January, 2021 archive
A new term enters international discourse.
I do not know enough about the politics of Brexit (other than I think Great Britain has shot itself in the foot) to have an opinion on the substance of the news story.
Nevertheless, I find it simultaneously appalling (because I’m capable of shame) and amusing (because I know poetic justice when I see it) that the name of our previous federal executive is now a portmanteau for “arbitrary, capricious, petty, and stupid.”
Cancel culture, Republican style:
Indeed, years of anti-abortion rights advocacy and devout party organizing didn’t shield the typically understated Iowa Republican from retribution. Within a day of declaring that Trump should be impeached for his role in the deadly Capitol riot, Millage was forced to step down as chair of the Scott County GOP.
Much more at the link.
David Lazarus investigated a hospital bill. A snippet:
Summers received his insurer’s explanation of benefits recently.
There are any number of things we could nitpick about. But what really jumped out at me was a charge of almost $77,000 for “medical services,” a mysterious fee above and beyond the roughly $5,000 billed separately by Summers’ surgeon and anesthesiologist.
Follow the link for the story of his quest to find out what “medical services” warranted charges at the rate of $25,666.66 an hour for a three-hour outpatient procedure.
Trumpette Lin Wood is miffed.
In a Telegram post to “My Followers,” the attorney wrote, “I am fighting battles on every front. The State Bar of Georgia told me today they would demand a mental health exam from me if I wanted to keep my law license. My mind is sound. I have broken no rules. I asked what I had done wrong, I was only told it was about my social media comments. My speech.”
Much more at the link.
In a thoughtful article at The Seattle Times, Danny Westneat compares the different approaches to delivering COVID-19 vaccines in the neighboring states of Washington and Oregon and the larger implications thereof.
Here’s a bit:
At its core is an uncomfortable question that nobody wants to fall on the wrong side of: Who really is essential in a society?
So who’s up next?
Here in these parts we are seeing similar arguments being played out on a much smaller scale as neighboring cities struggle with questions of, for example, reopening schools and restarting high school sports. Westneat offers a reasonable and reasoned assessment of the situation.
Fiona Gillies, in the voice of Susanna Aurifaber: