But I Already Have Health Insurance!
A friend told me last night that even though he already buys individual health insurance, according to the feds it’s not sufficient, so he’ll have to upgrade. Maybe with the exchanges the price will end up being lower for him, and all will be fine, but it’s still pretty kooky.
The $20,000 Bathtub Is not the Real Problem
A Catholic Bishop in Germany spent lavishly–really lavishly–on renovations for churches and his residence, including the titular $20,000 bathtub. But what’s really disturbing is that Germany still subsidizes religion through taxes, with the Catholic Church getting over $6 billion per year. It appears to be an equal opportunity rip-off, though, as folks’ religion tax goes to the church they identify with (including synagogues, it appears), and non-religious folk can opt out.
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So, not only is this “exclusive” organization the largest professional network, but this “exclusive” organization of “the world’s most accomplished professionals” has approved the membership of a two-bit college prof who didn’t even apply for membership. In the immortal words of Inigo Montoya, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
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What’s wrong with the following?
Tourism in Belize has the appearance of a healthy industry. According to the Tourism Board, tourists spent US $111.5 million in 1991, up from $108.3 million in 1998….The hype was contrary to a summary in Belize First…reporting that at least 16 of the country’s hotels and resorts were changing hands, had been recently sold or were on the block at one time in 2000.
That’s from Alan Twigg’s Understanding Belize: A Historical Guide, an otherwise informative journalistic account of Belizean history and politics.