Mlle. Zabzie

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  1. So, I finally got a mention in Chambers & Partners. This is a big deal in my world. Now to get officially ranked next year
  2. Sending all hope his way. I miss the guy and hope he gets better soon.
  3. Look, your post perfectly encapsulates a lot of what is wrong with the ACA. 1. It is insurance, not a single payer system. There are of course, deductibles and premiums. I have never (thank goodness) hit my deductible on my plan (which is not an ACA plan, but it is a high deductible plan). I've paired my high deductible plan with a HSA so that I have cash set aside tax free to be used to cover the expenses not covered by insurance. But everything but annual checkups are pretty much out of pocket. That's how it set up. A single payer system would get you a different answer. 2. The incentives are totally weird, particularly the way that the subsidies and penalties interact. We will have single payer in my lifetime. It's just a matter of when.
  4. @mormont - so glad to hear your daughter is ok. It is unimaginably awful. I have been trying to take Mr Rogers' advice (apocryphal or not) to help me process, and look for the helpers. There seem to be a lot of helpers on Manchester.
  5. As best I can tell, based on the findings in the case, the problem is that the legislature did not make an inquiry at all in respect of voting rights act compliance: If you read the opinion, the legislature was perfectly clear that it used race as the predominant factor in drawing District 1 (purportedly for compliance with the VRA). But that particular decision must still satisfy strict scrutiny. The state could not satisfy the standard - in particular had no evidence that the surrounding white population would vote as a bloc to deny minorities their choice of candidate. And in fact there was no evidence that it even considered the appropriate standard at all.
  6. Not a chance. She probably gets a better deal as a widow (which she is counting on), and I don't know that he really cares about stuff like that. She is otherwise incredibly loyal to him in places that he does care about. We have to stop projecting our own feelings on to her.
  7. I adore the confession in the Episcopal book of common prayer - copied below. Omission, leaving things undone, is as much of a conscious act as doing something (and leave out the God stuff if you don't like it - you can replace with "humanity" or "neighbors" or "the world" - sentiment applies). As I said, I have a lot of uncomfortable empathy for Alex and his siblings, because I too often look the other way, leave things undone, when I should do something. It's easier that way. That doesn't make it right, or ethical or correct. And so, I am able, at the same time, consciously try to understand why the young Tizons did not do what they did not do, and not think that they are or were evil, or beyond forgiveness, but at the same time acknowledge that what they did and more importantly did not do was wrong, and its consequences evil, emphatically and absolutely. We all can and should strive to be the better versions of ourselves, even knowing that we will fail ourselves and others. Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent, for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.
  8. How do you read it then? Why do you think he wrote the article? And, on the broader moral and ethical question - you see something like this happening at a neighbors. Maybe it's happening at the house of a young friend of your children. What do you do? Leave aside cultural relativism and what folks within the structure should and should not do. What about the rest of us?
  9. I'm going to go ahead and call bs on cultural relativism on this one. Eudocia was in the United States for the majority of her life. The family's treatment of her was ethically and morally wrong (I would argue forcefully as viewed through any lens, but certainly in the United States). This doesn't mean that I can't have empathy for Tizon (and his siblings) because I can and do (and it makes me uncomfortable). But Tizon knew he hadn't done enough. He wouldn't have otherwise written the article in the first place. At least, that's how I read the article - as a confessional (but in his case, not just to his priest, but to the entire world). Alex Tizon is currently beyond our opprobrium. He doesn't need our defenses either. He's dead. But to the extent there are other Eudocias out there (and I'm sure there are - see the article re NYC nail salons from a couple of years ago) this at least shines a light on that. And it shines a light on all of us who see things like this happening around us and ignore it as not our business. Is it really not our business? Shouldn't it be our business?
  10. Joe Lieberman - new FBI Head? Discuss.
  11. What does he know?
  12. The thing I noticed is how different people identified with different parts of the story. I.e., who focused on Alex? Who focused on Lola? Who focused on the family and the situation? There are just so many layers here. There's the author himself. There's the author's parents and grandparents. There's the neighbors. The stepfather - who sounds like a not so great person, but not from the same culture, so also didn't do anything? The stockholm syndromy bits of it. The ability of children to accept a way of life and still, if not condone it, enable it, even after shown that it isn't normal. The fact that there is a mixed legacy here for both Tizon and his mother - who and what were they? What did neighbors and friends know or suspect? How easy it was for them not to know and suspect (yay, suburbs!). The horrid obituary. The confessional nature of the piece (which, given his death and the fact that he made a point that his mother did NOT confess on her death bed makes one wonder). Anyhow, it's just really complex in my mind.
  13. Right, 2 is simply not empirically true except to the extent consumption and wealth coincide (e.g., real property). And of course 4.
  14. Yes, and people's reactions (including my own) revealed a lot of interesting things about people. I'm very, very conflicted about (i) the contents of the story, (ii) my empathetic reaction to the story, (iii) parts of the story that resonated with me in an uncomfortable manner (e.g., the neighbor family that knew something was wrong but never did anything, (iv) the way that the story was or was not edited, (v) the contrast with the obituary, and (vi) the contrast with the narrative of the author's life lived that you otherwise get from his obituary. I think it is a very, very, very complicated set of issues.
  15. Hah, you took me seriously. I was making an obscure reference to the saying that $hit flows down. Trickle down is bunkum. The wealthy are marginal savers. Now, we can have a serious discussion about what the correct set of rates is, whether wealth and income should be taxed differently, and on overall corporate tax policy. But this trickle down stuff is just so much sewage.