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Dec. 19th, 2014

01:47 am - Yet more healthcare blogging

I was putting together another post on healthcare and costing - and somehow it morphed into three posts - one with some of the underlying data, one with what I intended to write about and made shorter and punchier, and one I think might be very important to a lot of people.

The one I intended to write was how cost effective the NHS is compared to the American model (we pay less in taxes for healthcare than Americans do).
The important one is PSA: Always haggle over hospital bills in America. The numbers are pretty stark. Hospitals expect to only be paid just over a quarter of the amount they charge. And this overcharging of course affects those with the least specialist knowledge of the field - in other words those who aren't paying insurance companies a large amount of money. In other words those who are most vulnerable.

Dec. 17th, 2014

01:06 am - PSA: Don't play family monopoly this Christmas

Or at any other time. It's not a family friendly game - and trying to play it as one means you miss the good parts it has.

Dec. 14th, 2014

09:02 pm - I'almost didn't put this up

Because I thought it would be too nerdy - even by the standard of a blog that puts 50 links into blog posts regularly. But apparently people want to know how much things cost under the NHS - complete with some examples of American private medical bills compared with NHS costs. (About a factor of ten different in the bill examples that make it to the internet). It currently has almost ten times the hits of my previous biggest blog post.

Dec. 12th, 2014

11:38 pm - More blogging

This time figuring out how the GamerGaters think and quite how their version of ethics works.

Dec. 9th, 2014

10:52 pm - Things I didn't expect to be blogging about

Taylor Swift - and I certainly wouldn't have expected 2000 words about her.

Dec. 5th, 2014

09:10 am - Blogging again

This time on fashion or military history. And how a certain mid 20th century empire shows some of how bad it was by its oft-praised uniforms.

Dec. 1st, 2014

12:50 pm - A sign the world is getting better

I was going to post a fairly standard "Don't give to the Sally Army" post this year, having seen my first Red Kettle. But it turns out that the situation is improving. Possibly not fast enough, but things are changing. And changing for the better.

Current Mood: Optimistic
Current Music: Postmodern Jukebox - Dark Horse

Nov. 29th, 2014

07:47 pm - I've no idea if anyone still reads this

But then I never did post much in it and LJ appears to be more . Anyway, I've apparently gone back to blogging - starting with a long post about the causes of the protests in Ferguson.

Current Mood: Relaxed
Current Music: Walking in the Air - Nightwish

Nov. 24th, 2012

10:36 pm - For those who aren't aware

My blogging's moved to Wordpress - and is a whole lot more prolific than my LJ ever was. My latest post is an attempt to explain exactly what happened with the CofE and female bishops this week.

Current Mood: accomplished

Dec. 24th, 2009

04:28 pm

Merry Christmas!

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