We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Editor Bird Dog feels like a one-armed paper-hanger around the Farm right now, with the News Junkie in Mt. Desert Island, the Chairman at Northeast Harbor, The Barrister preoccupied with his grandkids, and Gwynnie at her California mountain retreat. With the help of some Summertime Re-posts, we shall persevere.
The Doryman's Reflection: A Fisherman's Life. This looks good. BookslutAnd speaking of dory fishing, here's a good link about it.
51% of Dems want Bush to fail. There is something deeply wrong about that attitude towards one's country. Polipundit
When you flush in NYC, where does it go? Sierra Blanca, Texas. Remind me to never go there.
Does masturbation make you blind? Furedi at Spiked makes the case that the Masturbation Movement's agenda is to make people blind to love and passion. Brave New World: Biology.
"A comparable level of exclusivity is available to the well-heeled patient wanting insulation from the American health-care system. For initiation fees of $1,000 to $15,000 and annual dues of between $2,500 and $50,000 (six levels of membership are available), a company called PinnacleCare assigns “advocates” who will manage a client’s health care—investigating specialists and medical research, securing access to top doctors, and juggling appointments. (The cost of the treatment itself is separate.) Nearly all of the advocates are women, and they exude a motherly efficiency, cooing to their clients and sweet-talking the surgeons. But one suspects that their claws come out when necessary. Having an advocate present during a hospital stay, one client said, is like having an extremely knowledgeable relative on hand for hours a day, exerting relentless pressure to get whatever the patient needs."
Isn't that what your wife is supposed to do for you (in addition to certain other services that delicacy prevents me spelling out). Why else marry a Cliffie then keep her at home with children (most of them willing, as they know family is more important than Mammon). But, anyway, an intelligent loved one will do a better job of advocating for you than any highly paid stranger. And won't piss off the medical staff half as much. Having watched out for the medical needs of two grandmothers, a mother in law, two parents, an insane sister, a child with disabilities, and an emotionally troubled other kid, I can testify that nobody except a blood relative will put in the hours, energy, smarts, humor, guile, persuasion, etc necessary to ensure the best care for sick people. An advocate brings in the specter of lawsuits, liability which totally destroys the collaborative relationship necessary for the best care. I know, I know, meddling relatives can be a pain in the ass. But most decent doctors and hospitals and certainly nurses realize that well meaning relatives are ten times preferable people to deal with to paid hacks. Tell me, true, is the advocate going to stay up half the night on internet searches, researching the experiences of other sufferers and families? Or buying birthday presents for a devoted nurse? Or cheering up the other patients on the ward? Or bringing a bunch of new books and games to the children's psychiatric ward?
If billionaires would grit their teeth and resolve to sleep with women of good character and intelligence instead of sex kittens (occasionally one can find all three together) and gold diggers, they wouldn't need to hire advocates.