Monday, August 24, 2009

Steambath


You remember Steambath. God is a Puerto Rican attendant at a steambath. GFTB probably ran into him around the neighborhood now and then. That probably explains why she, JLo and Sotomayor have been so successful.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Thanks For The Memories


Thanks for reminding me, Des. Galveston girl. Born about 4 years after me. The first actress to expose her tits on television.

Encyclopedia Of Life

I doubt there is any way we can slip the Komogator into the Encyclopedia Of Life. Maybe we need an Encyclopedia Of Non-Life, devoted to the description and classification of things that don't exist but ought to. I'm sure there must be a place where people are cataloging imaginary or near-imaginary creatures, sort of an expanded Circus Of Dr. Lao. If we don't find a good one, maybe we can open a room in The Hive.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

What Happened To Single-Payer?

Bill Moyers discovered part of the answer in this Bill Moyers' Journal interview. Moyers sat down recently with Trudy Lieberman, director of the health and medical reporting program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and Marcia Angell, senior lecturer in social medicine at Harvard Medical School and former editor in chief of the New England Journal of Medicine to discuss the chances of health care reform in America.

I found Angell's take on single-payer versus the vague Obama plan to be particularly enlightening. Angell makes sense, and her explanation of how to get to single-payer over time by extending Medicare coverage is as sensible as anything I've heard. Angell proposes to extend Medicare coverage in phases, gradually lowering the age for coverage to give health insurers time to find other ways to make money, and, as I see it, to give the supply side of medical care time to adjust. First we lower the age to 50. A couple of years later, we lower it to 40. Then to 20, and so on. I'd probably cover the kids along with the 50-year-olds, but the proposal is so simple and makes so much sense it's hard to figure out how single-payer never got on the table.

It turns out the insurance industry is just that powerful. When the dust clears, nobody is going to be better off than the insurance industry and the doctors and hospitals are. As Angell says, Obama and the Congress are about to turn over a huge, subsidized, captive market to them.

The companion piece on shock jock rage gave me some insight into where the thugs who are beating down health care reform in town hall meetings across the country come from.

Takeaway for The Hive? Figure out your maximum exposure for deductibles and co-pays under your plan and sock the money away in an interest bearing account. Things are going to get a lot worse before they get better.

I'll See You On The Other Side

The ceiling is cracked all over now and sagging. But it's not the way I thought it would be at all. The ceiling is floating away instead of falling. There's no sound. Just the sound of my breathing. I can see the stars.

It's Starting



I went to the surface about an hour ago. Things are starting to happen. I have so many things to move, but I can't get down the tunnels now. I have to sleep.

Easy Questions

How many kids can identify a Komogator before it chews their asses off the way Hive kids can? Do they know what you call that arch between a woman's legs when she stands with her legs apart and why all women don't have it? Have they seen houses that look like music and heard jazz sung in Washington, D.C., clubs in the small hours of the morning? Can they see the space between animation and the real world? Can they run a river, pick a metal tray out of a tub of scalding water, speak five languages at once? Do they know what a credit default swap is? Can they find Iraq and Afghanistan on a map, even if the countries aren't labeled? Do they know the difference between a Palouse and an archeologist? Where the best museums in the world are? How to ride big bikes in the rain? What the flu formerly known as swine virus looks like? What impulses are and why they matter? And can they freeze for one split second when they dance to let the world glide by?

Thursday, August 20, 2009

100 Clicks To Go

What's coming seems so familiar. Nowhere. I know I've been there before. It's all around us.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Counting Down

I've shut down links and passages to other sites so they don't get hit by the shockwaves when the ceilings and walls of the The Hive cave in.

In a week or so, I'll start closing rooms and tunnels and barring the doors. If there is anything you want out of The Hive, you better grab it fast.

I'm trying to decide whether to be the last to leave or stay behind like a captain going down with his ship or, even better, like a pharoah's architect.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Turnstile Is Clicking

I've been thinking about something Antepilani mentioned a while back. Chris Burden connected a turnstile to a heavy jack positioned between two posts supporting the ceiling of a gallery. Every time a visitor entered the gallery through the turnstile, the jack spread the posts a fraction of an inch farther apart. If enough visitors entered the exhibit, the ceiling would come crashing down.

I've picked the 10,000th visit as the event that will cave in the walls and ceilings of The Hive. We're at 9,655 and clicking. Some of the outer tunnels are caving in already. We have about a week to go. The Hive won't be here for the eon flux or the passage of health insurance reform. We're going to miss the troops coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan, and, sadly, we'll never know if Mansky finds a dwarf who will do nude scenes.