Things people complain about


Has Obamacare made it un-P.C. to be concerned by a serious burden on my family’s well-being?

via Daring to Complain About Obamacare –

What Gottlieb is discovering, belatedly, is how much it costs to buy real health insurance rather than fake health insurance.

via Psychotherapist Is Unable to Understand What Medical Insurance Is.



And… lederhosen are silly.


…it demonstrated Germany’s unfortunate tendency to respond to any criticism of its economic policies with cries of victimization.

via Those Depressing Germans –

Has Europe’s strongest nation really chosen to become the world’s biggest Switzerland?

via Rethinking German Pacifism –


Turn your head and cough.


“It was heartbreaking to see the pain on his face,” Dr. Gibson told me. “It got me very angry with people who insist that Obamacare is a train wreck, when the real train wreck is what people are experiencing every day because they can’t afford care.”

via This Is Why We Need Obamacare –

Take, for example, a patient with colon cancer whose oncologist is considering prescribing Avastin. Most physicians would go out of their way to warn that this drug could harm a patient’s heart; the data show that it carries a 2 percent risk of cardiovascular toxicity. But few physicians would discuss the price, even though Avastin can cost more than $50,000 per patient

via Doctor, First Tell Me What It Costs –


‘A sterile,’ and presumably better-smelling, end to the series.


…something primal is lost when the boozy, sweaty chaos of a clubhouse has been replaced by a planned postgame event with players and team personnel milling on the field.

via On Fox, a Sterile End to a Series –


Something to put his pearly white teeth a-grinding.


Mr. Biden, who may run for president in 2016, is viewed warily by Mr. Obama’s circle not only for being a gaffe-prone “Uncle Joe,” but also for, in their minds, being overly consumed with his own political future.

via Book Details Obama Aides’ Talks About Replacing Biden on 2012 Ticket –


What opinions are worth.


“Those consultations confirm our view that the underlying economy remains sound.”

via STOCKS PLUNGE 508 POINTS, A DROP OF 22.6%; 604 MILLION VOLUME NEARLY DOUBLES RECORD – New York Times, Published: October 20, 1987 .


Is that the good news or the bad news?


…even with the two-quarter slowdown is still adding digital subscribers at a rate of about 100,000 a year.

via The NYTs $150 million-a-year paywall : Columbia Journalism Review.


Lessons 1 and 2 on how to keep things in perspective.


“It’s been terrible,” Jeter said. “It’s been a nightmare.”

via A Reminder of the Yankees’ Failed Plan Deals Them Another Defeat –

“I will be cross-examined by the man who shot me.”

via Victims to Again Face Gunman in Fort Hood Trial –

“A child. Fourteen years old. Fourteen years old. Gone. Shot in the head. By police.”

via Teenager Is Shot and Killed by Officer on Foot Patrol in the Bronx –


Crosswords and conspiracy theories


Twice this week, The Times ran corrections for clues in the crossword. That is the first time in (as far back as I was willing to search in five minutes) that that has happened. Today’s correction was the third this year. There were none in 2012. How to explain it?

  • The crossword puzzle on Wednesday provided an erroneous clue for 25-Across, seeking the answer “iOS.” The clue should have read “iPhones and iPads run it,” not “Macs run it.” Macs run OS X, a different operating system. via Corrections – July 12, 2013 –
  • The crossword puzzle on Friday provided an erroneous clue for 29-Down, seeking the answer “Yacht.” The clue should have read “Entry in an international sports competition since 1851,” not “Entry in an annual international sports competition since 1851.” The America’s Cup, to which the clue referred, is held every few years. The last Cup, the 33rd, was held in 2010, and the 34th Cup will be held this September. via Corrections – July 9, 2013 –
  • The crossword puzzle on Tuesday provided an erroneous clue for 26-Across, seeking the answer “Gee whiz.” The clue should have read, “Wow, you’re a regular expert at turning right!” not “Wow, you’re a regular expert at turning left!” via Corrections – March 28, 2013 –
  • The crossword puzzle on Friday provided an erroneous clue for 30-Across, seeking the answer “Ute.” The clue should have read, “Subject of a museum in western Colorado,” not “Subject of a museum in eastern Colorado.” via Corrections –