Sunday, June 28, 2009

Eye Sea U

I am getting cataract surgery on my right eye in a couple of weeks. Two weeks after that the Dr. will do the left eye. He says that after the surgery I will not need my glasses to see at a distance. At best, I will only need glasses for reading and maybe not even that.

I go my first pair of glasses when I was about 15 years old. I began wearing them all the time when I was in my early 20's. I have been wearing glasses continuously for the last 40 years. I am so use to wearing glasses that sometimes I have to put my hands up to my eyes to be sure that I have them on.

I have mixed emotions about not needed to wear glasses. They have been a part of me for so long that I feel that something is missing if I don't have them on. I suppose a psychologist will say that I am hiding behind my glasses and maybe I am, but so what. And I guess I could always wear glasses even if I don't need them, but that seems kind of dumb.

So, being able to see again will be nice. The jury is still out on not having to wear glasses.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Follow The Money

There is an excellent series of articles on Open Secrets that detail all the money that the health care industry is funneling to Congress. Take a look! They must really be scared of health care reform.

Friday, June 19, 2009


Time is an interesting quantity. It goes in only one direction. It cannot be turned around or reversed. While its speed in constant (in non-quantum terms anyway), it seems to vary depending on what is happening at the time. Einstein has often been quoted as saying "When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute and it's longer than any hour. That's relativity."

As we get older, time seems to go quicker. This was brought into focus for me a couple of days ago. We were watching a video of our youngest son's wedding. Our oldest grandson was 10 at the time and he was in the wedding party. He is now twenty. Ten years no longer seems like a long time to me, but when I look at the grandson 10 years ago, and look at him today, there is a lifetime of difference. He has gone from a small child to a full grown adult; needed to be cared for to caring for himself -- and in only ten years. It is amazing how much change can happen to a child in ten years.

Just think what this world could be like if we all changed as much in the next ten years.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Some People Are Just Mean

It was late in the afternoon and we were all gathered watching the end of the graduation ceremonies. My daughter-in-law's sister was getting her masters with honors in social work. She did it on her own with jobs, student loans, and scholarships. We were all very proud of her. Her mother had brought a lei for her to wear. It was draped over the back of a chair. We were waiting to give it to her as she walked by. We saw her coming, turned around to grab the lei, and it was gone. Someone had stolen it while we were watching from her to come by.


Friday, June 12, 2009

This Is How You Connect With People

Obama signs a note for a fourth grader so she will not get in trouble for skipping school to go to his town hall meeting with her dad. It is the personal things like this that Obama does that endears him to the American people.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Torture Anyone?

Next time someone tells you we need to torture to keep us safe, refer them to what the experts say. A great summary is available at the Washington's Blog.

The discussion is broken down into three catagories:

All of the Experts Say that Torture Doesn't Work

All of the Top Experts say Torture HURTS National Security

Most of Those Torture Were INNOCENT

Bottom line -- torture gives us bad information, makes us less save, and needlessly harms innocent people.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Nicaragua Has Better Health Care Than We Do

What if this had happened here, in the good old US of A.

From familyonbikes

Adolfo took us to the state hospital – an amazing example of efficiency! We had expected to wait in line for hours and hours – it was, after all, a free hospital. But within seconds of arriving, they had whisked us in (they only let me in with him because he doesn’t speak Spanish – Adolfo and the boys had to wait outside). The doctor examined his thumb and sent us down for an x-ray – which was taken immediately with no wait at all. Back to the doctor who saw him immediately and assured him there was nothing broken. She sent us to the pharmacy where they gave him some anti-inflammant tablets and we were on our way.

If Nicaragua can have this kind of treatment, why can't we? How long would any of us spent in emergency, even if we had the best health insurance available, in any hospital in the US?

I am embarrassed.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Gay Marriage Legal In Sims 3

The new version of Sims, Sims 3, will now allow gay marriage.

This will drive the gay marriage haters crazy -- gay marriage in a popular video game. I love it!!!

Public Option May Be Gaining Traction

A public option for health care may be gaining traction according to some reports. Obama has come out and said that a public option should be included and even Montana Sen. Max Baucus, the Senate Finance Chairman, has said that a public option will probably be included in a Senate bill. He's the one who would not even include discussion of a public option in his senate hearings.

The article says that there is strong republican opposition to a public option because it will "handicap existing private insurance companies". Well, duh! That's what it is supposed to do. The private insurance companies do not want a public option because they cannot compete with it. Medicare operates with a 4 - 5% overhead. Private insurance companies operate with a 15-50% overhead. If you want to reduce health care costs, get private insurance companies out of providing primary health insurance.

What is what I would like to see:
  1. A public primary health insurance option open to all people
  2. Let private non-profit health insurance companies compete by provided primary care health insurance.
  3. Let private for-profit health insurance companies provide secondary coverage, such as gap insurance, cosmetic insurance, private hospital rooms, or whatever else they want to cover.
This list is a nightmare for the for-profit health care insurance companies. This is exactly what they don't want. They are all about the money. For-profit health care corporations have corporate profits as their number one priority. Health care for their customers is second. We need a system where the health care of the customer is the primary purpose. You do that by removing the profit from it. They have no business profiting by refusing health care.