August 26th, 2009


An American Disease

This article reminds us that Obama ran on a platform including health care reform:

Favilla | An American Disease
The authors, writing as Favilla for France's premier business paper, Les Echos, "After a state of grace, [President Obama] now must confront virulent opposition to his great plan to reform the American health care system. Yet, his goal is indisputable and was featured in the program for his candidacy: assuring health insurance coverage for the 46 million Americans who are excluded from it by the present system, a system obviously unworthy of a country that purports to be developed."

Featured Community: Redheadedmales

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: redheadedmales

Most of the communities I promote have some practical aspect. This one is just for fun. It's a collection of photos and artwork featuring redheaded men. (For those of you who don't know this, my sexual preference is redheads, rather than a gender. I can be flexible, but that's what happens to grab my attention from across a room and make me think, "Hot!") So if you enjoy beefcake with ginger on top, and other interesting places, look here.

Medical Bankruptcy

According to this, someone in America goes bankrupt due to medical costs every 30 seconds.

I am not okay with that. I believe that bankruptcy should fall mainly on individuals and companies who make foolish financial decisions. Getting sick or injured is not a decision; it's something that just happens. People should not be stripped of their dignity and livelihood -- to say nothing of their access to health care -- due to causes outside their control. If large numbers of people are being responsible, following the rules, and getting crushed anyway then the system is broken. It must be replaced with something that rewards prudence and discourages foolishness. Because when people's actions are not logically connected with appropriate positive and negative results, then it tends to make a lot of people do crazy things, which is not conducive to a functional society.

Alternative Fuels

Here are two interesting articles about alternative fuels:

Who Needs Gasoline if You Have Old Beer?
How would you like to have a fuel pump right next your house supplying "organic e-fuel" for your car made from old beer and wine? Well, that's exactly what inventors of the E-Fuel MicroFueler in California are providing. Sugar may be the key to fueling your car cheaply and efficiently, and the company will bring the brewery waste via truck to your home.

New Car Runs on Air
It's not every day that we get to drive a car that could change the world. This car runs on air, takes 2 minutes to fill up and gives a 100 mile range. Fuel cost is just 2 cents a mile and it emits zero pollution. Yes, it sounds like another one of those crackpot inventions, but after our exclusive test of the AIRPod it seems like the world's first "air car" may be more than just a bright idea. (