Farming, Barfing, and Fuzzy Math

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

Okay, regarding the picture in the previous post of Monday’s harvest, I have to stand corrected. Jack read the post and informed me that the picture I posted was actually one row of harvested lavender, not a full day’s harvest.

He then told me that I need to get myself out in the field and off the computer – then I might know a little more about what goes on around here. But then Ricky (our farm manager) said I talk too much and he would really appreciate it if I just stayed on the computer…

And that’s all I have to say about that.

I went to see the movie Sicko. Notice I said movie, not documentary. It was entertainment. Now, I don’t want to get too political on my Blog, but you know it’s going to get a bit interesting as we near closer to the ’08 election. Again, I will do my best not to air my political thoughts too much, but it will be tough. This is my Blog to talk about fun stuff, not politics - although I can get a pretty good laugh at the cost of many politicians.

Politics is funny stuff.

Back to the movie Sicko: There were some key learnings – Mr. Moore did bring up some issues that need to be cautiously addressed and fixed. I’m not denying that we could use an overhaul in some areas. However, from what I could gather, he took the absolute worse-case scenarios from the U.S., and compared them to the absolute best-case scenarios in Canada and France. There was little comparing of apples to apples. For example, he compared the infant mortality rate in the U.S. to some other countries, even 3rd world countries such as Cuba, and claimed that all these other countries had a lower infant mortality rate than the U.S. Really? Did he compare the rate of mortality of full-term births in the U.S. to other full-term births in other countries, or did he just look at overall mortality of all births? We know that premies are born in this country with all odds against them, but given a chance to live. But in some other countries, these non full-term births (premies) are categorized as legally or medically induced abortions – they’re not given a chance, and not categorized as births. It’s possible that Mr. Moore pulled total births in the U.S., regardless of whether they were full-term or premies, and compared them to full-term births in other countries. Come on now, don’t insult us with your fuzzy math. And don’t compare watermelons to walnuts, no pun intended.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

Lastly, I will say that I have had a best-case scenario involving the healthcare system in the United States. Four years ago I had 5 surgeries in 4 months. Not only did I get to pick my surgeons, the hospitals, and my treatment options, I also got to have my very own private hospital room so I could barf with dignity in private. However, do you think I may have found barfing more enjoyable had I been mooned by roommates as they were getting out of bed in their designer split down the back hospital gowns?

Being mooned is funny stuff.

Y'all enjoy your Saturday and please ponder for a while – I’m going to go talk to Ricky while he works!

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