Famed songwriter Cole Porter’s wife was Linda Lee Thomas. Her first husband was Edward Russell Thomas. Edward was the first American to kill somebody in a car accident.
Paul Gauguin Panama Canal — The painter Paul Gauguin was a laborer on the Panama Canal — the unsuccessful French one.
He was arrested for urinating in public in Panama City and marched at gunpoint to the courthouse where he was made to pay a one piastre or about 80 cents.
He left soon after.
Paul Gauguin Panama Canal William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 10-23-17
Napoleon Bonaparte’s brother moved to New Jersey after he quit being the King of Spain.
The Garden State had a more sensible tax code back then.
And did you know that Napoleon’s grand nephew was killed by Zulus?
William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 8-15-17
How A Nuclear Blast Would Affect You — Ever wonder how a nuclear bomb going off at Penn’s Landing would affect you in the ‘burbs?
Put in the yield of your choice and drag the marker to where you want ground zero to be.
Works with any city. Philadelphia has a preset.
How A Nuclear Blast Would Affect You
King Faisal of Saudi Arabia was a Grateful Dead fan. He was assassinated by his nephew in 1975.
William Lawrence Sr. Omnibit 8-4-17
Columbia Confusion — The residents wanted to name their new state “Columbia” back in 1889 but were talked out of it as it was thought some might confuse it with the nation’s capital, the District of Columbia.
So they named it Washington.
One of the founding settlers of Washington State was a black man named George W. Bush.
William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 8-2-17 Columbia Confusion
William Lawrence Sr Cryptowit 3-30-17
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William Lawrence Sr Cryptowit 3-29-17
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Answer to yesterday’s William Lawrence Sr Cryptowit quote puzzle: All violence consists in some people forcing others, under threat of suffering or death, to do what they do not want to do.
Money doesn’t smell is a phrase with Roman roots namely the Latin Pecunia non olet.
Urine was valuable. It was collected from public toilets and sold to tanners. The sale was taxed.
The Emporer Vespasian’s son Titus expressed his disgusted at the concept. Vespasian had him smell a gold coin. “Does it smell?” Vespasian asked? Titus said no. “Yet it comes from urine,” Vespasian said.
And from that exchange comes the phrase.
William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 3-28-17
Health Care Basics Must Be Recognized By GOP — With the Republican health care reform in a mess, we’d like to suggest getting back to the basics with regard to principles and purpose.
Health insurance is not health care. “Insurance” does not insure your health, something that should be blindingly obvious. What it does is to insure that the doctors and other medical professionals get paid.
The purpose of public health is to minimize the need for care yet provide it when needed for those who cannot pay what medical professionals ask as going rates.
Minimizing the need includes things like sanitary sewer systems, draining swamps and discouraging pointless risky behavior such as that which spreads HIV. One of the first steps in getting back to basics is to stop being afraid to point this out.
When care is needed, an insurance policy is not the only means to do so. Bill Gates and Warren Buffet would be silly to have an insurance policy. They can easily cover anything that might happen to them out of pocket.
For those who aren’t billionaires, places like Philadelphia General Hospital existed in the last century to provide free care to the desperate. Of course there was no incentive to maintain them and a huge incentive to use them as dumping grounds so their demise was practically ordained.
Free markets cannot be mocked.
Step two concerning back to the basics is to recognize that health care is provided by people not governments, corporations or bureaucracies. Maximizing health care means maximizing the number of competent people who can provide it and giving them an incentive to do so to all comers.
Money is obviously going to be a factor even for the most saintly, but except for the most vile — and they are rare — it is not going to be the only factor. Social rewards are almost as important. Most successful people will discount services to those who can’t afford what they normally charge. Most will even do charity work — unless, of course, regulation and time available prevent them. You doubt this happens ponder that retired doctors can’t work part-time without still carrying malpractice insurance.
An OB/GYN pays about $20,000 per year for it. Insurance companies will discount about 50 percent for part-timers. A $10,000 per year nut to cover would certainly put a damper on a doctor wanting to occasionally help out at a charity hospital for $50 per hour.
And no amount of money is going to keep someone from bailing out when the job stops being fun and they no longer need it. One of the biggest complaints doctors have is mandated paper work either by government or an insurance carrier.
And this gets us to insurance companies. An insurance company is a business that seeks to spread risk while making a profit. The top executives at these places easily surpass six figures. Do they earn it? Probably not but that’s not their fault. With government mandates for features not necessarily wanted by all customers (substance abuse counseling, birth control) and restrictions on competition, they can do a lot of coasting. Call it the joys of cronyism.
Insurance companies have a use and they are not inherently bad. The Trump plan to open competition across state lines is excellent. We don’t have an objection either to a mandate for individuals to carry it. Public health has a cost and its better for people to be allowed to choose their coverage rather than leave the decision to government agents who will inevitably pocket as much of it as they can if funded via a traditional tax.
Regardless, it must be remembered that it is people who provide health care and not bureaucracies. Forgetting this while ignoring that bureaucracies inevitably become corrupt are the biggest failings of doomed Obamacare.