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Roger Parkinson
Trying to train my sheep to be J2EE architects. This will take a while.
Trying to train my sheep to be J2EE architects. This will take a while.
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Russell's Teapot

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Free as in Beer, or the Story of Windows Viruses

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I didn't check the numbers here but I'll assume they are correct, and it is astonishing how expensive the US healthcare system is.

You know this new healthcare regime they are trying to get through won't take effect until after the next election, so voters will blindly vote for the same Republicans responsible for repealing Obama care while enjoying it's benefits, in some cases they credit 45 for those benefits. Pointing out how awful the new system is will just be labelled fake news until they actually see the medical bills.

There may be a way to get the message to them though. I gather the medical professionals aren't necessarily happy with the change, so maybe they need to make a small change to the format of the medical bills. Imagine if they showed not just the amount due but also the amount due under the new system ie what you'd be paying after the next election. It would be hard to dismiss this as fake news, it's a bill, and it us produced by the same people who will be billing you when the new system comes in. It gets the message out at a grass roots level. You'll see thousands of stories from scared people worried about their medical costs actually rising in 2019.

That might influence the next election. I don't live in the US, don't have a way to make this happen, but I hope someone picks it up and does it.

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Quite long but very interesting discussion about China - US relations. It is also kind of a book review, a damning one, of Allison's work in this area. Allison is a favourite of the White House at the moment and they seem to like his reading of Thucydides (which Mrs informs me is pronounced quite differently to what I thought, shows my lack of a classical education).
This shows how screwed up that reading is.

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Amazing what you can do with a 3d printer and a small motor

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Big Bay is one of the more remote places we've been, which is not to say it is all that remote compared to other places on this island. A few facts: Santo is the largest island in Vanuatu and possibly the first discovered by Europeans. They landed at Big Bay. There is an actual road to this place, sealed part of the way (thanks to Obama, they tell me). Big large parts of the island have no road access, even though they have people. The main settled area is at the other end of the island mostly because that is where the WWII airfields were built and there is a town there etc.
So Big Bay is largely unspoiled and yet fairly accessible. Their thing is the large forest reserve with lots of big trees they've resolved not to cut down. Lots of birds, mosquitos (We had repellent) and flying foxes. Never seen flying foxes before, too fast to catch in a picture.
Our guide told us lots of stuff about how they use various trees, what the wood is good for on this, leaves on that etc. 

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Freedom for potatoes!

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Mrs has been in the wars lately. She fell on her face, then fell off a bike, and today a fish bit her. All minor stuff (even she says so) but she's shed enough blood for now I think.

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The headline is a bit misleading but interesting piece about cat domestication in early China.
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