■ Proverbs 19:7
is another verse from Jimmy Cox's "Nobody Knows You When You're Down
7 The poor are shunned by all their relatives—
how much more do their friends avoid them!
Though the poor pursue them with pleading,
they are nowhere to be found.
Bottom line on the Proverbial advice: don't be poor.
■ Power Line reports: And
Now for Some Real “Fake News”. The perpetrator of "ugly
incidents of vandalism targeting blacks" at Eastern Michigan
University was not an underground chapter of the KKK, but a
black former student. Good advice here:
Here’s an idea: Instead of going to DefCon1 every time someone splashes some racist graffiti on a college campus, how about ignoring it? How about not getting all “shaken” every time someone does something stupid? One reason leftist provocateurs keep doing this is that it gets the desired reaction. Keep in mind that a key demand of race-mongering campus radicals these days is that courses on race, class, and gender be required for all students, and required to be offered in every department—even physics. That the demand their outlook be made compulsory subject matter shows how weak it is. And few things supposedly reinforce the “need” for such instruction that some kind of racist “incident” on campus.
An example of DefCon1 from the University Near Here last spring: the
that UNH was "a college in racial meltdown" due (in part) to
campus scrawlings of swastikas and the n-word.
So far the perps are unidentified. But …
■ At NRO, Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
reports an uncomfortable truth: Half
of All Health Spending Is Wasted.
There is a strange combination of two facts. First, it is the
consensus of the relevant studies and health-policy experts that
about half of all health-care spending in the U.S. is wasted. That
is, if we spent half as much as we spend, we wouldn’t be worse off
at all, so long as we spent the remaining money on what’s truly
needed. In fact, we might be better off, and not just because an
enormous dead weight would be lifted off the economy.
Second, not only has this fact not registered at all on the American public consciousness, but the vast majority of health-policy experts are in denial about it — not in the sense that they straightforwardly reject the non-controversial finding, but in the sense that they seem very reluctant to admit it or talk about it and certainly seem to behave as if it were not the case.
A primary cause: funding that, as much as possible, hides costs
from health care consumers.
And there's a corollary: there are a lot of people making very nice
livings off that waste. Their vested interest is in the status quo.
■ We have a lot of recent Google-Alerted LFOD news too. For example,
the Concord Monitor reports on a quixotic legislative
quest from a local pol:
rep proposes statewide single-payer health care.
A proposal to create a single-payer health care system in New
Hampshire drew mixed reactions in the House on Monday, with some
denouncing it as a wayward fantasy and others heralding an
opportunity for a conversation on broader reform.
The legislative service request, sponsored by Rep. Peter Schmidt, D-Dover, is titled “establishing a New Hampshire single payor (sic) health care system.”
To quote Google: "Did you mean: "single payer". When the
Concord Monitor is making fun of your spelling, you're in
But let's get to the LFOD bit:
Committee member William Marsh, R-Wolfeboro [declined to directly
comment on Schmidt’s proposal without seeing the drafted bill
speaking on the idea generally, Marsh argued the idea would never
To start, he said, the volume of health care services the state of
New Hampshire currently outsources to Boston is too vast for the
state to pay for or substitute itself. And while Marsh conceded that
teaming up with other New England states might be more workable
overall, he said the costs would still be prohibitive for the Live
Free or Die State.
Marsh is wrong. "Teaming up" with other states would not be
"more workable": it would invariably result in NH taxpayers
subsidizing consumers in those other states.
But he's also (sort of) wrong in saying "the idea would never work." Because he
probably thinks "the idea" is to improve the health of the
citizenry. How old-fashioned!
Instead, "the idea" is to make the citizenry utterly dependent
on the state for health care. That's what single-payer proponents want.
And, given proper degrees of coercion, that would probably "work"
just fine, by that standard.
■ At the Salem [NH] Patch, Jilletta Jarvis asks the musical
question: What Does 'Live Free or Die' Mean to Me?
So, what does it mean to “Live Free or Die” to me specifically? It
means that the people in my state should be allowed to make choices
for themselves and their families. To have that freedom to decide
where my money goes and who I support (businesses, charities,
political figures, sports teams, celebrities, etc.). It means making
the choices that affect my family without the government telling me
what those choices must be. It means being able to walk down the
street and say hello to random people I’ve never met before and
having them say hello back to me because neither of us fear each
It means driving down the highway with my seatbelt on because I made
the personal choice to do so, not because a government told me I had
to. It means having a government that is run by the people, not by
the upper 1 percent who don’t care what the average person wants. It
means doing whatever I can to make sure that others have these same
freedoms. It’s supporting my neighbors’ right to disagree with me,
their right to shoot off fireworks on a Friday night.
Ms Jarvis is running for governor under the Libertarian Party
banner. I am looking forward to voting for her if she appears on the
■ At a site called Ozy, writer Nick Fouriezos wonders: Can
Made-to-Order Organs Revive This Former Mill Town? The town is
Manchester, NH; one of the people behind the manufacturing of
"regenerative organs and tissues" is Dean Kamen. So, as Glenn
Reynolds likes to say: faster, please.
It would be a surprising turn of events for Manchester and the “Live
Free or Die” state, which was identified as an epicenter for the
opioid epidemic during last year’s presidential election.
“Manchester is an urban city in a sea of rural communities,” says
Mike Skelton, president of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, and
thus carries some crime-and-drugs stigma, he admits. “It’s not to
say we don’t have those challenges — we do — but we might unfairly
be labeled as a place that’s struggling,” Skelton adds. “We have
some work to do to get that message out and rebrand Manchester.”
That criticism doesn’t just come from outsiders. “Culturally, the
Northeast, we have a healthy amount of skepticism,” Skelton says.
“If there is one challenge we are battling internally … it’s the
perception of what we are, and what we can be.”
I am pretty sure Manchester can manage to be both a vibrant
technology center and a drug-ridden hellhole. We multitask up
■ And a tourist guide to Fall
Foliage: Where to Catch the Last Colours of the Season in New
England. Yes, "colours", because this advice is provided by the
UK's Independent. Among their suggestions:
Mount Washington, New Hampshire
The state of New Hampshire – whose motto is ‘Live free or die’ – has the highest peaks in the north-east of the US. The highest of these is Mount Washington at 1,917m (6,288ft), and experienced walkers can hike through the foliage of the White Mountain National Forest. Although the Mount Washington Auto Road runs all the way to the summit, it closed in mid-October, meaning that adventurous hikers can enjoy the foliage here in near-privacy (www.mountwashington.org)
This has to be one of the more gratuitous uses of LFOD in recent
memory. What was going through the writer's mind? "I need
seven more words to reach my assigned word count for this article.
What to do? Oh, I know!"
And to all our UK readers: as I type, Mount Washington is
considered "past peak" as far as foliage goes. It's still nice to
visit for other reasons.
■ And news you can use from NASA's "Astronomy Picture of the Day":
Elements Came From. Check it out, and here's their explanation,
The hydrogen in your body, present in every molecule of water, came from the
There are no other
appreciable sources of
hydrogen in the universe.
The carbon in your body was made by
in the interior of stars, as was the
Much of the iron in your body was made during
supernovas of stars that occurred
long ago and far away.
The gold in your jewelry was likely made from
neutron stars during collisions that may have been visible as short-duration
or gravitational wave events.
Elements like phosphorus and copper are
present in our bodies in only small amounts but are
essential to the functioning of all known
The featured periodic table is
color coded to indicate
humanity's best guess as to the
nuclear origin of all known elements.
The sites of nuclear creation
of some elements, such as
are not really well known and are continuing topics of observational and computational research.
As Joni Mitchell and Carl Sagan said: we are stardust. [Not meant to
imply that I endorse their other views.]