A monument to my ego?|
I also have another set - something pretty similar to helvetica bold made of some sort of wood. I think it's box.
In other news - I have exchanged $150 for two scars. It's not that I'm into bodymods - I don't much like piercings and change my mind too often for tats. No, I've had a couple of definitely-not-melanoma, probably-not-other-cancer lets-whip-them-off anyway moles removed.
Let's make that $150 for two scars and some peace of mind.
Tags: macro, technology
|Date:||July 15th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)|| |
So how does New Zealand's health care program work with things like that? Is that $150 your deductible?
I don't have health insurance. This is not the disaster that it would be in your neck of the woods. Living in a place where having resonable healthcare depends on having and keeping your job frankly scares the willies out of me.
This was minor surgery done by a GP. It's subsidised by the government - I can't quickly find out by how much. For the user side of the NZ health system - this
is quite informative.
For comparison purposes I pay an ~24% income tax on a very slightly above aveage income, plus a 12.5% GST(sales tax) on everything.
|Date:||July 15th, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC)|| |
Thanks for the link. It adds to the temptation I often feel to retire to your lovely islands. Do you feel that the GST is used thoughtfully? I know my relatives in Canada don't think highly of theirs, though they generally approve of their government policies.
Gosh. That's a really big question to ask a really small cog in the public-service machine. I don't know about Canada, but revenue generated from GST here goes into the general pool of government funds, so what you're really asking is whether I think that government is spending wisely.
The short answer is that I think that the country is currently functional, drifting slowly towards sustainability (there's that pesky oil dependance/climate change thing) and operating fairly for most people, although there are certainly places we can do better.
Ug. This begins to sound like policy-speak, which I usually try to avoid.
The long answer is..... long. And also under-researched.
Edited at 2008-07-16 02:34 am (UTC)
|Date:||July 16th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)|| |
I was just wondering about your personal feelings on the question. Hadn't intended to trip you over into Civil Servant mode.
Looking at your country from afar, I think it's one of the very best in the world, if not the very best. I understand that distance may be playing into that, but I'm distant from Ireland too, and have family reasons for thinking kindly of it. Still, I think New Zealand has a better overall situation.
On behalf of my country, thank you.
Though the place has its faults (and not just the geological variety), at this time I wouldn't choose to live anywhere else.
|Date:||July 16th, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)|| |
There's no country this world has ever known that didn't have faults. The best ones learn to recognize their faults and work to minimize them. Mine has been one of those in the past, and may yet be again, but it's not one right now. Yours is.
It's impossible to escape the coverage of your country's current situation, and I've been trying for a while to work out a way of saying something like this without sounding condesending or pompous - so here goes.
I'm really, really sorry about the state the USA has gotten itself into, and for all the ordinary good people who live there. I hope that with the upcoming election and with the renewed political conciousness I see happening you can all start digging yourselves out again before too much more pain happens. Good luck, and I'm thinking of you all.
Edited at 2008-07-17 02:53 am (UTC)
|Date:||July 17th, 2008 03:59 am (UTC)|| |