Chief of Staff

This Netflix Korean drama called Chief of Staff is awesome.  This is a political drama like House of Cards but from the point of view the Doug Stamper who was Underwood’s Chief of Staff.  This show is rife with moral, ethical and political dilemmas along with intrigue, blackmail and backstabbing.  All the while, classical music play in the background at critical moments to build.

Why aren’t US shows this engaging?

 

Paradigm Shifts in War

Watching this new Gundam anime about the origins of Char Aznable, I just realized that the mobile suits were literally a paradigm shift in how war was waged in the world of Gundam.  I’ve always watch Gundam shows more like military movies or action movies where battles had lots of explosions and death.  But in this anime, the creators really made it clear that mobile suits were immensely powerful over the battleships and cruisers.

Hidden Healthcare Costs

I think that 90% or even 95% of the time,  a normal person would generally figure out the cost of the service or item that they want before actually buying that service/item.  Would you buy a car without first researching the car and how much it costs? Would you purchase a home also without researching the neighborhood?  When you go to a grocery store, would you buy something without at least acknowledging the price first before buying?

But healthcare… healthcare is a totally different beast.  A person goes to a doctor, gets a check up with blood work, and comes back in for a follow up.  How much does it cost?  Apparently depending on whether or not there’s insurance, the insurance company and the type of insurance coverage (Link1, Link2, Link3). All these factors will vary from person to person. The last link is pretty useful to understand the current state of what I think is a horribly inefficient system.  What frustrates me is that I don’t know what anything costs.  I get bills after the fact telling me I have to pay $X amount because that’s what I owe.  Does this not frustrate anyone else?  It’s like going to a McDonald’s asking for a Value Meal #2 and not knowing what it will cost you until after you’ve eaten it and 20 days later the bill comes for you to pay.

Now when the US presidential candidates talk about healthcare, medicare for all and single payer system, what will inevitably be part of the conversation would be discussions of “death panels” (#fakenews from Obamacare)” and “freedom of choice” (a google search has quite a few links on this topic).  Why don’t the candidates frame as a  “Constitutional Right” similar to the “Right to Free Speech” or “Right to Bear Arms”? Isn’t promoting the welfare of the people similar to promoting the health of the people?

In the Preamble of the Constitution… “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Something to Think About…

Prevail Coffee Roasters

June’s Angels Cup selection is from Prevail Coffee.  Specifically the beans are single origin from Ethiopia’s Sidama region.  From Angels Cup, I’ve been able to taste quite a few single origins from this region from different roasters.

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These beans smelled pretty delicious when I opened them.  Making my latte, I tastes hints of chocolate, nuts and a bit of vanilla.  Surprisingly there were no floral notes tasted.  Smooth with a velvety after taste.  Every roaster will have different tasting variations of the coffee beans from the same region.  These differences are what makes me really enjoy this subscription service.