this week i

explored running paths.  caked in mud, too much foot traffic, dead end, goats.

found a base r bug, solved already.

realized the racist comments on the street about chinese people were for me.  they cannot tell.

woke up.

made breakfast.

ate the breakfast that abebech made for me.


this week i

published on illness and affordability in the middle class and healthcare for immigrants.

walked through a downpour.  when the electricity goes out, an immediate free for all for ethiopian men to whip out their dicks and piss on the roadside under cloak of darkness.

moved in to a little house.


this week i

read the cbo report and published our own analysis of how the senate proposal affects individuals.

people with income below 100 percent of the fpl who were not eligible for medicaid could generally receive premium tax credits under this legislation and not under current law. however, even with the net premium of $300 shown in the illustrative examples for a person with income at 75 percent of the fpl ($11,400 in 2026), the deductible would be more than half their annual income. the net premium of a silver plan for a 40-year-old would be about 15 percent of their annual income, and the deductible would be more than one-third of their annual income. many people in that situation would not purchase any plan, cbo and jct estimate, although some people with assets to protect or who expect to have high use of health care would

woke up sunday in mexico at ten in the ethiopian morning.  nothing until sunrise, then waiting in motion until asleep on the overnight to frankfurt.  eight hours in the pay per day airport lounge with industrial cheese and push-button coffee, but a desk and no shoes so meaningful work before another night of blinking in and out over the tray table.  three month visa to meet the cold fourth of july sunrise and i stayed awake through the new day, searching for a comfortable place to sleep.

had a worthwhile college experience.  laura lived across the hall, sent me this.  thanks dan and kassa


(1) american jails

we have so many prisoners that the american unemployment rate for men would be 2 percent higher (and 8 percent higher for black men) if they were all suddenly let out.  our jails are so packed that through the website wardens and sheriffs can look for space in other facilities if their own is full.  arizona and california have even considered plans to house inmates in mexico, where costs are lower

authorities across the country acted so harshly in part because the united states chooses a sizable proportion of its judges and almost all of its district attorneys and county sheriffs by popular election-something that would be considered bizarre almost everywhere else in the world.  (one recent study of washington state judges found that the sentences they passed out lengthened by an average of 10 percent as reelection day approached.)

prison cures nobody

(2) e.r. baghdad

it's that they have to pretend resuscitation, even when there's no chance of survival, because relatives, often with militia connections, are liable to demand blood money if they're dissatisfied with the doctor's efforts

(3) geographic surrender

as recently as the 1970s, scientists advising the us government openly referred to certain parts of the country being designated 'national sacrifice areas'

after all, if you are a 'hillbilly', who cares about your hills?

take the niger delta, poisoned with an exxon valdez-worth of spilled oil every year, a process ken saro-wiwa, before he was murdered by his government, called 'ecological genocide'


this week i

helped out with a fact sheet on medicaid's role for women.

read about mexican violence in the news, but it feels far away.  north korea the distant second most dangerous nuclear state.

could not take photos inside.  cholula's mountaintop church adorned with the aggregated plastic knick-knacks of a thousand catholic grandmothers.

need three huskies and some roller skates to conquer northern europe's bike paths.

wager that some pretty cool youngster attends mass.  his and her generation replaces the people who sit on porches, stare out windows.

never remember the translation of subir.  apotheosis, perhaps?  arisen from a rotting corpse, perhaps?  ah here's another: canejo cangrejo = crabbit

listened to more of the podcast.

this particular flower had tooth-shaped leaves, and it was thought that the leaves resembled the teeth of a lion.  the french word for tooth was dent from the same root as dental and dentist.  so the flower became known as the tooth of the lion.  the dent de leon.  and after that name entered english, it was anglicized to dandelion.  so a dandelion is literally the lion's tooth.

leopard is actually a combination of that word leo for lion, and pard, for panther.  the construction actually goes back to greek.  but that means that the literal meaning of the word leopard is a lion panther.  and that suggests that europeans didn't always understand the distinction between lions and panthers and leopards.


this week i

rented a car to visit fozzie bear.  waka waka oaxaca

popped off the fourth tire bolt.  mexicans drive on the shoulder of two-lane highways so faster vehicles can pass on the median.  chaos

test drove up to the next ruins.

visited nature's infinity pool..

..please jump.

pulled in for a meal.  goats circled the agave out front, the owner threw pebbles to shoo them away.  his daughter studied a book in silence in the second room.  i ordered the quesadilla and eggs and chorizo, free shot of mezcal with the meal.  the goats returned, then so did the hail of rocks.

think it hard to find anything not to like, well, except that faux-gi.

would drop everything to open a shrimp trucking company if portuguese extended north past equatorial guinea.

read byting the apple and then invisible matter.

plato, through his derivation of five perfect solids, focused on a "quinta essentia," a fifth essence

a brilliant and irascible astronomer at caltech whose relationship with his colleagues was summarized by his description of them: "spherical bastards," because he felt they were bastards any way you looked at them


this week i

wrote code.  any evil website requiring an email login and password for whatever reason could immediately turn around and attempt those passwords as the login for the associated e-mail account.  also, when a user types an incorrect password into said evil system, those failed passwords could also be attempted on the e-mail account.  if not a simple typo, perhaps the user confused which key fits in which lock.  open sesame.

watched season five.

"i believe in you congressman, you want to know why?  because i trust ambition"  "so this is a straight up bribe"  "oh no, congressman, a bribe is something you can refuse"


this week i

released our annual enrollment estimates of the medicare advantage market.

hiked up a volcano.  two separate mexico city from puebla.  only allowed on the elder because, you know, lava.

would hide powerful magnets in the seat cushions to steal change if i drove for uber, sometimes catch keys same as tuna fishermen catch dolphin.


this week i

flew to puebla for a month.

checked in to a little house with its own garden.

assume this is a wawa, given the pronunciation of oaxaca.

will never reach fluency in a second language.


this week i

published on periods without insurance for americans with pre-existing conditions, demanded by the current congressional debate.

shared morning coffee.

ate out a few nights.

walked the wilderness.

hit the reset button.