Monday, October 29, 2007

Vinyl making a comeback?

Wired article, with bonus Society of Rockets plug at the end!


Health care professionals for single-payer

This article makes what I think is a great point in the debate:
Opponents of a single-payer system argue that single payer could be even more inefficient and bureaucratic than the current system. They point to other countries, such as Canada, that have national health insurance and yet have long wait times to see doctors.

But research supports the opposite conclusion. For example, a 2003 study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that the average overhead of U.S. insurance companies is 11.7 percent, compared with 3.6 percent for Medicare and 1.3 percent for Canada’s national health insurance program. And the waits in Canada are a result of Canada’s low level of health spending - on a per capita basis, about half that in the United States. The efficiency of Canada’s national health insurance program coupled with our current high level of health funding would yield the world’s best health care system.
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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Man, it's been a while

Sorry folk (s?), I've been very busy at work and with the twins. Here are some fun links for you.

The particularly obnoxious strain of US evangelicalism seems to be fading in popularity.

Cooks Illustrated figured out the secret to making easy-to-roll pie crust that is still flaky and delicious: Vodka! Not sure how long the full recipe will stay up.

I paid 3 pounds for the new Radiohead record. How much did you pay?

By the way, the tracklisting on our new record on ALL the download services seems screwed up. And, they are missing a track. If you bought a copy, let me know, and I'll send you a link to a fixed version.
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