On Meanwhile in Greece

I've been reading a lot about this at work. Hospitals also seeing a major recurrence of diseases like tuberculosis and malaria, and there's been a big increase in HIV infection as well. THANKS IMF, REALLY GLAD YOU WERE AROUND TO HELP OUT.

Posted on December 19, 2012 at 7:18 am 0

On Elections Do Have Their Consequences

#4 Threaten to hold your breath until the electoral college "takes it back and says they're sorry".

Posted on November 9, 2012 at 5:22 am 2

On I Thought Socialized Medicine Was Soooo Great, But Now I'm Like, "No Thanks"

"General surgery" means a doctor's office, for those of you outside the UK - it's like going to a family doctor. (Sorry if that's patronizing, I can't remember if that's common knowledge or not.)

Posted on November 7, 2012 at 12:23 pm 2

On I Thought Socialized Medicine Was Soooo Great, But Now I'm Like, "No Thanks"

I'm pretty sure the reason they checked with the US doctor is that they didn't want to stomp in with antibiotics and possibly affect the patient's care plan with their long-term provider.

Posted on November 7, 2012 at 10:46 am 0

On I Thought Socialized Medicine Was Soooo Great, But Now I'm Like, "No Thanks"

To be fair, it sounds like most of this was because you're not a British resident/taxpayer. I'm also an American in Britain, and while it's true that the quality of care can vary from practice to practice and doctor to doctor, that was true when I was living in the US, too. The problem is that, as a foreign student/non-taxpayer, it seems you're only allowed to go to the one practice. Which is obviously crap, and I'm sorry you're still ill, but also isn't really about problems of socialized medicine for citizens and residents of the country (ie, the vast majority of people who use it).

Posted on November 7, 2012 at 10:42 am 6

On A Storm Is Coming, Did You Know? Better Buy ... Baked Beans

More importantly, what is that image from it is driving me mad that I can't remember

Posted on October 29, 2012 at 6:46 pm 0

On Wi-Fi in the Sky

I agree - the lack of wi-fi on planes is a feature, not a bug. It's the one place left in the world where you can recline your seat, read whatever you want or watch shitty movies, and drink gin without having to respond to anyone outside your space.

Posted on October 5, 2012 at 3:28 am 1