Why we need better options for health care
via robot-heart-politics: I talked to my mom this weekend, and as usual, she brought me up to date on the goings-on of my hometown. She’s the principal at the elementary school, and last weekend, one of her teachers received some bad news. Her daughter, who is 30, married and has 3 children, found out she has liver failure and needs a transplant to live. The problem? Her daughter doesn’t have...
It is, I guess, politically correct, widely believed, that to say that American...– Dr. Donald Berwick (via azspot) We’re #33 in infant mortality rates, 31 spots behind Singapore (you know, where they make all the underwear you pick up in a 6-pack at Wally World), 12 spots behinds Slovenia, and 5 spots behind Cuba. Our infant mortality rate is far closer to Croatia (by .1%) than...
I’d rather see Barack Obama go down fighting for vigorous strong principled...– Bill Moyers (via azspot) (via robot-heart-politics)
'Reading Rainbow' Reaches Its Final Chapter →
squashed: The show’s run is ending, Grant explains, because no one — not the station, not PBS, not the Corporation for Public Broadcasting — will put up the several hundred thousand dollars needed to renew the show’s broadcast rights. Grant says the funding crunch is partially to blame, but the decision to end Reading Rainbow can also be traced to a shift in the philosophy of educational...
Recycling in Miami
We were doing some summer cleaning at my office and we needed to find a place to recycle electronics, which reminded me of laurishly’s post about recycling in Miami. In case anyone is interested Recycling Centers in Miami Dade (household trash includes glass bottles, plastic bottles, etc), Curbside Recycling Program (find out your recycling day on a poorly drawn map but don’t worry...
Politics & Money in Miami Dade
Lots of people are reasonably angry with Mayor Alvarez over the salary increases that were reported in yesterdays Miami Herald article. I think that perhaps they haven’t been paying much attention to what’s been going on with Miami Dade funds. If they are all riled up about this and want find a way to not cut jobs and funding for programs they should probably look into the Miami Dade...
Miami Dade Mayor Alvarez →
Article written by Matthew Haggman & Jack Dolan “When Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez delivered his State of the County speech in February, he said the most serious economic crisis since the Great Depression required government to “do more with less.” Budgets must be trimmed, jobs cut and waste eliminated. “Make no mistake, we are in for some tough times,”...
The Dangers of Biking in Miami →
Even on the “biker friendly” roadways it’s so very dangerous to ride a bike in Miami. This happened on Virginia Key: “This morning I witnessed a driver cut off two bicyclists, stop short, and in true team spirit of the sport, the passenger of the vehicle opened the car door, while the car was in motion, in an attempt to door the bicyclists.” via Transit Miami
Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.
I used the City of Miami Beach public pool at Flamingo Park today for the first time. I feel really good, vibe-wise. I did feel a bit out of place with all the people wearing goggles and caps. Also, I had to use the exta wide slow lane with the old people doing aerobics at one end. Goal for self: learn to swim properly. I liken my swimming technique to Phoebe’s running style or...
"A nation notorious for historical illiteracy" →
South FL Daily Blog highlights Pitts article from the Miami Herald yesterday commenting on people who are comparing the President to Hitler. “For the record, then: It was Nazis who shoved sand down a boy’s throat until he died, who tossed candies to Jewish children as they sank to their deaths in a sand pit, who threw babies from a hospital window and competed to see how many of those...
By the way, that Fox and Friends poll on the health care debates is sponsored by...– Jon Stewart (via soupsoup)
Amended version of laws passed quietly in... →
“The original version obliged Shia women to have sex with their husbands every four days at a minimum, and it effectively condoned rape by removing the need for consent to sex within marriage…. Now an amended version of the same bill has passed quietly into law with the apparent approval of President Karzai…. It allows a man to withhold food from his wife if she refuses his...
How I Met Your Mother: The Musical? →
soy: caitlineff / schbank AWESOME OR MOST AWESOME EVER. AVALANCHE OF AWESOME. TRUE STORY.
I wouldn’t be alive today if it weren’t for the NHS. I have received a large...– Stephen Hawking, in response to this remarkably uninformed statement by Investors Business Daily. (via ericmortensen) (via apsies)
After 7 seasons of the West Wing, you'd think I'd...
starline: indieandyy: But, I could watch a whole second series of seven seasons watching the Santos Administration. Mais, c’est la vie. This just reminds me of how long it’s been since I’ve had a WW Marathon. It is time to begin again.
Mr. Clucky is going to live on a farm in NH. →
“Cock-a-doodle-adieu, Mr. Clucky.” Going to live on a farm? Right. We all know how this story goes.
Urban Sprawl Repair Kit: Repairing The Urban... →
starline: whatson: maura: Oh man, this blog is going to be a favorite. I can already tell. Kelly & Gissi would like this link. Gissi and I were talking about this earlier today. Check out all the finalist http://www.re-burbia.com/finalists/ there are some interesting ideas out there.
You have no idea what it’s like to be called into a sterile conference room with...– Southern Beale: Don’t Talk To Me About Death Panels (via AZspot) (via marco) (via lallygagging) (via robot-heart-politics) (via apsies)
Alright, Kelly, see you later… or tomorrow for sure.– My Starbucks Barista
Strong Meteor Shower Expected Tonight →
carolinemartin:johnzanussi: For those who of you who are willing to stay up from midnight to 5am.. via dougruocco
Miami Museum of Science in distress →
via South FL Daily Blog “They’ve had special taxes allocated toward other sources,” Gillian Thomas (President of MMoS) said Tuesday. “They could do that for cultural causes as well.” Her mention of a tax followed warnings from Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff that the museum may lack money to operate its planned home in what is to be Museum Park. Tourism and...
The Smart Growth Zoning Code, Miami 21, is going before the Miami City Commission today at 2pm for approval after years of back and forth and political gobbledigook. The people over at Transit Miami and Eye on Miami have lots to say about it. Transit Miami answers questions and responds to quite a bit of misinformation that is going around about Miami 21. “First, Miami 21 is a zoning code...
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in...– Buddha (via littlemiss)