Archive for January 21st, 2006


Universal Health Care in San Francisco?

Somehow this slipped past my radar and I’m surprised I haven’t heard more about it in the various media… Supervisor Tom Ammiano has proposed a measure that would require any business or non-profit of more than 20 people to pay health insurance. Read more about the details on

What a patently stupid idea. The idea is OK; get more people insured in an age when too many people have no coverage at all. The execution borders on the insane. SF has an economy that is shaky enough as it is. Too many of the businesses make borderline profits as it is, if they make any profit. These businesses would not be in business if they had to pony up an extra $400 or more per employee. Too many of the employees don’t even live in the city as it is.

This isn’t a bright idea. It will make SF even more expensive to live in, to do business in, and I will oppose this proposal. Supervisor Ammiano is an idiot if he thinks this will help the city. This is hanging a dead albatross on the bow of a listing ship.

1 Comment | Catergorized: political  san francisco


“Something In My Nose”

Yesterday NHK had an encounter with an unfortunate woman standing in front of a church. She was obviously not in a good way. I don’t know if she was homeless or a drug addict or both, but she was blowing her nose on the sleeve of her jacket. It was obvious looking at the material on the sleeve she’d been at it for a while.

“There’s something stuck in my sinus passage,” she said as she tried to get it out on her sleeve yet again.

I don’t know what was up there but I hope for her sake and the sake of her jacket that she got it out.

1 Comment | Catergorized: life  san francisco
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