June 26th, 2009


Featured Community: Poor Skills

Most folks on LiveJournal belong to a bunch of communities. Some of the good ones are kind of obscure. The "Featured Community" meme encourages people to share their favorite communities.

  1. Cite a community that you enjoy. 
  2. Summarize its purpose and parameters. 
  3. Invite your audience to join the community and/or reply with their favorite communities.

Today's featured community is:</span> poor_skills

This community offers a place to share ideas and ask questions about how to survive with little or no money. I usually skim this one rather than read every post, because there's a lot of repetition. However, sometimes really great ideas pop up there. Topics include things like simple repairs, where to find cheap or free stuff, dealing with bill collectors, alternatives to expensive things, etc. If you write about frugal living, this community makes a good place to attract new readers, because it has many members. I sometimes crosspost my cheap cookin' recipes there.

What He Said

Someone working in the insurance industry has, accidentally I'm sure, hit the nail on the head:

Ingenix performed an important function, Hemsley said, because paying whatever doctors charge "is simply not economically tenable."

Yes. That is exactly what American citizens are saying. If the insurance industry cannot afford to pay whatever doctors charge, and describe it as "not economically tenable," then how in the world do they expect individuals to pay those rates out of a far smaller personal or family budget? It is impossible.

That quote is the caboose on this article:

Senate Panel Hears of Health Insurers' Wrongs
David S. Hilzenrath, The Washington Post: "Health insurers have forced consumers to pay billions of dollars in medical bills that the insurers themselves should have paid, according to a report released yesterday by the staff of the Senate Commerce Committee. The report was part of a multi-pronged assault on the credibility of private insurers by Commerce Committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.)."

Here is another related article on health care and the problems caused by lobbyists:

Lobbyists Jockey for Position in Health Care Debate
Peter Overby and Andrea Seabrook, NPR News: "Earlier this month, lobbyists trooped in to watch as the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions began working on a health-care overhaul - the first congressional panel this year to move so far."

Canadian Perspective

The blog "Canadian Perspective" is a resource and opinion site celebrating all things Canadian. This is a local resource for my Canadian readers, and a good global viewpoint for everyone else. Canadian bloggers, pay extra attention as there is a Canadian blogroll that you might want to try getting onto.


This poem came out of the June 9, 2009 Poetry Fishbowl. It was prompted by madshutterbug and sponsored by janetmiles. This is an acrostic poem; it spells its own title down the lefthand margin.

– an acrostic poem

Friendship is a force
Radiant as sunlight and
Invisible as gravity,
Enveloping us in
Nodes and lines of connection,
Directing our lives
So that we
Hover always
In each other’s awareness:
People need people.