Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Bug Eyed

I've spent some time in the woods and have taken close up photos lately of insects and things. Here are a few of them:

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Health Care Rationing - Why Is Everyone So Scared?

I was watching Foxnews the other night and they were talking about Obama's options for universal government health care. One of the main issues they brought up was rationing. That, in a socialized system like Canada's, some procedures and drugs are deemed to expensive. Among the things mentioned was that seniors (who already have socialized healthcare, and have for years) wouldn't be able to get operations like hip replacements and that antibiotics and other drugs might be limited for everyone. This was seen as the horror of horrors, which is the general opinion of everyone I've heard discuss the issue from politicians to news anchors. Liberals don't want to bring it up; conservatives bring it up with relish to talk about how bad it is.

I for one, would like to say that it sounds like a good idea.

Yes, you read that right. I think it's a good idea.

The fact is our country (or at least part of it) is about the most over medicated group of people in the world. For most Americans with health insurance, antibiotics are something you take when you get a sniffle. Steroids are a valid treatment for allergies and they load themselves with both at the first sign of either. Then we stand back and wonder why they are so expensive that people without health coverage can't afford them frequently suffer, sometimes die because of it.

They make up diseases for things like feeling depressed or not being able to pay attention to a lecture and then take psycho active drugs for it - and then we stand back and watch as people with real mental and hormonal problems repeatedly end up in jail or psych ward because they can't afford to stay on similar medication.

A few years ago, my family doctor saw some moles that I had and suspected that they were cancer. He referred me to a dermatologist. I ended up having to switch practitioners in the middle of the whole thing because the dermatologist quit. Where did she go? Full time botox injections. Fortunately, everything worked out fine, and I didn't have cancer, but the long and the short of it is: me and probably a hundred other people with various maladies had to switch practitioners in the middle of treatment because upper class, middle aged women who wanted some little lines removed from their faces could pay more for our healthcare than we could.

And we wonder why we don't have enough physicians?

America isn't short on healthcare. There is plenty to go around but for it being guzzled and squandered by people at one end of the socioeconomic scale.

And that is why I think rationing is good idea.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Bored to the Point of Video Editing

Last Friday I worked in Corning helping a lady move. She had a great big house filled with solid oak furniture. To make matters harder, one of the guys that was supposed to help us didn't show, so it ended up being just one other guy and I moving everything in the whole place into the truck. She was nice though, and paid very well, so it was worth it.

I've just gotten bored enough to begin video editing and have started to fulfill some overdue promises to post stuff (evil of evils!) on Facebook. Fortunately, facebook allows you to embed videos on other sites, so I'm posting some here:

and another....

- Drew

Thursday, June 04, 2009

I Need a Visit From Gandalf

Time has been flying past for the last month. I only hope that the entire summer doesn't burn up this quickly!

I'm in the strange place of not knowing where I'm going... although if anything, it's more of a familiar place than a strange one now days. I have no plan, and it seems like I have several different forces all vying to become my plan, and while I'm afraid to say no to any of them, I am unable to completely pursue any of them either. Vague desires are hard to turn into reality.

I think one of my main problems that my main decision making process usually involves closing my eyes and jumping. This has worked at times, like going to Europe for instance... I get a wild, half brained opportunity laid in front of me and go for it with a short prayer and absolutely no plan. Now though, I feel like I'm in, or back in, a place where the only options I have are all things that I will have to chase down and tackle. Things that will require vision and focus every step of the way (things that I'm in very short supply of) and not just a few simple yes or no decisions in a few rare moments of irrational confidence.

In addition to vision and focus, I also have a serious deficit in assertiveness, determination and confidence, that makes it almost impossible to push through anything if anyone attempts to discourage me from it, as some people inevitably will. If things don't line up right along the way, then I automatically assume that the problem is on my end, and am afraid to even ask about it. Even things like registering for classes or applying for an expanded line of credit seem like insurmountable problems that I dare not approach.

So I guess what I'm hoping and praying for, in my vague, second guessing fashion, is that sometime in the very near future, I'll be confronted with an amazing and exiting opportunity for the next chapter of my life that I'll be to crazy to say no to.