Government to introduce charter hospitals -
I have The Civilian saved under ‘Light-hearted Fuzzies’ on my feedly, but this post made me stop and… cringelaugh? This part in particular:
The hospitals, which would be owned, operated or sponsored by private enterprises, would dissociate themselves from the current public health system and not be required to follow the regulations that most health institutes are beholden to.
Charter hospitals would not have to produce evidence to support the treatments they provide, would not have to hire qualified doctors, surgeons or nurses, and would be largely immune from public inquiries such as official information requests.
This is a brilliant piece of political satire. For those who don’t know, The Civilian is a satirical news site that focuses mainly on New Zealand politics — like NZ’s version of The Onion, only less “Dripping Wet 7-Year-old Gets On Hotel Elevator” (my favourite) and more incompetent politicians. The charter hospitals post is based on this recent policy.
And the point is, if we wouldn’t allow something like this for our hospitals, why risk it for our schools? Apart from individual benefits, education also lays the foundation for our future workforce — it is one of the most stupid things to cut funding for.
Or… do we just not care, since charter schools are only affecting poor kids in poor areas?
As the daughter & sibling of both doctors & teachers, I hereby approve this post.
Imagine pirates. Chefs: same thing… — My flatmate, just now.
Pedrinha Marota de Bryce Chisholm
Mais uma do Bryce. Só que dessa vez no bloco de concreto haha’ Gosti, mais algumas iguais a esta…
This would be fun to stumble across.
A fine line between silliness and supreme beauty: Look, I’m sick of this argument that not everyone can eat healthy... -
Look, I’m sick of this argument that not everyone can eat healthy because they can’t afford organic or fresh food. Nevermind the fact that raw ingredients cost far less than processed or frozen fare.
It’s very possible to eat well on a tight budget, if only you are willing to put in the effort…
There’s an element of truth in what you say, but unfortunately it ignores the realities of food deserts & time poverty.
The food you have access to, & how much it costs, is largely dependent on where you live.
Food deserts: Large parts of the US do not have access to supermarkets, grocery stores, farmers’ markets or other sources of whole / fresh foods, within a 20min walk or public transport link from their home.
As for time poverty: You’re working two jobs because one won’t pay the bills. Those jobs are in different parts of town, & both are an hour from your home, so in addition to your working hours you have 2 1/2 to 3 hours of travel time each day as well. When are you meant to cook, clean, help your kids with their homework, let alone spend some quality time with them?
Then there’s weird shit about economics & the convolutions of the market & the impact that has: NZ is a dairy producing country, it’s one of our main exports. To keep that export price down, the local cost of milk is quite high. Supermarkets use soft-drinks etc as loss-leaders. As a result of these factors, a 2 litre bottle of sugar, caffeine, flavourings & bubbles is cheaper than 2 litres of milk.
As with most things, this is far more complex then it first appears.
Portrait of Hamza Kashgari, Saudi poet. He has been imprisoned by the Saudi government since February 2012 for tweeting these lines about Mohammed.
- On your birthday, I shall not bow to you. I shall not kiss your hand. Rather, I shall shake it as equals do, and smile at you as you smile at me. I shall speak to you as a friend, no more.
- On your birthday, I find you wherever I turn. I will say that I have loved aspects of you, hated others, and could not understand many more.
- On your birthday, I will say that I have loved the rebel in you, that you’ve always been a source of inspiration to me, and that I do not like the halos of divinity around you. I shall not pray for you.
Art is to live in the world as in a huge museum of oddities. — Giorgio de Chirico (via erraticintrovert)
(Source: artchipel, via an-innerverse)
(Source: freshgirljade, via dont-panic-zoology)
There’s been quite a lot of backlash about a particular time magazine cover story, or rather, the inflammatory headline, and most of it strikes me as rather childish. While anyone who has been through the awful experience of Western tertiary education in the last decade is perhaps entitled to feel a little bitter, constantly blaming previous generations is a trick usually reserved for those with no sense of responsibility. It’s incredibly trendy to label the Baby Boomers as ‘the worst generation’, but they did not invent capitalism, or pollution, or social inequality. These things were just part of the world they lived in. Yes, they were/are rather selfish, but so are we. Mismanagement of the world is a human trait, not a generational one.
At least I am aware enough of my surroundings to realise that I am a narcissistic arsehole.
I rather liked Stephen Colbert’s comment that the Baby Boomers are annoyed because they’re used to all the attention being on them…
Of course, as I’m neither Boomer nor Millennial but something now forgotten in between, I remain unhurt (& amused) through all these slings & arrows of mutual contempt.
(Source: vegan-hippie, via sabelmouse)