Open Thread, Open Existence

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A recent piece in the Guardian from a guy I work with on how terrible the elderly fare in Asian countries.

 

I sense quite a bit of cognitive dissonance in South Korea, which supposedly culturally values its elders, but which leaves many to suffer in poverty and is obsessed over youth. 

 

From the article:

 

Busty weekend open thread

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Clown Maduro has not nationalized or price-controlled the mannequin industry, and it's flourishing.

Obama's relationship with insurers is busted.

Where Do I Even Begin?

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Crazy, awful year.

5 deaths, 3 of family members and 2 of friends (update, 2 more friends I just heard about this week). Dealing with an elderly relative who appears to be losing his mind. Renovated the house in 6 months and then sold it in a day (but still dealing with the fallout from a completely incompetent escrow company). Moved to an apartment downtown. Business is booming, new clients every month.

 

Living downtown is great. The pluses and minuses:

1980s Mall Pics Open Thread

More thread and more open

A couple nuggets:

 

* My thesis: no one has ever been justified in believing in miracles.

 

I Met A Convicted Serial Killer, And He Made Me Feel More Loved Than Anyone Else In My Life

 

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An Open Thread Full of My Ideas

I'd like to share some of my thoughts with you all that I've had recently on the nature of motion:

 

  • Every body continues in its state of rest, or of uniform motion in a right line, unless it is compelled to change that state by forces impressed upon it.

 

  • The alternation of motion is ever proportional to the motive force impressed; and is made in the direction of the right line in which that force is impressed.

 

Two candidates, two divergent paths (updated)

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In South Carolina, the two frontrunners vying for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination are Chris Christie and Ted Cruz. The newsworthy part of this is that a moderate New Jersey governor leads the field in South Carolina. These two candidates perfectly exemplify the schisms in the GOP. On the traditional Republican side, you have a person with a record of working with Democrats in a Democratic-majority state and, as a result, got things done.

The hole in the wall theory of education.

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This is the website.

 

Watching my own kids grow up in a highly rigid and formalised education environment, I really do wonder if the Hole in the Wall techniques might not have been superior.  An introduction to Khan Academy, which, IMO and FWIW, does offer the best science and tech education on the Net, at a much earlier age than they actually did might have helped too.

 

All Saints Day open thread

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I never knew about this day until I put BD Jr. in a Catholic school. In the secular world for a certain high school class, it's Senior Skip Day. On a personal note, Miss Bird Dog verbally committed last night to University of San Diego, a Roman Catholic college. Go figure. Fortunately, the crew coach made an offer whereby the school would cover tuition which, at $41k per year, is pretty substantial. Just under half the student body is actually Catholic, and the atmosphere is reasonably secular.

Living on the edge and health insurance

Suppose you are poor but not covered by medicaid. Suppose you don't have much, if any, savings; suppose you don't have much, if any, extra cash after expenses (rent, food, bills) in a given month. Suppose you do not receive health insurance through your job. Let's consider two scenarios: first, you are healthy; second, you are not.

 

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