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Friday, July 31, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Which one is satire?
Television watching became even more convenient this week with Sony's introduction of a new remote-controlled remote control.Or this?
The new device, which can be controlled via remote control through the use of a second remote control unit, will replace older models that needed to be held in the hand to be operable.
"Constantly leaning forward to pick up the remote control from the coffee table is a tiresome, cumbersome chore that will soon be a thing of the past," Sony director of product development Dan Ninomiya said. "These new remotes, should they be left on the coffee table or in some other barely-hard-to-reach place, will not need to be picked up and actually pointed at the screen in order to work."
The [Cato Institute] plan is to eliminate employee health benefit insurance and all government health care support, and throw everyone into the private insurance market. Insurance companies would be allowed to risk-rate premiums, so that as people got older and/or sicker their premiums would go up.(Photo by ophelia immortal.)
However, Cato says, this doesn’t have to be a problem. The solution is … wait for it … insurance insurance. They call it “health status insurance,” but essentially it’s insurance insurance. It’s a separate policy you take that will insure you against catastrophic increases in your health insurance.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Not dead, I assure you. Just busy with a project that's requiring all my attention and several times more stamina than I actually have. I was supposed to be done before now, but as usual, work expands to fill the available time.
Maybe I'll get some breathing room after the weekend. Or if not, maybe I'll retire to Bedlam and devote my remaining days to consideration of "the Drone, who with the appearance of a Bee is neither a soldier nor an artist, neither a swordsman nor smith."
I hope you're all well, meanwhile, and I'm very, very sorry to have worried a few very kind people by not checking my blog-related e-mail for several weeks. I should know better at my age, honestly.
Well, onwards, anyway.