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Lessons from the Hospital Stay of a Lifetime

Lessons from the Hospital Stay of a Lifetime

activism, health insurance, Healthcare
I thought I posted last week. I could have sworn I had. I remember writing a post for y'all.  But I don't see it. So apologies if I went missing and someone missed me. I've been back from the hospital since Sunday afternoon. (If I ever figure out what happened to my other post, or if it is still sitting in drafts, I'll try adding it.) My neurosurgeon who isn't God didn't even know I was still there when they woke the poor guy up because I needed acid reflux medication at 3 am on Sunday morning. I felt terrible to wake him up, but I was in that limbo of discharged, but still needing certain meds to be able to get along until I got home. I was in that limbo from Friday morning until my partner and her friend showed up with a four wheel drive on Sunday afternoon to "bust me out." Our
The Zombie Apocalypse is Here

The Zombie Apocalypse is Here

autonomy, Change, citizenship, community, conflict, conservatism, critical judgment, culture, Environment, health insurance, Ideology, Nature, Rationality, Science, Spirituality, Zombies
Let’s talk about zombies! Howzzat for a subtle segue into a “Skeptics Collection” post? I have a personal interest in zombies, because I am a big fan of the literature of zombie-apocalypse – “ZA” or “Zulu-Alpha” for hard-core aficionados. I watch the TV series The Walking Dead – whose title initially led me to believe it was a documentary on the Tea Party movement, until I found out better … and realized after the first episode that my original interpretation was not all that wrong – and Z-Nation (which I understand will return to the Sci-Fi Channel sometime in the fall). (If you are not familiar with the latter, run-don’t-walk and watch it when it returns.) I also like stories of the ZA, especially the seldom-equaled and never-excelled Arisen series: eight novels and two prequels (from d
"Thunderdome" and "King v. Burwell"

"Thunderdome" and "King v. Burwell"

ACA / Obamacare, Change, conservatism, Consitution, Freedom, health insurance, Healthcare, Ideology, Politics, Religion, republic, Spirituality, Supreme Court, theocracy, Theology, Tolerance
Especially during the time that potentially landmark constitutional cases are pending or being argued before the Supreme Court, I haunt the pages of Balkinization, the blog edited by Prof. Jack Balkin of Yale Law School. The dozens of people who contribute to the blog – Prof. Balkin writes for it directly only on occasion – are always luminaries of the legal profession, almost always constitutional law, and often senior faculty of same at first-tier law schools. The pending case of King v. Burwell is no exception. But the current case – the latest chapter in the ongoing real-life melodrama of Obamacare and its multiple discontents – is perhaps unique in being revelatory, not only of the minutiae and intricacies of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but even more so of our far deeper malaise in