyond "OH NOES, TEH SOCIALISM!" Unless conservatives actually think ranking 39th in the world in infant mortality figures is "the best"... (Thanks to lt260 for pointing this out.)

?otD: Why do they call it hump day?

Body movement: n/a (continued post conventioneering oversleeping)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a (see above)
Currently reading: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Originally published at jlake.com.

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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-08-12 14:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Our current system is deep in a failure mode, which the opposition seems unwilling to admit, or offer any rational alternative fix for. "No no no!" is not a reasonable answer.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-08-12 14:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My current coverage is excellent as well. In my case, I consider 40,000,000 uninsured fellow citizens unacceptable, but even if I were looking only at my personal situation (or you, yours), what happens if you lose your job, and your work-affiliated coverage?

As for the openness, I share your dismay with the process. On the other hand, I'll point out that all of the relevant Senate committees have conducted open door markups which are publicly available except the Senate Finance Committee, which is the one venue where Republicans have been most closely involved. As for public transparency, it's the overwhelmingly successful conservative strategy to literally shout down any attempts to explain the process.

That's not my political filters talking, that's current events in the public record. This does not give me confidence in the conservative response to the healthcare reform effort.
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A large duck: Puzzled
User: burger_eater
Date: 2009-08-12 22:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I am adamantly opposed to a national health service, I'm in favor of single-payer funded through taxes--but is that the current proposal? Who can tell?

No, it's not the current proposal.

And there's nothing secret about it. The legislation is not in fixed form yet, and some proposals are not public, but the basic structure of the plan (exchanges, public option, employer mandates, Medipac, etc) are out there for those who look for them.
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User: curiositist
Date: 2009-08-12 14:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
omg, that explains the red trucks! Thanks for the links this morning!
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Clint Harris
User: wendigomountain
Date: 2009-08-12 14:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
People I work with are always talking about the threat of Socialism and how this or that is destroying America. Then they complain for hours on end that there won't be any Social Security or Medicare for them by the time they retire.

The irony. It burns.
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User: ullikummis
Date: 2009-08-12 14:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Is it wrong that I now want a private police plan because I like the idea of a ninja and a viking chasing down the guys who broke into my apartment?
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robin catesby
User: deedop
Date: 2009-08-12 15:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I have no insurance. Neither does Dave. When I lost the insurance that came with my job, COBRA wasn't even available because I hadn't worked there long enough. If it had been, I wouldn't have been able to afford it. Dave's job doesn't provide benefits to anyone working less than 40 hours a week and his managers make damned sure just about everyone there works less than 40 hours a week.

I know (because I've tried in the past) that getting affordable private insurance is an impossibility for me. Years ago, when I was on Kaiser, I tried to switch from one plan to another, just to get coverage for Dave. They made me re-apply, then denied me coverage - for temporary conditions they'd treated years earlier. Since then, I've researched other options. There's nothing out there - if it's at all affordable, it's junk insurance that covers squat.

Now, we can only do our best to avoid getting sick. I barter web design work with a naturopath for the occasional visit, but other than that, we are without healthcare.

And those opposed to reform, opposed to a public, affordable option for people like me? I'd love just once for one of them to EXPLAIN why they don't care that I'm uninsured. Tell me to my damned face that it's okay for me to avoid the doctor or end up bankrupt if I don't. Tell me it's okay for me to DIE from lack of care.
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Sarah Avery
User: dr_pretentious
Date: 2009-08-13 03:25 (UTC)
Subject: My Mom's Etymology for "Hump Day"
In the early-ish days of aviation, flying over the Himalayas was a bigger deal than it is now. Once pilots had made it over the worst of the mountain range, they would say they were "over the hump." The expression made it into general usage for the moment when the hardest part is over. By the end of the day Wednesday, the weekend is in sight, so if you are over the hump of the week, and Wednesday is the hump, Wednesday must be Hump Day.

Is that the real origin? No idea, but it sounds good.
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