This Week's Tweets
...likes Starbucks' new store design direction: local craftsmen, regional motifs, recycled materials, and LEED as well. http://bit.ly/Tq88K
9:41 AM Jun 28th from bit.ly
While the new store designs are highly interpretive, they share several core characteristics:...highly recommends this article debunking Canadian health care myths. They spend "less money... to get better outcomes." http://bit.ly/u44Sg 7:31 AM Jun 28th from bit.ly
- Celebration of local materials and craftsmanship;
- Focus on reused and recycled elements;
- Exposure of structural integrity and authentic roots;
- Elevation of coffee and removal of unnecessary distractions;
- Storytelling and customer engagement through all five senses; and
- Flexibility to meet the needs of many customer types – individual readers and computer users, as well as work, study and social groups.
As a Canadian living in the United States for the past 17 years, I am frequently asked by Americans and Canadians alike to declare one health care system as the better one....likes living in a place where to say "I'll have the salmon" would be strange and unhelpful -- like saying "I'll have the chicken" elsewhere.
Often I'll avoid answering, regardless of the questioner's nationality. To choose one or the other system usually translates into a heated discussion of each one's merits, pitfalls, and an intense recitation of commonly cited statistical comparisons of the two systems.
Because if the only way we compared the two systems was with statistics, there is a clear victor. It is becoming increasingly more difficult to dispute the fact that Canada spends less money on health care to get better outcomes.
7:29 PM Jun 27th from web
...can't get enough of Jabo0odyDubs' versions of Billy Mays infomercials. They get funnier with repeated viewings. http://bit.ly/2qFuwD
9:36 AM Jun 26th from bit.ly
Wow, was my timing bad on this one. Billy Mays died yesterday. Rest in peace, you overachieving pitchman.
...just read how one travel blogger thinks DL should buy AS. Would it be good for DL? Yes. Good for AS or Seattle? Um, no. http://bit.ly/Vs3hO
9:01 AM Jun 26th from bit.ly
...would very much like US politicians to look overseas as they redesign our health care system, but that's not happening. http://bit.ly/yeMH4
7:03 AM Jun 25th from bit.ly
Every day Washington's leaders tell us that we live in an interdependent world with a globalized economy. A butterfly beats its wings in Guangdong province, and four Wal-Marts materialize in Duluth. The peso plunges, and 30 Honda workers get laid off in Marysville. A coal-fired power plant belches carbon dioxide in Prague, and Lohachara Island sinks into the Bay of Bengal....just enabled emoji on my iPhone. With everything happening in the world, how trivial a tweet is that? Share and enjoy. http://bit.ly/6YAeG
But change the subject to reform of the health care system, and the community of nations abruptly vanishes. No France, no Canada, no Germany, no Japan. Let there be no mention of any industrialized democracy save that of the United States, which is proud to claim 37th place in the World Health Organization's rankings of the world's health systems and 15th in the Commonwealth Fund's ranking by avoidable mortality of 19 industrialized countries (the highest rank indicates the fewest such deaths). To achieve a better score would be unpatriotic!
The political establishment's hubristic refusal to consider how other countries manage health care is encapsulated in the cliché "uniquely American," which is what Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., the lead legislator on health care reform, says he wishes his bill to be. It therefore goes without saying that the finance committee Baucus chairs could find no place in this year's exhaustive health care hearings for a single expert on how other countries achieve better health outcomes for their populations while typically spending, on a per capita basis, half what we do. When the finance committee releases its draft bill this week, it will be almost completely free of foreign influence.
6:01 PM Jun 24th from bit.ly
...is delighted to see that Doug Coupland is updating "City of Glass", his zine-like guide to Vancouver. I can hardly wait! http://bit.ly/dVOSR
8:43 AM Jun 24th from bit.ly
...thinks that, based on the PBS documentary I saw, this upcoming TR Reid book on health care should be required reading. http://bit.ly/1nT9iG
7:18 AM Jun 24th from bit.ly