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"Yeah I'm Australian as well. Medicare is awesome and I also have private health insurance to get the extras like massages and stuff. I fail to understand why the US doesn't just implement a system like ours. Actually I understand exactly why, the US is run by corporations and full of douchebags that would sell their grandmas to get the chance to screw someone over for a couple of extra bucks."Bogeyman!
"Medicare has been popular with the general public since its inception, but is disliked by many in the medical profession (possibly because it caps their fees and thus income). Many among the conservative side of Australian politics would like to reduce its coverage, but have found it too popular to tamper with thus far."What's the US military?
– Medicare (Australia) Health Private Doctors' Scheme System
"The Republicans need to stop denigrating the troops. They keep saying that the government can't get anything right. How about the biggest government project of all -- the United States Armed Forces?"Millions of Americans have socialist health care provided by the military – provided for those in uniform, the retired, families – and even, in the case of Walter Reed Hospital, for instance, officials elected to office? It would be interesting to see what the reaction would be if, instead of Veterans' hospitals and military health care, the command was: Go private!
– Cenk Uygur, Is the US Military a Socialist Institution?, Huffington Post, August 6, 2009
It would be great if tort reform could be included in American health reforms now, but the proposers know that this is just a tactic to jam reform now. Republicans didn't when they had the majority and the opportunities.
"Yet the congressional leadership has slammed the door on solutions to the one driver of waste that is relatively easy to fix: the erratic, expensive and time-consuming jury-by-jury malpractice system. Pilot projects could test whether this system should be replaced with expert health courts, but leaders who say they want to cut costs will not even consider them.What are they scared of? The answer is inescapable -- such expert courts might succeed and undercut the special interest of an influential lobby, the trial lawyers."
– Philip K. Howard, Health Reform's Taboo Topic, Washington Post, July 31, 2009
"The Aussies have fashioned themselves a very nice, if not perfect, health care system. It merges the benefits of a government-run universal insurance and care scheme with the flexibility and choice of private insurance rather successfully."More opinions and resources:
Follow Aussie example on health system, August 11, 2009
"The *ians are voracious readers. With their one taste-organ orifice, they consume books with a sound that, if you're not born there, takes some getting used to — and they consume so many books so fast, that *ian authors must imbibe inspiration in some way inhumanly possible as they work without rest, coffee or praise — for on asteroid * there is an inverse of the Earth ratio of fiction writers to readers. With nothing else to eat on *, fiction production isn't an aspirational profession, just as cooking isn't for the majority of people who end up doing the cooking on Earth. The most popular theme in *ian sf/f today is visits to Earth and interactions with the dominants there, uh, here: iron atoms. The plots of *ish books are fast and nutritious; but unlike power drinks on our planet, *ish books are packed full of everything delicious . . . I love these books. But *ian sf/f has some guidelines that might be universal today. No cats, no puns, and certainly no fluffy kittens. They've had those guidelines since the Pure Fiction Act of 1.9908 eons ago — which means that Lewis Carroll is still banned on *."Well, I thought that the amount I leaked about them was complimentary, so didn't think anything of it. But they did not approve. I was immediately summonsed to "please explain". They said they'd kept their privacy for a purpose, and why had I caused it to be breached?
I laid the lists on the table, side by side for his convenience. "I've got to go pick up something for dinner," I said. "Want some Bradbury?" I had to get away. The temptation to exterminate Earth's first known guest from Asteroid * was so tempting it was painful. But I couldn't as a host, let alone a reader of another's writer's work.
- Living Things (a Tree, Donkey, Person, Dog, Carrot, Sloth . . . )
- Dead Things (a Church, Gun, Hamburger, Cosh, Chair . . .)
If you get a manuscript titled "Lost Without You" please do not publish, no matter how out-of-this-world accompanying spread sheets show projected levels of consumption for this book. Even if the plot it has revolves around the sensitive relationship of a lonely worker and a three-legged chair with no arms but a levitating swivel, please reject.