Friday, December 18, 2009

Mixed emotions

At this point, the health bill is so watered down that it really amounts more to an insurance reform bill than an actual health care reform bill. Nate Silver did some number crunching a few days ago that suggests that even in its currently mediocre form, it would end up leading to lower health care costs on average - significantly so over the status quo which is obviously unacceptable and unsustainable as I've pointed out before. Passing this bill would be a very small step in a better direction, but small steps is about as good as it will get with the current Congress.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Musical interlude

"Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba. I became a fan of this crew back in the 1980s when they were basically known as a first-rate anarchopunk band (Pictures of Starving Children Sell Records and Never Mind the Ballots from the mid-to-late 1980s are both well-worth seeking out). They've since been a fairly eclectic outfit. Whether this particular single marks their finest hour I'll leave to others to sort out. All I'll say is that a revolution without dancing and partying is not a revolution worth having. And the lyric "I get knocked down, but I get up again/ You're never gonna keep me down" is something of a personal theme - got me through the last years of grad school, and so far numerous years of borderline poverty.

Note in the margin: For my non-Anglophile readers, the phrase "pissing the night away" translates to "drinking the night away" or if one wants a broader definition, simply wasting time. Which reminds me...time to piss the night away.