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Dental Work in San Diego

I now have dental insurance from the San Diego Community College school district (thank you district! thank you union!), so I set out to get a tooth capped. My local dentist wrote it up, turns out its diagnostic code D2740 for which the Delta dental mandates a $970 fee. The insurance company pays 60% of this, so I will have to pay the 40% or $377.50, a not inconsiderable amount. Last time I had a cap made I went to Tijuana, to Dra. Claudia Rodriguez…

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Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me – Defending the 1st Amendment

Saturday’s NPR show, “Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me”, noted that the Massuchusetts city of Middleborough voted this week prohibiting public profanity. Free speech guardians Brian Babylon, Paula Poundstone, and Luke Burbank all expressed an opinion that the law was silly. Several of the more venturesome panelist referred to saying the f-word in downtown Middleboroough. Since their own show’s censorship policies didn’t allow them to say fuck on their own show, they had to refer to the “f-word” instead of actually using the word fuck. It…

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AIDS for the impatient

I just read a half a dozen articles on the disease AIDS on the NPR website. I know about AIDS in Africa, in Washington DC, the chances for a cure, and that an international AIDS conference is going on in Washington DC. A few facts not mentioned in any of these articles are of some significance. HIV and AIDS are the same disease. AIDS is the advanced form of the disease. You get HIV from having sex or sharing a hypodermic needle with a person…

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Scripps ER – Same Old, Same Old

In 2008 Scripps Health hospital system lost a $73 million dollar class action lawsuit. The Court found that Scripps billed emergency room patients without insurance, i.e. the poor and unemployed, at arbitrarily higher rates than they billed those with insurance. Court testimony showed that Scripps Health aggressively collected on these bills. The Court refunded 35% of the ER bills for uninsured people, e.g. an emergency room bill of $2000 was reduced to $1300 to reflect the amount Scripps should have billed. Recently, my son visited…

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“. . . and He always remembers my birthday

When I was growing up I had a few close friends. We talked every day, and I knew them well. We looked forward to our birthdays. So when their birthdays came around I would get them something and wish them “happy birthday”.  And they knew I cared about them. As I got older, I got more friends, and I didn’t see them as often. I really cared about them and I wrote all their birthdays down in my phone book.  I didn’t want to miss…

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