February, 2008

  1. Hospice

    My mom, step-father, myself, my brother, and a woman from mom’s church met with a representative from hospice last Wednesday. She was there for 2 hours. We learned very very little that we didn’t already know. The woman was not very organized. Actually, she was organized for a completely different kind of patient. Most people…
  2. Breathing

    Mom told me she felt like she needed to use the BiPAP machine last night. Not after going to bed. That’s been normal for 7 months. When she was still up. She didn’t because the thing isn’t very mobile. If she’s feeling like she needs it when she’s up, that’s a very new thing.
  3. Libel and rumors

    One of the ways news organizations thread the needle on libel laws is to report what other people say. For instance, Richard Jewell had a horrible time winning in court against newspapers because they reported that police suspected him in the Olympic park bombing in 1996. Which was true. Police did suspect him. Just recently,…
  4. Glad to have moved

    I also want to mention that I am really glad to have moved up here. I think my mental state living in Seattle and not being in a position to help like I can here would be so much worse. Much as having the support of friends close by would be great, I’d be in…
  5. Hospice & mom update & me update

    Tomorrow the family will be meeting together with some of the folks from a local hospice. Meet and greet mostly. Not sure if we’ll be making any definite plans at the meeting. The idea is for the family to get comfortable with the hospice and learn what they do. I read up a ton a…
  6. Clinton vs. Obama: Iraq

    When the war in Iraq started, I wasn’t particularly for it or against it. I questioned the need to rush into it, but I do believe that some credible threat would have been needed to force Saddam Husein from power. Eventually. But I do think that the Bush administration rushed into it, and botched the…
  7. Obama vs. Clinton: Immigration

    This one should be interesting. I’m not nearly so liberal on the topic as I am in other areas. Pointing liberal, I am for sanctuary cities, providing services irrespective of immigration status (mostly, see next paragraph) such as fire departments, courts, child health care, schools, etc., and giving driver’s licenses to everyone who passes the…
  8. Clinton vs. Obama: Health Care

    Both Clinton and Obama are proposing making changes in how we pay for health care. I’d love to see single-payer, but we aren’t going to get that. The best piece of information I know of regarding their two plans is a blog entry by Paul Krugman. Both candidates propose subsidizing health insurance. Clinton would force…
  9. Obama vs. Clinton: Technology

    Net neutrality is the term used to describe a policy where internet service providers and backbone providers may not discriminate based on content. They could charge based on volume, on bandwidth, on service levels, etc, but not on content. In addition, I’d love to see the networks opened up. For along time, DSL was governed…
  10. Clinton vs. Obama: Iran

    This one should be a short comparison. Both Clinton and Obama have been vociferous in their criticism of the Iraq war. However, when it comes to something that may get us into another war, neither of them seem to have a clue. For a number of years, the Bush administration has hyped a supposed threat…