Saturday, July 28, 2012

Chik-Fil-A is an Unclean House of Defilement, According to Leviticus 15:19-23

Chik-Fil-A Is Unclean
According To The Bible!
If Chik-Fil-A is going to enforce Biblical morality, they have to stop letting women work during their "unclean" period. According to the Bible, anything they touch is defiled and must be clensed!
"When a woman has her regular flow of blood, the impurity of her monthly period will last seven days, and anyone who touches her will be unclean till evening.
Anything she lies on during her period will be unclean, and anything she sits on will be unclean.
...Whoever touches anything she sits on must wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will be unclean till evening. Whether it is the bed or anything she was sitting on, when anyone touches it, he will be unclean till evening."
Leviticus 15:19-21,23
Chik-Fil-A does NOT give women time off for their monthly uncleanliness; Chik-Fil-A SCHEDULES WOMEN TO WORK while they are unclean!

It does not help that they employee may be wearing gloves; the defilement of sitting occurs regardless of what the woman is wearing, and therefore the defilement of touching occurs regardless of what the woman is wearing.

Note that this goes unto the customers as well. No-one at Chik-fil-a is asking female customers whether they are in the "unclean" period and, if they are, preventing them from sitting on chairs and defiling them. NO-ONE IS SAFE!!!!

Do NOT sit down at Chik-fil-a ... it is a house of DEFILEMENT!!!!!

Do NOT eat of the food of Chik-fil-a: it may be TAINTED with the touch of a women in her unclean period.

Chik-Fil-A also violates MANY of God's laws; the food of Chik-Fil-A is defiled by the mixing of meat and milk, and by the killing of animals in an ungodly way. Other than the chocolate milk and the relish packets, there is almost nothing at Chik-Fil-A that is not TAINTED WITH UNHOLINESS (for more, see "Maybe You Should Read The Bible, Chick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy").

You. Have. Been. Warned!!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Tomato Support With Repurposed Hawthorn is a Sharp Idea: Maybe Too Sharp!

Tomatoes tied up
to horizontal bar
My tomatoes want a lot of support so they can grow tall and catch a lot of sunlight.
This year I was inspired by a structure I saw at the Crest Learning Center's plant sale. They had a horizontal bar running the length of their tomato table, with s-curved wires hanging from it to support the plants.
For my version, I got some shepherd's crook hangers from McLendon's, with a hummingbird or dragonfly motif. I attached them to the raised beds made of discarded Half-Priced Books shelves and for a crossbar added a branch pruned from the hawthorn a month or two ago.
The branch worked pretty well; I had to carve the butt a little bit to fit but that just made it more secure. The only real downside I discovered when I handled the bar without gloves; those tiny little thorns all over the branch are sharp! This was a bit painful, but of more importance, I have to be careful when tying up the plants that a thorn doesn't cut the tie. Probably next year I'll go with a pine branch instead.
I am tying up the tomatoes with repurposed ribbon, which we get bags of donated to the thrift store; no-one wants to buy partial rolls but some are willing to donate them.
I'm happy to be able to build much of my garden with repurposed materials; it's both responsible and economical. It's also a challenge;  I can always go buy just the right thing, but it's a fun challenge to avoid that whenever possible. I'm sure I could have crafted the crooks, but I just liked the look. Isn't one of the reasons to be frugal that you can spend money when you want to?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Chard In The Yard

Harvesting chard
(squash plant in foreground)
We're gradually converting our front yard from purely a decorative spot into a working garden. We want it still to look nice, but a careful analysis of where we actually walked in the yard revealed that we always took two basic paths; most of the yard was never stepped on, so why not use it to grow food instead of grass?
We turned over the turf in about half the yard, using it to create sod walls for raised bed. For the base of the bed we used slash from our tree trimmings, and then added some nice dirt topped with a little mulch from another project's sawdust and grass clippings. We immediately liked the way the raised bed gave the formerly flat lawn some up-and-down form!
To populate the beds, we are experimenting with various plants, including squash, nasturtiums and strawberries. The most showy performer is the chard; It went into the ground as seed a couple of months ago and is now harvestable leaves that go well as the base of a salad, and can also be used in soups etc.
Chard is an attractive plant with large leaves; there are many varieties that we'll experiment with for color variation. It also seems to play well with squash and nasturtiums; we like variety in our garden. Best of all, our chard's very forgiving; we really haven't had to tend it except for a little water!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Inherent Deceptiveness of Medical Billing Practices

There's a lot of talk about our health care system these days, and a lot of reference to the economics of it, but I think one point that is often missed is how impossible it is to pretend that the economics of it is anything but normal.
I conducted two economic transactions today:

  • I bought some fruit
  • I bought some medical care: the removal of a small lump from the inside of my cheek.

The fruit purchase followed all the rules of classical economics: I inspected the goods, decided if they met my needs, considered going to another supplier (we have at least six places to buy fruit within an easy walk, and they each have slightly different approaches to pricing and selection), and I could've dickered over the price if I'd wanted to. I understand fruit and my needs pretty well.
The medical purchase was nothing like this. I'm really not able to determine the medical necessity or otherwise of removing that lump. If I were dirt poor, I would have ignored it, but I'm not and I want to do what's the best in the long run. I'm not a doctor so I rely on the statements of others, but I don't want to go to a dozen doctors to get opinions; that's very expensive in money and time! So I trusted my medical professional and scheduled the minor operation, but I knew that I had no idea how much money I was committing. All the doc could say at the first meeting was that he couldn't say; when pressed, was sure that it wouldn't be a thousand dollars, but we knew it would be more than a hundred.
How in heck does anyone make a rational economic choice when you don't know the price except that it's between $100 and $1000?
Today I went in for the actual operation. Oddly enough, they knew what the price would be when I showed up, with the qualification that they could not promise how much the insurance would pay for, or how much the University of Washington would charge for a biopsy. The procedure was $495, and I don't know whether that includes the 1st visit or the followup. They estimated that the insurance company would pay about $147 and required that I pay the $348 before receiving treatment.
I don't blame them for wanting payment up front, but presenting the bill the minute before surgery, rather than at a time at which the patient can rationally calculate options, is inherently deceptive. I don't think the doctors are bad people but their organizations are set up so that patients cannot make economically rational decisions. At the moment, I'm dependent on the doctor for the followup visit so I'm not going to do anything, but once the course of treatment is over, I plan to have a friendly but frank discussion of how things went. There is no reason not to have a schedule of charges available, and the UW should be publicizing its biopsy charges as well.
I can't think of any other marketplace where we would buy something without knowing what it would cost!
I had a similar experience the last 2 times I went to doctors. I'd gone for a check-up and was told my blood pressure was too high; they wanted to start me on some medication or other. I did some research and found out about the DASH diet; the doctor agreed that some people found that useful, so I'm trying it - it's not an expensive diet and it's a heck of a lot cheaper than any medication ... not to mention that most medications have side effects I didn't want to risk.
I had been assured that periodic check-ups were important, and I'm covered by insurance, so I was pretty surprised to get a three-figure bill. The doctor's office assured me that this was normal and also that they had no way of predicting how much they would charge for a doctor's visit; it all depended on so many factors.
Another time I went to a doctor because I was having headings; they decided on a medical course of treatment that turned out to be completely inappropriate; rather than purchase the medicines I spent some time analyzing when I got headaches and (with Kris' help) figured out they were caused by dehydration and/or fatigue. Now that I drink water regularly, I get much fewer headaches, and those I do get are probably from fatigue, since they go away after a short nap ... every time!
Again, I don't think the doctors I consulted were bad people, but their organization does not seem well set up to deliver health effectively or economically rationally.
I don't know what can be done about this, but if I'm going to be hundreds of dollars poorer I want to learn something from the experience.
Sorry - no punchline or pretty picture from this one. Maybe next time!

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

RIP JP

The ICU-TV Memorial
J.P. Patches has passed away, an elderly clown who enlivened the childhood of myself and so many others.
Born "Chris Wedes", he brought joy to many, and harm to know, and let us hope we may all say the same!

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