Happy Thanksgiving

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It has been a difficult year for me, with no hint of what was to come when it began. From the loss of my lifemate, to the recent discovery that my inability to walk is perhaps not fixable after all, and financial impacts from all of this, it could be a time of great depression. But I don’t feel that way. […]

Heartbleed, Personal

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I had a bit of a health scare last week — and survived it, thanks to the wisdom of two doctors who are also friends. Other doctors were involved in supporting roles; I appreciate them as well. I’d been feeling bad for a while; the loss of my Lady and other factors had wrecked my digestion. Ten days ago (Thursday April 18), I had blood tests done. The results came back Monday, when the lab calling me to say that I needed to do the tests over again, they could not trust the results. I was feeling worse, and suspected that the anomalous results were not wrong. […]

Holder of Information

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There are several pieces of information being held — and not disclosed — by most news services. In other cases, the news appeared and then was rushed off the stage as too big to ignore but too embarrassing to talk about. The Abortion of News There was a conviction of an abortion clinic operation for Medicare fraud and other offenses. The clinic’s building is co-owned by a gynecologist … who happens to be the “First Lady of Justice,” the wife of Attorney General Eric Holder. She was not charged — but unquestionably, as the landlord of the operation, she and her husband (and sister) received proceeds from the operation’s fraud. Had she been a Republican, this connection would be in the news night and day. But being an abortion clinic, it’s a darling of the Left, and being a close connection to Left-anointed figures, means that this is not a news item. When Tyrone Cecil Malloy’s conviction is mentioned locally, the clinic’s landlords are not mentioned. […]

Beef with the USDA

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This is a placeholder for a developing story. Something seems rotten … and I don’t think it will turn out to be the food. […]

Killing Women

As a lifelong non-theist, I don’t have the “moment of conception” notion with regard to the beginning of life. For me, life is continuous for the past roughly 4 billion years, and that moment business is complicated because it can be tinkered with or even triggered artificially. […]

Health Insurance versus Auto Insurance

In Citizen Tom’s blog, “scout” (a statist posing as an “old line conservative”) suggests that making health care a national requirement is just like auto insurance. I responded:

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Obamacare “not yet a flop”

Now, you suggest that the Republican plans put forward to address the issue with uninsured citizens is “nothing.” This is, evidently, because Obama and the news media kept up this meme, that there was “nothing” other than Obamacare. The various proposals included pools (essentially, a modest expansion to Medicaid) to address pre-existing conditions as well as free-market expansions. The former isolate that population from the huge majority; the latter provisions provide some of the controls on price that have caused substantial drops in other areas of medical cost. […]

Schizophrenic Voices

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The woman who tried to breach the barricades around the White House (and perhaps the Capitol building) allegedly had a history of mental illness. You can tell that there was insanity going on: She fired seventeen shots at an unarmed person.

Well, actually, that was the police. But in any event, Miriam Carey was not […]

Bad health Condition: Obamacare

I just saw an article reminding me that Obamacare authorizes a surcharge / penalty for up to 50% of the insurance premium for smokers. When companies began doing this in 2011, the New York Times was unhappy: They rolled out an attack focusing on Walmart. They were aghast, calling it “a shift toward penalizing employees […]

Bath-a-Salts

While looking at another topic (check back tomorrow), I stumbled across this odd item. Remember the “naked cannibal face-eating zombie” in Florida who was allegedly on “bath salts” as the reason for his behavior? (Later, this was said to be merely marijuana.) I’d not heard of “bath salts” as a narcotic prior to the incident, […]