October 17, 2011

on medicare

much has been written about the failures of the current US healthcare system, with recent critiques amplified by its enormous financial cost.

the separation between the scale of these dollar amounts and the needs of individual people makes it difficult to escape ideology when discussing what and how to reform. and most people simply do not have the time or resources to investigate this issue fully. but we should.

if you care to do anything, do these 2 things:

1) look over the top 50 services, procedures and items billed to medicare. regardless of the particular ideology that's permeated your thinking, you will be surprised.

2) read jane gross' opinion about how medicare fails the elderly. this is what awaits you and your parents in the current system. 

October 16, 2011

occupy wall street: e pluribus unum?

the major media and popular consciousness are finally registering the occupy wall street movement.

i am proud that the founding (dis)organizers of the phenomenon chose to maintain an organic voice with no specific references to constituencies or policies.

this has prompted some critical responses, but i believe that the decentralized approach has a fundamental strength in allowing it to spread and generalize to a more effective majority. the threshold for transforming the currently marginalized phenomenon to a plural one remains to be defined. the critique offered by the movement, however, is neither marginal nor plural.

just look at the summaries of real lives on http://wearethe99percent.tumblr.com. a few particularly jarring ones have been buzzfed. even those instinctively opposed to the movement are actually a part of it.

the challenge for all now is how to make e pluribus unum.


October 09, 2011

olog's most read posts

though the apparent pageviews should be normalized for age, this list of "most read" posts must mean something:

October 01, 2011

conversations with asher

asher: can we have some music?
me: sure
asher: i want oscar
me: we don't have the oscar cd here, how about peter and the wolf?
asher: well, that's good...very good, peter and the wolf is so much fun!