I have been working on a long post that didn’t get saved at some point. I’m guessing I lost it on a patch Tuesday reboot. At any rate, I’ll just post several small thoughts as they come back to me.
Someone forgot to tell the banks and cell (“mobile” here) that the world is flat. My US credit cards are hit-or-miss, and there’s the wonderful foreign transaction fee when it does work.
Getting a cell phone here (AT&T no worky; then again that’s not too different from home) is more difficult than getting US government security clearance. I once held a sword over then Governor Bush’s head during his inauguration, but Telstra won’t give me a post-paid plan. Then again, thanks to Apple and AT&T, my iPhone won’t work on Telstra’s network anyway. Waiting on that iPhone OS 4.0 and subsequent DevTeam jailbreak/unlock before I try again with Telstra.
Beware America, this is coming soon if the Dems get their way. Like many things, this sounds good in theory – medical care costs are out of control, everyone should have access to medical care, our system is flawed. But inserting the government into the value chain of any industry is never the answer. For example, schools in the US and Australia require immunization records. In the US that entails calling your pediatrician and having them fax the records to the school. In the socialized Australian system, it involves going to your doctor and getting a signed government form (not valid if it’s not on the government paper), taking that form to a local council which will then submit the form to a national registry. One month later, you will have a certificate that is functionally equivalent to what took 5 minutes in a privatized healthcare system.
I’m not going to get into my beliefs about how to fix the medical system, but here’s a hint to where I believe the fixes should start – legal system, education system.
Driving on the left, sitting on the right
No, that’s not a clever political turn of phrase. Literally driving on the left side of the road and sitting on the right side of the car. It’s actually not as bad as I thought it would be. But why did they have to move the blinker to the right side of the steering column! I hope everyone realizes that when I turn my windshield wipers on it means I’m turning left.