Yuling With The Yulers At Yule
Yup, whole lotta crimbo going on here at Cob Towers. Much quaffing of wine, ersatz Baileys and beer, not to mention the odd bit of turkey and/or duck, a smidgeon of stuffing, and a hint of gateau.
Have watched the penultimate Dr Who of the the year (and of David Tennant’s stint as the Doc), and it was a decent romp, with a Whoa-hows-he-gonna-fix-that ending. Looking forward to N-Year’s Day, then!
On a bleaker note, the BBC – with its now customary avoidance of reasoned reporting – is covering the passing of the health reform bill by the US senate, and dutifully depicting it in the glowing tones of the White House press releases. Anyone who has been following this story will know that the bill as passed is a gutted shadow of the original proposal, lacking anything which will actually guarantee better health for all Americans while inflicting the flip-a-coin insanity of private insurance scamology on those currently not covered. When you buy insurance from a private health insurance company over there you are not buying good health; no, what you’re doing is making a bet that the insurance company might agree to cover medical costs should you fall ill. The lives of ordinary Americans are literally in the hands of heartless, dead-eyed accountants in lab-coats who have a duty to make profits for shareholders but no cast-iron duty to ensure the good health and well-being of paying customers.
The whole sick system enrages me … and I know that there are those on this side of the pond (hey, Tories, I’m talking about you) who are salivating at the prospect of a David Cameron government. For reasons which should be obvious.
But hey, merry xmas.
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