primroseburrows: (group w)
  • I took [livejournal.com profile] meresy's advice and now have a brand-new copy of Top 100 Unusual Things to See in Ontario. This will be v. helpful!

  • I'm finally starting the Lady Eleanor Stole from Scarf Style. I'll be using Classy Dream In Color Good Luck Jade. I tried to make it once before a couple of years ago, but got snagged up with the entrelac, and I was trying it in a solid colour which didn't look as stunning as I thought it would. The subtle variegation of the Classy yarn is close to the original and will make it look more romantic, which is a big reason I fell in love with the Lady in the first place.

    I got the yarn at Unwind, which is also where I signed up for a class in Viking Knitting, something I'd never even heard of before a couple of days ago. I've been wanting to work with metal for a while now--maybe learn to make some jewellery or chain mail. This looks like a good place to start. Plus, the people at Unwind are very helpful and they have drop-in knitting hours which will come in handy when/if I reach a snag with Lady Eleanor.


  • It looks like I'll be moving to Narragansett. Yeah, I know, I said I wouldn't move again until I finally really move (which, um, yeah, too far in the future to even think about), but I have a chance to share an entire house with someone I've known for years and have lived with before without a problem (and this was back when we both had young kids). It's a three-bedroom ranch on a quiet street with a back yard and a deck and a dog and cat. It's a little more of a commute, but not too bad, nothing like commuting from Tewksbury. I'll also be paying less in rent and sharing the cost of internet, telly, utilities, etc. I'm sure there'll be some stumbling blocks, there always are, but for the most part it seems like a win-win situation. And I can pay my mother back what she loaned me for the security deposit, so that'll be one less thing to worry about moneywise. And anyway, my thing about not moving was that I'd only move in-state again if someplace in Narragansett became available. It really is a lovely town. Here, see for yourself. :)


  • John McCain was on CSPAN this morning, basically saying how icky the new healthcare plan is and how it's going to OMG RUIN THE ECONOMY. It's interesting to go back and see that basically the same things were said about Medicare and Social Security. This debate is SO not over, because the Republicans are going to nitpick it as much and as often as possible. They keep saying that the Dems may have won the battle, but they'll lose the war. I can't wait to see what Rachel says about the whole thing. I HEART HER SO MUCH.


  • I found a new hostel in Ottawa. It's very pretty and clean and stuff, and I'm going to be making reservations there as soon as I know when I'll be getting there and where I'm going to stay.


  • Trying, really, really trying to get through . The Fountainhead, but I keep going back to my reread of Perdido Street Station instead. Eventually, I'll have to give The Fountainhead back to my chiropractor. It's not looking good for me finishing it. And I've not even got to any of the political-philosophical stuff yet, so I can't blame it on that. It's just not that good. I mean, changing POV in the middle of a scene is just plain careless, IMO, unless there's a really good reason for it (I couldn't find one). And it reads like a 1940s movie would sound. Probably because it's a 1940s novel, but still. Lovecraft reads like the era he wrote in, too, and I can still read that with no problems. *shrugs*


  • Caprica, OMG. It had better get renewed, is all I can say.


  • Have been teaching Amelia this poem, because she should KNOW it, and stuff. Also, If anyone knows where I can get the pattern for that turtle (which I only found a minute ago when searching for a link to the poem), let me know? I'd much rather make it than buy it.

  • I'd post a Song of the Day, but I really want to get back to winding my yarn. Lady Eleanor awaits!
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primroseburrows: (SA: facepalm)
Joe "You Lie" Wilson is using RCAF discharge policies as an example of how discharging gays and lesbians under DADT doesn't affect military readiness in wartime. DOES HE NOT SEE HOW HYPOCRITICAL IRONIC THIS IS? Answer: No.

I wonder how many people he's tried to shut down who have referenced the Canadian Medicare system as an example of how single-payer healthcare won't kill our grannies and/or force us all into slavery to the government.*



*not that the current US healthcare plan is ANYTHING LIKE single-payer healthcare, because IT SO ISN'T.
primroseburrows: (obamas)
In which the POTUS addresses House Republicans...



...immediately followed by Question Period a Q&A session addressing a variety of issues:



People are calling this event historic and meaning it. Hats off to the President for doing this, and to the House Republicans for inviting him. *waves flag*

(I deliberately used the smaller-sized embeds, but if they're messing with anyone's flist I'll put them under a cut)
primroseburrows: (healthcare)



Senate FAIL. Also, Joe Lieberman is an idiot.


Since I'm a Red Sox fan AND a politics junkie AND an activist, I don't get discouraged easily. This bill was never enough, never perfect, because it couldn't be --not yet, anyway-- and still have a chance of passing. But I had such hopes for it, that it was a baby step that could start my country on the road to something better, someday.

We're going to get a healthcare bill, all right, but with its life almost all the way sucked out. I'm starting to believe that there's no way ANYTHING productive can get through the propaganda and the posturing and the fearmongering. I guess I'll keep railing against it, because for the time being, anyway, I have no bloody choice.

W.T.F.

Nov. 7th, 2009 04:40 pm
primroseburrows: (whattheshit)


Y'know, for a second there I was surprised at the juvenile antics of elected ADULTS who are supposed to represent the American people. Then I wised up and wasn't surprised anymore, but I'm still appalled. Every single one of the interruptors should be ashamed of themselves. And yes, I'd be just as disgusted if it were Democrats acting like two-year-olds.

That sound you hear is John Adams rolling over in his grave.
primroseburrows: (dS: DNF Vecchio)
Yeah, this is about me. But it's also about most Americans.


So day before yesterday I go to a cardiologist, because with my family history it seemed like a good idea to me and my neurologist. So I drive all the way down to Westerly, and the cardiologist (who is also my mom's cardiologist) says that except for a teeny bit wonky EKG that he and my primary doc both think is not a problem, everything looks good. He was, however, worried about my family history (mom's had a bypass, pacemaker, stent; her mother died from a heart attack, my paternal grandmother died of congestive heart failure, paternal grandfather of a heart attack, etc., etc.).

So he orders a nuclear stress test, to get a baseline and to catch anything he might have missed. And he says if my insurance company won't cover the nuclear version, he'd give me a lesser test that they would cover. Which was fine with me, and I made my appointment for next week. Well. I go to pay and to check about which test my insurance will cover, and, whoops. My insurance won't cover any test at all. I don't quite understand why I was officially refused, but apparently it was something like I wasn't sick enough. The test costs three thousand dollars without insurance.

Now. My insurance used to be Healthmate Coast-to-Coast, but Care New England apparently had a spat with Blue Cross about what patients they'd cover, and threw them out and got us Tufts, whose plans suck. Well. It seems that they've kissed and made up, because as of Jan. 1, I can have Healthmate again. The problem is, now I have to wait until January to find out if my DNA is turning on any switches in my body. And if Healthmate doesn't cover it, I may have to wait until I'm symptomatic before any tests are done.

The next day I went to a rally.

Here's a message for the Obama is Che Guevarra AND Hitler reincarnated crowd: When you're lying about American healthcare reform, DO NOT TALK TO ME ABOUT WAIT TIMES, ASSHATS.
primroseburrows: (whattheshit)
...at least according to Fox News, your Fair and Balanced information source:


This is satire, right? No? Oh, wait. It's Fox News. That explains things.

Kind of reminds me of this poster:

Is Your Washroom Breeding Bolsheviks? )

I tellya, Fox News has become a caricature of itself.
primroseburrows: (DT: nozz-a-la)
Pharmaceutical propaganda through the aeons.

Isn't "injectable whole opium" actually just heroin?? Jesus.
primroseburrows: (DC)
I don't know why this is here or how long it will be here, but Michael Moore's Sicko is up on Google video. I debated whether I wanted to see it now, but then I decided I would, since I'm sure I'm going to end up seeing it on the big screen anyway.
I'm just ten minutes into it, so I don't have a review.

Whether or not you're a fan of his, it's about time someone in popular media addressed the subject of healthcare in the US. It's one of the main issues, if not THE main issue, that's going to affect my choice for President this time. Those of you who live in a country with a national health system (read: every other developed country in the WORLD), I'd especially like to know what y'all think of the film.

ETA: Um, yeah. Watch this, if you have any time at all. It's not perfect, but it's hella revealing, and it's about time.
primroseburrows: (canada)
Private ER sets stage for showdown in Vancouver

Canadian flist people (especially [livejournal.com profile] topaz7 because I think she lives closest), what do y'all think about this? As an almost complete outsider (I'm not Canadian but I do work in the healthcare field), my reaction was basically a shuddery slippery-slope feeling. I may be totally off the mark, here, which is why I'm asking. This is just the first one in B.C., right, not in the whole country?

Also, Americans, what do you think about the way healthcare works in the US, either as opposed to other countries or just in itself?

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