So basically, Ronald Reagan set up hospital emergency rooms as socialized healthcare, and then…
…didn’t fund them.
It’s an unfunded mandate.
So it’s illegal to let patients die on your doorstep. A step forward in society (Reagan at the time said it allied with American’s Christian principles and his own). But the Republicans of the time never paid for it. They kicked that particular can down the road.
As a result, hospitals saw emergency room visits drastically increase. Insurance companies, because many of the uninsured used emergency rooms as care (to which they’re legally allowed, it’s how to collect the payment later that’s in issue), try to refuse to pay for the increase. Hospitals got clever at burying costs into healthy patient’s procedures, or anywhere else.
The system gets distorted.
So we already have socialized healthcare, it’s just that the hospitals, the government, and the insurance companies are all putting their fingers on their noses and saying ‘not it!’ due to that single fact: the 1986 bill was an unfunded mandate."
[I]t’s impossible to see a world where we keep libraries open simply to pretend they still serve a purpose for which they no longer serve."
I’ve had library cards for all the cities I’ve lived in (and a couple I didn’t really live in)—Buena Park, Fullerton, La Habra (Los Angeles County), Huntington Beach, San Diego, San Francisco—and visited all those libraries more than once. I’ve never seen one not busy. Varying degrees of crowded, depending on the time of day, but never not busy. They just opened a massive new library in San Diego; it’s hardly been deserted. WTF!
I took two and a half years to get a San Francisco public library card, but I wish I had earlier. Sure, they have books, and I use them to catch up with printed comics (Fraction’s Hawkeye is great), but that’s not why I evangelise it.
No, the reason I do that are the ten ebooks you can rent at a time (with no risk of late fees), and the JSTOR and OED access (amongst many other databases, including newspaper archives and other academic search engines).
That’s just the selfish stuff for me, a rich white guy. I also recognise the space libraries give to parents who can’t afford new books for their kids all the time; those whose neighbourhoods don’t have bookshops; the jobless using them for access to computers (a huge part of public library usage these day); and those who can just use them as a rare uncommercial space in the US.
Libraries. Use them, and promote them, before we lose them.
I’m getting married in a library, two weeks from this Sunday. Because libraries are sacred territory. They embody the public record of humanity’s attempt to rise up and be something greater than a chattering shaved ape, preserved and accessible to all citizens.
All citizens. Not those who can afford it.
If preening, over-privileged, short-sighted fuckstains like M.G. Siegler want to sneer at that, then let them.
Meanwhile, support your local library. There are people less fortunate who rely on them. And our society is full of mean, shitty people who will laugh and make a quip on twitter if the libraries close.
Yeah, this is insanity. We have a rather small branch of the LA Public Library down the street and I try to take the big kid there at least twice a month to get new books. I have never seen this branch NOT busy. Libraries are an invaluable resource and lots and lots of people definitely still use them in cities.
Anonymous asked: Riley Cooper, that NFL player who got caught on tape shouting the N-word at a country concert: "That's been the biggest obstacle I've ever had to overcome in 26 years." BEING RACIST ISN'T AN "OBSTACLE" YOU ASSHOLE, IT'S JUST A SHITTY THING THAT YOU DO
Dear Racists: do your stupid asses not find it at all telling that the biggest struggle you have in your lives is your own racism?
Anonymous asked: How is being libertarian racist? I want lower taxes and smaller govt, I want the right to grow and smoke weed. What exactly is racist about that? BTW I listen to tons of rap/reggae, am not white, and have a black girlfriend who I plan to have a family with someday. I have a feeling you won't even post this on your site because it would mean you're wrong, and you couldn't have that.
A lot of times I get a bunch of racist lies and assertions from racists, who then taunt me with the idea that I “won’t post this,” I guess implying that they’ve somehow won. I typically don’t post them, because, at a certain point, just refuting obvious lies gives them the illusion that they deserve a place at the table.
Also, seriously, what kind of asshole thinks they have some kind of right to have me to post their stupid ideas? If you’re so fucking sure of yourself, you can refute my shit to your hearts content on your own website! I promise, no one is stopping you from saying whatever racist and idiotic shit you want. It’s the internet!
Anyway, being a libertarian is racist because “small government” is code for preserving and even increasing the inequalities in our society. You’re not fooling anyone, and if you, personally, are too stupid to see that, that’s not our fucking problem.
PS. Claiming “[I] have a black girlfriend” makes you sound extra racist, you piece of shit.