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- Depending on the extent of injury and quality of insurance you have it sometimes better to say you had a bike accident and lie.
I told several people at the hospital, including some hospital insurance scribe, that I was hit by a car. Probably too late for that.
Thanks. I've used the word SMIDSY twice today explaining what happened to me.
I realize I have to be even warier and more distrusting than I was. Because I want to keep commuting by bike, it's become a total joy to me to get my heart rate up, not sit in traffic, feel the sun on my face, etc. etc. But I have to ride with 600,000 cranky indifferents.
- because here's a fun one: if you went to the hospital and reported that you were in an accident, YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE IS NOT GOING TO COVER YOUR BILL
Does this apply to Medicaid? Hope not.
Jeez. Got hit by a car today while on my bike. I’m ok. Didn’t find any broken bones after a trip to the emergency room. Was riding to work wearing my helmet, not two blocks from my house, when a girl backs out of a diagonal parking spot right into me. Not sure whose fault it is, despite her not looking back thoroughly enough to see me (there were no parked cars next to her to obscure her vision of me). I don’t even know how one would partition blame in as bike-hostile a city as Baltimore.
It was fucking scary. Flipped completely around on my side, was in a state of shock before the pain set in. The heaviest thing about the whole ordeal was the act of calling my mom to break the news to her. I know how much she hates me on one of those things. But she took it really well. I’m lucky have only some lumps and bruises.
Posted up on the couch. Gonna watch the World Cup and relax. Fucking hump day.
kleinbl00 You recently completed your 8,001st mile by bike, not to mention motorcycle. How do you think about accidents?
- While Stankey didn't mention Netflix, Hulu, or other streaming rivals outright, he did hint that HBO's business model needs to adapt in order to become what chairman Richard Plepler describes as 'sustainable': "We need hours a day...It's not hours a week, and it's not hours a month. We need hours a day. You are competing with devices that sit in people's hands that capture their attention every 15 minutes." Stankey told The New York Times.
This is gross. Don’t mean to get romantic, but what about spending hours a day... with other people?*
*Written from a screen he spends hours on a day.
- System Dynamics
Society is nothing more than individual psychology multiplied by too many to count. If narcissism is what drives this society, then only narcissism will explain it.
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I realize that “the system” is a nebulous term relying on an even more nebulous “unconscious”, lacking clear definition, so I’m going to try and define it. First, start with a single individual, and eliminate value words like “purpose” and “unintended consequences.” If a guy cheats on his girlfriend in a way that likely could get him caught, one might say, “he wants to get caught.”
Now add a few more individuals. I want an ipad, but I can’t afford the $10000 it would cost to make it in America AND generate to Apple the same nominal profit of $300/ipad, so then the ipad has to be made in China with cheaper labor. So while one can say, “the consumer wants an ipad,” and “Apple wants $300 in profit per ipad” the sum of those wants is “the system”: “The system wants cheap Chinese labor.” The system doesn’t want it because it’s awesome, it wants it because it added up the wants.
To be clear, the fact that ipad consumers don’t “want” cheap Chinese labor is irrelevant. All of their choices want cheap Chinese labor. You can say the same about renewable energies, something that everyone says they “want,” yet all of their choices sum up to the system’s want: the system wants to protect the oil industry. The CEO of ExxonMobil isn’t to blame, you are.
To go back to Sandberg, if the system wants cheap female labor, how would we change the system? Only by wanting different things. Simply, if the majority of women wanted to work less, that would be the game. But the majority of women do want to work less, but they also want to buy X, Y, Z aspirational products, and they want X,Y,Z way more then they want to work less. If you sum up those “wants,” and add in the wants of Nordstrom’s, Nine West, Whole Foods, Visa and Mastercard, etc, and throw in what the media wants, then it is technically correct to say: the system wants women to become batteries.
The final twist to this otherwise simple addition is that what you want is often taught to you by that very system. For example, in running through the above, what you didn’t say was, “maybe I don’t want an ipad.” That thought cannot occur to you…. because the system wants it. Try saying this to your friends and see what happens: “I’m not interested in a career, I just want to get married and have kids.”
- The juiciest target for extraction by the system is not “The 1%”. The people that label is supposed to refer to can meet their wants and needs easily, and are more or less groomed by each other to behave in whatever way they do. Instead, the target is percentile 85-99, the “Aspirational 14%”, those with the resources to cover basic needs, but with the ideologically reinforced optimism to want what the 1% has some day (of course, in virtually all cases they never will, but the dream needs to be kept alive). The Aspirationals can be taught how/what to want.
Sorry for the wall of text, but this was the first thing that came to mind when seeing this TLP article.
What about this article appealed to you or made you think?
I haven't read Evicted but Desmond had an article about homeownership driving inequality that was fantastic.