By Ray Dunaway

And the crazy just keeps on coming, if what I’ve read so far this morning is to be believed.  But it is on the internet, and everything on the internet is true.

Item one: From the UK Telegraph. Unless funding is increased soon, National Health Service patients may be forced to pay room and board while in hospital. Notice how I left out “The” That’s because the British do. (e.g., Jack, after his hand became stuck in the kitchen sink drain, was rushed to hospital). The report predicts:

Hospitals will go broke overnight for lack of funds to pay bills.

Increasing numbers of cancelled surgeries.

Patients may be forced to pay for meals, their bed, and even transport.

Large portions of the country may be left without a GP, as doctors walk away due to overwork.(actually, that’s already the case there, and soon will be the case here).

Government-run healthcare doesn’t work, and eventually collapses. But what the heck, let’s do it here anyway!

Item two: Austin’s American-Statesman tells the sad tale of one Gretchen Gardner, who is “at the breaking point” due to rising property taxes. She is perplexed as to why that might be. The money quote:

“It’s not because I don’t like paying taxes. I have voted for every park, every library, all the school improvements, for light rail, for anything that will make this city better.

But now I can’t afford to live here……someone needs to step in and address the big picture”

How about stepping out of the voting booth?

Did I mention that Gretchen is an artist?

Not that’s it’s relevant.

Item Three: By the EPA’s own estimate, thanks to the new regulations on the amount of (trigger alert!) CARBON emissions allowed power plants, electricity bills are heading up precipitously.

But it’s worth it, lest we burn to a cinder. According to the same report, known by the  acronym “MAGICC”(I’m not kidding) temperatures will continue to rise (though they haven’t since the late 90’s), but the rules will reduce the increase by 0.018 C. by 2100.

So it’s definitely worth doing.

Item four:

June is Goat Trauma Awareness Month (who knew?) according to Goat Trauma.Org. The organization was formed in the early ‘80’s to address this pressing issue. The group’s essential mission is to eliminate pettings zoos, which in their estimation are scarring children for life. Their website is chock full of horror stories, and goat facts. For example, goats have evolved to the extent that they can now climb trees, and will drop down upon unsuspecting people.

Don’t believe me? Follow the link by hitting Control and clicking on the hypertext. But don’t say I didn’t warn you. It’s frightening stuff.  See here….


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