Roxy's blog

Healthcare - Debate or Debacle?

HelathcareAccording to Business Insider, in 2017, the United States was the 13th richest country on earth. There is really no reason that people should DIE because they lack the money to seek medical care. Shane Patrick Boyle started a GoFundMe to raise money to buy insulin. He came up $50 short and died. HE DIED.  A young man I know got 'road rash' on his leg. He could not afford to go to the doctor. He died from infection. HE DIED. There is no excuse for this.

With the Republicans in power, over 3,000,000 people have already lost their medical insurance. Whether it is 'Obamacare', 'Medicaid' or 'Medicare', the Republican congress and the Republican Administration are going after it. They don't even have any qualms about it. 

Silver Linings in a Mushroom Cloud?

Silver linings are hard to find these days and it is apparent that we really have no clue how to proceed under this administration.

What are we to do when we realize that our country has become a threat to the well-being of the entire planet? What would happen to the human race if only idiots like Donald Trump survive the blast and resulting 'winter'?

Jobs are NOT coming back ...

even if manufacturing does. The bulk of job loss in these Divided United States is due to automation. (I love ya, Bernie Sanders), but cancleing trade deals is not going to keep or bring back jobs.

When people, humans started being referred to as "Human Resources" we were all in trouble. Bottom line? The people doing the work were just a resource, a means to an end. Now, with all the technological advances, those Human Resources are in lesser and lesser demand.

Remember all those jobs that Hair Furor saved at Carrier? Well, the company is going to invest the reward money in ... more automation! 

Yes, Virginia, the Election was Hacked

People, we have a problem. A BIGLY problem. Facts are in danger of becoming extinct as we snip and snipe at each other.

A USURPER is about to be enthroned by the Electoral College and it seems there isn't a damn thing we can do about it.

*I am not here to argue how good or bad a candidate Hillary Clinton was/is, and I am not here to argue about which "group" is most responsible for the Trumpocalypse.

The Scream of the Peacock ... Journalism vs Infotainment

Bumping again for relevance. 11/16/2016
Originally posted 2008-02-07 06:29:02 -- given the current state of the media, well worth bumping -- cho

You guys are just covering — what do they call it — the scream of the peacock, and you’re missing the whole fox hunt. -- Stephen King [Interview in Time Magazine]

... and We're Back!

As some of you may have noticed, the site has been down off and on for the last week or so. We have been busy dealing with software updates and a move to a new server. During all of this, we also updated the site from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7.

The site is back, tho still limping a little. There were some of the old features that have to be either discarded or rebuilt to work with the new backbone. We will be back, fully functional, in the very near future, and look forward to a revival. If anybody is interested in helping out, please drop a note using the contact form.


What is a Newt?

newt [noot, nyoot] noun
1. any of several brilliantly colored salamanders of the family Salamandridae, especially those of the genera Triturus and Notophthalmus, of North America, Europe, and northern Asia.
2. any of various other small salamanders.
3. one of several slimy republican primary candidates (can be brilliantly colored)

Open Thread: Debt Ceiling or Credit Limit and Other Nonsense

I got a letter from my credit card company the other day ... it said:

Congratulations! We have increased your credit limit to $XX!  

Apparently they thought increasing my spending limit was a good thing -- the CONGRATULATIONS! part was heavily emphasized (see below).


They didn't tell me that I could only spend the increase on DingDongs and that I had to curtial my spending at Old Navy. No, the letter simply said I could now spend more money.

So this is Amerika

I wrote this commentary in 2007, during the throes of the Bush Administration. It is, unfortunately, as appropriate today as it was 4 years ago.

We the People are in serious trouble if we can't get beyond our media-manufactured differences and take our country back. 

In 1987 the mini-series Amerika aired on ABC amid much hype and controversy and then died a quick death. In 1995 there was a limited release on VHS. While the premise of the mini-series was to show the United States 10 years after a take-over by the Soviets, the story is hauntingly familiar to the America [Amerika] we are living in now.

For the most part, apathetic Americans let the coup progress with no resistance, resulting in an occupied America.

Open Thread: Welcome to my Universe

Okay, I gotta admit it was kinda fun (and a little empowering) to list all those scientific terms in the tags box.  The idea of parallel universes fascinates me ... and could explain alot.

A July 19th article by Alexander Vilenkin and Max Tegmarkin in Scientific American makes the scientific case for the existence of parallel universes, multiverse if you will.