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Undisclosed Recipients

Location: San Diego, California, United States

Tuesday, June 09, 2009


I couldn't find this acronym anywhere on the intertubes, so let me stake my claim here. It stands for "Nobody Ever Said It Had To Make Sense". Now you know.


Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Googlebombing Campaign '06

-AZ-Sen: Jon Kyl

--AZ-01: Rick Renzi

--AZ-05: J.D. Hayworth

--CA-04: John Doolittle

--CA-11: Richard Pombo

--CA-50: Brian Bilbray

--CO-04: Marilyn Musgrave

--CO-05: Doug Lamborn

--CO-07: Rick O'Donnell

--CT-04: Christopher Shays

--FL-13: Vernon Buchanan

--FL-16: Joe Negron

--FL-22: Clay Shaw

--ID-01: Bill Sali

--IL-06: Peter Roskam

--IL-10: Mark Kirk

--IL-14: Dennis Hastert

--IN-02: Chris Chocola

--IN-08: John Hostettler

--IA-01: Mike Whalen

--KS-02: Jim Ryun

--KY-03: Anne Northup

--KY-04: Geoff Davis

--MD-Sen: Michael Steele

--MN-01: Gil Gutknecht

--MN-06: Michele Bachmann

--MO-Sen: Jim Talent

--MT-Sen: Conrad Burns

--NV-03: Jon Porter

--NH-02: Charlie Bass

--NJ-07: Mike Ferguson

--NM-01: Heather Wilson

--NY-03: Peter King

--NY-20: John Sweeney

--NY-26: Tom Reynolds

--NY-29: Randy Kuhl

--NC-08: Robin Hayes

--NC-11: Charles Taylor

--OH-01: Steve Chabot

--OH-02: Jean Schmidt

--OH-15: Deborah Pryce

--OH-18: Joy Padgett

--PA-04: Melissa Hart

--PA-07: Curt Weldon

--PA-08: Mike Fitzpatrick

--PA-10: Don Sherwood

--RI-Sen: Lincoln Chafee

--TN-Sen: Bob Corker

--VA-Sen: George Allen

--VA-10: Frank Wolf

--WA-Sen: Mike McGavick

--WA-08: Dave Reichert

Saturday, May 13, 2006


9-11 changed everything.
Cats chase dogs.
Rain falls up.

Blacks oppress whites.
Automobiles create gasoline.
Cigarettes cure cancer.

Torture is good.
And we don't, anyway.
Hurricanes never strike
populated areas.
There is no poverty.

Marriage is between one man
and one woman.
The rich need more money.
Corporations have our
best interests at heart.

War is healthy for children
and other living things.
9-11 changed

Sunday, October 30, 2005

The Twelve days of Fitzmas

On the twelfth day of Fitzmas
Fitzgerald sent to jail:
Rumsfeld rattling sabers;
Mike Brownie sleeping;
Tom Delay conspiring;
Karl Rove dissembling;
Bill Frist diagnosing;
Dick Cheney sneering;
Scooter Libby lying;
George Dubya Bush;
Paul Wolfowitz;
John Bolton;
Condaleezza Rice;
and McClellan in the first cell.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

"The" and "That"

I'm reading Bruce Eckel's Thinking In Java now, and I'm at the point where he introduces Singleton. I've tried, and kind of liked, the word "The" for the function that returns the singleton instance:

app = Application.The();

It seems clear and easy to remember. But I don't use Singleton often enough to have much of a sense of whether this is better or worse than other terms.

I'm also using "that" a lot; I find a lot of my methods compare "this" with something else, or involve an interaction with something else of the same type. It flows naturally to say

if (this == that)

and it's also convenient that "this" and "that" have the same length, so code lines up neatly:

if (this.foo > that.bar
 || that.foo > this.bar)

These terms remind me of HyperCard's delightful "it".

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Healthcare Vouchers

Kevin writes:

I was pretty taken aback last week by the white hot blasts of vitriol unleashed at Ezekiel Emanuel over his Universal Healthcare Voucher proposal. The reason I was taken aback is that universal healthcare is a fundamentally liberal idea, and the only real point of contention in the comment threads was over which kind of universal healthcare is better: a single-payer plan or a plan that incorporates competition via insurance companies? Why then was UHV treated as if it was an idea on loan from the Heritage Foundation?

I'll take a stab at this.

Let's stipulate, right out of the gate, that healthcare is not a zero-sum proposition. Vaccination and routine screening, for example, are two areas where we can spend money to save money in other areas. So we can't just say that because private health insurance costs money, it's necessarily better to take it out of the system. Some expenses in health care constitute investment and therefore pay for themselves.

But. For-profit insurers are a big part of what is wrong with our current system. For-profit pharmaceutical companies are another big part, but this - vouchers - is about insurance. Insurance takes money out of the system as profit and represents an additional cost because of the layers of transaction and regulation it requires. And it gives us nothing in return. Study after study has found that the only way to solve this is with a single-payer system. So whenever anyone - from Hillary Clinton to Ezekiel Emanuel - stakes out a position that includes private insurers, I for one can't take them seriously.

Real reform of America's healthcare system means taking the insurers out of it. Yes, it means doing serious battle with incredibly well-financed vested interests; yes, it's been tried before and failed - but it's the only real option we have. So when yet another well-intentioned soul puts forward a plan to reform healthcare without eliminating private insurance, the most responsible reaction is to slap it down.

Furthermore, vouchers - whatever their actual merits may be - have routinely been used by the Right and by Libertarians as a sneaky assault, particularly in the area of education. Suggesting vouchers for healthcare as a way of keeping insurers involved (or of deflecting their attacks) makes me very suspicious. I see this as an either-or tradeoff between private insurance and public healthcare; muddying that picture with vouchers serves no constructive purpose.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

What hilzoy said