Tuesday, September 22, 2009

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Behold! Carbon free sugar!



Which would be, er, water...

This amused me

Heh:
Ever notice how Wordpress blogs always say “Twenty Sided is proudly powered by Wordpress” or “World of Wombats is proudly powered by Wordpress”, etc. It makes it seem like Wordpress doesn’t have any standards. It would be much better if it could say, “World of White Supremacy is shamefully and begrudgingly powered by Wordpress”.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Heh. This video amuses me:

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sadness

Norman Borlaug, the greatest man you've never heard of, has died.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Healthcare

My two cents on healthcare reform: government should keep its mitts off. I don't trust the losers not to screw things up (or screw them up worse, depending on your perspective). My perspective is almost universally more government control = bad, so it's unsurprising that I take this position.

If we insist that I need to offer reform alternatives, here are my no-government-program alternatives to shake up the healthcare market in what I see as a good way:

1) Remove restrictions on selling insurance across state lines. This allows competition within a larger market, encouraging more diversification in plans and more competing providers. This also forces competition between states over coverage requirements, allowing people with no desire for, say, acupuncture coverage, to buy plans that don't cover it by buying from a company based in a state that doesn't require such coverage.

2) Remove the tax advantage for employer-based insurance. Either have all healthcare spending be in pre-tax dollars, or none. None of this "only if the company buys it for you" crap. This would help to sever the connection between employment and health insurance. So you could eventually hope to (a) change/quit jobs without automatically changing/losing coverage and (b) get involved in actually choosing your provider and level of coverage, rather than simply getting the choice of taking or not taking what the employer offers.

No, I don't feel like debating this any more. As Coyote points out, cost trends are open to interpretation (we could be spending more on healthcare than anyone else because we're richer than anyone else, and want better care). Suffice it to say that I'm unconvinced that we have a healthcare crisis at all, let alone one big enough to warrant risking the government mucking everything up further by making it into an excuse for a power grab. So I'm relatively content to do nothing.

Ouch.

I hate it when politicians pretend that everything could be paid for by magically hand-waving away fraud, waste, abuse, etc. On that note, here's the best one-line response to Obama's healthcare speech I've yet seen:
He said,
Reducing the waste and inefficiency in Medicare and Medicaid will pay for most of this plan.
And if we don't pass this plan, does he intend to keep the waste and inefficiency, out of spite?
Zing! If we're going to trim waste to get the money, let's trim the waste, get the money, see how much it really is, and then decide what to do with it.

Separated at birth?

Karl, I can't watch this ridiculous local commercial without thinking of you:



Is this what you're like working IT? "Oh YEAH!"

Friday, September 04, 2009

Funniest Thing I've Read All Day

Via TJIC a comment:
Libertarian fascism is a belief-system whose time has come. Finally I have found my ideological home.

Herewith our inspiring slogans, for which we will fight to death on the barricades, provided of course we have secured a barricade easement from the company that owns the road:

Everything in or out of the State, mostly the latter!
Nothing outside the State, except civil society, the economy, culture, religion, commerce, morals, and manufactures!

One Nation, One Leader, One Law! OK, maybe two laws, but that's all. Three laws tops. This is a minarchy, people.

Who ist der John Galt?

The Will of the People Must Triumph! Provided Mr. People's will is properly witnessed and was not coerced.

Voluntary Association Now!
I almost fell out of my chair laughing!