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  1. about 1 hour ago on Pearls Before Swine

    Saw it last night- highly recommend and while it has the surrealistic moments it is a very well grounded and clear story.

  2. 5 days ago on Brewster Rockit

    Evidence- which you fail to address or admit (big surprise there/s/). Every other industrial country has a universal system and it works better than ours. As for your juvenile rants about ‘gubermint is evil’- get off the Ayn Rand. While currently in the private sector I’ve worked in government for years- it’s run by people who are mostly decent, overworked, underpaid and fundamentally committed to doing the right thing and I do not appreciate ignorant blanket condemnations of them by right-wing ideologues.

  3. 6 days ago on Brewster Rockit

    So it wasn’t a ‘death panel’ that decided the young mother couldn’t have the transplant? Again, as usual for a conservative, you ignore the fact that the entire rest of the industrialized world can provide universal healthcare better and cheaper and instead spout off about imaginary ‘death panels’while one or two people a month die at my wife’s ICU because they tried to ration their insulin to save money. Charity and friends are no way to pay for a serious illness, nor should getting ill force one to become a beggar. For your additional information, in almost every country with some form of universal health care there IS a private sector with extra services and perks available for those who wish to pay. There are numerous working systems out there and your willful and malicious ignorance as to that simple fact- and the blatant lying associated with it- gets really old.

  4. 8 days ago on Brewster Rockit

    Americans have a problem with being unable to comprehend that the rest of the industrialized world does a better job of providing health care for their citizens than our for profit cesspool. My wife is nurse at an ICU and routinely watches people die (rather expensively BTW) because they could not pay for preventive treatment- the other day she watched a young mother die because the health insurance she purchased was not part of the ACA programs but was something she could afford. She had a previously undiagnosed medical condition that appeared suddenly and she needed a liver transplant to survive- and her private for profit insurance would not pay for it- by the time she got enough financial coverage it was too late and she died leaving her young children without parents (her husband had died earlier). The smug twerps that come on here posting about the ‘private sector’ fail- or IMO deliberately and maliciously refuse- to admit that illness is not profitable inasmuch as treating an illness is a money losing proposition- the sick person is not able to earn money while still having expenses and their return to health puts no additional money in anyone’s pocket- thus the best financial way to deal with illness is to not pay for it and any for profit model will always result in decisions being made based on that. A ‘benefits all of society’ model – such as public highways and public education – where it is understood that all of society benefits from having an educated citizenry and all of society benefits from an efficient transportation network and in both cases everyone pays for it even if some people don’t directly use it because, again, everyone ultimately benefits. The rest of the world seemingly understands this and has a form of public health system along side their public education and public transportation systems while in America we prefer to spend more (as a nation and individually) to get less just so some scumbags can get really rich.

  5. about 2 months ago on Nancy

    I admit I have an online friend from England and after having discussed the politics in our respective countries I was seriously tempted to include the UK.

  6. about 2 months ago on Nancy

    I concur, but I only feel comfortable about making the claim for the US since I don’t have enough familiarity with other nations to judge how they do their business.

  7. about 2 months ago on Nancy

    Congratulations to Olivia James on a really astute observation about what seems to be driving our national (USA) discourse without getting partisan about it. Thanks.

  8. about 2 months ago on Non Sequitur

    I did the ‘Google’ thing and you are correct (at least per the ever reliable internet) This is the best explanation I found from a Quora thread.

    The Original

    Inquissima haec bellorum condicio est: prospera omnes sibi indicant, aduersa uni imputantur

    Tacitus, Agricola 27:1 (written ~ 98AD) 1

    Rough translation:

    This is an unfair thing about war: victory is claimed by all, failure to one alone

    The Italian Job

    Tacitus had a popularity surge in Italy in the middle ages.

    So, in 1942, the Italian Diplomat, Count Galezzo Ciano (Mussolini’s son-in-law) was almost certainly quoting a local proverb when he said 2:

    La victoria trova cento padri, a nessuno vuole riconoscere l’insuccesso

    which would be:

    Victory has 100 fathers. No-one wants to recognise failure.

    The Bay of Pigs

    In 1961, responding to a question by a journalist about the Bay of Pigs, JFK put it:

    …victory has 100 fathers and defeat is an orphan….

  9. about 2 months ago on Non Sequitur

    I once heard this, not sure where (and too busy to Google at moment) – “Success has a thousand fathers but Failure’s an orphan.”

  10. 5 months ago on Pearls Before Swine

    Impressive number of people here who know multiple languages – or at least parts thereof. Alas the joke “The word for a person who speaks three languages is ‘trilingual’, 2 languages is ‘bilingual’, one language is ‘American’.” applies to me. Pun strip today and appreciate the comments (even the ones I can barely translate).