Thursday, 28 November 2013

On Serena Williams

Well put:

"The Williams scourging is a clarifying cultural moment. It should be conceptually possible to separate the issue of the boys’ culpability from the question of whether the victim had the power to avoid the assault in the first place by behaving responsibly. Parents tell their children not to get into strangers’ cars not because they think that a stranger would be justified in abducting a child who did so, but because not getting into a stranger’s car is the best way to avoid kidnapping."

Indeed. These are two separate things which both merit comment. 

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Hair pet peeves

Here are a few:

"Why don't you grow your hair out?"

"Why do you have short hair"

"Men/Guys/Employers/People prefer long hair on women"

All these are very strange things to say. Seriously. If you do not think these are strange comments to make to a woman with short hair, then check your premises.


My post about humans and their rights.

Basically a selfie.

Just of my brain.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Humans and their rights

Discussion following a recent post on The Skeptical Libertarian facebook page

  • Joe Dailey Heath care shouldn't be a business.
    • Ryan Rice Why?
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    • Joe Dailey Because access to healthcare is a basic human right. I have a hard time working that in with my Librarian views but it still just feels wrong to deny someone access to medicine.

      Also because the cost of medicine and health care are insanely overinflated. There is absolutely no reason at all why a few stitches in the ER should cost thousands of dollars. 

      I don't claim to understand the whole game but i understand enough to know someone is cheating
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    • Chris Wilson Food's a business. Housing is a business. Clothing is a business. I can't think of any other means to provide the best quality of a product to the most people at the best possible price
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    • Joe Dailey I can grow my own food, i can build my own house i can even make my own clothes but i can not heal my self if i get cancer or fall off a damn cliff and break every bone in my body. We live in a society and with things like this we all need to help each other out sometimes. That's just my gut feeling
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    • Dietwald Claus Joe - why is health care so expensive?
    • Joe Dailey I "think" is partly/mostly from a Corrupt government that takes money from pharmaceutical companies to squash competition with restrictive laws. Like i said , I'm not really sure. And i also don't know how to make a system that works. 

      I have way more questions then i do answers. But i do know fundamental right and wrong and it's wrong to let someone rot when you can help them
    • Rebecca Gebhardt Brizi Access to healthcare is a basic human right, as in nobody has the right to deny you that access. As with food, shelter, etc. Health insurance has to do not with healthcare but with payment thereof. Health insurance - insurance of any kind - is pure economics: I choose to mitigate the risk of sudden large payments by making regular smaller payments to an entity who will then help me cover those sudden larger costs. So, Joe, I am agreeing with you and taking it one step further, as well as separating the care from the insurance.
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    • Evan Derv nothing that requires the resources or work of another person can be a right. Or else people don't have a right to own their own bodies. 

      Healthcare cannot be a human right. 

      It's a nice ideal, but positive rights are impossible to provide for without forcing people to provide for them.

      Get rid of mandatory minimum insurance, get rid of allowing policy exemption to certain firms/individuals/organizations for coverage caps/or provision, allow interstate insurance competition.

      Turning insurance into pre paid medical care via the magic of a legislator's pen is economically ignorant and is going to continue to raise the cost of healthcare. When the end user doesn't pay and has to use a middle man to purchase healthcare, the cost incentive is driven up and the entire population of insurance buyers pays for it.
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    • Rebecca Gebhardt Brizi "Get rid of mandatory minimum insurance, get rid of allowing policy exemption to certain firms/individuals/organizations for coverage caps/or provision, allow interstate insurance competition." - Amen

      Re: human right, I always think of a human right as something to which people can not impede access, rather than something which you have a right to receive. So nobody has a right to say you may not receive health care. And requiring you to pay for it is not impeding access, of course.
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    • Evan Derv exactly. It's been a recent redefinition of "unable to access" something because of the specious argument that you have to pay for it. Duh. We have to pay for everything! 

      In fact, those of us that own businesses or have employees pay much MORE for "society"(government) than others. Birth control is not expensive now, why do ALL men (whether impotent, gay, old or unmarried) have to carry Female product riders on their policies? It's not fair to men or women. It's a vote buying scheme for ideologues. 
      Inb4viagracoverage, which isn't mandated or even used to a degree that is statistically significant!

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Pointless words

Witnessed recently in a Starbucks near Wall Street:

Customer: "Is this my dry latte?"
Barista: "Yes"
Customer: "Dry?"
Barista: "Yes, dry latte."
Customer: "It seems like a lot of milk for a dry."
Barista: "Would you like me to make a new one?"
Customer: "No it's fine."

Is anybody else hugely annoyed by this? I almost shook the customer and demanded "THEN WHY MAKE THE FUSS??"

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Health Insurance

not equal to health care. But anyway this is cute:

1. I can confirm that this is not true. At most one has a time limit on the insurance he can keep. That is my case. My plan will be discontinued within a year.

2. How? And why? And don't policy holders have contracts? I'm pretty sure policy holders have contracts. And insurance is risk mitigation, so if I am a higher risk client it makes sense my premiums should cost more. Not that I'm happy about that: given my weight I am indeed in a higher premium bracket. But I can't expect not to be just because I want to spend less on insurance and more on something else.
This sentence sitting there in its own is uninformed and unclear and essentially says nothing of value and therefore it gets on my nerves.

PS - in case there were any doubt: there is no love lost between me and insurance companies. Where is the insurance start up??

Monday, 11 November 2013

What's a food expert?

Is, if you are anything like me, the first thing you thought in reading this title:

8 foods that food experts won't eat

Well, at least none of these "experts" have an agenda.

No, wait. That's not right...

Monday, 4 November 2013

Leaning anywhere

I have written on this subject before. But here is another quick note.

It is probably true that men naturally "lean in" more than women do. And it is also true that it is up to women to lean in more, not for men to make room.

And do you know why men are better at this? They have never had any other option. Women now have this "choice" of working or staying at home. When we are growing up that choice is made abundantly clear to us. If we marry, have children, we can choose not to be producers.

Men are never given that choice. Even the staying at home and not work, is something they have to go take and safe hold, it is so out of the ordinary for them. So men are instructed, from when they are boys, to "lean in" because that is their only real chance at survival.

Society - such as it is - does not raise us equal.