Anyway, right now there are 13 games left in the season and the Cubs are four games ahead of their closest competition (and they have a four game series against them this week). Mild drama.
My hip seems to have recovered from tweaking it a couple weeks ago, but I seem to have irritated my elbow - it feels like my triceps are trying to tear off my olecranon. Hopefully it's just tendonitis rather than the tendon kind of clicking over bone, because that's a worse thing to deal with.
I did a mile time trial last night - I'm down to 7:15. This is okay. I probably left a few seconds on the road but not enough to get it below 7:00. Maybe I'll try again next month. Here's a concerning issue, though: afterward it seemed to trigger my asthma. Was it the cool air (it was in the 60s) or was it the exercise? If the former, that's disconcerting as it's only going to get colder and that will basically mean I'm going to have to stop running soon. If the latter, it's also disconcerting, but probably only means that I can't do maximal effort runs since my less strenuous running has not been a problem. Hopefully it's only the truly maximal running that does it, otherwise any kind of interval work is not going to be a good time.
My weight is under 100kg now. Possibly a result of not being able to squat the last (nearly) two weeks and not really being able to work the upper body over the last several days (elbow).
The Brexit/Ireland issue with the border is going to be extremely hairy. The vote on Brexit was so friggin' irresponsible - the very idea of having a somewhat binding public vote on a policy that was not at all thought through and wholly misrepresented by the supporting side. Something with so many potentially disastrous ways of failing needs to be presented as either a non-binding suggestion subject to whether it can be done well or as a vote on a specific path.
We are probably going to get a cheap used laptop to have as a backup, primarily for use as web browsing and basic word processing. Considering chromebook. Might even keep Windows on it instead of wiping to Lunix.
Liberalists always stumble over themselves to show how centrist they are - see for instance the Hollywood establishment embrace of Spicey now that he's out of the administration. It's sick. See also: rehabilitation of John Yoo, the guy who drafted the memos justifying Bush's torture program.
People keep trying to pin insurance companies as solely responsible for the ills of the American health care industry. A lot can be laid on them, to be sure. But providers and pharma companies set prices and insurers try to negotiate them down. And at least 80% - and for some classes of policy 85% - of your premium is claims (ie paying providers and drug companies). Most of the rest is paying claims processors, customer service, and information technology people. A recent article came out saying insurers may partly be to blame for the opioid crisis because some opioids are so much cheaper than alternatives (some of them opioids) which are less prone to causing addiction. Yes, quite true, but this is something a government system or direct consumer preference would have a problem with as well. Making this change, by the way, is one of the things that would drive up a premium (which people would then complain about), there's no such thing as a free lunch. We can ask another question instead. Why are the more addictive opioids (some of these being more recently developed) so much cheaper than these other drugs? Investigate that.
The real problem: capitalism.
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