This is pretty savage. Not unfair, but savage. (I like the "one way" that we can be made to care about a soldier: desert your unit under fire...)
There is an actual problem with government provided health care. It doesn't really work, anywhere. England and Canada have systems that allow "important" people to jump the endless queues. And the U.S. just lets people die as a means of making the queue shorter.
My own view is that single-payer INSURANCE, or government FINANCING combined with private provision, may be the best we can hope for. So, people who are using the VA crisis to indict tax-funded insurance are mistaken. But the VA crisis is a perfectly legitimate indictment of those who want an English-style system. It sucks.
UPDATE: Some useful background: VA system is NOT a test of ACA. But if we aren't careful, we could move toward VA-type system. Republicans need to make some actual proposals, instead of just being hopeless hypocrites.
Partly because I have long mocked his love of Rush. Of course, I am hardly alone in this. Consider this "review" from a "Most Over-rated" list:
These Canadian Prog-Rock mouthbreathers have earned a place in the history books for humble conceptual retardation and for having the most prolific legion of apocolyptically prententious fans under the sun. This band grew into maturity and developed a fan base after having produced a number of records. The inclination of their fanbase seems to to tally with the period within which they began producing some of the most disappointing concept albums of all time. And singing about dragons or whatever. This just goes to prove that pot wasn't as unpopular in the 70's as you were led to believe. This band also excercise the right to gargantuan respite periods, due to band break-ups and so forth; much to the chargrin of their fans. In my experience (as Anglo-Canadian Prog Metal Ambassador and Correspondant), Rush fans are the jacket-and-jeans wearing, male equivalent of bagladies that are willing to kill in the name of Lee, Lifeson and Peart. Genuinely, this band started life with a great of potential. They went from "Funny/Peculiar" to "OHMYFUCKINGGODTHESE-GUYSAREFUCKINGHILARIOUS!" within a few small steps.
Still, it was sort of cute. It's hard not to sing along with a Rush song in the car, if the radio is broken and you have no way of changing the channel to the "All Yani, All the Time!" station.
But....now. Now Prof. Horwitz has launched off into new territories of tastelessness. He has expressed the view that (wow) Steely Dan is "da bomb." The Prof. has been heard crunching old fish bones and chortling about his Dan concert tickets: "Mine, preeeeecious. All miiiiiine, precious." Problem? Yes. Even "The Daily Kos" is right about "The Dan."
Personally, I'd be hard pressed to think of another major act that even approaches the sheer awfullness of Steely Dan.
Their music reminds me of cottage cheese, tasteless and lumpy. And I don't like tasteless lumps. They natter. They noodle. Their music goes on and on and on with no discernable point or plot. And their singing??
Ay! yi! yi! A bandsaw hitting a hard wood knot sounds better.
Here's the thing: that quote is from...2005. That's a long time ago. Steely Dan has NOT gotten better in the last ten years. Basically they are a tribute band that plays songs that their now geriatric fans listened to while smoking their first doobie. It all seemed deep. But: It wasn't the music that was deep; it was the doobies. I'd rather listen to Lt. Dan. Tapdancing.
This is surprisingly insightful, for a computer simulator of political biographies. Many of the men who go to Washington would like to think their careers focused on legislation. But for a lot of guys that "career" was mostly focused on his dictum. With thanks to Dan "Sincere Audacity" Drezner.
5. Elena Boschi's thong was photo-shopped. Still, she has clearly made more effort than most male politicos to stay in shape. No Chris Christie signing ceremony looks that good, even if we stick to the real version...
(moremoremore! Just for @anthonybullard )
Thomas Kramer & Lauren Block
Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, July 2014, Pages 215–228
Magical thinking refers to irrational peculiar beliefs, including those that conform to the laws of contagion. We propose that touching an object that was previously touched by a high performer increases confidence via magical thinking (ability contagion) and improves actual performance among individuals high in experiential processing. A series of studies provides support for this main proposition. Our results cast doubt on an alternative explanation based on priming, and are obtained controlling for participants’ level of rational processing, motivation, and affect.