Saturday, July 31, 2004
Friday, July 30, 2004
over new evidence that Bush did skirt his tour of duty. Now, RawStory isn't THE most dependable source, but if this pans out, and is as significant as their bold headlines indicate, this might be worth looking at.
Posted by Garrett at 2:12 PM
Surprise! The Medicare Discount Card is too confusing for most old folks, says this research report. One of the most interesting snippets: Mail-order drugs from Internet site Drugstore.com had prices comparable to mail-order prices available through the cards, many of which charge a $30 annual fee. Not that most medicare recipients are so net-savvy, but still.
Posted by Garrett at 1:56 PM
The brains of the Watson-Crick duo, or at least the physicist, died yesterday. They published the double helix DNA structure in Nature in 1953, which sort of self-suggested the way that DNA must replicate (zipping and unzipping). He spent most of the rest of his career working in neuroscience in San Diego at the Salk Institute. Not bad for a physicist.
Posted by Garrett at 1:51 PM
I think I found this from Bo a few weeks ago: a smart and fairly liberal reason to oppose raising the minimum wage, involving the use of the earned income tax credit to redistribute money to the lower classes rather than wages, which can/might(who knows actually) hurt small business. Using the ETC might ensure that the neediest people actually receive benefit, rather than, say, an upper-middle class teenager working a summer job. I still support raising the minimum wage, because it's simple, easy to sound-bite, and thus relatively easy to actually get passed. But I think I would doublesupport this approach, if it could ever receive enough support to actually make legislation.
Posted by Garrett at 1:04 PM
Apparently the health textbooks up for adoption in Texas hardly even mention condoms. Some things blog themselves, and I don't feel like a ten paragraph rant on the idiocy and ineffectiveness of abstinence training. But imagine that you just read one, and that you're good and fired up now.
Posted by Garrett at 1:01 PM
Courtney and I had this debate about the origins of Showbiz Pizza vs. Chuck E. Cheese. Turns out, Showbiz bought Chuck E. Cheese, which was fledgling, and the two co-existed for a while, until the rat turned into a mouse and Chuck E. Cheese became the big cheese *snort snort*. Anyway, this history is pretty comprehensive.
Posted by Garrett at 12:59 PM
Now soldiers and their families can receive plastic surgery, including breast enlargements, on the taxpayers' dime. Supposedly so army surgeons can "practice." Practice breast enlargements? I'd hate for someone serving their time for free med school as a surgical resident at Walter Reed to not get the necessary preparation to enter a lucrative fellowship after they've paid their dues. I guess that's supporting small business. Or maybe C-cup business.
Posted by Garrett at 12:53 PM
This link may be a little old for some of you (I found it via Bo via Chris Lin), but here's a fun article on why Walmart backs Bush, while Costco backs Kerry. Bottomline: Costco pays something that more resembles a living wage, and Bush policies support that. For those of us that like to exercise consumer choice, it's sad that there are no Costco's to be found in the South, and even the closest one to Ann Arbor is something like 30-45 minutes away.
Posted by Garrett at 12:46 PM
Sunday, July 18, 2004
Sunday, July 11, 2004
Courtney and I survived our very pleasant wedding, and were absolutely amazed how well things went and how generous everybody has been. We're sitting here opening up gifts at 11 in the morning, and its just nuts how nice people have been to us. We have happily consummated (Courtney is yelling at me right now for writing that in!), and will be heading up to Ann Arbor this afternoon to work on our apartment before we go honeymooning next week. Blogging should hopefully pick up after that, since we won't have internet in our apartment for another two weeks. But we're very happy and smiley, and all is well, and it looks like Shaq is going to the Heat. Had to get at least one link in there.
Posted by Garrett at 10:56 AM
Friday, July 2, 2004
Matt's getting married today. And tomorrow, Courtney and I are heading up to Ann Arbor to start moving into our new place. Then back to Lexington probably Wednesday night, chaos chaos, rehearsal Friday, then we get hitched Saturday. Some crazy stuff.
So blogging might be sparse with last minute hitchin' responsibilities and not being anywhere around a computer.
Posted by Garrett at 11:59 AM
Thursday, July 1, 2004
For those of you with a heart for dogs and maybe a few extra bucks (the first is more probable than the second), here's a pooch in distress. SPS is a great organization I have zero affiliation with other than liking Shar Pei, and I can almost assure you that any contribution you might make would be well used.
Posted by Garrett at 11:28 AM