Tuesday, June 07, 2011

U.S. Healthcare Lags: Despite the Costs

This is a bit dated now, but it provides a good graphic of rankings of world health systems.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Bates' Tora Bora Alpine Boots are CRAP!

I just bought a pair of Tora Bora boots (over $300 a pair!) through Cat 5 Commerce and was shocked at how poorly made they were. Just out of the package, I pulled up on the laces and the eyes holding the laces in simply fell apart. It turns out they were all made of very thin pieces of plastic like on a child's watch-band. I called the company and the manufacturer and both insisted that I had the actual boot and not an imitation. They then told me they'd send me a shipping label--which never showed up. I'd have lost over $300 if I hadn't check my email today and realized that they simply sent me an address a couple weeks back, insisting that I pay to ship them back within a month. The workmanship on the boot is so poor that selling such a product as if it were a top-end high-quality product essentially amounts to fraud. If anybody out there is considering buying from any of these sleazy merchants, please reconsider.

(I also don't understand why it takes four or five vendors to sell a pair of boots. With so many middlemen to pay off, no wonder the quality's so poor.)

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Starve the Beast

This 2007 article by Bartlett provides a good discussion of the Starve the Beast metaphor. The purpose of tax cuts has never been to balance the budget. They're designed to eliminate social programs and move more money from the working poor to the non-working wealthy elite.